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Here is your chance to meet and find out a little more about the staff at our school:

Mr Rhodes Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Designated Teacher (Looked After and Post-Looked After Children), RE Leader, Curriculum Coordinator, Website Administrator 

Photo courtesy of the Maidenhead Advertiser, 2016

Q. Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?
I changed career from banking to education back in 2002 as I wanted to be part of something which returned value to society, rather than the other way round.  At the time I felt that the banking sector was heading for trouble.  It was with no joy that I saw this happen when the 2007 banking crash arrived.
Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
Flexibility, creativity and endurance - as well as caring deeply for those in your care.  Never is one teaching year the same, even if you stay in the same year group in the same school - which means that things are never boring and change is exciting!  The curriculum and expectations are forever shifting, which means there's never a chance to tread water - being able to roll with the changes is very important.  However, most important is keeping hold of why people in schools ride this roller-coaster every day: it's because we want the best for the children and, consequently, we keep going! (And, yes, I'm fully able to mix my metaphors with the best of them!)
Q. What is your favourite book and why?
There are so many books which are favourites for all sorts of reasons. As a child, I consumed far too many Enid Blyton mystery and adventure titles and then far too many Doctor Who books (my Grandmother bought me my first Who book - Doctor Who and the Green Death - in Blackpool, many decades ago now - little did she know what she started there; still, as these were the days before video recorders, I suppose that all the books I read made my parents and teachers vaguely happy).  These days, Mr Stink, by David Walliams, is my favourite book for children - funny, rude (sometimes) with a deeply sad ending, it really delivers.  In my more grown up years, Wuthering Heights sticks with me as it reminds me of my native Yorkshire moors and Cider with Rosie because it is joyously alive. Oh, and anything by Charles Dickens...
Q.What did you want to be when you were little?
A Doctor.  However, when I realised that being a Doctor meant dealing with body parts, blood and other bodily fluids I decided against it.  What really sealed the deal was not being able to fly around the Universe in a blue box...Otherwise, I really wanted to be a writer.  That dream hasn't quite gone away...
Q. Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I'm more of a favourite place rather than a favourite country person.  As I lived there for 20 years, I love getting back to London.  That aside, Venice, Vienna and New York score highly for me.  If I had to nominate a country, however, I guess - on balance - that it would be Italy.    
Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
As indicated in the answer to the previous question, I enjoy getting back to London and spend weekends there.  Otherwise, I love long walks by the coast and in the country - getting outdoors is increasingly important to me the older I get (my GP also nags me about getting more exercise, so I'm also a reluctant adventurer to the gym every now and then).

Mrs Morton 3.1 Teacher, Year 3 Group Leader & Science Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

Interaction with the children, planning topics, working as part of the team are the aspects I like.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Sense of humour, patience, awareness of each child as an individual

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I Am David by Ann Holm
I read it when I was in year six and have remembered it ever since as it is so gripping.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I have always wanted to be a teacher and used to practice on my toys.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Greece, sunshine and sea.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

Going for long walks, swimming in the sea, knitting, watching films and cooking.

Miss Coombes 3.2 Teacher
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I became a teaching assistant because I really love children and I was thinking about becoming a teacher.  I love the sense of achievement when you suddenly see that spark in a child’s face that they understand.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

To be patient kind and helpful with the children.  To be conscientious, hardworking and reliable for the teacher.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe because I love the Narnia books and I’ve read it many times.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A policewoman.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Japan.  My brother lives there so I have been three times.  Even though there is very little space in Tokyo and very few people have gardens, they still manage to grow plants and shrubs that are beautifully clipped and shaped in any patch of ground available around their house.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to sit in my conservatory on my nice comfy sofa and watch films.  I also like to read in the bath with lots of bubbles.  Other things I like to do are putting on free community events for Woodlands Park.  Then there is also swimming, cycling and walking  - when I get the chance!

Mr Thomas 3.3 Teacher & Sport/PE Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I have always loved working with children and the opportunity to help children learn every day really excites me.  Each day is so different and comes with it's own challenges.  I look forward to coming into 'work' and seeing the children improve.  I really enjoy all of the funny things that children say and the stories they tell, I can't think of another job that makes you laugh so much. 

