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Mrs S Taylor

Headteacher 

I am Sally Taylor proud head teacher of Outwoods Primary School. I have been at Outwoods since it opened and really feel like part of the community. I am passionate about equality and will help your children to find their place in the diverse world in which we live. I know that all children have huge potential and it is my job to make sure we really understand them and can engage them in learning, not just now, but throughout their lives.

Favourite Children’s book; The last Noo Noo- by Jill Murphy- it reminds me of my eldest daughter who was far too old to have a dummy but loved it anyway.

Favourite Children’s film- Peter Pan – the language in Peter Pan is wonderful and has some of my favourite quotes; “The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.

 

Miss C Maguire

Deputy Headteacher 

I am Clare Maguire, deputy head of Outwoods. I have always loved teaching here and I am particularly passionate about the learning in Nursery and Reception- an amazing start to school life will help all of our children be life long learners.

I am busy out of school with my young daughter who loves swimming, gymnastics, and dance- we are always rushing around- but we love to keep active.

My favourite children's book is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

My favourite film is  Coco- I love Pixar Animation films- the illustrations are amazing.

 

Mrs J Church

Assistant Headteacher 

Hello everyone. I currently teach in Year 2 and have been at this school for a long time now because I think it is great! I am proud to say I work here because it is such a creative, nurturing and inspiring place to be. My role as a teacher is to help the children in my class to be the best they can be and I always seek to provide enjoyable and memorable experiences that they learn from.

I am mum to two teenage boys and have a much loved (and very scruffy) dog called Nelly who I enjoy walking at weekends. My favourite place to be is the beach – any beach, any weather!

Favourite children’s book – This is so hard to choose! I like so many books and new ones come out all the time which then become my favourite! The best adventure story I have read is ‘The lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ but picture books are what I enjoy the most!

Favourite children’s film – I love the Harry Potter films, particularly the last two which I have watched many times.

 

Teaching Staff 

Mrs S Billingsley

Bluebells Teacher 

Hello, I’m Mrs Billingsley and I am very proud to say that I have been part of Outwoods since the beginning. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach so many children over the years and to watch them grow. I am passionate about how our school contributes to the local community and it’s wonderful to watch our pupils become kind and considerate citizens.

Favourite children’s film: Curious George – A Very Monkey Christmas. This film is about the run up to Christmas and all of the little traditions that people enjoy. It always gives me that fuzzy Christmas feeling inside.

Favourite children’s book: The Hundred and One Dalmatians. I used to read this story to my little sister every Christmas. It brings back such happy childhood memories and now I feel very lucky to be able to read it to my two little boys.

 

Mrs R Newton

Reception Teacher

Hi! I am Mrs Newton, Reception teacher at Outwoods Primary School. Teaching your child in their very first step of their school journey is something that I am very proud to do. It is so rewarding to see how much the children learn and develop, ready to begin their next steps into school. I am part of a fantastic team, who all help create learning experiences which meet the needs and interests of all children. We are lucky to have such a lovely space for the children to thrive in and they especially love our garden.

Favourite Children’s book- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- I love the pictures in this story and the range of language used. I remember enjoying this story as a child and I continue to enjoy reading it to the children- especially when we act it out!

Favourite Children’s film- The Little Mermaid. As a child, this was a particular favourite of mine and I have watched it countless times!

 

Miss J Nicholson 

Reception Teacher 

My name is Miss Nicholson and I am currently a Reception teacher at Outwoods Primary School. I joined the team at Outwoods in September 2020. I am passionate about children gaining self-confidence and resilience by taking risks in their learning and understanding that it is okay to make mistakes in a safe space. My favourite activities in school are practical sessions such as P.E., science experiments and forest school where the children can explore and gain independence in their learning. Outside of school, I enjoy going on long walks with my dog, Dylan. 

 Favourite Children’s book – Bloom by Anne Booth. I love reading this book to the children in my class. It has lovely illustrations and sends a message about the power of kind words. 

