Organisation of Classes and Teaching Staff
Our classes are shown below.
Year R (Pixie Class)
Teacher: Mrs Frost
TAs: Miss J Brown
Year 1 (Firefly Class)
Teacher: Mrs Speller
TAs: Mrs N Smith, Miss A Brown
Year 2 (Sprites Class)
Teacher: Miss Thorn
TAs: Mrs Ball, Mr Holloway, Mrs V Smith
Year 3 (Hobbit Class)
Teacher: Mrs Hopkins
TAs: Mrs Charter, Mrs Neaves
Year 4 (Elf Class)
Teacher: Miss Tallett
TAs: Mrs Heather, Mrs Clark
Year 5 (Unicorn Class)
Teacher: Mrs Oliver
TAs: Miss Mason, Mrs Durmaz,
Year 6 (Dragon Class)
Teacher: Miss Graham
TAs: Mrs Friday, Mrs Naisby, Mrs Deeson
Headteacher: Acting Headteacher: Mrs Jo Cerullo
Deputy Headteacher/Inclusion Manager: Mrs Fay Oliver
Family Liaison Officer: Miss Ruby Clark
School Secretary: Mrs Clare Stewart
Office Support: Mrs Kay McCrae, Mrs Kay Prescott
IT support: Mr Jack Brissenden
Caretaker: Mr Darrell Carter
PPA/French Instructor: Mrs Valerie Neaves
Sports instructor: Mr Andy Booker
Midday Meal supervisors: Mrs Yvonne Blackbourn, Ms Sue Pedvin
Mr Ian Fidge (Principal) visits each school to see classes and meet with staff. This enables him to maintain an overview of progress and standards at the school.
The Senior Leadership Team (Principal and Deputy Principal) are supported by Mrs Deborah Harris, PA to the Senior Leadership Team.
Mrs Kelly Collens (Assistant Principal) helps to support each of the Academy Schools as part of the Senior Leadership Team
Mrs Lisa Goldsworthy AENCo (Additional Educational Needs Co-ordinator) carries out classroom observations, attends meetings with external agencies and with parents, and advises staff on provision for children with additional needs.
How the schools benefit from being part of The Village Academy
Each school benefits from the following:
Leadership meetings. These give the Head Teachers the opportunity to share good ideas and resources with, and seek advice from, Mr Fidge, Directors and the other Heads in the Academy.
Termly ‘Challenge’ meetings, between the Head of School, Mr Fidge, members of the Senior Leadership Team and at least one Director, to explore the school’s performance and ensure that improvements are rapid and sustained.
Termly Best Practice Meetings. Teachers who are subject leaders and Year Group Leaders attend meetings with their colleagues from other schools, again to share best practice and solutions to any difficulties which have arisen.
Academy moderation. Teachers from all the schools in the Academy look at samples of writing and maths from a random selection of children and assess those samples. This ensures that our assessments in these subjects is consistent and accurate.
Academy-wide training. Staff have received training in a number of areas including Pie Corbett writing techniques, strategies for supporting dyslexic children and Irlen’s Syndrome. This is in addition to the weekly professional development sessions in school. Some of these sessions would not be financially viable for the school on its own.
Networking opportunities. Teachers from each school report that being able to talk to, and even visit, another teacher in the same year group has been very beneficial.
IT support. Access to IT support has significantly improved data reporting at our schools, as well as improving the speed with which technical problems are resolved.
Schools also have access to the Academy’s qualified Irlen’s screener, Mrs Sheila Johnson.