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Meet the Staff

We currently have a staff of 36 teachers, 94 support staff including teaching assistants, specialist and leading teachers, plus admin and other support staff personnel.

This means our current staff covers a wealth of knowledge and experience from new teaching assistants and teachers to those with experience in this school and others. This brings a vibrancy and energy to the team at Tollgate where the children's progress is paramount. We also have a staff which represents a wide range of cultural backgrounds with many staff speaking more than one language.

All staff has regular continuing professional development support and both in house and external CPD are a key part of this. INSETs in the past have included; Numeracy and Literacy workshops, planning and assessment days, ICT training, positive handling and many more.

TOM CANNING OBE
Chief Executive Officer

EMMA O'CONNOR
Headteacher

JAMES BYRNE
Deputy Headteacher

LIZA CHRISTOFIDES
Deputy Headteacher

KATIE IVES
Assistant Headteacher 
SENDCo ASD Lead Intervention

TOM BARNECUT
Assistant Headteacher 
EYFS Lead Art & DT. Phonics

SEAN PARSONS
Assistant Headteacher 
Assessment Lead

ALLISON WE STON
Assistant Headteacher 
Director of ELA SCITT

TARA CROISSANT
Acting Assistant Headteacher 
KS2 Phase Leader Mathematics