Come and meet the staff at our school!
I love my job and feel so lucky to be the head teacher of two wonderful schools. My passion is for every child to love coming to school and do their very best. My job is making sure that children have a wonderful fun place to grow and develop, a place where they are safe and can learn about the world. I aim to provide teachers with all they need so they can offer fun and aspirational lessons that capture imagination and enthuse pupils. A happy child will always do well.
I have always loved education and started my career in Oxfordshire teaching a nursery class in a small girl’s prep school with my Montessori teaching diploma. Holiday times were spent as a nanny. When I moved to Gloucestershire I decided to qualify for the state system and gained a first class honours degree at Cheltenham. I have taught across the primary age range at Crencester Infant School and then as a deputy at Nailsworth CE Primary School. My first headship took me out of county for 9 years to Lydiard Millicent in Wiltshire and in 2015 brought me back to the Kemble & Siddington federation.
In my free time I love to garden, entertain friends and with Mr Dougill – drive fast cars and shoot clays! I always end my day tucked up with another love of mine – a good book and a cup of tea!
I joined Siddington in February 2017 as Assistant Head Teacher. I love my new job. I teach in the Eagles class on Mondays to Wednesdays, then work across both schools on a Thursday. The children are wonderful and never a day goes by without them making you smile and laugh lots! Siddington has a warm and friendly atmosphere with a huge sense of community spirit. My job is making sure everyone is learning to the best of the ability and the teachers are teaching well too. I also lead music across Siddington and Kemble.
Before Siddington I was a deputy head at a very large school so initially seeing only 100 children was a shock and assemblies felt very small!
I love being a mum to my two boys - Nathan and Joshua. I also love reading and singing in a choir as well as seeing my friends and family too.
I have been teaching since 1992. After studying in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and Cumbria, I spent time living and teaching in Germany before moving to Essex and finally returning to Gloucestershire to teach at Siddington. I have enjoyed my time teaching at Siddington.
I have been teaching for 4 years now. I joined Siddington C of E Primary School in April 2018 as the Y1/2 teacher. I previously taught a Foundation class in a large school in East Yorkshire for three years. I am enjoying living in Gloucestershire and look forward to spending more years getting to know the area. I thoroughly enjoy teaching the children in my class. They continue to amaze me every day. They are so excited by all that we do and they put a smile on my face every day.
I have been a teacher since 2004. My first teaching job was in a very large junior school in Swindon – a very different setting from Siddington. I love seeing the friendly family atmosphere here and the way in which every child has so many exciting opportunities within school and to represent the school at local events. I am lucky to be a part-time intervention teacher at Siddington, helping small groups and individuals to build confidence in English and Maths and overcome any barriers to learning.
I have two children (12 and 9) and when I’m not being their chef, cleaner and taxi-driver, we all enjoy getting outside for a good yomp up a hill or by the coast.
Up until last year I worked at Kemble school as a midday supervisor. I enjoyed it, however always wanted to be in the classroom. I finally got that opportunity last year when I applied for a TA job at Siddington. It has been a rollercoaster ride with lots to learn but I absolutely love being in the school and working with the children. The biggest challenge of all is working out how to get the most out of each individual - they are all so different. I live in Oaksey with my husband, Pete, my 2 children Josh (14) and Eloise (12) and our crazy dog Scamp. I spend most of my spare time running around after my busy family, but I am also a governor for Oaksey school and manage to fit in a bit of singing in Kemble Church choir.
Since having our three children, I have worked in education, initially as a pre school assistant, then deputy Manager and then a Teaching Assistant at a private School. In September 2017, I joined the Siddington team in the school office. The Job is very varied and no two days are the same but I enjoy the challenge of the busy school office whilst being surrounded by happy children who thrive in our lovely setting! In my spare time, I enjoy being with my family and friends and like to travel. I am in a walking group and supper club with friends and like listening to music and attending concerts.
I am the Pupil Premium Champion for both Kemble and Siddington CE Primary Schools. I oversee all the pupil premium children's progress, attainment and welfare, ensuring provision for them is personalised and that they are getting the support they need, either academically or pastorally. I co ordinate support with class teachers and visit Siddington most Thursdays.
As a newcomer to teaching, having volunteered at Siddington across all year groups and Kemble listening to Year 1/2 children read, I’m delighted to have recently joined the Siddington team.
I love the variety of working at school, from participating in the Walking Bus to helping children in class as a Teaching Partner to assisting the lunchtime team.
Ensuring children are having fun while learning and playing makes everyday so different, rewarding and inspiring.
As a parent of two boys, I love sharing my knowledge and life experiences and being a role model. The outdoors, swimming, playing and watching football in particular fill my weekends having done so for generations in the Mears family.