Our Staff

Strategic Lead Team

Miss Gurdip Kaur- Headteacher

My role in our school is Headteacher. I hold overall responsibility for the school and ensure the vision of ‘Inspiring the learning journey’ is central in everything we do. I am extremely proud of South End Junior and feel privileged to lead such a wonderful and skilled team. However, most of all I absolutely love the children in our school. They are just brilliant and take so much joy in being part of SEJ.
I am the Designated Lead person for Safeguarding and monitor the attendance of all pupils. The children see me in classrooms regularly as I observe lessons, and focus on improving Teaching and Learning across the school. I am on duty every day to ensure I have regular contact with parents and carers too. See you at the gate!

Mrs Jo Simmons- School Business Manager

My name is Jo Simmons and I am the School Business Manager here at South End Junior School. My role involves Finance, Personnel, Health & Safety and Premises. On a day to day basis you will find me setting and monitoring the school budget to ensure that we can afford all the wonderful things within our school, recruiting new staff and making sure they are paid properly!

I work closely with the Site Manager to ensure that our site and building are not only safe but also well maintained. I aim to ensure that the school makes the best use of all its resources and behind the scenes I make sure that the school complies with various statutory obligations. 

Mrs Lisa Gibbs- Assistant Headteacher

I joined the SEJ family in January 2015 as a Director of Learning and have been lucky enough to progress to Assistant Headteacher. I am privileged to lead and support dedicated and highly-skilled teaching and support staff with the shared aim of raising achievement for all. I strongly believe that providing children with the life skills to think, learn and problem solve independently are of paramount importance; therefore these are at the heart of all decisions I make.

My foremost responsibility is leading the amazing Year 6 team of pupils and staff, but am I also the lead in collecting and analysing whole school pupil data. This entails guiding staff to ensure each and every child reaches their personal goals in core subjects. In addition, I provide strategic support in the ‘My World and Beyond’ POD team at SEJ to make certain the development of these subject areas matches the needs of the pupils and the school.

Miss Laura Bateman: Assistant Headteacher

I am delighted to be joining the South End team as Assistant Headteacher. I am responsible for leading the fantastic teaching team in the Lower Hub. As Director of learning in year 3, my role includes making sure that children settle in quickly so that their SEJ learning journey can begin.

My main goal is to support staff with developing every child’s love of learning so that they can be the best that they can be. I will spend lots of time in classrooms, supporting teachers and ensuring that children’s learning is as exciting and memorable as possible. I will also ensure that all pupils are on track to reach their full potential by monitoring data closely and targeting key areas to accelerate progress.

I love the creative and stimulating learning spaces that SEJ offers and I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Mrs Suzanne Lewis- Director of Teaching and Learning

As the Director of Teaching and Learning at South End Junior School, I have the pleasure of working closely with all staff and pupils. It is an extremely rewarding role that enables me to spend time in my favourite place ‘The Learning Base’ (the classroom for those who are unfamiliar with our school). My passion for teaching is enhanced by supporting others to develop their skills.

I am also the class teacher for Da Vinci class and the Director of Learning for year 5. I continue to love my job as each new day brings new challenges, new learning (for myself and the pupils) and no two days are ever the same!

This year, as a member of the Communication and Arts POD team I am looking forward to promoting reading across the school. I will also be developing our Art curriculum, and utilising our new Studio space for learning as well as displaying our wonderful artwork.

In my spare time, I embrace any creative opportunity from learning new art or craft skills to singing and dancing. Inspiring learners to be creative is always at the heart of my teaching as in the words of Albert Einstein, ‘Creativity is intelligence having fun!’

Miss Beki Hill- Director of Learning

My name is Miss Hill and I am based in Lewis in Year 4. I love working in a school that is exciting and engaging for all children – there is always something new! I am also POD leader for the Innovation and Enterprise POD where we work on the development of teaching in maths, computing and online safety at South End Junior School. My favourite subject is Maths (and I always look forward to planning our exciting World Maths Days), and I also love sharing new reads and books with pupils and staff alike! Outside of work I enjoy reading, decorating, visiting museums and playing with my cat – Aurora. I believe every child’s education should open doors to their future; therefore I aim to provide engaging, purposeful and exciting learning opportunities to ensure they are ready for the world.

