Mrs Jennie Southey
Executive Head of School
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr Suess.
As a child I found reading a real challenge, I was not the best reader in the class and when I was asked to read out loud I would try every tactic to get out of doing it.
When I came into teaching this is the one feeling I wanted to make sure that no child in my class felt. I wanted to make sure the children gained the real passion for reading that I never had as a child.
As I have grown up I have found the real importance of reading and how it can make a difference to your imagination. I love to read to the children in my schools now and I feel there are so many wonderful books out there.
My favourite books to read are the classic Roald Dahl collections. There are so many wonderful books to choose from and children are able to become completely engrossed in the books he writes. I am also a massive fan of David Walliams, especially ‘The world’s worst children'.
Mrs Daniela Cheetham
Class 1 Teacher (Reception and Year 1 & Year 2)
Mrs Cheetham is curriculum lead for EYFS, phonics, MFL, RE and PHSE.
'I have always loved to read. As a young child my favourite author was Enid Blyton and her book series ‘The Famous Five’. Reading about amazing fun adventures as a child sparked my imagination and made me believe that anything was possible. Later, as a parent, reading with my children was one of our favourite activities and we spend hours in their bedrooms reading before bedtime. Our favourite books were ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton and ‘Muddle Earth’ by Paul Stewart. Reading with my children allowed me to connect with my childlike imagination again and enjoy those adventures I loved as a child and pass that on to my own children.
In school, I love to share my love for reading and stories and it is nice to continue what I have started with my own children at school. Story time is always a very special part of the day and the children and I love it.
In my free time I enjoy reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books to relax after a long day and I am not particular fussy what kind of books I read, as long as they are interesting, enjoyable and good'.
Mr Michael Collinson
Class 2 Teacher (Year 3 & Year 4)
Mr Collinson is curriculum lead for Maths,Geography and History.
“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives.” Matilda
'I have been a fan of reading since I was young. My love for books began at school and my favourite author was Roald Dahl. The BFG was, and still is, my favourite book by Roald Dahl and is a book that I have read many times over the years. As I grew older I fell in love with the "Redwall" series of books by Bran Jacques and read the complete set, but my favourite is still the original Redwall and I have recommended it to many children over the years.
I really enjoy reading aloud to my class and putting on the silly voices, it is great when we can all laugh together over a funny situation in a novel.
In my free time I like to relax with a great book and read most evenings. I also read a lot of books during the holidays, sitting in the sun. I particularly like Thrillers and Mystery stories, my current favourite authors are T M Logan, Robert Galbraith and Harlan Coben'.
Miss Michelle Minniss
Class 3 Teacher (Year 5 & Year 6)
Mrs Minniss is curriculum lead for Literacy, History, Geography and Music.
'I have enjoyed reading from a young age. I remember my grandmother reading through the entire Beatrix Potter series over and over again to me!
As a child I was a complete bookworm, particularly enjoying 'Famous Five', 'The Chronicles of Narnia' and Roald Dahl.
My love of fiction has continued into adulthood and has inspired me to read and write for children. I read a lot of books pitched to age 10+ to explore new stories to share with the class. I also enjoy fantasy stories, particularly JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling.
Ultimately, I hope to see my own writing in print as reading has inspired me to write a children's book and I remain a passionate devourer of books. My favourite place to read is curled up in the sunshine in my garden'.
Mrs Sue Chalmers
'I have always loved reading. I find it very relaxing and a good way to unwind. One of my favourite books is Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieves, set on the Greek island of Caphalonia during the Second World War.
My favourite children's book is Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne as I have fond memories of my parents reading it to me as a child and then reading it to my own children'.
Miss Penny Luck
'I love snuggling down with a good book and a biscuit! My favourite books are the Harry Potter series by J K Rowling but I also enjoy a good crime thriller. I read to my children every evening, we love the books by Julia Donaldson'.
Mrs Julie Marsh
TA and TIS Practitioner
'When I was younger I loved to read and my favourite books were The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, I also loved The Wind in the Willows and Swallows and Amazons.
I was a proper bookworm and wanted to be a librarian so I made my bookshelves into a library with home made tickets for each book. My mum even bought me an ink pad and date stamp so I could stamp them in and out like they used to in the old days.
I still love to read when I get the time and the last book I read was Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood'.
I am passionate about spending time outdoors, so love reading books about surfing and biking. I love reading books by Michael Morpurgo, as he is such a fantastic writer, adding description and making his characters so believable. My favourite book is The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. I adore cats and this book is about a cat and his family, who have to vacate their village in 1943, to prepare for the D-Day landings.
Mrs Jemma Shields
'I love reading! I have always believed that it's a wonderful way of transporting yourself to other places, worlds or realms. It's also a great way of learning about and understanding other people's points of view, relationships, feelings, and emotions. That's one of the reasons that the Elmer series is one of my favourite sets of books! I also love that Elmer is really good at showing us how to appreciate each other and celebrate everyone's differences. Something which has always been important to me but is a vital part of my role as SENDCO'.
Mrs Toni Kinnaird
'I absolutely love reading, it is one of my favourite pastimes. As a child I loved the 'Famous Five' books by Enid Blyton. When my children were little I read to them every night and now they are adults they love reading too. One of my favourite authors is Patricia Cornwell who writes crime thrillers. One of my favourite books is 'Where the Crawdads Sing' by Delia Owens.