Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Lyn Gray - Head Teacher

Lyn Gray – Head Teacher

I started my teaching career in Scotland. I attended the University of Edinburgh and on receiving my degree began life as a classroom teacher in Aberdeen. I then moved to London in 1998 and have since taught in six different primary schools across four different local authorities covering the full range from Nursery to year 6 Where does the time go?

I joined Grove Road Primary School in November 2014 and love being part of such a diverse school with such interesting and dynamic children. I am very passionate about helping children to do their very best and reach their goals in exciting and challenging ways. This enthusiasm for learning and achieving is still a big part of me and reminds that every day and through everyone we meet there is an opportunity to learn and grow.

I live in Laleham with my husband and two young children and whenever I have time to myself I enjoy running and reading.

Miss Emma Gregory - Assistant Head Teacher and Inclusion Lead.

Emma Gregory – Assistant Head Teacher and Inclusion Lead

Having started my teaching career in Australia as a secondary PE teacher, I then moved to London in 2012 and taught in an alternative provision for 6 years. This began my passion for SEN and led me to completing my Masters in Special and Inclusive Education followed by completing the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Ready for a change and new challenge, I joined Grove Road Primary School in January 2018 as SENCO and ASD Centre Lead. I’ve enjoyed making the transition to primary school and being part of a diverse and inclusive school community where children are always challenging themselves and are curious about the world around them.

I love travelling the world to experience new cultures and adventures as well as keeping active and socialising with friends.

 

Mrs Grace Beckford - Assistant Head Teacher - Curriculum & Standards Lead. Gold Class Teacher

Grace Beckford – Assistant Head Teacher and Curriculum & Standards Lead

I have been teaching at Grove Road since 2011, where I have taught different year groups in KS2 (and many siblings of the children in KS1!).  I have always loved being a part of the Grove Road family and enjoy learning in a fun, creative way.  I have been Assistant Head since 2019 and enjoying being able to spend time working with all of the teachers and children to make Grove Road the best school it can be.
My husband and I live in Brentford and enjoy holidays and visiting places of interest when we can.  I also love reading comics, writing a journal, and spending time with my family.

Teaching Staff

Mrs Sunita Parhar - Red Class Teacher

Sunita Parhar – Red Class Teacher

My teaching career spans 40 years and during that time I’ve taught in 4 different schools around London covering the full range from Nursery to Year 6 . My first teaching job was in a nursery class in Camden Town in 1979!
I’ve been teaching at Grove Road for 10 years and have taught in years 1 and 2 . At present I’m working part time in the Nursery and loving it!
I’m passionate about my job and being the mother of three children and a grandmother of one I understand how parents want the absolute best for their children.
Outside of school I enjoy travelling, music and spending time with my family especially my gorgeous 3 year old grandson.

Miss Jenny Johnson - Orange Class Teacher and EYFS Leader.

Jenny Johnson – Orange Class Teacher and EYFS Leader

I have been working at Grove Road Primary School since 2011, where my teaching career began in Year 2, after gaining a B Ed (Hons) from the University of Chester. Since being at Grove Road, I have enjoyed working with many wonderful children, staff and parents whilst being responsible for PSHE, RE, English and being a member of the Arts team. I have been fortunate enough to teach across many of the year groups in all three of the Key Stages. Each year group brings new and interesting opportunities whilst learning about a range of topics so I don’t think that I could pick a favourite. As Reception class teacher and EYFS Lead, I am enjoying seeing the children explore and learn through a wide range of experiences across the curriculum as they begin their learning journey. It is never a dull day in Early Years as there is always much to learn! I am a firm believer that you are never too old to learn and I have enjoyed looking for exciting and interesting courses and learning opportunities for staff as part of my role as CPD lead so that we are equipped with the most up to date knowledge and techniques to help our children shine. In my spare time I love reading, shopping, spending time with my family and friends and enjoying a range of food from different cuisines.

Mr Gareth Morgan - Yellow Class Teacher

Gareth Morgan – Yellow Class Teacher

I attended St Mary’s University in Twickenham for 4 years.  After my graduation I joined Grove Road in September 2000.  During my time at Grove Road, I have been a classroom teacher in Year 3, 4 and 5 and I have taught from Nursery through to Year 6 due to my role as the PPA teacher.  This role gave me the opportunity to teach P.E. which is a subject that I’m very passionate about.   I live with my wife and two children who all keep me very busy.  I coach my son’s football team in Teddington and when I do have spare time; I enjoy visiting the gym, going for walks in the park and relaxing in the sun.

