Staff 2018/19

Click on the relevant section below to view a list of staff members for academic year 2018/19

Downside Primary School Senior Management Team
  • Miss Karen Hooker – Headteacher
  • Mrs Deborah James – Deputy Head
  • Mrs Anne Lacey – Deputy Head
  • Miss Hannah Bell – Assistant Head
  • Mr Neil Dilkes – Assistant Head
  • Mrs Cassie Clark – Assistant Head
  • Mrs Deborah Standard – SMT Personal Assistant
Year R Class Teachers
  • Ruby Class – Miss Lauren Dinham (Head of Year R)
  • Coral Class – Miss Vicky Wareham
  • Opal Class – Miss Emma Harrison
  • Crystal Class – Mrs Jan Hicks
  • Emerald Class – Mrs Andrea McIntrye
Year 1 Class Teachers
  • Beech Class – Mrs Gladis Manning (Head of Year 1)
  • Ash Class – Miss Rufaida Awadh
  • Elm Class – Mrs Khadijah Kausar / Mrs Shaneez Siddique
  • Oak Class – Miss Rebecca Cooper
  • Willow Class – Mrs Angela Webb
Year 2 Class Teachers
  • Venus Class – Mrs Emma Ball (Head of Year 2)
  • Mars Class – Mr Ben Clarke
  • Mercury Class – Miss Judith Reain
  • Jupiter Class – Miss Olivia Griffith
  • Saturn Class – Mrs Maria Uddin
Year 3 Class Teachers
  • King Class – Mrs Haleema Ali (Head of Year 3 – on maternity leave) / Mrs Kalsoom Akhtar
  • Rockhopper Class – Mr Nasir Rauf
  • Emperor Class – Mrs Maxine Owen
  • Humboldt Class – Mrs Sunita Godhania
  • Adelie Class –  Mr Simon Gibbs
Year 4 Class Teachers
  • Marble Arch – Mr Neil Dilkes (Head of Year 4 / Assistant Head)
  • Baker Street – Mrs Samena Zamarad (Monday – Wednesday)  / Mrs Sehrish Nasir (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Oxford Circus – Miss Anglea Anam
  • Marylebone – Mrs Kajal Shah (Monday – Wednesday) / Mrs Suki Rajasansi (Wednesday – Friday)
  • Piccadilly Circus – Mr Neil Hewitt 
Year 5 Class Teachers
  • Hamilton Class –  Miss Rafina Khan  (Head of Year 5)
  • Fitzroy Class – Mr Martin Halsey
  • Brampton Class – Miss Dawn Hooper
  • Mackay Class – Mr Shay McKeever
  • Wilson – Miss Amy Tattersall
Year 6 Class Teachers
  • Hurricane Class – Miss Hannah Bell (Head of Year 6 / Assistant Head)
  • Lancaster Class – Mrs Cassie Clark (Assistant Head)  / Miss Linda Geevanathan
  • Spitfire Class – Mr Tom Henry
  • Tempest – Miss Rebecca Orrell
  • Stirling – Mrs Lauren Anderson / Mrs Jusna Shah Mostofa
PE Department
  • Mr Stewart Cook (PE Teacher)
  • Miss Michelle Crosby (PE Teacher)
  • Mr Aaron Matthews (PE Teaching Assistant)
  • Mr Vincent Forsyth (PE Teaching Assistant)
Music Department
  • Mr Keith Guy
Office / Support Staff


  • Miss Emily Doyle – Clerical Assistant
  • Miss Elysha Narine – Clerical Assistant
  • Mrs Amina Halim – Clerical Assistant
  • Mrs Andrea Hill – Cashier
  • Mrs Rebecca Oliver – Finance Assistant
  • Mrs Amanda East – Finance Manager
  • Mrs Pat McGovern – Finance Assistant
  • Mrs Donna Stone – Medical Assistant
  • Mr Glyne Cockroft – Business / Premises Manager
  • Miss Tabbasum Younis (ICT TA)
Family Workers

We employ three Family Workers at our school:-

  • Mr Praviz Khan
  • Mrs Sobia Khan
  • Mrs Naz Akhteer

Family workers are available to discuss any issues or concerns that parents may have both at home or in school, which may impact on their child’s learning. Family workers regularly liaise with parents on a variety of matters and can help complete or translate documents e.g. application forms for Free School Meals, or housing benefit applications. 

If the team are unable to support / help with an issue, they are able to signpost parents to a number of agencies within the local community. In addition, they run parenting classes and offer children opportunities through extended services (e.g. clubs / holiday clubs).

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Learning Mentors


  • Miss Shaida Nazir
  • Mrs Shahida Akbar
  • Mr Abdul Kadir
  • Mrs Karen Day

From September 2012, we have decided to use some of our Pupil premium money to employ wellbeing and learning mentors.  We believe that there is a strong correlation between a child’s wellbeing and their learning; if a child is worried about something or is unhappy, then they will not be walking into a classroom ready to learn. Our mentors are currently undergoing training to help them in this role and they will be in and out of classrooms supporting a wide variety of identified children.  Children may be identified for support by anyone, for a wide variety of reasons ranging from falling out with a friend on the playground, to a bereavement in the family home. As the role develops they will be trained to lead a number of interventions. Click HERE to find out about our LWBM.

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