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

Mrs Natalie Parsons - Inclusion Leader

Natalie Parsons- Inclusion Leader

I started my journey in education in 2005 when I studied at Roehampton University. I have worked in different boroughs and in different roles over time including lead for PSHE, RE, History, Maths, Assistant Head and SENCo. I joined Grove Road in April 2021 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the dedicated staff and meeting the lovely children and their families. My role at Grove Road is Inclusion Leader, I have a passion for supporting all children to achieve their best and ensure their emotional well being is supported too.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my children, family and friends. I also enjoy reading and walking.

Mrs Grace Beckford - Deputy Headteacher

Grace Beckford – Deputy Headteacher

My journey as a teacher began in 2009 when I graduated from Roehampton University with a BA in Primary Education.  I have been teaching at Grove Road since 2011, where I have taught many different year groups and have been Deputy Headteacher since 2019.  I have always loved being a part of the Grove Road family and enjoy learning in a fun, creative way.  I  love 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 (especially comics), writing a journal and spending time with my family.

Teaching Staff

Miss Jenny Johnson - Red Class Teacher and Early Years / Keystage 1 Leader

Jenny Johnson – Red Class Teacher and Early Years 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.

Mrs Krisztina Iakab - Orange Class Teacher

Krisztina Iakab – Orange Class Teacher

My name is Krisztina Iakab and I am very excited to be part of the Grove Road community. I am a nature lover and enjoy being active. I also love reading.

I am passionate about being kind to others and am looking forward to supporting children to become their best version of themselves!

Miss Amy Morley - Yellow Class Teacher

Amy Morley – Yellow Class Teacher

I am a South African who moved over to the UK in 2018. I have been working with children for a total of 6 years because I decided to take an internship at one of the top boarding schools in South Africa while I studied. This meant that along with my teaching and studying I played a role in helping to take care of (or as I like to call it ‘played mommy to’) 10 children who were a mixture of 7-9 years old. I am a very passionate person and that really shines through in my teaching as well as when I am doing ballroom and latin dancing. Another interest of mine includes reading, I mainly enjoy fantasy or sci-fi stories like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings but I do branch out into other genres from time to time.

Miss Pratibha Kanwar- Green Class Teacher

Pratibha Kanwar – Green 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.​

Miss Simone Baxter- Blue Class Teacher

Simone Baxter – Blue 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 definitely say this is my favourite subject! When I’m not teaching Blue Class I love doing athletics and socialising with friends.

Miss Amanda Musaheb - Indigo Class Teacher

Amanda Musaheb- Indigo Class Teacher 

My journey into education started with a year teaching English as a second language in China. As a result of this I then came back to the UK and completed a PGCE in primary education. I joined Grove Road in 2020 for my first teaching post and I am very excited to work in this community. I am looking forward to growing as a teacher in this school.
I love to go on walks, read books, cook and bake at home. One of my favourite things to bake is brownies!
Miss Hope Supple - Violet Class Teacher

Hope Supple – Violet Class Teacher

I joined Grove Road in 2020 and feel incredibly lucky to be part of a school with such fantastic children and supportive staff.

When I have time to relax I enjoy running, doing yoga and painting. I love spending time with my friends and family on the weekend and walking my dog in the park

Mr Jack Beasley - Gold Class Teacher and Keystage 2 Leader

Jack Beasley- Gold Class Teacher and Keystage 2 Leader

I joined Grove Road in 2020 as Key Stage Two leader and Year Six teacher. Previously I lived on the other side of the world in New Zealand. I qualified from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Physical Education in 2015. In New Zealand I worked for three years in a military secondary school. I have a passion for helping students with academics as well as helping them become the best possible version of themselves.

In my spare time I like to play Rugby and travel as much as I can.

Miss Alice Lock - EAL Intervention Teacher

Alice Lock – EAL Intervention Teacher

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 Ronit Kaduri-Myerowitz - Centre LSA
Mrs Ronit Myerowitz – 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 Grove Road 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.