Mrs Amy Izycky- Director of Inclusion

I joined SEJ in 2012 as a Director of Learning and I have been the Director of Inclusion since 2016. I enjoy working in a unique school where every day is different and every person strives to achieve their best for the children. I am passionate about ensuring all pupils reach their full potential through giving them the individual provision that they need. I am particularly interested in supporting the emotional needs of the pupils so that they feel happy and safe in school and can therefore learn to their full ability. My background is in Zoology and Ecology, so I love travelling to different environments around the world where there is lots of wildlife to see. I live in the countryside and enjoy spending my free time outdoors with my family, either cycling,walking, kayaking or horse riding.

Teachers

Mrs Katherine Jennings- Teacher

(Maternity Leave)

My name is Mrs Jennings and I teach Ayres class in year 3. I aim to make learning fun and exciting to help engage all the children at South End to give them the opportunity to thrive and succeed in their learning journey.

I enjoy being creative and so my classroom will always be bright, colourful and welcoming. My favourite subject is maths but I also love geography and music.

I also work hard with our Junior Leadership Team to make sure the school are taking on board the children’s thoughts and improving SEJ.

Miss Francesca Bowers- Teacher

My name is Miss Bowers and I am so excited to be teaching Picasso class this year! I am really looking forward to working in Year 3 after having such a fabulous year teaching Year 4 last year.

I love to be creative and previously trained as a dance teacher, so I really enjoy incorporating creativity into as many of my lessons as possible, using movement and dance whenever I can. I very much believe in giving each child the opportunity to grow and learn in their own way so that they can express themselves and feel happy and comfortable in their learning.

In my spare time, I absolutely love to read lots of books and experimenting with baking new recipes. 

Miss Stephanie Wong- Teacher

My name is Stephanie Wong and I will be teaching Year 3 in Matisse. This will be my third year teaching Year 3 after moving to the UK from Canada and I am looking forward be able to work with such a fun year group.


My goal this year is to create an engaging learning environment where all students can learn. I believe in equality and providing a chance for every student to succeed. I enjoy seeing students put in effort and persevere through tough tasks. I believe that with a fantastic growth mindset, any student can be successful with every challenge they are given. I also hope to create a warm environment where students will feel comfortable in making mistakes or ask for help whenever it is needed.

During my free time I enjoy calligraphy and painting so I hope to include art throughout my lessons and classroom. I also enjoy travelling and learning about different cultures and trying out different foods!

Mr Phil West- Teacher

My name is Mr West and I am thrilled joining South End Junior School as a Year 3 teacher in Ayres class. I have previously worked in Years 1, 3, 5 and 6 at other schools. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths and Art. I have always liked drawing and painting and I like to do this in my home time. Children in my class will be challenged with fun quizzes and riddles. I have a keen interest in Geography and like to promote a love of the earth, guiding children to respect the eco system and cut down on waste. I am a speedy runner and have completed lots of marathons. I adore spicy food and watching scary movies!

Miss Laura Hendrickson- Teacher

I am so excited to be joining the SEJ team this year. This will be my first year teaching and I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school. I will be in Dahl class in year 4, so please come and say hello! 
I want to create a safe learning environment where all children can flourish and grow and create lots of fun memories. I also want to foster lots of curiosity within children so they can ask lots of questions and really dive into their learning. I will encourage children to have a growth mindset, where they can achieve anything, learn from mistakes, and never give up. 

I enjoy going on bike rides, baking, and I have a little dog at home called Minnie who loves to follow me everywhere! 

Mrs Helen Moody- Teacher

I am the class teacher for Rowling Class in Year 4. I have been teaching for many, many years and love how each day in the classroom is always different – a place to learn, laugh and explore new things. My aim this year is to challenge, encourage and support everyone in Rowling class, encouraging a place where we foster a love of learning and make great memories to look back on.

