Rotherfield Primary School

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Our Staff

Rotherfield Primary Staff work together as a “family”. Staff are encouraged to support one another and work collaborative to share good practice, creating a positive teamwork ethos.

Our Leadership Team consists of our Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Inclusion Manager and Business Manager.

The Headteacher is responsible for the leadership and management and day-to-day running of our school, supported by our Deputy Headteacher.

Our children are offered professional support from our Inclusion Manager, which includes counselling and therapeutic provision.

We have an equivalent of a full time teacher in every class. All teachers have scheduled planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time, which is used for preparing class lesson plans, reviewing pupils' learning and progress, and attending development training.

Rotherfield has two very skilled Higher Learning Teaching Assistants (HLTAs) who are qualified to teach a class in the absence of a teacher. We also have 10 Teaching Assistants (TAs)/ Individual Needs Assistants (INA), who are attached to a specific class and/or child and play a key role in supporting children with their learning. Our HLTAs, TAs and INAs are integral members of staff within the school and are treated as such.

The school office staff undertake an array of duties; including attendance tracking, school admissions, and lunchtime arrangements for pupils, clubs and wraparound.

Our caretaker is responsible for the upkeep, safety and security of the school site, and all those who use it. Our kitchen staff ensure that school meals that are provided are healthy, hygienic and inviting to children and staff.

We do not have any staff who have taken time off to be union officials, and no staff member earns more than £100,000. 

Teaching Staff:


Headteacher: Kate Bishop

Deputy Headteacher: Jane Seymour

Inclusion Manager: Lucy Spratt 

Peake - Reception: Bethan Long / Laura Selby 

Goodall - Year 1: Merryn Andrews

Newton - Year 2:  Gemma Ahmed

Franklin - Year 3: Nichola Kent

Attenborough - Year 4: Joe Reardon

Jemison - Year 5: Shirley Turner and Emma Mitchell

Einstein - Year 6: Kayleigh Reardon

Higher Level Teaching Assistants:

Mandy Hackworth

Steph Modjesch

Teaching Assistants:

Tara Blackwell

Nina Buss

Emer Murphy

Sylvie Harrington

Sue Pinard

Louise Taylor

Jillian Fitzgibbon

Emma Glazzard

Jessica Webber

Emily David

Midday Support Assistant:

Lizzie Brown

School Business Manager:

Rebecca Frank

Finance Assistant:

Zuzana O'Rawe

Office Staff:

Melanie Collier

Lynn Watts

Kitchen Staff:

Debby Jones

Tetiana Klymova

Lauren Noakes

Caretaker: Nick Morley

Cleaners: Sheila Venus, Tetiana Klymova and Marion Kemp

Wraparound Care Coordinator: Zuzana O'Rawe

Breakfast Club Assistant: Sandra Chapman

Wraparound After school staff:  Sarah Woollard, Sarah Prince, Lizzie Brown