Ms Harrington comes to us from a school in Islington where she was Deputy Headteacher for 9 years. Throughout her teaching career, she has taught in every primary year group, taught Higher Level English to Year 6 children and coordinated core and foundation subjects. In order to strive for academic excellence, Ms Harrington values the importance of keeping up to date with current research. She believes in the importance of developing intellectual curiosity through an engaging curriculum that links to children’s interests. Ms Harrington has also been an Inclusion Leader for 9 years and achieved the NASSENCo in 2009 at the Institute for Education. Ms Harrington’s passion is that every child can and should have fair access to the full school curriculum and this can be achieved with the very best, multi sensory learning.
Mrs Perry-Reid is one of our Reception Class Teachers, Head of EYFS and Outdoor Learning Lead. 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 has pioneered our work with Forest School. Ms Perry is also a skilled and enthusiastic literacy and numeracy teacher. She gained her PGCE at the University of Worcester.
Prior to joining us Ms Woodley taught in Reception in an outstanding local school. She has a particular interest in creating stimulating learning environments. Ms Woodley 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. Ms Woodley achieved her NASSENCo in 2018 from London Institute of Education.
Mr Gaffney was teaching in an outstanding school in Islington for 5 years before joining HNPS and studied journalism at university. Mr Gaffney is passionate about creatively engaging children in the curriculum and instilling a love of learning in his pupils. He is involved in developing the curriculum here at HNPS. Mr Gaffney is also a keen musician and enjoys incorporating his guitar music into his lessons.
Daniel read Music at the University of Birmingham, with Viola as his first study instrument. After graduating he completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Surrey Roehampton, specialising in music in Key Stage 2 and 3, gaining Qualified Teacher Status.
The early part of his teaching career was working as a String Specialist Teacher for Music Services in Luton, Bedfordshire and Harrow during which time he developed whole class string programmes as part of David Blunkett’s Wider Opportunities initiative. In 2009 he led the implementation of this initiative for Lewisham Music Service as Head of Strings, increasing levels of musical participation across the Borough and became the lead Upper Strings Teacher for the First Strings Experience at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department and was trained in early years string teaching techniques under Philippa Bunting, which included Kodaly and Dalcroze based methodologies.
Later Daniel became the West Area Head for Wiltshire Music Service, managing and shaping instrumental tuition in schools, as well as leading Wiltshire Young Musicians and shaping ensemble provision. This role included leading and directing beginner to advanced level youth orchestras until the closure of Wiltshire Music Service.
In recent years Daniel has returned to work in London with varied positions including Head of Strings for Tower Hamlets Music Service, Music Co-ordinator at a Primary School in Hammersmith and Course Director for Stringwise in Haringey.
Currently Daniel is Director of the First Strings Experience at JRAM which also involves collaborating on Chance To Play, an equal access initiative. In 2019 Daniel was made an Honorary Associate of The Royal Academy of Music recognising outstanding contribution to the institution
Miss Delucchi is a violinist and string teacher. Since she completed her master’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, she has been teaching music in several schools in Newham, Wanstead, South London and Peterborough. She has also gained a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Genoa. She is upper strings lead tutor at the Royal Academy of Music FSE and a member of the Apeiron Duo, which perform across Europe and abroad. For Miss Delucchi, Music is a powerful way to inspire children, to teach inclusively and to instil attention to detail.
Miss Bishop has a Cello DipABRSM, a BA in Music from the University of York and an MA in Music Education from UCL. Prior to joining HNPS, she was covering cello lessons for children aged 4-14 years of age as well as covering Young Music Makers sessions for East Barnet Music Centre. Miss Bishop has led workshops in various primary schools as part of Barnes Music Festival and assisted in workshops run by the Royal Philharmonic’s Resound programme. In her teaching, she strives to create a feeling of ownership for pupils over what they are doing and believes creating a personal link between pupils and the repertoire aids this. Miss Bishop believes in developing a love for and understanding of music for each child she teaches so that they develop their own musicianship which will stay with them into the future.
