North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2020 North Independent Secondary School of the Year 2021

Our teachers

Key staff in Primary School

Leadership team

Gabrielle Solti – Vice Principal and Head of Primary School
Emma Cox  Deputy Head Academic
Andrea Evans  – Deputy Head Pastoral and Staff Development (Phase 1)
Steph Munro – Assistant Head (Phase 2)
Tom Weaver – Assistant Head (Phase 3)


Gemma Crilley – Teacher/Nursery Lead
Tina O’Dwyer – Teacher
Kathy Owen – Teacher


Emma Alderson – Teacher/Head of Reception
Eleanor Henry – Teacher
Katie Herridge – Teacher
Steve McKinley – Teacher/Computing Lead

Year 1

Geraldine Riley – Teacher/Head of Year 1
Marie Gibbs – Teacher
Harry Pickup – Teacher
Roz Wallen/ Fiona Winser– Teachers

Year 2

Lynne Sagar – Teacher/Head of Year 2
Jo Gordon – Teacher
Claire Hele – Teacher/English Lead
Fiona Shaw – Teacher

Year 3

James Shepherd – Teacher/Head of Year 3
Sarah Huddleston – Teacher
Liz King – Teacher/Maths Lead
Amy Morrison – Teacher

Year 4

Rachel Bush – Teacher/Head of Year 4
Sam Critchley – Teacher/Head of Smeaton House
Hayley Darby-Brown – Teacher/Science Lead Nina Willis – Teacher
Heather Pawley – Teacher

Year 5

Ben Thurnhill – Teacher/Head of Year 5
Gareth Coleman – Teacher/Head of Marshall House
Sally Lumsden – Teacher/Head of Kennedy House
Ann Rennoldson – Teacher
Helen Tuxford – Teacher

Year 6

Nathan Brook – Teacher/Head of Year 6
Victoria Bindloss – Teacher
Becky Dunn – Teacher
Sian Jones – Teacher/Head of Nicholson House
Emily Wright (Katrina Clark maternity cover) – Teacher

Specialist teachers

Philippe Bourgeois – MFL Teacher
Jane Davis – Teacher
Jan Hemsley – Teacher/ Director of PE and Sport
Caitlin Mayall – Teacher of Music
Anna Rusbatch – Teacher/Director of Music
Craig Whish – Teacher of PE and Extracurricular PE Lead

Individual needs

We have a well-qualified and experienced individual needs team which works throughout the whole school. Mrs Sally Cooke is the head of the Individual Needs Department. The team consists of three individual needs teachers and seven individual needs teaching assistants. Staff in the department hold a wide range of SEND qualifications, including specialist assessment qualifications.

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