Who’s Who

Senior Leadership Team

Marianne Porter
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Marianne Porter

Head Teacher

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Marianne Porter

Head Teacher

Marianne Porter
Head Teacher
Whole school leadership
Responsibility for Safeguarding and Child Protection

Marianne takes advice from all sorts of people – but the best she’s had came from the wonderful Dr Seuss – ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.’ She obviously has a funky soul side as the first record she ever bought was ‘It’s a family affair’ by Sly and the Family Stone but this isn’t her only musical style, she likes a bit of the 1930s and 40s too as the most fun thing she has ever learnt to do was learn to dance the Jive. She’s an avid quiz fan and has tackled the Guardian Cryptic Crossword every day for the last twenty years! It explains why she would have loved to meet John Galbraith Graham – better known to crossword buffs as Araucaria – who set fiendishly difficult clues to be solved. For inspiration she doesn’t have far to look – she gets this from the children she feels privileged to be able to work with as a teacher, the only job she’s ever wanted.

 

Tiggy Mitchell
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Tiggy Mitchell

Deputy Head Teacher

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Tiggy Mitchell

Deputy Head Teacher

Tiggy Mitchell
Deputy Head Teacher
Responsibility for Pupil Voice, Pastoral and Deputy for Safeguarding
Head of KS2

Tiggy hates traffic jams, isn’t keen on the tube and loathes waiting for a bus if it’s cold – she wishes she could fly so she’d never have to do any of them again! She loves working with children because they are never dull and often full of joy. That is what every day should be like! She would have loved to have met Emmeline Pankhurst, because at a time when women were just supposed to keep quiet and do what they were told she fought for a women’s right to vote and have a voice of their own. Tiggy believes each and every person’s voice should be heard.

Henry Commander
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Henry Commander

Deputy Head Teacher

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Henry Commander

Deputy Head Teacher

Henry Commander
Deputy Head Teacher

Henry loves football and was inspired to work with children after a stint coaching an under 11 football team. Despite saying Aston Villa winning makes him smile, he smiles a surprising amount of the time! If he knew today was the last day of the world, the first thing he’d do is tuck into a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup! If a film was ever made of his life story, Henry would choose Elijah Wood to play him, as like the hobbit Wood played in Lord of the Rings, Henry describes himself as ‘short and hairy’! It’s no surprise that when he was a child Henry dreamed of being a footballer – football’s loss is teaching’s gain.

Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)
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Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)

Assistant Head Teacher and Early Years Leader (on sabbatical)

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Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)

Assistant Head Teacher and Early Years Leader (on sabbatical)

Laura Lien
Assistant Head Teacher
Leader of Early Years and PSHE&C
Globetrotting Laura would love the power of teleportation to visit the hundreds of places she has on her list of places to see. She’d struggle knowing where to go first – Machu Pichu, the Galapagos Islands, Iguazu Falls, she’s determined to get to them all one day. On one of her travels she learnt to skydive in Australia and that is the scariest, but most fun thing she’s ever done. She didn’t decide she wanted to be a teacher until she was 23 but now knows it was the right decision – she feels the Ray Bradbury quote ‘Do what you love and love what you do’ could have been written just for her!

Az Naeem
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Az Naeem

Assistant Head and Class Teacher- Year 4

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Az Naeem

Assistant Head and Class Teacher- Year 4

Az Naeem
Assistant Headteacher
Class Teacher – Year 4

Az has a love of fantasy books and will argue with anyone who does not agree that ‘Lord of the Rings’ is the ‘greatest piece of fiction ever written!’ The super power he wishes he had would help with long books like that as he would like to be able to read books just by flicking the pages like ‘Johnny 5’ in the film ‘Short Circuit’. The most fun thing he ever learnt to do was teaching himself to play guitar. His thrash metal band might raise their eyebrows if they knew the first record he bought was ‘Spice’ by the Spice Girls! We’d all pay to see him sing a song from that at his next gig!

Phase and Curriculum Leaders

Henry Commander
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Henry Commander

Deputy Head Teacher

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Henry Commander

Deputy Head Teacher

Henry Commander
Deputy Head Teacher

Henry loves football and was inspired to work with children after a stint coaching an under 11 football team. Despite saying Aston Villa winning makes him smile, he smiles a surprising amount of the time! If he knew today was the last day of the world, the first thing he’d do is tuck into a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon and maple syrup! If a film was ever made of his life story, Henry would choose Elijah Wood to play him, as like the hobbit Wood played in Lord of the Rings, Henry describes himself as ‘short and hairy’! It’s no surprise that when he was a child Henry dreamed of being a footballer – football’s loss is teaching’s gain.

Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)
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Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)

Assistant Head Teacher and Early Years Leader (on sabbatical)

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Laura Lien (on sabbatical leave)

Assistant Head Teacher and Early Years Leader (on sabbatical)

Laura Lien
Assistant Head Teacher
Leader of Early Years and PSHE&C
Globetrotting Laura would love the power of teleportation to visit the hundreds of places she has on her list of places to see. She’d struggle knowing where to go first – Machu Pichu, the Galapagos Islands, Iguazu Falls, she’s determined to get to them all one day. On one of her travels she learnt to skydive in Australia and that is the scariest, but most fun thing she’s ever done. She didn’t decide she wanted to be a teacher until she was 23 but now knows it was the right decision – she feels the Ray Bradbury quote ‘Do what you love and love what you do’ could have been written just for her!

Barry McNamara
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Barry McNamara

R.E & MFL Lead and Class Teacher - Year 2

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Barry McNamara

R.E & MFL Lead and Class Teacher - Year 2

Barry McNamara
R.E & MFL Lead
Class Teacher – Year 2

A love of Roald Dahl, and Miss Honey in particular inspired Barry to want to work with children – we’re just glad it wasn’t Mrs Trunchbull he’s modelling himself on! Not one for waiting, Barry would love to be able to teleport rather than wait around in airports.  He’s a fan of fantasy, especially Lord of the Rings and would love to spend the night in Castle Dracula in Transylvania. Ever practical, the best advice he’s ever been given was ‘Always buy a good pair of shoes and a good bed, because if you’re not in one you’re in the other’ – we couldn’t agree more! If you are ever stuck for an end of term present for Barry look no further than socks – a good pair always makes him smile (we assume by ‘good’ he means novelty – try him out, go outlandish and insist he wears them!).

Jennie Holloway
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Jennie Holloway

KS1 Phase Lead & Outdoor Learning Lead and Class Teacher- Year 2

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Jennie Holloway

KS1 Phase Lead & Outdoor Learning Lead and Class Teacher- Year 2

Jennie Holloway
KS1 Phase Lead
Outdoor Learning Lead
Class Teacher – Year 2

Jennie loves working with children but it wasn’t always what she wanted to do. As a child she had a slightly more adventurous goal – to be a red arrow pilot! Luckily for us that never worked out. It’s easy to get a smile from her – just smile yourself! She would love the ability to pause time but she doesn’t say what mischief she would get up while she did. She’s definitely a child of the technological age as if her house was on fire the item she’d reach for first when escaping would be her mobile phone! She finds ardent and passionate people inspirational and would love to meet the Dalai Lama. I wonder if he shares the same taste in music – the first record she ever bought was Wigfield – Saturday Night! She has a good positive outlook and the best advice she ever received is ‘Things could always be worse!’

Maeve Doherty
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Maeve Doherty

LKS2 Phase Lead & Class Teacher - Year 3

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Maeve Doherty

LKS2 Phase Lead & Class Teacher - Year 3

Maeve Doherty
LKS2 Phase Lead
Class Teacher – Year 3

There are a lot of teachers at Brecknock who don’t like waiting and Maeve is no exception – if she had a super power it would be teleportation so she could travel anywhere in a blink of an eye and whatever she was doing she use it to end the day on a beach in Thailand – having taught in China for a number of years she knows east Asia very well and would love to go back and visit her favourite places in not just Thailand but China and Vietnam too. Don’t get her onto the topic of football – not unless you want to be bored by the ludicrous claim that Manchester United are the greatest team in the world! Some things from childhood Maeve just can’t move on from and one of those is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. She first read it when she was 8 and still reads it to this day – we assume she means re-reads it and not that it’s taken her all this time and she still hasn’t finished it as that would be very worrying for a teacher!

Angela Cord
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Angela Cord

Science Lead and Class Teacher - Year 4

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Angela Cord

Science Lead and Class Teacher - Year 4

Angela Cord
Science Lead
Class Teacher – Year 4

If Angie knew today was her last day she would round up all the people she loves for a day of laughing and eating – hopefully she’d cover her mouth while laughing and chewing as no-one wants to see that! She’d also love to revisit Tulum, Mexico where she once swam with whale sharks and turtles. She loved the weather, food and scenery there and thinks of it as her ‘happy place!’ She could have been the female Tim Peake or the next Taylor Swift as when she was a child astronaut and rock star where he planned career paths, however, she admits she didn’t really do much to make it happen and feels blessed to be a teacher as she loves the jobs so much. She did however at least buy a guitar to learn on when she was younger, inspired by the first record she ever bought, the amazing Nevermind by Nirvana. That’s a pretty cool first record and she’s pretty cool too!

Carol Brennan
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Carol Brennan

Arts Lead and Class Teacher - Year 5

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Carol Brennan

Arts Lead and Class Teacher - Year 5

Carol Brennan
Class Teacher – Year 5

Food, hugs and being around her nearest and dearest makes Carol smile. Therefore, if she knew that today was her last day on Earth, she would throw a party with her friends and family with as much cheese and chocolate as she could fit in the room. Her dad inspires her because he always makes the best of any situation and is the kindest person she knows. Carol would use a superpower of teleportation to make frequent visits home to Ireland and to visit Australia and New Zealand where she has friends and family. She would make sure she had time to stop off at Bali on the way home. Carol would save family photos and visits in a house fire because previous memories are priceless. The most fun thing Carol learnt to do was to learn how to Irish dance, hopefully we will see some of this at school! The best advice she has ever been given is that worrying will not take away tomorrow’s troubles, just today’s peace. A piece of advice that we call all learn from.

