Our Staff Team


Staff list for 2023-2024 School Year

Senior Leadership Team


Dr Elizabeth Smith                  












Education and background: I have a BA (Hons) in Music and Arts Education, and originally trained as a secondary mainstream music teacher before focusing on special educational needs and disabilities. I hold a Masters in Leadership and Management, NPQH, and a Doctorate in Education (EdD). My research interests include holistic assessment for students with severe learning difficulties, and I continue to conduct research through my role as an Affiliate Researcher with The Open University. I joined Marlborough as headteacher in June 2022, and I am very much dedicated to the long-term success of the school through working with the whole community.

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that learning should be exciting, creative, and meaningful, building students enthusiasm for learning and helping them to grow and develop within a safe and supportive environment where everybody’s contributions are acknowledged and valued. I believe it is essential to be a visible and approachable leader who truly champions our students and their many achievements.  

Special interests: Music and creativity, total communication, cultural development and enrichment, student voice, holistic assessment, research and evidence based practice.

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Anna-Louise Coulstock

Deputy Headteacher

Education and background: I received a BA (Hons) in English and European Literature before gaining a PGCE from the Institute of Education in 2000.  After working in early years mainstream settings I joined Marlborough in 2009 and became Deputy Headteacher in 2016.  I have completed my NPQSL and certified training in managing students’ medical conditions.  

Teaching Philosophy: I believe that all students are able to learn when they are happy, healthy and have their needs met.  Our wonderful students deserve a highly individualised programme of study that enables them to make small step progress and to prepare for life beyond Marlborough.  Building strong, trusting relationships with students is key in enabling them to make progress as is working in unison with parents, carers and multi-disciplinary professionals.

Special Interests: Profound and Complex Needs, Communication, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum

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Carol Walker

Assistant Headteacher








Education and background: I gained a BSc in Psychology in 2011 and have worked in SEND education since then - working initially as a Teaching Assistant, then completing my teacher training and gaining QTS in 2015. I joined Marlborough shortly after and have trained as a MOVE trainer, Manual Handling trainer and Team Teach trainer. I also had the opportunity to complete NPQML and am currently undertaking a Masters in Educational Leadership with the University of Coventry. 

Teaching Philosophy: Positive Behaviour Support is integral to my teaching and ensuring that students have a wealth of positive proactive strategies to support them to be happy and ready to learn is vital. High levels of engagement from pupils is at the forefront of my teaching at all times. As assessment lead I believe that accurate assessment data can support teachers to know what the next steps for learning are for each student and therefore best promote progress. 

Special interest: Assessment/Recording/Reporting, Evidence For Learning, Behaviour for Learning, Positive Behaviour Support, ICT


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Candice Smith

Assistant Headteacher






Education and background: I have a BA in Primary Teaching Studies with Maths and over 17 years’ experience working with students with a variety of learning needs.  I originally trained as a primary teacher before focusing on special educational needs.  After completing my NPQML in 2013, I have moved from middle leadership roles to senior leadership roles. I joined Marlborough in 2019 and completed my Careers Lead Level 6 training; I was awarded the Careers Leader of the Year 2022 for London. 

Teaching Philosophy: Marlborough’s HEART values encompass many of my own philosophies around education. I believe every student should be empowered to achieve their full potential and learning should be fun and meaningful for the individuals.  I also believe it is important to value pupil voice and support the emotional, physical and social wellbeing of our students. 

Special interests: Careers and preparation for adulthood.  Pupil voice and cultural development and enrichment.  Working with professionals in order to establish a holistic approach.  

Class Teachers

Class Pathway Teacher
Bluebell class Orchard

Anna Kyrgeridov

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Daisy class Orchard

Toni Hooton


Sunflower class Orchard

Patricia Smith-Ojoko and Maryam Ghadache

Patricia Maryam


Daffodil class Orchard

Gemma Jones and Patricia Smith-Ojoko

Gemma 1 Patricia

Lavender class Meadow

Cheryl Hollands

Cheryl H

Snowdrop class Orchard

 Phoenix Gibbs


Tulip class Meadow

Lillith Campbell


Orchid class Legacy

Lynne Walker


Poppy class Legacy

Kessa Beddington


Lotus class Legacy

Ellis Hopkins-Bain

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Office/ Premises and Support Staff

Admin Team

Heather and Sam

HR & Admin 

Ciara Mitchell

Premises Team



Teaching Support Staff

We have a brilliant team of specialist support staff at Marlborough. Please contact your class teacher if you want to find out more.