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Meet Our Staff

Welcome to our staff page


We are a friendly and enthusiastic staff team and we all work hard to ensure that your child receives the best education possible whilst safe in our care. The staff list will give you an overview of who works in our school along with their duties and responsibilities. The images were created by pupils as part of a school wide competition and reflect their view of us as a team.



Mr Chris Macinnes

Interim Headteacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead


Mr Macinnes became the Head of School at Northill CE Academy in April 2019 and took on the role of Interim Headteacher in January 2020.


"My passion in education is to ensure all children gain a strong love of learning through an exciting and engaging curriculum. Having worked in education from an early age I have developed a strong background in Early Years. I am a very aspirational person, working hard to meet my own goals as well as thriving on helping others to meet theirs. I have worked across all key stages and even taught classes up to and including Year 11 in a previous role and have been an Duke Of Edinburgh's Award instructor. Outside of school I have a son, born in 2017, who is amazingly charismatic, hilarious and energetic. I can't think where he gets that from... together with his mum we love to go on adventures to wildlife parks and safari parks. We also enjoy long hikes through the countryside. Please feel free to come and see me whenever you need to. I like to keep open and honest communication."


Image by Harry, Otters: 2020

Mrs Jane Hewlett & Mrs Jo Cameron

Office Team


Both Jane and Jo started their roles as Office Manager and Assistant at Northill CE Academy in 2021. They both deal with the day to day administration, pupil data and finance tasks associated with a busy village school.  Both Jane and Jo have always got a smile on their faces and love the daily contact with all stakeholders.




Miss Kimberley Leather

Class Teacher for Flamingos

PE & Sports Premium Lead


"I joined Northill in 2021 as a EYFS Teacher. My journey in education has been an exciting and challenging one, having worked in education and childcare from a young age, and across many different age sectors. I started my teaching career as a Secondary Physical Education Teacher before transitioning to Primary Education in 2018. My passion in education is to ensure every child has the best start to their learning journey and each child develops a love a learning through their experiences in school. Outside of school, I run a Cheerleading and Gymnastics Club, study a Masters in Education at the University of Bedfordshire and in my spare time enjoy fishing in the local rivers and lakes with my family."



Miss Kirsten Pask

Flamingo's Class Teaching Assistant 


Miss Pask joined the Northill team in September 2021. She is currently a teaching assistant in the Flamingo team, looking after our reception and year 1 classes. Miss Pask is very creative and enjoys lots of hobbies and travelling.



Mrs Jo Scurfield

Teacher for Swans Class, LKS2 (Monday - Wednesday)

Emotional Wellbeing Lead

Literacy Lead

Acting SENCO

"With over 20 years classroom experience, I have worked in a number of roles including parent volunteer and Teaching Assistant.  This inspired me to study for a BA Honours Degree in Education; thereafter, qualifying and embarking on a career in teaching.  I went on to complete a SENDCo qualification, enabling me to lead in school on the provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and the support for their families.  Other leadership roles include Assistant Head Teacher; however, my passion lies in the classroom providing challenge, nurture and fun learning opportunities to engage children and inspire them to develop a love for learning and provide a stepping stone for achieving their individual potential. Away from school I enjoy time with my family and friends. I love a walk in the countryside with my husband and springer spaniel, Mina. I have also travelled far and wide across the world, trekking mountains."


Image by Georgia S, Squirrels: 2020

Mrs Katharine Tiffin

Swans Class Teacher, KS1 (Wednesday - Friday)

Designated Teacher for PP and LAC

Maths Lead


"I started teaching at Northill in September 2018 and prior to this I have taught at several other village schools as well as a large, multi-cultural school. During my career, I have taught children from Year 1 to Year 6 though the majority of my experience has been in KS1 and lower KS2.

Outside school, I love to spend time with my family and friends and enjoy going out for meals, to the cinema and the theatre. I also enjoy walking, reading, yoga and singing with 'Rock Choir'."


