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 V Burkitt

    Assistant Headteacher & Foundation Stage Leader

    I have loved teaching since graduating from Warwick University in 2001. I feel very fortunate to be an assistant head teacher and foundation stage teacher at Marlow Church of England School. I have always enjoyed the buzz of being part of a child's learning adventure and seeing the huge developments they make in their first few years at school.

    In my spare time, I love to spend time with my own young family who certainly keep me very busy!

  • Mrs R Fearn

    Assistant Headteacher & KS1 Leader

    As a child I always wanted to be a teacher and used to register my teddies every morning! After experiencing a variety of different teachers throughout my own time at school I went straight to university to study Primary Education. I specialised in children aged 3-7 as I love being a part of the early years of their lives and watching them explore and learn about the world around them. Seeing the children show one another kindness, learn a new concept and apply a new skill are some of the most rewarding parts of the job. My passion for this job has never gone away and I endeavour to share that with my colleagues and students.

    I have two of my own lively, curious and loving young children who are a wonderful reminder of how incredible the learning journey that they go through really is. You’ll often find us visiting a museum, baking cakes, curled up in a book, splashing around a pool or racing around a park. When I get a moment to myself, I also love to read and practise my pilates moves.

  • 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

    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 Howarth

    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 both the Reception and Year 2 teams; working 1 day a week in each year group.
    In my spare time I am busy looking after my young children and spending time with my husband. We enjoy spending lots of time outdoors; walking, gardening and exploring

  • Mrs S King

    Class Teacher

    I have been teaching since graduating in 2009 and still love how everyday is different and exciting! It is so rewarding seeing past pupils, knowing I had an impact in their development. Although, it is scary to think they are now doing their GCSEs! I am passionate about Growth Mindset and think it is so important to teach children about aspirations and learning skills, such as making mistakes help us learn and how we should always be curious to find out more. I believe that children should be taught to reach for the stars and always keep learning. When I leave school, I love walking and cuddling my two puppies and two bunny rabbits.

  • 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 M Thirlway

    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 centres to re home abandoned and stray dogs.

  • Miss C Thorn

    Class Teacher

    I moved to the UK in December 2019 to begin my teacher career after graduating university with a Bachelor of Honours in Early Childhood and Primary Education. I have worked at one school in the UK prior to beginning at Sandygate in September 2020. I enjoy being part of children’s learning journeys and seeing how much children are able to accomplish. In my spare time I like to travel, read and soak up the sun. I look forward to working along the amazing staff and children at Sandygate who have welcomed me into their school.

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 C Samaraweera


    I am a teaching assistant in 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.

  • 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.

Teaching Assistants
  • Mrs J Britnell

    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

    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.

  • Mrs C Hawkins

    Teaching Assistant

    I was a stay at home mum for 4 years following a career as a solicitor and was looking for a new challenge. My daughter started at Sandygate in 2016 and I came in as a parent helper which I loved, I quickly realised that working with children in school was where I wanted to be. I joined in 2018 for a month as a class TA then joined the SEN team in September 2018. I feel privileged to work in such a caring environment and enjoy seeing the children develop and grow.
    Outside of school I have two young children who keep us very busy!

  • Mrs H Higham

    Teaching Assistant

    I have three boys who all came to Sandygate and I also came here. I loved the school so much that when my boys were here I started work as a Midday Supervisor and a little while after that I was asked if I wanted to be a Learning Support Assistant. This was a very rewarding position and made me want to do more in the school and so I decided to study for a Level 3 Early Years qualification. After gaining my qualification a Teaching Assistant post became available at Sandygate and in April 2019 I was lucky to get the position.

  • Mr V Richardson

    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.

  • Mrs J Ross

    Teaching Assistant

    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'

Learning Support Assistants
  • 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.

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 cats. I enjoy knitting, sewing and baking but spend most of my spare time supporting my daughters on the touchlines of football, hockey 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.