Longford Park Primary School

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Meet the Leaders & Teachers.

Liam Hinkley:  Headteacher

Liam Hinkley, an experienced leader within the Gloucestershire Learning Alliance, launched LPPA as the headteacher in September 2017  Building a rapport with local people and getting to know the children of Longford was his highest priority. He continues to work hard to ensure that the school and nursery remains a welcoming place that caters for the needs of the community and where every child achieves their very best. 

Emma Leggott:  Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator

Miss Leggott currently manages a large team of support staff across the alliance, monitoring and supporting the needs of children identified as requiring additional intervention and provision. Emma has a vast amount of experience in various roles across the GLA and is deployed at Longford for one day each week to co-ordinate SEN.

Richard Clowes:  Key Stage 2 Teacher and Assistant Headteacher

Mr Clowes is a highly experienced teacher who has worked across different age classes in his teaching career. He is really enjoying working at Longford Park Primary Academy and alongside all the families who join the school. He is passionate that all children can achieve and become confident individuals during their time at school. Mr Clowes will be overseeing the junior classes supporting all the children with their own learning journeys.

Staff 2019/20 Charlotte Valente: Reception Teacher 

Miss Valente is an experienced teacher joining us from another GLA school, Bishop's Cleeve Primary Academy. A full pen portrait will follow shortly.  

Staff 2019/20 Georgia Pierce:  Year 1  Teacher 

Miss Pierce joined Longford this year and has previously worked in year 1 for two years in one of our GLA schools.  Her priorities are to work with all the children and parents at Longford to ensure the children have the best possible experiences in school. She is passionate about the year 1 curriculum and likes to make learning as fun and engaging for the children. 


2019/20 Kyla Grainger (job share with Helen Wiggall ):  Year 2  Teacher

Mrs Grainger is one of our two Year 2 teachers at Longford Park, teaching children in Blue Class on a Monday and Tuesday.  She has over 12 years previous teaching experience in schools across Gloucestershire and enjoys helping children to be the best they can and achieve their best in all that they do. Mrs Grainger is our Music and PE lead and particularly enjoys teaching these subjects. 

2019/20 Helen Wiggall (job share with Kyla Grainger)  Year 2  Teacher and Phase Leader

Mrs Wiggall was thrilled to join Longford Park in 2019  as KS1 and Early Years Lead. She has been part of the GLA since  it was first established and has many years experience of teaching and learning. Mrs Wiggall is passionate about making learning enjoyable and exciting whilst ‘Flying High’.


Staff 2019/20 Helen Merrett:  (job share with Mr Clowes) Key Stage 2 Teacher and Phase Leader 

 Mrs Merrett is a very experienced teacher who has joined us from another GLA school, Rowanfield Junior School. She enjoys helping children to achieve their very best and hopes that they have fun doing so! Mrs Merrett has worked as part of the GLA for many years and has a particular interest in reading and inclusion. 


Danny Barthorpe: GLA Behaviour Lead

Mr Barthorpe is the behaviour lead for the GLA and has  teams of pastoral support staff across the alliance. Mr Barthorpe is passionate about nurturing self-growth in children and supporting them in reaching their full potential. His team works closely with schools SENCOs and teaching staff to monitor and support the needs of children and provides tailored, research based interventions when needed. Danny has a vast amount of experience in teaching and has worked in PRU’s, alternative provisions, colleges and universities.