Sandygate Staff

Senior Leadership Team
  • Mrs S Reynolds


    It is a real privilege to be the Headteacher at Marlow Church of England Infant School (Sandygate), a school I have been involved with for many years. My relationship began as a parent when my son, and then my daughter, started school in Reception. At this time I was working in Marketing in London and knew very little about the local area, community and education.

    I retrained and became a teacher at Sandygate and have never looked back. Teaching in different year groups and holding many different roles in the school has given me a real love for the school and it's ethos. I am passionate about Sandygate and what it represents. We offer a specialist infant education that really nurtures our children as they take their first steps in a school environment. It is inspiring to me, the team and those the school serves that we are able to deliver all this on a foundation of strong Christian values.

    I love seeing the impact of new learning on people's lives, children and adults alike, and this is something close to my hear. The idea that people's lives can be transformed by education, exploring together and learning from each other, enabling them to achieve their potential is something that really appeals to me and why I chose to be a teacher.

    When I have spare time, I like to look after our garden and bake. My children are now grown up and leading their own lives as adults but they always reflect fondly of their time at Sandygate.

  • Mrs S Elliott

    Assistant Headteacher & KS1 Leader

    I am a Year 2 teacher, Key Stage 1 leader and Assistant Headteacher at Sandygate and I've worked at the school four wonderful years! I absolutely love working with the children and am always fascinated by the new things they teach me every day (I do teach them a few things too...). At home I live with my very patient husband, two gorgeous cats and a very fluffy rabbit.

  • Miss E Carreras

    Assistant Headteacher & EYFS Leader

    After completing my teaching degree in Bristol in 2011 I happily started my teaching career at Sandygate as a class teacher in year 2. After two exciting years at Sandygate I left to travel the world for two years which was an amazing experience. When I finally returned home in 2015 after an incredible adventure I was drawn back to Sandygate where I am now a reception class teacher, Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and one of the Assistant Headteachers. I love working at Sandygate with such wonderful children and staff!

  • Mrs S Downing

    Assistant Headteacher & SENCO

    After gaining my degree in Music from Reading University in 2000, I returned a few years later to complete my PGCE in secondary Music teaching. I am currently back at Reading University to complete my SENCO Course, which I am on course to complete by October 2017.
    I started my teaching career at an all boys school in Wokingham. This role was immensely enjoyable but it is hard to think that my year 7 pupils in my form are now in their 20’s! I left to have my daughter and then returned to teaching part-time at Waingels College in Woodley. After 3 years I left to have my son and I then took a break from teaching to bring up my children and spend valuable time with them.
    I started at Sandygate as an SEN Teaching assistant in 2014. I enjoyed every moment of this role and worked with children across the school. In 2016 I commenced a new challenge as SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator) and I am immensely enjoying this and looking forward to further challenges and fun with my Sandygate family.

  • Mrs A Browning

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    Before starting my family I worked in the Design Industry in Advertising and the theatre. I then transferred my skills leading Design Workshops in Community Centres and Schools to become a Pre-school Keyworker and then a Teaching Assistant. I love being part of children's learning journeys and supporting them to reach their potential. My favourite way to spend my free time is with my family and two cats, Merlin and Dumbledore. My ambition is to learn to rock climb and tap dance!

  • Mrs E Guinness

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    2015/16 was my first year as a qualified teacher following a number of years working as a teaching assistant at Sandygate. Prior to that I spent ten years in a learning and development role in a large multinational corporation. I enjoy living in Marlow with my husband, two children and Guinea pigs. When I can find the time I like to run and swim.

  • Mrs E Howarth

    Year 1 Class Teacher

    I joined Sandygate in September 2011 and since then I have been lucky enough to work across every year group in the school.
    At present I am enjoying being part of the year 2 team; working 2 days a week.
    In my spare time I am busy looking after my son George and spending time my husband. We enjoy spending lots of time outdoors; walking, gardening and exploring

  • Miss S Niles

    Year 2 Class Teacher

    I am originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario where I was born, raised and attended school. I lived with my mum, my dad, my younger brother Devin and two dogs, Sadie and Leyna. I graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education in Spring 2013. I moved to the UK in Summer of 2013 and absolutely adore it here. I was lucky enough to work in Year Two opposite Mrs. Rolfe beginning in Spring 2014 and have worked at Sandygate since! When I have time for myself I enjoy going to the gym, spending time with my friends (many are Canadian teachers too!) and exploring the UK. I am a bit of a foodie so I love going into London to different restaurants and to shop!