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think teachers have to be patient, caring and most importantly have a sense of humour.  You have to put yourself into the mind of the children you are teaching and find a way of getting the best out of them to succeed. 

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

My favourite book is The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. I loved the idea of a tiger coming to tea and it ignited my imaginative side. It is the first book I remember reading with my Mum as a child, she made it really enjoyable and promoted a love of reading inside of me,  I've always liked books that make you smile and this book encapsulates that feeling. 

 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to be a professional cricket or football player!  I used to dream of running into the bowl at Lords and scoring a goal for Fulham at Craven Cottage.  Sport has always played a huge part in my life and has helped me to build confidence, making really good friends along the way.

 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I really like America. This summer I spent 3 weeks in Florida doing all of the theme parks, meeting Mickey Mouse and watching loads of sports.  Everything just seems bigger in America, the food is amazing and the people are so friendly! I would love to hire an old school American car and travel all over the country watching baseball, basketball and American football, that would be a dream. 

 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I feel at my most relaxed on the cricket field.  I just love the sport! If I'm not playing cricket I'm either practising, watching or thinking about it...I am obsessed! The challenge of the game really excites me and any sport where you stop at half time for tea is worth playing in my opinion.

Mrs Palmer Teaching Assistant Year 3 & Lunchtime Controller
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love working with the children and seeing them make progress.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Being able to work as part of a team.  Empathy and patience.  A sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Wuthering Heights because I would love to have been Catherine wandering the moors.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet or a farmer.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Peru.  The scenery was amazing and so diverse and the people were very friendly.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy reading and gardening.  My hobbies include obedience showing with my dogs and walking.  I am a keen photographer.

Mrs Ray Teaching Assistant Year 3
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I became a teaching assistant because I enjoy working with children.  I enjoy seeing the progress the children make throughout the school year.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Teaching assistants should have patience, understanding, enthusiasm and an interest in what the children are learning.  They should always be available and approachable when needed.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I have enjoyed several Michael Morpurgo books.  The one that is most memorable is The Butterfly Lion which I read with my son when he was younger.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

As I was growing up I always wanted to be a nurse but soon realise I was far too squeamish.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I haven’t travelled much but when I was younger I went to Greece to the Island of Kos.  The beaches and scenery were very memorable.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine and listening to music.  I also enjoy taking walks with my partner.

Mrs Peyton Teaching Assistant Year 4
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

Initially I chose the job because the hours fitted in well around my children and because I felt I had the right temperament.   I love communicating with children and knowing that, in some small way, I have made a difference to their lives.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, compassion, a positive attitude and a good understanding of the subjects.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Waterlogged – It is a simple book about one man’s adventures wild swimming around Britain.  It is beautifully written and clearly shows the kindness and unique qualities of the people he meets as well as gentle observations of the natural world.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A farm hand!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

New Zealand.  The polite people and the stunning scenery.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love reading and I also meditate.

Mrs Napper 4.1 Teacher, Year Group Leader & Computing Leader
Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I wanted to become a teacher because I enjoy working with children and teaching new and exciting concepts.  As a young child I often played teachers with my friends and would design worksheets and fun activities for them to complete!  I also like the fact that no day is the same in teaching, so the excitement of what the day will bring is always there. 
Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have? 
I think a teacher needs to be a good listener, organised and enthusiastic.  

Q: What is your favourite book and why? 
My favourite book is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  I liked this book so much that I found it difficult to put down!  I found the magical and mystical world of Harry Potter so exciting and wished I could be transported to Hogwarts to help Harry and his friends save Dobby.  
Q: What did you want to be when you were little? 
Before I decided to become a teacher I wanted to be a firefighter.  The thrill of being able to help those in trouble and in dangerous situations excited me.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t brave enough to do all of the amazing work a firefighter does. 

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it? 
I really like New Zealand.  I have visited the country twice and loved the beautiful landscape and relaxed atmosphere.   
Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies? 
I like to read as often as possible and feel there is no better way to relax than to lose yourself in a good book.  I like to spend my spare time walking my pet dog Ludo and play fun board games with my family.

