Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Senior Learning Team

Mrs Alison Noble
Head Teacher

The overall responsibility for all pupils in the school lies with Head Teacher, Alison Noble.

In a school with 655 pupils, however, it is necessary to delegate responsibility for stages to Senior Staff.  
Parents should make initial contact with the relevant Senior Staff member, should there be any issues regarding their child.

During Mrs Morag Crolla's secondment to Edinburgh University to support initial and postgraduate teacher training, Mrs Noble has responsibility for Primary Four, supported by both Ms Anstruther and Ms Gallagher.

Ms Carolyn Anstruther
Depute Head Teacher

Ms Anstruther has responsibility for Primary One, Two and Three
Ms Anstruther began her teaching career at Bruntsfield Primary where she was soon promoted to Senior Teacher, the first in Edinburgh to have a Media Studies remit. She was successfully appointed Senior Teacher at Sciennes in 1998 and has played an instrumental role in leading initiatives in school throughout her career, most notably in Art and Design and in establishing the School Library. Ms Anstruther has been Acting Depute Headteacher since June 2010 and was successfully appointed to the post of Depute Headteacher in February 2012.

Appointments can be made through Mrs Brenda Ellis, our Receptionist on 0131 667 1243 or email:

Ms Lucy Gallagher
Depute Head Teacher

Ms Gallagher has responsibility for Primary Five, Six and Seven

Ms Gallagher began her teaching career in 1990 at Sciennes and was seconded to City of Edinburgh in 1999 as ICT Development Officer, working with nursery, primary, secondary and special schools across the city. She returned to Sciennes in 2004 and was seconded as a Curriculum Development Officer within Boroughmuir and James Gillespie's Clusters to develop Literacy, Numeracy, Assessment and Transition, whilst also teaching ICT with classes at Sciennes and maintaining the school website. She returned to full-time teaching and became Principal Teacher in 2008, taking on the role of Acting Depute Headteacher since June 2010 and appointed DHT in September 2012.

Appointments can be made through Mrs Brenda Ellis, our Receptionist 0131 667 1243 or email:

Ms Angela Christie
Business Manager

Ms Shona Pearmain
Principal Teacher