The Team

  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

  • Emma Boynton

    Senior Teacher & Director of Pastoral Care

  • Danielle Lester

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

  • Alice McMahon

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    KS1 Lead Practitioner & SLE

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner & SLE

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

  • Sophie Brown

    Playworker

  • Louise Dunkerley

    Office Manager

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Sarah Leese

    Office Manager

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  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

    Best quote you ever read?

    The standard you walk by is the standard you accept.

     

    The world would be better without?

    Marzipan always spoils a great cake.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Anywhere with great food, hot weather and good company.

  • Emma Boynton

    Senior Teacher & Director of Pastoral Care

    I’m inspired by..?

    Everyone I work with.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I once performed with Wayne Sleep.

     

    Random fact?

    I am distantly related to Catherine Zeta Jones.

  • Danielle Lester

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Do what makes you happy.

     

    I’m inspired by..?

    My family.

     

    I’m baffled by…?

    Space / The Universe / where is the end of space / is there even an end / are there people living in another universe?

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me…?

    Playing sport or sleeping.

     

    The world would be better without…..?

    Mushrooms.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Disney.

  • Alice McMahon

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being selected to run for England.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I ran against Jess Ennis-Hill.

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Swimming the Dee Mile – when I didn’t believe I could!

     

    Best advice you have ever received?

    ‘Bebbingtons don’t give up’ from Adam Bebbington.

     

    Random fact?

    I’m a master slinky untangler!!

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    The world would be better without?

    Mosquitos.

     

    What couldn’t you live without?

    Family.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    KFC gravy with tomato sauce!

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

    Football Team?

    Huddersfield Town FC

     

    Perfect Car?

    Any Alfa Romeo

     

    Random Fact.

    I played for Huddersfield Town FC when I was 18.

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

    Favourite movie?

    I actually really like ‘Tangled’.

     

    What is your greatest achievement?

    My children.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Nutella – straight out of the jar!

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    KS1 Lead Practitioner & SLE

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Buying my own house!

     

    What you couldn’t live without.

    Zara & Sunday lunch with friends.

     

    Random Fact.

    I climbed Mt Toubkal (Atlas Mountains) for Easter!

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

    Best quote you ever read?

    Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

     

    Favourite movie?

    Ferris Buller’s Day Off

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing the London Marathon

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    You can’t expect to be old and wise if you never were young and crazy.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Pistachio ice cream.

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner & SLE

    Best song you ever heard?

    Drops of Jupiter

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Climbing Sydney harbour bridge was pretty great.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    The Lonely Planet guides

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

    Best song you ever heard?

    ‘Naive’ by The Kooks.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Marrying the love of my life and bring up two sons who are taller than me.

     

    Random fact?

    I accidentally killed my sons pet Hamster 🙁

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being my little sister’s father figure.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Playing Fagin in my Year 6 play of Oliver Twist.

     

    Random fact?

    One of my first words was ‘telecommunication tower’.

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

    Best song you ever heard?

    John Lennon, Imagine.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing a half ironman distance triathlon.

     

    Best quote you ever heard?

    ‘It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward’ Rocky Balboa.

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me?

    Writing songs.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    The Amazon.

     

    Random fact?

    I have perfect colour perception.

  • Sophie Brown

    Playworker

    Best song you ever heard?

    At Last – Etta James.

     

    Perfect car?

    A big orange Jeep.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    High School Musical singalongs.

  • Louise Dunkerley

    Office Manager

    Claim to fame? 

    I was an extra on Coronation Street.

     

    Random fact?

    I climbed Table Mountain as I was too scared to ride the cable car.

     

    I am baffled by?

    Teenage minds!

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    Best quote you ever read?

    Without the rain there would be no rainbow.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    My children.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Founding member of the University of Birmingham ‘s Battered Sausage Appreciation Society (which no longer exists!)

  • Sarah Leese

    Office Manager

    Football team?

