Acting Head Teacher - Swift Class (2 Days a week)
Miss Reis is our Swift Class (Year 3&4) teacher and the current Acting 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
Acting Deputy Head Teacher - Eagle Class
Mr Laing is our Eagle Class (Year 5&6) teacher. 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 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
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)
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
Class Teacher- Swift Class (3 Days a week)
Mrs Murrell currently teaches in Swift class alongside Miss Reis. 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)
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)
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)
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
Teaching Assistant - Robin Class
Mrs Banning is a Teaching Assistant in Robin Class with Mrs Armstrong. She has recently joined our team with her wealth of knowledge in the Early Years.
Teaching Assistant - Puffin Class
Miss Banks is a Teaching Assistant in Puffin Class with Miss Swain.
Favourite movie: The Blind Side
Favourite book: Good Vibes, Good Life
Favourite food: Chocolate
Favourite song: Anything by Coldplay
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 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)
Mrs Thorpe is amazing! She cooks us a scrumptious meal every day. She really enjoys coming to work and experimenting with new flavours for us to try.
Favourite movie: The Notebook
Favourite book: Of Mice and Men
Favourite food: Pasta or Fajitas
Favourite song: Word Gets around (Stereophonics)
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.
Peripatetic Music Teachers
Our music teachers offer piano, keyboard, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone and trumpet lessons.