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Come and meet the staff at our school:




Mrs Marnie Tait - Acting Headteacher

I joined Manuden Primary School 7 years ago when I took on the role as Deputy Headteacher and became part of the Manuden family, with its enthusiastic children, supportive parents and hardworking and creative staff team.  In February 2022, I was delighted to take on the role of Acting Headteacher and have the opportunity to lead and shape the future of our amazing school.  When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three grown-up children.  We share a love of music and enjoy attending concerts and singing and playing in local choirs and orchestras.  Before qualifying as a teacher, I studied Music at Exeter University and worked for a number of years in the music publishing business, both in the UK and in Canada.   


Miss Lizzie Grant - Office Manager & SLT

I've lived in Manuden for over 25 years and starting volunteering at the School in 2012 when my daughter started in Reception.  I applied for the Office Manager role in March 2013 and was delighted to be offered the job.  I love working at Manuden School - especially as no two days are ever the same!  My daughter is now in Year 9 at Herts & Essex but still has very fond memories of her time at Manuden.  In my spare time I like reading, cooking and drawing.  I am a Paediatric First Aider and a Mental Health First Aider.


Ms Debbie Todd - SENCo

I joined Manuden Primary  seven and a half years ago,  after moving closer to the area. I’m a qualified teacher , which compliments and enhances my role as a SENCo. Outside of school life, I’m a busy mum and switch off by keeping fit ( walking my gorgeous dog, strength training and running) . Floristry has become a recent hobby of mine too; I enjoy anything creative including cooking and drawing.




Snowy Owl Class:


Mrs Hayley Donnan - Class Teacher (Monday to Wednesday)

I have been working at Manuden School for 4 years, having previously worked at Chrishall in Year 3 & 4  and Reception & Year 1.  I have 2 teenage children, 2 dogs, 2 cats and 16 chickens who keep me busy when I’m not at work.  I enjoy live music, reading and walking, particularly in The Lake District. 





Mrs Heather Sayers - Class Teacher (Thursday & Friday)

I started working at Manuden at the beginning of the year.  I had previously taught in several schools, for over 15 years, before taking a break to have my 3 girls. I’ve enjoyed getting back into teaching and being part of the amazing Manuden ‘family’.  In my spare time I enjoy numerous crafts, reading, battling with the slugs and snails on my allotment and having adventures with my family.




Mrs Ciara Hexter - Teaching Assistant (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday)

I moved to Bishop's Stortford in 2018 with my family.  After having spent 8 years focused on bring up my 3 young children, I started working here in Manuden in Jan 2021.  My children are nearly all in full time education now and I was eager to come back to work. My professional background has always been in early years and family support. My passion for early years has not waivered so when I had the opportunity to do it again in a way that worked for my family I jumped at it.  I'm so glad I did, I really enjoy working at Manuden Primary.  I'm my spare time, I enjoy getting out for walks or enjoying a cozy movie night in with my family.


Mrs Shelly Gayton - Teaching Assistant (Wednesday only)


Barn Owl Class:


Ms Sally Mead - Class Teacher 

I have worked at Manuden for three years and came from another local school where I taught Year 4.  I originally job-shared but am now full time which I really enjoy.  I cycle a lot when I am not at school which keeps me fit and active and also gives me time to be outdoors, meet friends and relax.  I have three children, two at University and one living and working in Bristol, who I see a lot.



Mrs Nicola Brand - Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Manuden Primary School since November 2020.  I started at Manuden as an LSA in Snowy Owl Class and I am now working in Barn Owl Class as a Teaching Assistant.  Previously I worked in a Pre School in Sible Hedingham as a Pre School Practitioner.  I am happily married and have 2 children who keep me busy in my spare time, along with 2 dogs.

In my youth I played for Essex County Netball team as Goal Defence - netball is always a sport I will have a passion for.  I also enjoy swimming, walking, travelling, going to the zoo, theme parks and the cinema with my family.  My favourite hobbies are having the most fun and living life to its fullest. 


