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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Who's Who

Our Leadership Team

Miss Naomi Tottle

 

Headteacher

I became Headteacher in September 2020. 
After finishing my teaching degree in Bath in 2000, I started my career working in Portsmouth Schools and the Hampshire Outdoor Education Service, before moving back to Devon in 2010 to take up a school leadership role. 
I hold a Masters’ degree in Education from the University of Chichester. 
I thrive on supporting other teachers to grow and develop to provide the best for our pupils
Outside of school I enjoy walking my two dogs, eating out and spending time with friends and family. 

Mrs Rachael O'Dell

 

Assistant Head Teacher

SENDCo

Senior Designated Safeguarding Officer

I gained my Music Degree and PGCE in Essex, then having taught in Somerset for 3 years I moved to St. Mary’s in 2003. 
Music is a great passion of mine, I love singing, playing the piano, clarinet and bassoon (not all at the same time).
I also love walking with my family and my two dogs. 
Children and some staff will say that I can often be found in my office talking to myself!

Mrs Zoe Stevens (Maternity Leave)

 

Assistant Head Teacher for Teaching and Learning

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

I’m originally from Plymouth and wanted to be a teacher from when I was very young. I studied to become a teacher at the University of Winchester and then worked in Salisbury in various leadership roles. I moved to North Devon in July 2019 and love being by the sea! I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking (particularly along the coastal paths), eating out and watching box sets on Netflix.

Miss Michelle Jackson

 

Acting Assistant Head Teacher/Team Leader

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

I joined the school in 2016, prior to that I was Primary lead within Holsworthy Federation. I have a music degree and studied at Cardiff University. I play clarinet, piano and saxophone. I enjoy listening to music, reading, going for walks and running.

Mrs Suzie Strutt

 

Team Leader

I joined St Mary’s in January 2019 after moving to Devon with my family. Prior to St Mary’s, I have taught in Brighton and Hertfordshire and lived and taught in Portugal for six years. I love spending time with family and friends camping and can often be found at the beach, especially when the sun is shining! I am passionate about children enjoying school and embracing their own uniqueness.

 

Our Classes, their Teachers and Teaching Assistants

 

Foundation Stage

Starlings

Mrs Suzie Strutt

Class Teacher

I joined St Mary’s in January 2019 after moving to Devon with my family. Prior to St Mary’s, I have taught in Brighton and Hertfordshire and lived and taught in Portugal for six years. I love spending time with family and friends camping and can often be found at the beach, especially when the sun is shining! I am passionate about children enjoying school and embracing their own uniqueness.

Puffins

Miss Vicki Phillips

Class Teacher

 

Mrs Kate Taylor-Short

Class Teacher

I did a degree in Ancient History and Civilisation at Swansea University followed by a PGCE. I then taught at a Primary School in Thailand before moving to North Devon.

Working across Foundation Stage are:

Mrs Cath Douse - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Karen Potter - Teaching Assistant / Forest Schools Lead

Miss Lydia Price - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Roz Sweeney - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 1

 

Woodpeckers

Mrs Leaha Wilson

Class Teacher

I joined St. Mary’s in 2016, prior to this I completed a degree in Education Studies in 2012, and later gained a PGCE in 2016. I have a passion for supporting children’s social and emotional needs, and I’m part of the school pastoral team. I ‘run’ the school’s cross country running club, and we represent the school in the Gliddon and Squire league. I enjoy swimming, cycling, running, reading and a good box set. 