Muriel Thompson
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Muriel Thompson

Maths Lead and Class Teacher - Year 6

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Muriel Thompson

Maths Lead and Class Teacher - Year 6

Muriel Thompson
Maths Lead
Class Teacher – Year 6

Summer is a time you see Muriel smiling a lot – Is it the weather? The holidays? The long days? No, none of those it’s the smell of BBQ’s! The route to the heart is definitely through her stomach for Muriel! Her class should take note – her favourite book is ‘Lord of the Flies’, however, we can assure you her classroom bears no resemblance to the Island and definitely no Jack, Piggy or Ralph characters here! She has experienced tropical island living though but again nothing like ‘Lord of the Flies’ – she spent 8 months living on Fiji in a remote Fijian village. Quite an experience – she was a volunteer teacher but in her spare time she was harvesting food from the plantation, bathing in rivers and jumping off waterfalls! The most fun thing she ever learnt to do was weightlifting! She is a master of the clean and jerk – perhaps we need a new event at our sports day!

Kate Tench
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Kate Tench

KS1 Phase Leader & Computing Lead and PPA Teacher

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Kate Tench

KS1 Phase Leader & Computing Lead and PPA Teacher

Kate Tench
KS1 Phase Lead  and Computing Lead
PPA Teacher

Kate wishes she could fly so she could always be on time, but also use it pop on holiday at a moments notice! Her favourite place to be is in Italy, enjoying the food and sunshine with friends and family. The best advice she ever received was that ‘when you fall over, make a mistake or something doesn’t go the way you planned, it is better to laugh about it than cry’. Kate laughs a lot! She’s inspired by her sister because she’s independent, focussed, academic and a risk taker. If Kate was on a desert island and had only one book she could take she’d opt for an encyclopaedia. It might only be one book but she’d learn a lot!

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Charli Whittlestone
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Charli Whittlestone

Class Teacher - Reception

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Charli Whittlestone

Class Teacher - Reception

Charli Whittlestone
Class Teacher – Reception

Charli was inspired to work with children because she believes that she is very good at being a child, perhaps that is why if she was to choose one book to take to a desert island she would choose ‘Peter Pan’ and go to ‘Neverland’ instead. The first album that she bought as a child was the soundtrack to ‘The Lion King’ on cassette. The most fun thing that Charli ever learnt to do what to learn British Sign Language. If she was to have one superpower it would be to speak and understand any language. Charli loves to travel and is always planning her next adventure. She would like to visit the North Pole because she loves snow and elves (and to meet Father Christmas so that she could travel the whole world in one night). The best advice that Charli ever received was to always see things through your own eyes, don’t miss important moments by watching them from the other side of a camera or phone.

Issy Ives
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Issy Ives

Oracy Lead and Class Teacher - Year 1

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Oracy Lead and Class Teacher - Year 1

Issy Ives
Oracy Lead
Class Teacher – Year 1

If Issy knew the world was about to end she would spend the day eating as much delicious food as she could with her loved ones and you can bet that would include a lot of cheese – she loves the stuff! She’d then go diving off the Great Barrier Reef – hopefully she’d wait a while and not get a stitch! She didn’t always want to be a teacher. At one point it was the white gown and torture tools of a dentist she wanted – at least until she saw it from the other side and had 8 teeth pulled out! That was the end of that dream. Her poor dental health record as a child was the teaching profession’s gain! She’s a serial diary writer and has them going all the way back to the age of 9 and if her house was on fire these are what she’d grab on the way out the door (maybe some cheese too if there was any in the fridge!).

Sarah Noble
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Sarah Noble

School Direct Student Link and Class Teacher - Year 1

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Sarah Noble

School Direct Student Link and Class Teacher - Year 1

Sarah Noble
School Direct Student Link
Class Teacher – Year 1

Sarah was inspired to work with children after spending lots of time with her best friend’s two children, they always make her laugh!  Travelling is important to Sarah, if she had a superpower then she would love to be able to time travel, wonder what she would discover! She would love to visit Bhutan because it is a county where national happiness is part of their philosophy. If her house were on fire and she could only take one thing, it would be photos from her travels. Sarah would take ‘A Brief History of Time’ to read on a desert island. She has always wanted to read it but naturally chooses fiction instead. The best advice that Sarah has received is that is always nice to be nice.