Mrs Hall Higher Level Teaching Assistant Year 4

Q. Why did you become a teacher/TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?

Originally it was so that I had a job which fitted around my own family.  I never realised I would enjoy it as much as I do! I like spending time with children, they are fun and they constantly surprise you and make you think about new ways to look at things.

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a teacher/TA to have?

Patience, a sense of humour and the ability to admit you don’t know everything.

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

Matilda, because I always wanted to be her! I loved books and wished I had magic abilities to go along with it.

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be an air hostess, it looked glamorous and fun. I realised it wasn’t the job for me when I decided I was petrified of being on a plane!

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I like going on holidays in the UK, there are so many beautiful places to visit and sights to see.  I love going to Devon, the Jurassic coastline is stunning and fish and chips on the cob at Lyme Regis is something my whole family enjoys.

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by spending time with my family, baking and going to the gym.

Mrs Batten Teaching Assistant Year 4 & Lunchtime Supervisor
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I like working with children and I think it is a very rewarding job – particularly when you know you have helped someone.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

To be very patient and calm.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I enjoy reading books about history.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to be a nurse or a veterinary nurse.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I loved Cyprus because the people were so welcoming.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy working in my garden and walking my dog.

Mrs Chail Teaching Assistant Year 4
Q.  Why did you what to work in a school and what aspects of it do you like the most?

I had always wanted to work with children but went into Customer Services, working in different customer services roles. Finally, the perfect opportunity presented itself, and here I am! I love the classroom atmosphere: from completing tasks as a whole class to working with individuals on a one-to-one basis.  That moment a student "gets it" is so rewarding.

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for an adult in a school to have?

Firstly, I think anyone who works with children must enjoy their company.  It is also important to be able to listen, have patience with and be empathetic towards children. As well as this, remembering that every child is an individual!

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

My all time favourite book is The Hobbit. I love books which transport you into the story, and I remember feeling as though I was there in Bilbo Baggins' home when I first started reading it.  I preferred the book to the films, which I felt were too scary.

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was young, I wanted to be a teacher.  I admired my English teachers, who were so inspirational and who nurtured my imagination.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I love Canada - I have a large extended family who live in and around Vancouver.  This city is beautiful - it is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Ocean and the views are absolutely amazing.  Take a ride on a cablecar to Grouse Mountain and you can see the whole city! Take a train from Vancouver through the Rocky Mountains and see the numerous lakes with glacial blue water - beautiful!

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

My hobbies are simple.  I like to cook, enjoy reading and like to relax by spending time with my family.

Mrs Gigg Teaching Assistant Year 4
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I enjoy helping children and seeing them progress.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, a sense of humour and understanding.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP history.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a hairdresser.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Portugal because of the friendly people and the lovely weather.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I knit for my grandchildren – clothes and dolls clothes.

Mrs Eaton-Price 5.1 Teacher, Year 5 Group Leader & Music Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I knew that I wanted a job where every day was different. I enjoy the variety of things that you get to do; you definitely never get bored! One of the best things about being a teacher is seeing a child understand something for the first time.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think it is really important for teachers to have lots of enthusiasm and a good sense of humour. Organisation is also necessary!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I don't have one book that I would say is my favourite, but I enjoy books that make you think. Growing up I really enjoyed books by Roald Dahl because they were so imaginative!

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

I always wanted to be a teacher. I did think about being a nurse but I don't really like hospitals!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

There are so many places that I love, I'm not sure I could narrow it down to just one! The Channel Island of Jersey is one of my favourite places in the world, it is so relaxing and beautiful. I also love the USA. I was lucky enough to travel there a few years ago and was amazed by how beautiful certain parts of the country were. Having lunch in the Grand Canyon and hiking in Yosemite National Park are definitely two of the best things I have ever done.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

One of my favourite things to do to relax is bake. Thankfully, my other favourite way to relax is going for a run!

