Our staff

  • Mrs Sarah French

    Executive head teacher

    Designated Safeguarding Lead

    As a child I remembered being captivated by the book “Tom’s Midnight Garden” by Philippa Pearce, a teacher at my primary school read it to our class and I loved it; the vivid images of the grandfather clock and ice-skating really sparked a love of reading.
    Now I enjoy reading a variety of books and I am part of a Book Club where we get to talk about the books we read- I love this almost as much as the reading itself.

  • Miss Helen Neil

    Assistant Headteacher - STUDY ZONE (Year 5/6)

    Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

    Michael Morpurgo – Private Peaceful
    The story begins just before the onset of the first World War and is based on the lives of the Peaceful Brothers: Big Joe (the eldest brother who has learning difficulties), Charlie and Tommo. It is Tommo’s first day at school and he is a little scared, but a girl, Molly, is kind to him and they become friends. Charlie also becomes friends with Molly and they eventually fall in love, get married and Molly becomes pregnant, just as Charlie decides he must go away and fight in the war, even though he is underage. Tommo decides to go with him and the two brothers go off to war. They have many horrible experiences, including being under the command of Sergeant Hanley, who commands their group to do something so ridiculous, Charlie refuses to obey him and his actions have consequences.
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it sent me on a rollercoaster of emotions: not a story for the feint-hearted. The words on the front cover: innocence and love, courage and cowardice sum this book up perfectly. Morpurgo moves the lives of characters through a calm, tranquil beginning, to the pain, anger and grief of war, with the theme of love threaded all the way through. He engages the reader from start to finish and is a great reader for anyone.

  • Mr Matt Birchall

    Class Teacher - SMART ZONE (Year 3/4)

    The Borribles – Michael deLarrabeiti
    What is a Borrible? Borribles are runaways who dwell in the shadows of London. Apart from their pointed ears, they look just like ordinary children. They live by their wits and a few Borrible laws-the chief one being, Don't Get Caught! The Borribles are outcasts-but they wouldn't have it any other way....

    I found the Borrible trilogy a great way to immerse myself in the underworld of London. A gritty, edgy series of books I would recommend as a good read for Year 5/6 and older. These books had many parallels for me growing up and helped me to make sense of the world around me. After reading the Borrible trilogy I was inspired to tackle more: The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series. Through this process I developed my reading stamina and learnt how enjoyable it is to be plunged into different worlds and understand new words and vocabulary I had never encountered before. Dictionary in hand I spent a number of years ploughing my way through these massive volumes. I discovered that reading really does truly open and expand your mind to the wonderful world around us.

  • Miss Claire O'Brien

    Class teacher - WONDER ZONE (Year 1 and 2)

    The Prisoner of Azkaban – JK Rowling.
    I discovered Harry Potter in my late teens and soon became engrossed in the magic of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the story of how a baby became the ‘boy who lived’ from the evil Voldemort. The Prisoner of Azkaban is the one story where Harry returns to Hogwarts with his two best friend’s Ron and Hermione and discovers that the notorious Sirius Black, who has been imprisoned in Azkaban and supporter of ‘You know Who’, has escaped and is coming to get him. However, this story is one of love and that the bad can be overcome. Harry learning that Sirius is actually his Godfather and that one day he will be able to live with him gives Harry hope of having a proper family once again, but in turn he becomes more aware of the dark wizarding world happening around him.
    Every time I have read this book, I have been engrossed in it and I have enjoyed sharing the Harry Potter instalments with my children. When reading, it allows me to be catapulted into a world that is so far away from our everyday lives.

  • Miss Suzanne Bray

    Class teacher - WONDER ZONE (Year 1 and 2)

    (Currently on maternity leave)

  • Miss Emma Sumpter

    Class Teacher - BUSY ZONE (Pre-School and Reception)

  • Mrs Rosanna Nisbet

    Class Teacher - BUSY ZONE (Pre-School and Reception)

  • Mrs Mandy Collick

    Site supervisor/cleaner

  • Mrs Samantha Graham

    Teaching Assistant- Study Zone

  • Mrs Caroline Beare

    School Secretary

  • Mr Tom Richards

    EYFS Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Maria Johnstone

    HLTA Teaching Assistant

    Alice in wonderland - Lewis Carroll

    To escape into a different world with all its vivid colours and extraordinary characters was fascinating to me as a child. The Cheshire cats broad smile that suddenly materializes out of thin air or the mouse that scurried around on the beautifully laid table. Reading this fantastic book fed my imagination. It felt as though anything was possible. I really liked that idea.

  • Mrs Karen Edwards

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Kim Whaley

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mr Guy Wakeham

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Natasha Butcher

    Teaching Assistant

Curriculum co-ordinators

English - Claire O'Brien and Suzanne Bray 

Maths, Science and PSHE – Helen Neil

PE and Computing– Matt Birchall

Early Years, History and Geography - Emma Sumpter

RE - Rosie Nisbet

SENDCO – Helen Neil

Art - Claire O'Brien

MFL - Claire O'Brien

Music - Suzanne Bray