Staff Team


Senior Learning Team (SLT)

Andrew M Hunter Headteacher Sciennnes Primary School

Mr Andrew Hunter
Head Teacher

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

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.

Miss Jenni McGrouther, Principal Teacher

Mr John Armstrong, Principal Teacher

Mr Steve Davies, Business Manager Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Science Specialist Mr Mark McKenna

Teaching Staff

Class Teachers 2018 -2019

Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Team

ASL Specialists
PEF Support
Mrs Kat Watson
English as an Additional Language  (EAL)

Mrs Sarah Johnstone

Bilingual Support Teacher
Ms Ashley Meldrum

Support Staff

Mrs Brenda Ellis

Pupil Support Assistants
Mrs Katherine Peace
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Mrs Helen Robertson
Mrs Linda Carson
Ms Fiona Bandeen
Ms Zina Anisimoviene
Mrs Rona Mechen
Mrs Freda Mitchell
Ms Halyna Kancir
Ms Jasmine Harrison
Ms Leanne Crawford
Mrs Shahida Mehmood Pupil Support Assistant/Playground Supervisor
Playground Supervisors
Mr Scott Robertson
Mr Steven Wilson
Dining Hall Supervisor
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Service Support Officers
Mr Neil Scott
Mr John Reid
James Wright

Visiting Specialists

Physical Education Specialists
Mrs Cynthia Berry
Active Sports Co-ordinator
Mr Eliot Ambrose
Swimming Teacher
Mr Ignacius Marquez
Viola/ Violin Tuition
Miss Tess Moran
Woodwind Tuition
Mr Rob Ironside
Languages Co-ordinator
Miss Jennifer McGrouther
MA Student Teacher
Miss Mollie Lavery

Maternity Leave

Class Teacher Ms Alison Mackintosh

Class Teacher Ms Kirsty Gallagher

Class Teacher Ms Emma Kerr

Class Teacher Mrs Lauren Thomas

PEF Mrs Kat Ross

Mrs Holli Barton

Mrs Lynsey McCracken