Staff

At Bar Hill Primary School we are fortunate to have an excellent team. Our Head Teacher, Teaching Staff, Support Staff and Administration Team work hard to ensure our children receive the best possible education and care.

Head Teacher

Al Mistrano
Being a teacher is a huge privilege – one that I take very seriously. Teaching and education are as much what I am as what I do and has been a part of my life since I left Philadelphia over 25 years ago. At Bar Hill School I aim to share my passion for education and learning with every member of our community, adult and child alike.

Over the years I’ve gained experience throughout the age range as a post-graduate lecturer, teacher and leader from A-level through GCSE and upper primary children. I’m fascinated by the learning process and enjoy the thrill that comes with developing new approaches to learning. I’m also no stranger to learning – I spent 10 years in higher education as a student in order to secure BA Hons. in Anthropology, BA Hons. in Religion, MA in Middle Eastern History, PhD in Sociology (focus on political history), PGCE with commendation and the NPQH.

My experiences as a senior leader in schools stretch back to 2003 and include a range of responsibilities including, most recently, headship at Etonbury Academy which moved from a time of poor reputation and low standards of achievement to offering high standards and attracting a substantially oversubscribed intake. As a senior leader, I have worked hard to develop strong leadership teams who make principled decisions and who value individual children, their families and their communities. As a father of two beautiful children, one 9 year old and one newly born, I know that parents trust their children to the school every morning and I don’t, nor do my leaders or the teachers they lead, take that trust lightly.

Bar Hill is very lucky to have such a brilliant school in their community – all are welcome to visit to see what makes the school so great!

Deputy Head

Stephanie Tabram
I began teaching at Bar Hill School in September 2000 and have been Deputy Head since April 2012. This is a fantastic school to work in! I enjoy teaching Year 6 and helping with their transition to secondary school. I lead the ‘Bike It’ Crew. I am also involved in developing the English curriculum and welcome invited authors into school.

Reception

Lis Hackett
I joined Bar Hill Primary as an Early Years Specialist six years ago and the time has flown by! I am the Area Leader and continue to learn new things daily, just like the children that I teach. I coordinate a number of areas across the school, including the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship curriculum/ Anti-Bullying Council (ABCers), Positive Behaviour, and EAL (English as a Second Language). This gives me the opportunity to work closely with pupils and parents to ensure that all our families feel part of a valued community. I enjoy spending time with my family, travelling, reading and watching films.
Rachel Bailham
I have been involved with Bar Hill School for over 20 years, as a teaching assistant, parent and as a teacher since 2003. I am currently a class teacher in Reception and I have a special interest in special educational needs as SENCO and I am the Most Able leader. I am a Governor and an active member of the PTA. I enjoy reading, swimming and going on long walks with my chocolate Labrador Jake; I also like going to the cinema and listening to music.
Nicola Russell
After a year on maternity leave it is great to be back, this time teaching part time in Reception. I will be in school on Thursdays and Fridays. I also lead music across the school and am very excited for all the things we are planning for the year ahead.

Years 1/2

Lucy Todman
I started at Bar Hill School in 2010 and am very proud to work in such a friendly, vibrant school with such wonderful children! Besides being the Key Stage One Area Leader, I am also ICT Coordinator and International Coordinator. The latter role meant I was able to travel to Ghana to visit our partnership school, and we are looking forward to the Headteacher’s return visit this year. Out of school I enjoy travelling (this summer I went to Costa Rica!) and I love music and drama.
Kate Davies
I joined Bar Hill School in September 2013, teaching in Year 2, after qualifying from the University of East Anglia. I’m excited to be part of such a friendly school, and am looking forward to getting to know the children in my class. I enjoy cycling and photography.
Rachel Dines
I have just moved to Cambridge from Nottingham where I was working as a Key Stage One teacher and I’m really looking forward joining the team at Bar Hill. I will be teaching in Year One and will also be working alongside Karen Hindmarch to co-ordinate Maths in the infants. I love to travel and last year took a year out to complete an amazing 7 month trip to America, Australasia and Asia.
Kate Loombe
I started at Bar Hill School in September 2013 so this will be my second year at the school. This year I am based in the Infants and will be teaching Year 1. I am also P.E co-ordinator and very much look forward to leading sports teams through competitions against other schools, as well as getting to know the children and parents this year.

Years 3/4

Lynne Morris
I joined Bar Hill School in 2012 and am spending my third year here teaching in Middles again. This year I am RE leader. I am looking forward to another fun filled year with the children. When I have any spare time I enjoy reading and making and decorating cakes!
David Hawkins
I’m the Middles Area Leader. I joined Bar Hill in September 2011 and have had a wonderful time getting to know all the children and staff here. I have previously taught in Key Stage One at the school, and worked with children across the school for ICT club and Science. I’m orginially from the North East, near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, but moved to the area for university, after which I stayed down here and moved to St Ives.
Lisa Taylor
I joined Bar Hill School in September 2013 and am thrilled to be part of the Middles team here. My own children have been at this school, so I know just how welcoming and supportive it is of every single pupil. When I’m not busy teaching, I relax by cooking lovely meals, especially meatballs.

Years 5/6

Claire Mayer
I have been teaching at Bar Hill School since 2007. I have been mainly based in the Uppers, especially with Year Five. I lead history and geography across the school. I am looking forward to another exciting year at Bar Hill. In my spare time I enjoy helping with Guides, swimming, walking and reading.
Karen Hindmarch
At the moment I’m teaching Y5 on Fridays and Y6 on Tuesday afternoons. I’m the Maths Co-ordinator. I started at Bar Hill in January 2000 but have been teaching since 1982. I live with my cat, Esmerelda, in Oakington. I taught for a long time in the Lake District but I grew up in Little Shelford and moved back to Cambridge to be nearer to my parents who still live there. Whenever I can, in my spare time, you’ll find me on the North York Moors Railway, where I dispatch steam trains!
Stephanie Tabram (see above)

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