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St Mary's C of E

School Bideford

Who's Who

Our Leadership Team

Miss Naomi Tottle



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


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


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


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 Candy Daffern


Team Leader




Our Classes, their Teachers and Teaching Assistants


Foundation Stage


Mrs Candy Daffern

Class Teacher



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 Karen Potter - Teaching Assistant / Forest Schools Lead


Year 1



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




Mrs Julia Cloke

Class Teacher


Miss Steph Golson

Class Teacher




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



Miss Catherine Ball

Class Teacher






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



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!



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


Year 5



Mrs Emily James

Class Teacher





Mr Sam Shuttlewoth

Class Teacher


Working across Year 5 are:

Mrs Gabrielle McHenry - Teaching Assistant

Miss Jessica Brown - Teaching Assistant


Year 6



Miss Abbie Brailey

Class Teacher




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



Our Catering Team and Mealtime Assistants

Miss Lisa Chrisopher - Catering Manager
Mrs Sarah Kelly - Catering Assistant
Mrs Rose Hall - Catering Assistant
Miss Susan Jenkins - Catering Assistant
Mrs Linda Stoneman - Lead Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Debbie Barrett - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Jessica Brown - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Natalie Butler - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Julianna Cairns - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Adele Collins - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Ros Doble - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Samantha Durk - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Tracey Dwight - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Michelle Dymond - Mealtime Assistant
Miss Melanie John - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Marguerite Johnson - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Amanda May - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Wendy Maynard - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Gabrielle McHenry - Mealtime Assistant
Mr Paul Tanton - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Victoria Watson - Mealtime Assistant
Mrs Rebecca Weaver - Mealtime Assistant
Mr Jon Wines - 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