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Who’s Who

Meet the staff at Eleanor Palmer! School Council asked them all some critical questions! Click on each photo for a selection of their replies.

Headteachers and Admin

Kate Frood

Kate Frood

Headteacher

Times Tables or handwriting?

Times tables – OBVIOUSLY! I am obsessed.

Two desert island teaching resources?

Dice and a really great novel

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teacher?

Hard to imagine wanting to do anything else: I’ve wanted to teach since I was 8… but if pushed, a Radio 5 Live Breakfast presenter!

Favourite place in the school?

Our wonderful entrance with the art, the fish and the running water

Sally Hill

Sally Hill

Deputy Head and SENDCO

Egg Race or X Factor?

Egg Race – I’m always so impressed with the children’s inventions.

Two desert island teaching resources?

Number fans and playing cards

Favourite number?

7. My daughter was born at 7:17!

Favourite Children’s Book?

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Tania Voaden

Tania Voaden

Senior Admin Officer and Admissions

Favourite place in the school?

The grass slide on the Island but I think I’m too big for it!

Chocolate or cheese?

Cheese, but not too ripe!

What would you have been if you hadn’t been a school administrator?

A mountain climber.

Danny Ansley

Danny Ansley

School-keeper

What would you have been if you hadn’t been a school keeper?

A builder

Favourite place in the school?

My house next door!

Island or Tower?

Island – such a great play area.

Key Stage 2

Charlotte MacCormick

Charlotte MacCormick

Year 3 Teacher

Chocolate or cheese?  

Tricky decision, but I’d have to say cheese … the smellier the better!

 Your dream half term destination?

Bordeaux, France. I went there this summer and fell in love with the area.

 What would you have been if not a teacher?

When I was in Year 6 I really wanted to be a detective. I love solving mysteries!

 

Hayley Rogers

Hayley Rogers

SEND Teaching Assistant Year 3

Chocolate or cheese? Definitely chocolate, I love it! 

Favourite book? It’s hard to choose just one, but my favourite book when I was younger was Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine. 

My dream half term holiday destination? Fiji, I’ve always wanted to go there!

Lacey Cousins

Lacey Cousins

Year 4 Teacher

Your dream half term destination? 

Probably a bit far for a half term trip but I’m desperate to visit India!

 What would you have been if not a teacher?

When I was growing up I wanted to be a lawyer so that I could fight for people that were wrongly accused of crimes.

Favourite book?

‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ – I love the way that Kate DiCamillo makes you think about your own life and experiences as you follow Edward through his.

 

Rosie Thomson

Rosie Thomson

Year 6 Teacher

 

Times tables or handwriting?

Times tables! They are the sharpest tool in your maths armoury

 

Favourite place in the school?

The front gates. I love them.

 

Chocolate or cheese?

Chocolate of course!

Susie Yaffe

Susie Yaffe

Year 5 Teacher

Your dream half term destination? Climbing in the peak district!

Favourite book? At the moment I am gripped by the Hunger Games trilogy! I love adventure and suspense.

Island or Tower? Island – I love the sound of the sea!

Janet Collins

Janet Collins

Teaching Assistant Year 6

Times tables or handwriting?

Times tables – so useful! You can always type

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teaching assistant?

A lady who lunches

Favourite book?

The dictionary. I never tire of reading it

Favourite place in the school?

All of it

Tom Gibson

Tom Gibson

Year 4 teacher

Egg Race or X Factor?

Egg Race; it’s so eggciting and you don’t have to shell out to watch.

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teacher?

A poet! It’s what I wanted to be when I was in Year 6

Island or Tower?

The tower – I never ‘tyre’ of it

Linda Hill

Linda Hill

Teaching Assistant Year 5

Times Tables or handwriting?

Handwriting – I’m really fussy about it!

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teaching assistant?

A midwife – I’d love to be there for that special thing

Favourite Children’s Book?

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (how can an owl be afraid of the dark?!)

Favourite place in the school?

The Resource Area – it’s lovely to be working alongside groups from other classes

Pauline Bradley

Pauline Bradley

Teaching Assistant Year 6

Two desert island teaching resources?

An iPad (could I plug it in?) and a good book

Chocolate or Cheese?

Neither!

Dream half term destination?

A safari

Favourite Children’s Book?

The Gruffalo. I read it over and over again and never get bored.

Taynee Woods

Taynee Woods

SEND Teaching Assistant Year 4

Egg Race or X Factor?

X Factor… it brings so much out of the children

Chocolate or Cheese?

Chocolate- I don’t like cheese!

Dream half term destination?

Egypt… I’ve always wanted to go

What would you have been if you hadn’t been a teaching assistant?

A doctor so I could still work with children.