Ms. Iman Bodleh - Centre HLTA

Ms. Iman Bodleh – Centre HLTA

I joined Grove Road Primary School as an LSA having worked within the Early Years sector for over seven years. I am happy to be a part of the team here at Grove Road.

I am extremely passionate about young children’s education. Watching them grow and thrive as they learn and experience things for the first time is the best feeling in the world. I am also a mother, so I have seen first hand how every child is different and unique. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my son reading and going on forest walks.

Mrs Bal Davis - Centre LSA

Mrs Bal Davis – Centre LSA

I have had the privilege of being a part of the Grove Road Primary School team for nearly 15 years, where I have held positions of SMSA, Parent Support Adviser and Teaching Assistant. Working with children brings me great joy and I value my role supporting children with their learning. I am blessed to have 3 wonderful sons, (2 of which attended Grove Road) and 2 beautiful grandchildren. The things I enjoy outside of work are spending time my family, learning and reading a variety of books.

Mrs Ellen Withanachchi - Centre LSA

Mrs Ellen Withanachchi – Centre LSA

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.
Miss Priya Gill - Centre HLTA

Miss Priya Gill – Centre HLTA

I am thoroughly grateful to have joined Grove Road Primary this year. The staff are incredibly welcoming and I already feel comfortable and happy working here. I am currently in my second year of university studying an Early Years Education course. After I graduate next year, I am hoping to move on to my PGCE in order to progress in my career.

In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my friends and family and have a strong passion for helping others.

Miss Isabella Battle - Centre LSA

Miss Isabella Battle – Centre LSA

I graduated from St Mary’s University 2 years ago and have been working with children for over 2 years now. I started working as a TA in a school in St Margarets where I was able to develop my skills including working with children with SEN.
I’m very excited to have joined Grove Road and build on my skill set. In my spare time I like to read and do yoga.

Miss Amy Shub - SEN LSA

Miss Amy Shub – SEN LSA

I started a childcare course at Kingston college in 2019 for 2 years. In 2020, I spent my time here at Grove Road doing a student placement with the EYFS team. The staff here are so welcoming and made me feel comfortable not only to work with but to support my confidence in my course I was doing. I enjoyed it so much here I decided to apply to work here. I can’t wait to extend my experience of childcare over time and helping all the children learn whilst they are growing to become bigger individuals.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family. I also enjoy going on holidays.

Support Staff

Mrs Bini Bharaj - Red Class EYP

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 Sinead Carroll - Orange Class EYP

Mrs Sinead Carroll – Orange Class EYP

I have worked in the Early Years sector for 13 years , I have experienced different roles and I have learned a lot about the different areas of Early Years from positions I have held and feel I have gained a wealth of knowledge from my experiences

As a mother of 3 I believe every child should be given every opportunity to achieve and develop and watching them grow and achieve these milestones and been part of it is very rewarding . Last Year I completed my HLTA course which was a personal goal.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing Top Golf, socialising with friends and gardening.

Mrs Lakhvir Dhaliwal- Yellow Class LSA

Mrs Lakvir Dhaliwal  – Yellow Class LSA

I joined Grove Road Primary school in 2018 and have enjoyed working with many incredible and some wonderful children along with supportive staff. I live in Cranford with my family. In my spare time,  I love watching movies (comedy), spending quality time with family and socialising  with friends.
Ms Mahnoor Khan - Green Class LSA

Ms Mahnoor Khan – Green Class LSA

I started my career in Education in 2019 while completing my Level 3 Diploma as a Teaching Assistant. After completing my training, I wanted to expand my skillset and confidence, therefore I decided to take on higher education.I am completing my work based degree in ‘Primary Education’ at St Mary’s University, aspiring to become a Primary School teacher. Being an ex pupil of Grove Road, I feel privileged to be part of an extremely supportive school where each child’s individuality and strengths are celebrated.

In my spare time, I like socialising with my friends, watching documentaries and have a keen interest in Arts and crafts.

