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Teachers' Personal Statements

Rebecca Aldridge

After having my third child I decided to take a break from class teaching and joined Grove Road as a teaching assistant in Year 6 in the Summer Term of 2017.  I then moved to Year 3 in Autumn 2017 before filling the role of class teacher in both Year 1 and Year 2 in the Summer term of 2018.  I enjoyed this so much that I decided it was time to move back to teaching and I am beginning my role of class teacher in Year 1 in September 2018 which I am really looking forward to.


Louise Bowen

I am really excited about joining Grove Road primary school this year. I have a passion for child-led learning, where children’s skills can be developed using their interests.  This helps to ignite excitement and a propensity to learn.
I gained a PGCE in 2010 with a specialism in Equality, Inclusion and Citizenship.  My training took place at London Southbank University and our focus was on Inner City schools.  I have had experience of teaching across the age ranges but mainly in Year 1 and the Early Years.  I have previously worked as head of Early Years and have had experience of co-ordinating PE as a subject. This year, my focus will be on Modern Foreign Languages.
Out of school hours, I love to spend time with my friends and family and I also travel to Spain frequently.  I also enjoy running…when I have time!


Emma Chappell

I am very much enjoying my new teaching position at Grove Road. I am looking forward to another year of hard work in year 6 and joining a fantastic and dedicated staff to continue my career. I have taught for 14 years in Kenton, Harrow and I am very much looking forward to teaching in the community I live in, after recently moving to Tring.

I spend most of my spare time looking after my own family and catching up with friends and relatives. I enjoy going to the movies, reading, listening to music and exploring Whipsnade zoo with my boys.


Katie Collins

I started my journey at Grove Road in April 2016, working in Reception and Year 3. I am delighted to have now joined the team full time, teaching in Reception and leading the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am passionate about early years education and am excited to work alongside like-minded teachers who are dedicated and enthusiastic about providing the best education possible.


I started teaching in 2006 in the London Borough of Brent before moving to Herts County Council in 2014. I have always taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage and have led this phase in 3 different schools. During my teaching career I have also led Literacy throughout the school, Modern Languages, and was an Assistant Head Teacher for just over a year. I hope with my experience to bring some new and exciting ideas to Grove Road as well as continuing my learning journey with the Grove Road team.

In my spare time I enjoy socialising with my friends and family, travelling to new places and swimming.


Alison Elvery

As a full-time class teacher at Grove Road, I have taught in the Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two and was Key Stage One Phase Leader. I now use this first-hand experience in my role as a cover teacher since becoming part-time in 2015.


Outside of school I enjoy days out with my husband and our young children and not washing-up, cleaning or sorting washing!


Lloyd Francis

I joined Grove Road in year 5 in September 2014 after 21 years in the financial recruitment market. I have a passion for Geology which I studied at university.

In my spare time I do a lot of mountain biking and coach rugby at Tring Rugby club.


Ria Gordon

I am now entering into my eighth year of teaching professionally at primary level and have experience of teaching in both the Early Years and Key Stage One.  This year I am set to embark on an exciting new challenge as  SENCo at Grove Road and I am very much looking forward to coordinating Special Needs across the school. As well as taking on this new role, I am also going to be providing PPA and Leadership cover for different classes across each age phase of the school.

Ella Higby

Ella joined us in Year 1 in September 2018

Rachael Harrison

Rachael joins us in Nursery in October 2018

Vicky Hiller

I am very excited about joining Grove Road. I will be starting my third year of teaching. I completed the Graduate Teaching Programme in 2011. After this, I then went on to teach a Year 5 class and then Year 6. Previous to this, I was a teaching assistant for two and half years where I worked from Foundation stage to Year 6.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, keep fit classes and occasionally thrill seek by taking part in sky diving and not forgetting go-karting.

Sophie Kerin

I am currently in my sixth year at Grove Road School after completing a BEd Honours degree in Primary Education and am thoroughly enjoying it! I am excited to work alongside Grove's fantastic team to teach the chidren and enable them to learn in fun ways.

