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Meet the Team

Welcome to our school - meet our wonderful team. As OFSTED described in October 2022, "There is a strong family feel and a real sense of belonging", which starts with our staff:


Our Structure

Our school is organised into 4 classes. The first, Class 1, is a small base of just 15 Year R children. We think this gives the children a fabulous start to their schooling and sets them up for the rest of their journey. These children then move up into Class 2 as Year 1 where they join with Year 2. The next class, Class 3, contains Years 3 and 4 and then Class 4 is for Years 5 and 6. 


The Class 1 Team (Year R)

Mrs Mason is the classteacher for Class 1 and she always has lots of exciting ideas for learning. Miss Fradley works as a teaching assistant in class, helping everyone do their best. 


The Class 2 Team (Years 1 & 2)

Class 2 children benefit from two teachers, whilst Mrs Sothcott is on maternity leave Mrs Harmer will be teaching on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Pilgrim Wednesday to Friday. Mrs Sothcott is very sporty and Mrs Pilgrim is an amazing musician and they both bring different skills to the class. Mrs White is the teaching assistant all week and cares for everyone.


The Class 3 Team (Years 3 & 4)

Mrs Bird teaches Class 3 children and loves all things mathematical and scientific.  Ms Lovell supports the class on Mondays & Tuesdays and Miss Fletcher the rest of the week.


Mrs Hayward can also be found supporting Class 3 children for part of the day and will often work with individuals on specific learning.


The Class 4 Team (Years 5 & 6)

The Deputy Head Teacher Miss Olver also teaches Class 4 and leads English across the school. She is very musical and plays the piano for us at church.  Mrs Howes supports everyone in the class as her assistant most of the week and Ms Lovell on Wednesdays.


Mrs Miller is the school's Higher Level Teaching Assistant and she often works with groups around the school and regularly covers classes across the school. She also helps Mr Woolley welcome the children on the main gate in the morning.


The Office Team

Our friendly office staff are the people most likely to help with any visitor or parent request. While Mrs Baber is on maternity leave Mrs Owusu is our admin assistant and the likely first port of call from 10:30am until 1:30pm, Mrs Bettridge is our Admin Officer and manages the administrative work of the school. She will respond to any questions about dinner money, contact details, admissions and many other areas.


The Rest of The Team

Mr Buckley is our caretaker and he also ensures our school is clean and safe for us. We have a small team of lunchtime assistants - Mrs Hayward, Miss Fletcher, Mrs Howes and Ms Lovell who help the children eat their lunch and play happily.


Our Headteacher

Mr Woolley is our headteacher. He is responsible for the running of the school and the safety and development of the children. He is our Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and also Designated Teacher (DT) for those children in Local Authority Care. He regularly covers classes across the school and welcomes the children into school at the main gate every morning. He enjoys sport, especially rugby, plays the guitar (badly) and is never happier than exploring minibeasts with the children in the pond or helping to identify an amazing animal discovery at playtime!

Come and meet the staff at our school.