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Meet the staff

Mrs P Orchard - Headteacher

Mrs Orchard qualified as a teacher in 1983, working firstly in secondary education before retraining in primary when her two children were small.  Mrs Orchard joined St Mary’s in September 2015, having moved from another small primary school where she was class teacher of a 5/6 class, SENCO, staff governor and senior leader.


Mrs Webber is our Parent Support Advisor (PSA).  Mrs Webber provides support, advice and information in order to ensure your children are happy, healthy, and able to benefit as much as possible from school and the opportunities it offers.

Mrs E Cottle - School Business Manager

Mrs Cottle handles all of the financial affairs and adminstration and is most likely to be your first port of call! 

Mrs T Daddow - Teacher

Mrs Daddow teaches Reception in Willow Class on Monday's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's.  She is the Early Years Foundation Stage leader and literacy leader in school. She runs the school/Eco council and is currently working with the school councillors to achieve the Eco Schools Bronze Award. She also ensures The Bike It Crew promote active travelling to school at St Mary's. She is a level 3 Forest School leader and loves taking out Bumblebees for regular forest school sessions whatever the weather! Mrs Daddow also mentors NQT staff.

Mrs L Blundell - TEACHER

Mrs Blundell teaches Reception in Willow class on Thursday's and Friday's.

Mrs S Ball - Teacher

Mrs Ball teaches Year 1 & 2 in Beech Class on Thursday’s and Friday’s and every other Wednesday.  She is the ICT subject leader and is responsible for the Playground Buddies.  She also has the responsibility for the guided reading in the school.

Mrs M Burgess - TEACHER

Mrs Burgess teaches Year 1 & 2 in Beech Class on Monday's, Tuesday's and alternative Wednesday's.

Miss K Connor - Teacher

Miss Connor teaches Year 3 and 4 in Maple Class.


Mrs Wood teaches Year 5 & 6 in Oak class.

Mrs S Brailey - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Brailey is a teaching assistant supporting the Reception and Year 1 children in Bumblebee class.  She also supervises the children at lunchtime. 


Mrs Filer is a teaching assistant supporting the Reception and Year 1 children in Bumblebee class.  Mrs Filer also supports 1:1 children.

Miss S Fairclough - Teaching Assistant

Miss Fairclough is a teaching assistant supporting the Year 2 & 3 children in Squirrel class.  Miss Fairclough supports 1:1 children.  and is our ELSA.  She also supervises the children at lunchtime.