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‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’
‘Learning, Caring and Achieving Together’

Find out more about our staff team...

Meet the Staff

Head Teacher - Claire McKinney  

My name is Claire McKinney and I am the Head Teacher of Stamfordham Primary. I teach in Years 5 & 6 where you will find me on a Thursday and Friday... 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 SPS. When I am not wearing my HT hat, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and 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 5&6)  - Katrina Gilbert

I am Mrs Gilbert and I'm a Senior Teacher at Stamfordham Primary School and teach the children of Years 5 & 6 on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. I have been at Stamfordham since 2003 and this year I am teaching in all year groups. 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 24 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, daughter, 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!

Class 3 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, daughter Penny and my husband Andrew. A fascinating fact about thumbs are very bendy!

Class 3 Teacher - Lauren Smith 

Hello, I am Miss Smith and I teach in Reception Class. I am very excited to have started my teaching career at Stamfordham Primary School following the completion of my Teacher Training course here a couple of years ago. 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.


Class 2 Teacher - Emily Snowball

Hello! My name is Miss Snowball and I teach the children of Class 2.

Reception Teacher - Claire Tait 

Hello, my name is Mrs Tait and I teach the children of Reception. Hopefully, sharing the same name as Mrs Rebecca Tait doesn't confuse 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 sons, Daniel and Joe and love going for long walks in the countryside and eating out with family and friends.


Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Julie Jeffrey

Hello! My name is Mrs Jeffrey and I work with the children in class 2.



Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Sarah Walters 

I'm Mrs Walters and I work in Class 2 as well as outside at playtime and dinner time. I live in Newcastle with my husband and two children. I like dancing, music, reading and eating out (but not all at the same time!)



Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Superviser - Mandy Watson 

Hello, my name is Mrs Watson and I work with the children of Class 4, as well as help care for everyone at lunchtime.



Teaching Assistant & Lunchtime Supervisor - Diane Parry

Hello! My name is Mrs Parry and I work with the children of Class 3.



Music Teacher - Justin Radford 

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



Office Manager -  Melanie Mortimer 

My name is Melanie Mortimer and I am the office manager at Stamfordham Primary. You will find me in school each day and I do lots to help the school run smoothly.



Admin Support - Alison Rebair

My name is Ali Rebair and I am a part-time office support at Stamfordham Primary. You will find me in school each Monday and Thursday.



Stampers Pre-School Leader - Claire Cable

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.



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 Play Leader - 



Kidzone Worker - Janice Scott 

My name is Janice and I work in Kidzone as Play Worker.