Head and Senior Leadership Team


Mr Paul Jensen B Ed, Grad Dip (SEBD), NPQH,

Head teacher

Mr Jensen started at Sunnydown in September 2014, having been a deputy at two previous schools – most recently at Clarendon School, a community special school in Richmond. He was drawn to the energy and warmth of Sunnydown and relishes the many challenges in maintaining this while ensuring the school continues to meet the increasing demands of providing quality education in the 21st Century. Mr Jensen enjoys all aspects of teaching and education and in his spare time likes to run. If he was not in education, his alternative career choices would be professional fisherman or wildlife photographer.


Mr Jez Lord BSc Hons, PGCE,

Deputy Head

Mr Lord started his teaching career in Physical Education before becoming a head of sixth form in Middlesex, then moving to Sunnydown. Here, his experience of mainstream education has been invaluable in his role handling the day-to-day running of the school. As a father of boys, an under-8s football team coach, and as one of three boys himself, working with the pupils at Sunnydown comes as second nature.


Mrs Helen Gower,

School Business Manager

Mrs Gower has worked at Sunnydown since 2019 and is the latest recruit to the Senior Leadership Team. Helen has extensive experience in Finance and Risk Management within the banking and financial institutions sector where she spent 14 years working as an Associate Director and Senior Analyst.  Helen has a passion for films and in her down time enjoys baking, with her speciality being a lemon drizzle.