Teaching Staff

Reception Teacher / SENDCo – Miss Hudson

I have been teaching for 13 years and have taught EYFS and KS1.  I enjoy teaching the whole curriculum but my favourite subjects to teach are English and Art.  I love helping children reach their full potential and I aim to inspire them to develop a love of learning.  I enjoy seeing children’s self-belief develop over the year and I aim for all children to leave my class feeling self-confident and resilient.

Reception Teacher – Mrs Pratt

I qualified in 2012 and taught for three years before taking maternity leave.  Throughout my teaching career, I have taught KS1 and lower KS2.  After a few years at home with my children, I was fortunate to secure a post at Martlesham as a Learning Support Assistant and after a year, I returned to teaching.  I love for the children to be excited about their learning and I enjoy providing them with engaging learning opportunities which challenge their thinking.

Year 1 and 2 Teacher – Mrs Gifford

Since qualifying in 2010, I have taught in a variety of different schools and in a range of year groups. In recent years, I have pursued a career outside of the classroom, although still within the field of education. I am very excited to be back teaching and gain enjoyment from helping children overcome challenges and fulfil their potential in a fun and engaging setting.


Year 1 and 2 Teacher – Miss Aribas

As a primary school teacher with three years of experience, I’ve primarily worked with lower KS2 and KS1 students. I firmly believe in fostering a “can-do” attitude, encouraging children to persevere and give their best effort. Witnessing their achievements, nurtured through my guidance, brings me immense fulfilment. While I enjoy teaching all subjects, my passion lies particularly in food technology. I am dedicated to being a positive role model for my students, striving to inspire them to reach their full potential.

Year 3 Teacher – Miss Markham

I am an experienced teacher and have taught mostly in lower KS2. During my teacher training, I specialised in SEND but other passions of mine are Art and Design and Technology.  I love to see the children meeting their full potential and will scaffold and support the children until they are successful in their learning. This is one of the reasons I love teaching, for those ‘light bulb’ moments.

Year 4 Teacher – Mr Thorpe

I am now entering my 7th year as a qualified teacher and I believe learning is best when it is exciting and engaging. I have many interests including Maths, PE and Computing. I aim to be a positive role model for all children and provide them with the knowledge and skills to grow into independent learners. I am excited to see all of the children at MPA flourish and fulfil their potential.

Year 5 and 6 Teacher – Miss Scrutton

I have been teaching for seven years and have taught throughout KS2.  I love teaching because I enjoy building positive relationships with the children, identifying how they learn best and using this to support them to reach their potential.  I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum, sparking the children’s interest and curiosity whilst making links to their previous learning.

Teaching Support Staff

Thrive Practitioner/Support Staff Governor
Mrs Dodwell

I have been working at Martlesham Primary Academy for 5 years and absolutely love it! I started as an LSA and since then have trained to run Forest School sessions and most recently I have qualified as a Thrive Practitioner.

I am extremely passionate about children’s wellbeing and being able to support all children to Thrive brings me lots of joy.

Outside of school I am mum to 2 wonderful children, Ruby aged 13 and Jack 11.

As a family we love theatre and can often be found watching a show together. My husband and children all perform in Deben Players of which I am safeguarding lead and chief chaperone.

Teaching Support – Year 5 and 6
Mrs Ashton

Sports Coach and
Teaching Support – Year 5 and 6

Mr Overett

Teaching Support
Year 1 and 2

Miss Hall

Teaching Support
Year 4

Mrs Garrod-Spall

Non-Teaching Staff

Office Coordinator
Mrs Wood

Admin & Communications Lead
Mrs Donovan

Site Manager

Nile Snowling

Catering Manager
Mrs Kemp

Catering Assistant
Mrs Swale

Midday Supervisor
Mrs Matuleviciene

Midday Supervisor
Mrs Nicholls