Staff & Governors

Meet the team

Friendly Staff

Our Key People

We are lucky to have such a highly-skilled, experienced and friendly staff team at Princecroft. Staff work in conjunction with a group of volunteer governors with representatives from parents, staff, the local community and the Local Authority.

Senior Leadership Team

Mr Michael Park

Headteacher

Mr Park is the head teacher of Princecroft School. His role is to lead the staff team and to work alongside the rest of the governing body to ensure that our school is the best it can be. Mr Park is the designated safeguarding lead and the designated lead for looked after children. He is an experienced teacher having taught in Manchester, Devon and Bath. He also worked as a Primary Maths Advisor for Wiltshire Local Authority, delivering support and training for lots of Wiltshire schools. He continues to offer training and support to other schools in many aspects of curriculum and leadership. Mr Park has a BA degree, a PGCE in Primary Education, an MA in Early Mathematics and has completed an NPQH.

Mrs Gemma Pierson

Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs Pierson is our deputy head teacher and deputy designated safeguarding lead. Her role includes assisting Mr Park in running the school and supporting staff and children in all aspects of school life. She leads English and music, oversees how the curriculum is designed and delivers training for teachers. Mrs Pierson currently teaches Year 6 on Fridays, as well as teaching music through the school. Mrs Pierson has taught in North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire. She has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education 5-11 with a music specialism, is an experienced SENCo and has a PG Cert in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion. She is also a national Arts Award Adviser.

Mrs Anita Harley

Senior Teacher

Mrs Harley is one of our more experienced teachers and she leads Sounds~Write and Talk4Writing through the school. She has successfully led on art, writing most of the curriculum and gaining Artsmark gold. She has had extensive input into curriculum design as a whole and has delivered training for other teachers in Sounds~Write and reading. Mrs Harley teaches for 4 days in Year 1 and has spent the last 7 years working across Key Stage 1 at Princecroft. She is studying to become a Sounds~Write trainer. Mrs Harley has a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Art, a PGCE Primary Years 5-11 and a Master of Arts in Educational Practice.

Mrs Megan Jones

SENDCo

Mrs Jones is our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo). Her role is to ensure our policies for SEND are effective and appropriate, to coordinate additional provision for vulnerable learners, to liaise with external professionals when necessary and to ensure staff know how to make adjustments in class in order for every child to make progress. She has taught in Somerset and Wiltshire schools, has a BA (Hons) in History, a PGCE in Primary and Early Years with Qualified Teacher Status and is currently studying for a PG Cert in Special Education Needs Coordination.

Mrs Beth Foyle

Senior Teacher

Mrs Foyle is our Year 3 teacher. She has a responsibility for overseeing the school curriculum – particularly focussing on the way information is presented to the children, and on the vocabulary they are taught. She is heavily involved in supporting our Sounds~Write teaching, having been trained specifically with a vocabulary specialism in Years 3-6. She is currently studying to become a Sounds~Write trainer. As one of our more experienced teachers, Mrs Foyle regularly supports other colleagues and is a student mentor. Mrs Foyle has taught in Wiltshire across Years 5 and 6. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, and a PGCE in Primary Education (5-11).

Early Years Teaching Team

Mrs Danielle Legg-Bagg

Nursery Teacher

Mrs Legg-Bagg is our nursery leader and teacher who is responsible for our youngest children in The Hive. She works with an experienced staff team to ensure that The Hive offers the best learning opportunities in an excellent, purpose-built environment. Mrs Legg-Bagg works closely with families to successfully settle new children into the nursery so that our 3 and 4 year olds get the very best start to their education. Mrs Legg-Bagg has worked in schools in Manchester and Wiltshire. She has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Economics, a PGCE in Early Years 3-7, and is trained in Paediatric First Aid. She is also a Level 3 Forest School Leader.

Mrs Kirsty Bennett

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bennett works as a teaching assistant and key worker in The Hive Nursery. She is very experienced, having worked in local nursery settings for 20 years. She was a nursery room supervisor before joining Princecroft in 2016, and since then, she has worked in the classroom supporting teachers and students, including those with additional needs. She has a BTEC National Diploma in Care and NVQ levels 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. Mrs Bennett is also ELSA trained, meaning she can offer support around emotional wellbeing for children who need it.