I am also the POD Driver for the ‘My World and Beyond’ POD, which focuses on our curriculum subjects and on promoting a Growth Mindset across SEJ. I can’t wait to see how the amazing pupils of this school continue to challenge themselves and demonstrate how they can achieve anything, if they put their minds to it.

Outside of school, I love to read (hence, English is one of my favourite subjects) and, given a spare moment, I like to go running; there’s nothing like a long run to clear your head!

Miss Emily Buckley- Teacher

I am Miss Buckley and I can’t wait to get back to teaching at this fantastic school! This year brings me a new adventure in Year 5 and I am looking forward to the challenge. I am going to be the class teacher for Archimedes class and many of you may know I enjoy putting a little acting or dancing into my classroom. 

My main goal as a teacher is to make sure you are enjoying your learning in a memorable way. In my classroom, it is really important that we give things a go even if it may be wrong. Nobody gets in trouble for getting it wrong because it’s always better to try. Every mistake is an opportunity to learn. I will encourage children to try and work together to overcome challenges before coming to me to develop their independence. Often children surprise themselves at what they can achieve by working together and challenging themselves. Definitely don’t be afraid of a challenge!

During my spare time I enjoy gardening, especially growing fruit and vegetables, as well as relaxing in the garden with a good book to read. In the evening, I like taking my border collie for a walk and she loves fetching a ball again and again which keeps me busy.

Mr George Carter-Teacher

My name is Mr Carter and I will be teaching Year 5 Engelbart class this year. I am really excited to be joining SEJ for my first year of teaching having completed my PGCE. I have worked previously with Year 2 and Year 6.

I enjoy teaching a variety of subjects, but my favourites are maths, science and history. I also really enjoy reading, both in school and at home. I want my classroom to be a welcoming environment, where children can work collaboratively with one another and respect each other’s ideas and opinions. I want to encourage the children in my class to have a go even if they are unsure. I believe we can learn from making good mistakes, so long as we are trying!

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and my Labrador Poppy. I also enjoy going for walks, writing and playing board games.

Miss Bronwyn Ryan- Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Ryan and I am very excited to be teaching Aristotle class from September. I am looking forward to working with the year 6 team this year after teaching year 5 for the last two years. One of my favourite subjects is science because of all the practical investigations you can do. Another one of my favourite subjects is art as I find it to be very relaxing. It is lovely to see children take on the new challenge in their learning, especially seeing the delight on the children’s faces when it comes to those ‘lightbulb’ moments.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy baking, colouring, reading and taking my dog Luna for a walk. I also have 3 cats called Buttons, Oreo and Lotti who love to have cuddles.

Mr Daniel Woodcock- Teacher

Hello, my name is Mr Woodcock. I am going to be the Y6 teacher of Galileo class. This is my first year at South end and I am looking forward to this new opportunity and some fantastic learning experiences. My favourite subjects to teach are Maths and PE, maths has always made sense to me and PE is something I enjoyed as a child and I still love sport just as much as an adult.

As long as my students are trying their hardest, I am always happy to help. It is excellent teaching something and then seeing that lightbulb moment when your students finally get what they need to do and dive straight into their work. I really like it when students ask questions, it shows a real desire to learn and take ownership of their learning. You can help me help you.

In my free time I enjoy hiking, early morning motorcycle rides and playing my Xbox one. I look forward to meeting all of you at SEJ.

Miss Kirsty Watt- Teacher

My name is Miss Watt and I am the teacher for Einstein class this year. I’m excited to move up (again!) and continue the learning journey with a fantastic year group. South End is one of the most inspiring schools I know; nowhere else has a learning environment quite like it! I am looking forward to working in Year 6 – I have taught in Years 4, 5 and 6 before. My aim to make learning as exciting and creative as possible, ensuring children have memorable experiences especially in their last year at junior school! I find it very difficult to choose a favourite subject to teach as I love them all for different reasons. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (quite often books that I believe my class will enjoy) and baking. I can’t wait for another fantastic year at SEJ.  