Hawk Owl Class:


Mrs Hanna Barraclough - Class Teacher (Monday & Tuesday)

I started work at Manuden in 2018, working as a Teaching Assistant.  I had previously taught for eight years but took a break to have a family.  I soon realised I missed being the teacher and was pleased to find a teaching role within the school in 2019.  I now teach Year 3 & 4 as a job share with Mrs Jarmain.  Outside of school I love to read, take part in online Bounce fit classes and spend time with my two children.


Mrs Gemma Jarmain - Class Teacher (Wednesday - Friday) & SLT

I started work at Manuden in 2019 having previously been an infant teacher for six years. I took a break from teaching to have a family and then returned after having my children, working in Year 3/4 and as a mentor to a new teacher in Year 1. Next, I moved into Initial Teacher Training and became Deputy Director of West Essex SCITT. I soon realised, however, that I missed being in the classroom and took the job at Manuden, where both my children are pupils.  I now teach Year 3/4 as a job share with Mrs Barraclough.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, singing, and taking part in Bounce fitness classes, but my favourite thing to do is to relax at home with my family.


Mrs Shelley Gayton - Teaching Assistant (Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri)

I moved here with my family 7 years ago. I have two children at Manuden school so when a job came up at the school I thought it was perfect, being a village school it really has a great sense of community and everyone is lovely. We live on a farm so in my spare time we love to explore the countryside as a family. I also love to read and draw. 




Eagle Owl Class:


Mrs Megan Ellice - Class Teacher (Monday - Wednesday) & SLT

I started working at Manuden 7 years ago and initially taught Years 1 & 2.  After a few years with the younger children I moved to teaching Year 5 & 6.  I love teaching in Eagle Owl Class and I am now into my 5th year with this age group.  Recently I have had a little girl and so now work part-time.  Outside of school I love spending time with my family & friends and running.




Mrs Lindsey Fox - Class Teacher (Thursday & Friday)

I have worked in a variety of roles at Manuden Primary School since 2013 as supply teacher, PPA teacher and class teacher.  I am delighted to be back at Manuden working in Eagle Owl Class on a Thursday and Friday and love being part of our school community. Since beginning my teaching career in London in 2004, I have worked in a number of different schools in Essex and Cambridgeshire and have taught in each primary year group. I have two children in secondary school who keep me very busy with all their sporting interests. When I am not busy cheering on my children,  I love the outdoors and keep active running, walking my dog and cycling in our beautiful local area.  For over 20 years,  I’ve enjoyed volunteering with Riding for the Disabled and am a qualified RDA coach.


Mrs Sally Dempsey - Teaching Assistant

I first became associated with Manuden Primary School in 2002 when my eldest child started in Snowy Owl.  Since then my other three children have all been through the school.  I started working as a Teaching Assistant, initially in Snowy Owl Class, in 2012.  For the past three years I have been working in Eagle Owl Class.  In my spare time I like walking, going to the gym, meeting with friends and internet shopping!



Catering & Midday Staff:


Mrs Gemma Hughes - Catering Manager

I was told Manuden were looking for a Catering Manager by a friend of mine who's child attends the school.  That was just over a year ago now and I'm still loving my job!  I have three children and enjoy baking, long walks with the family and I love everything Elvis!



Mrs Amanda Rivers - Catering/Midday Assistant 

I have worked at Manuden for 18 years following my Auntie's role - who also worked here for many years and informed me of the vacant position.  I also work as Cleaner.  When  do have any spare time, I enjoy walks with our dog, Moses and spending time with my family.




Mrs Shelley Gayton - Midday Assistant


Mrs Nicola Brand - Midday Assistant


Mrs Rebecca Williams - Midday Assistant  



Premises Staff:


Mrs Amanda Rivers - Cleaner


Mr Nigel Sault - Caretaker