Ms Fleck 5.3 Teacher & Modern Foreign Languages Leader
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Mrs Sawle Higher Level Teaching Assistant Year 5

Q.  Why did you become a Teaching Assistant and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I started at the school as a Lunchtime Controller and soon after I realised that I enjoyed working with children and wanted to do more. Everyday is different and the pleasure it gives you when you see the children make progress and you know you're helping them achieve is amazing!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, enthusiasm, understanding and good listening skills.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

As a child I enjoyed reading Enid Blyton books I now enjoy reading Michael Morpurgo books and love reading them with my children.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A nurse/midwife. 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have visited lots of beautiful places here in the UK.  My favorite though has to be Florida, Disneyland as I'm a child at heart.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy family time, walks and socialising with friends and family.  

Mrs Hallahan Teaching Assistant Year 5
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love working with children – it is such a rewarding job.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

You have to be understanding, and be willing to listen to the children in order to support them.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I enjoy books about gardening and recently I have been reading lots of books about World War 2.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A hairdresser.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

When I visited Australia we went to Perth.  I loved the view as you looked down from King’s Park over Perth itself.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy working in my garden and singing in the All Saints Community Choir.

Mrs Klinker Teaching Assistant Year 5
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

To help children.  I enjoy seeing the pleasure on a child’s face when they have finally got it!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think sense of humour is vital!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I read lots of books – at least one a week.  I have not read a book more than once, as there are always new books I want to read.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A nurse.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I enjoyed visiting the U.S.A because the food was wonderful!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by sewing and I go to Zumba once a week.

Mrs Delgado 6.1 Teacher, Year 6 Group Leader & Pastoral/PSHE Leader

Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I first realised I wanted to teach after a GCSE PE lesson. Children from the linked junior school joined us for a ‘Mini Olympics’ taught by us! I had so much fun and couldn’t believe how much the children got out of it. The best part of teaching for me is that light bulb moment a child has when they realise they can do something they couldn’t before.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think a teacher needs to be kind, caring and compassionate; every child is unique and a teacher needs to learn the personalities and interests of each child to ensure they are successful academically, socially and emotionally. Teachers should be engaging and enthusiastic; keeping children motivated and interested in what they are learning.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

Once I get into a book, I can’t put it down! My favourite book whilst I was growing up was Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is so full of imagination; I used to hope places like the chocolate factory existed with all sorts of magical and exciting things. I think the world would be a much better place with chocolate trees and ‘Everlasting Gobstoppers!’

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was little I used to want to be a professional dancer! I went to dance school three times a week and took part in lots of competitions around Britain!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I went on a safari holiday to South Africa a few years ago which was such an amazing experience! I held lion cubs, stroked a leopard and watched animals go to the watering hole at sunrise! Something I will never forget!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

Every week I go to a Zumba class; I love the fast dance-aerobic style routines and music from around the world! My favourite thing to do is to take my dogs on lovely long walks, especially by the river in the summer.

Mrs Hammett-Bregger 6.2 Teacher & Humanities Leader
Q. Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

After having worked and taught abroad for a while, I decided that I wanted to retrain as a primary school teacher as it was the most fulfilling, exciting and challenging job I could think of.  Every day is different, every child is different and the scope to teach lots of different subjects in one day means that there is never a dull moment. 

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think teachers need to be organised, patient, have a good sense of humour and be able to empathise with the children in their class.

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

I have always loved reading.  I remember in particular loving The Magic Treehouse stories, anything by Roald Dahl and detective books.

 

Q.What did you want to be when you were little?

When I was little, I thought I was going to be either a doctor, photographer or librarian!

 

Q. Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I am a huge fan of Paris and New York and love wandering around new places.  I also think the coastline around Wales is beautiful.

 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I enjoy spending time with my family, going on walks and being able to relax.  I still love to read whenever I get the chance.

 

Mr Mckrell 6.2 Teacher, Assistant Headteacher, Assessment Coordinator & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leader

Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I enjoyed teaching golf to juniors and felt I could be of use to primary teaching!  I love running the football teams!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I don’t have an outstanding favourite but love books by Thomas Harris.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A footballer!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

South Africa – I loved the food, the wine and the stunning landscape.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I play golf whenever I have the time.

Mrs Hurley 6.3 Teacher & Mathematics Leader
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I became a teacher because I wanted to do a fun and active job, which doesn’t involve sitting at a desk all day.
I like making learning fun for the children and myself.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience and a good sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I loved reading the Hunger Games because the author’s descriptive writing style was so gripping and there were so many cliff-hangers, it was sometimes impossible to put it down!

