Staff List

Attwood Lisa Teaching Assistant

Beasant Natalie Teaching Assistant

Bevan Sarah Class Teacher

Bovell Julie Teaching Assistant

Brady Lana Attendance Officer

Brown Donna Teaching Assistant

Butcher Ann Teaching Assistant

Carter Rebecca Class Teacher

Clayton Michelle Finance Assistant

Clifford Tracy Lunchtime Supervisor

Coates Lee Class Teacher

Collett Helen Teaching Assistant

Cronin Rebecca Family Support Worker

Cuming Simon Class Teacher

Daly Charlotte School Business Manager

Doughty Liz SENCO

Doughty Jeanette Teaching Assistant

Essame Steffanie Teaching Assistant

Everitt Louise Class Teacher

Fuller Gemma Class Teacher

Gibson Niamh Class Teacher

Glaze Louise Class Teacher
Harvey Claire Teaching Assistant

Hodgson Sarah-Jayne Teaching Assistant

Jones Wendy Class Teacher

Joyce Annette Lunchtime Supervisor

Kelly Karen Teaching Assistant

Landeman Susan Teaching Assistant

Lloyd Laura Class Teacher

Lyon Penny Lunchtime Supervisor

Mallard Emma Teaching Assistant

Mallen Tracy Teaching Assistant

Marriott Cheraine Early Years Support Staff

Martin Becky Class Teacher

Massey Trudy Teaching Assistant

Massey Ashleigh Early Years Support Staff

McGee Emma Early Years Phase Leader

McIntyre Alice Teaching Assistant

Mellor Louise Behaviour Support Assistant

Mills Ellie Class Teacher

Morris Maxine Lunchtime Supervisor

Munson Katrina Teaching Assistant

Newman Gillian School Administrator

Nossa Danielle Year 3 & 4 Phase Leader

Pedley Lorraine Early Years Support Staff

Peters Sophie Early Years Support Staff

Phillips Samantha Headteacher

Plowman Vicki Behaviour Support Assistant

Richards Lisa Year 1 & 2 Phase Leader

Risk Karen Sports Coach

Rolls Hayley Behaviour Support Assistant

Sayer Sarah Teaching Assistant

Scott Linda Teaching Assistant

Stevens Julie Year 5 & 6 Phase Leader

Tee Maureen Early Years Support Staff

Underwood Claire Nursery Teacher

Wager Hayley Teaching  Assistant

Wardell Catherine Class Teacher

White Michelle Deputy Headteacher

Williamson Lucy Early Years Support Staff

Wilson Elaine Teaching Assistant

York Juleen Class Teacher


Co-Opted Governor
Arosha Bandara

I am a Duston resident, who works as an academic in Computing for The Open University in Milton Keynes.  Our family moved to the area in 2014, and we were very pleased when our son was offered a place at Hopping Hill because we found the school to have an excellent atmosphere for learning and a commitment to helping children achieve their maximum potential.  I volunteered to become a Governor to make a contribution to ensuring the school continues to develop as an excellent learning environment for children in Duston.  I have a particular interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education, visiting schools in the area to support this aspect of the curriculum as a volunteer STEM ambassador.  In my spare time, I enjoy playing badminton and am also learning to play the ukulele.  This second hobby was inspired by my son’s passion for music, which has flourished due to the excellent music education provision support at the school.

Parent Governor

Tajinder Kaur Bassan

I am a working mother of two boys, the eldest joined Hopping Hill Primary School this September and my other son is currently at nursery. Having seen my own child develop and enjoy school within months of starting, I was keen to be involved and support how the school provide the best environment for children. I strongly believe that Primary Schools have such an important role in developing children’s skills and creativity, nurturing confidence and providing a solid platform that will in turn prepare them for secondary school and further in life.

Becoming a Parent Governor I personally feel very honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of my child’s education as well as other children and playing a part in making their experience of school a wonderful, safe and enjoyable place where their learning is fun and of a high quality.  Being from a Sikh background and growing up in Leeds I hope to bring diversity and cultural experiences as a Parent Governor.  

Having several years of banking experience I hope to contribute towards making efficient decisions on budgeting for the welfare of the children and continue to keep Hopping Hill Primary at the highest level.  Outside of work I love to travel and all things outdoors with my family. 


Co-Opted Governor

Lee McRae

David Reeves
Co-Opted Governor

Following early retirement from a job in IT consultancy, I volunteered with a national reading support charity who placed me at Hopping Hill. I was very impressed by the school, its atmosphere and ethos, and so when I was asked if I would consider being a governor, I was delighted to accept. Though no longer with the charity, I still try to help out at the school once a week.  I have lived in Duston for over 15 years and have two grown up children. I am a mentor for the Institute of Advanced motorists helping people improve their driving. I am a keen believer in lifelong learning and I am a magistrate in Northamptonshire.

