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 Sue Bradshaw

Class Teacher of Ash Class, Reception

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 Sycamore Class, Year 5

Miss Samantha Rich

Class Teacher of Oak Class, Year 4

Mrs Georgina Smith-Little

Class Teacher of Maple Class, Year 3

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 (Currently on Maternity Leave)

Miss Caroline Willsmer

Class Teacher of Willow W Class, Year 6

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.

Mrs Karen Clements

Learning Support Assistant for Elm Class

Miss Sophia Hardy

Learning Support Assistant for Chestnut Class

Mrs Laura Harbut

Learning Support Assistant for Oak Class

Mrs Anne Heath

Learning Support Assistant for Ash Class

Mrs Kathryn Low

Learning Support Assistant for Willow B Class

Mrs Alison Missen

Learning Support Assistant for Elm Class

Mrs Gemma Old

Learning Support Assistant for Maple Class

Miss Danielle Poulton

Learning Support Assistant for Sycamore Class

Mrs Mandy Power

SENCo Support Assistant

Mrs Claire Sheehan

Learning Support Assistant for Ash Class

Miss Roisin Sterne

Learning Support Assistant for Willow W Class

Miss Imogen Weaver

Learning Support Assistant for Chestnut Class

Mrs Sarah Uden

Special Needs Co-Ordinator (Tuesday and Friday)

Mrs Claire Stevens

School Business Manager

Mrs Amanda Herbert

Finance Assistant

Ms Charlotte Barker


Mrs Marian Hawkings

Clerk to the Governing Body

Mr Steve Lee


L&L Cleaning

School Cleaners

Mrs Carla Ling


Courtney Bonner

Catering Assistant

Mrs Vanessa Durham

Catering Assistant

Mrs Kathryn Low

Supervisor of Midday Assistants

Mrs Mandy Power

Midday Assistant

Mrs Lindsey Veroft

Midday Assistant

Karina Watts

Midday Assistant

Miss Britney Tarr

Sports Coach