Meet the Staff

Senior Staff

Matthew Ringham
Mr Matthew Ringham
Mrs RonanMrs Rachael Ronan
Mrs Rachael Ronan
Head of Infants
Special Educational Needs Co Ordinator

I started working at Our Lady and St Philip Neri in September 2012. I had heard lots of wonderful things about OLSPN and the minute I walked in the door on my first day I knew I had made the right decision about coming to work here. The children, staff and parents made me feel very welcome and soon I felt as if I had been here my whole working career.
I love the feeling you get when you walk into our school. It’s a school where children and staff are cared for and there is a mutual respect shown between everyone in our school family. There are clear strong links between the home, school and parish and it’s clear we are all working together towards building a better future for the children.
I don’t have many secrets…but something that probably only my mum, dad and husband know is that there is a particular baby food sold in Ireland that I absolutely love eating! It’s called Liga. Whenever my parents go back to Ireland I always put in an order!

Mr BarberMr Andrew Barber
Mr Andrew Barber
Year 5/6 teacher
Assistant Head

I started in the January of 2002. My sister had started at the school as a teacher the term before, and had told me wonderful things about the school. When I started I went straight into class 7, and had my first experience of a split year group. What struck me straight away was how friendly the staff were and how considerate and professional Mr Sullivan was.
The children first and foremost. The school has a fantastic feel to it, one that is nurturing and caring. All schools care for their children, but for me this school is special. Having a parent body who themselves have been through the school and a committed parish priest really helps the children to feel cared for in all aspects of their schooling.
The residential school trips are fantastic too, providing the children with important life skills. The fact we take children away in years 3 and 4 for a 4 day residential and now even an overnight with children from year 2 speaks volumes about the dedicated staff we have here, and the faith the parent body have in the school.
I performed in amateur dramatics as a teenager.
I have a bald patch on my head where I cracked it open as a child.
I have a phobia of looking straight up at a clear blue sky.
I have always loved maths. The right and wrong of it has always appealed to me. I saw maths as a game most of the time and love the sense of achievement I felt when the penny finally dropped. I was blessed by having teachers at school who told me I could achieve and encouraged me to do so-that’s what I want to instil in our children here.



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Laura Hinde
Mrs Marie Groszewski
Mrs Marie Groszewski
Nursery Nurse

I started working at OLSPN in 2000. I was previously working as a nursery nurse in a local school and was delighted to be given the opportunity to work in our catholic school. My two sons were attending infants at the time and we are all members of the Church of the Resurrection.
I love working in the nursery and being part of a small school environment where every child is known individually. I also enjoy being part of the church/school community.
Secret – I used to be an opera singer!


Class RMAB

Ms Marie Ann Barlow
Ms Marie Ann Barlow
Reception Teacher
Head of Early Years & Foundation Stage
Senior Management

I started working at our school in January 2013. I had heard a lot about how lovely the children and staff were and jumped at the chance when offered a job.
It’s a wonderful school full of talented, hard working staff and children. The parents are very supportive and care about their children’s education.
I love science because I’m curious and enjoy trying to making sense of our universe.

Mrs Sue Holdaway
Mrs Sue Holdaway
Teaching Assistant

I started working at OLSPN when I was young(er)
I like OLSPN because the children make me laugh!
My secret…I know an adult that would love to play ‘The Hustle’ on recorder at the summer concert.

Class RJM

Ms Judith Mawson
Ms Judith Mawson
Reception Teacher

I started at OLSPN in September 2013.
I have really enjoyed getting to know all the staff and children here and meeting some of the families.
I love all the outdoor space the children have and the fact that we have lots of trees around the Infant Building. The Nursery children even have a patch of grass to play on… if it’s not raining! In class, I like supporting the children with creative activities, painting and making models, as well as putting on some music and all dancing together!

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Mrs Gosia Grzesiak-Nawrot
Teaching Assistant

I have been working at OLSPN since April 2014. I used to work with pre-schoolers but I want to train as a teacher, so I need some school experience beforehand.
I sang in the school choir.
I love the dedicated staff and friendly atmosphere at OLSPN.

