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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 Team
Dani Sive


Katherine O'Grady-BrayDeputy Headteacher
Angela SchefferBusiness Manager
Catherine DrewKS1 and KS2 Team Leader
Katie JohnstonSENCO
Business Team
Michele GordonAssistant Business Manager
Pamela Trace-GardnerBilingual Receptionist
Andrea NogueraReceptionist
VacantFinance Manager
Louise LeeFinance Assistant
Sean GilbertFacilities Manager
Max CriseraFacilities Assistant
Claire SloanEarly Years Class Teacher
Ashley HodgkinsonReception Class Teacher
Jodie GriffithsKey Stage 1 Class Teacher
Claire Dowdican

Lower Key Stage 2 Class Teacher

Catherine DrewUpper Key Stage 2 Class Teacher
Katie JohnstonSENCO
Teaching Assistants/Support Staff
Bhavna Badiyani1:1 Teaching Assistant
Eleni Botonaki1:1 Teaching Assistant
Samrawit Ghebremedhin1:1 Teaching Assistant
Sheyana Harewood1:1 Teaching Assistant
Abien Hassan1:1 Teaching Assistant
Minara KhanTeaching Assistant
Grisha MalikTeaching Assistant
Samira Mohamed1:1 Teaching Assistant
Beverley Nisbett1:1 Teaching Assistant
Seval Ordek-VasantTeaching Assistant
Hiral Shah1:1 Teaching Assistant
Lee Smith1:1 Teaching Assistant
Mandy TobinHigher Level Teaching Assistant
Fahmida AktherTeaching Assistant
Mischa CookeDeaf Instructor/HLTA
Lisa SmithDeaf Instructor
Louise WilksIn-house BSL Interpreter
Emma GormanLibrarian
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
Barbara FlinthamBSL Teacher