I have been connected to the school since 2005 with my step-son going through the school and now my daughter, just starting her education. In previous years I have attend school residential trips to Grendon and PGL as a parent helper and now I am supporting the school as a governor.

My job is a senior manager at Barclaycard, managing a global team delivery projects to meet the regulatory requirements of our internal and external regulators, while managing multi-million pound budgets. I am looking forward to putting my financial and people management skills towards supporting the school.

In my spare time I enjoy competing in physical challenges ranging from 5-a-side football to triathlons as well spending time with my family. 

Instrument of Governance:
Headteacher: Ex Officio
5 Co-Opted Governors
1 Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
4 Parent Governors

Ex Officio:
Sam Phillips: Headteacher  Business Management Committee

Co-Opted Governors:
Lee McRae, Chair of Governors, Business Management Committee

Janet Stephenson: Standards & Wellbeing Committee (Chair)

Arosha Bandara, Vice Chair of Governors: Business Management Committee (Chair)

Lisa Richards: Member of both committees as and when required

David Reeves: Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Local Authority Governor:
Valerie Brambley, Business Management Committee

Parent Governors:
​Leah Brothers, Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Paul Hodgson: Business Management Committee

Tajinder Kaur Bassan: Business Management Committee

Matthew Mills : Business Management Committee

Staff Governor:
Julie Stevens, Standards & Wellbeing Committee

Michelle White: Deputy Headteacher


Paul Hodgson is married to Sarah-Jayne Hodgson, Teaching Assistant


Paul Hodgson

Val Brambley

I  have been a governor here since 2006.  Northamptonshire County Council gave my two sons an excellent education so in return I volunteered to become a governor and was recommended to Hopping Hill.  Since  retiring from the Police Welfare Department, I am able to visit during the school day and also come to hear reading. When I first came I knew no one here but now feel part of the community and support the school wholeheartedly.

Co-Opted Governor
Janet Stephenson

The first contact I had with Hopping Hill was over 20 years ago when I worked at The Express Lift Company and our apprentices came into school to work on design technology projects with the children as part of a Business/Education links project. Later I was asked by the Head, Val Newton to become a community governor, a role I still hold today.  Currently I am Vice-Chair, SEN Governor and also have a responsibility in the Performance Management of the Head Teacher. When not visiting school, I enjoy travelling both in this country and abroad; keeping fit with walking, swimming and Pilates and I am a keen supporter of the Saints rugby team.


Leah Brothers

Parent Governor

Matthew Mills

We moved to Duston in 2013 and have been very impressed with the education that both our Children have received at Hopping Hill. Not just
academically but also socially, whether it be with trips out, residential’s or learning to play an instrument. 

Having worked within the sign industry for over 13 years, I am currently the Managing Director of a Northamptonshire based sign manufacturer.

The school has a strong team of governors and I am looking forward to helping the school maintain the high standards it has in place.  It is a privilege to be appointed as a governor and I am excited about the challenges ahead.

In my spare time i enjoy playing golf at Northampton Golf club and also taking the children for golf lessons there on a Sunday morning.

With two daughters having attended Hopping Hill since ‘Early Birds’ and as a resident of Duston for over ten years, my family and I have felt part of the fabric of the school for some time. It is therefore a privilege to support the school with my business and commercial acumen and importantly from the viewpoint of a parent.  Having worked in the Logistics Industry for over a decade, my organisational and large scale project management experience have enabled me to support the school with an alternative and innovative viewpoint.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, running, playing and watching football; and I am particularly passionate about the rise in women’s sports and ensuring that girls enjoy the same sporting opportunities as I did growing up. . 


As a Duston resident and mother of three young children, I felt that becoming a parent governor at their school gives me the opportunity to have an active and significant role as a voice of the parents on the governing body.
With over 18 years of teaching experience myself, from Year 8 to Year 3, I know that I can assist and support the various challenges the governors and staff face, in order to further help the school continue on its important journey.
As part of the Standards and well-being committee I will work alongside staff and governors to challenge new ideas and help focus on raising standards and promoting the personal development and well-being, of all learners.
In my spare time I enjoy exercising: from boot camp to running and even the occasional ‘Tough Mudder’. In the ‘quiet’ times, I try to catch up on a good book and will read almost anything. Family time is also important so alongside welly boot walks and trips to the cinema, I enjoy baking and decorating cakes even though they don’t often last long in our house!
It is a privilege to use my skills to support Hopping Hill Primary School, staff and children whilst on the Governing Body.