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Copleston High School




Donald has lived in Ipswich for the last 30 years.

Following a successful 40 year career in BT, Donald worked in the Social Care sector. He managed teams across Suffolk who supported adults with leaning difficulties and complex needs to live in their own homes. His main focus was to ensure that the highest quality of support was given and that each person could live as independently as possible.

Donald has two boys who attended Copleston High School in the mid 1990s.

Donald is a keen walker and amateur photographer and he is a committee member of East Ipswich Photography Club.

David East

David was elected as a Governor in 2014 for his fourth term of office. He is a member of the Finance and HR committees.

He is Head of Standards across the Multi-Academy Trust and an experienced teacher of Mathematics. David joined Copleston in 1990 as a second in the Maths Department and has had various roles throughout his career at Copleston, including Head of Maths and Assistant Headteacher. David’s current roles and responsibilities focus on the 6th Form and self-evaluation and school development.

Outside of school, David enjoys travelling.


I have been a police officer for 22 years, having served initially in City of London Police and transferred to Suffolk Constabulary in 2006.

I have worked in a diverse portfolio of roles from response policing, dog handler through to neighbourhood, partnership and community policing with a focus latterly on safeguarding/exploitation/youth justice and reducing youth violence and community engagement.

I am married to a fellow serving Suffolk police officer and have two children, one of whom attends Copleston.

Katrina Hudson

Katrina is from Ipswich.

She is married to a local artist, Craig, who is a bronze sculptor. Katrina was an athlete with Ipswich Harriers. She joined the Forces after school and when she left she became a fitness instructor. She has two children, one of whom is a student at Copleston. She is a coach at Ipswich Harriers and Woodbridge Wolves Athletic Clubs. Katrina helps the Copleston PE Department assisting with after school athletics and WOW Sessions.

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Sarah Anderson

After a first degree in Learning Disabilities, Sarah trained as a Nurse and then a Health Visitor. Over a thirty year career she held various posts within Health Visiting including a role in Child Protection before moving into a role managing Health Visiting, Children’s Centres and School Nursing in Ipswich. She is currently developing her skills in Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She has two children at Copleston. Previously a synchronised swimmer, she now challenges herself with Open Water swimming.




Russell joined Ipswich Town FC in 1975at the age of 16 and won the FA Youth Cup, was part of the 1978 FA Cup winning squad and played all 66 games when they won the UEFA Cup in 1981 during the Bobby Robson era.

Russell was capped by England at rugby U15 & U16 schoolboy level, and England football at U18, U21, ‘B’ level, and 11 full England International Caps.

Russell has a diploma in mentoring and holds a UEFA ‘A’ Licence for soccer coaching.

Russell ran the London marathon in 2014 and has cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats and Wembley to La Manga in Spain.

He has been married to Louise for 34 years and has 3 sons and 3 granddaughters.

Russell has been a member of The Lord’s Taverners cricket charity and works in association with The Blossom Charity.

Russell is also a very keen golfer and is a member of Woodbridge Golf Club.


kathy ramsden - Vice chair of governors

Kathy has worked over 40 years in the education sector as a successful mathematics teacher, the majority of this time at Copleston. She has held various roles in this time namely Head of Mathematics, Learning Director and Assistant Principal. She retired from teaching in 2015 and has worked subsequently within the Trust in Performance Management and Data collection roles.

She has lived in Ipswich for 38 years and has two children, both of whom were Copleston students in the late 1990s, early 2000s.

Outside of work she enjoys jogging and swimming.



Rob has had a successful teaching career for nearly 40 years.  He was Headteacher of Holbrook High School from 2005 to 2009 (judged ‘Good’ Ofsted Feb 2009), and then Principal of Cliff Park Ormiston Academy from 2009 to 2016 (judged ‘Good’ Ofsted Sept 2016).  Prior to this, he held senior positions in several other Suffolk and Norfolk secondary Schools / Academies.

After retiring from teaching in 2016, he set up his own business providing Maths Intervention Support to small groups of Year 11 students and is currently providing support to nearly 200 students in 6 different Suffolk secondary schools.

Rob has 4 daughters, 2 of whom live locally and 6 grandchildren with whom he enjoys spending his time.  He is currently Captain of Halesworth Golf Club and still actively plays squash and tennis on a regular basis.

Andy Green

Andy is the Principal at Copleston High School. He is in his 10th year at Copleston, having been appointed as Vice Principal in January 2010. Andy also completed the role of Head of School between September 2017 and August 2019. Prior to this, he was an Assistant Principal running a large Sixth Form in an Outstanding Norfolk High School and has been on the Senior Leadership Team at 3 different schools.