Meet the Team

Not sure who you need to speak to? See below for all staff members, their roles in school and a little bit about them:

Our Staff
Mrs J Thompson

Mrs J Thompson

Head Teacher

I am so excited to be appointed Head Teacher at Kelvin Grove. I previously worked here as Deputy Head for 3 years and I love working in our vibrant school with our amazing children. I am a maths specialist but am also committed to developing creativity in school to engage and excite our children. I strive to build close partnerships with parents and carers and will always make time to hear any concerns you may have. If you would like to speak to me, drop in or call the office to arrange.

Mrs E Baker

Mrs E Baker

Deputy Head/Y6 teacher

I’m excited to become part of the Kelvin Grove family and I already feel very welcome. I have been teaching for over 15 years now and I’m looking forward to working alongside the rest of the amazing staff and with the community to continue to make this a successful school. In my spare time, I love to bake, (well my name is Baker) travel and run (you’ll often see me huffing and puffing around a parkrun). My favourite subjects are maths and French, but I love to learn alongside the children, so I enjoy the challenge of learning something new every day.

Mrs C Saukuru

Mrs C Saukuru

School Business Manager

Finance and Budgeting, HR, Health & Safety and Premises.

Bula! (boo-lah) There are not many places in the world where the International Date Line actually touches land. My island home, Fiji, is one of those few places where you can stand on the international date line. I am proud to be a part of our Kelvin Grove family because our school is so diverse, inclusive and vibrant. I like to travel, learn different cultures and watch rugby.

Mrs C Cunningham

Mrs C Cunningham

School Business Manager

I love working in our vibrant, multi-cultural school environment here at Kelvin Grove. As part of my role I look after staffing and Human Resources, the school budget, our premises, suppliers of goods and services, policies, procedures and funding. In my free time I love cycling, running, swimming and travelling.

Mrs J Phillips

Mrs J Phillips

Family Support Worker

Coming soon 

Mr C Ytreoy

Mr C Ytreoy

Receptionist/ Administration Assistant

I have been at Kelvin Grove since 2015 and thoroughly enjoy working at the school. I relish the hectic and busy atmosphere of the school office, it’s all go some mornings! In my spare time I like reading, listening to old LP records and spending time with my family. I look forward to welcoming you to Kelvin Grove Primary School.

Mr A Batten

Mr A Batten

Facilities and Maintenance Manager

My Name is Andrew Batten and I am the Facilities and Maintenance Manager at Kelvin Grove. I live at Low Fell so I am just along the road from Kelvin Grove. I started my job in January 2024. I have around 24 years of experience working in schools starting from School Caretaker and moved up to School Site Manager and then onto Facilities and Maintenance Manager. I have worked in schools in Gateshead, Sunderland and Newcastle over the years. I enjoy working at Kelvin Grove and no two days are the same in and around school.

Miss J Chilvers

Miss J Chilvers

Pastoral TA/Family Support Worker Assistant

Coming soon 

TEACHERS
Mr M Davidson

Mr M Davidson

6D

PE Lead

Year 6 teacher

I have been working at Kelvin Grove since 2021 and love being part of this busy, multi-cultural school. My favourite subjects to teach are maths, science and PE. As PE and extracurricular lead, I have a real passion for getting children active and providing them the chance to try a large range of different sports and activities. In my spare time, I enjoy playing sports, walking my dog in the great outdoor and listening to music.

Mrs Burn

Mrs Burn

3B

Accelerated Reader Lead

Year 3 teacher

I have been teaching at Kelvin Grove for over six years and I have enjoyed every minute. I am currently teaching in Year 6 and I love the challenges this year group faces. My favourite subject to teach is history; I love learning about the past. Outside of school, I enjoy shopping, eating out, but most importantly, spending quality time with my husband and little boy.

Mrs R Stokes

Mrs R Stokes

4S

Year 4 teacher

I have been teaching for just over 4 years now with experience in both KS1 and KS2. I am currently teaching year 5 and love it! I enjoy teaching Maths and Science the most as I enjoy watching the children grow in knowledge and confidence when they overcome different challenges in these areas; personally, I am interested in learning Spanish in my own time. I try to lead a healthy lifestyle by going to the gym or hiking in the Lake District with my dog Moose (weather permitting of course).