Barry McNamara
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Barry McNamara

R.E & MFL Lead and Class Teacher - Year 2

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R.E & MFL Lead and Class Teacher - Year 2

Barry McNamara
R.E & MFL Lead
Class Teacher – Year 2

A love of Roald Dahl, and Miss Honey in particular inspired Barry to want to work with children – we’re just glad it wasn’t Mrs Trunchbull he’s modelling himself on! Not one for waiting, Barry would love to be able to teleport rather than wait around in airports.  He’s a fan of fantasy, especially Lord of the Rings and would love to spend the night in Castle Dracula in Transylvania. Ever practical, the best advice he’s ever been given was ‘Always buy a good pair of shoes and a good bed, because if you’re not in one you’re in the other’ – we couldn’t agree more! If you are ever stuck for an end of term present for Barry look no further than socks – a good pair always makes him smile (we assume by ‘good’ he means novelty – try him out, go outlandish and insist he wears them!).

Jennie Holloway
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Jennie Holloway

KS1 Phase Lead & Outdoor Learning Lead and Class Teacher- Year 2

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KS1 Phase Lead & Outdoor Learning Lead and Class Teacher- Year 2

Jennie Holloway
KS1 Phase Lead
Outdoor Learning Lead
Class Teacher – Year 2

Jennie loves working with children but it wasn’t always what she wanted to do. As a child she had a slightly more adventurous goal – to be a red arrow pilot! Luckily for us that never worked out. It’s easy to get a smile from her – just smile yourself! She would love the ability to pause time but she doesn’t say what mischief she would get up while she did. She’s definitely a child of the technological age as if her house was on fire the item she’d reach for first when escaping would be her mobile phone! She finds ardent and passionate people inspirational and would love to meet the Dalai Lama. I wonder if he shares the same taste in music – the first record she ever bought was Wigfield – Saturday Night! She has a good positive outlook and the best advice she ever received is ‘Things could always be worse!’

Julie Forsythe
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Julie Forsythe

Class Teacher - Year 2

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Julie Forsythe

Class Teacher - Year 2

Julie Forsythe
Class Teacher – Year 2

The person that inspires Julie more than anyone else is her Dad because he was never miserable. If Julie could travel anywhere in the world, she would sail across the Atlantic to New York on a large ship because it would feel very decadent. She loves to spend time at the seaside and snow always makes her smile. Julie’s superpower of choice would be to be able to shrink! I wonder what she would get up to! Julie would love to meet Graham Norton because he makes her laugh and would like Judy Dench to play her in a film. She always wanted to be a teacher and the most fun thing she has ever learnt to do is bake.

Maeve Doherty
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Maeve Doherty

LKS2 Phase Lead & Class Teacher - Year 3

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LKS2 Phase Lead & Class Teacher - Year 3

Maeve Doherty
LKS2 Phase Lead
Class Teacher – Year 3

There are a lot of teachers at Brecknock who don’t like waiting and Maeve is no exception – if she had a super power it would be teleportation so she could travel anywhere in a blink of an eye and whatever she was doing she use it to end the day on a beach in Thailand – having taught in China for a number of years she knows east Asia very well and would love to go back and visit her favourite places in not just Thailand but China and Vietnam too. Don’t get her onto the topic of football – not unless you want to be bored by the ludicrous claim that Manchester United are the greatest team in the world! Some things from childhood Maeve just can’t move on from and one of those is ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. She first read it when she was 8 and still reads it to this day – we assume she means re-reads it and not that it’s taken her all this time and she still hasn’t finished it as that would be very worrying for a teacher!

Az Naeem
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Az Naeem

Assistant Head and Class Teacher- Year 4

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Az Naeem

Assistant Head and Class Teacher- Year 4

Az Naeem
Assistant Headteacher
Class Teacher – Year 4

Az has a love of fantasy books and will argue with anyone who does not agree that ‘Lord of the Rings’ is the ‘greatest piece of fiction ever written!’ The super power he wishes he had would help with long books like that as he would like to be able to read books just by flicking the pages like ‘Johnny 5’ in the film ‘Short Circuit’. The most fun thing he ever learnt to do was teaching himself to play guitar. His thrash metal band might raise their eyebrows if they knew the first record he bought was ‘Spice’ by the Spice Girls! We’d all pay to see him sing a song from that at his next gig!

Angela Cord
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Angela Cord

Science Lead and Class Teacher - Year 4

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Science Lead and Class Teacher - Year 4

Angela Cord
Science Lead
Class Teacher – Year 4

If Angie knew today was her last day she would round up all the people she loves for a day of laughing and eating – hopefully she’d cover her mouth while laughing and chewing as no-one wants to see that! She’d also love to revisit Tulum, Mexico where she once swam with whale sharks and turtles. She loved the weather, food and scenery there and thinks of it as her ‘happy place!’ She could have been the female Tim Peake or the next Taylor Swift as when she was a child astronaut and rock star where he planned career paths, however, she admits she didn’t really do much to make it happen and feels blessed to be a teacher as she loves the jobs so much. She did however at least buy a guitar to learn on when she was younger, inspired by the first record she ever bought, the amazing Nevermind by Nirvana. That’s a pretty cool first record and she’s pretty cool too!

