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School Staff

Below is a list of all Teachers & Staff that will be with us from October 2019.

Head Teacher

Mr Steve Ginn

Mr Steve Ginn
Head Teacher
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and
Online Safeguarding Lead

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Steven started teaching in 2009 after a career in financial services, media and local government, working at a senior management level. He has worked in contrasting school settings and has lead sustained improvement in outcomes for children both as a teacher and leader. His last school was in the top 5% of schools nationally for attainment in reading.

He has a special interest in involving the community in school learning. Working with children, parents and the wider community he has been involved in raising funds to set-up two outstanding libraries, the last supported by the then Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. He also pioneered a hugely popular community ‘pop-up’ museum with exhibits from the village and wider area.

In March 2018, as Deputy Headteacher, Steven led his prior school to a Good Ofsted rating, where leadership was described by the inspector as, ‘highly effective’.

Teaching Staff

Year 6 – Cedar Class

Miss Katie Thornton

Miss Katie Thornton
Teacher

About Katie

What’s your favourite book?
When I was little, my favourite book was ‘The tiger who came to tea’. I remember dressing up as the little girl Sophie for World Book Day. Later in primary school I loved reading books by Jacqueline Wilson. I also remember reading ‘Naughts and Crosses’ by Malorie Blackman in Year 7 and to this day it still remains one of my all time favourites.

What’s your favourite hobby?
I love baking! When I was growing up, my mum and I would bake together every Sunday and whenever I went to visit my Nanny or Granny I would bake with them too. I’m not very good at doing fancy icing and making cakes look pretty or professional, but I am good at ensuring they taste yummy!

What has been your most exciting adventure?When I was 18 I packed a bag and travelled to New Zealand for a month on my own. I travelled the North Island and spent a week volunteering in a primary school in Auckland. One of the highlights of the trip was waking up at the crack of dawn and being dropped off by a boat in the middle of the sea to swim with dolphins!

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
Whilst I was studying for my A Levels and during university I worked in Boots. I really enjoyed it. I loved chatting to the customers and helping them. It helped me to become a more confident person and also resulted in me making lots of new friends who I am still in touch with now.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
I am a very cheerful and smiley person and so each day, I try to make the staff and children at school smile and laugh. I think being positive, optimistic and kind is so important in life. I love the quote ‘spread kindness like confetti’. I think that everybody should aim to spread kindness everywhere they go.

Mrs George Robinson

Mrs George Robinson
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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Year 5 – Maple Class

Mrs Caroline Jarvis

Mrs Caroline Jarvis
Teacher
Senior Teacher, SENDCO and designated alternate Safeguarding Lead (ADSL)

About Caroline

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite book when I was little was Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree as my mum used to read it for hours to me and my sister. I used to want to be Silky a little fairy who was one of the main characters.

What’s your favourite hobby?
I love ballet. I trained in classical ballet as a child and was still doing pointe work up to 5 years ago. It is a huge passion of mine.

What has been your most exciting adventure?When I was 19, I went with my best friend to travel around Australia. I got to experience many amazing adventures which involved doing a Bungee jump, white water rafting, surfing and sailing around the Whitsunday Islands.

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I was a merchandise buyer in menswear for Marks & Spencer and used to work in their HO in Baker Street before it moved to Paddington. This was a very exciting job and I had the opportunity to work with many inspirational people.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart."

Mrs Marie Rice

Mrs Marie Rice
Teaching Assistant (TA)

 

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Miss Charmaine Howes

Miss Charmaine Howes
Teaching Assistant (TA)

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Year 4 – Hazel Class

Mrs Sinead Howman

Mrs Sinead Howman
Teacher (Photo coming soon)

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Mrs Julie Hare

Mrs Julie Hare
Teacher 

About Julie

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite adult book is ‘Life of Pi’ by Yann Martel and my current favourite children’s book is ‘Wolf Wilder’ by the incredible Katherine Rundell. Both books heavily feature animals!

What’s your favourite hobby?
Reading! To myself, my daughter, my husband or the dog if no one else wants to listen!

What has been your most exciting adventure?
Spending a month camping in the rainforests of Borneo to search for wildlife (we saw orang-utans amongst many other incredible species) and climbing the highest mountain in South East Asia.

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I have had several interesting and random jobs from paint mixing to programming robots to feeding sharks and weighing Koalas in Australia.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
“She who reads lives a thousand lives”

Mrs Sue Napier

Mrs Sue Napier
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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Year 3 - Willow Class

Miss Sophie Brown

Miss Sophie Brown
Teacher

About Sophie

What’s your favourite book? 
My favourite children's book is Harry Potter, and my personal favourite is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern... both of which I love because they are so magical!

What’s your favourite hobby?
I have been a dancer since I was eight years old and I still love dancing to this day.

What has been your most exciting adventure
Moving away to university: having new experiences and getting to meet people from all over the world.

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I was a line dance instructor, running my own dance classes before becoming a school teacher.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
“Wishes don't just come true. They're only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bulls-eye yourself.” (a quote from another favourite author of mine, Laini Taylor).