Favourite Children’s film – Shrek. This was my favourite film whilst growing up. It is a comedy but has a lovely hidden message of acceptance and not judging a book by its cover. It is what is inside that counts. 

 

Mrs A Swann

Year 1 Teacher 

My name is Mrs Swann and I am the year one Sombrero Class teacher. I am passionate about teaching and particularly love maths. I always try to make our lessons lively, filled with enjoyable activities and challenging. I encourage my pupils to ask questions, take risks and overcome the fear of making mistakes as this is part of the learning process. I have two children, Millie and Brody, who I love spending time with. We love farms and zoos or exploring our local area at Cannock Chase, searching for deers and other wildlife!

Favourite Children’s book; Guess How Much I Love You – by Sam McBratney. This was my bedtime story book when I was a child, and now I read it at bed time to my children!

Favourite Children’s film; Shrek. I just love all of the Shrek films. The first film was released when I was 10 years old and I have loved it ever since!

 

Mrs K White

Year 1 Teacher 

My name is Kate White and I have been a class teacher at Outwoods Primary School since 2018. I first realised that I wanted to work in education when I was at university studying Psychology. It became clear to me how much of an impact a child's start in life can have on their futures and how a positive education experience can instil a love for learning which can last a lifetime.

It is my absolute belief that every child has a talent and it is up to us to provide opportunities to help them discover it. As a child myself, I was extremely shy! Then one day, when I was in Year 6, a teacher saw some potential in me and gave me the part of Nancy in our school production of Oliver! For the first time I felt like I was good at something and I truly believe that moment had a huge impact on who I am today. From then on my love of music and the performing arts grew and heavily influenced my education and hobbies. I am extremely excited about my role of Music Coordinator in our school and hope to give others the opportunity to find something they're passionate about too! Outside of school I like to spend time with my husband and little girl, attending baby music groups and going on day trips as a family! I am a keen reader and love any book with a suspenseful plot twist!

I have two favourite children's books that I can't choose between: The Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton and The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien. The common theme seems to be that they are set in mythical lands where anything is possible! 

My favourite children's film is Anastasia. I was 3 when the film came out and I vividly remember my dad recording it off a tv channel onto a video tape so that I could dance around our house to the songs over and over again! 

 

Miss J Atkinson 

Year 1 Teacher 

My name is Miss Atkinson and I am a year 1 teacher of Beanies class at Outwoods Primary School. I love teaching year 1 and all the exploring, learning and fun we get to have! I am the subject lead of dance and drama which I am very passionate about and I will help your children to develop their confidence and ignite their passion for these subjects.

Favourite Children’s book- Harry Potter book series – this book series is my favourite of all time and I have very fond memories of reading with my Mum and Dad sparking my imagination. My favourite quote from the book is “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light.”

Favourite Children’s film-Billy Elliot – this film ignited my love for dance especially with ballet and tap! Teaching me to never give up on your dreams!

 

Mrs D Bloomer

Year 2 Teacher 

I am Denise Bloomer and a Year Two teacher at Outwoods Primary. I have loved working with children since my own children were young and have worked as a childminder and teaching assistant before finally training to teach as a mature student. I am enthralled by children’s development, from the time babies first start to communicate to their confidence as they flourish as young adults and I have been lucky to see this with my own children and now grandchildren, as well as a teacher working throughout the primary phases.

Since joining Outwoods four years ago, I have been able to develop my passion for pupil voice and wellbeing in many different ways. I am lucky to lead Life Skills, which covers the many different ways we prepare our children for life in and out of school as they grow up. I also work with the school council and we make our voices heard within school and the local community, meeting with the local council and addressing issues that affect our lives. I believe that is important to empower children to realise that they are able to manage and change their own lives – that they have an identity and a voice.