Mrs Brigid Kelly
Mrs Brigid Kelly
Teaching Assistant

I started working at OLSPN in 2006. Both my sons had attended the nursery and when the youngest reached reception age a vacancy arose in his classroom. It was an ideal opportunity for me (perhaps less ideal for Miss Brennan who had to contend with a mother and son in her classroom!) I trained him to call me ‘Mrs Kelly’ and you would never have guessed we were related!
I always liked the atmosphere at OLSPN. As a parent I had felt that my children were safe and well cared for here. I liked them going to a school where their day started and ended with a prayer. As a member of staff I enjoy the banter among my colleagues and that someone will always offer to make you a cup of tea in the morning – it’s the little things that count!
Art has always been my favourite subject ever since I was given a sketch book and some paints for my 6th birthday. I always loved painting and drawing and tearing and making. I still share that enthusiasm today. Nothing beats being surrounded by a group of 5 year old ‘Picasso’s’ creating their best art working the entire universe!

Class 1LB

Miss BrennanMiss Lauren Brennan
Miss Lauren Brennan
Year 1 Teacher

I started working at OLSPN in February 2006. I was the Class 1 teacher (all those chn are now in secondary school!)and came to the school as short term supply. I ended up staying in Class 1 for 3 years, then I moved to Class 2 where I stayed for 2 years. After Class 2 I moved to KS1 and have been teaching Class 4 ever since.
I moved to the UK from Australia in my early 20’s. Being away from my family and my home was tough, but being at OLSPN was great because everyone- staff and parents looked after me and made me feel welcome and safe.
My Secret…I grew up in a small country town and lived on a farm for most of my life… I can ride a horse, a motor bike, a quad bike and know how to round up sheep and cows!

Mrs DwyerMrs Mary Dwyer
Mrs Mary Dwyer
Teaching Assistant

I started in Nursery about 11+  years ago. At first I was volunteering while doing a classroom assistant course. I decided to do the course after taking redundancy from Pricewaterhouse where I had worked in the accounts department for 21 years.
Our Lady and St Philip Neri is a lovely, small, friendly school. Both my children attended the school.
My secret is that I was a big Donny Osmond fan. Some of the children’s grandparents will remember him I’m sure.
My favourite subject is Literacy. I used to love writing stories at school and I enjoy reading books.

Class 1/2IBB

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Isabel Barlow Burn
Year 1/2 teacher
Mrs GallagherMrs Betty Gallagher
Mrs Betty Gallagher
Teaching Assistant

I started working at the school about 16 + years ago. I started as a volunteer and when a vacancy arose I was offered a job.
I like the community spirit and family atmosphere that is present at Our Lady and St Philip Neri School.
Literacy is my favourite subject because I love the stories and the imagination of the children.

Class 2AJ

Mrs Andrea Jackson
Mrs Andrea Jackson

My secret is that I was adopted when I was twelve years old.
My favourite subject is History.
I like olspn because it has a small homely feel, the children are just gorgeous, polite, super kind, fun, hardworking and the adults are very supportive, hardworking but most of all fun to be with.

Mrs SandersMs Anita Sanders
Ms Anita Sanders
Teaching Assistant & Spanish Teacher

I started working at Our Lady and St. Philip Neri September ’13
I love the friendly atmosphere and feeling of unity. The children are so well behaved and eager to learn, which make it a pleasure to be with them.
Whats my favourite subject…thats a tough one I do tend to enjoy all of the subjects, but at the moment I would have to say SPANISH!!
My Secret is…I had Ice skating lessons for about two years and surprised myself with what I could do!

Support Staff

Miss SmikleMiss Diane Smikle
Miss Diane Smikle
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I started working at OLSPN in 1997. I came as agency for 2 weeks and I never left!
I like the teaching at OLSPN. I believe the children get a good foundation attending this school. I like the parents – it helps that I have known many parents for a number of years and still have the privilege of teaching their children.
My secret…I absolutely love 80’s pop music, but rock influenced by heavy guitar is my ultimate favourite!!
Maths is beginning to be my favourite subject. It is becoming more meaningful to me now that I have to assist my year 2 child with her homework.

Mrs DebenhamMrs Ellie Debenham
Mrs Ellie Debenham

I started working here in 2001…but I actually came to this school when I was 5 years old. The school looked very different then!
My secret- I like crisp sandwiches with salad cream.
My favourite subject is Reading – you will never be bored or lonely with a book!