Support Staff

Mrs Anna Webb- Associate Teacher

I have been teaching at South End since 2009! Joining as a volunteer all those years ago, I am now an Associate Teacher. I work part-time teaching music across all year groups in the afternoon. I also take great pride in running our choir, who meet once a week and entertain the community in lots of events throughout Rushden.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time time with my family, walking my 2 dogs, playing netball and of course singing!

Mrs Laura Twell- Associate Teacher

Hi my name is Mrs Twell. I have been lucky enough to be part of the South End family for a few years in between leaving to have my little boy! I feel very privileged that I am able to teach all classes across the school and therefore I am able to support with every year groups learning journey! My favourite subject to teach is maths but I do enjoy teaching various subjects across the curriculum.  
I am fortunate enough to live on a farm so when I am not at school I can mainly be found taking my little boy around the farm visiting the cows and sheep!  

Mrs Nicky Bromwich- Associate Teacher

During my 20 year career of working in schools, I have acquired a degree in teaching and learning as well as much other knowledge linked to children and their families. Alongside my role as an Associate Teacher I have also trained as a family support worker and worked with a variety of children with an array of barriers to their learning.

I am passionate about children’s welfare and learning as this enables them to become emotionally intelligent adults. All children (I believe) deserve to grow-up with knowledge and confidence so that they can go off into the world and become whatever they wish to be.

Mrs Cerys Davidson- Teaching Assistant

Hi my name is Mrs Davidson and I am a Teaching Assistant and Pastoral Support here at SEJ, based across all year groups.

My role enables me to encourage and support the children on their learning journey through interventions and group tasks. I feel very privileged to help them reach their full potential.

I joined the team in September 2016 and feel very excited to be part of this unique and vibrant school.

Miss Nicole Swords- Associate Teacher

Hi my name is Miss Swords and I am excited to be joining the South End Junior School team this September as an associate teacher. I am going to be based in year 4, but I am going to be fortunate enough to teach across the whole school. 

I believe in implementing a growth mindset attitude and encouraging children to try new things, in order to be independent and successful learners. 

My favourite subjects to teach are English, art and P.E. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and being outdoors. 

Miss Charmaine Bowditch- Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Bowditch and I am going to be a teaching assistant in year 6. This is my first year at SEJ and I am very excited to get to know everyone. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching films and spending time with my family. 

Mrs Stacey Bird- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Stacey Bird and I have been a part of the South End team since 2012. I am a Teaching Assistant currently working with year 3, however I have had experience in previous years working with all year groups.

I can be found looking after the Avenue two afternoons a week. 

Mrs Leanne Gardner- Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’ve been a Teaching Assistant at South End since 2006. I love being part of the South End family. I’ve supported students across all the school years, delivering interventions, small groups and general class support.

If you get a Golden Ticket through the post – come and find me and I’ll arrange your reward! 

Mrs Julie Scott- Teaching Assistant

My name is Miss Scott, I have worked at South End since 2014. Before that I have worked in a middle school and a SEN school. I am currently based in year 4 and can often be found taking pupils out for short interventions to help them fill any gaps or to boost their learning.  Most of the time I am in class supporting the excellent learning of our pupils. Life at SEJ is very varied and so is my job role, from finding an ice pack to working out complex maths problems. Life is never dull and as our signature says staff and students always have a smile whatever the rest of the world throws at us (Lets not mention 2020). 

Mrs Eileen Fett- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Fett I currently work in yr 3. and am looking forward to working with a new set of staff and children alike. I am the lead 1st aider for the school and can be found in the Nest at break times and lunchtimes. 

Mrs Angela Ebb- Teaching Assistant

What can I say about a day in the life of a Teaching Assistant? It is varied, to say the least, and that is probably one of the reasons that I love being one!
My day usually starts with preparing the learning base for the arrival of the children. This can, and does, include tidying the classroom, collating resources and preparing displays.

Once the children arrive I work 1:1 with children in dyslexia interventions and for the rest of the school day mainly with small groups of children, either supporting them in their class lessons or reinforcing their learning in Read Write Inc or Speed Up sessions.

I see all aspects of my role as supporting every child within the SEJ family, whether it’s attending to a grazed knee (as a first aider), driving children to gymnastic competitions (I have a large car) or just sitting down to listen to them.
Every day presents something new!