Favourite Children’s book- Sorry but I have two! My favourite children’s novel is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It is a beautiful story about friendship and the healing power of nature. My other favourite is a Ladybird anthology of fairy tales because my own children, my grandchildren and the children in each of my classes have all enjoyed the different stories, joining in with repetitive parts – and hiding from the big bad wolf or the ugly troll. Every child has a favourite story they love to hear, read and join in with, over and again.

Favourite Children’s film- The Lion King – the story is a powerful story about the circle of life, with a wonderful Elton John soundtrack. You can feel very wise, just listening to the lyrics and some of my favourite quotes from the film are:

“It is always important to look where you are headed, rather than where you were.”

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it." –Rafiki. And of course, “Hakuna matata!”

 

Miss A Maddocks 

Year 3 Teacher 

I am Anna Maddocks and I am a year 3 teacher.  I have worked at Outwoods for 8 years now and I am proud to be part of our wonderful school community.

I love my job and strive every day to help children to be their best selves and reach their potential. Everyone at Outwoods knows that I love Art and Design.  I am passionate about creativity and sharing my knowledge and love for art, with the staff and children here.

My favourite children’s book is “Supertato” by sue Hendra and I share it as a favourite book with my son.  He’s ten now and still loves it! I think I’ve shared this book with every child that I’ve ever taught at Outwoods and they all loved it too.

 

Miss C Cope 

Year 3 Teacher

I am Claire Cope and I have been a class teacher at Outwoods Primary School since it opened in 2010. I feel very lucky to teach in such a wonderful school and I am truly privileged to work with such fantastic children and their lovely families. It has been an honour teaching so many children over the years and seeing them grow and progress through the school.

Children’s well – being and knowing them as individuals is at the heart of my classroom practise and also a strong belief that there are no barriers to great progress for all children. I want every child I teach to feel loved, to laugh, to learn and to have the best possible educational experience at school. I ensure my classrooms are bright, happy, friendly places where children grow and thrive together. I enjoy leading the key stage one dance club and mental health warriors as this gives me the opportunity to work with children from different year groups across the key stages and to contribute to the many extracurricular opportunities the school has to offer.

Favourite children’s book: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson – I have read this to all four of my Sons and they have absolutely loved it. They particularly enjoy the happy ending when the family are re united at Christmas (their favourite time of year!)

Favourite children’s film: Beauty and the Beast (the animated version from the nineties.) My Mum bought this film for me and my sister and we watched it so many times that we knew every song word -for - word. I really like the message in the film that beauty is found within ("She warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within." )

 

Mrs G Hall

Year 5 Teacher 

I am Gilly Hall, a class teacher at Outwoods Primary School. I have been a teacher here for nearly ten years since I moved down from the Lake District. I have taught across various year groups and have loved every single one for very different reasons. In the classroom, I try to have a good sense of humour and make every child feel happy and safe at school to allow them to learn in a positive environment. Developing positive relationships with each and every child is very important to me and is something which I put a lot of effort into creating.

Favourite Children’s book: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson – I love reading aloud books that rhyme; they have a great rhythm. I also love the clever little mouse who fools so many predators!

Favourite Children’s film: The Lion King - I have seen this film countless times that I genuinely think I could read the script off by heart! I love everything about this film from the music to the characters to the difficult storyline that it tackles.

 

Miss J Patterson

Year 4 Teacher 

I am Josie Patterson, year 4 class teacher at Outwoods Primary School. I joined Outwoods when it opened and thoroughly enjoy teaching here. I particularly enjoy teaching practical lessons, where the children can get hands on and learn in a different way. I lead science and STEM throughout the school and enjoy finding ways to give the children a variety of opportunities and experiences.

Favourite children’s book: Matilda by Roald Dahl. I have always loved this book because of the way Matilda overcomes her situation to be successful. I still have the copy I was given when I left year 6.

Favourite children’s film: The Minions Movie - I enjoy watching this film with my children as it makes us giggle and gasp all the way through.