Carol Brennan
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Carol Brennan

Arts Lead and Class Teacher - Year 5

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Carol Brennan

Arts Lead and Class Teacher - Year 5

Carol Brennan
Class Teacher – Year 5

Food, hugs and being around her nearest and dearest makes Carol smile. Therefore, if she knew that today was her last day on Earth, she would throw a party with her friends and family with as much cheese and chocolate as she could fit in the room. Her dad inspires her because he always makes the best of any situation and is the kindest person she knows. Carol would use a superpower of teleportation to make frequent visits home to Ireland and to visit Australia and New Zealand where she has friends and family. She would make sure she had time to stop off at Bali on the way home. Carol would save family photos and visits in a house fire because previous memories are priceless. The most fun thing Carol learnt to do was to learn how to Irish dance, hopefully we will see some of this at school! The best advice she has ever been given is that worrying will not take away tomorrow’s troubles, just today’s peace. A piece of advice that we call all learn from.

Zoe Rickard
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Zoe Rickard

Class Teacher - Year 5

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Zoe Rickard

Class Teacher - Year 5

Zoe Rickard
Class Teacher – Year 5

Zoe has always wanted to work with children because she loves the variety that comes with teaching and that the children make her laugh. Travelling is important to Zoe, she would love to go to Mexico and enjoy the sunshine and the food. She would spend her time eating burritos and lying in the sunshine reading a good book. She would save her passport if her house was on fire to make sure she could still jet set around the world! ‘Atonement’ by Ian McEwan would be her book of choice if she could only take one book to a desert island. The most fun thing she has ever learnt to do is hula hooping. She claims that she can hula hoop for twenty minutes! Sounds like a contest to be had with some eager Brecknock children! The best advice she has ever received is to always get a good night’s sleep. A very important piece of advice for any teacher and pupil alike.

Muriel Thompson
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Muriel Thompson

Maths Lead and Class Teacher - Year 6

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Maths Lead and Class Teacher - Year 6

Muriel Thompson
Maths Lead
Class Teacher – Year 6

Summer is a time you see Muriel smiling a lot – Is it the weather? The holidays? The long days? No, none of those it’s the smell of BBQ’s! The route to the heart is definitely through her stomach for Muriel! Her class should take note – her favourite book is ‘Lord of the Flies’, however, we can assure you her classroom bears no resemblance to the Island and definitely no Jack, Piggy or Ralph characters here! She has experienced tropical island living though but again nothing like ‘Lord of the Flies’ – she spent 8 months living on Fiji in a remote Fijian village. Quite an experience – she was a volunteer teacher but in her spare time she was harvesting food from the plantation, bathing in rivers and jumping off waterfalls! The most fun thing she ever learnt to do was weightlifting! She is a master of the clean and jerk – perhaps we need a new event at our sports day!

Kate Tench
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Kate Tench

KS1 Phase Leader & Computing Lead and PPA Teacher

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Kate Tench

KS1 Phase Leader & Computing Lead and PPA Teacher

Kate Tench
KS1 Phase Lead  and Computing Lead
PPA Teacher

Kate wishes she could fly so she could always be on time, but also use it pop on holiday at a moments notice! Her favourite place to be is in Italy, enjoying the food and sunshine with friends and family. The best advice she ever received was that ‘when you fall over, make a mistake or something doesn’t go the way you planned, it is better to laugh about it than cry’. Kate laughs a lot! She’s inspired by her sister because she’s independent, focussed, academic and a risk taker. If Kate was on a desert island and had only one book she could take she’d opt for an encyclopaedia. It might only be one book but she’d learn a lot!

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Janet Breach

PPA Teacher

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Janet Breach

PPA Teacher

Janet Breach
PPA Teacher

As a little girl Janet wanted to be a princess with a golden star on her forehead! That was until her year 6 teacher, Mr Collins, inspired her to want to work with children. The first record she ever bought was ‘Just my Imagination’ by the Temptations – on record she would point out, not CD! She wishes she had the power of invisibility but won’t tell us what she’d do if she was invisible. It definitely wouldn’t be to hear what others think about her as the best piece of advice she ever received was ‘What people think of you is not your business’.

Henrietta Wedmore
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Henrietta Wedmore

PPA Teacher

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Henrietta Wedmore

PPA Teacher

Henrietta Wedmore
PPA Teacher

Henny loves the things children come out with. One of her favourites was the time when sitting eating fish fingers for lunch with her class a little boy piped up, ‘But Henny, fish don’t have fingers!’ This innocence and the endless curiosity and creativity is what inspires Henny every day. She’d love to meet Quentin Blake and hopes he’d be able to teach her to draw with such personality. There’s so much to see and do in the world that if Henny could have a superpower she’d want to be able to have 10 bodies to go to different places and do differents things all at the same time, but then become one again in time for bed! She has a very useful piece of advice she was once given, ‘If it ain’t broke, improve it!’

