Staples Road Primary School

Strive, Respect, Succeed

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Our Staff Team

"Governors check the work of leaders to ensure that staff well-being is maintained." Ofsted Nov 2022 


"Leaders and governors make sure that there are a range of training opportunities to help staff in their roles." Ofsted Nov 2022 

Senior Leadership Team 

Nick MallenderHeadteacher
Claire DawsonDeputy Headteacher
Mark JohnsonAssistant Headteacher
Claire StephensonAssistant Headteacher
Emma FrancisEYFS Phase Leader
Abigail ArnoldY 1/2 Phase Leader
Kate ThomasY 3/4 Phase Leader
Hannah GrimshawY 5/6 Phase Leader
Helen DavisSENCO/Inclusion Lead


Early Years Team 

Emma FrancisCaterpillar
Jane ChelebiDragonfly
Claire StephensonLadybird

Debbie Balmforth

Charlotte Lilly

Alice Roy

Slavina Dimova

Katarina Bowerbank

Learning Support


Key Stage 1 Team

Bryony QuayleYear 1 Hedgehog
Isabella CurtisYear 1 Rabbit
Claire Waight/Anna BlakeYear 1 Squirrel
Sarah GrovesYear 2 Badger
Fiona GodsaveYear 2 Deer
Abigail Arnold/Sam ClayfieldYear 2 Fox

Chloe Eustace

Ciara Barnard [Maternity Leave]

Jacquie Mees

Mia Horakova

Paramjeet Wahiwala

Marianna Marcsek

Judith Lecomber

Learning Support


Lower Key Stage 2 Team

Danny WheelerYear 3 Kingfisher
Chelsea Markham/ Denise HarrisYear 3 Magpie
Rebecca KelmanYear 3 Robin
Kate ThomasYear 4 Blackbird
Jeniffer ElliottYear 4 Goldfinch
Jane FreemanYear 4 Woodpecker

Maggie Wright

Dora Petrou

Julie Belton

Claire Jackson

Nikki Frost

Zoe Holland

Lisa Pask

Victoria Goodman

Shirley Utting

Kerry Hawthorne

Learning Support


Upper Key Stage 2 Team

Hannah Grimshaw/Julie SwiftYear 5 Horse Chestnut
Callum LockYear 5 Sycamore
Stephanie Bussell/Melanie MerrettYear 5 Willow
Lindsey Westrop/ Soulla SinclairYear 6 Ash
April TomsYear 6 Beech
Mark JohnsonYear 6 Oak

Sandy Doal

Penny Barker

Jane Sullivan

Jeremy Shrubsole

Chandra Mistry

Learning Support


Wellbeing Team

Bronia FaruggiaWellbeing Mentor
Juhi NeylandPlay Therapist
Laura HammantArt Therapist
BellaWellbeing Dog


Outdoor Play and Meals Team 

Penny BarkerMeals Lead/ Outdoor Play Supervisor
Danny WheelerOutdoor Play Lead
Sheila Hall, Jo Praill, Anandh Wahiwala, Zhanna UstyuzhaninaMeal/ Outdoor Play Assistants
Dawn O' GradyMeal/ Outdoor Play Assistant/ Supervisor


School Office Team 

Carol BarrittBursar
Sandra PacittoOffice Manager
Trish McGrenraAdministrator
Jane ParryAdministrator
Claire GlenisterAdministrator


Premises Team 

Graham Fitz-GeraldPremises Manager


Catering Team 

Debbie EllisonCatering Manager
Donna LampeyAssistant Cook
Rachel Syrett, Janet Baldwin, Emily Whaley, Louise ShippCatering Assistants



Our values are kindness, honesty, creativity and resilience