 

Miss K Preston

Year 4 Teacher

Hello, my name is Katherine Preston and I am new to Warwickshire and Outwood's Primary. I am so excited to become involved in a new community and get to know my new location. It has been great fun in Year 4 so far, as someone who loves history, I enjoyed teaching our Ancient Egypt topic learning all about mummification and Ancient Egyptian Gods. I am a big fan of modern foreign languages and speak Spanish, some French and sprinkling of German. 

 

My favourite children's book is Matilda because I wanted to be like Miss Honey when I grew up! 

 

Mrs N Godrich 

Year 4 Teacher 

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Miss J Mullis 

Year 5 Teacher 

Hi, I’m Miss Mullis. I’ve been a Year 5 teacher at Outwood’s Primary for 2-years now. I absolutely love Outwood’s School and consider it a huge privilege to teach some of the most amazing children. I love how everyone works together as a big team to help, guide and support everyone within its community.  

I’m a big fan of the outdoors and love to walk my beautiful whippet Tara in the countryside. I also enjoy swimming and take challenges for Charity. My most recent challenge was to swim the length of the British Channel (23-miles) in 10-weeks or less, which I did in my local pool. I had to be focussed and resilient - but I made it.  

Favourite Children’s Book: Storm breaker by Anthony Horowitz. I just love the pace and thrill of the adventure. Alex Rider is an amazing character.  

Favourite Children’s Film: The Never-ending Story – Fantasy, a flying dragon with a cute face, amazing adventure. It was my favourite film as a child, and still love to watch it now.  

 

Mr R Hall 

Year 6 Teacher 

Hi I’m Mr Hall and I have worked at Outwoods for eight years. I really enjoy creating a fun and energetic atmosphere within the classroom to aid the children in their learning. I make it my goal each year to create positive and strong relationships with all of the children to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment. I strive each year to see each child progress and fulfil their maximum potential. I have a passion for PE and sport and thoroughly enjoy teaching the subject.

Favourite child’s film – Shrek – I have watched this film many times and can almost recite it word-for-word. I enjoy how it makes me laugh no matter how many times I watch it.

Favourite book – My current favourite children’s book is The Large Family by Jill Murphy. I am reading it with my one year old child and I feel it is a really good series to be reading as his first book.

 

Mrs V Wheeler

Year 6 Teacher 

My name is Mrs Wheeler and I have been at Outwoods for just over 3 years - I teach Year 6 and enjoy teaching computing. I also really like English as I love being creative with words. My favourite book to read to children is Holes by Louis Sachar. It’s full of adventure and suspense, and I particularly like it’s moral message: even though you make mistakes in your life, it's never too late to change them. I love all Disney films, but my favourite has to be Finding Nemo. When things get tricky, I always remember to ‘just keep swimming!’

 

Teaching Assistants/Support Staff

Mrs J Taplin 

Teaching Assistant 

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Outwoods for many years. Seeing the children develop and thrive throughout their school life is such an amazing thing and I feel very lucky to be part of it. My favourite story is Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. It’s a familiar story that children can relate to and join in with the many sound affects. In my spare time I love baking for my family. 

 

Miss C Downes

Teaching Assistant 

Hi, I am Miss Downes. I have worked at Outwoods for over 7 years. I started here when my daughter was in Reception. Throughout my time here I have worked in every year group and run Art Clubs which I thoroughly enjoy. I absolutely love my job, seeing the children flourish is a real achievement. 

 

Mrs L Sutton 

SEYE

I am fortunate to have spent my whole career working in Early Years Education, with a large majority of this time being spent at Outwoods Primary School. I love working with the youngest children in our school and have a passion for helping to provide them with the best possible learning experiences, both in the indoor and outdoor environment.

 

Mrs M Jackson 

Teaching Assistant 

 

Hi, I am Mrs Jackson and have have worked at Outwoods for many years ( I left once- but had to come back because I missed the children so much!) We have a lovely team here and give the children the best support academically, emotionally and physically. I have 2 grown up children and love to decorate cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. 

