Senior Learning Team (SLT)

Mrs Alison Noble
Head Teacher

The overall responsibility for all pupils in the school lies with Head Teacher, Alison Noble.

In a school with 640 pupils, however, it is necessary to delegate responsibility for stages to Senior Staff.

Parents should make initial contact with the relevant Senior Staff member, should there be any issues regarding their child. Appointments can be made through Mrs Brenda Ellis, our Receptionist, on 0131 667 1243 or email: 

Ms Carolyn Anstruther
Depute Head Teacher
Infant School
Ms Anstruther has responsibility for Primary One, Two and Three
Ms Anstruther began her teaching career at Bruntsfield Primary where she was soon promoted to Senior Teacher, the first in Edinburgh to have a Media Studies remit. She was successfully appointed Senior Teacher at Sciennes in 1998 and has played an instrumental role in leading initiatives in school throughout her career, most notably in Art and Design and in establishing the School Library. Ms Anstruther has been Acting Depute Headteacher since June 2010 and was successfully appointed to the post of Depute Headteacher in February 2012.

Mrs Morag Crolla
Part Time Depute Head Teacher
Mrs Crolla has been seconded to support initial and postgraduate teacher training at Edinburgh University, bringing exciting learning opportunities for our pupils. Whilst Mrs Crolla is on secondment, Mrs Alison Noble Headteacher has overall responsibility for Primary Four, supported by both Ms Carolyn Anstruther and Ms Lucy Gallagher.

Ms Lucy Gallagher
Depute Head Teacher
Upper School
Ms Gallagher has responsibility for Primary Five, Six and Seven
Ms Gallagher began her teaching career in 1990 at Sciennes and was seconded to City of Edinburgh in 1999 as ICT Development Officer, working with nursery, primary, secondary and special schools across the city. She returned to Sciennes in 2004 and was seconded as a Curriculum Development Officer within Boroughmuir and James Gillespie's Clusters to develop Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment and Transition, whilst also teaching ICT with classes at Sciennes and maintaining the school website. She returned to full-time teaching and became Principal Teacher in 2008, taking on the role of Acting Depute Headteacher since June 2010 and appointed Depute Headteacher in September 2012. 
Ms Angela Christie 
Business Manager

Miss Shona Pearmain

Principal Teacher is currently on maternity leave

Teaching Staff

Class Teachers 2016 -2017

Class Teacher                                                                                                   Room

P1a                              Ms Melanie Ross                                                           6

P1b                              Ms Kathryn Dougal                                                       6

P1c                              Miss Kirsty Gallagher                                                   8

P1d                              Mrs Claire Ford                                                              7

P2a                              Mrs Samanda Campbell                                                   5

P2b                              Miss Daryl Gladstone                                                      4

P2c                              Mrs Joanna Dickson/Mrs Gillian Clarkson               3

P3a                              Miss Lucy Walker                                                         Hut 3

P3b                              Ms Jenny McGrouther                                                      15              

P3c                              Ms Lindsay Dodds                                                        Hut 4

P4a                              Mrs Katherine Clark/Mr Forrest Howie                        11

P4b                              Ms Alison Mackintosh                                                 Hut 2

P4c                              Mrs Cathy Gibb & Ms Jennie Waters                            Hut 1

P5a                              Ms Bethan Owen                                                               12

P5b                              Mrs Ruth McVicker and Mrs Joanne Hogan                    16

P5c                              Ms Wendy French                                                            14

P6a                              Mr Gregor Hutchison/ Mr Forrest Howie                       24

P6b                              Miss Aisling Rogerson                                                     13

P6c                              Miss Katy Stewardson                                                     17

P7a                              Mrs Jane Maguire                                                            23

P7b                              Mrs Fiona Barker                                                            22

P7c                              Ms Fiona Sellar/Mr Mark McKenna                              21

Support for Learning Team

Ms Rhona Kennedy
Ms Paula Gilhooly

Support Staff

Mrs Brenda Ellis
Pupil Support Assistants
Mrs Katherine Peace
Mrs Aliya Tariq
Mrs Sally Nowell
Mrs Helen Roberston
Mrs Helen Anderson
Mrs Helen Wilkins
Mrs Linda Carson
Ms Fiona Bandeen
Mrs Sarah Sheehan
Mrs Humira Yaseen
Mrs Shahida Mehmood - Pupil Support Assistant/Playground Supervisor
Playground Supervisors
Mr Scot Robertson
Mr Steven Wilson
Ms Leann Crawford
Service Support Officers

Mr Neil Scott
Mr John Reid

Visiting Specialists

English as an Additional Language  (EAL)
Ms Helen Law

Physical Education/Swimming Specialist
Mrs Beth Walker
Mrs Cynthia Berry
Active Sports Co-ordinator
Mr Tom Scott
Swimming Teacher
Mrs Beth Walker
Viola/ Violin Tuition
Dr Robert Fraser
Woodwind Tuition
Mr Rob Ironside
Dance Instructor
Miss Cat Perry
Languages Co-ordinator
Ms Bethan Owen (currently seconded to City of Edinburgh as 1+2 Languages D.O.)
Languages Assistant
Ms Vanessa Beziat


  1. To miss ghalager ,
    Hi miss gahalager it is casey , I wanted to let u know how I am doing at high school
    And it is realy good , can you tell miss French I said hi and that I miss her so much .

    Yours truly Casey oakes
    Former p7 pupil

  2. i used to sciennes school when i was young. I just want to say to the new teacher and the old teachers thank you for having me at sciennes school.

    Yours truly Asma elmehrek