Image by Rian, Otters: 2020

Mrs Andrea Hassell

Teaching Assistant


"I have worked in Northill since 2006. I love all things arty. I have a passion for reading and enjoy going to the cinema. I spend a lot of time in my garden and spending time with my 3 dogs. I love to teach cookery and often spend time in my own kitchen."


Image by Becky, Otters: 2020

Mrs Laura Miller

Teaching Assistant


Mrs Miller joined the Northill team in 2001 and has had many roles over her years. She enjoys working with all of the children and is currently part of the SEND team. Mrs Miller is very creative and enjoys lots of hobbies, including yoga and walking her dogs.


Image by a past pupil

Mrs Holly Foster-Coy

Teaching Assistant across Eagles and Swans Class


Mrs Foster-Coy joined the Northill team in 2022. She enjoys working with all of the children and is currently part of the SEND team. Mrs Foster-Coy is very a breath of fresh air and enjoys lots of hobbies, including pilates, running and going on family walks.



Mrs Lisa Robinson

Teaching Assistant and Interventions Lead


"Hello! I’m Mrs Robinson and I was lucky enough to join Team Northill in September 2021. I first started working with children after having my own two girls, initially as a parent helper. I went on to work in Early Years as a TA and HLTA and then as a Family Support Worker in a local Lower School - having now worked with children for the past 14 years!! I am passionate about offering a supportive, nurturing environment for children to learn and flourish in.
Outside of school I love spending time socialising with my family and friends, walking my two dogs, going to see bands and travelling - I particularly love visiting the coast and heading back home to beautiful Yorkshire."



Mrs Rosalyn Fox

1:1 Teaching Assistant


"I have been a Teaching Assistant for over 15 years, working in small rural village schools, as well as large town schools. I started my role at Northill CE Academy in March 2020. One of my many passions in life is to help and encourage young children with their learning whilst providing a nurturing environment. I also love reading and enjoy attending my monthly Book Club. I am very lucky to live close to several fishing lakes; I take as many opportunities as I can to walk around and see the amazing wildlife."


Image by Ethan, Squirrels: 2020



Miss Noeline Clancy Lynch

1:1 Teaching Assistant


"Hello, I am Miss Lynch and I just can’t wait to meet all of you children in Northill CE Academy. I’ll just tell you a bit about me. I have 2 boys aged 5 and 6. They keep me very busy! I have been working and teaching in Bedford College for the last 15 years and in that time I have gained my Cert Ed Teaching qualification and also my level 5 SEND qualification so I have extensive knowledge in the SEND sector. I have worked within the foundation department, Advanced to FE and Teacher Education teaching different age ranges and learning needs. I worked as a foster carer for 5 years just before having my own children, this is where my passion for working with children and young adults began. I have since developed a wealth of knowledge in working with children of all ages and I have been on numerous training courses. I can't wait to start and have fun learning!"


Image by Luke, Otters: 2020

Mrs Beverly Powell

Forrest School Leader


Mrs Powell joined us in February 2021. We are very pleased to welcome her to the team and look forward to working with Mrs Powell over the next few years. 



Mrs Jeannette Manley

Mid-Day Supervisor


Mrs Manley joined the team in September 2020 as a MDSV. Jeannette loves to play games and have fun with our pupils each lunchtime, supporting the children to make the most of our resources. 



Mrs Katherine Hopewell

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Teacher for Eagles Class 



Mrs Hopewell is very experienced and during her time at Northill she has taught in Otter Class and Squirrel Class and is now enjoying teaching in Eagles Class. Before coming to Northill, Mrs Hopewell lived in Hong Kong for 4 years and taught at a variety of English Foundation Schools. During this time she was fortunate enough to meet lots of new friends and explore different countries in Asia. Outside school she enjoys going for long walks with her two dogs and relaxing with a good book.


Image by William D, Hedgehogs: 2020

Lisa Norman

Kitchen Manager


Lisa joined the Northill team in September 2021, when we began cooking lunch on site each day. Lisa is a fun, caring and dedicated cook who keeps us well fed and enthusiastic for healthy, hearty school meals each day.