My favourite children's book and film is Matilda, I love the quote- "If you are good, life is good." and like to think this is a good way for everyone to live their life.

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Mrs A Deakin 

Teaching Assistant 

My name is Mrs Deakin. I have worked at Outwoods for 14 years as a nurture leader, teaching assistant and lunchtime supervisor. I really enjoy supporting and encouraging all of our children to grow in confidence, feel valued and achieve their goals. My favourite moment is when children realise they can do it! My hobbies are reading, walking and being a Cub Scout leader.

 

Mrs J Smith 

Teaching Assistant 

Hello, my name is Mrs Smith. I love being a Teaching Assistant at Outwoods - I enjoy the art lessons most of all. I love reading and read everyday. My favourite childhood books were The Famous Five by Enid Blyton.

 

Mrs A Bragg

Teaching Assistant 

I’m Mrs Bragg and I have worked in various year groups over the seven years I have been here. I am currently working in year 6. I love my job as a T.A because it’s fantastic to see the children develop into great role models for the other year groups and responsible young adults. My favourite subjects are maths and French.  Out of school I like to go to the gym and go on long walks with my family.

 

Mrs L Colclough 

Teaching Assistant 

Hi, my name is Lavinia Colclough and I have worked at Outwoods since my son was 6 weeks old, which is 27 years ago. Throughout the years I have had the privilege to work with some amazing children who have taught me so many things about kindness, honesty, trust and love - I am truly humbled. 

My favourite book is 'The Secret Garden'. For me, the story shows that through nurture we can grow and achieve our dreams.

 

Mrs K Brampton 

Teaching Assistant 

Hello, my name is Mrs Brampton. I have been at Outwoods since 2012. I first started as a lunchtime supervisor, then in 2014 I became a Teaching Assistant. I have worked with all year groups over KS1 and KS2. My favourite subjects in school are science, history, DT and art! Some of my favourite topics have been The Jolly Postman, The Titanic and Tudor Kings and Queens. I still learn something new in every topic we do!

I enjoy swimming and walking my dogs around the local woodlands. My favourite children's authors are Roald Dahl and David Walliams. I love anything funny and silly!

 

Mrs L Peacock

Teaching Assistant

I am a new addition to the lovely team at Outwoods this year. Having recently re-trained as a teaching assistant, I am thoroughly enjoying my new role.  It has been wonderful getting to know the pupils and staff alike. My favourite subject is Topic, however I also find the interesting and amazing creations in DT very exciting. 

In my free time I love reading, cooking and spending time with my young family. 

 

Frances Beard

Teaching Assistant 

I was lucky enough to join Outwoods in February 2022 as a Teaching Assistant.  I help out with lots of different classes and in the afternoons I run Orchid Group alongside Miss Downes. 

I’m an experienced Forest School practitioner, so you’ll often find me in the school woodland.  I’m passionate about getting children to also develop their non-academic skills, like team work, social skills, self confidence and an understanding of the world around them, allowing them to thrive in all aspects of their lives.  

I’m usually outdoors with my dog Digby and my family, I love mountain biking, tennis and anything creative, especially sewing and art.  

Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the world is one of my favourite books.  I love the strong relationship between Danny and his dad and their mischievous adventures.  

I also love anything by Shirley Hughes, her stories and illustrations are wonderful, I loved getting to share these stories from my childhood with my children.  

My favourite childhood film is Back To The Future, I love history with a bit of time travel and adventure thrown in.

 

Mr C Gaut

Trainee Sports Apprentice

Hi, my name is Mr Gaut and I have been at Outwoods for just over a year. I am currently training to be a Level 3 Teaching Assistant, however along side this I am training for my sports coaching qualification. I have loved sport my whole life although have faced some challenges along the way. This has not stopped me and I wish to show this to the children - never give up on your aspirations despite the obstacles. I have also travelled to various countries which has allowed me to see the diversity of sports. 

