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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

Otters Class Teacher (Thursday and Friday)

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Macinnes became the Head of School at Northill CofE VA Lower School in April 2019 and took ont he 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 Katherine Hopewell

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)

Teacher for Hedgehog Class (Reception)





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 Hedgehog 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]

Mrs Katharine Tiffin

Otters Class Teacher, KS1 (Monday- Wednesday)

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 Jo Scurfield

Teacher for Squirrel Class, LKS2

Emotional Wellbeing Lead

Literacy and PE Lead

"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 traveled far and wide across the world, trekking mountains."


[Image by Georgia S, Squirrels 2020]

Mrs Wendy Atkins

Office Manager


Mrs Wendy Atkins started her role as  Office Manager at Northill Lower School in September 2017. Mrs Atkins deals with the numerous admin, pupil data and finance tasks associated with a busy village school.  Mrs Atkins always has a smile on her face and loves the daily contact with all stakeholders.



[Image by Amelia, Squirrels 2020]

Mrs Judy Cutmore

Higher Level Teaching Assistant


"Mrs Cutmore has been working at Northill Lower School as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) for many years and she works across all of the classes in the school. Her role also includes covering classes and teacher absence when required. Mrs Cutmore loves working with all the children to help them develop a lifelong love of reading, she also likes to share her enthusiasm for numeracy with them too.  Mrs Cutmore is also the Staff Governor and attends Governing Body meetings."


[Image by Sophie A, Otters 2020]

Mrs Laura Miller

Teaching Assistant


"Mrs Miller Joined the Northill team in 2001 and has had many roles over her years with us. 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 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 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 Lower School 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 Noelene Lynch

1:1 Teaching Assistant

"Hello, I am Miss Lynch and I just can’t wait to meet all of you children in Northill Lower school. 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, 1:1 Teaching Assistant

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 Alice Robertson

Morning Club Leader and Mid-Day Supervisor



"My previous roles at lower schools have now brought me to Northill where I have had a lot of fun getting to know all the children since December 2019.  I am a proud mum to two teenagers and like to keep fit by running and have now completed nineteen 5KM Parkruns along with my husband."




[Image by Thomas D, Otters 2020]

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. 

Mr Stephen Crole-Rees

Site Agent


"I joined Northill as a site agent in January 2020, having worked at our Federation School, Edward Peake CofE VC Middle School for some time. I enjoy making the learning environment a pleasant and safe place to be. I like to keep myself busy and in my spare time I enjoy working on classic cars, and taking my dog for plenty of walks around the countryside."


Mrs Dace Strazda



In January 2020 we took the decision to employ our cleaning and site team in house. Dace is amazingly committed and works extremely hard to ensure our site is kept clean for our pupils and staff. 


Caterlink Kitchen Manager


Addi joined the Northill team in September 2020 when we began cooking lunch on site each day. Addi is a fun, caring and dedicated cook who keeps us well fed and enthusiastic for healthy, hearty school meals each day.