School Leaders and Teachers
Mrs Williams was appointed as Headteacher in September 2020 for Longford Park Primary Academy.
Mrs Williams is an experienced teacher and leader, having worked for the schools within the GLA since 2009. Following a role on the leadership team at Bishop’s Cleeve Primary, she was appointed to the Trust-wide role of Director of Early Years as an Assistant Headteacher, working across all the GLA schools. Mrs Williams was also part of the Trust’s School Improvement Team, which required her to provide leadership and guidance both within the GLA and to failing schools outside of the GLA. In this role, Mrs Williams worked across all year groups, and with colleagues in leadership positions.
Mr ClowesAssistant Headteacher/ Lead DSL/ Pink Class Teacher (Year 6)
Mr Clowes is a highly experienced teacher who has worked across different age classes in his teaching career. He really enjoys working at Longford Park Primary Academy, 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.
Mrs Merrett is a very experienced teacher who joined us from another GLA school in September 2019, 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. She is in school every Thursday and Friday.
Miss HathwayPink Class Teacher (Year 6)
Miss Hathway has been working in the GLA for 3 years now. She enjoys working in KS2 and always looks to ensure that children receive the best possible education and support. Her favourite subjects to teach are English and Reading as she is an avid reader herself. She loves to make learning enjoyable and hope all children will 'Fly High' this year!
Mrs PopeOrange Class Teacher (Year 5)
Mrs. Pope joined the school in September 2022, having completed her School Direct PGCE teacher training at other GLA schools. She loves teaching KS2 and her ambition is for all the children in her class to Fly High ÂÂ, continue making great progress and have lots of fun in Year 5! Â
Mrs. Pope really enjoys helping children to develop their confidence and shine in all areas of the curriculum. She particularly enjoys teaching Philosophy 4 Children (P4C) and hearing all the insightful things the children have to say! She also loves teaching Music and plays the bass guitar outside of school. Â
Miss HibberdPurple Class Teacher (Year 4)
Miss Hibberd has recently joined Longford (Sept 2023), as a newly qualified teacher. Before teacher training, Miss Hibberd has a psychology degree and has worked as a special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant. She has supported children in various settings, including schools and at Gloucester Cathedral. Miss Hibberd has hobbies in art and competitive cheerleading, which she loves bringing into the school environment. Miss Hibberd’s aspirations are to provide a welcoming, inclusive and fun environment for all, providing the key foundations for all pupils to reach their potential at Longford.
Mr BylesGreen Class Teacher (Year 3)
Mr Byles joined Longford Park Primary Academy in 2020 whilst training to be a teacher, where he worked in Year One. He enjoyed getting to know the pupils, staff and families at Longford. Before teacher training, Mr Byles worked in another school as a teaching assistant for ten years, supporting children of all age groups as well as running a breakfast club and an after-school club provision. Mr Byles is a passionate teacher, who wants to make learning exciting and inspire all pupils to achieve their best as well as be their best at Longford.
Miss PierceYellow Class Teacher (Year 2 - Currently on maternity leave)
Miss Pierce joined Longford in September 2019, and 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 curriculum and likes to make learning as fun and engaging for the children.
Miss HigbyYellow Class Teacher (Year 2 maternity cover)
Miss Higby joined Longford Park Primary in January 2024 and is based in Yellow Class. Miss Higby is in her tenth year of teaching and has taught in schools in Gloucester, Swindon and more recently in Wiltshire. Miss Higby's favourite subjects to teach are maths and French. Outside of school, Miss Higby enjoys listening to live music and water sports (surfing and paddle boarding). Miss Higby is passionate about teaching and learning and believes that all children should have the opportunity to achieve their best.
Mrs BestBlue Class Teacher (Year 1)
Mrs Best has been teaching for 13 years across a range of year groups in different schools in Gloucestershire. Her passion is PE and she encourages children to be actively involved in as much physical activity as possible. She loves to help children blossom and grow to be the best that they can be.
Mrs HarrisonRed Class Teacher (Reception)
Mrs Harrison joined Longford in September 2019, and previously worked in Reception in one of our GLA schools for two years. Mrs Harrison, previously known as Miss Valente, before her marriage in June 2022, Â is passionate about working alongside parents to ensure children have the best possible time in Reception. This includes providing the children with activities that are exciting and engaging, and help support their learning and development across all areas of the curriculum.
Mrs HamiltonHLTA/PPA Cover
Mrs Hamilton has worked at Longford Park primary Academy since it opened in 2017, in various teaching roles and is currently PPA cover for our teaching staff.