Staff Profiles


Catherine Stevens

Catherine joined the school in 2011 and was appointed Head of Science with Head of Biology from September 2013 to September 2016 when she was appointed as Deputy Head Academic. Previously Catherine worked for 6 years in the state sector where she finished as Assistant Head of Science.

Catherine graduated from The University of Birmingham in 2003 with a First Class Honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science before completing her PGCE in Biology at the University of Leeds. She has main specialisms in human physiology and biochemistry believes in the importance of challenging and inspiring students through interactive and engaging teaching.

Catherine is also the Lead Teacher for the Camps International expeditions where she took a team of RHS students to Ecuador in 2013, and to Uganda in 2015.


Jonathan Pooley
Jonathan completed a BEd in Science at Sheffield Polytechnic in 1990. Jonathan began teaching in the state sector before moving into the independent boarding sector in 1992. He has worked at Fyling Hall School, North Yorkshire; Rannoch School, Scotland; and Rossall School, Lancashire, and throughout he has been a housemaster and also at Rossall: Head of Biology. He joined the RHS staff in 2004 as Housemaster of Collingwood House. After completing 10 years at the helm there he has moved to Nelson House and along with his wife Annette looks after all the Y13 pupils at RHS.

In addition to his teaching career he has been in the Territorial Army since 1986 first in the Infantry and latterly since 2001 as CCF Officer. One of his main roles at RHS is as the Contingent 2IC and Training Major.

Jonathan enjoys outdoor pursuits in particular hill/wilderness walking and sailing. He is a qualified Kayak Coach, RYA Dayskipper and High Ropes Supervisor. He is involved in the DofE Award at RHS leading both Silver and Gold expeditions, as well as assisting with the RHS Cornish Shrimper Fleet. He and Annette have 3 children, Richard, Lucy and Ben; all of whom have been pupils at RHS over the last 10 years.

Ben Raybould

Ben joined RHS in September 2016 as Head of Biology having previously worked at St Benedict's Catholic College in Colchester, where he had previously head a number of roles.

Ben completed his BSc in Ecology at the University of East Anglia where he took a year out of study to privately arrange an industrial placement. This was followed up by a permanent position as a Graduate Environmental Scientist for Halcrow Group Ltd. During this time Ben worked closely with site contractors and ensured that environmental laws were adhered to whilst also undertaking a range of  surveys for protected species and creation of mitigation plans. As such Ben brings with him a wealth of understanding of practical biology and he hopes to inspire students to consider a career in this ever growing and important area of biological study.

Ben is also a tutor in Blake House and has a keen interest in football.

Guy Croft

Guy joined RHS in September 2014 after four years serving in the Royal Marines.

Guy gained his BSc in Marine Biology and Zoology at Bangor University and went on to work in the industry. His previous employers include The Zoological Society of London, Operation Wallacea, Hull University and The Blue Planet Aquarium. He has been involved in dive operations around the world, including Lake Malawi where he co authored a paper on the behaviour of cichlid fish. Guy is passionate about wildlife conservation. He spent a period of time after the military with anti poaching rangers in Zimbabwe, protecting the falling number of black rhino in the area.

Guy is resident tutor in St Vincent house, DofE expedition leader, coaches Rugby and is Officer Commanding of the Royal Marines Cadet section.

James joined the school in September 2015 having spent the previous six years teaching in the state sector. He has taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics to A Level and was head of A Level Science at his last school. James studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at The University of Plymouth, gaining a 1st Class (hons) degree and receiving an award from the government’s ‘Defence Science and Technology’ department for the best microbiology based honours project. After completing his studies James worked briefly in research before pursuing a career in education.


James believes in an evidence based approach to science education which is firmly rooted in practical work.


Outside of academia James is an accomplished cyclist, having won numerous local races. He also enjoys sailing and has experience yacht racing, dinghy racing, tall ship sailing and transoceanic voyaging. More recently he has undertaken trips to the Alps where he is developing winter mountaineering skills.