Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Heather Madsen Executive Headteacher
Mr Stephen Tapley Head of School
Mrs Carmen Hopkins Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Isobel Garner Deputy Headteacher

Phase Leaders 

Mrs. Isobel Garner  Leader for EYFS 
Miss. Jenny Gooch Leader Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) 
Miss. Louise Machin Leader for Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 & 4) 
Miss Anna Bergdalh  Leader for Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 & 6)
Mrs Coleman SENDCo

Safeguarding Team

Mrs Hopkins Deputy Headteacher and Lead DSL
Mrs Madsen  Executive Headteacher (DSL)
Mr Tapley Head of School (DSL)
Mrs Hockley Parent Liaison Officer
Mrs Coleman SENDCo


Gusford is committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children. It has thorough safeguarding policies and a safer recruitment policy. If you have any concerns regarding the welfare of a child at Gusford please contact one of our safeguarding leads.

They can be contacted by phoning the school on 01473 682148 or emailing

At Gusford, keeping children safe is at the forefront of everything we do. We expect all staff, governors and volunteers to share this commitment to safeguarding our pupils. We listen to our pupils and take seriously what they tell us. All school staff are trained in Safeguarding, and children are made aware of the adults they can talk to if they have any concerns. Staff are trained to look out for signs of physical/emotional harm or neglect and are required to report these to a Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) without delay.

Sometimes we may need to share information and work in partnership with other agencies, when there are concerns about a child's welfare. We will ensure that our concerns about our pupils are discussed with parents/carers first, unless we have reason to believe that such a move would be contrary to the child's welfare.

The procedures we follow have been laid down by the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP). The SSP is a statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Suffolk. If you want to know more about this procedure, please speak to one of our Designated Safeguarding Leads or our Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded from the school website. 

We actively support the Government's Prevent Agenda to counter radicalisation and extremism.