South End Junior School

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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- Director of Business and Finance

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. 

Senior Lead Team

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. I also oversee all POD teams at SEJ to make certain the development of subject areas matches the needs of the pupils and the school.

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 . 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!

Mrs Rachel Honeywood- Director of Learning:4

My name is Mrs Honeywood and I am the Director of Learning for Year Four. I'm also the POD Driver for the 'My World and Beyond' strategic team. I am responsible for teaching the wonderful Lewis class in the Lower Hub. My teaching career began here at South End team back in 2011 and could not have picked a better school to launch my teaching career in. I love sharing stories and reading poems with children, and I enjoy maths too.


Miss Zara Bailey- Director of Learning: 3

Habari! My name is Miss Bailey and I have taught at South End Junior school for 1 year now. I am currently the Director of Learning for the year 3 team and teach Matisse class. I've been teaching for over five years now and have taught in London, Northamptonshire and overseas. I am very excited and feel privileged to be part of such an amazing team!
Outside of SEJ I teach at a Saturday Supplementary school at the Wellingborough African Caribbean Association and work closely with other Saturdays schools including the Polish, Gujarati and Arabic school. I am a committee member for the REC (Racial Equalities Council) and enjoy being involved in community events.
Please feel free to visit our classroom and take a journey around the world and experience all of the wonderful diverse cultures and communities that we have here at SEJ!

Mrs Heidi Redman- Inclusion Lead (Maternity Cover)

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Mrs Amy Izycky- Director of Inclusion (Maternity Leave)

I joined SEJ in 2012 as Director of Learning in year 5. However, I have recently returned from maternity leave in a new role as Director of Inclusion. I enjoy working in a unique school where every day is different and every person strives to achieve their best for the children. I love helping children to reach their full potential and I am passionate about giving children opportunities to discover and explore for themselves. My background is in Zoology and Ecology so my favourite subject is science and I love travelling to new environments around the world where there is lots of wildlife to see. I live in the countryside and enjoy spending my free time outdoors cycling,walking, kayaking or horse riding.

Teaching Team

Mr Joe Atherton- Teacher

Hello I'm Mr Atherton and teach the fantastic Aristotle class in Year 6. I love working in a school which provides such a wonderful and unique learning environment for the children. I am also responsible for the PE and sport in the school and enjoy taking groups of sporting superstars to local and county sports festivals!

Miss Beki Hill- Teacher

My name is Miss Hill and I am based in Galileo in Year 6. I love working in a school that is exciting and engaging for all children – there is always something new! I am POD leader for the Innovation and Enterprise POD where we work on the development of teaching in maths, computing and languages at South End Junior School.
Outside of work I enjoy reading, dancing 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. Teaching is my passion and I strive for all children to achieve their full potential.

Miss Jodi Skellham- Teacher

Hi, my name is Miss Skellham and this is my 5th teaching year at South End. I have recently started a job share after my maternity leave and I can be found in Upper Hub, Archimedes class, on a Thursday and Friday. I aim to offer each and every child the opportunity to succeed in their learning and achieve their full potential. My favorite subjects to teach are maths and art.


Miss Georgie Lewis- Teacher

Hi! I'm Miss Lewis and I make up part of the teaching team in year 6. I love working in the fast dynamic of year 6 and having the goal of SATs as our driving force. As the leader of the ‘Communication and Arts’ POD, I am also responsible for moving a group of subjects forward - including English, art and music – with the support of several integral team members. With the new curriculum in place and continuing to develop, it is an exciting time to be in this role as we continue to shape strong and purposeful teaching and learning.

Mr Tom Morris- Teacher 

My name is Mr Morris. I joined the South End family in September 2016 and teach the wonderful Engelbart class in Year 5. I am very excited about the opportunities we offer the children to learn in different ways and to be a part of that. Whilst here, my aim is to develop each child (academically, socially and emotionally) so they are ready to move on and progress along their learning journey. I love my sports and will be found playing cricket during the summer months. I also enjoy maths and visiting new places.

Miss Emily Buckley- Teacher

My name is Miss Buckley. I am new to joining the South End team this year! You will find me teaching Picasso class in Year 3. I look forward to starting my journey at South End Junior with the new Year 3 children. In my spare time I will be looking after my chickens. My favourite subject is dance and so you may see me dancing around the classroom at times. 

