Staff Team

Senior Learning Team (SLT)

Mrs Alison Noble
Head Teacher

The overall responsibility for all pupils in the school lies with Head Teacher, Alison Noble.

Mrs Noble by name and nature

Sciennes Headteacher Mrs Alison Noble

In a school with 665 pupils, however, it is necessary to delegate responsibility for stages to Senior Staff.

Parents should make initial contact with the relevant Senior Staff member, should there be any issues regarding their child. Appointments can be made through Mrs Brenda Ellis, our Receptionist, on 0131 667 1243 or email: 

Ms Carolyn Anstruther
Depute Head Teacher
Infant School 1-P3
Ms Anstruther has responsibility for Primary One, Two and Three
Ms Anstruther began her teaching career at Bruntsfield Primary where she was soon promoted to Senior Teacher, the first in Edinburgh to have a Media Studies remit. She was successfully appointed Senior Teacher at Sciennes in 1998 and has played an instrumental role in leading initiatives in school throughout her career, most notably in Art and Design and in establishing the School Library. Ms Anstruther has been Acting Depute Headteacher since June 2010 and was successfully appointed to the post of Depute Headteacher in February 2012.

Mrs Morag Crolla
Part Time Depute Head Teacher
Mrs Crolla has been seconded to support initial and postgraduate teacher training at Edinburgh University, bringing exciting learning opportunities for our pupils. Whilst Mrs Crolla is on secondment, Mrs Alison Noble Headteacher has overall responsibility for Primary Four, supported by both Ms Carolyn Anstruther and Ms Lucy Gallagher.

Ms Lucy Gallagher Depute Head Teacher

Upper School P5-P7
Ms Gallagher has responsibility for Primary Five, Six and Seven
Ms Gallagher began her teaching career in 1990 at Sciennes and was seconded to City of Edinburgh in 1999 as ICT Development Officer, working with nursery, primary, secondary and special schools across the city. She returned to Sciennes in 2004 and was seconded as a Curriculum Development Officer within Boroughmuir and James Gillespie’s Clusters to develop Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment and Transition, whilst also teaching ICT with classes at Sciennes and maintaining the school website. She returned to full-time teaching and became Principal Teacher in 2008, taking on the role of Acting Depute Headteacher in June 2010 and appointed Depute Headteacher in September 2012.
Mrs Saara Reid

Business Manager

Ms Shona Pearmain

Principal Teacher

Teaching Staff

Class Teachers 2017 -2018

P1AMs Mel Ros6
P1BMrs Fiona Barker6
P1CMiss Kirsty Gallagher/Miss Lauren Thistlethwaite5
P1DMrs Samanda Campbell7
P2AMiss Holli Barton3
P2BMiss Kathryn Dougal/Mrs Ruth McVicker4
P2CMiss Daryl Gladstone8
P3AMrs Lucy Walker15
P3BMrs Kat Watson/ Mrs Joanna LakeHut 3
P3CMiss Nicolle ChuwenHut 4
P4AMrs Jane Maguire11
P4BMrs Cathy Gibb/ Ms Zoe LitolisHut 2
P4CMrs Katherine Clark/Mrs Gillian ClarksonHut 1
P5AMiss Jennifer Ferguson/Mr Forrest Howie14
P5BMs Shona Pearmain PT/ Ms Alison Mackintosh16
P5CMs Wendy French12
P6AMiss Aisling Rogerson17
P6BMs Jennifer McGrouther13
P6CMr Gregor Hutchison24
P7AMs Lindsay Dodds23
P7BMs Jenny GaffneyMr Mark McKenna21
P7CMs Fiona Sellar/Mr Forrest Howie22


Support for Learning Team

Ms Rhona Kennedy
Ms Paula Gilhooly

Support Staff

Mrs Brenda Ellis

MA Student Teacher
Miss Sophie Mitchell
Pupil Support Assistants
Mrs Katherine Peace
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Mrs Helen Robertson
Mrs Helen Anderson
Mrs Helen Wilkins
Mrs Linda Carson
Ms Fiona Bandeen
Mrs Suzanne Halliday
Mrs Hildegard Wylezalek
Mrs Humira Yaseen
Ms Zina Anisimoviene
Mrs Rhona Mechen
Miss Kimberley Lynch
Miss Naomi Summers
Miss Rosie Adamson
Mrs Shahida Mehmood – Pupil Support Assistant/Playground Supervisor
Playground Supervisors
Mr Scott Robertson
Mr Steven Wilson
Ms Leann Crawford
Dining Hall Supervisor
Ms Alannah Skilling
Service Support Officers
Mr Neil Scott
Mr John Reid
James Wright

Visiting Specialists

English as an Additional Language  (EAL)
Ms Aisling Groarke

Physical Education/Swimming Specialist
Mrs Beth Walker
Mrs Cynthia Berry
Active Sports Co-ordinator
Mr Eliot Ambrose
Swimming Teacher
Mrs Beth Walker
Viola/ Violin Tuition
Miss Tassie McMorran
Woodwind Tuition
Mr Rob Ironside
Dance Instructor
Miss Cat Perry
Languages Co-ordinator
Ms Jennifer McGrouther
Languages Assistants
Mr Adriano Morar-Rey, ERASMUS, Miss Elodie Rousell ERASMUS, Lucas Reynosa and Tycho Toothaker Edinburgh University Volunteer Language Assistants


Seconded Staff

Part Time DHT Mrs Morag Crolla (Edinburgh University)

Class Teacher Ms Bethan Owen (City of Edinburgh Languages and 1+2 Development Officer)

Class Teacher Mrs Joanne Hogan (Sabbatical M.A. Degree)

Class Teacher Ms Katy Stewardson (British Council Sabbatical, teaching in Madrid)

Maternity Leave

Class Teacher Mrs Emma Kidd