Our teaching assistants come from a wide range of backgrounds and have an equally wide range of skills. They include one fully-qualified teacher and two with HLTA qualifications (Higher Level). They provide a range of support throughout the school from assisting individual children with special needs to general classroom support and small group work. They support all the curriculum areas as well as providing specialist skills in speech therapy, science, gardening, recycling, cooking; sport; art & craft and music. They are an invaluable asset to our school and a key part of the pastoral system.
Mrs Newns has lived in Wotton for sixteen years and has worked at The British School for seven years. She is married with three children who have all attended The British School. She particularly enjoys helping the children to be more creative and loves getting messy with the Reception children! She is the Curriculum Lead for the Kindergarten Committtee and helps to run the physical play club with Miss Goodchild. Outside school her interests are reading, walking her dog Roxy and watching her children in various sporting events.
Mrs Kendall has worked with children and young people for almost 30 years. She loves the challenge of discovering how individual children learn and supporting them towards achieving their goals. She joined the British school team in May 2012 as a one to one support worker. In her own time she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, riding her bike, sewing and reading the occasional good book. Her dog takes her for long walks at weekends.
Mrs Jackson has worked at The British School for twenty years in both KS1 and KS2. She has been married for 28 years and has three grown up daughters. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and swimming..
Mrs Symanowski has lived in Kingswood, Wotton under Edge, for seven years with her husband and three children. She began working in her children’s Primary School as a parent helper when her youngest son started school 6 years ago, during which time she trained to be a teaching assistant. She has been working at The British School since January 2013. Outside of school she enjoys running and supporting her children in their many activities!
Mrs Hand has worked at The British School for fifteen years and has worked with various age groups throughout the school. She has three grown up children and enjoys singing, reading and “wild swimming” in her spare time.
Mrs Butler began by helping in the school as a volunteer when her children were small and she enjoyed it so much that she trained to become a teaching assistant. She enjoys walking, going to the cinema, running and spending time with her husband and four children.
Mrs Fisher has lived in Wotton for 15 years and she has worked at The British School for eight years. She is married with two grown up children.
Mrs Griffiths has been involved with British School life for several years as a parent volunteer and more recently as a TA. She is on the committee for OSCARS and her main interests are studying wildlife, photography and creative sewing projects.
Mrs Shepherd works in class 3. She started working at the British School in 2012 as a T/A in the Reception class. She now support 2 students in KS1 within Class 3. Outside of school she enjoys arts and crafts and general junk modelling. To relax, she loves walking her 2 dogs, gardening and going for rides with her husband on his motorbike.