Employees of Little Waltham Primary School belong to one of the following staff groups and they all work together as one team to ensure that our pupils receive the best provision possible.
Mr Stephen Saunders, Headteacher
I feel privileged and honoured to be the headteacher of Little Waltham C.E.V.A Primary and to work with our wonderful pupils and staff each day.
I graduated from Queens University, Belfast in 2006 with a BSc degree in Business Information Technology and I completed my teacher training (PGCE) in 2007 at Manchester University. I have previously worked in Thurrock, teaching and leading in both Key Stage 1 and 2 before becoming an assistant headteacher. I became a deputy headteacher in Essex in 2014. Up until 2022, I also worked for Essex Venn Maths Hub as a teaching for mastery specialist in mathematics and supported schools across Essex. I completed the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) in 2021.
Mrs Ruth Baker, Deputy Headteacher
Class Teacher of Sycamore Class, Year 5
Subject Leader for Mathematics and RE & Worship
I joined Little Waltham in 2011 and became Deputy Headteacher in 2012. It is a pleasure working with such a supportive and good humoured team! Having graduated from the University of Wales, with a BSc in Psychology I studied for my Post Graduate Certificate in Education with the Essex Schools Consortium in Initial Teacher Training. I have taught across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and in schools with children from a variety of social backgrounds. I have had positions of responsibility including SENCo.
Miss Louise Binks
Class Teacher of Willow B Class, Year 6
Subject Leader for Computing and Music
I completed a BMus (Hons) Music Degree, which included the modules Music Performance focussing on the harp, Music Education and Music Health & Wellbeing. I then went on to study a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. During my studies I experienced teaching in a variety of schools in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 year groups. I also completed the enhanced study of Special Educational Needs and whilst studying this I had the opportunity to have a placement at a Special School. All of these experiences have enabled me to work with children with a variety of social backgrounds and needs, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.
Mrs Angela Carvey (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Miss Suzie Connett (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Mrs Emma Dennis-Launder
Class Teacher of Chestnut Class, Year 1 (Thursday-Friday)
Mrs Tracy Edwards
Class Teacher of Chestnut Class, Year 1 (Monday-Wednesday)
Subject Leader for Geography and History
I hold a BA (Hons) with Primary Education and a specialism in History. After completing my teacher training at Chichester University in 2000, I then spent five years teaching in an infant school in Witham before moving to Little Waltham. I have taught across both Key Stage 1 and the Foundation Stage and have thoroughly enjoyed teaching all year groups. I have been fortunate to have worked closely with many dedicated staff and wonderful children and am now enjoying teaching in Key Stage 2 as part of a job share.
Mrs Siuyen Ho
Class Teacher of Maple Class, Year 3
Miss Lauren McIntyre
Class Teacher of Maple Class, Year 3
Miss Samantha Rich
Class Teacher of Oak Class, Year 4
Mrs Georgina Smith-Little (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Mr Simon Tilsley
Class Teacher of Elm Class, Year 2
Subject Leader for English
Having graduated from Wolverhampton University with a BA (Hons) degree in Hospitality Management I worked for Essex County Council in residential care for six years. I completed a PGCE in primary education in 2005. I have mainly taught foundation stage, year one and year two. My favourite subjects are art and literacy. When I am not teaching I spend my time cycling and walking my energetic dogs.
Mrs Sophia Wells
Class Teacher of Ash Class, Reception
Subject Leader for Early Years
Miss Caroline Willsmer
Class Teacher of Willow W Class, Year 5
Subject Leader for Healthy Schools, PSHE and Science. Head of School Council
I gained a degree in Art History from the University of Essex and then spent a further year studying at the Courtauld Institute of Art, gaining an MA qualification. After graduating I completed a SCITT teacher training course and then spent 6 years teaching at a school in Wickford. I have spent my career so far working across Key Stage 2 and I thoroughly my job as a teacher. I am really excited to be joining the teaching team at Little Waltham and look forward to becoming part of the school community.