  • Mrs E Phillips

    PPA Teacher

    I am a PPA teacher which means I cover classes while the class teachers do planning and assessment work. I am also the Music Co-ordinator and teach every class at Sandygate at some point throughout the year.
    I enjoy taking Hymn Practice and preparing the children for events like Praise in the Park, Energize, Christmas concerts and Church Services.
    The highlight of my week is Year Two Recorder club where we have a lot of fun learning accompaniments to our favourite songs.

  • Mrs C Rolfe

    PPA Teacher

    I have two teenage girls who are both at Borlase. When they were very young, I re-trained to become a teacher and have taught in many Buckinghamshire schools, from EYFS to Year 6. I started work at Sandygate in 2012 and most recently I've had the opportunity of working two days a week covering all year groups, whilst teachers have their planning time. This has meant I can have more time with my family (and Bertie the dog!).

  • Mrs M Thirlway

    EYFS Class Teacher

    I have been teaching since 2008, when I started as a swimming teacher in international schools after a career change from the finance industry. I returned to the UK to gain my PGCE specializing in early years in 2011 and since then have taught in international schools in Singapore as well as here in the UK. My experience covers teaching Nursery through to Year 4 as both a class teacher and EAL teacher. I am a big animal lover and have previously worked with dog rescue centers to re home abandoned and stray dogs.

Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Mrs J Daniel

    KS1 HLTA

    My family and I moved to the UK from South Africa 18 years ago and we had virtually no family here. I have worked at Sandygate, as a Teaching Assistant, for almost 15 years, and I can honestly say, the amazing people at this school have become my family. The longer I work here the more I realise what a privilege it is to do so. Blessed!

  • Mrs J Moore


    I joined Marlow C. of E. Infant School in 1997 as a welfare assistant after working for almost 8 years in Sandygate Playschool, which was then part of the school. The class teacher and Head teacher noticed I had an empathy for the children with additional needs and I was asked to train in S.E.N. I completed an Oxford Professional Qualification course supporting children with S.E.N in October 1999 and then a further course with Oxford Brookes University for Specialist Teaching Assistants in 2000. I achieved HLTA status in 2006. I enjoy working with the children and helping them to reach their full potential.

  • Mrs C Samaraweera


    I am a teaching assistant in Bee class (Reception). I’ve completed my Foundation Degree in Early years; I have been working at this school since January 2014 but I have worked with children for almost twenty years. I have two daughters, who are currently studying at Wycombe High School. Also in my spare time I like to cook and I love to play badminton.

Teaching Assistants
  • Mrs J Britnell

    Year 2 Teaching Assistant

    In 2009 after being a full time mum for 3/4 years and working for a year at Teatimers Pre-School, I joined the team of staff at Sandygate. I had been helping for several years as a parent helper and fell in love with the school as I followed my three childrens' journey through it. Initially I worked as a Mid-day Supervisor and an LSA doing 1:1 support in Early Years whilst studying for my NVQ 3 in Teaching Support then I became a class TA in EYFS. After 18 months I moved to Year 1 as a class TA and in September 2017 I then moved to work with Year 2.

  • Mrs S Chaney

    EYFS Teaching Assistant

    I am currently the Teaching Assistant for Ant class in Reception. I started out at Marlow C of E Infant school by volunteering in September 2012, whilst completing my Level 2 course. The following year I worked for the Summer term as a TA in Yr 2 Dragonfly class. Then in September was appointed as an LSA to a pupil in Yr 2. September 2014 I then moved to Reception, again as an LSA to a new pupil. September 2015 I was thrilled to then be made a Teaching Assistant to Bee class in Reception and during that year I completed my Level 3 Teaching Assistant course. Finally in September 2016, I was made the Teaching Assistant to Ant class in Reception. I thoroughly enjoy working at this delightful school and have made some fantastic friends too.
    I have 2 children of my own and they take up the rest of my time. I love reading and can often be found with a book in hand at home.

  • Miss S Glen

    Year 1 Teaching Assistant

    I have been part of the Sandygate family for 11 years and have worked as a teaching assistant in all year groups during that time. I live close by with my 2 teenage children.

