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Meet the staff

We are the staff team of Stamfordham First School.



Head Teacher - Claire McKinney

My name is Claire McKinney and I am the Head Teacher of Stamfordham First.

I teach in Years 3 and 4 where you will find me from lunchtime on a Wednesday...

I first started teaching in 1995 - yes that long ago! I worked in a small school in Durham for 6 years, teaching the Year 3 children before moving up the school to the OAPs in Year 6 in 1998.  After 6 years learning my trade and developing my own teaching style, I moved to Newcastle as a Deputy Head Teacher. 

I came to Stamfordham in 2006, and very much enjoy my teaching-head teacher role.  I like most things about school, especially the children because you are all so very different.  This was the main reason I wanted to come here, to be able to wear two hats, school leader and class teacher - although it is indeed a challenging role! 

I love having fun in classroom, and really enjoy being Head at SFS.  When I am not wearing my HT hat, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, watching my football team, well someone has to support Sunderland!  I also enjoy reading and time permitting, relaxing in the garden - this can prove to be a rather damp experience!


Senior Class Teacher (Yrs 3&4) - Katrina Gilbert

I am Mrs Gilbert and I'm the Senior Teacher at Stamfordham First School. I am one of the Year 3 and 4 class teachers, and have taught at Stamfordham since 2003.

I coordinate Literacy and am mentor and guide to Newly Qualified Teachers and Students.  Having gained my degree in Leeds, I've now been teaching for 19 years. Life in school is ever busy,  but equally stimulating and rewarding. Early in my career, I spent 4 years teaching in Nottingham before returning to the north east, as many say, Geordie girls are on elastic bands, and always come home again!

I live in a beautiful Northumberland village with my husband, thirteen year old daughter, ten year old twin boys and golden retriever.  Needless to say, life is never dull or quiet!

I love walking, reading, going to the theatre and cinema not to mention the occasional trip to the shops for a top-up of retail therapy!


**Mrs Gilbert is taking a sabbatical from Jan-Dec 2017**


Senior Class Teacher (Yrs 3&4) - Jessica Carter

Hello, I am Mrs Carter and I'm the Senior Teacher at Stamfordham First School. I am one of the Year 3 and 4 class teachers, and coordinate Literacy. I have just joined the Stamfordham team in 2017 and am very excited to be here!

Since graduating in 2006, I have worked in two middle schools in Northumberland where I have gained experience teaching a broad curriculum to a variety of school aged children. I really enjoy working with children, helping to guide them fulfil their dreams for the future.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Life is busy! We enjoy walks on the beach and taking in the beautiful scenery of the North-East.



Year 1&2 Teacher - Claire Tait

Hello, my name is Mrs Tait and I teach the children of Class 2. Hopefully, sharing the same name as Mrs Rebecca Tait doesn't confuse for everyone!


I thoroughly enjoyed completing my Teacher Training course at Stamfordham in 2015, so was thrilled to bits to be able to stay.


I live with my husband Mark and teenage boys, Daniel and Joe and love going for long walks in the countryside and eating out with family and friends.


Reception Class Teacher - Rebecca Tate

Hello. I am Mrs Tate and I am the reception class teacher.


I started teaching in 2009, and I love being a teacher. I think that the children in our school are all fantastic!


When I'm not teaching, I love to go for walks on the beach with my son William, and my husband Andrew.


A fascinating fact about thumbs are very bendy!


Reception Class Teacher - Lauren Smith

Hello, I am Miss Smith and I teach in Reception Class. I am very excited to be starting my teaching career at Stamfordham First School following the completion of my Teacher Training course here last year! I am really enjoying my role as Reception Class Teacher as it is a very rewarding job - I love seeing the children making such fantastic progress!

In any spare time, I enjoy taking my lovely spaniel Millie for long walks in the countryside. I also love to shop and go to the cinema with my partner Chris.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Julie Jeffrey

Hello! My name is Mrs Jeffrey and I work with the children of reception class.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Sam Bullerwell

I work with Mrs Tait and the children of Class 2.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Superviser - Mandy Watson

Hello, my name is Mrs Watson and I work with the children of Class 3, as well as help care for everyone at lunchtime.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Emily Snowball

Hello. My name is Miss Snowball, and I work in reception, classes 2 and 3.


Music Teacher - Justin Radford

I am Mr Radford and I teach the clarinet, flute, saxophone, keyboard and guitar to the children at Stamfordham First School. That's quite a list, but they're a very talented bunch at Stamfordham!


School Secretary - Dawn Hill

Hello. My name is Dawn Hill and I am the Secretary at Stamfordham First.  You will find me in the school office.


School Secretary - Jill Drew

My name is Jill Drew and I am a part-time Secretary at Stamfordham First.  You will find me in school each Thursday.


Stampers Pre-School Leader - Siobhan Stephenson

I am the Pre-School Leader and I work in Stampers.


Stampers Pre-School Deputy - Kirsty Mclean

My name is Kirsty and I work in Stampers Pre-School.


Stampers Pre-School Assistant and SENCo - Claire Cable

I am Claire Cable, and I work with the children in Stampers Pre-School.


School Caretaker - Sean McWilliams

I am Mr McWilliams and I am the school caretaker.


Catering Unit Manager - Pam McWilliams

I am Pam McWilliams and I am the school cook.


Kitchen Assistant - Susan Bushby

I am Susan and I work with Pam in the school kitchen.


KidZone Leader - Janice Scott

My name is Janice and I work in KidZone.


KidZone - Brenda Allnutt

Hello, I am Brenda and I work in Kidzone.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Karen Rudd

Hello, my name is Mrs Rudd and I work with Class 2.


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