My favourite sport is American Football (NFL), I have enjoyed watching this for years and support the best team...Cincinnati Bengals.

My favourite pass time is however is to play games helping me relax and have a stress free time - whenever I get the chance to do so.

 

Ms A Burgess

Teaching Assistant

Hi I’m Miss A Burgess. I've been at Outwoods for 7 years and have worked in most year groups. I now work in Bluebells which I absolutely love. My favourite children's book is Guess how much I love you? It reminds me of when my children we're small and i also love how the children in Bluebells will join in the repetition of the story. It’s a book that makes you feel warm and loved - what more could you ask for from a book. I do believe I have the most wonderful job, I get to see your children grow and I’m lucky to be there to see them sometimes fall, but mainly to see them shine. Every day is full of laughter and giggles and tantrums and sometimes tears but as a Bluebell family we find a way together to work it out.

 

Mrs E Cressey 

Teaching Assistant 

Hello my name is Mrs Cressey. Having moved to Warwickshire 8 years ago I was lucky enough to be given the chance to join Outwoods Primary School as a Teaching Assistant. I love being part of the team here and of course working with our wonderful children; they bring a smile to my face daily. 

I have three children, two dogs - Mollie and Peggie and a tortoise named Oogwai. My favourite book as a child was The BFG - I loved reading this to my children too. 

 

Mrs S Hayden 

Teaching Assistant 

Hello, my name is Mrs Hayden. I have been part of the Nursery team since 2005, starting off as a midday supervisor to becoming a Teaching Assistant and have loved every minute of it, the staff and children are all fantastic. There is something magical about being part of a child’s early years in education.
My favourite children’s story is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, this was one of my two boy's favourite stories too, probably because I read it that much to them. Who could resist a bit of Gruffalo crumble and Owl ice-cream.

 

Mrs K Holmes 

Teaching Assistant 

Hello, my name is Mrs Holmes and I have been a Teaching Assistant at Outwoods Primary School for almost 12 years. My favourite subjects are English and Art, I have worked with different year groups running an after school Art Club which I thoroughly enjoy as this gives the children a great opportunity to express themselves individually whilst exploring different types of art. 

I have 2 children and a tortoise called Murtle and in my spare time I love to read, walk and listen to music - however my favourite hobby is most definitely shopping! My favourite children’s book has to be The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. This was the first book I owned as a child and I love that it is full of mystery and surprise in every chapter - Saucepan Man is my favourite character. 

 

I consider myself very lucky to be a Teaching Assistant as I get to laugh and smile every day!

 

Mrs S Westwood 

Teaching Assistant 

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Mrs S Pearce 

Teaching Assistant

Hello, I’m Mrs Pearce. I have worked at Outwoods Primary for 15 years. I work in Year 2 and enjoy teaching the children but most of all seeing their achievements and watching them progress. I enjoy working at Outwoods as everyone is friendly and helpful. My favourite book is The Gruffalo. I like the way the mouse tricks all of the animals into not eating him. In my own time I like to dance and walk my dog.

 

Mrs S Peake

Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Peake, I have worked at Outwoods since 2010. I love my job as a Teaching Assistant because it’s so rewarding to help children in their learning journey, especially when a child finds something difficult and they discover that they can do it with a little support. 

I have worked with nearly all year groups across the school at some point. Most children I have worked with will know that art is my favourite subject and I love encouraging the children to show their artistic talents. 

I also love to be creative and to read in my spare time. I have two favourite books that I like to read with the children, The Gruffalo and We’re going on a bear hunt. 

 

Mrs K Foster

Teaching Assistant

Hello, I am Mrs Foster and I have worked at Outwoods for 11 years. I have worked 1:1 and in all years from Reception to Year 6. 

I have enjoyed working with all year groups and love all of the children I have helped. It is a lovely, friendly school and the staff are great to work with. 

Out of school I enjoy walking and reading.

