The Team

  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

  • Alice Davoren

    Assistant Teacher & SEN

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    Class Teacher (KS2), Director of Studies

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner, Director Pastoral

  • Louise Jones

    Class Teacher (KS1)

  • Joe Williams

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Olivia Fuller

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Olivia Pearson

    Assistant Teacher

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

  • Vanessa Noble

    Office Manager

  • Lauren Beeby

    Playworker (WAC)

  • Carly Herbert

    Playworker (WAC)

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

  • Sarah Leese

    Senior Administrator

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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.

  • 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 Davoren

    Assistant Teacher & SEN

    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

    Class Teacher (KS2), Director of Studies

    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, Director Pastoral

    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

  • Louise Jones

    Class Teacher (KS1)

    Greatest achievement (s0 far)?

    When I was 16, I went to Vienna to represent Great Britain at the Junior World Sports Festival in ten pin bowling.

     

    Best advice you’ve ever received?

    Don’t take time for granted, always make the most of every moment with loved ones.

     

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

    At The Ice Cream Farm with my little boy.

  • Joe Williams

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    Favourite Football team?

    Newcastle United.

     

    The world would be better without?

    Skateboards!

     

    Claim to fame?

    Once met Brian Lara (a cricketing hero).

  • Olivia Fuller

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    Football team?

    Scunthorpe United.

     

    I’m baffled by…

    Politics.

     

    Greatest Achievement?

    Lifting the FA Cup as captain for Liverpool FC and captaining Wales.

  • Olivia Pearson

    Assistant Teacher

    Best song you’ve ever heard?

    McFly – Five Colours. I always used to dance to this song in my bedroom!

     

    I’m baffled by…

    How Julius Caesar and Augustus could add July and August into the months of the year and time still makes sense

     

    Best advice you’ve ever received?

    Always be yourself, because nobody can do that better than you.

  • 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’.

  • 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 🙁

  • Vanessa Noble

    Office Manager

    Best advice you’ve ever received?

    Always leave room for your pudding!

     

    Favourite football team?

    Tarvin AFC.

     

    Claim to fame…

    I life modelled for a sculptor and ‘I’ can be found in Canada, Hong Kong and Dublin.

  • Lauren Beeby

    Playworker (WAC)

    Most remembered book?

    ‘Noughts & Crosses’, Malorie Blackman.

     

    When I’m not working you will find me…

    At home watching Netflix.

     

    Signature scent?

    Daisy by Marc Jacobs

  • Carly Herbert

    Playworker (WAC)

    Favourite movie?

    50 First Dates.

     

    I’m inspired by…

    My family.

     

    Random Fact?

    I have a pet tortoise.

  • 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.

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • Sarah Leese

    Senior Administrator

    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 🙂