  • Mrs A Joy

    Year 1 Teaching Assistant

    Building children's confidence, creativity, interests and imagination is a huge passion of mine. I am qualified as a Teaching Assistant to level 4 and I have worked with children since I left school.
    I was born in Marlow and attended primary and secondary school in the town. I've been living away for the past three years for my husband's job and so I am delighted to have now returned 'home' and to be working as a TA to the lovely Ladybird class with Mrs Browning.
    My hobbies include creative writing, singing (in the shower), crafting and outdoor pursuits - which is probably why I love working with children so much!

  • Miss S Lyons

    Teaching Assistant

    I am currently a teaching assistant for Bee class in Reception. I grew up in Marlow and attended the local schools including Sandygate. As i was growing up I knew I wanted to work within the childcare industry because watching them build their imagination, confidence and creativity is beyond rewarding, as well as being able to support every child that I have the pleasure to work with. I was lucky enough to begin my career with children through my school years when I used to babysit and work in a nursery. I have also had the privilege to be a childminder to 2 children for the past 2 years. I attended college and completed the majority of my work experience at Sandygate from September 2016 through until Easter 2017. I then left college in May 2017 having gained my level 3 Early Years qualification. I aim to continue my studies as a teaching assistant at Sandygate and eventually I aspire to be a primary school teacher.

  • Mr V Richardson

    EYFS Teaching Assistant

    I work as a teaching assistant in Reception. My role is rewarding and busy and also very varied. It is lovely to see the children so happy learning, gaining confidence and skills.

Learning Support Assistants
  • Miss S Mays

    Learning Support Assistant

    I started my career working in a nursery for seven years where I gained my child care and education qualifications and experience of working with children with additional needs. I then took a four year break from my career to be at home with my two daughters until they started school before returning to work and starting at Marlow C of E infant school.
    Working with children with additional needs has always been something very close to my heart. Having dyslexia myself, and also having two children with additional needs, I know how frustrating it can be for parents and children trying to navigate their way through school life when things that are easy for everyone else seem almost impossible for them no matter how hard they try. I also know of the reassurance and relief felt when there are people there who care about you and will work with you to help you gain the ability to accomplish these impossible tasks. I’m so grateful to be able to be one of those people for some of the parents and children here and to work as part of our caring team.

  • Mrs L Phillips

    Learning Support Assistant

    After many years' experience helping in schools, firstly as a parent helper listening to children read, then helping groups of children in science, maths and literacy lessons, I joined Marlow C of E Infant School in 2014 working one-to-one with a child in Year 2. I now work in the SEN team, supporting children throughout the school with their different educational needs. I am continually fascinated to see how children develop their character and progress in their learning.

  • Mrs J Ross


    I have worked in local primary schools for the past 7 years whilst my own children were at school.
    I am primarily motivated to work with children to teach them how to manage anxiety and achieve their full potential.
    I enjoy walking our two rescue dogs and am a keen supporter of UNICEF, Autism Awareness and a Hard of Hearing organisation.
    I see new challenges as an opportunity to have fun and live life by the motto 'If you only do one thing today - make it an act of kindness'

Administrative Staff 
  • Mrs W Beckett

    Communications Officer

    I have worked in the office at Sandygate since February 2011 and prior to that had been a parent at the school since 2008. In my previous life, before becoming a full time parent, I was a Chartered Accountant for 18 years. I live in Marlow with my husband, our three daughters - who all attended Sandygate - and our three cats. I enjoy knitting, sewing and baking but spend most of my spare time supporting my daughters on the touchlines of football and rugby pitches across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.

  • Mrs S Mckevitt


    I joined the office team in September 2017. I am the Bursar, which involves me looking after the financial side of things for the school. Before this role, I worked in banking in central London in credit and risk.

    I live in Cookham with my husband and our two children. As a family we love to go cycling together - although now my children are bigger, I always seem to be the last up the hills!

  • Mrs H Millar

    Administration Officer

    I joined Marlow C of E Infant School in 2001, once my youngest child had started school. I had previously worked in HR and taken a break to be a ‘stay at home’ Mum with my 3 children. I live in Cookham and have 2 sons and a daughter who are now all grown up! I work in the school office as the Administration officer.