Teaching Assistants

Natalie Lomax-Churchill
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Natalie Lomax-Churchill

Senior Early Years Practitioner - Reception

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Natalie Lomax-Churchill

Senior Early Years Practitioner - Reception

Natalie Lomax-Churchill
Senior Early Years Practitioner- Reception

 

Natalie loves rock and roll and if she could go anywhere she would travel back in time to the 1950s! She wishes she could have everlasting lipstick, she loves her lipstick but it has to be bright! She’s always been interested in teaching and as a child had a pretend classroom in her bedroom, the creativity and imagination of children made her want to work in education. The most fun thing she’s learnt to do was ride her bike. Natalie would love to meet Pippi Longstocking to join her for an adventure.

Faye Cleverly
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Faye Cleverly

Nursery Nurse - Nursery

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Faye Cleverly

Nursery Nurse - Nursery

Faye Cleverly
Nursery Nurse – Nursery

Faye’s mum was also involved in childcare and Faye knew from an early age it was something she wanted to do too. As well as having a guiding effect on Faye’s career, her mum is also her inspiration – ready with advice and support in everything she’s done or wanted to do. Faye likes to know what’s going on and if she could have a superpower she’d love to be invisible so she could listen to all the gossip! The most fun thing she’s ever learnt to do is very useful for her working in the nursery, it’s to be able to act like a big kid! If she could travel to any country she’d want to go to Australia and then take her time travelling back visiting all the other countries on the way.

Maria Streater
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Maria Streater

Nursery Nurse - Reception

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Nursery Nurse - Reception

Maria Streater
Nursery Nurse – Reception
Meals Supervisor

Maria’s first record was the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and her love of dancing has never left her. She’d love to have meet Gene Kelly. If she could go anywhere in the world she’d pick Cuba to learn to Latin Dance! If she could have any superpower she’d want to be invisible, think of the fun she could have!

Christine Ahern-McDiarmid
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Christine Ahern-McDiarmid

Teaching Assistant – Year 1

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Christine Ahern-McDiarmid

Teaching Assistant – Year 1

Christine Ahern-McDiarmid
Teaching Assistant – Year 1
Meals Supervisor

Christine was drawn to working with children because she wanted a role that was worthwhile and in which she would be able to make a difference to children’s lives. She gets a lot of inspiration from people like Anne Williams, the Hillsborough activist – ‘She never gave up seeking justice.’ If she could go back in time and meet anyone she’d choose Joan of Arc to find out how she managed to lead an army! When she was a child she wanted to be a ballerina, she’s held on to her love of dance and if she could travel anywhere in the world she’d go to Vienna as she has always loved the Strauss waltzes and would like to go to a formal ballroom to ‘swirl around the dance floor’!

Nimete Imeri
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Nimete Imeri

SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 1

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Nimete Imeri

SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 1

Nimete Imeri
SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 1
Meals Supervisor

Working with children always puts a smile on Nimete’s face as they have such a good sense of humour. She’s always been curious and if she could travel anywhere it would be to Egypt to look at all the fantastic archaeological discoveries. If she could have any superpower it would be to be able to fly. She’s been interested in the idea of flying for a long time as when she was a little girl she wanted to be an air stewardess! The best advice she ever received was to never give up, good advice indeed, and she has a positive attitude she enjoys passing on to the children she works with.

Sabrina Fieldhouse
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Sabrina Fieldhouse

Teaching Assistant - Year 2

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Sabrina Fieldhouse

Teaching Assistant - Year 2

Sabrina Fieldhouse
Teaching Assistant – Year 2

Sabrina’s family inspired her to work with children as many members of her family work in the education system. She has always admired them for the work they have done and the impact that it has had on others. Being with her friends and family makes her smile and if she knew today was her last day on Earth, she would spend it with her brother and sister watching ‘Toy Story’. Sabrina would teleport if she had a super power and would use it to get free travel and visit Bora Bora. If she could only take on book with her to a desert island it would be ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B White. ‘Hakuna Matata’ is the most useful piece of advice she has ever received, Sabrina is clearly a fan of animation films! The most fun thing she has ever learnt to do is a ride a bike.

Rachel Clancy
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Rachel Clancy

Teaching Assistant - Year 3

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Rachel Clancy

Teaching Assistant - Year 3

Rachel Clancy
Teaching Assistant – Year 3
Meals Supervisor

Rachel wishes she had a bit of the Mary Poppins about her and could twitch her nose to get things done like the housework! She would love to visit artist Grayson Perry’s studio to get some major inspiration and possibly have some tea with him. Just being in London inspires Rachel – ‘What an amazing place it is, just look around’. If she could choose, she would spend her last day with her daughter and lots of art materials creating and having fun. It’s no surprise that the most fun thing she’s ever learnt to do is art based too – abstract life drawing. The best advice she’s ever been given – ‘Make your own mistakes’.