 

Mrs J Wyatt

Teaching Assistant

Hello, I am Mrs Wyatt. I have worked at Outwoods for 7 years and have worked in lots of different year groups. I really enjoy nurturing children and working on a 1:1.

I love reading and my favourite author is Enid Blyton- the Secret Seven books are fantastic!

 

SENCO

Miss L Barnett 

Head of SENCO

I am Lyndsey Barnett the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at Outwoods. I have been here since Outwoods opened have loved teaching so many children throughout these years. My role is to ensure that all children with special educational needs and disabilities receive the support they need to reach their full potential.  I also teach and work closely with the children and staff in Bluebells. This is our resourced provision that specialises in supporting children with communication and interaction difficulties. Outside of school my favourite thing to do is bake! I love sharing this with the children in Bluebells and we like to cook every Friday. I think the children’s favourite part is when they to eat the goodies we have made!   

My favourite children’s book is Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. I love this book as I can remember my Mum reading it to me as a child. 

My favourite children’s film is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It has such brilliant music in it – I just can’t help but sing along!  

 

Office Staff 

Mrs Karen Johnson

School Business Manager

I am Karen Johnson and I have been the Business Manager at Outwoods since it opened in 2010. Before that I worked for many years at Arden Hill Infant School. I love working here, chatting to the children and seeing them grow up as they move through the school. I even remember many of the parents when they were pupils here!

In my free time I like travelling (when I can) and spending time with my six young grandchildren.

My favourite children’s film is Mary Poppins. My grandchildren and I especially like the “Love to Laugh” song when they laugh so much they float up to the ceiling. What fun it would be if we could all do that!

 

Mrs Ruth Brookes

Office Manager

When I left Outwoods (formally known as South Middle School) in 1977 I wrote in the leavers year book that when I grew up I wanted to be a secretary. Little did I know that in 1999 I would be back doing exactly that.

When I first returned it was funny to see children of pupils I was at school with, it is very strange now seeing the grandchildren of pupils I was at school with. I wonder if I will still be here when their great grandchildren come through.

 

Caretaking Staff 

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School Cook 

Mrs Danielle Sweet

My name is Danielle Sweet and I’ve been the Catering Supervisor at Outwoods Primary for 4 years. I've always had a passion for cooking and it makes me proud to see the nutritious meals we produce each day enjoyed by so many children. What I love most about my job is seeing the children get excited when it’s their favourite meal option on the menu that day.  In my spare time I like to socialise with family and friends.My favourite hobby is singing. 

 

Family Support 

Mrs Rachel Bird 

Family Pastoral Support

I am a Pastoral Support Worker at school and I work closely with Mrs Tweed in supporting families with extra needs or challenges they may be facing. I also run groups within the school for pupils and parents to help build confidence and community. Through running programmes such as Flourish, Rooted and Kids Matter it has been great to see first-hand parents and students feeling more enabled and empowered. Alongside my husband i run a local charity called Restore Collective and work with families in the Atherstone and Mancetter area outside of the school day. Outwood’s have worked with Restore Collective for several years but in April of 2021 our partnership expanded with me joining the school in this pastoral role three days per week. I have 3 children and a border terrier called Bailey who keeps us all on our toes! I like chocolate a bit too much, so I also go running regularly to compensate. I like reading a good book but rarely get the chance! I enjoy having coffee and chats with friends and an occasional binge watch on Netflix.

 

Mrs Anna Tweed

Pastoral Care

I love working at Outwoods Primary. It’s a nurturing school where each child’s wellbeing is always the key objective – making it a wonderful place to be. My role is so varied, but speaking to and laughing with the children is what brings me most joy. I love seeing the journey the children take as they progress through school and seeing them blossom.

I have two children of my own who keep me on my toes and very active. We love to go out on a bear hunt in our local woods and walking our dogs - being outdoors is where we are happiest.

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is a book I shall never tire of reading to my boys. Or anything by J.K Rowling.