    Newton Athletics, because my son plays for them.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    Rosie & Barry Leese OBE.

     

    Random fact?

    I went on Cilla Black’s Blind Date…as a reserve 🙂

  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

    Best quote you ever read?

    The standard you walk by is the standard you accept.

     

    The world would be better without?

    Marzipan always spoils a great cake.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Anywhere with great food, hot weather and good company.

  • Emma Boynton

    Senior Teacher & Director of Pastoral Care

    I’m inspired by..?

    Everyone I work with.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I once performed with Wayne Sleep.

     

    Random fact?

    I am distantly related to Catherine Zeta Jones.

  • Danielle Lester

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Do what makes you happy.

     

    I’m inspired by..?

    My family.

     

    I’m baffled by…?

    Space / The Universe / where is the end of space / is there even an end / are there people living in another universe?

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me…?

    Playing sport or sleeping.

     

    The world would be better without…..?

    Mushrooms.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Disney.

  • Alice McMahon

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being selected to run for England.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I ran against Jess Ennis-Hill.

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Swimming the Dee Mile – when I didn’t believe I could!

     

    Best advice you have ever received?

    ‘Bebbingtons don’t give up’ from Adam Bebbington.

     

    Random fact?

    I’m a master slinky untangler!!

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    The world would be better without?

    Mosquitos.

     

    What couldn’t you live without?

    Family.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    KFC gravy with tomato sauce!

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

    Football Team?

    Huddersfield Town FC

     

    Perfect Car?

    Any Alfa Romeo

     

    Random Fact.

    I played for Huddersfield Town FC when I was 18.

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

    Favourite movie?

    I actually really like ‘Tangled’.

     

    What is your greatest achievement?

    My children.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Nutella – straight out of the jar!

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    KS1 Lead Practitioner & SLE

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Buying my own house!

     

    What you couldn’t live without.

    Zara & Sunday lunch with friends.

     

    Random Fact.

    I climbed Mt Toubkal (Atlas Mountains) for Easter!

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

    Best quote you ever read?

    Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

     

    Favourite movie?

    Ferris Buller’s Day Off

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing the London Marathon

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    You can’t expect to be old and wise if you never were young and crazy.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Pistachio ice cream.

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner & SLE

    Best song you ever heard?

    Drops of Jupiter

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Climbing Sydney harbour bridge was pretty great.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    The Lonely Planet guides

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

    Best song you ever heard?

    ‘Naive’ by The Kooks.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Marrying the love of my life and bring up two sons who are taller than me.

     

    Random fact?

    I accidentally killed my sons pet Hamster 🙁

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being my little sister’s father figure.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Playing Fagin in my Year 6 play of Oliver Twist.

     

    Random fact?

    One of my first words was ‘telecommunication tower’.

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

    Best song you ever heard?

    John Lennon, Imagine.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing a half ironman distance triathlon.

     

    Best quote you ever heard?

    ‘It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward’ Rocky Balboa.

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me?

    Writing songs.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    The Amazon.

     

    Random fact?

    I have perfect colour perception.

  • Sophie Brown

    Playworker

    Best song you ever heard?

    At Last – Etta James.

     

    Perfect car?

    A big orange Jeep.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    High School Musical singalongs.

  • Louise Dunkerley

    Office Manager

    Claim to fame? 

    I was an extra on Coronation Street.

     

    Random fact?

    I climbed Table Mountain as I was too scared to ride the cable car.

     

    I am baffled by?

    Teenage minds!

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    Best quote you ever read?

    Without the rain there would be no rainbow.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    My children.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Founding member of the University of Birmingham ‘s Battered Sausage Appreciation Society (which no longer exists!)

  • Sarah Leese

    Office Manager

    Football team?

    Newton Athletics, because my son plays for them.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    Rosie & Barry Leese OBE.

     

    Random fact?

    I went on Cilla Black’s Blind Date…as a reserve 🙂