Staff 2023/24

Click on the relevant section below to view a list of staff members for academic year 2023/24

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 Lucy James – Assistant Head
  • Ms Hazel Beswick – Assistant Head for Inclusion
Year R Class Teachers
  • Ruby Class – Miss Lauren Dinham (Head of Year R)
  • Coral Class – Miss Alex Smith
  • Opal Class – Miss Emma Harrison
  • Crystal Class – Mrs Jan Hicks
  • Emerald Class – Mrs Andrea McIntyre
Year 1 Class Teachers
  • Beech Class – Mrs Gladis Manning (Head of Year 1)
  • Ash Class – Mr Khadeem Rashid
  • Elm Class – Khadijah Kausar / Mrs Shaneez Siddique
  • Oak Class – Mrs Daniela Chitescu
  • Willow Class – Mahvish Zaheer
Year 2 Class Teachers
  • Jupiter Class – Miss Olivia Griffith (Year 2 Lead)
  • Venus Class – Arifah Iqbal
  • Mars Class –  Ms Askah Batool
  • Mercury Class – Miss Rebecca Cooper
  • Saturn Class – Ms Rufaida Adwadh
Year 3 Class Teachers
  • King Class – Ms Rafina Khan (Head of Year 3) 
  • Rockhopper Class – Hannah Bell
  • Emperor Class – Issalina Ahmed
  • Humboldt Class – Mary Okpuzo
  • Adelie Class –  Mr Simon Gibbs
Year 4 Class Teachers
  • Marble Arch – Mr Neil Dilkes (Head of Year 4)
  • Baker Street – Mr Nasir Rauf
  • Oxford Circus – Miss Katie O’Brien / Ms Manna Chowdhury
  • Marylebone – Mrs Kajal Shah (Head of Year 4)
  • Piccadilly Circus –Haleesa Ahmed
Year 5 Class Teachers
  • Hamilton Class –  Mrs Haleema Ali (Head of Year 5) 
  • Fitzroy Class – Mr Ben Clark
  • Brampton Class – Mrs Sunita Godhania (Head of  Year 5)
  • Mackay Class – Ms Samena Zamarad (Mon – Wed) / Nahar Choudhury (Thur – Fri)
  • Wilson – Caitlin Harty
Year 6 Class Teachers
  • Hurricane Class – Miss Lauren Anderson (Year 6 Lead) (Mon – Wed) / Linda G (Thur – Fri)
  • Lancaster Class – Lucy James
  • Spitfire Class – Amy Esh
  • Tempest – Miss Rebecca Orrell (Year 6 Lead)
  • Stirling – Mrs Jusna Shah Mostofa
PE Department


  • Miss Michelle Crosby (PE Teacher)
  • Mr Philip Martin (PE Teacher)
  • Miss Aeilish Wynne (PE TA)
  • Mr Vincent Forsyth (PE TA)
Music Department
  • Judith 
Office / Support Staff


  • Miss Emily Doyle – Clerical Assistant
  • Mrs Suhena Begum – Clerical Assistant
  • Miss Lauren Stone – Clerical Assistant
  • Miss Alison Usher – Attendance Officer
  • Iffat Rahman – Clerical Assistant
  • Mrs Amina Halim – Clerical Assistant
  • Mrs Andrea Hill – Finance Assistant
  • Mrs Amanda East – Finance Manager
  • Mrs Pat McGovern – Finance Assistant
  • Mrs Donna Stone – Medical Assistant
  • Ms Tabbasum Younis – (ICT Technician)
  • Mrs Rozena Mansha – (ICT TA)
  • Mr Daren Perry – Business / Premises Manager
Family Workers

We employ three Family Workers at our school:-

  • Mr Shahan Miah
  • 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
    • Mrs Karen Day

    Since September 2012, we have used some of our Pupil premium money to employ a team of learning and wellbeing mentors.  We believe that there is a strong correlation between a child’s wellbeing and their learning; when a child is happy, they are better able to access learning in the classroom. Our mentors support a wide variety of identified children both in and out of the classroom. 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. The team run a range of interventions including lunchtime clubs, social skills groups, friendship groups and one-to-one sessions: all are designed to help children feel ready to learn and to get the most out of all that Downside has to offer. Click HERE to find out about our Learning and Wellbeing Team.

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