Our Team

At the Priory School we have a fantastic team in place to educate, support and guide our students. Senior leadership, heads of year, teachers and teaching assistants all work together to help our students progress and thrive, and we do this in The Priory Way; with wisdom, hope, dignity and community.

We are very proud to have a team of teachers who truly believe in our approach. Each and every one brings a wealth of academic experience to our school, and they do so with a solid foundation in the pastoral care. Together, we educate our students for life in all its fullness.

Meet our team below.

Senior Leadership Team

Priory Senior Leadership Team is made up of a dedicated group of staff who are responsible for the strategic vision and mission of the school. Led by Headteacher Mrs Trimnell, the team guides the day to day running of The Priory School and has overarching responsibility for staff and students.

Our Governors

Our Governing Body is led by Chair of Governors Mr Stuart Murray.

Mr Stuart Murray

The Priory School is led by a dedicated group of governors that operate two committees; the Learning and Teaching Committee and the Resources Committee. These two sub groups are charged with the curriculum, teaching and learning, and financing respectively. View our List of Dorking Priory School Governors.


Heads of Year

Meet our Heads of Year at The Priory School. We are a learning school with a holistic approach, and as such we are focussed on both the academic and emotional well-being of our students.

Pastoral Care

The well-being of students in our care is of utmost importance at The Priory School. We have a whole student focus, which means caring for the person, their social life, and their academic achievement. We have a robust support network for both students and staff alike.

School-wide policies and procedures are in place to make sure we work in effective partnership when addressing any issues that students may face. We welcome open discussion, and use our discretion when dealing with sensitive issues. We will always make time to listen to the concerns or worries of our students.


As a Church of England school, we are proud to have a chaplaincy team at The Priory School. This team provides spiritual support to everyone in the school, including students, parents, staff and alumni.

We currently have three chaplains; a local curate and two experienced church youth work leaders. They work in partnership with school staff and the local community to contribute to the pastoral care of our students. There is a programme of lunchtime activities, special events and courses, and all students are invited to participate. The unifying focus across these events is to promote emotional and spiritual well-being, placing the student back at the heart of their own education.

Our aim to provide an environment that creates confident, happy young people who believe in the value of their own contributions. And by doing this, we believe we create the right situation for academic growth and development.

We are very proud to be able to support our students in this way.

School Nurse

As part of our care provision we offer access to an associated nursing team through ChatHealth. This is a text-based service that gives students direct access to a nursing professional at any time of day, and is intended to be complementary to our on-site care. They can offer guidance on issues to do with relationships, bullying, sadness, drinking or smoking, and much more.