Miss Emma Penney

Nursery Teaching Assistant

Miss Penney is a teaching assistant in The Hive Nursery with our youngest children. Her role involves taking care of the children in all aspects of their day, providing rich learning opportunities, and observing them in their play. She identifies children’s next steps in order for them to reach the next stage in their development. Miss Penney has worked in another school before Princecroft for 22 years and has worked across Early Years and Key Stage 1. Miss Penney is qualified to Level 3 and has a BTEC in Childhood Studies.

Mrs Jessica Hampshire

Reception Teacher

Mrs Hampshire is currently on maternity leave. When in school, she teaches in Reception on Mondays to Wednesdays alongside Mrs Batchelor who teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. She is our geography subject leader and oversees the curriculum provision for this subject throughout the school. Mrs Hampshire has worked at Princecroft for almost 10 years, and during that time she has worked in every year group, including some mixed year classes. Like all our teachers, Mrs Hampshire is Sounds~Write trained and it is her who introduces formal phonics lessons to the children when they start school. She has a BA Hons degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

Mrs Lauren Batchelor

Reception Teacher

Mrs Batchelor teaches in Reception. She leads PSHE and art across the school. Her role includes making sure the environment at Princecroft is creative and kept to a high standard. She oversees the planning of displays with the teachers and works with a team of art ambassadors in Year 6 to make artistic decisions in the school. Mrs Batchelor is heavily involved in planning arts events and ensuring we retain our Artsmark Gold status. Mrs Batchelor has taught in Somerset and Wiltshire. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art and Sculpture and a PGCE in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Mrs Hayley Reid

Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Reid works as a teaching assistant in our Reception class. She supports the teachers and pupils to ensure all children learn effectively. Mrs Reid is very experienced working across the primary age phase and has supported children with additional needs. She is Sounds~Write trained and leads group teaching for the children who need further support. She has an NVQ Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification and has Level 2 BSL Basic Sign Language (due to working as a TA in a school for deaf children for 5 years). Mrs Reid is ELSA trained to support children with emotional wellbeing and she also runs a gardening club for children of all ages.

Mrs Sarah Carpenter

Reception Teaching Assistant

Mrs Carpenter works as a teaching assistant in Reception and has a Level 3 Teaching Assistant Diploma. Her role is to support the teachers and work with children to ensure they are settled and make good progress with their learning. She has 10 years’ experience in the primary education setting. Mrs Carpenter has an NCFE/CACHE Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning. She is Sounds~Write trained and has also completed training for our Play Pod which the children use at breaks and lunch times.

Key Stage 1 Teaching Team

Mrs Anita Harley

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Harley is one of our more experienced teachers and she leads Sounds~Write and Talk4Writing through the school. She has successfully led on art, writing most of the curriculum and gaining Artsmark gold. She has had extensive input into curriculum design as a whole and has delivered training for other teachers in Sounds~Write and reading. Mrs Harley teaches for 4 days in Year 1 and has spent the last 7 years working across Key Stage 1 at Princecroft. She is studying to become a Sounds~Write trainer. Mrs Harley has a BA (Hons) in Education Studies and Art, a PGCE Primary Years 5-11 and a Master of Arts in Educational Practice.

Mrs Rebecca Crook

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Crook is a teaching assistant in our Year 1 class. Her role is to encourage and support the children with their learning and in all other aspects of the school day. Mrs Crook also supervises some lunch time sessions with the children in The Hive Nursery. She has a Level 3 Diploma as an Early Years Educator, and has experience working as a room leader for two years in a Ministry of Defence nursery in Brunei, South East Asia.

Mr Steven Brenchley

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Mr Brenchley is a teaching assistant in our Year 1 class. He also provides some wrap-around care after school in The Hive Nursery. His role is to support the children in the class with their learning and in all aspects of the school day. Mr Brenchley has a Makaton sign language qualification and is a qualified football referee and coach. Prior to working at Princecroft, Mr Brenchley has worked in both a special needs school and a resource base.

