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Teaching Staff

Headteacher: Mr M Poppitt

I have been the Headteacher at Whinstone since 2003. I have taught in six schools from as far south as Folkestone to as far north as Rothbury! Whinstone is the third school I have had the fortune to be Headteacher, and it must be the most satisfying as I have worked here for longer than any other school. I am immensely proud of the opportunities we offer here to children and staff.Out of school I am a proud dad to my three little Poppitts, and spend most of my time driving them to rugby, swimming, netball, gymnastics and hockey, my carbon footprint is even larger than my size 13 feet!

Deputy Headteacher: Mr R Craig

Hello, I’ve worked in Whinstone Primary School since 2002 and been the Deputy Headteacher for the last 7 years. Whinstone Primary is a great place to work, everyone is happy and the pupils are fantastic.

I have three of my own boys who keep me very busy, usually with helping them with their homework and driving them to and from different sports clubs! If I manage to find any spare time I like to bike ride, read and enjoy family holidays.


Teaching Staff 2019 – 2020

Please click on a staff member’s name to find out more about them…..

Year Group Teachers Teaching Assistants Additional Support

Mrs Artley / Mrs Holder


Mrs Lofts

Mrs Edon





Mrs Wilson-Dukes (FS Team Leader)

Miss Clarke

Mrs Whitelock

Mrs Hards 


  Miss Morrison

Mrs Sanderson

Miss Davies

 Year 1 and 2 

Mrs Goldsmith

(Thursday Mrs Armstrong)


Miss Young


Miss Millard (Year 1/2 class)

(Friday Mrs Armstrong)


Mr Ford (Y1/2 Team Leader)

Miss Hole 

Mrs Jones

Miss Willis




 Year 3

Mrs Craig / Miss Ambrosini

Mrs Woodley

Mrs Woodall

Mrs Newlove

 Mrs Smith

Miss Edwards



 Year 4

Mrs Batty (Y3/4 Team Leader)

Mrs Scott / Miss McNaughton

Mrs Anderson

Mrs Hinchley



 Year 5

Mrs Marshall / Mrs York

Mrs Stephenson

Mrs Burey / Mr Craig

 Mrs Collier

Mrs Woodall

Mrs Kerr

Mrs Carnall

Mrs Pallant

Ms Carter

Mrs Elliott


 Year 6

Mrs Squires (Y5/6 Team Leader)

Mr Robson

Mrs Gibson

 Mr Good

Mr Syson

 Whole School Support

Mme Rene  (French teacher)

Miss Stansmore (PE teacher)

Mrs Hogg

Mrs Hards

Ms Carter