Miss Simone Baxter - Green Class Teacher

Simone Baxter – Green Class Teacher

I joined Grove Road in 2019, where I started my teaching career. I attended St Mary’s University in Twickenham for 4 years, undergoing a 3 year degree in Physical and Sport Education and a PGCE teacher training year. I have a specialism in PE and would say this is my favourite subject! When I’m not teaching year 2 I love doing athletics training and socialising with friends.

Miss Pratibha Kanwar - Blue Class Teacher

Pratibha Kanwar – Blue Class Teacher 

I started my journey in education at the University of Roehampton in 2013 studying a BA in Education. During this time, I really enjoyed developing my understanding of policy and practice in primary education.

I joined Grove Road Primary School in 2016 as a teaching assistant working in Year One. I always wanted to pursue a career as a teacher and put my learning into practise. Grove Road gave me the opportunity to make that possible. I took part in the TES Straight to Teaching program and qualified in 2019 as a teacher.

When not at school I enjoy socialising with my friends, walking my dog Prince and eating lots of food especially Nando’s.​

Mr Jason Boyne - Indigo Class Teacher

Jason Boyne – Indigo Class Teacher 

I started my teaching journey at Grove Road in 2018 having moved to Hounslow from Kent. I have greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to teach so many culturally diverse and energetic pupils. I take great personal satisfaction from being able to teach at a school where the children take risks and challenge themselves and their learning on a daily basis.

In my spare time I enjoy travel, cooking, sport, film and music. I like to listen to many different styles of music and live performances from musicians around the world.

Mrs Tasneem Amin - Violet Class Teacher

Tasneem Amin – Violet Class Teacher

This is my first year teaching at Grove Road and it has already been an incredible journey. I feel privileged to work with such unique and talented children who always put a smile on my face. I look forward to growing in this community here at Grove Road and learning more about our wonderful children across other year groups.

I love to read, go on long walks, and spend time with my family.​

Mrs Beckford - Gold Class Teacher

Grace Beckford – Gold Class Teacher 

I have been teaching at Grove Road since 2011, where I have taught different year groups in KS2 (and many siblings of the children in KS1!).  I have always loved being a part of the Grove Road family and enjoy learning in a fun, creative way.  I have been Assistant Head since 2019 and enjoying being able to spend time working with all of the teachers and children to make Grove Road the best school it can be.
My husband and I live in Brentford and enjoy holidays and visiting places of interest when we can.  I also love reading comics, writing a journal, and spending time with my family.

Send Staff

Miss Sam Patankar - Centre HLTA

Miss Sam Patankar – Centre HLTA

I began my journey at Grove Road Primary school 16 years ago and I’m still a part of the furniture. I started as a mid-day supervisor and now I am a very experienced HLTA. I have had the chance to work in all classes from EYFS to year 6. I specialise in behaviour management and I’m part of the inclusion team. I enjoy working with children from diverse backgrounds and supporting them on a daily basis.

In my spare time I love spending time with my friends, family, eating out and cooking. I’m a very enthusiastic, warm and welcoming individual always ready for a challenge therefore I’m well suited in my role.

Mrs Diane Perry - Centre HLTA

Mrs Diane Perry – Centre HLTA

I have been part of the GRPS family for close to twenty four years now and as you would expect have seen many changes –  to the school layout, staff members and of course the children.
I have two children myself , both now adults and the two most beautiful and amazing granddaughters ever.
I have loved my time at our school and hopefully will continue to do so for some time to come.

Mrs Shan Marwaha- Centre HLTA

Mrs Shanta Marwaha – Centre HLTA

Having graduated from Mumbai University and completing my NNEB (Diploma in Nursery Nursing), I joined the Grove Road team in 2001 as a Nursery Nurse.  Prior to this I worked in one other school. During my time at Grove Road I have gained valuable experience working with different age groups, abilities and needs.

I find working with children highly satisfying, particularly observing their progress and helping them to achieve things they once believed to be impossible. I most enjoy being part of the inclusion team for its challenging and rewarding work. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, spending time with family, going for long walks and travelling.