Leroy Bailey
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Leroy Bailey

Teaching Assistant – Year 4

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Leroy Bailey

Teaching Assistant – Year 4

Leroy Bailey
Teaching Assistant – Year 4
Meals Supervisor

Leroy likes the classics. If he could only take one book to a desert island he’d opt for the Iliad by Homer.The book choice hints at his love for history and if his house was on fire he’d quickly grab up his record of his family’s history before dashing for the door. When he was a little boy he was aiming for the stars and wanted to be an astronaut but a desire to see children reach their full potential drew him into teaching. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on Leroy’s face but sunshine and Arsenal winning help! The most fun thing he’s ever learnt to do was boxing, which might explain why, of everyone in the world, he’d love to meet Mohammed Ali the most.

Tara Boakye-Ansah
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Tara Boakye-Ansah

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

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Tara Boakye-Ansah

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

Tara Boakye-Ansah
SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 4

Tara loves the fulfilment she gets from working with children from a diverse range of cultures. The children and their sense of humour really makes her smile. Her preferred superpower would be the power to heal those with illnesses. She’d love to meet Nelson Mandela as he is ‘an intelligent and courageous man who has gained respect from people from all across the globe’. Ever practical, if her house was on fire she’d grab her coat on the way out – ‘Just in case it get’s cold!’ In terms of her own learning, the most fun things she’s ever learnt to do was to play the piano.

Sadikah Saumtally
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Sadikah Saumtally

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

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Sadikah Saumtally

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

Sadikah Saumtally
SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 4

When Sadikah was a little girl she wanted to be a librarian because she loved to read. That would explain why if she could only take 1 book to a desert island she would cheat and take two – To Kill a Mockingbird and her Quran! It does fit in with the best piece of advice she’s ever received – ‘be prepared!’ Sadikah’s mother inspires her because she never gives up and always sees the positive side to situations. She’s always up for learning new things and if she could have any power she would want to fly to visit different places in the world to learn about new cultures and meet new people.

Chantelle Gordon
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Chantelle Gordon

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

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Chantelle Gordon

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 4

Chantelle Gordon
SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 4

Travelling and experiencing other cultures makes Chantelle smile and if she knew today was her last day on Earth she would visit it a Caribbean island so that she could enjoy the weather and picturesque views. If she were able to travel anywhere in the world tomorrow, she would visit either the Maldives or Bora Bora because they both look like beautiful places to be. Chantelle would rescue her baby photos in a house fire as they are irreplaceable. The most fun thing that she has ever learnt to do was horse riding in Greece.

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Louise Sainsbury

Teaching Assistant - Year 6

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Louise Sainsbury

Teaching Assistant - Year 6

Louise Sainsbury
Teaching Assistant – Year 6
Meals Supervisor

Ever practical, if going to be marooned on a desert island Louise would pack ‘Bear Grylls – A Survival Guide for Life’. Louise is very family oriented and seeing her children’s face’s every morning makes her smile. She’d love to take them to Disneyland, although who would enjoy it more is debateable! She did want to be a nursery nurse until during a work experience she fell asleep with the children during quiet time! She prefers the hustle and bustle of the older children now! The best advice she’s ever been given – as a mother of 4 it had to be – ‘Push!’

Susan Bishop
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Susan Bishop

Teaching Assistant - Year 6

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Susan Bishop

Teaching Assistant - Year 6

Susan Bishop
Teaching Assistant – Year 6

Ever practical, the book Susan would take with her to a desert island is ‘How to survive on a desert island’! As a child she wanted to be an Olympic Gymnast and not surprisingly the thing she has most enjoyed learning in life is Gymnastics. The best piece of advice she has ever been given is that people are like parcels, never judge by the outside, it’s what’s inside that counts. She takes inspiration from her eldest son Kane, who despite adversity, always strives to do his best. All that gymnastics must help keep her looking young as you would never guess the first record she ever bought goes all the way back to T.Rex ‘Ride a White Swan’. She didn’t understand the lyrics at the time, but hey, great music

Jo Curran
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Jo Curran

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 6

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Jo Curran

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 6

Jo Curran
SEN Teaching Assistant- Year 6

Jo was inspired to work with children by watching her own mum who was a TA at Brecknock and loved it. When she was a child she wanted to work with children in social care but has found herself in Brecknock instead. Our gain! In life, her old English teacher, Mr Brankin, inspired her when he once told her, ‘We can all learn by our mistakes as long as we try our best’. That has stuck with her ever since. She’d love the power of invisibility so that she could play pranks on people, especially her children! The best piece of advice she ever received was to ‘not let past mistakes define you’. Good advice indeed. The first record she ever bought was by Adam Ant. I wonder if she can do the dance!

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Siobhan Ennis

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 6

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Siobhan Ennis

SEN Teaching Assistant - Year 6

Siobhan Bishop
SEN Teaching Assistant – Year 6

Siobhan was inspired to work with children by her mother, who encouraged her to continue her education after she had her daughter. Making memories with her family makes her smile and she would rescue her cat Freddy if her house was on fire. If Siobhan could only take one book to a desert island it would be ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B.White as it a childhood favourite of hers. Siobhan would teleport as a superpower, it would save her a lot of time and she would get more rest! She would teleport herself anywhere in the Caribbean where the sun is hot and the sea is beautifully blue. Learning to drive was the most fun thing she has ever learnt to do, even if took her three times to pass. If she could change anything about the world it would be for all children to receive high quality education and for everyone to have access to clean water.

