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Meet the Team

There is an executive head who has overall responsibility for Brindishe Green, Brindishe Manor School and Brindishe Lee schools. Each school also has a headteacher who is responsible for its day-to-day leadership and management. Brindishe Manor also has three Assistant Headteachers who are responsible for different phases of the school.

There is the equivalent of a full-time teacher for every class and sometimes classes have two teachers who work part of the week each and share responsibility for the class. Teachers are flexible and will sometimes work with different age groups to share their skills and broaden their experience. All teachers have time ‘out of the classroom’. This is known as PPA time (time for planning, preparation and assessment). It is used to prepare plans and resources, to assess children’s learning, attend training and to support curriculum and staff development. Our teachers are all fully qualified and often work with teachers from other schools, especially our partner schools. When one of our class teachers is out of class, we are usually able to ask one of our own ‘in-house’ teachers to work with the class. This means that the children are taught by a member of staff who knows them and the way things work at Brindishe Manor.

We have a number of Teaching Assistants in school to support children with their learning. They may be attached to a particular class, year group or key stage, eg EYFS, and work alongside class teachers.  They may be supporting individual children or they may work with groups of children and provide general help in classrooms and around the school. Teaching Assistants are seen as equal members of staff, receive training and are consulted in all matters of school policy and practice. Some are training to become fully qualified teachers themselves. We have a range of specialist teachers and coaches who offer expertise in specific areas of the curriculum, for example, sport and music.

We have an inclusion coordinator, an attendance safeguarding and welfare officer and access to many therapeutic services including counsellors. These professionals support children for whom learning or relationships may be difficult and they work with families who need extra help or advice.

Our administrative staff in the school office deal with a broad range of tasks including supporting admissions to the school, managing the wide range of  clubs and extra-curricular activities, such as music lessons that we offer children, administering children’s lunchtime arrangements and dealing  with all financial matters.

The school also has a school business manager who administers the school budget and ensures that all financial matters follow local and national audit requirements. Our premises officers are responsible for the upkeep, safety and security of the school building, site and grounds, and, of course, its users!

A team of lunchtime supervisors/playleaders is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of children at lunchtime in conjunction with the senior leadership team.

Brindishe Manor staff work together as a team. We encourage team planning and teaching and shared responsibility. The teaching staff are able to teach and work with children of all ages and share in developing areas of the curriculum and school policy. This means that all staff will get to know, and probably teach, your child at some stage of their primary school career.

Staff at the Brindishe schools share ideas, expertise and resources. They plan inter- school projects and support each other’s professional development. They are professional partners.

Senior Leadership Team

  • Executive Headteacher: Rachel Waite
  • Head of School: Kate Porter
  • Assistant Head: Charlotte Dougan 
  • Assistant Head: Julie Hockham
  • Assistant Head/Inclusion Lead: Gemma Caller

Teaching Staff

EYFS – Nursery

Laura Sparkes

EYFS – Reception

Emily Da Silva

Amy Snaith

KS1 – Year 1

Katie Clapton

Jade Mackay

KS1 – Year 2

Kamila Rahman

Helen Coupe

Lower KS2 – Year 3

Charisse Phillips

Jammy Ahmed

Nutan Sood

Lower KS2 – Year 4

Rita Tothova

Lauren Blackie

Upper KS2 – Year 5

Chris Sinclair

Paul Jones

Helen Groothues

Rebecca Denyer

Upper KS2 – Year 6

Lucy Balcombe

Rebecca Sanders

Eleanor Benton


PPA Teachers

Nutan Sood

Annie Cole

Jenny Hayward

Teaching Assistants 

                     Elliot Bodman                                

                                       Marva Hudson                                

                             Elaine Ayeni                      

                      Sue Young

                                      Janet O'Neill

                             Sophia Turton

                    Rose Barron

                                      Bernie Francis

                            Lauren Morritt

                    Stratos Tzanos

                                      Charlie French                              Wai Chi Yu

                    Natalia Jarosz

                                      Reuben Jones                             Julie Arundel

                    Dan Bird

                                       Romy Ayres   


Lunchtime Play Leads

Soli Cocciatelli

Ellie Rowan

Emma Davison

Attendance, Welfare and Safeguarding Officer
Clare Doran

Premises Team

Carlos Ribeiro

Nathan Lobb

Admin Team

Jenny Gibbins

Sarah Faola

Lynn Thomas

IT Team:

Michael Payne and Aleks Piatkowski
Chester Taitt