Mrs Lakvir Dhaliwal - Centre LSA

Mrs Lakhvir Dhaliwal – Centre LSA

I joined Grove Road Primary School  in September 2018 and have enjoyed working with many incredible children along with supportive staff.
I live in Cranford with my family. In my spare time, I love watching movies preferably comedy end spending quality time with family and friends.
Mrs Ronit Kaduri-Myerowitz - Centre LSA
Mrs M – Centre LSA
I’ve been working as a SEND learning support assistant for 4 years now and I love it!
I’m very passionate and committed to supporting and integrating our special needs children into our school.
I think every child is unique. When I approach a child, they inspire me in two sentiments – tenderness for who they are and respect for what they may become.
I live in Staines Upon Thames with my husband and son and I love writing and cooking.
Mrs Radhika Bhardwaj - Centre LSA

Mrs Radhika Bhardwaj – Centre LSA

I have been working in Grove Road Primary School for the past  five years. I like working at GRPS as we have a wonderful cultural, diverse staff and children which helps me to learn new things everyday and grow as a practitioner. My role gives me a feeling of self worth and happiness.

I live in Feltham with my husband and my son. In my spare time, I Iove cooking and listening to the music.

Mrs Henriequitta Pires - SEND LSA

Henriequitta Pires – SEND LSA

I joined Grove Road Primary School in June 2019 as a SEND learning support assistant. I am a part of the Inclusion team and enjoy working as a I-2-1 support, providing academic, social and emotional well-being in all vulnerable children across the school. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Mumbai University, India CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Working with children and young people CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that challenges, and I aspire to become a qualified Children and Young Adults Counsellor, as I look forward to start learning and understanding the subject to gain the above status. I’m always ready to roll up my sleeves and get on with the job of delivering our school’s Vision and Ethos.

Mrs Vanessa Cobb - SEND LSA

Mrs Vanessa Cobb – SEND LSA

Support Staff

Mrs Bini Bharaj - Red Class LSA

Mrs Bini Bharaj – Red Class EYP

I have been working at Grove Road Primary School since January 2010. I have been working in the Early Years Nursery and Reception classes, also in Year 2. I really love coming to this school and working here.  I have learnt so much and it is a great experience working with the children, parents and staff here.

In my spare time I enjoy doing babysitting, going out with friends and spending time with my family.

Mrs Rajwinder Sandhar - Orange Class LSA

Mrs Raj Sandhar – Orange Class EYP

I have been working at Grove Road Primary school for 5 years, I started as a SEND Learning Support Assistant and have thoroughly enjoyed working in every year group.

I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with every child at Grove Road whether it’s by working with them in a classroom, providing first aid if needed or sorting any conflicts in the playground as I am the lead SMSA too.

In my spare time I like shopping, spending time with my kids and reading books about nutrition.

Mrs Penny Cushen - Yellow Class LSA

Mrs Penny  – Yellow Class LSA

My name is Penny Cushen , but  I am  known in school as ‘Mrs Penny ‘. I began working at Grove Road in September 2015 as a Learning Support Assistant and have found everybody here to be friendly and welcoming, I have 14 years of experience working as a Teaching Assistant in another school in the Hounslow Borough , I will do my best to insure that all the children that I work with will be the best that they can be !
When I’m not working I like to spend my time with my husband , 2 sons, family and friends .
I also like to bake and go to the theatre ,
Mrs Bal Davis - Blue Class LSA (P/T)

Mrs Bal Davis – Blue Class LSA (part time)

I joined Grove Road Primary school in 2006, I have always wanted to work with children since I was a child and feel my wish came true.  I have had many roles at the school from SMSA, Parent Support Advisor and Teaching Assistant. I have gained a wealth of experience from working in nursery to year 6.

I have 3 sons and 2 grandchildren, my family are the most important thing to me and then my passion/love of reading. 

Mrs Ellen Withanachchi- Indigo Class LSA (P/T)

Mrs Ellen Withanachchi – Indigo Class (part time)

Previous to joining Grove Road I had a wide- ranging career within Local Government.
Having worked in both the Careers and Youth Services for many years, I then became a Finance Officer for Social Services and having completed many years in the field, I thought it would be nice to do something completely different and “work with  children.”
I was lucky enough to join the team at Grove Road in October 2017 on a supply basis. Shortly after that I worked 3 days a week and to date work 5 mornings each week. I love working in a School as every day is different and I know that what I do, does make a difference to the children’s learning. I am especially particular about teaching good manners and helping the children have respect for each other. I want to make sure the children are my priority each day and that I have enabled them to learn something new.
The actual wonderment in a child’s eye when they finally understand a new concept is a “joy to behold” and in my view this is what is so special about working in education.
Mr Lachlan Wilson - Violet Class LSA

Mrs Lachlan Wilson – Violet Class LSA

I began my journey in education in 2016 studying at Western Sydney University (WSU) in Sydney Australia. I am still currently undertaking a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis on History.

