School Staff

We have a team of highly skilled, experienced teachers and teaching assistants at St John's. They are passionate about working with children, encouraging them to develop a genuine love of learning and helping each child to achieve its full potential. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to meet with their chld's teacher including regular Parents' Consultation Evenings each term. 

Teaching Staff

Paula Bliss

Executive Head

Paula is our Executive Head who brings her experience of teaching and school leadership to St. John's as well as her passion for, and knowledge of, infant education. Working alongside our Head of school she is making sure we are continuously improving and fulfilling our promise of helping all of our community to have open hearts and enquiring minds.

Marion Stevens

Head of School

Marion is our caring & fun-loving Head of School and Reception teacher. She ensures the transition from nursery to school is smooth so the children become happy and confident learners. All children thrive under her care.

Sophie Ireland


Sophie is our lovely SENCo & Home School Link Worker (HSLW). She works one day a week, often supporting parents, working with children and working alongside staff to ensure that all children access the best education.

Sara Thompson


Sara currently teaches Year R for 2 days a week, and is our Literacy Coordinator. She brings with her a passion for drama and literacy in the infant classroom.

Charlie Trussler


Charlie is our Year 2 teacher in Badger Class. She has some exciting ideas as a result of an interesting start to her career teaching in the Bahamas. Look out for a meerkat family in her class!

Marie Hill


Marie is teaching Year 1 and has a love for learning and outdoor adventures. She enjoys promoting inquiry based learning and has been a member of the Guiding Association for many years. Marie is our Art and Music Lead.

Philippa Shaw


Philippa has a long history of teaching at St. John's School over many years and that wisdom is now being spread between classes now that Philippa is our cover teacher.

Hannah Wills

Forest School Leader

Hannah has a long history with the school both as an ex-parent and as our Forest School leader. She leads the children with her love, knowledge and enthusiasm of the natural environment, enhancing the children’s learning and development. When not working for St. John’s School, Hannah also runs her own business - Wishanger Wild School in Churt.

Teaching Assistants

Lyn Eckstein

Teaching Assistant

Lyn Eckstein is our HLTA with expertise in supporting children with Speech and Language across the key stage. With her lovely calm approach she helps develop children’s skills and confidence.

Linda Healey

Teaching Assistant

Linda is another HLTA based in Reception. With her kind & caring nature, children are fond of her. She can be seen in all weathers, making sure Reception have the very best learning experience.

Lisa Margretts

Teaching Assistant

Lisa uses every minute to support the children in both Year 1 and 2, taking booster learning groups throughout the day. Lisa is a real asset, often coming up with great ideas to move the school forward.

Flora Newman

Learning Support Assistant & Hedgehog Club Leader

Flora has a long history with the school as a parent and has now become a valuable member of our team supporting children in class as a Learning Support Assistant. She is also a Hedgehog Club Leader, welcoming our early arrivals with a warm smile and a fun breakfast!

Tracy Richardson

Learning Support Assistant

Tracy has a long history with the school as a parent and has now become a valuable member of our team supporting children in class as a Learning Support Assistant. Her caring and observant nature ensures all children are well nurtured.

Administrative Staff

Janice Batchelor

School Secretary

Janice is our Secretary & undoubtedly the ‘face’ of St John’s with a lovely welcoming smile & fabulous ‘can do’ attitude. As first point of contact, she coordinates everything from school applications to patching up cuts & bruises, and everything else in between.

Nikki Carruthers

School Business Manager

Clare Bowell

Finance Assistant

Midday Supervisors

Niki Sari

Midday Supervisor & Hedgehog Club Leader

Emma Love

Midday Supervisor

Emma is one of our wonderful Midday Supervisors, out in all weathers, encouraging great collaborative playtime games, and with her cheeerful, positive disposition, makes sure lunchtimes are great fun.

Supplementary Staff

Jasmine Nobbs

Hedgehog Club Leader

Jasmine is the latest addition to our Hedgehog Team, running our after school club 3 days a week.

Janice Foster

Catering Supervisor

Janice is our wonderful Catering Supervisor cooking and creating fresh meals onsite every day. With almost the whole school eating her tasty meatballs, sausages and curries and pizzas she is very busy!

William England

IT Technician

William is our IT expert spending time in school updating devices & ensuring that e-safety is a priority. Recently he has been working on our emails to ensure communication is as smooth as possible.