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! 

Mrs Lockhart is the Deputy Head Teacher, 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 2 children and one dog. Her children are called 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 it would be a chocolate taster at Galaxy Chocolate.

Miss Howe is our Reception teacher. Her favourite animal is a giraffe and she loves holidays. Her favourite subject is science and her favourite drink is Lucozade. She does not have a pet and she doesn’t like running but she enjoys her 'step' class at the gym.

Pink is Miss Howe’s favourite colour and also she has 2 nephews that she loves spending time with. She would be a midwife or a Disney Princess if she was not a teacher but she loves teaching reception class. Miss Howe loves quorn as she is a vegetarian.

Mrs O’ Halloran is a teaching assistant for Reception 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!

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 Phonics, English and Maths. Her favourite hobbies are going to the gym, indoor climbing, Zumba classes, running but most of all horse riding. She also loves to be outside walking her dog.  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 Beattie is a Year 2 teaching assistant and she teaches French across the whole school. Her favourite subject is maths. She has 2 grown up children and she loves walking her dog Jasper. Mrs Beattie has worked at Portobello for 17 years. Her favourite car would be a Mercedes Benz. Her favourite food is yummy pasta. She describes herself as a good friend and funny. Her dream job would be an airhostess and to travel the world or she would make her own business called Doggy Day Care.

Miss Tindale is the Year 3 teacher her hobbies are playing netball and socialising with friends and family. Her favourite subject is English and PE. Her favourite car is a BMW. She would describe herself as competitive and a good friend. Her favourite food is Italian and Chinese.

This is Mrs Graham, she works in Year 5 and a lot of other classes as she is a higher level teaching assistant. Her favourite subjects are Maths, R.E and ART. Her favourite car is the one she has at the moment Renault Megane and her hobbies are cooking and going out for fun days with her 6 grandchildren. She has worked at Portobello for 20 years and she has 2 grown-up sons who have wives and grandchildren. Her favourite food is pasta and vegetables.  She is helpful, kind and always willing to help out.

This is Mrs Brooks, she is the teacher of Year 5 and the KS2 leader. Her favourite subject is English, especially reading. She loves reading Michael Morpurgo books. 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! Or in shorter words a convertible. She loves playing netball and loves reading! She came to Portobello in September 2015. Mrs Brooks has 2 children. Her favourite food is pasta. She would describe herself as happy and positive. She would work at Buckingham Palace! She’d love to meet the Queen! 

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 third year. His favourite food is spaghetti bolognese. He would describe himself as witty. 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 dressing up. Recently he has loved doing D.I.Y in his new house.

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. Her job in school is helping Mrs Huntley in the office, also she is a dinner lady and she helps on some of our school trips. 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 - info coming soon

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.

  • Miss Pendleton is our Year 1 teacher. She has worked at Portobello since 2013 but has just come back from travelling the world and living in Australia. Her favourite country visited was New Zealand because there are lots of hiking trails there. Miss Pendleton’s favourite lessons are P.E. and Mathematics. At home she loves playing netball and going on dog walks with her mam’s dog Archie.

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.

Mrs 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.