In my spare time I enjoy going for walks with my family and friends and listening to music. I also have a passion for dancing.

Debbie Lamb

It was when I covered Miss Hillier's sabatical in the Spring Term of 2016 that I first experienced being part of the Grove Road community.  The school has a special ethos so when the opportunity arose to re-join the staff in role of Inclusion Lead in 2017, I was delighted.  I have very much enjoyed getting to know the children and their families as well as working alongside such creative and dedicated colleagues.


During my career, I have worked in a number of different primary schools in Hertfordshire and in Oxfordshire.  During all of my experiences, my passion for teaching and my wish to instil a love learning within all children has endured.  I have loved developing the role of Inclusion Lead at Grove Road Primary, working with my colleagues to ensure that all of our pupils make good progress, regardless of background or need.  


Marco Maranzana

Marco started at Grove Road in September 2017. He teaches Year 3.

Stephanie Meedin

I am currently teaching year 5 at Grove Road school after completing a BA Honors Degree in Primary Education. I am really excited to be back at Grove Road after teaching here on my second placement. I have 4 years experience working with children with learning disabilities as well as working as a deputy manager of a pre school.

In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, dance and cooking. As well as spending time with my friends and family, especially my nephew.

Sophie Morris

I am very excited to join Grove Road this year, teaching in Year 4. Previously, I did an undergraduate degree in History and went onto do my PGCE through the University of Hertfordshire. During this time, I gained experience teaching across all key stages but mostly in KS2. Now, beginning my journey in Year 4, I am excited about teaching all aspects of the curriculum and especially exploring the adventures of the Ancient Mayans!


Outside of the classroom I enjoy running, reading, baking (mostly cakes!) and craft making.


Sophie O'Leary

I am now entering my third year here at Grove Road and I am excited to be teaching Year 2 again. I love working alongside the other fantastic and dedicated members of staff here. Since being at Grove, I have been fortunate enough to grow and develop as a teacher and leader and I am excited to continue this as Key Stage 1 Phase Leader this year.


In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I also play a lot of Netball and enjoy going to the gym. In the holidays, I love travelling to new places!


Katie Reeve

I joined the Grove Road team in September 2012. I began my teaching career working in Key Stage One and after several years moved to teach Year Four. For the past four years I have taught Year Six. I have worked as a leading teacher, specialising in literacy across several schools in the authority. Currently I am phase leader for Years 5 and 6 and a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

In my spare time I like to read, relax and socialise of course!


Jade Rodrigoe

Since beginning my teaching career, I have had the pleasure of working with wonderful children, supportive staff and have had many opportunities to develop my career. I have been fortunate enough to take on leadership roles, which have enabled me to grow and develop as both a teacher and a leader – something I am excited to continue at Grove Road as KS2 Phase Leader and Year 6 Class Teacher.  

Outside of school, I enjoy walking my dog, travelling to lots of new places and spending time with my friends and family. 


Rebecca Rothwell

Rebecca joined us in Year 5 in September 2018

Hannah Sheahan

I am very excited to be joining the Grove Road team this year, teaching in Year 2. Prior to this I have completed an undergraduate BA Hons degree in Early Childhood Studies at The University of Portsmouth, followed by a PGCE at Oxford Brookes university. During this time I worked at a variety of different settings from independent nurseries, to special needs secondary schools in central London. Now beginning my journey in Year 2, I am excited to teach all aspects of the curriculum, in particular the Great Fire of London.

Outside the classroom I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, travelling and in particular visiting the theatre!

Michael Tomkinson

I joined Grove Road in September 2014 in Year 4 after completing my BA in Primary Education. Since joining, I have been involved with developing P.E and sport thoughout the school and I also moved to Year Six in September 2015, where I have stayed.


Outside of school I enjoy being involved with sport and keeping fit; I also enjoy travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.



Russell Tompkins

Russell started at Grove Road in September 2017. He teaches year 5.

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