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Meet our staff

We have a strong and diverse team of deaf and hearing professionals who work closely together to meet our children’s needs. These include qualified Teachers of the Deaf (TOD’s), a Deaf Instructor, Teaching Assistants (TA’s), British Sign Language Interpreters, an Educational Audiologist, Speech and Language Therapists, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. We also work closely with other professionals to ensure every child’s needs are fully met.


Our staff are experts in their field and are committed to sharing best practice and constantly learning, developing and innovating so that our school continues to offer the very best education to deaf children.

If you are interested in working at Frank Barnes, please click below for our latest vacancies.
Leadership/Senior Management Team
Dani Sive


Catherine DrewDeputy Headteacher; KS1 and KS2 Team Leader
Angela SchefferBusiness Manager
Jodie Griffiths-ErEarly Years Team Leader
Katie JohnstonSENCO
Business Team
Michele GordonAssistant Business Manager
Elvira BrenyaReceptionist
VacantFinance Manager
Louise LeeFinance Assistant
Sean GilbertFacilities Manager
Max CriseraFacilities Assistant
Ashley HodgkinsonEarly Years Class Teacher
Jodie Giffiths-ErReception Class Teacher
Claire DowdicanKey Stage 1/2 Class Teacher
Claire Sloan

Lower Key Stage 2 Class Teacher

AJ MillerUpper Key Stage 2 Class Teacher
Teaching Assistants/Support Staff
Eleni Botonaki1:1 Teaching Assistant
Sheyana Harewood1:1 Teaching Assistant
Abien Hassan1:1 Teaching Assistant
Minara BegumTeaching Assistant
Grisha MalikTeaching Assistant
Beverley Nisbett1:1 Teaching Assistant
Hiral Shah1:1 Teaching Assistant
Lee Smith1:1 Teaching Assistant
Mandy TobinHigher Level Teaching Assistant
Fahmida AktherTeaching Assistant
Emily Crowe1:1 Teaching Assistant
Janet Payne1:1 Teaching Assistant
Chiara Bianchini1:1 Teaching Assistant
Bengi-Sue Sirin1:1 Teaching Assistant
Mischa CookeDeaf Instructor/HLTA
Lisa SmithDeaf Instructor
Louise WilksIn-house BSL Interpreter
Emma GormanLibrarian
Barbara FlinthamBSL Teacher
Amjit WorrellBSL Teacher
Professional Partners
Wendy Martin Speech and Language Therapist
Sian KellySpeech and Language Therapist
Claire Elliott-PurdySpeech and Language Therapist
Amanda WithamPhysiotherapist
Patricia Terrer-PerezOccupational Therapist
Ruth MontgomeryMusic Teacher
Eloise GarlandMusic Teacher
Tony GilliesEducational Audiologist
Natalie EmmettSchool Nurse