Ms Farhana Letzelter - Blue Class HLTA

Ms Farhana Letzelter – Blue Class HLTA

Teachers and support staff play an important role in shaping the lives of young individuals. They inspire, motivate and encourage learners and guide them to make a positive impression in their community and the world around them. They hold great responsibilities and are widely skilled in helping children across all ages, languages, ethnicities, subjects and abilities. There are challenges, rewards and triumphs in this profession.

For these reasons, my passion for teaching young learners was ignited and I embarked on my career path into teaching in 2007 when I acquired a position in a primary school as a Teaching Assistant. Over the years, my accumulated experience and skills allowed me opportunities for career progression as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and then onwards to becoming a Special Educational Needs Assistant to the SENDCo. As my interest in the pedagogy of children increased,  combined with the desire to become a qualified teacher, my next challenge was to study for a BA honours in SEN and Inclusive Practice at Kingston University which I completed in 2021.

I joined Grove Road Primary School in September 2021 and I am very much looking forward to being a part of the friendly and diverse school community.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, going to the gym (when I feel motivated!) and going for long walks with my dog.

Mr Milo Jones - Indigo Class LSA

Mr Milo Jones – Indigo Class LSA

This is my first year working at Grove Road Primary School since graduating Met Film School earlier this year. Having moved to the area recently with my girlfriend, I’ve found myself being drawn towards teaching, as since covid, I’ve reminded myself the joy of teaching myself new subjects such as language and music. I realise there’s still a lot for me to learn, but my strongest subjects would be creative ones, such as acting, film-making and music, all the way to gardening!

 

I’ve found that most of the skills I’ve attained over my life could help develop communication, emotional development, and personal expression in children. I consider myself a big kid at heart, so I’m excited to encourage each child with their own methods of learning and expressing themselves. I feel myself really lucky to start my education career at such a friendly and welcoming school.​

Mrs Rajwinder Sandhar - Violet Class LSA

Mrs Raj Sandhar – Violet Class LSA

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.

Ms Erum Tamuri - Gold Class HLTA

Ms Erum Tamuri – Gold Class HLTA

Ms. Yasmin Abdi - School Librarian and Extended Hours Club LSA

Ms. Yasmin Abdi – School Librarian and Extended Hours Club LSA

I have been working at Grove Road since 2018 as the Librarian and Extended Hours LSA.  I enjoy working here and I feel so lucky to be part of the school.  Out of work, I am a Mum of 3 daughters and a son.  My spare time is spent with them and we love doing art and sharing stories.

Admin Staff

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 Penny Cushen - Admin. Assistant

Mrs Penny Cushen- Admin. Assistant

I started my time at Grove Road 5 Years ago in 2015 after working at my last school for 17 years as a TA/SMSA.  I have worked across the school from EYFS-Year 6 and have enjoyed every moment of working with children from diverse backgrounds and supporting them on a daily basis.  In September 2020,  I was given the opportunity to change my role and to  work as an Admin Assistant in the office, which for me is a great  challenge, but one that I am enjoying!

In my spare time, I like to spend quality time with my family & Friends and going to the Theatre.

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 Narinder Saini – SMSA

I have been working at Grove Road Primary school for the last 4 years, and I have really enjoyed my time here and continue to do so.
I think it is very rewarding to supervise and play with the kids during their lunch hour and in addition to this, providing any first aid and sorting any problems in the playground.
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, travelling, spending time with my family and going for long walks with our pet dog.

Mrs Harjeet Mudhar - SMSA

Mrs Harjeet Mudhar – SMSA

I have been working as an SMSA since 2016 at Grove Road primary school, I absolutely love working with the children everyday as well as having sympathetic and amazing colleagues.

I enjoy cooking and trying out new things everyday and being able to build better relationships with the children and teachers.

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. Carolina D'Costa - Cleaner

Ms. Carolina D’Costa – Cleaner

Mrs Harjeet Mudhar - Cleaner

Mrs Harjeet Mudhar – Cleaner

I have been working as an SMSA since 2016 at Grove Road primary school, I absolutely love working with the children everyday as well as having sympathetic and amazing colleagues.

I enjoy cooking and trying out new things everyday and being able to build better relationships with the children and teachers.