The Team

Principal, John Reilly leads a team of specialist teachers, specialist assistants, therapists and support staff to enable delivery of teaching and learning in the classroom of a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate to the developmental needs of children in relation to their age and phase of education. Each class will be managed by a class teacher, supported by one or two permanent teaching assistants depending on class dynamics.

Below is a list of the current team, it will be updated as more appointments are confirmed.

Role  Member of Staff 
Principal  John Reilly 
Senior Class Teacher  Joe Shepherd 
Class Teacher  Ashton Myatt 
Senior Teaching Assistant  Nike Byass 
Senior Teaching Assistant  Gaia Selva 
Senior Teaching Assistant  Ailis Beirne 
Teaching Assistant  Jolanta Jasiewicz 
Teaching Assistant  Natacha De Sousa Santos 
Teaching Assistant  Bev Chappelle 
Teaching Assistant  Samira Paraschiv 
Teaching Assistant  Luke Shorney 
Teaching Assistant  Jacqueline Bernard-Jones 
PA/Office Manager  Tina McMenamin 
Site Supervisor  Kevin Miles 



I think your school and staff are amazing – you have wowed me!

Parent November 2020


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