Mr Greene comes to us from New Zealand, arriving in London in August of 2019. He studied teaching at Waikato University before moving to Laos to work at an International School. After returning to New Zealand he moved to Auckland, where he taught in both the junior and senior areas of the school. For three years he lead the choir and whole school singing, which lead him here to HNPS.
Miss Butler graduated from the Institute of Education (UCL), where she was graded Outstanding. Miss Butler has a degree in Early Childhood Studies and a Masters Degree in Childhood Studies. As part of her degrees she undertook placements in both schools and a Montessori setting. She has also been a team leader of a children’s holiday club and worked in a nursery. This has given her a sound understanding of how children learn in a variety of settings. She has a keen interest in talk within the classroom and outdoor learning.
Miss Burdon-Manley holds a PGCE in Secondary English. Prior to joining HNPS, Miss Burdon-Manley worked as a Teaching Assistant in Years 1 and 2. In her previous school, she led a popular reading club for students and she believes instilling a love of reading in the early years is essential in building confidence and a life long love of books. She prides herself on creating positive relationships within the classroom and promoting confidence in all learners.
Miss Mason completed her PGCE at Nottingham Trent University and has taught across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Before embarking on her PGCE, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in Nursery for a year in a school in Hackney which developed her knowledge of the early years curriculum and pedagogy. As part of this role, Miss Mason took part in Forest School sessions each week. Miss Mason has a musical background and enjoys using songs, rhyme and performance as key components in her teaching. She is committed to building strong partnerships within the school community and endeavours to create a classroom environment in which all children feel confident, safe and excited to learn.
Ms Bowie 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.
Prior to joining HNPS Miss Stavrou was a Year 2 TA at a school in Barnet. She has taught English at a special needs school in France, where she used singing as an integral part of her lessons. Miss Stavrou has a BA in Music and Grade 8 in Singing. She is committed to the school’s policy of inclusive music learning for every child, and the idea that Music deserves it’s place as a core subject taught daily. She is passionate about the environment and in her spare time she helps to direct a choir who’s repertoire focuses on raising awareness about environmental issues.
Year 1 Teacher
Mrs Muñoz is from Colombia and moved to London 12 years ago to complete her MA in Mass Communications. Following this, she trained as a language tutor for children with the programme “La Jolie Ronde” and she has been working as a Spanish teacher for the past 5 years in schools, nurseries and with private clients in North London. In her free time Mrs Muñoz enjoys cooking, dancing and reading.
Alex has come to us from the Institute of Education (UCL), where she completed her teacher training. Some of this training was undertaken at HNPS, where she was previously a Teaching Assistant, but she has also worked in a Year Three classroom in Hampstead. Previously, Alex had a keen interest in theatre, and spent a year training as an actor before completing a degree in Drama at the University of Exeter. She is a Science Specialist Teacher, and is particularly interested in building cross-curricular links to support learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Having recently gained a First Class degree in Education Studies at the University of Cumbria, Miss Jahan has voluntarily worked in many early years settings to support her studies and further develop her skills. She hopes to build upon this to become a primary school teacher one day.
Miss Prentice is an Australian teacher who came to London in December 2018 to work at HNPS. She completed her Masters of Teaching Primary in South Australia. Previous to her teaching career Miss Prentice studied a Bachelor of International Communications. Miss Prentice has a passion for all things creative arts with a particular regard for sewing art and dance, having previously been a competitive Ballroom and Latin dancer.
Mr Barnett is a qualified primary school teacher. Prior to becoming a teacher, Mr Barnett volunteered as a teaching assistant in Reception and Year 2 before beginning his teacher training at an outstanding school in East London.
Miss Asare was previously an SEN Teaching Assistant in a secondary school in Barnet. She studied Business Management and Marketing from University of Westminster and developed a keen interest in working with children in education whilst working as an Exam Invigilator. Miss Asare enjoys drawing and reading in her free time and hopes to be a Primary school teacher in the future.
Ms Albrecht is Canadian and came to London in Autumn 2011. She taught with our headteacher in Year 2 at their previous school between 2013 and 2016. Prior to working in London, Ms Albrecht had taught at both secondary and primary level. She also has experience working in a school with specialist behaviour support (PRU)
Ms Albrecht has a love of theatre and is very creative in her teaching style. She has also been a swimming coach in the past.