Miss K Fisher

Miss K Fisher

6F

Senior Leadership

Key Stage 1 Phase Lead

Year 6 Teacher

Coming Soon

Miss G Holden

Miss G Holden

SENDCO

Teacher

I have been teaching for over twenty years from Nursery through to Key Stage Two. I enjoy travelling and have spent time teaching in Germany. My hobbies are dancing and I love learning new art and craft skills at evening classes.

Mrs M Bell

Mrs M Bell

3BM

Year 3 teacher (Paired with Mrs McAree)

My name is Mrs Bell. I am currently teaching in Year 3 and have taught in Nursery, Year 1 and Year 2. I have been teaching for 5 years. I love watching The Great British Bake off and trying the recipes myself. Also I love travelling, enjoying eating in different restaurants and trying new foods. I have recently had a little girl who is a delight and keeps me busy most days.

Mrs L McAree

Mrs L McAree

3BM

Year 3 teacher (Paired with Mrs Bell)

I have been teaching at Kelvin Grove for over 12 years now and have been privileged to work with wonderful children in all year groups throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. I love watching the children I teach enjoying their learning, growing in confidence and being proud of their progress and achievements. I spend most of my spare time being kept busy by my gorgeous little boy. I also enjoy getting outdoors and exploring new places, reading and socialising with family and friends.

Mrs Y Akram

Mrs Y Akram

2A

RE Lead

Mental Health First Aid Team

Year 2 teacher

I have been teaching for over 16 years across schools in Gateshead and most of my teaching experience has been gained in EYFS and KS1. My Primary School teacher inspired me to become a teacher and since then it became my dream. I am passionate about teaching, and most of all watching each and every child develop in confidence. When I’m not at school, my two little children keep me very busy! I enjoy listening to music and eating food from a range of cultures.

Mr B McManus

Mr B McManus

4M

Year 4 teacher

My name is Mr McManus and I am the current Year 2 teacher. I am new to teaching after previously working as a coach, but have quickly grown to love the Kelvin Grove values and our whole-school ethos. I love any and all sports, and keep myself busy on holidays abroad.

Miss M Chambers

Miss M Chambers

1CL

Year 1 teacher (Paired with Miss Lawson)

As a child I attended Kelvin Grove and feel very lucky to have returned as a teacher. I have worked here since September 2000, during which time I have taught Nursery, Reception and Year 1. I love teaching and my favourite subjects are History, Geography and Art.
I have three children who keep me very busy! We love visiting historical buildings, museums, art galleries and going for woodland walks together.
In the rare moments I get to myself I like to read historical fiction and mystery stories, whilst putting my feet up and enjoying a large cup of coffee.

Miss Lawson

Miss Lawson

1CL

Year 1 teacher (Paired with Mrs Chambers)

I have been teaching in Kelvin Grove for 3 years now & I love being part of such a supportive team. I am currently teaching in Year 1 and have also taught in Year 2.
I was previously a teaching assistant for 4years, which inspired me to become a teacher.
I enjoy teaching Science, as I love to watch the children learn and grown through investigation.
Outside of school I like to spend time with my fiancé & little boy, we love to go on adventures outdoors.

Mrs L Bridgewood

Mrs L Bridgewood

Reception

Reception teacher

I have been an Early Years and Key Stage One teacher for over 14 years, working across a number of schools in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland. I love working at Kelvin Grove Primary School. The school has a fantastic ethos, a great team and fantastic pupils! Their hard work and support for each other is brilliant to see. I have a real passion for teaching children and encouraging them to reach their full potential.

Outside of work, I love spending time with friends and family. I enjoy weekends with my husband and 2 sons: at the cinema, on bike-rides and at our local beaches – my favourite place! I also love dancing, and regularly attend classes in my spare time.

Mrs J Huggins

Mrs J Huggins

1CL

Year 1 teacher

I have been a qualified primary school teacher for over twenty years, with the majority of my teaching being in KS1 and Early Years.  I have also worked with children who have complex needs, as well as teaching in a KS1 and KS2 autism unit.  I enjoy watching football and following the Grand Prix.

