As Headteacher, I am very proud to welcome you to the Landmark International School website. Choosing a school for your son or daughter is not an easy task but I am sure as you explore the pages of this website you will receive a clear insight into the culture and ethos of Landmark.
For myself, education is my passion and I have had the privilege of living and working in a variety of countries and school settings, working in Hong Kong, Nepal, Wales and London before settling in Cambridge. After 24 years in teaching, the classroom is still the most inspiring and stimulating environment to work in. Directing students’ energy and enthusiasm and empowering them with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to be future global thinkers is what I love most. I encourage every one of my students to go into the world with the view that they can make a positive difference and be the critical thinkers willing to tackle the global challenges that lie ahead. My students’ talents, creativity and imaginations continue to be an inspiration and it is their reflections and successes that make teaching and managing so rewarding.
Paula is also the school’s SENDCo.
Mary is the Registrar of the Landmark School and is one of the Founders. She has worked as Head of Admissions in independent schools in Cambridge since 1998. She worked very closely with Dr Harriet Sturdy in setting up the Cambridge International School. The school opened in 2006 with 12 pupils and was at full capacity with 375 pupils when Mary left in 2015. Mary was also Careers Officer at CIS and is a qualified TEFL Teacher.
Sue Hilton-Taylor grew up in South Africa and attended Grahamstown University, where she studied for a BA in Physical Education and Maths. She also obtained a High Diploma in Education from Rhodes University.
Following some teaching in South Africa Sue studied for a Bachelor of Education at the University of Cape Town. Sue traveled extensively around South Africa before moving to the UK with her husband in the late 1990s.
After teaching in Cambridge and achieving wonderful results with her pupils, Sue became the founding Maths Teacher at Landmark. We are delighted to have a teacher with such experience, skill, integrity and humour.
Mark has joined the Senior department to be CIE Teacher Trainer, Head of Pastoral Care, Year 10 form tutor, and a teacher of History and Sport. The long-awaited arrival of this charismatic and well-loved teacher has been met with great enthusiasm by pupils and staff.
Mark studied for a Bachelor of Education at the University of South Africa before moving to Scotland to gain a masters degree in curriculum development with a focus on international perspectives.
Following this Mark taught in London at a variety of schools before moving to Cambridge to teach history and sport.
Carine Bennett is delighted to be joining the Landmark team as Head of Primary and Class teacher for Bluebird. She graduated from Homerton college, Cambridge in 1997 where she studied teaching and drama. She has since taught in a variety of both state and independent schools. Carine has a passion for teaching and learning and loves getting to know and understand each and every child she teaches.
Carine loves to travel and spend time with her family in France, Slovenia and Croatia. She is a very sociable, happy and positive person who is very happy to be part of the wonderful Landmark community.
Ella has joined the Junior department teaching Mayflower class. She completed her undergraduate degree at Sussex University studying Psychology. There she specialised in child mental health and educational psychology. Ella then undertook her teacher training at Cambridge University where she studied for her Primary PGCE.
Since graduating Ella has taught in a number of schools in Cambridgeshire and enjoys using the local area within her teaching. As well as the academic progress of each child Ella has a passion for nurturing each individual and caring for their wellbeing.
In her spare time Ella enjoys travelling, sewing and cooking.
Ella began her teaching career as a learning support assistant at CIS alongside many members of current Landmark staff. She is very pleased to be working with such fantastic team again.
Grace is our Specialist Science Teacher, having worked in Education since 2005 with a variety of roles in both independent and state schools. She regards teaching as a privilege as it enables her to combine sharing her passion for science education whilst working with students to develop self-confidence in their own ability, both academically and outside the classroom. Grace has also been involved in working with students in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and looks forward to continuing with this at Landmark.
Rebecca came into teaching after working in routine and research laboratories in Cambridge and in London. She found her true vocation after completing my PGCE in London and has since taught science subjects to GCSE and Biology to A-level in both state and private schools.
She knows through experience the vital importance of treating each pupil as an individual, and that there is so much more to education than academic achievement, vital though that is.
She has a passion for natural history and has led and participated in local, national and international field-trips.
Linda is our Psychology Teacher, with post-graduate qualifications in Education Studies, Psychology & Health and Strategic Management and over 20 year’s experience both in Further Education teaching as an Advanced Practitioner and in curriculum management. Her specialities over the years have centred on psychology, PGCE Teacher Education and pre-Ofsted Staff Development. She is proud to have been an Associate Lecturer at the Open University since 2001, raising students’ pre-degree study skills.
Julia is our Special Educational Needs Consultant, and was responsible for establishing the school’s SEND provision. She was previously the founding Head Teacher of a specialist school for children with dyslexia and other associated learning difficulties and works with the families of pupils with severe dyslexia and complex needs. Julia has been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Deputy Head and Head Teacher of a mainstream school for pupils from 1 – 16 years of age. Julia is also a Director of Dyslexia Matters®, training teachers and other professionals to become Specialist Teachers in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). She has delivered disability awareness training to charities, businesses and public services, as well as supported learning disabled people towards and into employment.
Emma is our Inclusion Manager and works as a Specialist Teacher. She has been in Learning Support for over 8 years now, working 1-1, within a class environment and also with small intervention groups. She is a CELTA qualified EAL teacher, Duke of Edinburgh Local Expedition Accredited and in her second year of a Certificate in Adlerian Counselling.
A teacher who inspires children to succeed in a range of country-wide language competitions. Known for his unique and good-humoured approach to language learning based on games and movement. With a deep, enduring love of Latin, he also enjoys teaching Spanish to his students.
