Great Sampford

Community Primary School

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Who's Who?

Mr Athanasiou

Head Teacher

Mr Athanasiou is our Head Teacher. The children know him as 'Mr. A.' He has taught every year group during his career which has spanned over 14 years. He enjoys teaching a variety of subjects and insists that staff use all of learning environments the school has to offer. It is his job to keep the children safe alongside all of the other staff. He loves to talk to people so please come in and see him, anytime.


Favourite movie: Mrs Doubtfire

Favourite book:  Revolting Rhymes

Favourite food: Greek vine leaves

Favourite song: It is too embarrassing!


Mr Laing

Senior Teacher - Eagle Class


Mr Laing is our Eagle Class (Year 5&6) teacher, (along with Mrs Murrell). He has been a teacher for nearly 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 stage show: The Tiger who Came to Tea, or The Play that Went Wrong, or Hamlet.

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 Reis

Deputy Head Teacher - Swift Class


Miss Reis is our Swift Class (Year 3&4) teacher and the Deputy Head. 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: Anything by Roald Dahl

Favourite food: Mrs Wain's Chicken pie! 

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




Mrs Armstrong

Class Teacher- EYFS Robin Class


Mrs Armstrong has a B.Ed (hons) degree in Biology and Education. She has a vast amount of experience in teaching and is an early years specialist. Mrs Armstrong creates exciting learning journeys for the children in her care ensuring she uses both indoor and outdoor learning environments. Mrs Armstrong looks after humanities in our school. 


Favourite movie: Chocolat

Favourite book: Hounds of the Morrigan (Pat O'Shea)

Favourite food: Raspberries and chocolate

Favourite song: Spectrum (Florence and the Machine)


Miss Swain

Class Teacher - Puffin Class


Miss Swain is our Puffin class (Year 1&2) 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


Mrs Murrell

Class Teacher- Eagle Class/Puffin Class


Mrs Murrell teaches in Eagle class and Puffin 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. 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 Attelsey

Teaching Assistant - Puffin Class


Mrs Attelsey is a Teaching Assistant in Puffin Class with Miss Swain. 

Favourite movie: Dance with wolves

Favourite book: Any autobiography, any true story

Favourite food: Seafood

Favourite song: How do I live? (LeAnn Rimes)


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)



Catering Manager


Mrs  is amazing! She has been cooking in schools for over 10 years. She cooks us a scrumptious meal every day. She really enjoys coming to work and experimenting with new flavours for us to try. 


Mr Plant

Sport Coach


Mr Plant is our sports coach. He 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 Meyrick & Mr Kruppa

Peripatetic Music Teachers

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