Meet some of the key academic team at InterHigh

The quality of InterHigh School’s education is driven by its Senior Academic Team. Meet these key staff members here.

CEO InterHigh and Executive Head

Mark O’Donoghue

Mark is the CEO of Inspired Schools Online and brought InterHigh into Inspired Education. He is acting as Executive Head until our new appointee joins. Mark’s background is digital education, with a strong focus on the later teenage years. His digital education experience encompasses online learning, university counselling and apprenticeships.

Head of Education Innovation

Paul Daniell

With an MSc in Industrial Management Paul worked in Production Management in the Automotive Industry for 12 years. Completing a PGCE with the Open University he taught at physical secondary schools for 10 years before creating InterHigh Online School, teaching and leading the school for 14 years. At Inspired Online Schools, Paul is Head of Education Innovation, responsible for Learning Developments.

Penny Alston

Head of Primary School

Penny completed her initial teaching degree in South Africa before registering with the University of Pretoria to study for her Honours in Education Management, Law and Policy followed by her Master’s in Education Curriculum and Policy Studies. After nine years’ experience as Deputy Head of Chelsea Preparatory School and then Headmistress of Glenashley Preparatory School in Durban North, Penny joined Reddam House Umhlanga, a member of Inspired in 2018 as Headmistress. Penny is currently completing her PhD under the supervision of the distinguished Professor Jonathan Jansen at Stellenbosch University.

Fiona Henderson

Head of Middle School

Fiona comes from a fine art background and is an arts educator with over 20 years' experience teaching and leading teams in Independent and International schools. Fiona's previous role was as Faculty Head for Art and Design, at an ESF school in Hong Kong and at InterHigh was Head of the Arts Faculty, including English, Modern Foreign Languages, Art, Photography, Music, Drama, Media and Film studies. She is now Head of Key Stage 3 – bringing her experience and love of learning and teaching to the Middle School years.

Catriona Olsen

Head of Senior School

Catriona is responsible for Year 10 and 11 students. She equips students and teachers with the tools and skills required to be successful. With a strong emphasis on belonging and building a school community that every student feels a part of. Catriona hails from Castlebar in Ireland, with a BA Information Systems Management and a University of Edinburgh Post Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education Computing. Catriona began her teaching career in Edinburgh before moving to London where she was Assistant Principal at London Academy. Moving to South Africa in 2014, she was Deputy Head Academics and later College Head at Reddam House Durbanville, a member of Inspired.

Paul Robinson

Head of College and Academic Head

Paul oversees the pastoral and wellbeing needs of students who are studying their A levels at InterHigh, as members of the Sixth Form. The Sixth Form team, which Paul leads, also assists with university applications, and ensure that students are doing all they can to maximise their chances of success when they apply. He is also responsible for all academic matters at InterHigh. He ensures that staff deliver an outstanding quality of education that engages, inspires and motives all students, with the firm belief that this will result in the best possible academic outcomes. He has a strong interest in developing skills that will enable all students’ future success in their chosen pathway beyond InterHigh.

Paul has worked in the UK and internationally in both the maintained and independent sectors. He completed his PGCE in Mathematics just under 20 years ago and holds a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture. He is currently studying for an MA in Educational Leadership.

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How We Teach

Timetabled lessons are delivered in live, interactive online classrooms by a professionally qualified teacher. Students are encouraged to engage and interact throughout and have 24/7 access to multiple resources including the cloud-based lesson library.

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InterHigh offers a full British secondary curriculum in a wide range of subjects online from Key Stage 2. As pupils progress through the school, they can study a full range of IGCSE, AS and A Level courses.

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