Mrs Di Warr- Teaching Assistant

I have worked in primary schools for 8 years, initially as a parent helper, lunchtime supervisor and for 6 years as a special educational needs teaching assistant. I started at SEJS in January 2016.

I presently work in years 4 and 5 as a teaching assistant, supporting and encouraging children with their learning. I love the creative, friendly and dynamic environment this school offers. 

Mrs Trish Shortland- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Shortland, I have been a Teaching Assistant for many years, in various settings. I am proud to be part of the South End Junior School team!
I love seeing the look on children’s faces when they ‘get it’, and helping them enjoy their learning.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and taking my dog for walks in the countryside.

Mrs Lucy Vincent- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Vincent, alongside my lunchtime role I also enjoy my position as a 1:1 TA based in year 4. This amazing opportunity has given me the experience to work with pupils that need that extra time, patience and care to complete their work. 

Mrs Sarah Pink- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Pink-Hatt, I currently work in Year 6, as a teaching assistant. I have been part of the South End Junior team since March 2019 and feel privileged to work in such an inspiring school, with an amazing team of people and fantastic children. I love motivating children, helping them to learn, using a positive growth mindset and encouraging them to become independent learners.

I enjoy long dog walks, art, pottery, cooking and reading. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to many amazing places in the world. These days my favourite places to holiday are in Devon and Cornwall.

Mrs Sharon Fowler- Teaching Assistant

I have been a member of the Year 6 team for many years and assist in the preparation for the SATs tests. I work with children of all abilities, helping them with maths as this is a strength of mine.

Mrs Lynn Curry- Teaching Assistant

I am a Teaching Assistant whose personal role by nature is diverse. Being approachable and available when children are anxious or needing reassurance is a big part of the day. As a team, both teachers and assistants work collaboratively to support children on an individual, group or whole class basis.

I support children who need extra help by taking them into designated areas for planned Intervention lessons. For others I act as a facilitator to advance their independent learning. Making teachers aware of any problems, preparing resources and putting up displays are but a few of each day’s responsibilities. Each day brings rewards and challenges making the job stimulating and satisfying.

Mrs Cleo Bazes- Teaching Assistant

I have been part of the South End Junior team since April 2019. I’m currently based in YR3 and feel very fortunate to have a 1:1 role within this amazing school. I love supporting children in their learning journey and get an enormous sense of pride when they achieve their goals through a growth mindset. 

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, reading and trying to keep fit!

Miss Joanna Davis- Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Davis and I work as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year 5. 
I have worked as a 1:1 for 5 years, supporting and encouraging children with learning difficulties to feel proud of their learning and reach their goals in a fun, inspiring and exciting way. 
 
I feel so very privileged to be part of the fantastic South End Junior School family and to watch our amazing children grow!

Mrs Kirstie Dean- Teaching Assistant

I’m a teaching assistant and my role in the school is to support, encourage and inspire the children on their learning journey. I do this by supporting pupils in the classroom, as well as working with smaller groups of children and some children on a 1 to 1 basis.

I feel privileged to spend my time working with such wonderful children and enjoy watching their knowledge and confidence grow and develop. 

Miss Chelsey Henesy – Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Kate Clark-Pastoral Support Worker

I have worked at SEJ for over 15 years now and have seen many changes during that time. My role has always been that of a teaching assistant, though for the past 4 years I have also undertaken some pastoral duties, which includes being accessible both at break and lunch playtimes to provide assistance when necessary.

I currently am based in Yr 6 in the mornings and all year groups in the afternoons.  

The Admin Team

Mrs Lesley Diver- Administrator/PA to the Headeachers

Hello, my name is Mrs Diver and my role at South End Junior is that of Administrator/ PA to the Head Teachers. I began my South End journey in 2008, firstly as a teaching assistant and then as a HLTA ( higher level teaching assistant). My job title now is Administrator/PA and my role now is predominately to oversee all things pupil based and as we are a school full of pupils, I wear a lot of different hats! ie: admissions, intake, data and contact info, attendance reporting, photos, music lessons, meals, communication and leavers are just a few of my jobs.

