Staff Team

Senior Learning Team (SLT)

Mr Andrew Hunter
Head Teacher

The overall responsibility for all pupils in the school lies with Head Teacher, Andrew Hunter.

Andrew Hunter Headteacher Sciennes

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, Mr Andrew Hunter 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 2018 -2019

P1AMrs Lauren Thomas6
P1BMrs Kirsty Gallagher6
P1CMrs Samanda Campbell8
P1DMrs Fiona Barker (M-Th) Mrs Jo Lake (F)7
P2AMrs Lynsey McCracken Mrs Jo Lake (Th)4
P2BMs Mel Ross3
P2CMs Daryl Gladstone and Mrs Holli Barton5
P3AMiss Aisling RogersonHut 3
P3BMs Emma Farmer15
P3CMiss Shona Pearmain (M,T) and Mrs Cathy Gibb (W-F)Hut 4
P4AMrs Lucy WalkerHut 2
P4BMs Jen FergusonHut 1
P4CMrs Katherine Clark and Mrs Gillian Clarkson (Th)11
P5AMrs Jane Maguire16
P5BMs Wendy French12
P5CMrs Jenny O'Hara14
P6AMiss Jennifer McGrouther13
P6BMr Gregor Hutchison24
P6CMr David Mitchell and Mr Forrest Howie (Th)17
P7AMs Fiona Sellar and Mr Forrest Howie (F)22
P7BMs Lindsay Dodds23
P7CMs Jenny Gaffney and Mr Mark McKenna (Th, F)21


Support for Learning Team

Ms Rhona Kennedy
Ms Paula Gilhooly
PEF Support
Mrs Katherine Ross

Support Staff

Mrs Brenda Ellis

MA Student Teacher
Miss Emily McAlpine
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 Rona Mechen
Miss Kimberley Lynch
Mrs Caroline Kennedy
Mrs Freda Mitchell
Ms Halyna Kancir
Ms Jasmine Harrison
Mrs Shahida Mehmood – Pupil Support Assistant/Playground Supervisor
Playground Supervisors
Mr Scott Robertson
Mr Steven Wilson
Ms Leanne Crawford
Dining Hall Supervisor
Ms Jenny McQueen
Service Support Officers
Mr Neil Scott
Mr John Reid
James Wright

Visiting Specialists

English as an Additional Language  (EAL)
Ms Olga Hunter and Mrs Susan Currie

Bilingual Support Teacher
Ms Ashley Meldrum
Physical Education Specialists
Mrs Beth Walker
Mrs Cynthia Berry
Active Sports Co-ordinator
Mr Eliot Ambrose
Swimming Teacher
Mr Ignacius Marquez
Viola/ Violin Tuition
Miss Tassie McMorran
Woodwind Tuition
Mr Rob Ironside
Dance Instructor
Miss Cat Perry
Languages Co-ordinator
Miss Jennifer McGrouther

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

Class Teacher Mrs Kat Watson

Class Teacher Ms Alison Mackintosh