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet because I love animals.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I really like Australia, where there is a huge range of animals and landscapes to discover.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to walk my dogs and ride my bike in the countryside.  On sunny days, I like to take my kayak on the river. I like to bake cakes and desserts for friends and family.

Mrs Neal Higher Level Teaching Assistant Year 6
Q. Why did you become a teacher/TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?   

I always enjoyed helping out whenever I could when my boys attended All Saints, and following a career break I decided I'd like to become a TA permanently.  It's brilliant to see the children make progress and to see the smiled on their faces when I've helped them and the 'get it'! 

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a teacher/TA to have?  

Endless patience, enthusiasm, positivity and encouragement.  A sense of humour is a must!

Q. What is your favorite book and why?  

I really enjoy reading crime thrillers, especially Peter James's books about DS Roy Grace.  He only releases one book each year, so I count down the days until launch day, read it avidly, and then have to wait another year for the next book! 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?  

A doctor, because I wanted to help people.

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?  

I visited the Maldives with my husband before we had children.  It was idyllic!  I loved the crystal clear water and the amazing variety of vividly coloured fish.  One day we went on a snorkelling trip and swam close to a whale shark!  It was extraordinary!  We would love to take our boys there, but they'd complain about the long flight!

Q. How do you like tor relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love to keep fit and enjoy zumba, pilates and yoga.  I have been playing the clarinet since I was 10, and am a member of a wind band and, of course, All Saints school band!   

Mrs Azad Teaching Assistant Year 6 & Lunchtime Controller

Q. Why did you become a TA and what aspects of teaching do you like best?   

I enjoy working with children and seeing them progress.

Q. What qualities do you think are important for a TA to have?  

I think patience, being calm and having an understanding of each child's individual needs is important.

3. What is your favorite book and why?  

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favourite book.  I loved the characters and Roald Dahl's imagination.

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?  

I wanted to be a nurse.

Q. Have you visited a country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?  

I have visited Saudi Arabia several times and also like going to Bangladesh where I have some family.  I enjoy the rural countryside there.

Q. How do you like tor relax?  Have you any hobbies?  

I love to cook and sew.  I make my own Asian clothes and those of my daughters as well.  I relax by watching my favourite programmes on TV.  

Gemma Brewerton Teaching Assistant Year 6 & Paediatric First Aid

Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I became a teaching assistant because I wanted to help children learn and progress. It's so rewarding knowing that you are making a difference somehow. 

Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have? 
To have an understanding that each child is different. To be patient, caring and have a sense of humour.

Q: What is your favourite book and why? 
I can't pick a favorite but I have just read The Girl on the Train and thought that was fantastic. I love physiological thrillers.

Q: What did you want to be when you were little? 
I wanted to be a nurse. I've always known I wanted to help people in some way.

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
I've been to lots of amazing countries but most recently I visited Cyprus which was stunning. The people were so welcoming and I ticked something off my bucket list- parasailing!

Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies? 
I love to go for walks and spend time with my friends and family. I also enjoy going out for dinner and shopping- maybe a little too much!

Mrs Iftekhar Teaching Assistant Year 6 & Lunchtime Controller
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Mrs Yasin Teaching Assistant Year 6 & Lunchtime Controller
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I find a great sense of pleasure and enjoyment when working and supporting children both in their classroom learning and building their self confidence on a social level.

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

A good sense of humour, patience a good listener and able to stay calm.

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

Growing up I enjoyed reading Hello Mr Twiddle by Enid Blyton as I found them funny. 

 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I remember wanting to be a police office then a fire officer but i was quickly deterred be the amount of physical fitness that was needed.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

 I visited Saudi Arabia, it was such a beautiful country. I enjoyed visiting historic places and meeting people from different countries. 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

At the moment my hobbies are  DIY. I'm quite good at laminating floors.

Mrs Toohey Teacher & English Leader

Q: Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of the job do you like the most? 
I became a teacher because I knew I would like working with children and seeing them learn new things. Before making my decision fully, I worked for a very short time in an office, but I quickly realised that it was not for me! The classroom is much more exciting and no two days are the same! I particularly love that moment when a child says, "Oh, now I get it!" Nothing beats that feeling!

