Our Team

Staff and Governors at The Children's Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and University College Hospital (UCH) are a highly committed and experienced team of qualified teachers, teaching assistants and support staff as well as representatives of each hospital and the wider community.

Our staff has experience teaching in a wide variety of educational settings including mainstream nurseries, primary and secondary schools; special schools; international schools; PRUs and other hospital and medical needs settings. Our teachers are able to conduct holistic assessments of pupils upon entry and are experienced in providing support to enable successful reintegration back to home schools and other settings on discharge.

There is an annual programme of continuing professional development to keep staff up-to-date with local and national developments in education and we receive regular training from NHS teams to develop our knowledge of how medical treatments and conditions may impact learning. 




Headship Team

Jayne Franklin
Headteacher
Bianca Costa
Deputy Headteacher, Quality of Education
Danielle Valdar
Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum

Senior Leadership Team

Elizabeth Armin
Assistant Headteacher, Teaching and Learning
Madeline Bond
Assistant Headteacher, Inclusion
William Lau
Assistant Headteacher, Learning Technology
Elaine Sheil
Assistant Headteacher for UCLH

Extended Leadership Team

Anthea Hawke
Lead Practitioner (SEND)
Sarah Riddell
Lead Practitioner (Secondary)
Katy Marklew
Lead Practitioner (Primary)
Supriya Gureja
Business Manager

Teaching Staff

Joanne Boustead
Teacher
Pam Canning (UCLH)
Teacher
Liz Cook
Teacher
Brigid Coyle-Kelleher
Teacher
Nancy De Freitas
Teacher
Emma Fane
Teacher
Susan Griffiths
Teacher
Thomas Grimes
Teacher
James Hickman (UCLH)
Teacher (UCH)
Lucy Kennedy
Teacher
Katy Marklew
Teacher
Charlotte Nelson (UCLH)
Teacher
Rachael Savory
Teacher
Elena Secombe
Teacher
Kai Smith
Teacher
Harriet Tomaz Carter Merrills (GOSH & UCLH)
Teacher
Natasha Tsohas
Teacher
Clara Waygood
Teacher
Fionnuala Wilkins
Teacher
Kate Williams
Teacher
Tom Williamson (UCLH)
Teacher

Teaching Support Staff

Cheryl Villa
Specialist Teaching Assistant
Nikki Golemdjieva
Teaching Assistant
Dino Karapittis
Teaching Assistant (UCLH)
Chloe Macleod
Teaching Assistant (UCLH)
Ziva O'Connor-Hanlon
Teaching Assistant
Natasha Sharman
Teaching Assistant
Naomi Jess
Teaching Assistant

Other Support Staff

Denise Barrett
PA & Clerk to Governors
Lisa Mardon
Senior Administrator
Susan Deegan
Business Support Officer