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 MacPherson

Class Teacher - Class 1

Miss MacPherson teaches our Year 1/2 class. She joined us in September 2012 having graduated from Loughborough Universtity with a B.A. (hons) degree in Fine Art.

Favourite movie: Beauty and the Beast

Favourite book: To Kill A Mocking Bird (Harper Lee)

Favourite food: Jacket potato with cheese and beans.

Favourite song: In My Place (Coldplay)

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: The Way We Were

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)

Mr Pollard

Head Teacher

Mr Pollard has been a teacher for 26 years and, during his career, has taught across the complete primary and secondary age ranges (4 - 18) as well as working abroad where he was the Director for Primary Studies at Caxton College, Valencia, Spain. He holds a B.Hum. (hons) from London University and an M.Ed. from Cambridge as well as a P.G.C.E (Post Graduate Certificate in Eduation) from London University, an Ad.Dip.Ed (Advanced Diploma in Education) (cantab) and his NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). He has been the Head Teacher at Great Sampford since September 1999.  

Favourite movie: A Knight's Tale

Favourite book: The Shadow of the Wind (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

Favourite food: Chunky Monkey ice-cream

Favourite song: Under the Bridge (RHCP) or Ghosts n' Stuff (Deadmau5) - depending upon how i'm feeling.

Mr Williamson

Class Teacher - Class 3

Mr Williamson teaches our Year 5/6 class. He joined us in September 2011 and has been teaching for five years. He has a B.Sc. (hons) degree in Multimedia Technology and Design  from Kent University.

He runs a variety of clubs including: Warhammer, meteorology and GIMP.

Favourite movie: Gladiator

Favourite book:  The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

Favourite food: Bangers and Mash (beans not gravy!)

Favourite song: Electable (Jimmy Eat World)

Mrs Booth

Class Teacher- EYFS

Mrs Booth teaches our Early Years Foundation Stage Class as well as French to Key Stage 2 and running a French club for Year 2 children.  She joined us in September 2013 after graduating from the University of Chester with a B.Ed (hons) in Early Years Education. 

Favourite movie: Matilda

Favourite book: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Favourite food: Fish and Chips

Favourite song: Drive By (Train)


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 Hale

Teaching Assistant - Class 3

Mrs Hale is a Teaching Assistant in our EYFS Class with Mrs Booth 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 Kingston

Teaching Assistant - Class 1

Mrs Kingston is Teaching Assistant in Class 1and has been at Great Sampford since September 2005. She also organises the Lunch Hall and takes responsibility for catering on our Year 5/6 residential visit to North Wales.

She runs a variety of clubs including: computer club for Key Stage 1, photography club and Christmas Cake Club.

Favourite movie: Little Miss Sunshine

Favourite book: The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)

Favourite food: Smoked salmon, raspberries and blueberries (but not necessarily all together)

Favourite song: Eskimo (Damien Rice)


Mrs Lander

Admin Officer

Mrs Lander has worked at Great Sampford since 1998 in various roles throughout the school and has worked in the office since 2006.

Favourite movie: The Adjustment Bureau

Favourite book:  The Cazalet Chronicles (Elizabeth Jane Howard)

Favourite food: Freshly baked bread

Favourite song: Piano Man (Billy Joel)