Georgina Palfrey is a specialist teacher and is our Inclusion Manager here at Landmark. She is currently completing training in assessing students for exam access arrangements.
Georgie loves teaching and finds the 1:1 setting of specialist teaching a privilege. She loves watching her pupils grow in confidence as they build security in their skills.
She loves reading and travelling, and five years ago spent 7 weeks volunteering at an orphanage in Ghana with her husband and children. She would love to do more travelling in the future and dreams of touring around the US in a camper van.
Donna Plummer has worked in education for 20 years teaching a variety of specialisms in art/design, creative media, Photography, also including silversmithing and ceramics.
Donna’s mantra is:
Children learn in diverse ways! Donna is passionate about delivering subjects to individuals using creative methods to help them achieve their potential.
Penny Roche is our English teacher and brings a lifelong love of language and literature to the classroom. She is passionate about the power of stories to help us connect to ourselves and others, and the importance of helping students to become effective communicators. Having qualified in Australia in 2005, she has experience of working in state and private settings, both here and in Australia, and is enjoying a new journey with Landmark International School.
After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University, Helen went traveling for a year through six different countries. She spent time in New Zealand teaching PE, and in Budapest as a primary school teacher, setting up a bilingual PE curriculum.
Back in the UK, she spent 5 years at a secondary school in Hertfordshire as a PE teacher and later a School Sports Co-coordinator and Outdoor Coordinator, responsible for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.
Prior to the arrival of her two children, she was the International Coordinator at another private school in Cambridge, and organised many different cultural events with students from across the world.
Helen enjoys travel and hiking, having trekked the Inca trail in Peru and the mountains in Tanzania. She loves dancing and sport, and has played netball and hockey competitively for many years. She also loves to spend time with her family and introduce her girls to new adventures.
“I am so pleased to be joining the team at Landmark International School, allowing me to succeed well as both a mother and a teacher.”
Charlotte Smith (BA Hons, PGCE) has always loved languages and has been teaching French and Italian for 8 years. She has taught in a range of schools in Oxfordshire, Surrey and Cambridgeshire and most recently has introduced and coordinated a Mother Tongue language programme. She has helped with the Duke of Edinburgh Award and has a keen interest in music.
Lue teaches Music at Landmark, having previously taught Sociology, Philosophy and Criminology. After taking time out to have her daughter, Lue returned to the subject which is her true passion, music. Lue has Grade 8 Violin and Singing qualifications, both with distinction. She also plays the piano, the guitar, the recorder and the trumpet. Lue is passionate about wildlife and likes taking children on bug hunts. She has a certificate in counselling skills.
Mrs Paula Elliott
Mr Mark Longbottom
Head of Pastoral
Mrs Sue Hilton-Taylor
Head of Curriculum
Mrs Mary Greer
Ms Lisa Raspopovich
Mrs Carine Bennett
Head of Primary Years
|Mr Simon Baldwin||Engineering||BSc Hons (Newcastle), PGCE (Northumbria)|
|Mrs Carine Bennett||Bluebird Class Teacher||B.Ed Hons (Cambridge)|
|Miss Ella Bordoli||Mayflower Class Teacher||BSc Psychology|
|Mrs Qingqing Guo Chang||Mandarin Teacher||Diploma in Higher Education (Business)|
BA Hons Business Administration (Beds), MA Applied Linguistics
|Mrs Grace Curtis||Science, Form Tutor||BSc Hons (Leeds) PGCE (Essex), QTLS|
|Mrs Paula Elliott||Geography, Headteacher, SENDCo||BA Hons (Univ Coll Wales) PGCE (Univ Coll Wales),|
TEFL Dip British Council (Hong Kong)
|Mrs Rebecca Gibbs||Science, Form Tutor||BSc Hons (de Montfort University), PGCE (London)|
|Ms Julia Hewerdine||SENDCo Consultant||Dyslexia Matters®|
|Ms Helen Seabourne||PE||BA in Physical Education with QTS|
|Mrs Sue Hilton-Taylor||Mathematics||BAHons (S. Africa) Higher Diploma in Education (Rhodes University S.Africa)|
B.Ed (Cape Town, SA)
|Mrs Emma Howlett||Inclusion Manager||BAHons (Wolverhampton) CELTA, Cambridge Regional College|
Certificatein Adlerian Counselling
|Mr Mark Longbottom||History, Form Tutor, Pastoral Head||B.Ed (University of South Africa)|
M.Sc (University of Edinburgh)
|Mr Russell Lord||Spanish and Latin, Form Tutor||BA Hons (Bristol) D of E Accredited Assessor|
NVQ Level 3 Expedition Leadership
|Mrs Georgie Palfrey||Inclusion Manager||BSc Psychology and Social Studies|
Level7 OCR Diploma in Special Educational Needs
|Ms Donna Plummer||Media and Art||BA Hons in Arts and Professional Photography|
Certificate in FE Teaching, Diploma in Teaching in Lifelong Learning
|Mrs Penny Roche||English||BA Hons (Open University)|
Grad Dip Ed, Western Australia
|Mrs Charlotte Smith||French, Form Tutor||BA Hons (Durham), PGCE (Oxford)|
|Ms Jo Vincent||Teaching Assistant||National Certificate of Childhood Nursing|
|Ms Lue Wilson||Music||BA(Hons) MA, PhD all Univ of Sheffield|
Cert.Counselling CRC (AQA)
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