Q: What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
Teachers need to be patient, understanding and enthusiastic. Being organised as well as flexible are quite crucial qualities too as things can change very quickly in this job!

Q: What is your favourite book and why?
That's a hard question for an avid reader like me! So many to choose from! I would have to say that Wuthering Heights always comes to mind first when I am asked that question. I couldn't put it down. I think I stayed up most of the night reading it! It is such a wonderful story and beautifully written. I could keep naming favourite books! As a child I read anything that was on the shelves at home, often twice! Being a younger member of a large family, I had a lot of choice, but have to say that the Famous Five series were probably my favourites. I still love detective novels now! 

Q: What did you want to be when you were little?
Always a teacher!

Q: Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?
New Zealand. Amazing country! So vast and yet so unspoilt. Can't wait to go back! I also love Scotland! Beautiful, if a little cold sometimes!

Q: How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I love reading, particularly in the evenings and going for long walks with my family. I enjoy gardening too. Another favourite pastime of mine is watching crime dramas on television. I love how they keep you in suspense, but having to wait for the next episode is hard! 

Mrs Kitchen Teacher
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I got a lot from my own education and have always loved learning, so I wanted to 'give something back'.  When the opportunity arose for me to learn more about education with a PGCE I jumped at the chance.  I like surprising children by introducing them to new ideas and watching them make progress in all sorts of ways.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

A teacher needs to have patience, empathy with children and parents, determination, excellent subject knowledge, an appreciation of confidentiality and a very good sense of humour.

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I really cannot choose between all the books I have read since I was a child but when I was very young my favourite book was Enid Blyton's Book of the Year.  I still love it now and have my mum's copy, which was bought for her as a child when it was first published.  It sounds very old fashioned if I read it now but it played a large part in making me interested in many subjects at an early age.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

Everything!  Every week I would take myself to the library near where I lived and read all the books about different careers and each week I would want to be something else.  So far I've managed accountant, teacher and librarian but there were many more.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I really liked Tanzania when we went on safari there recently because it was so different to places I had experienced before.  My favourite cities are Venice, Paris, Granada, San Francisco and London because of the mix of beauty and history in all of them.
Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax day to day by reading and watching interesting TV programmes.  I love travel, especially walking in the mountains when the rest of my family ski.  Another interest is history in general but particularly family history and the history of London.

Mrs Miles Inclusion Leader (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator - SENDCo - and Disadvantaged Children)
Q.  Why did you become a teacher and what aspects of teaching do you like the most?

I had some inspirational teachers who made me want to be like them.  I think teaching and learning are really important.  As someone who didn’t always find maths easy, I know the difference a good teacher can make.

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, being approachable, creativity, well organised, focused and have a sense of humour.  

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

This is a hard question – I love books!  My favourite as a child was The Wickedest Witch in the World by Beverly Nicholls because it was the first ‘proper’ book I read.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet.  I had lots of pets (a dog, 3 cats, a rabbit, a guinea pig and too many gerbils to count!)  I thought being a vet would be fantastic.

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

We love Portugal as a family.  We go every other year because we have friends who live on the Silver Coast, near Sao Martinho.  It’s always sunny there and the people are really friendly.

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like walking my black Labrador, Ziggy.  She loves swimming in the river and playing ‘fetch’ with her ball.  I also like going to the cinema or theatre with friends or family.  If I’m really tired, I like reading or watching television.

Mrs Pattison Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)
Q.  Why did you become a teaching assistant and what aspects of the job do you like the most?

I love seeing a child have the 'aha' moment of realisation when they understand something or realise they can do something. I particularly enjoy seeing them become proud of what they are and what they can achieve.  

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teaching assistant to have?

Patience, empathy, being caring, understanding, positive, encouraging and recognising that every child is an individual. 

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?

I adore reading and read most days so cannot possible choose a favourite book! Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl were definitely among my favourite authors when I was younger.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

A vet because I did and do still love animals.  