Miss Tarla Reynolds

Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Miss Reynolds is currently on maternity leave. When in school, she works as a teaching assistant in Year 1. She also has HLTA status which allows her to teach whole classes in a teacher’s absence. Miss Reynolds is involved in leading PE across the school with Miss Surridge and Miss Wood. She has taught across all year groups, particularly in PE. Miss Reynolds is very experienced, having worked at Princecroft for 18 years. She helps to organise PE events for our school such as competitive matches, competitions and sports day.

Miss Alex Wood

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Wood is our Year 2 teacher. She leads science across the school and PE alongside Miss Surridge. She is also a staff governor, which means she ensures the staff voice is heard in governors’ meetings. Her responsibilities include overseeing the PE curriculum, including extra-curricular events; she often coaches after-school sports clubs. Miss Wood first taught at Princecroft as a student teacher in Year 6, before she joined us as a member of staff. She has since been a student mentor and has coached trainee teachers in school. She has a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.

Mrs Andrea Winstanley

Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Miss Winstanley works as a teaching assistant in our Year 2 class. She is very experienced, having worked at Princecroft for nine years in all age phases. Miss Winstanley is ELSA trained, meaning she can offer support to children around emotional wellbeing. Like all of our staff, she is also Sounds~Write trained. Miss Winstanley’s role includes greeting all of our children as they arrive at school each morning and she has a key role at breaks and lunch times to ensure everyone is happy and safe. She is a qualified first-aider.

Key Stage 2 Teaching Team

Mrs Beth Foyle

Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Foyle is our Year 3 teacher. She has a responsibility for overseeing the school curriculum – particularly focussing on the way information is presented to the children, and on the vocabulary they are taught. She is heavily involved in supporting our Sounds~Write teaching, having been trained specifically with a vocabulary specialism in Years 3-6. She is currently studying to become a Sounds~Write trainer. As one of our more experienced teachers, Mrs Foyle regularly supports other colleagues and is a student mentor. Mrs Foyle has taught in Wiltshire across Years 5 and 6. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Childhood, Youth and Education Studies, and a PGCE in Primary Education (5-11).

Miss Alice Stokes

Year 3 Teaching Assistant

Miss Stokes works as a teaching assistant in our Year 3 class. She supports the class teachers and the pupils, making sure the children can all learn effectively. Since joining Princecroft, Miss Stokes has provided lots of 1:1 support for children with additional needs. She is very experienced, having worked in primary education for 21 years. Miss Stokes is qualified to Level 2 in SEN, has ASD training, and has a range of medical training such as epilepsy, medication, diabetes and paediatric first aid. Like all our staff, she is also trained in Sounds~Write.

Miss Megan Surridge

Year 4 Teacher

Miss Surridge is our Year 4 class teacher. She leads PE across the school alongside Miss Wood. Her responsibilities include overseeing the PE curriculum including extra-curricular events. She arranges swimming lessons for some of our classes and often coaches after-school sports clubs. Miss Surridge has spent all of her teaching career so far at Princecroft teaching our Year 3 children. She has a BA (Hons) degree in Early Years Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

Mrs Veronica Brooks

Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Brooks works as a teaching assistant in our Year 4 class. She supports the class teacher and the children to ensure the teaching and learning is effective. Mrs Brooks is very experienced, having worked at Princecroft for 25 years from Reception to Year 5. She is an emergency first-aider and is also our school fire warden. Mrs Brooks holds a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification, has been trained in Speech, Language and Communication in the Mainstream School and like all our staff team here, she is also Sounds~Write trained.

Mrs Jo Chalmers

Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Chalmers works as a teaching assistant in our Year 4 class. She also has HLTA status which allows her to teach whole classes in a teacher’s absence. Mrs Chalmers leads on computing and teaches our computing curriculum through the school to all age phases. Like all of our staff here, she is Sounds~Write trained. Mrs Chalmers is experienced in supporting primary education, having worked at two other local schools before joining us here at Princecroft.

Miss Kathy Dredge

Year 5 Teacher

Miss Dredge is our Year 5 class teacher. She has recently completed her teacher training within an academy trust working across Key Stages 1 and 2. Prior to that, Miss Dredge worked as a HLTA and gained experience supporting learning across the primary and secondary age phases. She has also taught curriculum support classes for pupils with additional needs. Miss Dredge has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a BA (Hons) in Professional Practice in Education, a Foundation degree in Teaching and Learning and Levels 2 and 3 in Supporting, Teaching, Learning and Schools.

