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Meet Our Staff

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  • Dr Caroline Pryer
    Head Teacher

    I joined fabulous PCMS in February 2005 and like many others feel this is my forever school. Working with exceptional staff, pupils, parents and governors is an honour and a privilege I couldn’t live without kindness, positivity and a bit of chocolate. My purpose in life is to make others happy.

  • Mrs Joanne Cafferty
    Deputy Headteacher

    Teaching has been my passion since I was a little girl and I am extremely lucky to have a job doing what I love – working with children! My role as Deputy Headteacher encompasses every aspect of school life: working with parents, staff, governors and especially the children to continuously provide a fantastic education for our pupils. I could not live without my family, pets and curry!

  • Mr Paul Baggett
    Assistant Headteacher/Head of PE

    Assistant Head, Head of PE: Arrived from Western Illinois University 1996. Love all things sport. Heroes: Michael Jordan, Bradley Wiggins. Favourite places: New York and Tynemouth. Favourite music: The Smiths from Whitley Bay. Studied at Carnegie. Cannot do without family, my road bike and Nike Air Jordan’s.

  • Mrs Dominique Flint
    School Manager

    My role in school involves supporting the Senior Leadership Team with the day to day management of the school. I am also involved with the management of the School Direct teacher training programme. I love my role in school; it is very busy and challenging and most of all I get to work with lots of wonderful children.

  • Mr Adam Burgess
    Teacher of PE & Head of Yr 7.

    I started at PCMS in 2005 as a supply teacher and never looked back. I work closely with the SEND department and we work hard to support all the children pastorally. I can’t live without a good night’s sleep, time spent on the Northumberland coast and a decent curry.

  • Mrs Adele Robson
    Teaching Assistant

    After graduating with a degree in Media Studies, I worked for ncj Media. I took a career break to look after my children, until I decided to retrain as a Teaching Assistant when my youngest was in Year 4. I am thoroughly enjoying supporting children’s learning at Ponteland Middle School. Three things I can’t live without: bubbly baths, cosy beds, hot cups of tea.

  • Mrs Alison Cunningham

    Teacher, explorer, grandma. I qualified as a teacher later in life after a varied career, and love the job, especially my main subject – geography. I have travelled extensively around the world, now I combine it with being a grandma, which I also love. Love my family, Formula 1, Pre-Raphaelite art, travel and snow globes!

  • Mr Andy Oglethorpe
    Year 7 Teacher

    I am a former pupil: 1977-1979
    I have been teaching since Teaching 1987
    Qualified at Liverpool University BA Honours Political Theory and History.
    History Teacher
    Experience includes senior roles in Secondary schools as Head Teacher and Deputy Head teacher.

  • Miss Anna Beckett
    Food Technology Teacher

    I teach Food Technology at Ponteland Middle School. Before becoming a teacher I moved from Belfast in Northern Ireland and studied for a degree in Food Science and Nutrition at Northumbria University. In 2015 I began the exciting journey of training to become a teacher, accepting my job in October 2015. I have loved my time here so far.

  • Miss Becky Fletcher
    Head of MFL

    I studied French at Manchester University and spent a year living in Paris. I teach French across the school as well as Spanish and German to Years 5 and 6, and am a Year 8 form tutor. I also organise extra-curricular language clubs and events like the Year 7 French Spelling Bee.

  • Mr Carl Johnson
    Deputy Director Year 7

    I joined Ponteland Middle School in 2011. I love my job. In school I am responsible for Computing and KS3 Maths. On a pastoral level I am a Year 8 form teacher whilst also working with Year 7 as deputy director. I enjoy both playing and watching football. I'm a big Harry Potter fan and I'm also partial to the odd real ale.

  • Miss Charlotte Carroll
    Year 7 Teacher

    A 'Yorkshire lass' at heart, I moved to the lovely North East in 2010 and qualified as a teacher in 2013. I joined the Ponteland Community Middle School team in 2015 as a Key Stage 3 English and Drama teacher and I love working with such friendly members of staff and pupils. I also assist with the school choir and love my 'Singing Wednesdays'!

  • Mr Chris Smyth
    Year 6 Teacher

    I have been working as a teacher in middle schools for thirty years. Here at Ponteland Middle, I am teaching Year 5 Maths and English, as well as English and MFL in Year 6 and French in year 7. But please don’t ask me to do anything without my reading glasses!

  • Miss Christine Harrison
    Finance Officer

    My role at PCMS is Finance Officer and I have worked here for 15 years in the school office.
    I deal with all aspects of finance for the school as well as whatever else occurs on a daily basis, making for a varied and interesting working day.

