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Senior Management Team

Paula Elliott

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.

Mark Longbottom

Mark is our Deputy Head, as well as CIE Teacher Trainer, Year 10 form tutor, and a teacher of History and Sport.

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.

Mary Greer-Jones
Mary Greer

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
Mrs Sue Hilton-Taylor

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.

Carine Bennett

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.

Teaching Staff

Ella Bordoli

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 Curtis
Grace Curtis

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.

Birgit Federle

Birgit did her teacher training (English ESL and Geography for secondary schools) in Germany. She moved to Cambridge in 2005 with her husband, a zoologist, and their two young daughters. Since then, she has taught part-time in a range of educational settings, from state and independent primary schools to adult education, mostly teaching German and EAL but also other subjects.

She loves cycling to Landmark every week to teach German Mother Tongue, even on the windy and rainy days! Birgit loves other languages too, especially Spanish and French, and in her free time, likes to read, play chamber music with her violin, and go long distance walking and this summer, walked past the westernmost point of England,

Land’s End, while doing part of the Southwest Coast Path in Cornwall.

Paul Fellows

Paul Fellows taught himself astronomy and built his own reflecting telescope in 1975, completing the O-level exam with a grade A aged 15.

He is now chair of the Cambridge Astronomical Association and co-presenter of the public observing season at the University of Cambridge leading the live outdoor shows (or giving indoor presentations when clouded-out!). These are aimed to appeal to people of all levels from the complete beginner who wants to know where to start, yet hopefully adding something even for the more knowledgeable.

He is also a regular on-ship lecturer for Cunard line, giving talks at sea on the Queen Mary II, the only ship with an on-board planetarium. He has a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and  is a elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Rebecca Gibbs
Rebecca Gibbs

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.

Emma Howlett

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.

Tara Leeson

Tara teaches Atlantis class (Years 5-6). She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Roehampton University specialising in Art & Design. Since then, Tara has taught in a variety of different environments including international schools in Greece and Germany. She is passionate about having a creative and happy classroom to support the progress of her students. In her spare time Tara loves being active, travelling and exploring Cambridge.

Russell Lord

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.

Miriam Martí-Palet

Miriam started teaching in Cambridge after finishing her degree in Education in Barcelona. She came to England to learn from the English education system and learn about its culture and people. She fell in love with the city of Cambridge and the people and for the last 3 years she has been teaching Spanish, Physical Education and Games at different levels and schools.

After gaining some experience she decided to join Landmark International School to teach language and sports to the pupils of the school. She loves sports such as hockey, skiing, mountain-biking and hiking in different countries. She currently plays hockey at Cambridge City HC with a fantastic squad and hoping that her experience as a teacher in Cambridge will make her stay in the country for some years.

Georgina Palfrey

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
Donna Plummer

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:

  • Having been taught by masters and sharing achievements and skills gained to others is, and has been, a privilege.

Children learn in diverse ways! Donna is passionate about delivering subjects to individuals using creative methods to help them achieve their potential.

Jo Pulford

Jo has joined the Junior and Senior departments as a part-time maths teacher and assessment/tracking co-ordinator. Having grown up in Suffolk, Jo completed her Bachelor of Applied Education and Mathematics degree at Oxford Brookes University before moving to Cambridgeshire to start her teaching career.

Jo has taught as a primary class teacher for over twenty five years in a wide range of school settings, teaching pupils across all phases. In addition, she has been able to develop her love of teaching maths by becoming a ‘Leading Maths Teacher’ for Cambridgeshire and then progressed to taking a secondment as a Primary Maths Consultant for the local authority. During the 18 month period, she enjoyed supporting, challenging and inspiring both pupils and teachers across many schools as well as lecturing students at Northampton University. On her return to the classroom she developed her leadership skills further as a deputy head. 

Her hobbies include: sewing and embroidery, swimming and pilates. She also loves to spend time with her ‘grown-up’ family and dreams of travelling to New Zealand with them having toured part of Australia several years ago.

Penny Roche

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.

Helen Seabourne

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
Charlotte Smith

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 Wilson

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.

Landmark International School Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Paula Elliott
Headteacher

Mr Mark Longbottom
Deputy Head

Mrs Sue Hilton-Taylor
Head of Curriculum

Mrs Mary Greer
Registrar

Ms Lisa Raspopovich
Business Manager

Mrs Carine Bennett
Head of Primary Years

Teaching Staff

namerolequalifications
Lenaik BaronFrench mother tongueBA English, Masters, Early Years Dip
Mrs Carine BennettBluebird Class TeacherB.Ed Hons (Cambridge)
Angela BarryTeaching Assistant, PsychologyBSc Psychology, MPhil Psychology
Miss Ella BordoliMayflower Class TeacherBSc Psychology
PGCE (Cambridge) 
Mrs Qingqing Guo ChangMandarin TeacherDiploma in Higher Education (Business)
BA Hons Business Administration (Beds), MA Applied Linguistics
Mrs Grace CurtisScience, Form TutorBSc Hons (Leeds) PGCE (Essex), QTLS
Mrs Paula ElliottGeography, Headteacher, SENDCoBA Hons (Univ Coll Wales) PGCE (Univ Coll Wales),
TEFL Dip British Council (Hong Kong)
Birgit FederleGerman mother tongue teacherQTS and Zweite Staatsprüfung für die Laufbahn des höheren Schuldienstes an Gymnasien
Paul FellowsAstronomy TeacherMA (Cantab) Natural Sciences
Mrs Rebecca GibbsScience, Form TutorBSc Hons (de Montfort University), PGCE (London)
Mrs Sue Hilton-TaylorMathematicsBAHons (S. Africa) Higher Diploma in Education (Rhodes University S.Africa)
B.Ed (Cape Town, SA)
Mrs Emma HowlettInclusion Manager
BAHons (Wolverhampton) CELTA, Cambridge Regional College
Certificatein Adlerian Counselling
Tara LeesonAtlantis Class TeacherBA Hons, Primary Education
Mr Mark LongbottomHistory, Form Tutor, Deputy HeadB.Ed (University of South Africa)
M.Sc (University of Edinburgh)
Mr Russell LordSpanish and Latin, Form TutorBA Hons (Bristol)
D of E Accredited Assessor
NVQ Level 3 Expedition Leadership
Miriam Martí-PaletP.E. and SpanishBachelor of Primary Education (QTS)
Mrs Georgie PalfreyInclusion Manager
BSc Psychology and Social Studies
Level7 OCR Diploma in Special Educational Needs
Ms Donna PlummerMedia and ArtBA Hons in Arts and Professional Photography
Certificate in FE Teaching, Diploma in Teaching in Lifelong Learning
Jo PulfordMaths Teacher, Tracking/Assessment CoordinatorBEd Hons
Mrs Penny RocheEnglishBA Hons (Open University)
Grad Dip Ed, Western Australia
Ms Helen Seabourne PEBA in Physical Education with QTS
Mrs Charlotte SmithFrench, Form TutorBA Hons  (Durham), PGCE (Oxford)
Ms Jo VincentTeaching AssistantNational Certificate of Childhood Nursing
Susan Wakes-MillerTeaching AssistantNNEB, Adv Dip Childcare
Ms Lue WilsonMusicBA(Hons) MA, PhD all Univ of Sheffield
Cert.Counselling CRC (AQA)