Meet the Staff

Clifton School and Nursery

Meet the Staff

Clifton Leadership Team


Phil Hardy in Clifton libraryMr Philip HARDY BA Northumbria PGCE (Open University)

"We're proud to be fun, proud to be different, and proud to put the children at the centre of all we do."

Deputy Head and Safeguarding Lead

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Antonia CLARKE  BA (Nottingham)  PGCE (Dundee)

"My favourite thing about Clifton is that everyone who comes here can't help but leave with a smile."


Senior Teacher and Foundation Stage Co-ordinator

Tara JohnsonMrs Tara JOHNSON BA London PGCE Cambridge

"What I love about Clifton is the freedom we have to pursue the curriculum in the manner that is best suited to the needs of the children."


Ben Allen

Mr Ben Allen, BA Hons, York St John University

Early Years Coordinator/Class Teacher

Staff member photo unavailableMiss Olivia COLLINS  BA (Leeds Metropolitan)  PGCE (York St John)

Judith HallMrs Judith HALL  BA (Leeds)  PGCE (Bretton Hall)

"What I really enjoy about Clifton is all the opportunities for singing, dancing, drama and art."

Andrea HaydenMrs Andrea HAYDEN BMus (Sheffield)

Rachel HicksMrs Rachel HICKS  BEd (Bedford)

"Having the opportunity to work with children who love being active and keep me on my toes is the perfect job."

Freya LoftusMrs Freya LOFTUS  BA (York)  PGCE (York St John)
On maternity leave

Veronique KnightonMrs Veronique KNIGHTON  MA (Bordeaux)  PGCE (York)

"My favourite thing about Clifton is the joyful, creative and friendly people, small and big, who make the school such a special place."

Rebecca MorrisonMrs Rebecca J MORRISON  BSc (Sheffield)  PGCE (Manchester)

"I love seeing the children running in to school every day because they are so excited to learn. What could be better than that?"

Harriet MurrayMiss Harriet MURRAY  BA QTS (Northumbria) 

"I spent most of my school holidays helping at my parents' nursery before going to University. Working with children has always been a passion and teaching was a career I always imagined pursuing."

Victoria PlattsMiss Victoria PLATTS BA QTS (Oxford Brookes) 

"I remember being in awe of my own teachers growing up. Having the opportunity to shape a child's education and watch them grow and flourish is a magical thing."

Teaching Assistants

Melissa BatesonMrs Melissa BATESON  NVQ III Early Years Care and Education

"I got into early years care after becoming interested in child development when my children were young, starting with volunteering at a playgroup, then qualifying to become a manager there."

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Joanna BROMLEY FdA  (Gloucestershire) NVQ III Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

"As soon as I started volunteering at my old primary school, I realised how much I loved teaching and it is all I have ever wanted to do since."

Rebecca BruntonMrs Rebecca BRUNTON  NVQ III Children’s Care and Learning

Yvonne CrabtreeMrs Yvonne Crabtree BA, PGCE, AMBDA, SENCo - PGC.

"Truthfully I tried really hard not to get into teaching; I come from a teaching family.  But I realised that what I wanted was what they had - immense satisfaction from making a difference."

Jo Deri ClarkMrs Jo DERI-CLARK  Cache III Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning

"There are always lots of new exciting things to do and no two days are ever the same. My own two daughters came through Clifton and they loved it."

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Patricia DODDS  NVQ III  Children’s Care and Learning

Fiona FraneyMrs Fiona FRANEY NVQ III in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and HLTA status

"I love seeing the children grow and develop the skills they will need in the years ahead. They truly love to learn and I love helping them."

Mandy FergusonMrs Mandy FERGUSON

"I love children and have a passion for helping them - I want to give them the best possible foundation at the start of their educational journey."

Liz GreenallMrs Liz GREENALL  BSc  NVQ II Support Work in Schools

"I started volunteering in a dyslexia unit at my children's primary school, was persuaded by a teacher to take a qualification and have never looked back!"

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Joanne HART  Cache Dip Childcare in Education

Ali Headlam-MorleyMrs Alexandra HEADLAM-MORLEY  Cache III Cert for Teaching Assistants

"I love the community spirit at Clifton - being part of Micklegate House means I'm part of a group of friends from across all years!"

Sam MossMrs Sam MOSS  FCCA

Debbie TaylorMrs Debbie TAYLOR  LLB Level III Learning & Development Support

PA to the Head

Mrs Caroline FATTORINI

School Secretary

Mrs Claire HULMES BA (Manchester)

Peripatetic Music Staff

Mr Janet HALEY

Miss Rebecca SMITH




Peripatetic Sports Staff

Mr Ian MAYCOCK (Swimming)

Peripatetic Co-curricular Staff

Mrs Gilly ADAM (Speech & Drama)

Mr Noel STEWART  (Chess)

Mr Lee PATERSON (Rugby)

Mr Simon FLINT (Karate)

Mr John MOORE (LTA Tennis Coach) 

Ms Hayley DEL HARRISON (Ballet)

Supply Staff (Teaching)

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Judith SQUIRE

Rosy ScrimshawMrs Rosy SCRIMSHAW

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Lindsay LIFTON

Helen HopwoodMrs Helen HOPWOOD BA (Hull)

"It is a wonderful and humbling experience to see learning take place before your eyes. As a teacher, you become part of the lives of some pretty special people and that is an absolute privilege. "

Staff member photo unavailableMrs Andrea TAYLOR

Staff member photo unavailableMs Emma SNELLING BA (Exeter)

Catherine WaltersMiss Cath WALTERS 

Regular Volunteers

Mrs C Jones (parent)