Specialist Teachers and Staff

Rod Arran
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Rod Arran

Specialist Music and Media Teacher

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Rod Arran

Specialist Music and Media Teacher

Rod Arran
Specialist Music and Media Teacher

When Rod was a child he wanted to be Daktari (for those under 50 it was a TV show about a vet in East Africa from the 1960s). He’s never lost that love of nature and finds the wilderness an inspiration. In fact if he could change one thing about the world he’d go for ‘fewer human beings, more elephants!’. If he knew today was his last day on earth he’d spend it on a mountain on his own – he wouldn’t really want to share it! It would give him lots of time for thinking – another of his inspirations being ‘original thought’. He would like to have more power of self-control so, in his words, ‘I could do some of the things I want to and stop doing the things I don’t’. We’d all like a little bit more of that power!

John Clark
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John Clark

Leader of Physical Education

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John Clark

Leader of Physical Education

John Clark
Leader of Physical Education
Learning Mentor

John would love to have the superpower of being able to fly so he could go wherever he wanted when he wanted. Interestingly this would be no use for his dream destination – the bottom of the ocean in a mini-sub! He wants to see all the things there that haven’t been seen before! The young John wanted to explore too, but this time in space as an astronaut. The most fun thing he’s ever learnt to do was kayaking – he has many fond memories growing up around the pirate club in Camden. He’s showing his age with the first record he ever bought – The Wall by Michael Jackson. The best advice he’s ever received is good advice for anyone – Never give up.

Natalie Paul
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Natalie Paul

Senior Early Years Practitioner - Two Year Old Provision

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Natalie Paul

Senior Early Years Practitioner - Two Year Old Provision

Natalie Paul

Senior Early Years Practitioner – Two Year Old Provision

Natalie was inspired to work with children because of a teaching assistant that was in her class in Year 5 and 6 at school. If she could only take one book to a desert island she would take a book that had a compartment which contained a never-ending supply of chocolate! Let’s hope it wouldn’t melt! Natalie’s superpower would be to time travel, both to the past and future. The best advice she has ever received was that when you have children, treasure every moment because if you blink, you will miss them and before you know it they will have grown up. The most fun thing she has ever learnt to do is ice skate.

Maria Calabro
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Maria Calabro

Early Years Practitioner - Two Year Old Provision

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Maria Calabro

Early Years Practitioner - Two Year Old Provision

Maria Calabro

Early Years Practitioner – Two Year Old Provision

Maria was inspired to work with children after having her own and discovering that children’s infectious and spontaneous laughter made her smile. Emmeline Pankhurt is someone that inspires Maria because of her courage to fight for what she believed in, in a time when women did not have the same rights as men. Maria wanted to be an explorer as a child and she would choose to meet Neil Armstrong so that she could ask him about what it was like to walk on the moon and see the Earth from Space. She would love to travel up the river Nile to visit the Pyramids, it is something that she has wanted to do since learning about the Egyptians at school. The best advice she ever received was to enjoy your children while they are young, because they grow up so quickly!

Non-teaching Support Staff

Jackie Williams
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Jackie Williams

School Admin Officer

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Jackie Williams

School Admin Officer

Jackie Williams
Admissions and Pupil Data Officer

Jackie was inspired to work around children after helping out at her daughter’s playgroup and school. She is always ready to help and if she could have a super power she’d want healing hands so she could cure cancer and heart disease. When she was a little girl she wanted to be a hairdresser and she achieved this goal when she first left school working as a hairdresser for a number of years before finding her way into school. If she could travel anywhere in the world it would be to the Arctic Circle to see a blue whale. If she wants to smile she just needs to think about her grandchildren. The most fun thing she’s ever learnt to do was Roller Disco Skating – maybe she should start an after school club and teach us all!

Lindsey Molyneux
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Lindsey Molyneux

School Office & Communications Officer

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Lindsey Molyneux

School Office & Communications Officer

Lindsey loves lives and breathes Harry Potter and would one day love to meet JK Rowling herself, as well wanting to marry her imagination. If she had any superpower, it would be the ability to fly or to be as fast as The Flash, so that she could visit her parents more often and travel without having to pack! If she could travel anywhere, it would be to Antarctica, even though she would be extremely cold, she adores penguins and it is her dream to see them in their natural habitat. If today were her last day on Earth, Lindsey would spend the time hugging her daughters and would try to seek into Buckingham Palace to have a nose around and to have a cheeky bubble bath in the Queen’s bath. The most fun thing she has ever done is zip lining through a Mexican Jungle during a lightning storm!

Lindsey Molyneux
School Office & Communications Officer