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have family in a little fishing village in Ireland called Tullybegs. I adore visiting there for the unspoilt beaches, countryside and wildlife, and for the slow and friendly way of life! I also love camping in England! I love exploring places such as Hampshire, Somerset and Dorset and being out in the open air and around the camp fire!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I love yoga and meditation and try to practice both weekly.  I also love reading, walking and going on adventures with my children and our dog Teddy. 

Mrs Hales School Business Manager
Q.  Why do you work in education and what aspect of it do you like the most?

I wanted to work in education so I can make a difference to children's lives. Prior to working here I had vast experience of education and working with children in different ways but wanted to be at the heart of it. What do i like the most....every day is different, what you plan to do doesn't always happen but that's ok because we want our children to be resilient and cope with change and we need to lead by example!

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

Patience, compassion and seeing the best in every child.

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

I really don't know...that is a really tricky question - the first thing that come to my mind is Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck but there are lots more!

 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

A formula 1 racing driver, followed by a GP then work in education.

 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

Greece - Crete in particular I go there as much as I can.  I like the laid back lifestyle where you have to relax whether you like it or not and the food and heat is amazing!

 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I relax by going to Greece. Catching up on a popular soap on a Friday night and spending time with my family. Reading and word search's when I get the chance. 

 

Mrs Deal School Secretary (Monday - Wednesday)
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Mrs Doe Administrator to the SLT

 

Q.  Why do you want to work in education and what aspects of it do you like the most?

 I wanted to work in education as I wanted to help children to grow to their full potential.

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think they need to be patient, caring and understanding.

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton,  I enjoyed the adventures they had in all the different lands that can to the tree.

 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be an Accountant as I enjoyed counting money.

 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have been very lucky and travelled to some lovely countries.

 

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I like spending time with my family either having a movie nights or playing board games.  I enjoy baking cakes. 

Mrs Sandhu Breakfast Club Supervisor
Q.  Why do you want to work in education and what aspects of it do you like the most?

I want to work in education because I really love working with children and watching their development over time.

 

Q. What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?

I think a teacher should have a sense of humour, patience and enthusiasm.  I think good listening skills are also a key quality a teacher should have. 

 

Q. What is your favourite book and why?

As a child I loved reading The Last Leaf because it shows you will never give up hope.  It gives you an insight on how strong willpower is. 

 

Q. What did you want to be when you were little?

I wanted to be a Nurse.  I have always wanted to help people in some way. 

 

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

I have visited Hong Kong many times.  I particularly like the relaxed lifestyle along with the heat and the food is amazing! 

 

Q. How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?

I like to relax by spending time with my family and having a fun games night.  My main hobby is gardening although I do enjoy listening to classics. 

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Miss Buckley Maternity Leave
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Before I was a teacher in a primary school I taught children to ride horses. I loved seeing the progress they could make when they didn’t give up! I then became a teacher because I wanted to play a part in helping children to grow up into thoughtful, curious and creative adults. I love watching children become more independent and achieve new things. I particularly like teaching Maths as I enjoy seeing the smiles on children’s faces when they finally solve a problem or find a new way of getting the answer to a calculation!

Q.  What qualities do you think it is important for a teacher to have?
I think teachers need to be patient, caring, determined, enthusiastic and compassionate. A sense of humour is important and we need to have lots of energy too! It also helps to have an interest in looking for second hand books at car boot sales and charity shops!

Q.  What is your favourite book and why?
I loved reading To Kill A Mockingbird at school during my GCSEs but nowadays I love picture books! My favourites are by an author called Oliver Jeffers.

Q.  What did you want to be when you were little?

Before I decided I wanted to be a teacher, I wanted to work with animals and liked the idea of being a zookeeper!

Q.  Have you visited any country that you particularly like?  What did you like about it?

My favourite country is England! I absolutely love Cornwall and every year I try to visit there. I have lots of lovely childhood memories and think it has the most beautiful coastlines!

Q.  How do you like to relax?  Have you any hobbies?
I enjoy reading on my Kindle and find it very relaxing. I also enjoy walking and have recently started Geocaching which is great fun and allows me to see places which I would have never found otherwise. One of my passions is still horses and horse riding and I enjoy going with my friends to local horse shows. When I have the time I also love to cook for my family!

LOVING ALL OUR NEIGHBOURS - John 15: 12 'This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.'
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