Mrs Lydia Moore

Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Moore works as a teaching assistant in our Year 5 class, and she also provides wrap-around care for our youngest children in The Hive Nursery. Mrs Moore is ELSA trained and provides support around emotional wellbeing. She is Sounds~Write trained and delivers interventions for pupils requiring more support. Mrs Moore has a Level 3 diploma and Cache Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. She has training in paediatric first aid, anaphylaxis and seizures. Mrs Moore is very experienced, having worked in adult mental health before choosing to make a difference to young people in their education. She has worked in pre-schools in Kent, London and the South West.

Mrs Barnie Lindsey

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs Lindsey is our Year 6 teacher she is responsible for leading maths across the school. Mrs Lindsey is a trained student mentor and has coached trainee teachers in school. She has taught in Devon and Wiltshire, and has experience in maths leadership across an academy trust. Mrs Lindsey has a BSc Hons degree in Business Administration and a PGCE in Primary Education with a Mathematics Specialism.

Mrs Gemma Pierson

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs Pierson is our deputy head teacher and deputy designated safeguarding lead. Her role includes assisting Mr Park in running the school and supporting staff and children in all aspects of school life. She leads English and music, oversees how the curriculum is designed and delivers training for teachers. Mrs Pierson currently teaches Year 6 on Fridays, as well as teaching music through the school. Mrs Pierson has taught in North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Wiltshire. She has a BA (Hons) in Primary Education 5-11 with a music specialism, is an experienced SENCo and has a PG Cert in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion. She is also a national Arts Award Adviser.

Mrs Ella Newton

Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Newton is a teaching assistant who works part time in our Year 6 class three times a week in the mornings. Here she supports children with their learning in English and maths. She is a trained teacher and has a PGCE in Primary Education. Mrs Newton has previously taught across the primary age phase in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, as well as covering classes for teachers during their planning, preparation and assessment time.

Admin Team

Mrs Monique Binns

Administration Officer

Mrs Binns is our Administration Officer and she works full time in our school office. She takes a special interest in safeguarding and is a key person in our record keeping and safeguarding systems. Mrs Binns is fluent in 4 languages: English, Dutch, German and French and has regularly taught French in school as well as supporting children with reading as she is Sounds~Write trained. She is very experienced in her role, having worked in schools for 12 years.

Mrs Emma Dredge

Finance Officer

Mrs Dredge is our Finance and HR Officer. She works in our school office on Tuesdays and Fridays. Her role includes managing the school accounts under the guidance of Mrs Osborne and she deals with the day-to-day financial aspects of our school. She is responsible for purchase ordering, paying invoices and managing the school payroll. Mrs Dredge has worked in primary and secondary schools for 15 years as part of Children’s Services. She has a BA (Hons) in History and Level 2 AAT Accountancy.

Mrs Dredge also manages the administration for The Hive Nursery

Mrs Tina Osborne

Business Manager

Mrs Osborne is our School Business Manager and she works in our school office on Wednesdays. Her role includes managing the school budget, being responsible for finding ways to bring money into the school (such as applications for bids) and reporting to the School Governors. She is an experienced Business Manager, having worked in Wiltshire Local Authority schools and single and multi-academy trusts in Wiltshire and Swindon for 20 years. Mrs Osborne has a BSc in Management Sciences (Marketing) and a Diploma in School Business Management.

Site Team

Mr Steve Manley

Groundsperson

Mrs Katy Scutt

Lunch Time Support

Mrs Shopna Amjod

Lunch Time Support

Mrs Cheryl Garrett

Lunch Time Support

Supporting Our Team

Governors

The governors meet six times a year for full governors’ meetings, and each governor is also a member of either the Resources Committee (for finance, premises and staffing issues) or the Teaching, Learning and Standards Committee which both meet generally four times a year. Each governor also takes on a specific monitoring role for different aspects of school governance.