  • Mrs Danielle Brett
    Year 6 Director/Lead Practioner

    My role in school involves leading the Year 6 English curriculum, preparing for the SATs and developing teacher training. I love teaching and getting to know my year group. Apart from my dogs - and Husband - I couldn't live without movies, books and mugs of tea!

  • Mr David Mills
    Teaching Assistant

    My name is David Mills and I am a teaching assistant. I love athletics. I have coached children for a number of years now and I still love to run myself. I love my job and all the staff at the school. This is a fabulous place to work. Three things I couldn’t live without are: Family, Friends and Sport.

  • Mr David Robson
    Head of Design Technology

    I am Head of Design Technology and also teach PE, along with this I am also involved in coaching the school’s Rugby teams. Outside of school my interests include Weightlifting, playing Rugby and American Football, Photography and Cooking (specialising in Cupcakes!).

  • Mrs Deb Rodda
    Admin Assistant

    My role within PCMS is both administrative and pastoral. Being based in the office much of my day is spent on the computer or telephone. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my job involves the children. When a pupil is unwell or has a problem they are usually sent to the office. When working at ‘the front of school’ you never quite know what each day is going to bring.

  • Mrs Denise Shuttleworth
    Science Technician

    I am a qualified science teacher with many years’ experience, currently working as a science technician. I am able to use my knowledge and experience to provide the science department with the equipment needed to carry out the numerous experiments that occur in each year group, in and out of laboratories.

  • Mrs Elizabeth Blackburn

    I have a degree in Zoology from Durham University and then completed a Key Stage 2/3 PGCE at Newcastle University specialising in Science. I have been teaching for 15 years, 12 of them at PCMS and 10 as SENDCO. I enjoy working with pupils, parents and staff at school to find the best way for all our children to fulfil their potential. Three things I can't live without: My family, coffee, post-it notes.

  • Mrs Helen Smith

    I have had the privilege to have worked at Ponteland Middle for over 10 years as a Teaching Assistant. Within my role I work with individual and groups of pupils either supporting them with in the classroom or running interventions. I am also the treasurer for the Friends of PCMS.

  • Mrs Jaqui Buffham
    Teaching Assistant

    I love supporting children’s learning in lessons; my favourite subjects are Maths, English and Food/Textiles. I used to live and work in London but much prefer the North-east for its countryside, coast and cities. I have lots of interests including reading, sewing, cooking, badminton, yoga and shopping! Three favourite things: time with family and friends; walks on the beach; handicrafts.

  • Mrs Joanne Herdman
    Year 5 Teacher

    I graduated from The College of Ripon and York St John in 1984 after completing a 4 year BEd(Hons) degree. I specialised in the middle school age range with History as my main subject. I have taught at PCMS for over 30 years and have a wealth of experience in SEN. I am currently a class teacher in Year 5.

  • Mrs Kate Robson

    My name is Kate Robson and I work as a higher level teaching assistant. I love to go to the theatre and have fun with my family. I feel very lucky to work with the fabulous children at PCMS! The three things that I couldn’t live without are bacon sandwiches, laughter and the love of my family and friends (not necessarily in that order)!

  • Mrs Kath Mayers
    Teaching Assistant

    My name is Kath Mayers and I work as a teaching assistant. PCMS is a wonderful school and it is a pleasure to work with such wonderful staff and children. I have 3 daughters, my husband and a small extended family who keep me so busy I wouldn’t know what to do without them! I have a number of close friends who mean the world to me and I would be lost without them.

  • Miss Katy Stokoe
    Year 6 Teacher

    I joined PCMS as a Year 6 teacher in 2015. After studying and working in Leeds, it was always my intention to return to the North East. As cliché as it sounds, all I ever wanted to do was teach. Growing up as a dancer, I have had the opportunity to share this love of the Arts with many pupils over the years. Three things that are most important to me are family, friends and a ‘tidy’ classroom!

  • Miss Kirsten Rainbow
    Y6 Teacher

    I have worked as a Year 6 form tutor in PCMS for 2 and half years. As part of my role I teach a variety of subjects and co-ordinate Year 6 Geography. I love my job as every day is different and brings new challenges. The three things I would not be able to live without are my dogs, chocolate and a good book

  • Mr Lewis Crane
    Year 5 Teacher

    Educational background: I was an ‘army child’ so growing up I attended many different schools. After leaving University, I taught English in South East Asia for 18 months. On return, I did my teacher training at PCMS in 2014 and I have been here ever since. Hobbies and interests: football, music and travelling. 3 things I can't live without: Football, food and family.

  • Mrs Lisa Geoghegan
    Admin Assistant

    I work in the front of school. My job is so varied it is quite difficult to explain exactly what I do, but as I love being around children. I do love my job. As I am mother of three aged 15, 14 and 10; my life is extremely busy and great fun.

