Staff Team

Senior Learning Team (SLT)


Andrew Hunter Headteacher Sciennes

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


Teaching Staff

Class Teachers 2018 -2019

P1AMrs Fiona Barker/Mrs Jo Lake (Fri)6
P1BMrs Lauren Thomas6
P1CMrs Emma Kerr7
P1DMs Kirsty Gallagher8
P2AMs Jen Ferguson5
P2BMrs Lynsey McCracken3
P2CMrs Samanda Campbell4
P3AMiss Aisling Rogerson2
P3BMs Alison MacKintosh (M, T alt Fri)/ Mrs Emma Kidd (W/Th, alt Fri1
P3CMs Daryl Gladstone/Miss Sophie Mitchell & Mrs Jo Lake (Th16
P4AMrs Lucy WalkerHut 2
P4BMr Gregor HutchisonHut 1
P4CMrs Holli Barton15
P5AMs Lindsay Dodds (Mon-Thu) /Mr Stavros Tsarnas (F)11
P5BMr Stewart Johnson/ Mrs Gillian Clarkson (Th)14
P5CMs Fiona Sellar (Mon-Th) Mr Forrest Howie (F)12
P6AMrs Kat Watson/ Mr Stavros Tsarnas (Mon-Tue)/Mrs Jenny O’Hara (Wed-Fri) 13
P6BMrs Katherine Clark17
P6CMrs Jane Maguire24
P7AMr David Mitchell23
P7BMs Wendy French22
P7CMiss Jenni McGrouther PT (Mon-Wed) / Mr John Armstrong PT (Thurs-Fri)21


Additional Support for Learning (ASL) Team

ASL Specialists
Ms Rhona Kennedy
Ms Paula Gilhooly
PEF Support
Mrs Katherine Ross

English as an Additional Language  (EAL)
Ms Olga Hunter

Bilingual Support Teacher
Ms Ashley Meldrum

Support Staff

Mrs Brenda Ellis

Pupil Support Assistants
Mrs Katherine Peace
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Mrs Helen Robertson
Mrs Helen Wilkins
Mrs Linda Carson
Ms Fiona Bandeen
Mrs Suzanne Halliday
Mrs Hildegard Wylezalek
Mrs Humira Yaseen
Ms Zina Anisimoviene
Mrs Rona Mechen
Mrs Kimberley Winter
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
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Service Support Officers
Mr Neil Scott
Mr John Reid
James Wright

Visiting Specialists

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

Seconded Staff

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

Maternity Leave

Class Teacher Ms Jenny Gaffney