Mrs B Hann

Mrs B Hann

Nursery

Art and DT Lead

Mental Health First Aid Team

Nursery Teacher

My name is Mrs Hann and I’m the Nursery Teacher with the best job in the world. I’ve been teaching for 12 years and Early Years is my true vocation. I’m very passionate about supporting all children to reach their full potential and giving them the best possible start to education. I love creating an environment that is magical for the children to play, learn and develop. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and listening to live music, reading and going to the theatre.

Mrs N Scott

Mrs N Scott

5S

Year 5 teacher

Coming soon

Mrs S Groussin

Mrs S Groussin

4H

Year 4 teacher

Coming soon

HLTAs
Miss J Clark

Miss J Clark

HLTA

PPA cover

Coming soon

Mr P Grainger

Mr P Grainger

HLTA

Music Lead

PPA cover

I work with children across our wonderful school from Nursery to Year 6. I am passionate about music, I teach music across the school, run the Key Stage 2 Singing Club, and lead singing assemblies. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to music, playing video games, and playing the guitar and ukulele.

Mrs C Reynolds

Mrs C Reynolds

HLTA

Computing Lead

Coming soon

Teaching Assistants/Nursery Nurses
Miss L Melvin

Miss L Melvin

One to One Support

Coming Soon

Miss T Tonnessen

Miss T Tonnessen

Reception

I have worked as a Nursery Nurse/Teaching Assistant for over 28 years now. I have worked in almost every year group in the school – except Year 3! I enjoy my job enormously and I especially like working in Kelvin Grove with all of the magnificent children we have here. Outside of school, I like to read, walk and spend time with my family.

Mrs E Harrison

Mrs E Harrison

Y5

I have been a member of Kelvin Grove for 31 years, firstly as lunchtime staff then as a teaching assistant. My children and grandchildren all attended Kelvin Grove as pupils, I have worked in all year groups in key stage 2 and enjoy working with the children, helping with their learning. Outside of school I spend lots of time with my grandchildren, I also like reading, walking and socializing with friends.

Mrs C Scott

Mrs C Scott

Y4

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Kelvin Grove for just over 12 years now and love my job enormously, helping children grow in confidence to achieve their goals.
Outside of School, my favourite place is a beach – summer or winter – where I have many adventures with my energetic Grandchildren and my crazy Border Collie, Nellie!

Mrs J Bowers

Mrs J Bowers

Year 2

Coming soon

Mrs P Smith

Mrs P Smith

Year 3

Coming soon

Miss H Neale

Miss H Neale

Year 1

Coming soon

Miss J Byers

Miss J Byers

Reception

Coming Soon

Miss K Brown

Miss K Brown

Nursery

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Kelvin Grove nursery for almost 3 years. I absolutely love working with children. I am very passionate about giving them the best start to education and love teaching and nurturing the children and watching them grow. Prior to this I was a child care assessor working with students from different early years settings. I enjoyed teaching and I enjoyed sharing my knowledge and experience with in early years. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and experiencing new things with my little boy. I very fortunate to be working for such a wonderful school with fabulous children.

Miss S Smith

Miss S Smith

Year 6

Hi my name is Miss Smith. I support children with additional needs across the school. I have worked at Kelvin Grove since 2012 and recently started a role as a SEN teaching assistant and Nursery lunchtime assistant. In my spare time I like to read and go out walking with my children.

Miss E Chambers

Miss E Chambers

SEN support

Coming soon

Miss J Sanderson

Miss J Sanderson

SEN support

Coming soon

Lunchtime Supervisors
Mrs Hovells

Mrs Hovells

Supervisor

Ms Snaith

Ms Snaith

Supervisor

Mrs Gow

Mrs Gow

Mrs Parmley

Mrs Parmley

Miss Brown

Miss Brown

Mrs Davison

Mrs Davison

Ms K Burns

Ms K Burns

Ms C Burns

Ms C Burns

Other staff

Kitchen Staff

  • Miss D Thirlaway
  • Mrs L Keenan
  • Mrs L Madden
  • Mrs J Trainer

Cleaners

  • Mr W Cockburn
  • Mrs J Cairns
  • Mrs N Latimer
  • Miss L Powton
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