 

Year 2 – Beech Class

Miss Rachael Hilton

Miss Rachael Hilton
Teacher

About Rachael

What’s your favourite book?
hmmm, as a child at primary school it was Kasper in The Glitter by Philip Ridley, I also loved the Borrowers and The Worst Witch series too. As an adult ‘The color purple’ Alice Walker and ‘A kind worth killing’ although I don’t find I have much time to read that often. I save it for the summer holidays!

What’s your favourite hobby?
I have lots of interests; all ‘active’ so it’s safe to say I love a physical challenge and love being outside. Exercise is so good for your mental wellbeing so I try to do something every day. I enjoy playing Netball for my team Phoenix A, swimming, walking, running, gardening, weightlifting and Crossfit. I would say currently Crossfit is possibly my favourite hobby as I enjoy getting fit, strong and healthy. I have made great friends and have begun competing in local competitions this year.

What has been your most exciting adventure?
Travelling to Australia and Thailand for around 7 months when I was 19. Gaining my open water scuba diving qualification was great too; the ocean is like another world.

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I worked at Booja Booja chocolate factory! Although I was in the office I managed to sample the odd chocolate here and there!

What’s your most inspirational thought?
I often talk to my class about perseverance and determination so this fits quite well with that. Giving something a go, and working hard when things get tough is much better than never trying it to begin with.
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”

Mrs Catherine Skipper

Mrs Catherine Skipper
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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Year 1 – Ash Class

Miss Alicia Hoad

Miss Alicia Hoad
Teacher

About Alicia

What’s your favourite book?
My favourite childhood book is The Suitcase Kid by Jaqueline Wilson and I often revisit it in adulthood if I am feeling nostalgic. I love the cartoon illustrations in Jaqueline’s books too, by illustrator Nick Sharratt.

What’s your favourite hobby?
I love to bake cakes, cook delicious dinners, draw, read and sometimes even make things out of fabric. I also love taking my dog Alphie for long walks, especially on the beach as he likes to swim in the sea!

What has been your most exciting adventure?
My most exciting adventure has got to be road tripping on Indian motorcycles all the way around Scotland, camping as we explored the furthest north we could get. We went in October, so it was very chilly, however we were able to swim at Calgary Bay on the Isle of Mull during a freak warm spell!

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
Before I was a teacher, I was a licensed children’s wear designer for 6 years! I got to design with characters like The Minions, Peppa Pig, and even some of Disney’s most loved too. I really loved this job as I got to be creative with some of the characters I knew and loved from my own childhood.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
My most inspirational thought is that a smile often goes a long way. Not only is smiling infectious, you also never know who’s day you might cheer up if you give a random grin. :-)

Mrs Paula Nicolls

Mrs Paula Nicolls
Teaching Assistant (TA)

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Mrs Claire ShadboltMiss Claire Shadbolt
Teaching Assistant (TA)

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Reception – Oak Class

Mrs Emily Burden

Mrs Emily Burden
Teacher

About Emily

What’s your favourite book?
Having spent most of my time both in and out of school reading children’s books over the past few years, my favourite children’s story is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

What’s your favourite hobby?
I like to spend my spare time following the F1 Grand Prix, something which I have watched religiously since high school. I also like eating out and trying new foods.

What has been your most exciting adventure?
Becoming a mummy! Before having a child, I never realised how many emotions you can feel in such a short space of time. Every day is an unknown adventure.

Tell us about a job you did before you were a teacher….
I once had a summer job in a pudding factory (not too far away from school). One of the main puddings which we made was ‘summer pudding’. I enjoyed having the chance to buy some of the puddings to try for myself- my favourite was chocolate and orange sponge pudding.

What’s your most inspirational thought?
One of the sayings which I use a lot with the children is “the more you practise the better you get”.

Mrs Fern Wakeham

Mrs Fern Wakeham
Teacher

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Mrs Sally Salter
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

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SendCo

Mrs C Jarvis

Office Staff

Mrs Rachel Waters

Mrs Rachel Waters

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Mrs Tracey Reid

Mrs Tracey Reid

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Midday Supervisors

Miss Kim Adams

Miss Kim Adams
 

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Mrs Pat Charnley

Mrs Pat Charnley
Late pick-up supervisor

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Mrs Cheri Wetherly

Mrs Cheri Wetherly
Late pick-up supervisor

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Mrs Jo Wildon

Mrs Jo Wildon
 

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Breakfast Club Leaders

Miss Kim Adams

Late Pick-up Supervisor

Mrs Catherine Skipper
Mrs Cheri Wetherly

Kitchen / Catering

Chartwells
For more than a quarter of a century, Chartwells has focused on helping young people build strong bodies, sharp minds and to lead long, healthy lives. To Eat, Learn and Live.

Chartwells dishes up great tasting, fun and nutritious meals to schools, academies, colleges and universities

Caretaker

Paul Everitt

Cleaners

David and Carmen