Steven Payne – Head of Design and Technology. Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition and Product Design

Steven PayneAfter leaving school, Steven pursued a career in engineering through an apprenticeship with a company in his home town of High Wycombe. He worked his way up to the position of design draughtsman, getting a degree in Engineering from Buckinghamshire New University.

He left this profession to pursue a full time degree in Fine Art and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BA Hons Degree. Steven received a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, reaching qualified teacher status in 1999.

Steven is married and has six children. He enjoys family life and participates in many sports, including sailing and badminton.


Justine Sutcliffe – Food/Textiles Technician

Justine SutcliffeJustine joined the Design and Technology team in 1997. She is dedicated in supporting teachers and students alike. She ensures an orderly and organised environment, bringing with her ideas and creativity to make the Food and Textiles areas a positive place to learn.

Having trained in art, specialising in textile design and working in the fashion industry, Justine continues to follow her passion, exhibiting her own work regularly.

Growing up on an Oxfordshire dairy farm, being a keen gardener and allotment holder, Justine has had a lifelong interest in healthy outdoor living, foraging, growing and producing delicious foods and drinks.


Lucy WebbMs Lucy Webb – Teacher of Textiles

Lucy graduated from University with an Honours Degree in Textiles Design and Manufacture.

She then worked in retail management for fifteen years working for New Look, French Connection and Nicole Farhi. Lucy spent a lot of time recruiting new staff to the business and staff/management training. This side of the job became an element of Lucy’s career that she enjoyed most and found most fulfilling.

In 2007 Lucy decided to combine her Textiles degree with her love of training and inspiring people and applied to train as a Design Technology Textiles teacher, the rest they say, is history!


Mrs Susan Murphy – Susan MurphyResistant Materials/Product Design Technician

After completing her education, Sue joined the Royal Air Force as an Electrical Engineer. Her career culminated in her being a shift leader on a front line fast Jet base. She enjoyed her nine years of service, including three years in Germany and numerous detachments abroad.

Having married and raised a family, Sue returned to work full time, working at a local USAF base as a Charge hand for a large maintenance company.

In 2004, she joined The Bicester School as a Technician in the Design and Technology team, bringing many transferable skills with her.


Beverley Hodgson – Student Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition

Beverley had a career as a pastry chef working in busy restaurants, both in the UK and mainland Europe, before deciding to embark on teaching. She felt that her creativity and vast subject knowledge could be taught to young people and budding new chefs of the future.

She is passionate about food and feels that this enthusiasm for the subject rubs off on others; a real inspiration for the students. Beverley believes this is a subject where pupils can excel, giving them confidence in themselves.

Beverley finds time to remain active in many pursuits. In her spare time, she caters for private functions, parties and weddings. She also enjoys swimming and competing in sporting events, notably marathons and triathlons.