Mrs DawkinsMrs Helen Dawkins
Mrs Helen Dawkins
Admin Assistant

I started working at the school over 16 years ago. I saw the job advertised in the church newsletter and applied. At the time my eldest son was about to start nursery here and I realised that the hours and holidays would suit me perfectly.
The school seems small because it is on two sites. I think it is a real community school where all the staff, parents and children know each other.
My favourite subject is English Literature. I love reading especially when I know that I’ve got to do the housework!

Mrs Helen Hector
Mrs Helen Hector
Senior Midday Meals Supervisor


Class 3VH

Ms Vanessa Hiller
Ms Vanessa Hiller
Year 3 Teacher

My Favourite subject at school was art.
I have been at OLSPN for a few years now. I first started working here doing a part time job teaching art and then I took over my own class.
I love all the staff and I love how calm and clever all the children are.

Ms Helen Anderson
Ms Helen Anderson
Teaching Assistant

I started working here in 2006.
My favourite part of the infants is the good behaviour of the children.
My favourite subject is art, I love to see the children enjoying themselves!

Class 3/4 EM

Miss MourantMs Elise Mourant
Miss Elise Mourant
Year 3/4 Teacher

I’ve been at OLSPN for a few years now. Initially I came for a term but as soon as I started I loved the school so much I stayed.
When I was at school my favourite subject was maths and it still is!
I love how friendly and welcoming everyone at OLSPN is. Also having so much lovely music going on always brightens my day.

Mrs BlackburnMrs June Blackburn
Mrs June Blackburn
Teaching Assistant & Midday supervisor

I have been working at OLSPN as a staff member for 21 years and 6 years as a parent helper before that.
I love literacy especially phonic, spelling, grammar and reading.
I love football, watching not playing. I am a season ticket holder at Queens Park Rangers.

Susan Stone
Mrs Susan Stone
Teaching Assistant

Class 4SBC

Mrs Blackwood Carlisle
Ms Blackwood-Carlyle
Year 4 Teacher
Sharon Ferguson
Mrs Sharon Ferguson
Teaching Assistant

Class 5AH

Mr HarrisMr Adam Harris
Mr Adam Harris
Year 5 Teacher

I started in September 2013, initially into reception before moving into year 5.
I know its not really a subject in Primary schools per se, but I love Drama. Having studied it at University I try and bring drama and performance into most of my lessons.
The children are so positive and engaging no matter what the age group. Their politeness and enthusiasm help contribute to giving the school it’s positive atmosphere.
I went to University with a certain ‘Starry Eyed’ singer.

Ms OlczakMrs Anna Olczak-Smith
Mrs Anna Olczak-Smith
Teaching Assistant
Mrs WalshJosie Walsh
Mrs Josie Walsh
Teaching Assistant

 Class 5/6AB

Mrs FormaggiMrs Linda Formaggi
Mrs Linda Formaggi
Teaching Assistant &
Senior Midday supervisor
Miss EmanuelMs Sharon Emanuel
Ms Sharon Emanuel
Teaching Assistant

Class 6ES

Mrs SergeantMrs Ellie Sergeant
Mrs Ellie Sergeant
Year 6 Teacher

My favourite subject is Maths.
My secret is that even though I have lived in England for nearly thirty years, I still prefer reading books in Italian.
I have worked at OLSPN for nearly 24 years. I like the school ethos, the feel of the school is something I do not get when visiting other schools.

Mrs Jacky Pitt
Mrs Jacky Pitt
Teaching Assistant & Midday Supervisor

I have been working at OLSPN for 19 years. I love working with the children.
I love maths but not rotational symmetry.
I have a gold medal in Latin American dancing.

Support Staff

Mrs TrypeMrs Julie Trype
Mrs Julie Trype
Finance/Personnel Officer

I’ve worked here for 12 years, my husband and his family came here and my two sons also came here, I have a very long connection.
My favourite subject is Geography.
I once appeared in the South London Press after walking a marathon.

Mrs YousifMrs Annette Yousif
 Mrs Annette Yousif

Infants & Juniors

Support Staff

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Mrs Lesley Ewens
Music Leader

I was sent a letter by Mr Sullivan to attend an interview and I flew in with my umbrella. I have been here a long time now and I love working here.
My favourite subject is obviously music.
I like the ethos of the school, I love the staff and the children all have something special about them. The support I have had is incredible.

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Mr Mark Hyland
Sports Coach
Mr Richard Dodsworth
Mr Richard Dodsworth
Premises Officer
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Mrs Diana Quintero
Domestic Staff