Ms Katherine McMurdo- Teacher

My name is Miss McMurdo 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 Siobhan Perkins- Teacher

My name is Miss Perkins and am very excited to join the South End team as Dahl class teacher this year! I have been teaching for two years and feel privileged to continue my teaching career in a school which offers such fantastic opportunities for children. I hope to help the children know that they are capable of achieving anything they want to as long as they try their best. My favourite subjects to teach are maths, history and geography; I also enjoy seeing children being excited about reading.
Outside of school I love to spend my time reading, drawing and visiting new places - Norway is my favourite country so far. I am also kept busy by my four Siamese/Oriental cats and two Jack Russells!

Mrs Jodie Bodsworth- Teacher

My name is Mrs Bodsworth and I joined the South End team in April 2015. I teach part time to balance my family and work commitments. I aim to inspire children on their Learning Journey and am privileged to be able to do this for the children at South End

Mrs Erin Gillespie- Teacher

Hi there, my name is Mrs. Gillespie and I am loving the opportunity I have been given, to work within Y4 at South End Junior School. I have worked in Y6 as well since joining the school. I am looking forward to teaching the wonderful Rowling class this year in lower hub! I really enjoyed working with children in Year 6, to develop their skills leading towards their SATS examinations, as well as preparing them for their transition into secondary school, from where I bring some previous teaching experience. I am looking ahead to teaching Year 4, and all of the new challenges that may arise. I enjoy science and geography, and would like to learn Spanish one day. You will find me organising the new den building initiative at lunchtimes and guiding our new Outdoor Learning ambassadors. I am planning some outdoor learning days this academic year for all year groups. I look forward to meeting many more parents, carers and South End children in the near future.

Associate Teachers

Miss Sarah-Jane Coles- Associate Teacher

Bonjour! My name is Miss Coles and I am the French lead for the lovely children of Southend Junior School. I am also responsible for visually promoting our school values. A new value is displayed every 2 weeks in the Plaza, to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

I feel privileged to be able to teach in such an engaging, supportive, and educational environment.

When I’m not at school I can be found going on lots of little adventures, travelling, driving, listening to music, watching films, learning new things, walking, photography, going to the theatre, going to sports events, dancing, cooking/ baking, socialising, and much more.

Miss Jessica Frost- Associate Teacher- Maternity Leave

I joined South End Junior in September 2013. I have worked in Year 5 and am currently in Year 6. I enjoy creating installations and props for productions. I also organise VIP alongside Mrs. Webb.  

Miss Laura Hayes- Associate Teacher

My name is Miss Hayes and I joined the wonderful team at South End Junior School in March 2018. I currently teach within all years three to six, so I feel privileged to be able to be involved with every child’s learning journey. Whilst being employed at the school four days a week, I go to university on Wednesday as I’m currently in the process of completing my teaching and learning degree which takes up a huge amount of my spare time! My favourite subject to teach at school is Maths but I enjoy fulfilling children’s knowledge in all other areas as well.

Mrs Nicky Bromwich- Associate Teacher 

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Inclusion and Provision Team

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 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 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.

Ms 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.  

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 5, 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 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. 

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.

Mr Daniel Wainwright- Teaching Assistant 

I have been a teaching assistant at SEJ since January 2016. I work with the year 6 team and they really are great. It is such a great experience and I love supporting the students with their learning. I had the privilege to use my love of theatre and drama to help write and produce the year 6 end of year show. I look forward to being part of the SEJ family.

Mrs Claire Myers- Teaching Assistant

I am Claire Walker I joined South End in January 2017 as a Teaching Assistant in Year 4. I used to live in York. I love animals, we have two fox red labradors and I have my own horse which I enjoy competing March to October British Eventing. At South End I enjoy working with small groups of children to help them secure their learning and gain confidence to progress.  

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.

 Mrs Sharon Clugston- Teaching Assistant

I feel very fortunate to have a role within this amazing school. My job is to support children on a one-to-one basis, as well as work with small groups. My aim is to give the children the extra help require to reach their full potential. I believe strongly that each child should be given the opportunity to do the best they can and I am passionate about making learning accessible and fun for all. I especially love to see children motivated and enthused in their learning, and it gives me great satisfaction when they achieve their goals.

Mrs Eileen Fett- Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Fett I am based in yr 5 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. Let the new term commence!

