Great Sampford Primary School

small enough to care, big enough to inspire

Meet the Staff

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 him, anytime.


Favourite movie: Mrs Doubtfire

Favourite book:  Revolting Rhymes

Favourite food: Greek vine leaves.

Favourite song: It is too embarrassing!

Miss Reis

Deputy Head - Class 1

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

Favourite movie: Singin' in the rain

Favourite book: Anything by Roald Dahl

Favourite food: Pasta 

Favourite song: That'll Be The Day By Buddy Holly

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.

Favourite movieStar Wars, or The Breakfast Club or Three Colours Blue 

Favourite bookFarmer Duck, or The War of The Worlds, or The Grapes Of Wrath.

Favourite foodCheese Pizza, Pepperoni Pizza,  Buffalo mozzarella and Pepperoni pizza.

Favourite songHappy by Pharrel, or Hurt by NIN/Johnny Cash, or Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd

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)


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. 

Favourite movieTangled 

Favourite book:  Beyond the Deep Woods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell 

Favourite food: Macaroni cheese

Favourite song: Tightrope from The Greatest Showman


Mrs Murrell (Maternity Leave)

Teacher in Charge Special Educational Needs Provision

Mrs Murrell is our Teacher-in-Charge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and she also teaches in classes 1, 2 and 3. She joined Great Sampford in September 2008 and has been teaching for thirteen years in total.  Mrs Murrell has a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Maths and Statistics from Anglia Ruskin University and a P.G.C.E (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) from Cambridge University. 

Favourite movie: Jerry Macquire

Favourite book:  Room (Emma Donoghue)

Favourite food: Cake!

Favourite song: Paradise (Coldplay)

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 Laing 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)

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)

Mrs Mikkides

Teaching Assistant - Class 1

Mrs Mikkides is a Teaching Assistant in Class 1 and is also a MSA (midday supervisory assistant).
She lives in Great Sampford with her 2 daughters and husband.  In her spare time she likes to do yoga, baking and singing.

Favourite movie: Up

Favourite book: Black Beauty

Favourite food: Chinese

Favourite song: Happy