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Meet our fabulous staff team below 

  • Mrs Alison Hine


    Having previously been a Headteacher in a rural school and then Executive Headteacher across two schools, Mrs Hine brings a wealth of experience to the role. Her values and ethos align perfectly with The Trust’s belief that a happy school is a successful school and she will ensure that The Griffin Primary School and Little Griffin Nursery provide the very best education for your child. Mrs Hine is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead, Responsible Person for Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children and SENCO.

  • Miss Maddie Byrne

    Reception Teacher and Early Years Lead

    Miss Byrne is an expert in all things Early Years and she will use this expertise to provide an excellent education for the Reception children, across all areas of the curriculum. She will oversee the provision in both the Nursery and Reception classes, working regularly with and leading the whole team to provide a consistently high quality experience for your children. Miss Byrne is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

  • Mr Tim Pouton

    Nursery Teacher

    Mr Pouton has spent his career working within the Early Years and his enthusiastic and nurturing approach, alongside his expert knowledge of the EYFS, will ensure that children at The Little Griffin Nursery make a great start to their educational journey.

  • Mrs Amanda Cation

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    Having previously taught as a swimming teacher, and having a degree in Early Childhood studies, Mrs Cation brings experience and knowledge to the role. During her teaching career, she has taught across Key Stage 1, so can provide all children with a smooth transition from Reception into Year 1 and ensure all children are well-prepared for the next step in their learning journey into Year 2.

  • Mrs Claudie Patterson (SENCO)


    Claudie is a highly experienced SENCO. She is committed to supporting pupils with a range of additional needs and to providing advice to staff. She also works with external experts and specialist support and provision as required, for the benefit of our pupils.

  • Mrs Hayley Cole

    Reception Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Cole has worked within Reception classes and Nursery classes throughout her career. This means that she has accrued a vast wealth of knowledge and her positive attitude and encouragement of the children will support them to grow in their academic, social and independent skills so that they are ‘Happy, Kind and Confident’.

  • Miss Demi-Leigh Powell

    Teaching Assistant

    Demi is really enthusiastic about making a difference to children's lives and supporting their early education. She is building her skill and knowledge whilst completing an Apprenticeship in Early Years.

  • Mrs Amanda Day

    Early Years Educator

    Mrs Day has a wide range of experience within nursery settings and brings an invaluable set of skills and knowledge to support the children at The Little Griffin Nursery to be the best they can be at all times. As a 'Time to Talk' and 'Wellcomm' trained practitioner, she is our Communication and language Champion.

  • Mrs Liesa Gough

    Early Years Educator

    Mrs Gough is a highly experienced Teaching Assistant who has also worked within both the Early Years and from Y1 - Y6. She also helps supervise at lunchtimes. 

  • Mrs Amanda Fearns

    Early Years Educator

    Amanda has many years experience not only in the Early Years but also in supporting children with SEND in a 1:1 capacity across the entire Primary Phase. Her passion is for the Early Stages of children's development and her knowledge and expertise will ensure that all children feel settled and do their best.

  • Miss Melissa Mooney

    Early Years Educator

    Melissa has a background in Early Years, working in both Mainstream and Specialist SEND settings. She has an excellent knowledge of the EYFS and her calm, quiet approach supports all of our children to do their best.

  • Mrs Kerry Tucker

    Office Manager

    Having previously worked in two school offices, one in a small village school and one in a large school, Mrs Tucker has the ideal experience to bring to The Griffin Primary School as it grows from having just a Reception class to having Reception through to Year 6 in 2029. She offers a warm welcome and efficient service to our families and community.

  • Mrs Kirsten Isaac's

    Administrative Assistant

    Mrs Isaac's has a wealth of experience in an administrative role and her expertise and welcoming manner are perfect for this role. 

  • Mrs Claire Evans-Hare

    Midday Supervisor

    Mrs Evans-Hare has been a Midday Supervisor for many years, supporting  children to have a safe and enjoyable lunchtime. She is very approachable and really enjoys encouraging children to eat healthily and helping develop their play and social skills out on the playground.

  • Mr Karl Hine


    Mr Hine is keen to use his skills to ensure that the school is safe and always in fantastic condition for the children, staff and families of The Griffin.

  • Mr Greg Stalmach


    Mr Stalmach takes enormous pride in ensuring that the school is safe and clean for the children and staff of The Griffin Primary. He works to a very high standard and always does this with a cheerful disposition.

  • Mrs Dawn Carruthers


    Dawn displays a real sense of pride in the school and ensuring it is clean, tidy and safe for everyone who uses it. She works incredibly hard alongside Greg, our other cleaner.

  • Mr Jed Martin

    Wraparound Supervisor

    Mr Martin works for Game On Coaching Ltd but it feels like he is one of The Griffin's staff! He is a keen rugby player and really enjoys organising activities and helping children before and after school. 

  • Mrs Alex Grove

    School Cook

    Alex works for Alliance in Partnership (AiP) who are our school meal providers. She is a superb cook, preparing delicious meals on-site each day. She prides herself on knowing the children and keeping her kitchen at a 5 star level.

  • Miss Harriet Bass

    Assistant School Cook

    Harriet supports Alex with the preparation of meals and during lunchtime service. She knows the children well and always has a smile on her face!

  • Miss Vicki Crossin

    Year 1 Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Rachel Wright

    Teaching Assistant