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St Anne's Infants' School


Reach for the Stars

Senior Leadership Team

Anna Sutherland, Head Teacher

Anna Sutherland

Head Teacher

Hi! I have been Headteacher at St Anne's since September 2017 but have been at the school since 2010, firstly as Reading Recovery teacher and SENDCo and then as Deputy Headteacher and nurture lead. Before teaching in Bristol I taught in the Early Years in both London and Manchester. I have also had jobs in a department store, a high street bank and teaching English in Hanoi, Vietnam and Dublin. I love travelling and have been to lots of different countries including Argentina, Russia, UAE and Thailand. I live with my husband Mike who is a gardener and my daughter Maiya who is at primary school. When I'm not at work, I love reading, exploring the city, eating out and spending time relaxing and laughing with friends!


Rae Fillingham

Deputy Head Teacher - Teaching, Learning and Assessment Lead

Hello! I joined St. Anne’s Infants' School as a supply teacher in September 2006 and never left!  When I graduated from university, I taught for a couple of years before a change of career took me into the world of recruitment.  I always knew that I would return to education one day and I did! Refreshing and updating my skills at UWE, I found myself happily back in the classroom and the rest is history!  I am married to Ash and have two wonderful daughters, Daisy and Phoebe.  In my spare time, I love to listen to audio-books whilst going for walks and I also enjoy pottering in my garden.


Jacqui Painter

Inclusion Lead

Hi, I have worked as a class teacher and a SENDCO for 27 years so am a highly qualified and experienced teacher of children with additional needs. I have four grown up children of my own: India, Joseph, Ruby and Eve; one of whom is also a teacher. In my spare time I enjoy writing children’s picture books; the first of which is due to be published soon, entitled: ‘My Grandad’s Made Of Cardboard’. I also volunteer in my local St Peter’s Hospice Shop. 


Emily Robertson

Early Years Foundation Stage Lead

Hello, I am Miss Robertson and I joined the St Anne’s team in September 2018 following a move back to the South West.  Prior to this I worked for 3 years at a school in Kent in both Reception and Nursery classes. I am passionate about Early Years education and love being witness to the huge amounts of progress that children make in these years.  In my free time, I enjoy singing and playing the piano. I enjoy trips to the theatre and try to see musicals whenever I can.


Sharon Riddell, School Busines Manager

Sharon Riddell

School Business Manager

I have worked at St Anne’s Infants' since 2010. My two children, Noah and Tilly attended St Anne’s and both loved every minute of it. I started my career in catering travelling and working in Australia, Israel, Greece and in a French ski chalet before settling down back home in Bristol. I fell into my role by chance after a stint in office management and recruitment and soon realised that my passion was in education and that this was the most rewarding job I had ever done. I think my role is the most varied and fun in the school, one minute I can be balancing the challenging budget, the next fixing a toilet, building a den and then comforting a child. I could go on! Weekends and holidays are enjoyed listening to live music, cooking and reading.