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Who's Who?

Miss Reis

Head Teacher - Swift Class (2 Days a week)


Miss Reis is our Swift Class (Year 3&4) teacher and our Head Teacher. She studied Chemistry and Maths at University of Sheffield, before her PGCE in Portsmouth. She is very passionate about reading and phonics. Miss Reis looks after English and SEND in our school.

Favourite movie: Singin' in the rain

Favourite book: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Favourite food: Pasta 

Favourite song: That'll Be The Day By Buddy Holly


Mr Laing

Deputy Head Teacher - Eagle Class


Mr Laing is our Eagle Class (Year 5&6) teacher and our Deputy Head Teacher. He has been a teacher for over two decades. He has a particular interest in Maths and Sport. Mr. Laing always delivers exciting lessons, he is very skilled at making learning memorable and 'hands on'. We love his assemblies!  

Favourite movie: Star Wars or The Breakfast Club or Three Colours Blue

Favourite book: Farmer Duck or The War of The Worlds or The Grapes Of Wrath.

Favourite food: Cheese Pizza, pepperoni pizza or buffalo mozzarella and pepperoni pizza.

Favourite song: Happy by Pharrel or Hurt by NIN/Johnny Cash or Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd


Miss Swain

Class Teacher - Robin Class


Miss Swain is our Robin class (Reception) teacher and has a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Biochemistry and a P.G.C.E (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Cambridge University. Miss Swain really enjoys teaching and regularly gives children opportunities that are 'outside of the box'. Miss Swain looks after the arts in our school. 

Favourite movie: Tangled 

Favourite book:  Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell 

Favourite food: Macaroni cheese

Favourite song: Tightrope from The Greatest Showman


Miss Herbert

Class Teacher - Puffin Class

Miss Herbert is new to our team and teaches in Puffin Class (Years 1&2). She looks after History and Geography in the school. 


Mrs Murrell

Class Teacher- Swift Class (3 Days a week)


Mrs Murrell currently teaches in Swift class. She joined Great Sampford in September 2008 and has been teaching for fourteen years in total. Mrs Murrell has a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Maths and Statistics from Anglia Ruskin University and a P.G.C.E (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Cambridge University. Mrs Murrell also looks after science in our school. 

Favourite movie: Jerry Macquire

Favourite book:  Room (Emma Donoghue)

Favourite food: Cake!

Favourite song: Paradise (Coldplay)


Miss Mitchell

Higher Level Teaching Assistant- Eagle Class

Miss Mitchell is a Teaching Assistant in our Year 5/6 Class with Mr Laing and has been at Great Sampford since September 2006. Miss Mitchell has the Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification. 

Favourite movie: Lion

Favourite book: Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Favourite food: Fish Fingers Sandwiches (with salad cream of course!)

Favourite song: Our House (Madness)


Mrs Hale

Teaching Assistant - Puffin Class

Mrs Hale is a Teaching Assistant in Puffin Class with Miss Swain and has been at Great Sampford since September 2001. She is also particularly interested in the outdoors and runs our Forest School provision. Mrs Hale is the best teaching assistant in Essex, she won the county wide award 2018! 

Favourite movie: Any James Bond Movie 

Favourite book: The Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency (John Seymour)

Favourite food: Spotted Dick and Clotted Cream or Cornish Pasty

Favourite song: Why (Tracey Chapman)


Mrs Mikkides

Teaching Assistant - Swift Class

Mrs Mikkides is a Teaching Assistant in Swift Class with Miss Reis and Mrs Murrell. She enjoys working with all of the children and has a particular interest in phonics and reading. Mrs Mikkides encourages the children to keep going and has a particularly calming nature on the children. 

Favourite movie: Up

Favourite book: Black Beauty

Favourite food: Chinese

Favourite song: Happy


Mrs Banning

Teaching Assistant - Robin Class

Mrs Banning is a Teaching Assistant in Robin Class with Miss Swain. She has joined our team with a wealth of knowledge about the Early Years. 


Miss Banks

Teaching Assistant - Swift Class

Miss Banks is a Teaching Assistant in Swift Class. 

Favourite movie: The Blind Side

Favourite book: Good Vibes, Good Life

Favourite food: Chocolate

Favourite song: Anything by Coldplay


Mrs Bullock

Admin Officer

Mrs Bullock works part-time in the school office. She will happily answer any questions about the school that supports our families and visitors. 

Favourite movie: Love, Honour and Obey

Favourite book:  Tigers in Red Weather (Liz Klaussman)

Favourite food: Curry and cake... together? 

Favourite song: Perfect Day (Lou Reed)


Mrs Lander

Admin Officer

Mrs Lander has worked at Great Sampford since 1998 in various roles throughout the school and has worked in the office since 2006. Mrs Lander takes care of finance and HR. 

Favourite movie: The Adjustment Bureau

Favourite book:  The Cazalet Chronicles (Elizabeth Jane Howard)

Favourite food: Freshly baked bread

Favourite song: Piano Man (Billy Joel)


Miss Berry

Catering Manager

Miss Berry has recently joined our team and is developing the menu to offer as much variety as possible to all the children and staff at lunchtime. 


Miss Lucking

Catering Assistant

Miss Lucking works her socks off every Thursday to deliver the children some of the most delicious food ever. 


Miss Lister

Sport Coach

Miss Lister is our sports coach. She teaches us a range of different sports and games and helps us to keep active during our playtimes with fun and exciting activities.


Mr Esser, Mr Withers & Mr Kruppa

Peripatetic Music Teachers

Our music teachers offer piano, keyboard, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet lessons.