Meet our staff


Meet our staff

Mrs Luxon

Mrs Luxon is the Headteacher of St. George’s Primary School. She has worked at St. George’s (previously Tophill Junior School) for many years and knows the children and community well.

In addition to her position within school she has worked in conjunction with the Local Authority to support other schools in Dorset.

Mr M Coombs

Mr Coombs is the Deputy Headteacher and holds responsibility for whole school assessment. He is also an associate Governor and Chesil link Governor.

In his spare time he enjoys all sports, especially football, and supports (what he believes to be) the best English team in Europe – Liverpool!


Miss Garrard

Miss Garrard  is EYFS leader.

Mr L Wilson

Mr Wilson joined us in 2014 after teaching in Wales for four years. He is a full time Reception Teacher with a responsibility of leading Computing, E-Safety and Class Dojo throughout the school. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his two children, cooking and a variety of sports. He is a supporter of, what he thinks is, the best team in Europe – Manchester United.

Year 1

Mr J Palmer

Mr Palmer joined us as a newly qualified teacher in September 2012 and currently teaches in Year 1.  He assists Mr Barter in leading P.E for the school. Mr Palmer is a keen Southampton F.C fan and goes to St Mary’s regularly to support them. He plays golf in his spare time.

Mrs Burdett

Mrs Burdett is a part time teacher working in Year 1. She is responsible for leading P.S.H.E. across the whole school.

Mrs Russell

Mrs Russell works for two and a half days a week in Year 1.  She loves reading and is one of our Phonic Champions in the school.  Mrs Russell runs Library Club.

Year 2

Mr Counter

Mr Counter teaches full-time in Year 2. He is the school Art Co-ordinator as well as being an avid sports enthusiast. He plays for local team Portland Town FC where he is currently the club’s leading goal scorer. Other hobbies of Mr Counter’s include reading, travelling, snooker, basketball and cooking.

Ms S Shirley

Ms Shirley teaches full-time in Year 2 and is responsible for D.T.

Year 3

Mr Taylor

Mr Taylor joined the school in September 2013. He is a keen musician and leads Music for the whole school .

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his two children and performing in his band.

Mrs Wright

Mrs Wright joined our team in September 2010. She teaches in Year 3 and is Phase 3 and 4 Leader. She loves teaching every Subject but especially P.E. and Computing.

In her spare time Mrs Wright enjoys swimming and spending time in the great outdoors.

Mr Goble

Mr Goble joined our staff team in September, 2014. He teaches in Year 3 and is the leader of Humanities alongside Mr. Greet.

Year 4

Mr Greet
 Alan Greet

Mr Greet is the Humanities Co-ordinator and has taught in both Key Stages one and two. Mr Greet plays the piano and accordion and enjoys the opportunity to play in singing assemblies and other school events.

Miss Francis 

Miss Francis joined St. George’s in 2021 and teaches in Year 4 and is the Religious Education Co-ordinator. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, reading and drawing.

Mrs A Burn

Amy Thomas

Mrs Burn currently teaches full time in Year 4. She has shared responsibility for leading English across the school with a specific focus on early reading and phonics.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters, enjoying the great outdoors and meeting friends.

Year 5

Mrs Roberts
Debbie Roberts

Mrs Roberts is a Maths Specialist Teacher and is responsible for leading this subject across the whole school. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Mrs Roberts runs the school Chess Club and a Reading Group for high ability readers.

Miss Heightley

Miss Heightley joined St. George’s in 2021. She teaches full time in Year 5 and is Science Lead across the school. Outside of school, Miss Heightley loves to cycle on her road bike (named Bert!).

Year 6

Mrs Restorick

Mrs Restorick joined Tophill Junior School in September 1999 and remained as a Year 6 Teacher and Year Leader when the infant and junior schools amalgamated in 2006. She is English subject leader and also a member of the Senior Leadership Team with a responsibility for working with and supporting Newly Qualified Teachers who join St George’s.

Mr Barter
Craig Barter

Mr Barter joined us in September 2013. He is currently teaching in Year 6 alongside Mrs Restorick and Mrs Roberts.  Mr Barter previously worked in Poole, working with years 3 and 4.  He is in his eighth year at St George’s. Mr Barter is a manic rugby fan, supporting the mighty Bath.  Mr Barter previously played semi-professional rugby for Bournemouth and holds a black belt in E.C.K.A. karate. His true passion however is mountains; having scaled the highest summits in Britain alongside Ireland, Morocco, Austria, France, Russia and Switzerland. Mr Barter has a young family and enjoys spending time developing his son’s academic abilities. 

Mr S Carter

Mr Carter is a Year 6 teacher. He has been with the school for 11 years and has worked in different KS2 year groups. Mr Carter has recently changed subject leadership and is now in charge of M.F.L. He is a keen traveller and follows the greatest team in any land: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

Mrs Mullender

Helen Mullender

Mrs Mullender teaches music across all year groups. She delivers clarinet, flute and saxophone tuition to children in Key Stage 2 and also directs the Rock and Pop Choir.

Mrs Bowman


Mrs Bowman joined St George’s in April 2016 and is SENCO.

Mrs Barnes

Mrs Barnes is our Parent Support Adviser.  She works Monday, Thursday and Friday.  Please contact her via the school office or find her on the playground before and after school, if you and your family require support, at home or in school.

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