Annie Fair

Annie Fair

SEND Support Teacher

Egg Race or X Factor?

Egg Race

What would you have done if you hadn’t become a teacher?

Become an Occupational Therapist

Dream half term destination?

Beach – tent – the Gower.

Key Stage 1

Sara Stokes

Sara Stokes

Year 1 Teacher

Chocolate or cheese? That is a tough question, as much as I love chocolate I don’t think I could live without pizza so it has to be cheese!

 

What is your dream half term destination? Depends if its winter or summer but I love travelling either way. During the winter a good mountain to ski otherwise sunshine, a sense of adventure and local food then I’d be very happy!

 

Favourite place in the school? The entrance – its so inviting but also tranquil, it always makes me smile when I walk through.

Craig Cairns

Craig Cairns

Year 2 Teacher

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teacher?

A pilot

Dream half term destination?

Top of a mountain somewhere !

Island or Tower?

Island – I love playing pirates

Terry Little

Terry Little

Teaching Assistant Year 2

Egg Race or X Factor?

X Factor. I so admire children with the courage to get up there on stage

Chocolate or Cheese?

I like both but have to admit chocolate is a favourite!

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teaching assistant?

A member of the chorus in Les Miserables

Jackie Churchill

Jackie Churchill

Teaching Assistant Year 1

Egg Race or X Factor?

X Factor! I love watching the performances

Times Tables or handwriting?

Handwriting

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teaching assistant?

I would have been an explorer – I love travel!

Angela Ross

Angela Ross

SEND Teaching Assistant

Favourite Place in the school?

The Little Room

Favourite Children’s Book?

Would You Rather by John Burningham… or Charlotte’s Web (am I allowed two?)

Dream half term destination?

The Caribbean

Nancy Cumming

Nancy Cumming

Year 1 teacher

Egg Race or X Factor?

Egg Race! I love to see all the innovation year on year.

Two desert island teaching resources?

Dominoes and a whiteboard (and pen)

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teacher?

An art curator, a marine biologist, a folk musician..but of course being a teacher lets you do a bit of everything!

Dee Roberts

Dee Roberts

SEND Teaching Assistant

Times Tables or Handwriting?

Times tables – I love maths!

Dream half term destination?

Barbados

Two desert island teaching resources?

Ipad and coloured pens

Foundation Stage

Angela Deller

Angela Deller

Nursery Nurse

Favourite teaching resources?

Dominoes and a pack of cards.

Chocolate or cheese?

Cheese

Dream half term destination?

Anywhere hot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen Holgate

Helen Holgate

Reception teacher

Egg Race or X Factor?

Ooh, I love them both but X Factor as I love the real thing sooo much!

Times Tables or handwriting?

Tricky…I find handwriting therapeutic

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a teacher?

I’d work in the ice cream shop round the corner!

Sam Sidaway

Sam Sidaway

Teaching Assistant

 

Chocolate or cheese?  Chocolate of course!

 

What would you have been if not a teacher?  A zoo keeper.

 

Two top desert island teaching resources? A dressing up box and blackboard and chalks.

 

 

 

Sophie Hartnell

Sophie Hartnell

Nursery Teacher

What would you have been if not a teacher?                                                         

When I was little I wanted to be an astronaut, but now I’m afraid of flying.

Favourite place in the school?

The bog garden in the Nursery, a great place to search for worms and slugs!

 Favourite book?

Difficult but probably The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord

Natalie Mungly

Natalie Mungly

Nursery Nurse

Egg Race or X Factor?

X Factor! I love music!

What would you have been if you hadn’t become a nursery nurse?

A female David Attenborough type person!

Favourite Place in the school?

The hall – it’s where we all get together

Sports and Arts

Coach Martin

Coach Martin

Specialist Sports Coach

Island or Tower?

Tower, as there are more places to hide for Tag!!!

 Chocolate or Cheese?

Cheese

 What would you have done if you hadn’t become a sports coach in schools?

 Hopefully play for Arsenal FC

 Favourite place in the school?

 Inside the hall on a bench watching Yr6 do the Bleep Test… hahaha

Laura McWilliam

Laura McWilliam

Music teacher

Chocolate or Cheese?

Chocolate of course

Two desert island teaching resources?

A piano and a violin

Favourite place in the school?

The Music Room, naturally

Kitchen and After School Club

Kitchen Staff

Kitchen Staff

Our school lunches are provided by an excellent company called Caterlink. Food is cooked on the premises every day and children are offered a meat or vegetarian option along with bread and a salad bar.

After School Staff

After School Staff

Our after school Playcentre, open until 6pm, is run by a not for profit company called P3. Staff create a lovely after school club with creative and sports opportunities. The children eat a healthy snack together.

There are places for up to 30 children from Nursery to Year 6.