Prep School Staff

Long Close Prep School is a place where great teaching is cherished. We give our staff the freedom to make their lessons as creative and engaging as possible, knowing that this is the best way to inspire and inform the children. We make a point of employing staff with specialist qualifications in particular subjects so that our children can benefit from their expertise and passion. And we give them the opportunity to develop their skills year upon year.

As evidence of this, Long Close has recently been accredited for the second year in a row as a Ruth Miskin Training Badge School. This honour reflects the fact that all of our staff have been trained to deliver the acclaimed Read Write Inc phonics programme, helping to ensure that our Year 2 children can read, write and spell to a high standard.

The most important quality of a Long Close teacher, however, is their commitment to the ethos of the school. Our staff make a point of getting to know the children and their families, and throw themselves wholeheartedly into the broader life of our community – whether running clubs, organising school trips, or supporting the work of the PTA.

As part of this commitment, our teachers are always happy to meet with parents if they want to discuss some aspect of their child’s education. This open-door policy applies to every subject teacher and form tutor, as well as to the Head of Prep School and the Headmaster.

Please use the link below to download a list of all the school staff. If you would like to speak to a member of staff over the phone, please call the school office on 01753 520095 and we will do our best to put you in contact.

Prep School Staff

Staff NameStaff TitleQualifications

Ms M McBride

HeadteacherBA (Hons), B Ed, MA

Mrs S Harris

Head of Junior School & DSL Rec - Year 6NNEB

Mrs J Hallett

Year 1 & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL) EYFS and KS1BA (Hons), PGCE, NNEB

Miss A Staniford

Year 1NCFE Level 3

Mrs K Woodcraft

Year 2BA (Hons), PGCE

Mrs S Blanshard

Year 2BA (Hons), PGCE

Mrs D Dillon

Year 1 Classroom AssistantNOCN Certificate Level 3

Mrs P Fearon

Year 2 Classroom AssistantB Ed

Miss R Wade

KS2 Classroom Assistant & Girls Games CoachBA (Hons), BTEC Sports

Miss M Ramadhan

Year 3BSc (Hons), PGCE

Miss S Jaswal

Year 3BSc (Hons)

Miss E Malocca

Year 4BA (Hons), QTS

Mrs M Rees

Year 4BA (Hons), NVQ Level 3

Mrs S Ghafoor

Year 5BEd (Hons), QTS

Mrs C Barnes

Year 5BA (Hons), QTS

Ms L Powell

Year 6, Deputy Head of Junior School & DDSL Rec - Yr.6BA (Hons)

Mrs S O’Connell

Year 6 & Head of Girls' GamesB Ed