Our people

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) and BA (OU) Early Childhood (0–12)

Head teacher Emma Wetherley

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 very much 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 is trained in Paediatric First Aid.

Caroline Imi (Deputy Head Teacher)

Early Years Educator; MA History of Art & French

Deputy head teacher Caroline Imi

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. She is also trained in Paediatric Emergency First Aid. Caroline is on the Senior Leadership Team and also offers expert administrative support.

Caroline Wheeler (Deputy Head Teacher)

BA (Hons) with QTS

Deputy head teacher Caroline Wheeler

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 Key Stage 1 curriculum.

She has many years’ teaching experience and a wealth of creativity. Caroline has a particular interest in teaching mathematics and literacy; She is trained in Safeguarding and Child Protection and Emergency Paediatric First Aid.

Sue Higgs (Early Years Educator)

Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Teacher Sue Higgs

Sue joined the school in 2000. She is a highly experienced educator who works in the Children’s House class (2–4-year-olds). Sue particularly enjoys gardening and art lessons with the children and is a highly effective Early Years Educator.

Sue is the School Fire, Health and Safety Officer; Primary First Aider and has undertaken Safeguarding training.

Paul Freeman (Music Teacher and Literacy Support)

BSc (Hons) Engineering

Teacher Paul Freeman

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 undertaken Safeguarding and Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid training.

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.

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 is particularly interested in how children learn to read and write and supporting children’s language development.

Melissa Shipton (Montessori Teacher)

Montessori Dip.

Teacher Melissa Shipton

Melissa is a highly experienced Montessori Teacher. She works in the Children’s House class with the 2–4-year-olds. She has a particular interest in teaching mathematics, and supporting children in their journey toward developing independence.

Melissa has undertaken Safeguarding and Child Protection and Emergency First Aid training.