The Princecroft School Governors are:

Mrs Fiona Marshall

Clerk to the Governors

Mr Michael Park

Headteacher

Mr Park is the head teacher of Princecroft School. His role is to lead the staff team and to work alongside the rest of the governing body to ensure that our school is the best it can be. Mr Park is the designated safeguarding lead and the designated lead for looked after children. He is an experienced teacher having taught in Manchester, Devon and Bath. He also worked as a Primary Maths Advisor for Wiltshire Local Authority, delivering support and training for lots of Wiltshire schools. He continues to offer training and support to other schools in many aspects of curriculum and leadership. Mr Park has a BA degree, a PGCE in Primary Education, an MA in Early Mathematics and has completed an NPQH.

Mrs Molly Johnston

Co-opted Governor & Chair of Governors

Molly is our Chair of Governors. She has responsibilities for evaluation and monitoring maths. She has extensive knowledge and experience within primary education as a qualified teacher. Molly has worked as a Head Teacher at St. George’s School in Warminster, and as the acting Head Teacher at Princecroft. Known well by the staff and pupils, Molly is actively involved with school life. She supports classes during learning time, regularly listens to children read and helps us with special events and trips.

Mrs Mary Murray

Co-opted Governor & Vice-Chair

Mary is the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and sits on the Teaching and Learning Committee. She is responsible for monitoring English and PE. Mary is a trained primary teacher. She spent five years supporting schools in the Wiltshire advisory service, and was a Headteacher for 17 years in Wiltshire primary schools. She is now retired and regularly comes into school to support us and listen to children read.

Mr Anthony Knyvett

Co-opted Governor

Anthony is a Co-opted Governor and chairs the resources committee meetings. He regularly comes into school to hear the children read and he monitors health and safety. He has a diploma in accounting and finance which is useful in supporting the school’s financial management. Anthony’s background is military, where he was assigned a number of Army staff jobs involving business planning and contract management. More recently he has worked as a financial, commercial and administration manager for a language service company.

Mrs Joanna Gutmann

Co-opted Governor

Joanna is a Co-opted Governor and sits on the resources committee. She is the proprietor of a training business which she has owned for the last 20 years. As part of this, she is experienced in administration support, financial management and she often works with young people newly out of the school system in apprenticeship roles.

Mrs Sue Allen

Local Authority Governor

Sue is a Local Authority Governor and has held this role for 20 years. She is also the appointed safeguarding governor, whistleblowing governor and responsible for policies, head teacher and staff appraisals. In this role, Sue undertakes regular training and courses in relation to safeguarding and governance. Sue is familiar to staff and pupils as she visits weekly with a church group to run our ‘Open the Book’ assemblies.

Miss A Wood

Staff Governor

Miss Wood is our Year 2 teacher. She leads science across the school and PE alongside Miss Surridge. She is also a staff governor, which means she ensures the staff voice is heard in governors’ meetings. Her responsibilities include overseeing the PE curriculum, including extra-curricular events; she often coaches after-school sports clubs. Miss Wood first taught at Princecroft as a student teacher in Year 6, before she joined us as a member of staff. She has since been a student mentor and has coached trainee teachers in school. She has a BSc in Criminology and Psychology and a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status.

Mrs Michelle Finnigan

Co-opted Governor

Michelle is a Co-opted Governor. She sits on the teaching and learning committee and is responsible for monitoring Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at Princecroft. Michelle is a key stage one teacher herself at an independent prep school. She has a BSc degree in psychology and a PGCE.

Mrs Sally Lloyd

Parent Governor

Sally is a Parent Governor and she sits on the teaching and learning committee. She has three children here at Princecroft, and prior to having her own children, she was a primary school teacher. Sally has a PGCE in Primary Education. She has the responsibility of monitoring the early years (Nursery and Reception classes) and the arts within school.

Mrs Michelle Heywood

Parent Governor

Michelle is a Parent Governor and is responsible for monitoring GDPR and SCR. She holds a Level 5 CIPD Certificate in Human Resources and has undertaken a breadth of training in relation to safeguarding and governance. Michelle currently works as a HR Advisor in a secondary school and she has over 6 years’ experience in education, dealing with safeguarding, compliance and providing HR guidance for around 200 staff. She manages the single central record and ensures recruitment checks are compliant with statutory, regulatory and legislative requirements.

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