I am also PA to all of our Headteachers and our Director of Inclusion, supporting them with the administrative part of their roles. I thoroughly enjoy my role at South End, being the link between parents, carers, our community and the school is what I consider to be a very important undertaking.

Mrs Rebekah Parker- Business Administrator

Hello, my name is Mrs Rebekah Parker and I Joined South End Junior School office team as Business Administrator in September 2020
My role is PA to the Business Manager and Site Manager as well as general office duties. I love that no day is the same and look forward to spending my future at South End Juniors. 

Mrs Louise Blair- Finance Administrator

Hello, my name is Mrs Louise Blair and I am the newest addition to the office team. I joined South End Junior School in March 2015 already being very familiar with the school, having two sons who spent many happy and fulfilled years here.

My current responsibilities are assisting with the schools finances as well as general office duties.

I am very much looking forward to spending my future years at this outstanding school.  

The Site and Premises Team

Mr Dave Huck- Site Manager

Hello, my name is Mr Huck and I have been working here since my family and I moved to the area in September 2009. I am the Director of Premises for both schools and I am also an associate governor at SEJ.  My main role is to maintain the standards in the school and grounds so the children can enjoy their learning experience, which with such a large site, keeps me very busy from early morning through to the evening.

As well as opening the school, maintaining the premises and grounds, liaising with many contractors and arranging rooms for our lettings in the evenings and weekend, I am also the lunchtime Lead and I organise the cleaning staff too. One of my favourite things about working at SEJ and the thing I am most proud of is the brilliant environment that myself and my team have been integral in making possible. 

Mrs Natasha Beswick- Lunchtime Supervisor

My role within the school is to work as part of a team to supervise the children at lunchtimes. This involves interacting with the children and making sure that they are safe and happy.

As a team we ensure that lunchtimes run smoothly and that the children are ready for their afternoon lessons.

Mrs Clair Courtney- Lunchtime Supervisor and Cleaner

My name is Clair Courtney and I am married with two sons. I enjoy cooking, walking, reading and travel. I work as a Lunchtime Supervisor and a Cleaner.

Mrs Sheila Huck- Lunchtime Supervisor and Cleaner

I am Mrs Huck and I work in two different positions within SEJ; I work as a cleaner in Y3 after school and I come in every lunchtime as a supervisor in the Plaza or outside.

During lunchtimes, my colleagues and I take it in turns to do outdoor duty where we keep an eye on the children, help with friendship and behaviour issues and make sure all accidents are documented. I have been here since September 2009.

Mrs Kasia Rewer- Lunchtime Supervisor

My name is Kasia Rewer and I work as a Lunchtime Supervisor at SEJS. I was born in Poland but have lived in the UK for 13 years now. I am a mum of two boys; my older boy attended SEJS and my little boy is autistic. I always enjoyed working with children and am very happy to be a part of the SEJ family.

Mrs Julia Masters- Lunchtime Supervisor

Hi, I’m Julia and I’m a Lunchtime Supervisor here at SEJS (since November 2018). My role involves caring for and looking after all year groups during the lunch period; this could be in the Plaza where the children sit to have their lunches, or on the playground ensuring the children have a safe and happy environment to play. I enjoy working at SEJS alongside the other Lunchtime Supervisors, staff and children. No two days are the same and it can be very rewarding.

Mrs Michaela Isayeva- Lunchtime Supervisor

My name is Michaela Isayeva. I am married and have two wonderful sons. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also very much enjoy travelling, visiting historical sites and cooking. My true passion is spending time with children and I feel very privileged to be able to follow my passions at home as well as work.

Mrs Lucy Vincent- Lunchtime Supervisor

My name is Lucy Vincent and I have been part of the lunchtime team since November 2015. I work alongside the team in the Plaza or in the playground on a rota system.

My role is to ensure that all the children have a happy and safe lunchtime knowing that there is a friendly face that they can approach if a problem occurs.

Miss Sophie Watts- Cleaner

Mrs Fay Hiscock- Cleaner

Miss Susan Aspley- Cleaner

Mr Reece Richmond – Cleaner