Mrs Diane 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. 

Mr Tom Roberts- Sports & Fitness Lead 

Hello, my name is Tom Roberts and I am the Sports & Fitness lead at SEJ. I joined the school in September 2017 having delivered PE and Sport in Primary Education for 7 years.

I hold level 3 certificates in delivering PE in Primary School Education and National Youth Football, as well as being a Gymnastics and Swimming tutor.

I have worked with a spectrum of children from 2 years old to those who are at elite level. I deliver PE to every single class at SEJ, take swimming groups and offer after school sports clubs across the week. I also organise and take school teams to cluster competitions and district sports events.

I really enjoy inspiring the sporting journey here at SEJ!

Miss Charli Gilbert- Teaching Assistant (Maternity Leave)

Hello I’m Charli Gilbert and I started here at South End Junior School in April 2015, as a Teaching Assistant. Since starting at South End Junior School I have been made to feel very welcome by both students, teachers and all other staff members here.

At present my main responsibility is working with students who need one to one support, for example, visual impairment. Working one to one with some pupils here has been a huge part of what makes me love my job, helping those who require extra support makes my job worthwhile. I feel this is a great place that teaches and supports each pupil to achieve their full potential, and to be the child they want to be.

Mrs Julia York- Teaching Assistant

Hello. My name is Mrs York and I joined South End Junior School earlier this year. Currently, I'm a TA in year 4 and I work with groups of children within the classroom. I also give one-to-one support to children as they make their learning journey.
I thoroughly enjoy helping the children with their maths but I get especially excited when the subject is English. As a scientist I also like being able to expand and explore areas of the science curriculum with our students.
I love the supportive and friendly atmosphere within the school. This is a great place to be.

Mrs Julie Scott- Teaching Assistant

My role is a TA in year 3. To assist the children in class and take small groups interventions such as read, write inc.  

The Admin Centre Team

Mrs Jo Simmons- Director of Business and Finance

My name is Jo Simmons and I am the Director of Business and Finance 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. I also represent the school on the governing body. 

Mrs Lesley Diver- PA to the Head Teachers

Hello, my name is Mrs Diver and my role at South End Junior is that of Administrator/ PA to the Head Teachers. I have been at South End since 2008 although I have only been in my current role for one year; previously I was High Level Teaching Assistant working across all year groups within our school.
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.

Miss Kelly Durham- PA to Business and Premises

Hi, I am Kelly Durham and I have been at SEJ since January 2010. Before SEJ I worked in the hospitality industry; booking events, weddings, conferences and parties for people and ensuring they all ran smoothly. I am PA to Business and Premises which means that alongside basic office duties, I assist Mrs Simmons with her mountains of paperwork and Mr Huck with his lettings and site paperwork. I am also responsible for making sure the VIP assembly presentation, certificates, books and tickets are written and sent out each fortnight. Another of my responsibilities is to make sure the school has enough supplies and I have spent long hours searching for the weird and wonderful things you may have seen around the school. My role is primarily IT based but many of you will have seen me when you pop into the office too.  

Mrs Louise Blair- Finance Officer

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.  

Site and Premises Team

Dave Huck- Director of Premises

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 a school governor at SEJ. I have a very busy and very varied role within the school; typically my working day starts at 7am and sometimes I will still be working at 10pm. 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 I and Mr Langton have been integral in making possible. When I get the opportunity I love to go running and I am a big fan of athletics, I am also an events adjudicator for UK Athletics.

Roger Langton- Deputy Director of Premises 

I am Mr Langton and I work alongside Mr Huck in the premises department at SEJ. I also work maintenance at SEIS so the younger children at SEJ are familiar with me. I love the creativity at SEJ and am most proud of the schools achievements in having a unique learning environment. I have been in my role since 2009.

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.

Clair Courtney- Lunchtime Supervisor & Clean Team

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.

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 Claire Harding- Lunchtime Supervisor

Hello, I am Miss Harding and I enjoy being part of the lunchtime team. In the Plaza we encourage we encourage good behaviour, table manners and assist children during their lunch. We also supervise children in the playground (or learning bases in wet weather). The children have a lovely variety of outdoor facilities and equipment available to use, so its important we help provide a safe and pleasant environment.

Sheila Huck- Lunchtime Supervisor and Clean Team

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.