Miss Simpson has over 4 years of teaching experience based in a variety of different settings and environments. She believes in the importance for all students to feel supported, included and acknowledged and embeds inclusion, differentiation and diversity within her teaching practices. Miss Simpson prides herself on being a reflective practitioner and values the importance of collaborative learning to improve professional development.
Miss Petrenaite studied psychology at the University of Kent which extended her knowledge about child development, the process of mental and emotional development and provided her with the experience of working with children with special needs. She has spent time working across KS1 and KS2 classrooms and believes strong relationships within the school community are vital to give children the best possible start in life. In her spare time, Miss Petrenaite enjoys painting and reading.
Ms Dilnot-Smith went to Chichester University where she studied Sport Development. This is a particular interest and she continues to play both hockey and tennis in her free time. Ms Dilnot-Smith returned to her home county of Kent where she was a TA at a school in Dover before completing her PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church. Ms Dilnot-Smith then moved up to London in 2015 where she completed her NQT year and stayed on for a further 2 years at a local school in Stoke Newington. In Ms Dilnot-Smith’s free time she enjoys to bake and sew.
Ms Cronin has worked at HNPS since its opening in 2014, having graduated from Leeds College of Music with a Bachelor of Arts (hons) degree in Classical Music.
Ms Cronin has an avid interest in Education and the Arts, with a particular regard for Music Education. As a classically trained soprano, Ms Cronin is especially fond of music making with the children and when she is not travelling, also enjoys performing both solo and as part of an ensemble in her free time. Her favourite subjects to teach are Art and Science.
Having recently completed an undergraduate in English and History from QMUL, Ms Bartholomew wanted to embrace the challenges of working in an inner city Primary School. She believes in creating an environment where children not only feel comfortable to truly express themselves, but are encouraged in the areas they thrive in to fully engage in and love their education. She hopes to become a teacher specialising in EYFS.
Miss Lynch originally specialised in teaching secondary German. After graduating in 2015, she decided to go to India and teach in an International Residential School in Hyderabad, where she first worked closely with primary school aged children. She then moved to Germany and was a private tutor there. As well as being a private tutor, she was also a tour guide, taking people from all over the world to Neuschwanstein Castle and around Munich’s old town. She moved to London in January 2017 and has been working in a primary school teaching role since then.
Mr Rous comes to us from a school in Haringey, where he taught in Year 3 for two years. He has recently undertaken the Teach First Leadership scheme and gained a PGDE in Primary Education at the UCL Institute of Education. His passion for education stemmed during his own school years whilst undertaking a work placement at a kindergarten in Germany. Since then Mr Rous has taken part in youth work and education experiences, teaching English in primary schools in Sri Lanka for a year, leading a youth group for refugee children during university, as well as a Teaching Assistant placement at an international school in China. In 2017, he certified as a TESOL teacher from Trinity College London. These experiences cemented his passion for education and shaped his teaching practice. Mr Rous is passionate about wildlife and is a strong advocate for outdoor learning. He spearheaded an after school ‘Nature Club’ at his previous school which was an initiative to engage children with their local environment and community. Mr Rous is keen to create a learning environment that values meaningful conversation and creates opportunities for discussion whilst building tolerance and respect within his classroom.
Mr Denny has been working as an LSA with SEN students in Upper Key Stage 2 in a West London primary school for four years. After 20 years working in the music business as a sound engineer, he made the decision to retrain as a primary school teacher. He is passionate about supporting young people in their education and believes creativity in education is paramount in promoting a love for learning.
Miss Green studied History at the University of Nottingham in 2012 and then spent a year as a Teaching Assistant in France. In 2018 she accepted a job to teach English as a foreign language in China. Her teaching experiences combined with her love of working with children led her to embark on a PGCE in Primary Teaching which she completed in 2019. During this time, Miss Green gained experience in teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. Miss Green believes creativity in education is integral in promoting an energetic classroom in which children are motivated and excited to learn. She also considers Music to be paramount in providing a holistic education to all children.