Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3AT
Telephone: 01344 772427
I am a 59 year old Headteacher with 37 years’ experience as a teacher, married for 35 years to Gillian, a retired midwife. We have three children, Andrew 30, running his own successful business as a biomechanics coach and fitness instructor, Sarah-Louise, our Early Years Professional and Pippa who is currently working at Virgin Active having achieved a sport science degree last year.
When not headmastering I enjoy being a season ticket holder at Reading FC, real ale and my beloved Manchester United!
I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since Jan 2001 and have a passion for teaching (especially Maths). Initially, I started by doing a job share and have built up to being Mr. Rouse’s deputy. Being a Mancunian, means I support the superior team in Manchester, not the one supported by Mr Rouse. In addition to teaching I have a fourteen year old son who attends St Crispin’s and on his INSET days offers his IT skills in Year 6. My achievements outside school have included running the New York Marathon and performing at Wokingham Theatre. 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. I still believe our school ethos sets us apart from many other schools.
I’ve been a teacher for over 20 years. I am currently head of Key Stage One and teach the Reception class. 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 have recently achieved a National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership. I have taught at St Sebastian's School for 9 years and have experience teaching in other schools including Our Lady's Preparatory School in Crowthorne and Watford Girl's Grammar School in Watford. I have been married for over 25 years and have four wonderful children, twin girls aged 13 who attended St Sebastian's School, another daughter aged 23 and a son aged 25. We have two guinea pigs named Poppy and Peppa and a large tank of Tropical fish. I enjoy cooking, tennis, racket ball and reading.
I am originally from Co. Kildare Ireland and proud of my roots, having moved here 10 years ago. I am working in Saint Sebastian’s CE Primary since 2007 and currently teach Year Three. I recently completed an MA in Education in Reading University, studying Special Education Needs and Inclusion. I am our school SENCO and Inclusion teacher, including safeguarding. I love music and studied music as my initial degree in Dublin, qualifying as a music and history secondary school teacher in 1999. 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, reading and watching rugby.
I have been teaching at Saint Sebastian’s since I qualified from Kingston University eight years ago. I am currently the Year 5 class teacher and my whole school responsibilities include: Curriculum Lead for English and Geography, Assessment and Staff induction 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 year, I become the proud father of a baby girl, Amelia. For my sins, I am a keen follower of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
I have been working at Saint Sebastian’s CE Primary School since 2013, after beginning my career as a teacher in Basingstoke, teaching infant classes, both Year One and Two. I was very pleased when a vacancy became available at St. Sebastian’s as I had completed part of my teacher training here and was keen to return to such a happy, thriving school, with children who are excited to learn. I am the coordinator for both History and Computing. As part of this role, I have worked closely with the PTA, who have raised a fantastic amount of money, to provide new resources for the computing curriculum, including a full set of laptops and brand new BeeBots!
I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Exeter and a PGCE from Reading University. I am currently studying for my Masters in Education at Reading University and am writing my dissertation on children’s motivation levels and motivation theory. As you can probably imagine from my degree title, I very much enjoy reading and hope to inspire children to do the same.
Fiona Hardman I Year 3 teacher (job-share)
I have been a teacher for over 20 years and have worked in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire. I moved to the area 2 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 has just left Saintt Sebastian’s for secondary school and one who is still here! Outside of school I enjoy gardening, reading and a bit of yoga!
I have been teaching for over 20 years, mainly in Surrey and Berkshire. I trained in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and at Leeds University, as a primary school teacher. During my career, I have worked with both Infant and Junior children, in the classroom and on many educational trips and residential trips, including the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Windsor castle. I have two daughters, my eldest came to St. Sebastian’s and my youngest is still here! Both of them enjoyed the wonderful, safe, community feel of the school.
Nichola Johnson I Year 4 teacher, PE Co-ordinator
I'm quite a ‘newbie’ to teaching as I took some time out after graduating from Winchester University so that I could explore some different parts of the world – the problem being, that I forgot to come back from my travels initially!
Since then, I have used my experiences and resources of working abroad, especially teaching in The Gambia, to enrich and inspire many children's minds as well as build on their curiosity for exploring the world they live in.
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.
My other job is as a taxi driver to my boys who do too many sporting activities to list! With any spare time I do have I like going to the theatre, watching live music and reading.
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