Great Sampford Primary School

small enough to care, big enough to inspire

Meet the Staff

Miss Laidler

Teaching Assistant - Class 2

Miss Laidler is a Teaching Assistant in Class 2 and is also a MSA (midday supervisory assistant).
She lives in Shalford with her daughter who is at college studying health and beauty.  In her spare time she likes to cook, horse ride and take her mad dogs for long country walks.

Favourite movie: The Green Mile

Favourite book: Watership Down (Richard Adams)

Favourite food: Indian.

Favourite song: Take me to Church (Hozier)

Miss Mitchell

Teaching Assistant- Class 3

Miss Mitchell is a Teaching Assistant in our Year 5/6 Class with Mr Williamson and has been at Great Sampford since September 2006. She has a particular interest in ASD (Autisitc Spectrum Disorder) and is also an MSA (midday supervisory assistant). 

Favourite movie: Lion

Favourite book: Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Favourite food: Fish Fingers Sandwiches (with salad cream of course!)

Favourite song: Our House (Madness)

Miss Reis

Deputy Head

Miss Reis is our class 1 teacher and the Deputy Head. She studied Chemistry and Maths at University of Sheffield. She is very passionate about reading and phonics

Miss Swain

Class Teacher - Class 2

Miss Swain is our Class 2 teacher and  and has a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Biochemistry and a P.G.C.E (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Cambridge University. 

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Mr Athanasiou

Head Teacher

Mr Athanasiou is our Head Teacher. The children know him as 'Mr.A.' He has taught every year group during his career which had spanned over 11 years when he joined us. He enjoys teaching a variety of subjects, especially maths, dance, drama and music. It is his job to keep the children safe alongside all of the other staff. He loves to talk to people so please come in and see hime, anytime.


Favourite movie: Mrs Doubtfire

Favourite book:  Revolting Rhymes

Favourite food: Greek vine leaves.

Favourite song: It is too embarrassing!

Mr Laing

Class Teacher. - Class 3

Mr Laing is our class 3 teacher. He studied at UEA and brings a wealth of experience as a teacher. He has a particular interest in Maths and Sport.

Mrs Armstrong

Class Teacher- EYFS

Mrs Armstrong has a B.Ed (hons) degree in Biology and Education.

Favourite movie: Chocolat

Favourite book: Hounds of the Morrigan (Pat O'Shea)

Favourite food: Raspberries and chocolate

Favourite song: Spectrum (Florence and the Machine)


Mrs Bullock

Admin Officer

Mrs Bullock works part-time in the school office

Favourite movie: Love, Honour and Obey

Favourite book:  Tigers in Red Weather (Liz Klaussman)

Favourite food: Curry and cake

Favourite song: Perfect Day (Lou Reed)

Mrs Church

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Church is a teaching assistant. She works across the school.

Mrs Hale

Teaching Assistant - EYFS

Mrs Hale is a Teaching Assistant in our EYFS Class with Mrs Armstrong and has been at Great Sampford since September 2001. She has a particular interest in the children's voice and organises our School Council. She is also particularly interested in the outdoors and runs our Gardening Club as well as the knitting club. Mrs Hale is also a MSA (midday supervisory assistant).

Favourite movie: Any James Bond Movie 

Favourite book: The Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency (John Seymour)

Favourite food: Spotted Dick and Clotted Cream or Cornish Pasty

Favourite song: Why (Tracey Chapman)