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In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

In the eyes of God, every child matters, every moment of every day

Our Staff

Welcome to our Staff


Senior Leadership Team

Please click on the name below to learn more about each member of our Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Alison Anderson  CEO of ACT Multi Academy Trust 


Mrs Michelle Heather  Headteacher 

I have been a teacher here at Buckden since 2007 and have seen the school go through many changes. I joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2014 and have worked alongside Alison Anderson, as firstly her Assistant Head and then her Deputy. I am very proud of all that we have achieved here at Buckden for our children. We will continue to strive with the excellent team I have around me to ensure that our children have the skills, knowledge and understanding, to move with confidence to the next stage of their education.

Mrs Rebecca Bliss Acting Deputy Headteacher / SENDCo 


Mrs Amy Tandon  CFO of ACT Multi Academy Trust  


Mrs Melanie Anderson  Acting Assistant Head and Head of Upper School 

I have been teaching here at Buckden for 10 years, both as a class teacher, language specialist and more recently as Upper School Head. I have had the opportunity to teach from EYFS to Year 6 as a language teacher and in both Key stages as a class teacher.

More recently, I helped develop our new curriculum, ensuring it aligns to the National Curriculum and the UN Sustainable Goals. I am passionate about our curriculum and, as Eco Lead, I have worked hard with our Eco Council to attain an Eco Award with distinction. 

In my spare time, I enjoy walking, boxing and spending time with my family. 


Mrs Susan Tarpey  Acting Assistant Head and Head of Lower school 


Mrs Kate Woodward  Head of Early Years 


Mrs Michelle Dunford Attendance and Pastoral Lead/HSH 

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Mrs Kate Woodward - EYFS
Mrs Denise Heal - EYFS
Miss Hannah Murkett - Year 1
Mrs Stacey Jaynes - Year 1
Miss Laura Conlong - Year 1
Mrs Christina Farmer - Year 2
Miss Laura Freeman - Year 2
Miss Charlotte Wilson - Year 3
Mrs Susan Tarpey - Year 3
Miss Emily Harris - Year 4 
Mrs Sonia Wall - Year 4
Mrs Melanie Anderson - Year 5
Mrs Caroline Schmidt - Year 5
Mrs Frances Walker - Year 6
Mrs Kate Purser - Year 6

Mrs Nicola Butcher - SEND
Miss Laura Fozzard - SEND

PPA Cover - Mrs Catherine Keating, Mrs Alison Whitehouse, Mr Luke Partridge and Mr Jack Jenner

Support Teaching Staff 


Mrs Denise Carter - EYFS
Miss Katie Barker - EYFS
Mrs Laura Pope - EYFS

Miss Antonia Judge - Year 1
Ms Michele Kelly - Year 1
Ms Chloe Burling - Year 1

Ms Kim Davidson - Year 2
Miss Ronnie Dear - Year 2

Mrs R Routledge - Year 3
Miss Alison Morgan - Year 3
Mrs Clare Lanwarne - Year 3
Mrs Catherine Keating - Year 3
Ms Sasha Lancaster - Year 3 

Mrs Valerie Ellis - Year 4
Mrs Stephanie De Silva - Year 4
Mrs Angie McDonnell - Year 4

Mrs Sam Hardy - Year 5
Mrs Mel Gill - Year 5
Mrs Alison Whitehouse - Year 5
Ms Sasha Lancaster - Year 3

Mrs Ruth Forshaw - Year 6
Mrs Jane Ryder - Year 6

Mrs Michelle Dunford, Mrs Charlotte Walton and Mrs Mel Gill - Pastoral Support

Administration Staff 

Ms Gill Tipping - School Office Manager

Mrs Julie Marsh  - School Receptionist/Resources Administrator

Miss Charlotte Burnell - School Administrator

Mrs Alison Smith - Finance Manager of ACT Multi Academy Trust 


Catering Staff and Midday Supervisors

Mrs Michelle Bigg - Kitchen Manager

Catering Staff - Mrs Donna Stewart, Mrs Jane De'ath-Stevens

Midday Supervisors - Mrs Jane Draycott, Mrs Karen Miles, Mrs Valerie Ellis

Site Staff 

Mr Chris Skelton - Site Manager

Mrs Julie Howe, Mrs Camelia Porojan, Mrs Helen Knight - Cleaning Staff

Buckden Out of School Scheme (BOSS) Staff

Mrs Chloe Burling - Manager

Mrs Denise Carter - Finance
Ms Michele Kelly - Playworker
Mrs Samantha Hardy - Playworker
Miss Katie Barker - Playworker
Miss Charlotte Walton - Playworker
Mrs Donna Stewart - Playworker