Whilst I studied at WSU I began working at a Before and After School Care at Hornsby South Public School. It was at this school where I further developed my love and passion for working with children of all ages. I hope to continue to build upon this passion at Grove Road Primary School.

In my free time, I enjoy reading science fiction/fantasy novels, comic books and watching movies. I also enjoy seeing the many sights London and the UK have to offer. I look forward to creating strong relationships with the children of Grove Road Primary School.

Miss Sam Cushen - Gold Class HLTA

Miss Sam Cushen – Gold Class HLTA

My name is Miss Cushen, I joined this fabulous school in September 2014 so have been with the Grove road family for a 5 years now! It is an amazing school with fantastic children, who I enjoy supporting with all my care and effort. Since being here I have worked in year 4 and year 6 as well as supporting children throughout the school.

I have 11 years of experience working in the education setting, first being a teaching assistant to now succeeding to a higher level teaching assistant.

When I have time to myself, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones especially my new baby, David George and dining out.

Admin Staff

Mrs Vicky Armitage - PA to Headteacher

Vicky Armitage – PA to Head teacher 

I joined Grove Road in September 2015 as an Admin. Assistant, having spent 8 years at another school  where I was a Teaching Assistant.  Prior to working in schools I worked for Barclays Bank as a secretary and then as a Personal Assistant to the CEO of a Software Development company before having my two children.

I really enjoy my role at Grove Road as I am fortunate that I get to interact with the children and communicate and help where possible with their parents/carers.

I live in Staines with my husband and children and I enjoy spending time with them and our dog Freddie as well as taking time out to socialise with my friends and get to the gym where possible.

Mrs Sharon Hancock - Admin Officer

Sharon Hancock – Admin. Officer 

I came to Grove Road in June 2017 after working in three other primary schools over 13 years. Although passionate about the other schools I have worked in I have found Grove Road to be the most welcoming with its diverse culture. Everyday presents a new challenge which can be both rewarding and demanding in equal measures. Through the support of our parents and their amazing children there is nothing that cannot be achieved. I feel honoured to have met some amazing families and look forward to meeting many more in years to come.

Mrs Reena Dad - Admin. Assistant

Mrs Reena Dad – Admin. Assistant

I joined Grove Road Primary School in April 2019 as an Admin Assistant. I have worked in the fields of accounting, administration and management prior to joining Grove Road. ​

I am fortunate enough to be part of a happy, welcoming, and diverse school with each day being an enjoyable experience in supporting children, parents and staff.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and 2 sons, shopping, watching tv and reading.

Lunchtime Staff

Mrs Mandeep Grewal- Chef Manager

Mrs Mandeep Grewal – Chef Manager

I have been at Grove Road for 8 months and absolutely love it here.  I am the Chef Manager and enjoy seeing the children at lunchtime and introducing different foods to them which can sometimes be challenging, puddings however are not a problem!  I played hockey at school and college and now enjoy playing the sport with my two children.

Ms. Linda Grant - Kitchen Staff

Ms. Linda Grant – Kitchen Staff

I started at Grove Road approximately 19 years ago as an SMSA and helped with the walking bus to St Michael’s School.  However, in that time I have undertaken/helped in numerous roles within the school from collating paperwork for the head teacher to helping run a crèche during parents evening.  I have really enjoyed my time at Grove Road and continue to do so, having seen many changes happen over the years.  I absolutely love Elvis and enjoy going to see tribute acts in my spare time.

 

Mrs Narinder Saini - SMSA
Mrs Harjeet Mudhar - SMSA
Mrs Vanessa Cobb - SMSA

Premises Staff

Mr John Davis - Caretaker

Mr John Davis – Caretaker

After joining the grove Road Primary school team in June 2018, my time here has been overwhelmingly enjoyable. My role has given me the opportunity to give something back to our community on a daily basis. Making me feel very proud to call myself the caretaker at our beautiful school.

Ms. Linda Grant - Cleaner

Ms. Linda Grant – Cleaner

I started at Grove Road approximately 19 years ago as an SMSA and helped with the walking bus to St Michael’s School.  However, in that time I have undertaken/helped in numerous roles within the school from collating paperwork for the head teacher to helping run a crèche during parents evening.  I have really enjoyed my time at Grove Road and continue to do so, having seen many changes happen over the years.  I absolutely love Elvis and enjoy going to see tribute acts in my spare time.

Mrs Harjeet Mudhar - Cleaner