Other Staff

Melissa Geater

Interim Headteacher

Melissa has over 20 years of teaching experience in the primary sector, most recently leading primary schools as a Headteacher. Her expertise lies in coaching and developing high-quality staff to work with our young people.

Melissa holds Mathematics Specialist Teacher and Specialist Leader in Education accreditation as well as the National Professional Qualification for Leading Teacher Development. Her role across the Primary sector of the trust involves coaching and supporting colleagues from the beginning of their careers to Leadership positions as well as the development of curriculum structures. She also works as part of the EAST SCITT Team.

Lynsey Crossley

Deputy Headteacher

Lynsey was born and grew up in Suffolk.  After her A Levels she decided to travel and left bound for Australia in 1993.  Whilst away, she abseiled in the Blue Mountains, went white water rafting, explored the Great Barrier Reef and even did a bungee jump!

On her return, she trained as a teacher at Westminster College, Oxford and graduated in 1997 with a BEd (Hons) in English and Children’s Literature, where her favourite tutor was Philip Pullman of ‘His Dark Materials fame.  She continued to explore new places and managed trips to Kenya, Turkey and Tunisia.

She began her teaching career at Wickham Market Primary School.  During her 5 years there she taught throughout Key Stage 2.  She joined Woodbridge Primary in 2002 and has taught for most of that time in Year 6.

Lynsey has two children, a girl and a boy who keep her on her toes when not in school.  As a family they love being outdoors, exploring, making things and snuggling up with a good book.

Hollie Sutherland


Hollie Sutherland qualified as a teacher in 2015 and worked for four years in Year 1 at St. Marks School, Ipswich. She has been teaching at Woodbridge Primary since Summer Term 2019 in a number of classes (F1 to Y4) to support their regular teacher, as well as providing support at our After School Club.

A bright, enthusiastic, energetic and determined individual, Hollie has achieved the Gold D of E award, the Queen’s Guide Award and frequently raises money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. She is a fitness fanatic and, in particular, has a passion for pilates and running marathons.

Caroline Moore


Caroline was born and grew up in Looe, Cornwall. She trained to be a teacher in Dudley in the West Midlands and taught in the centre of Birmingham. She taught Key Stage 1 pupils for 10 years in an Infant School and became Deputy Headteacher of a large Junior School for 10 years.

On moving to Suffolk she became the Deputy Headteacher of a village school. Caroline was a full-time staff member at Woodbridge Primary for several years in both Key Stages 1 and  2. She now acts as a supply teacher across the school and is still involved in the school, supporting Code Club. 

Caroline really enjoys reading a range of books, playing the guitar, gardening and spends a lot of time walking Lochie, a rescued Cocker Spaniel.

Jo Ling

Music & Modern Foreign languages

Jo Ling attended Ipswich High School and undertook a BA Hons degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Bristol University.

Jo then spent ten years living in Paris and working for Banque Paribas (now BNP Paribas) in the Capital Markets back offices and she was part of the team responsible for altering the computer system to manage the new currency, the Euro. Returning to England in 1998, Jo trained as a teacher in Sheffield, working there for two and half years. After her marriage, she moved to Whitstable in Kent and continued teaching part-time while she had her two children. Jo and her family moved back to Suffolk in 2009 and Jo joined Woodbridge Primary School in 2011.

Jo enjoys music in all its forms, travelling, cooking, swimming and keeping up with the friends she has made in all the different places she has lived.

Jo is music and languages coordinator and usually teaches KS2.

Tracy Watson-Brown

Pastoral Lead & ELSA

Tracy Watson-Brown has a degree in American studies and English Literature. After her degree studies, Tracy completed her PGCE in Oxford before coming to Suffolk in 1992 to get married.

Tracy taught in Felixstowe before taking a break to raise her two sons, during this time she worked as a youth worker and children and family worker for the Salvation Army.

Tracy is the school’s Pastoral Lead, working one-2-one and with small groups across the school. She is qualified both as a teacher and an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) and has undertaken a wide range of professional development in neurodiversity, and children’s mental health. She covers class teachers across the school as the need arises.

In her spare time, Tracy likes to write poetry and has published four volumes. Her idea of a lovely time is a cup of tea in the sunshine (preferably while looking at the sea).

Victoria Jarrold

Teaching Assistant

Victoria joined Woodbridge Primary School in 2016. Originally working as an MDSA and in Willow Garden clubs, ‘Vic’ has lent her skills to many areas and currently works with children in Y5 and Y6, as well as providing 1:1 pastoral and teaching support. Born and bred in Suffolk, Vic spent many happy years in the West Country, working on some of the country’s first organic farms.

Vic is full of energy and fun, and loves the daily mix that her job provides, particularly doing art, sport or craft with the students, who make her laugh every day! At home, Vic likes to relax with her two daughters.

Liane Quinney

Learning Support Assistant

Liane joined Woodbridge Primary school in 2017 working briefly as kitchen assistant, then as midday supervisor. In 2020 she took on the role of Learning Support Assistant, working one-to-one with a young student with ASD, and in 2021 completed the Understanding Autism course to further support her role.

A broad and diverse work history, Liane originally trained as a care-worker supporting children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. After several years living in Canada, she then went on to become a qualified Painter and Decorator renovating and refurbishing properties before gaining a 1st class BA (Hons) in Interior and Spatial Design and working as a Bespoke Furniture Painter for a luxury kitchen company. She has also trained and worked locally as a gym and fitness instructor.

Liane’s favourite place to be is anywhere with her three daughters and grandson. She enjoys exercise and strength training, being creative, reading, and long walks in nature.

Stephanie Knight

Learning Support Assistant

Steph moved to Suffolk in 2015 with her twins Jack and Amy and after a few moves, finally settled in Leiston with their three cats Sooty, Silver and Max. Steph has a BTEC National Diploma in Childcare and worked for 10 years in nurseries as a Nursery Nurse and Senior Nursery Nurse and spent a short time as a Nanny before having her twins. Whilst her children were young, Steph worked as an Independent Supporter for SENDIASS supporting children, young people and their families going through the Education, Health and Care Plan process countywide, also working with specialist schools, professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians and Suffolk County Council as part of her role.

By the time her children reached school age, they had their own identified special needs which required a lot of her attention but gave her the insight, knowledge and passion to work with and support children and young people with additional needs in education. After 7 years of part-time studying with The Open University, Steph achieved her BSc (Hons) Open Degree in Social Work, Mental Health, Counselling and Forensic Psychology in July 2021.

In her spare time, Steph enjoys taking her children to the beach, visiting family in Essex and Northamptonshire, camping holidays, exploring the UK and abroad and European city breaks.

Steph joined Woodbridge Primary in January 2023 as a one-to-one Learning Support Assistant in Yr 4 and now works as a Teaching Assistant across the school.

Jade Fitzpatrick

Teaching Assistant / Activities Worker

Jade has a BTEC level 3 National Diploma in Early Years and works in Willow Garden, F1, F2, year 5, and as an MDSA.
She has two daughters, who both attend Woodbridge Primary School. Outside of work, Jade enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, and getting creative. She also loves camping with family and friends.