Established in 1985, we are an accredited Montessori school for two to seven-year-old children. We have an established track record of high-quality education: we focus on the individual needs of each child.
Our Head Teacher Emma Wetherley leads a talented team.
Emma Wetherley (Head Teacher)
Montessori Dip. (AMI); BA (OU) Early Childhood (0–12)
Emma trained in Denver and London with the highly esteemed Association Montessori Internationale. She lived and taught in Brussels for many years (1996–2004) before returning to the UK to continue her passion for teaching.
Emma believes it is important for school leaders to be at the heart of classroom life and as such teaches in both the nursery and primary classrooms. She is also the school Designated Safeguarding Lead and fire warden. She is trained in paediatric first aid, health & safety and mental health awareness.
Caroline Imi (Deputy Head Teacher)
Early Years Educator; MA History of Art & French
Caroline worked in local schools for six years before joining Grantham Farm in 2015. Caroline teaches in the Children’s House class (2–4-year-olds) and teaches French to all age-groups. She is trained as a Dyslexia Teaching Assistant.
Caroline is the school Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator). She is also trained in paediatric first aid, health & safety, fire safety and awareness, and mental health awareness. Caroline is on the senior leadership team.
Caroline Palmer (Deputy Head Teacher)
BA (Hons) with QTS
Caroline joined the school in 2011 after she saw how her own son thrived in our Montessori classroom. Caroline teaches in our primary classroom, bringing together the Montessori curriculum with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Key Stage 1 curricula.
Caroline is the fire warden for Grantham Farm class. She is also trained in safeguarding and child protection, paediatric first aid, health & safety, and mental health awareness. Caroline is on the senior leadership team.
Tiegan Browning (Early Years Educator in training)
Early Years Educator RQF 3
Tiegan joined the school in November 2020; since then she has gained experience working with the children and team.Within a very short time, Tiegan knew that she had found her vocation.
Supported by the school, she has professional development training in Montessori, safeguarding and child protection, fire warden, health & safety, and paediatric first aid. Tiegan is also well on her way to becoming a fully qualified Early Years Educator.
Gitte Bailey (Early Years Educator)
Children’s care, Learning & Development Level 3
Gitte is a highly experienced Early Years Educator having taught young children since 2003. She joined the school in November 2020 and works in our Children’s House class (2–4-year-olds).
The school supported Gitte to qualify as a children’s yoga teacher and she is our resident Yoga Teacher. She is also the school Primary First Aider and is trained in safeguarding and child protection, fire safety awareness, and health & safety.
Paul Freeman (Music Teacher and Literacy Support)
BSc (Hons) Engineering
Paul joined the school in 2006. He teaches music and drama throughout the school.
He supports our successful language development programme and reads with the children each week.
Paul has trained in safeguarding and child protection, health & safety, fire awareness and paediatric first aid.
Cosima Magill (Montessori Teacher)
Montessori Dip.; Dyslexia Teaching Assistant Cert.
Cosima joined the school as a reading volunteer in 2016 and has many years’ experience in working as a Dyslexia Teaching Assistant. She holds a Montessori teaching diploma and works in the Children’s House class (2–4-year-olds).
Cosima has trained in safeguarding and child protection, health & safety, fire awareness and paediatric first aid.
Lucy Parkinson Gadd (Administrator)
BSc (Hons) Economics
Lucy has been a part of our school since 2012 when her daughter, followed by her son in 2016, joined the school. After her youngest left Grantham Farm, Lucy became a reading volunteer before moving to our office to help with day-to-day administration.
Lucy is trained in safeguarding and child protection, health & safety, online safety, and equality, diversity and inclusion. She is currently training to become our mental health lead.
Rebecca Bayliss (Montessori Teacher (part-time))
Montessori Dip. Hornsby Diploma in the Teaching of Dyslexia Students
Rebecca joined the school in 2003; she teaches the Grantham Farm class (4–7-year-olds). Rebecca is interested in children’s mental health and well-being and particularly enjoys teaching history and current affairs.
Rebecca is also responsible for assessments and learning support. Rebecca is trained in initial safeguarding and child protection, and emergency paediatric first aid.