Our Staff

Mrs Humphrey is Portobello’s Head Teacher. Her favourite subject is maths especially numbers. In her spare time she loves walking in the woods and spotting wildlife. If she wasn’t a teacher she would be a pig farmer who wrote children’s stories … about pigs and piglets! Her favourite animal are piglets/pigs. Her much-loved colour is green. She has a pet cat called Ned and she loves Italian and French food. Mrs Humphrey likes orange squash with her meals because it is very refreshing. She has a daughter that has just finished University and a super cool step-son who is in Year 6. She is very creative but a lot of Mrs Humphrey’s days are spent using the laptop so she doesn’t go on the computer at home! 

This is Mrs Brooks, she is our Deputy Head Teacher and also teacher of Year 5.  Mrs Brooks came to Portobello in September 2015 and has taught in both Year 6 and Year 5. Her favourite subject is English, especially reading. She loves reading children's books and is always asking people what they are reading and what they recommend! She doesn’t really have a favourite car, but she’d love to own a sports car with a ‘soft top’ so she can take the roof down on sunny days! Mrs Brooks loves running and going to the gym and generally  being outdoors. She has a dog, a Springer Spaniel called Prince, so she spends alot of her time walking him with her husband and two children. Her favourite food is chicken and vegetables, especially brocolli! If she wasn't a teacher at Portobello, she would like to work at Buckingham Palace! She’d love to meet the Queen! 

This is Miss West, she is the Year 2 teacher and Key Stage One Leader. She loves to teach her class everything but really enjoys English. Her favourite hobbies are going to gym circuit classes, running, walking but most of all horse riding. She really loves to be outside walking her dogs Rosie and Dottie and riding her two horses Mika and Jack. Her favourite foods are all kinds of healthy food, chocolate and giant cookies! If she had to have another job apart from teaching at Portobello she would definitely be a dog walker or work in an equestrian centre. 

Mrs Lockhart is the SENCO, and Computing Co-ordinator.  She teaches Year 4. Her favourite subjects are Maths and Computing. Her dream car is a Mercedes Benz  A Class. Her hobbies are going to the gym, boxing, TRX circuits and going out with her family. She has worked at Portobello since 2008 when she started as an NQT. She has 3 children and one dog. Her children are called Thomas, Louis and Kieron (step son). Mrs Lockhart's dog is called Susie. She is a French bulldog.

Mrs Lockhart's favourite foods are a nice steak and sticky toffee pudding. She would describe herself as being fun, creative and loves learning new things. If she could work anywhere else she would be a chocolate taster at Galaxy Chocolate Factory!

Miss Howe is our Reception Class teacher. She has been teaching at Portobello for six years. She is our Music Lead in school and loves singing with our school choir. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family and loves being an Auntie to her two gorgeous nephews. Miss Howe loves all things Disney and likes to visit Mickey and Minnie for holidays.

Mrs O’ Halloran is a teaching assistant and her favourite subject is English. Her favourite car is the new Jaguar. Mrs O has a son and a daughter and a gorgeous cat. She enjoys walks in the countryside and spending time with her family. Sometimes Mrs O’ Halloran will cycle to school, keep an eye out for her!

Mrs Beattie is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant who loves working in Key Stage 1. She has been at Portobello for 20 years and her favourite subject is maths. She has two grown up children who used to go to Portobello Primary. She loves dogs and going away on holiday. Her favourite food is pasta and chocolate cake. She is a good friend and likes to be funny. Her dream job is to be an air hostess or to look after dogs for people who are on holiday.

Miss Tindale is the Year 3 teacher and PE and Sport Leader. She has worked at Portobello since 2015, when she completed her NQT year. Her favourite subjects are PE and English. She enjoys all sports but her favourite is Netball and she plays regularly for her local club. She would describe herself as competitive and a good friend and she loves going on holiday to somewhere hot. She loves Italian food and her favourite car is a Mini Cooper.

Mrs Graham is a higher level teaching assistant and has worked at Portobello for 20 years. She has two married grown up sons and 6 grandchildren. She loves cooking and fun days out with her grandchildren. Her favourite place to visit is Scotland and when the weather is fine she loves going out and about with Mr Graham on his motorbike. She is helpful, kind and always willing to help out.