 

Golden Eagles

Mr Michael Gardner

Class Teacher

 

Working across Year 1 are:

Mrs Tracy Dwight - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rebeca Eversley - Teaching Assistant

Miss Adele Collins - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 2

 

Goldcrests

 

Mrs Julia Cloke

Class Teacher

 

Miss Steph Golson

Class Teacher

 

 

Chaffinches

 

Mr Matthew Carter

Class Teacher

 

Working across Year 2 are:

Mrs Shirley Oke - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Beverley Trapnell - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Marguerite Johnson - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 3

 

Jays

Miss Catherine Ball

Class Teacher

 

 

Nightingales

 

 

Miss Emily Naylor

Class Teacher

 

Working across Year 3 are:

Mr Jon Wines - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Claire Nast - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Linda Stoneman - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 4

Doves

 

Miss Lauren Davis

Class Teacher

I am originally from Somerset but moved to North Devon to work at St Mary's in September 2020. I studied at UWE, achieving a BA Honors degree in Sociology and then achieved a PGCE with a specialism in science from Exeter University. I love to study the world around me and to travel to new countries and experience different cultures. I do also like to spend my time closer to home, at the beach and occasionally jumping in for a surf!

Swifts

 

Miss Coral Southam

Class Teacher

 

Working across Year 4 are:

Miss Michelle Jackson - Class Teacher

Mrs Deb Barrett - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Victoria Watson - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Michelle Dymond - Teaching Assistant

Miss Imogen Welch - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 5

Blackbirds

 

Miss Emily Brend

Class Teacher

Miss Brend joined St Mary’s in 2017 straight from Plymouth University where she studied a Bachelor in Education (BEd Hons) specialising in Humanities. Miss Brend has been running the schools Eco club as she has a passion for farming and the countryside being a former Young Farmers member. Miss Brend also enjoy gymnastics, dancing and walks on the beach.

 

Skylarks

 

Mr Sam Shuttlewoth

Class Teacher

 

Working across Year 5 are:

Mrs Gabrielle McHenry - Teaching Assistant

Miss Jessica Brown - Teaching Assistant

 

Year 6

 

Doves

Miss Abbie Brailey

Class Teacher

 

 

Mallards

Mrs Michelle Mead

Class Teacher

Mrs Mead studied in Reading, achieving a BA Hons degree in Child Development & Learning and then achieved a PGCE teaching qualification through the School Direct Programme.  

Mrs Mead is a qualified yoga teacher and enjoys jogging with Just Jog running club in Bideford.  Mrs Mead also has  a passion for animals and has three Cocker Spaniels which she loves to walk on the local beaches. 

Working across Year 6 are:

Miss Melissa Ashton - Class Teacher

Mrs Amanda May - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sue Rowe - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Wendy Maynard - Teaching Assistant

 

Our Pastoral Team

Miss Claire Stacey
KS2 Pastoral Support Mentor

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

 

Mrs Claire Doodson

KS1 Pastoral Support Mentor

 

Our Administrative and Site Team

Mrs Sally Westlake

School Business Manager

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer

Mrs Sarah Clark

Administrative Assistant

Mr Timothy Miles

IT Technician

Mr Darren Cairns

Caretaker

 

Our Catering Team and Mealtime Assistants

Miss Lisa Chrisopher - Catering Manager
Mrs Sarah Kelly - Catering Assistant
Mrs Vanessa Morne - Catering Assistant
Miss Susan Jenkins - Catering Assistant
Mrs Linda Stoneman - Lead Mealtime Assistant
 
Mrs Debbie Barrett - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Julianna Cairns - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Ros Doble - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Michelle Dymond - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Marguerite Johnson - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Amanda May - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Wendy Maynard - Mealtime Assistant
 
Mrs Claire Runeckles - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Sarah Morris - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Natalie Butler - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Melanie John - Mealtime Assistant
Mr Paul Tanton - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Victoria Watson - Mealtime Assistant
Mr Jon Wines - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Cath Douse - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Michelle Burrows-Bryan - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Tracy Dwight - Mealtime Assistant

 

Our Cleaning Team

Mrs Jo-Anne Wright - Cleaner Supervisor
Mrs Julianna Cairns - Cleaner
Mrs Christine Jackson - Cleaner
Mrs Linda Sargent - Cleaner
Mr Paul Tanton - Cleaner

 

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