Our Team

We have a team of dedicated and highly inspirational staff here at Gateway School.




Mrs Cath Bufton Green Head Teacher

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Music, PGCE

Cath has twenty-eight years’ experience in education and began teaching in maintained schools. In 2001, she moved into the independent sector to teach at Bute House School for Girls as Head of ICT and a Year 4 teacher. During her...

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Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Samantha Woods Deputy Head teacher and Head of Early Years , Designated Safeguarding Lead

Qualifications: BA (Hons) in English Literature, University of Cambridge

Samantha brings eighteen years of teaching experience to our school, having joined us in 2020. Initially serving as Head of Lower Prep and EYFS, she advanced to the role of Deputy Headteacher in 2022. Samantha is also our Designated Safeguarding...

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Mrs Rebecca Izard Head of Community and Operations

Qualifications: MA, GGSM

Rebecca studied singing and piano at Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With a love for the performing arts, she has dedicated over 30 years to teaching and nurturing young talents. She completed a Masters in Music Education at the...

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Mrs Harbi Sahota Head of Upper Prep

Qualifications: BEd. (Hons) with a speciality in Mathematics,University of Reading.

Harbi has three decades of teaching experience, of which twenty years have been in the Independent Sector. Having joined Gateway School in 2018 as Head of Mathematics, she was also specialist Maths teacher across Years 5 and 6, overseeing the...

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Mr Tim Miles Head of Lower School, Senior Leader, Digital Strategist, Class Teacher

Qualifications: BSc - Biology (Birmingham), PGCE (Birmingham City University)

Timothy started teaching at St Francis Primary School, Birmingham in a Year 1 classroom close to the Cadbury’s factory. He taught there until starting to set up his own business, LitFilmFest, which focused on developing literacy across all primary years...

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  • Abbie Smith, Preschool Manager. Degree of Diploma of HE in Early Years
  • Joanne Starkey, Early Years Teacher. BA Early Years
  • Paul Barber, Early Years Teacher.  BA, PGCE
  • Emma Tucker, Preschool Practitioner. Childcare and Young Peoples workforce Level 3
  • Liubov Zaginaylo. Preschool Practitioner.
  • Tegan Van Der Merwe, Preschool Practitioner.





  • Emma Folker, Year 4 Class Teacher. BA (Hons) Primary Education
  • Laura Ward, Year 4 Class Teacher. M.Ed PGCE
  • Hina Schroff, Year 4 Class Teacher
  • Patricia Hitchin, Year 5 Tutor, Art Teacher, SENCO. MA PGCE
  • Hilary Knight, Year 5 Tutor, Art/DT Teacher. BEng Hons
  • Jessica Blacher, Year 5 Tutor
  • Lauren Ashmore, Year 5 Tutor, Head of English. BA PGCE. (Maternity Leave)
  • Amy Stocks, Head of English, Year 5 Tutor
  • Philippa Kemp, Assistant Tutor Year 5, Subject Leader Humanities. BA (Hons) MSc PGCE
  • Neil Dyson, Year 5 Form Tutor, Science Teacher, Farm School Lead. BSc (Hons) PGCE
  • Naomi Ward, Assistant Tutor Year 5, Maths/Humanities Specialist. BA (Hons), PGCE (Maternity Leave)
  • David Lloyd, Year 6 Form Tutor, Head of MFL. BSc PGCE
  • Adam Blakeley, Year 6 Tutor, Head of Maths. MSc PGCE
  • Wendy O’Hare, Year 6 Tutor,  English/Drama Teacher. B.Ed Hons
  • Susie Mock, Year 6 Tutor, Art Teacher. BA.Ed (Hons)



  • Liz Atkins-O’Neill, Learning Support Assistant
  • Melanie Dunford, Learning Support Assistant
  • Sophie Ellam, Learning Support Assistant
  • Satvinder Jutla, Learning Support Assistant. CACHE Level 3 Dip in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning
  • Wendy Kemp, Learning Support Assistant. BA (Hons), PGCE
  • Caroline Mastrorilli, Learning Support Assistant
  • Sarah Mullens, Learning Support Assistant. BSc (Hons) 
  • Emily Rose, Learning Support Assistant
  • Anita Thakker, Learning Support Assistant
  • Ella Whalley, Learning Support Assistant. BA (Hons) PGCE
  • Ted 0’Hare, Learning Support Assistant





  • Tara Shah, Lead Playground Supervisor
  • Kelly Harman, Playground Supervisor. CACHE TA L2
  • Claire Tighe, Playground Supervisor
  • Lindsay Soward, Playground Supervisor. BA


  • Clifford Taylor, Chef Manager. NVQ Level 1 & 2 Hospitality & Catering
  • Daisy Dunn, Senior Kitchen Assistant
  • Kirsty Wood, Kitchen Assistant
  • Lucy Wilson, Kitchen Assistant

Peripatetic Teachers

  • Julie Reading, Piano Teacher
  • Linda Miller, Violin
  • Gill Ware, Woodwind Teacher
  • Ian Lynch, Brass Teacher
  • Nick Tillyer, Guitar Teacher
  • Paul Mallyon, Drum Teacher
  • Emma Morrison, Piano Teacher
  • Tom Smith, Tennis Coach
  • Rob Hill, Rugby Coach
  • Nigel Kerry, Cricket Coach

Special Educational Needs

  • Julie Evans, School Councillor
  • Claire Beever, Dyslexia Specialist
  • Mary Ann-Morton, Speech and Language Therapist
  • Connie Nxumalo, Occupational Therapist
Open Morning-Wednesday 25 September 9.30-11

To register your interest for our next open morning or to arrange a private tour of the school with our Headteacher, please fill out the form below to book your place and we will be in touch shortly. Alternatively, call Helen on 01494 862407.