  • Mrs Marie Browne
    Year 5 Teacher

    I trained to be a teacher after helping in my daughter’s Reception Class – I thought it looked easy! I left University of Greenwich with a first class degree in Primary Education (Maths) and spent the first twelve years of my career teaching in Kent. I am currently a Year 5 teacher and part of the KS2 team. I couldn’t live without: my family, golf and my glasses.

  • Mr Mark Walker

    I love teaching! I gained my training at the North East Partnership SCITT and am so thankful for the career I have. My love of sport continues outside of work as I try my luck in local football leagues. I also enjoy music and travelling and except for South America and Antarctica have visited every continent.

  • Mrs Mary Quigley
    Teaching Assistant

    My name is Mary Quigley and I work as a teaching assistant at PCMS. I have been married to Paul for 25 years and we have three children aged 18, 16 and 14. I love to bake and I also love to eat cake! Fortunately, I also enjoy running, so they cancel each other out! The three things I couldn’t live without are a good cup of tea, cake and my camera – I love taking photos.

  • Melanie Yuill
    Head of KS3 Science

    I graduated from the University of Durham with a degree in Zoology. A PGCE followed and later, from the University of Newcastle, an M.Ed with a particular focus on children’s learning in Science. As part of the Science team I enjoy teaching, mainly in KS3, and supporting the development and implementation of the Science curriculum throughout the school.

  • Mo Garner
    Director Year 5/Lead Practitioner

    I have a degree in Pharmacology from Leeds University and worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry. After several years at home with my three children, I completed my PGCE at Newcastle University. I have been teaching at PCMS since 2005, Year 5 & Year 6, & am Head of Year 5 & Key Stage Two Manager.

  • Mr Neil Marshall
    KS3 English and Drama Teacher

    I teach KS3 English and Drama at PCMS. I’m a huge NUFC fan and have been a season ticket holder for a number of years. I’m also a bit a technology geek and have a dog called Barney.

  • Miss Nicola McLernon
    Teaching Assistant

    I have been working as a teaching assistant at Ponteland Community Middle School for two years now. I enjoy my work as every day is different. Three of my favourite things are spending time with family and friends, visiting different parts of the world and photography.

  • Miss Olivia Thurrell
    Year 6 Teacher

    I first joined PCMS as a Year 5 teacher in 2015 and I now work in Year 6. I am originally from North Yorkshire but I have lived in Newcastle since studying at Newcastle University. I have always loved sport and I continue to play Netball and take part in the occasional triathlon. Three things I can’t live without are family, friends and coffee!

  • Mrs Ruth James

    I have worked at PCMS for ten years as a teaching assistant. I love the variety of experiences my job provides, no two days are ever the same and I learn something new every day. Three things I couldn’t live without are: comfy shoes, Mrs Quigley’s cakes on Thursday and the ability to be creative.

  • Mr Stephen Salter
    Deputy Director Year 5

    I have been teaching at PCMS for 10 years. I am a Year 5 form teacher and Deputy Director of the Year group. I have responsibility for Maths in Year 5 and also teach PE throughout the school. I enjoy taking extra curricular sports teams and clubs. Three things I can’t live without – playing football, watching football, talking about football.

  • Mrs Sue Calvert
    Director of Year 8/Lead Practitioner

    I have taught at Ponteland for 10 years. I lead the Maths department and am also Head of Year 8 so I get involved in great events like the Prom and all our celebratory assemblies at the end of the year. I also organise the school ski trip which is a fantastic visit. I could not live without my running shoes, my road bike and an annual trip to the ski slopes.

  • Mrs Sue Jeffrey
    Science Teacher and Mentor

    I teach Science in Ponteland Middle School mostly to Year 7 and Year 8 pupils although I am involved with Year 6. I have been here for nearly 10 years and previously was Head of Science at a Middle School in Bedlington. Three things I can't live without are my family and friends, exercise and reading.

  • Mrs Victoria Russell
    Deputy Director Year 6

    I am Deputy Head of Year 6 and I have worked at PCMS for 9 very happy years. During that time I have been a form tutor in Years 5 & 6 and thoroughly enjoyed working in both year groups. I teach a variety of subjects and I coordinate Year 6 Maths. I am passionate about educating children in both an inspirational and fun way and I am keen to try new things in the classroom.

  • Ms Wendy Fairweather
    Music Teacher

    I have been teaching Music for 30 years. I play violin, flute and piano. As well as teaching class Music lessons throughout Years 5 to 8, I coordinate Music extra-curricular groups and performance opportunities. Also, I am the link teacher for the 10 peripatetic musical instrument tutors who visit the school each week.


“An outstanding school where children thrive”
Ofsted, 2008, 2013