Our School Staff

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chris-andrewI am pleased to welcome you to our school's website which gives you some information about our school, its aims, organisation and activities.

Details of the application process to our school are contained on the site in the documents section. Prospective parents are always welcome to visit the school. Should you have any queries or wish to discuss any aspects of school life or work which you feel have not been covered then please either telephone or e-mail the school for further information.

At St James the Great we seek to create a supportive and friendly environment where each child has the opportunity to develop the highest possible level of achievement fulfilling their academic, moral, physical and spiritual potential in a climate of tolerance of individual differences where Gospel values permeate daily life and we strive to use our skills and talents for the good of all.

As a church school we very much value our close working relationship with our feeder parishes of St Bartholomew's, Norbury, and St Andrew's, Thornton Heath and the support we receive from parish clergy in providing strong chaplaincy provision for the school. This parish partnership is further strengthened through the home school partnership that also exists, this is integral to the success of our pupils.

We are very fortunate in having a supportive Governing Body, dedicated Parents Association and, of course, a particularly skilled and committed staff along with hardworking children.

I hope our website gives you some sense of the vibrant nature of our school and the broad and balanced curriculum that we strive to provide. The link provided to the Department for Education and Skills Ofsted site will enable you to access the excellent inspection report on the school. We have also provided a copy of the inspection report on the school carried out by the Diocesan authorities, which is of an equally high standard.

One of our recent developments is the installation of a solar powered weather station provided by our Friend's Association on the roof of our school. This provides ongoing data collection on climatic conditions, which is available for use by the pupils in school.

I am nearly always out by the school entrance before and after school, please feel free to talk to me and find out more about our wonderful school community.

C. Andrew


Staff Responsible for Class 16/17

Mrs L Owen + BA(Hons) PGCE MA NPQH Deputy Headteacher, Whole School Curriculum Leader, Assessment Leader, Acting R.E. Leader, CPD Leader, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Teaching School
Miss M Almeida BA (Hons) PGCE QTS Nursery Teacher, Art Leader & volunteer placements Nursery
Miss C Bushell Teach First R.1
Mrs N Carder BA (Hons) QTS + FS/KS1 Leader, DT Leader, Shadow Literacy Leader R2
Mr M Kenny BSc PGCE QTS Computing Leader 1.1
Miss A Dillon  R.E. Team Member, School Travel Plan, Junior Travel Ambassadors, Bike It 1.2
Miss V Berry BA (Hons) PGCE QTS Humanities Leader 2.1
Mrs G Foad BA (Hons) QTS Enterprise Leader 2.2
Miss T O'Connor BA (Hons) PGCE QTS + Lower KS2 Phase Co-ordinator, Science Leader 3.1
Mrs D Lawless  BEd (Hons) GTP / QTS Outdoor Environment, Eco Council 3.2
Miss C Ortega Shadow RE Leader 3.3
Ms A Cassayre 4.1
Mr M Lascelles Shadow Science Leader 4.2
Miss S Eaton BA (Hons) PGCE QTS PE Leader, NQT Mentor 5.1
Ms Juli Ryzop NQT, School Council 5.2
Mr D Hughes BA (Hons) PGCE QTS (MAST)

Mrs J Wellington BA (Hons) PGCE QTS +

Public Speaking and Poetry Society Links

Inclusion Manager, oversight of vulnerable/ intervention groups, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Early Help, Acting PSHCE Leader


Mrs R Williams*BA(Hons) QTS AST +

Literacy Leader, Music Leader, TeachFirst, Schools Direct, ITT, NQTs (AST), Acting Year 6 phase leader

Miss E. Jackson BA (Hons) GTP / QTS (MAST) Mathematics Leader
Mr J Allen BEd (Hons) QTS PPA Cover - Music
Mrs J Wellington BA (Hons) PGCE QTS Inclusion Manager (EMA, EAL)
Miss L O'Brien BA (Hons), PGCE QTS  MFL Leader
Ms Adrienne Tainton Music Accompanist
+ School Leadership Team Member
Nursery Nurses

Ms P. Chambers NNEB (based in Reception)

Mrs S Tracey NNEB (based in Year 1)

Mrs S Kelsall NNEB  (based in Reception)

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)

Mrs L Finnegan, Mrs J Baker Year N

Mrs H Leathem, Mrs N Mezzela Year R

Mrs B Willis, Mrs A Pollock Year 1

Mrs B Wentworth, Mrs L Szymaniak, Mrs H Mooney, Mrs N Mezzela Year 2

Mrs C Melody, Mrs I D'Aranjo, Mrs D Sullivan Year 3

Mrs S Fernandes Year 4

Mrs S Reynolds Year 5

Mrs G McGowan Year 6

Pupil Support Assistants (PSAs - Special Need Support)


Mrs C Menezes

Mrs E Miles

Mrs N Mezzela

Mrs I D’Aranjo

Mrs H Mooney

Mrs S De Souza

Mrs C Oughton

Mrs B Parfitt

Mrs M Elliott

Mrs M Fernandes

Mrs R Ramos
Mrs M Rooney
Mrs M Lopeman Mrs J Savage
Mrs M McElhinney
Non- Teaching Staff


Mrs Marchant Personal Assistant to the Headteacher

Mrs Spinks Senior Administrative Officer (Finance)

Mrs Pullan Finance Administrator

Mrs Stock Admissions Secretary (Part-time)

Mrs Mowbray Clerical Assistant (Part-time) and Senior Mid-day Supervisor

Mr Les Parry Premises Manager

Mr Joe Anoff Premises Officer ( Part Time)

Mrs Williams Catering Manageress

Ms Skelton Assistant Catering Manageress



Peripetetic Music




Mid-day Supervisory (SMSA)