This is Mr Chipchase, he is the teacher of Year 6, the Maths leader and anti-bullying leader. His favourite subject are Mathematics and Physical Education. He prefers motorcycles to cars. His favourite type is a classic Triumph Bonneville but he also really likes Kawasaki motorcycles too. Mr Chipchase loves to play field hockey and enjoys trying new things. He came to Portobello in 2016 so now it’s his fourth year. His favourite food is spaghetti bolognese. He would describe himself as witty and easy to talk to. If he wasn’t a teacher, he would like to work for a charity that helps communities in third world countries. His favourite fictional character is Paddington bear. He wears fancy socks and loves helping the children in his class succeed.

Miss Pendleton is our Year 1 teacher. She enjoys teaching everything but her favourite subjects are history and mathematics. If she wasn't a teacher she would be an explorer because she likes to travel. Miss Pendleton likes to play netball and go bouldering with her friends. She absolutely loves taking her dog Archie for a walk. 

Mrs Duffy is a teaching assistant at Portobello who mainly helps out in Year 6.  She loves maths (especially algebra) and art.  In her spare time she loves going for long walks with her family in the Lake District.  She loves cats and has a black and white cat called Cissy (named after Narcissa, a character in Harry Potter which she also loves). Her favourite food is pizza and she has been a vegetarian for over 30 years!  If she wasn't working as a teaching assistant she would love to be an artist and spend her time painting landscape pictures in the Lake District.

Mrs Huntley is Portobello’s School Business Manager.  In her spare time she loves going for walks with Louie her 8 year old King Charles spaniel.  She also enjoys playing Scrabble on her iPad, reading books and visiting friends and family.  If she wasn’t a SBM she would like to have a big house with lots of land and lots of animals.  Her favourite colour is blue.   She enjoys Indian and Chinese food.  She has two sons, one daughter and two grandchildren who often come to stay with her at a weekend. Her favourite holiday destination is the Greek Islands!  But anywhere hot and sunny would be lovely.

This is Mrs Morgan-Darnell. She has recently qualified as a Level 3 SEN teaching assistant and is loving her new carer working in Reception. Her favourite subject is art. Her dream car is a black Range Rover. Her hobby is walking her pet cockapoo. She has been at this school for about 2  years. She has 2 children. William and Charlie. Her favourite foods are Sushi, Japanese and she loves Nandos. She would describe herself as happy, loyal and a good friend. If she could work anywhere apart from Portobello it would be flying with Emirates Airline.

Mr Nelson is our site manager. He has worked at Portobello for 15 years. He previously served as a firefighter for Durham County Fire Brigade. 
He enjoys trips to the countryside and to the beach with his six grandchildren. His favourite destinations are Northumberland and Yorkshire. He likes to walk his dog Ben. His favourite food is a Sunday dinner.

Mr Malia is our Sports Coach. He has worked at Portobello for 6 years and really enjoys teaching Physical Education. He enjoys going to the gym and is the manager of Ponteland United Reserves Adults. Mr Malia’s favourite meal is Chicken Tikka Masala and he loves cheesecake as a pudding.Mr Malia has two pet goldfish called Rafa and Shearer and if he wasn’t a Sports Coach he would like to be a landscape gardener.

This is Miss Wyatt and she is a Teaching Assistant at Portobello. Her favourite subjects are Maths and Art. She has a son called Beau and she enjoys climbing mountains in the Lakes and wild camping at the top. She also enjoys walking along the Northumberland Coast and being in the sea. Her favourite foods are Thai and Lamb. She would love a 4x4 but she struggles to drive her little car as it is! 

Mrs Stitt is our learning support teacher; she works with those children who just need to learn some things in a more ‘visual’ way. She is very interested in how our brains work and what helps us to remember. Mrs Stitt is an author of three self-published books, but unfortunately her books aren’t bestsellers like J.K.Rowling! In her free time she likes to keep fit through playing badminton, practising yoga and dancing.

Mrs Stitt has been working at Portobello Primary School for a long, long time and has even taught some of our parents when they were children.