Siobhan Horisk

Siobhan comes to us from Camden Local Authority, where she was the Deputy Headteacher at a highly successful urban primary school. With her leadership input the school improved rapidly and was judged by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding’ in February 2014. It has been recognised as one of the top performing schools nationally, notably for the achievement of its disadvantaged children. 

Siobhan has considerable experience across a variety of schools and organisations in the private sector. She has supported schools in a range of ways including mentoring school leaders, staff professional development and speaking at regional conferences. She is a Maths Specialist Teacher.

Siobhan gained a first class degree at Durham University.

Lesley Falconer

Executive Headteacher
Lesley Falconer

Lesley Falconer brings deep and broad experience in running outstanding schools in the independent and maintained sector. She has been a headteacher for the last 14 years, a senior school leader for over 20, and also a science teacher and university lecturer. Lesley was also an independent schools’ inspector. She gained a first class degree at King’s College, London in Microbiology and carried out three years research at Queen Mary College. She is teaching Biology at HNS.

Senior Teacher & Reception Class Teacher
Joanna Gwaspari

Joanna is our Senior Teacher. She was previously the Nursery Manager at a large primary school in outer London. She has experience in leading music and Gifted & Talented provision across the school, is qualified in Makaton, and has undertaken a Masters in Education with specialist research into improving young children’s early school experiences. She gained her PGCE at Cambridge University.

Lead Music Teacher
Daniel Smith

Prior to working with Hackney New Primary, Daniel was lead upper string teacher with the Royal Academy of Music having studied music at University. Daniel piloted the whole strings programme for the borough of Harrow and was responsible for these programmes across all instrumental disciplines in Lewisham and Wiltshire. Daniel plans to link curriculum music, whole school singing and instrumental learning with all other areas of the curriculum and seeks to put music at the heart of education here at HNPS.

Reception Class Teacher
Sophie Perry

Sophie is one of our Reception Class Teachers. She was previously a Reception Class teacher at a primary school in outer London and trained in physical education and art & design. She has a particular interest in outdoor learning environments and is pioneering our work with Forest Schools. Sophie is also a skilled and enthusiastic literacy and numeracy teacher. She gained her PGCE at the University of Worcester.

Reception Class Teacher
Hannah Woodley

Prior to joining us Hannah taught in Reception in an outstanding local school. She has a particular interest in creating stimulating learning environments. Hannah has also taught in Year 2 and at Nursery level. Before she qualified to teach she had worked as a play worker giving respite care in a children’s charity and worked one to one with children with special needs.

Year 1 Class Teacher
Ashley McHugh

Ashley grew up locally and is a newly qualified teacher. He recently graduated from the University of Roehampton, with a degree in Primary Education, specialising in Early Childhood Studies. Ashley undertook placements in schools and children’s centres as part of his degree. This has given him a sound understanding of how children learn in a variety of settings. He prides himself on being a reflective teacher and has a keen interest in Sports and Cooking.

Year 1 Class Teacher
Ali Gaffney

Ali has been teaching in an outstanding school in Islington for the past 5 years and studied journalism at university. Ali is passionate about creatively engaging children in the curriculum and instilling a love of learning in his pupils. He will be involved in developing the curriculum here at HNPS. Ali is also a keen musician and enjoys incorporating his guitar music into his lessons.

Teaching Assistant
Leanne Cronin

Leanne has an avid interest in education and the arts, with a particular regard for music education. Previously a Teaching Assistant at a Primary School in Tottenham, she will aid learning in the classroom at Hackney New Primary School, as well as working in company with the Reception Staff to run both the Breakfast and after school club. As a musician, Leanne is especially fond of music making with the children, but also enjoys getting creative with arts and craft. Leanne gained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Classical Music from Leeds College of Music. 

Early Years Support Teacher
Hada Ismail

Hada has worked in a variety of school settings with a range of age groups as a teaching assistant and nursery nurse. Having recently completed a diploma in Early Childhood studies, Hada has an avid interest in the early years and values the importance of early intervention. Hada hopes to gain a PGCE in the future to become a primary school teacher.

Early Years Support Teacher
Megan Bowie

Megan completed her degree studies in Primary Education and has most recently been working as a Learning Support Assistant in a local school. She grew up locally and is passionate about giving children the best start in life possible.

Year 1 Support Teacher
David Barnett

David is a qualified primary school teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, David volunteered as a teaching assistant in Reception and Year 2 before beginning his teacher training at an outstanding school in East London.

Teaching Assistant
Alex Newton

Alex is a recent graduate from the University of Exeter where she studied Drama. During her time at university, Alex gained some experience of working in schools as part of a children’s theatre company.  While studying, she also worked primarily in adult health and social care, regularly acting as a supervisor or nanny-like figure in families where parents needed support in caring for their children.  She hopes to begin training either as a primary teacher or paediatric speech and language therapist next year.