Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3AT

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Telephone: 01344 772427

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Inspiring and nurturing young hearts and minds

Staff

 

Martin Gater  I   Headteacher

I started teaching in 2002 and since then have worked in schools in Wokingham and Bracknell Forest. I am passionate about teaching and learning and the fact that we are all continuously learning. However, in order for children to learn they need to feel happy, valued, safe and secure. 

I am married with a young child, who is in year one. I am a big football and rugby fan and love going to watch live sporting events. I even went to a cricket match in the summer! I also enjoy going to the theatre, cinema, travelling, reading and relaxing with my family.

Heather Barnes   I   Deputy Head, Year 6 teacher

I have been teaching at St Sebastian’s since January 2001 and have a passion for teaching (especially Maths). Initially, I started by doing a job share and now I am the Deputy Head. My achievements outside school have included running the New York Marathon and performing at Wokingham Theatre. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, going to the theatre and I regularly volunteer at local park runs. It is a joy to see how well the children who attend St Sebastian’s thrive, both academically and emotionally. This is reinforced by the fact, many of our ex pupils and parents still visit and keep in regular contact with the school.

Des Nightingale   I   Foundation Stage Coordinator, KS1 lead

I’ve been a teacher at St Sebastian's School since September 2007. As well as teaching Reception, other responsibilities include Science and EAL coordinator. I have a degree from Exeter University in Classical Civilisation and a PGCE (teaching certificate) from Durham University. I am married and have four wonderful children - twin teenage girls who attended St Sebastian's School, as well as a grown up daughter and a grown up son. I enjoy cooking, tennis, netball and reading.

Brigid Cook   I   SENCO & Inclusion Manager, Year 1 teacher

I am originally from Co. Kildare Ireland and proud of my roots, having moved here 13 years ago. I am working in Saint Sebastian’s CE Primary since 2007, which provides a nurturing and caring family to enable all pupils to reach their potential emotionally and academically.

I  completed an MA in Education in Reading University in 2014, studying Special Education Needs and Inclusion. I am our school SENCO and Inclusion teacher, including safeguarding deputy. I love playing music and studied music as my initial degree in Trinity College Dublin, qualifying as a music and history teacher before realising my true passion was primary teaching. I play violin and harp and love working with various classes teaching music throughout the school, including our thriving school choir, which we proudly take to various external venues to perform.

In my spare time, I love playing my violin, cooking, watching rugby and spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy travelling and exploring new places. I recently married in May 2018 and am enjoying every minute!

Tom Millward I Assessment & Standard Leader, Year 5 Teacher

I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since I qualified from Kingston University nine years ago. I am currently the Year 5 class teacher and my whole school responsibilities include: Curriculum Leader for English and Geography, Assessment, Pupil Premium as well as Initial Teacher Training and Mentoring.

After being born in Germany and spending a couple of years living in Cyprus, I spent the majority of my childhood in the local area and attended St Crispin’s Secondary School.

During the last couple of years, I became the proud father of two daughters, Amelia and Isla. For my sins, I am a follower of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. 

 

Richard Handy    Computing coordinator, Year 3 teacher

I started teaching in 2005, and have worked in a number of Maidenhead and Bracknell schools.  Before realising teaching was where I should be, I worked in engineering and telecoms for the airline industry, which enabled me to spend my single years in interesting parts of the world.  

I am now married, with two teenagers and an energetic eight-year old boy, who is very annoyed with me for not moving him to St. Sebastian's!  I spend most of my spare time with my family; camping, sailing, cycling, playing cricket, or just enjoying family life at home (mowing, painting,  shelf-fixing...)

 

Fiona Hardman  I  Year 2 teacher 
I have been a teacher for many years working in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. I moved to the area 4 years ago although it feels like coming home since I trained in Reading and grew up in Buckinghamshire. I have two lovely girls one who is at Edgbarrow and one who is still here!  Outside of school I enjoy gardening, reading and a bit of yoga! 

Leanne Fildes  Year 4 teacher, PE Co-ordinator

I have been teaching since 2006, previously in a small school in South Buckinghamshire before I went traveling to Australia and then I was at my last school (which was a lot larger) for 8 years. I love being in the classroom, trying to think of creative ways to engage the pupils in their learning.   

I have a son of my own, who loves to talk, and a very handy husband who likes technology (and fixes things for me when I break them).

I have a passion for sport, whether it's spectating or participating, although I can get slightly competitive! I currently play for Finchampstead Netball Club and I think our Netball Commonwealth Gold was the most exciting thing I have watched in sport for a while (that's including having to hide behind a cushion to watch England's penalty shoot out in the World Cup)!




Amanda Wright   I  PPA Teacher

Before teaching I worked in marketing analysis, having graduated from Bournemouth University and I then went on to spend thirteen years in IT recruitment, moving into a position in HR within a large IT services provider.

After having my two children, I decided to do something I had always wanted to do and teach! I trained at Reading University in conjunction with working at Saint Teresa’s Catholic Primary School in Wokingham. I joined Saint Sebastian’s in 2014 having spent two years at a primary school in Bracknell,  firstly as a full time Reception teacher and then moving onto Year One.

I currently cover the Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time for teachers in Reception, Year One and Five and work on a part time basis. This is a fantastic opportunity to spend time with children in KS1 and KS2 and means my job is very varied which I love.

 

Sheilagh Lord      I  PPA Teacher

I began my teaching career in 2001, after graduating with a degree in Social Studies from Trinity College Dublin in 1995, moving to England and working with adults with special needs for several years before doing my PGCE in St Marys University in Twickenham.

I have taught in a variety of Primary Schools in London Boroughs, mainly Lambeth, Newham and Southwark. Since I moved to the area in 2010, I took a break from teaching to care for and bring up my two lovely children, who are now in Primary School. I am now covering some classes for Years 4 and 2 and the children (and staff) are great! My friends and family have all commented how my passion for teaching has been reignited and I have a bounce in my step! I pride myself on never giving up and have high expectations for myself and the pupils I teach.

On my days off, I spend a lot of time with my family, doing DIY, going to the children’s various activities and socialising with friends. I love going to live music and festivals, as well as visiting our family who live all over the world! I love nature and have been to about 30 countries, many of them more than once, trekking, diving and taking thousands of photos! You may see me at Clubbercise or out walking for exercise, so if you see me break into a run cheer me on - running is my next challenge!

 

Office Staff

Mrs Julia Mead
Mrs Kate Rail
Mrs Jo Ralley-Shawley

Support Staff

Mrs Lucia Bennett
Mrs Hilary Carless
Mrs Debbie Carter
Ms Sara Chisholm
Mrs Lucie Dunn
Mrs Jill Gardener
Mrs Sandra Renshaw
Mrs Aisha Rizwan
Mrs Ruchita Srivastava
Mrs Diana Sivertsen
Ms Beata Tworek
Mrs Julie Wilson



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