Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
Early Years Teacher
Hello, my name is Mrs Williamson and I’m the Reception teacher at Shadwell Primary School and the Foundation Stage Leader across the Federation. This means I oversee both Reception classes at Bramham and Shadwell Primary School, allowing lots of opportunity to collaborate and share good practice with one another. Each week in Reception I plan an exciting and creative curriculum inspired by the children’s observations. It’s wonderful to watch a child’s idea or interest develop into a whole class project. Our outdoor area is always open, as I believe contact with the natural world offers the children unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. The outdoor environment offers space, which is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Throughout the day I particularly enjoy delivering the daily phonics session. It’s wonderful to observe the children growing in confidence when independently reading and writing new words. My goal as a teacher is to ensure every child achieves their full potential through resilience, determination and a passion to learn.
Early Years Teacher
My name is Mrs Barrett and I have two roles at Shadwell Primary School. I am the Speech and Language Specialist, responsible for the speech and language provision throughout the Federation as well as KS1 SEN provision in Shadwell. I passionately believe that all children should be enabled to reach their full potential in a fun and stimulating environment and I work closely with all staff to ensure this happens. I am also the Reception teacher for two days per week, where the children never fail to impress me with their inquisitiveness, their determination and their sheer love of learning – characteristics I strive to nurture and develop in the classroom. To see the pride our children have when they have achieved something for the first time or learnt something new is a real privilege. My favourite part of the day is story time – a chance to use silly voices and share my love of books! Before I began teaching I was a university researcher, investigating agricultural development. I spent 12 months working in remote parts of Africa and often try to inject an international flavour into our lessons in Shadwell. The children throughout school will tell you about our multilingual registers!
Year 1 Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Wilson and I teach year 1 at Shadwell Primary School. I have been a teacher for eight years and have lots of experience teaching reception, year 1 and year 2! This is my second year teaching at Shadwell Primary School and I am thoroughly enjoying working at such a wonderful school. The children are eager and keen to learn new things and impress myself and the class 1 staff every day with their fantastic ideas and work. I love teaching class one at Shadwell as we enjoy learning about exciting topics such as Pirates, the 1969 moon landing, our Queen and Country, plants and growing outdoors and the seaside! As well as being the class 1 teacher, I also lead Art and Music and Food Ambassadors. I am a creative and musical person and enjoy doing lots of arty things with the children – we are not afraid to get messy in class 1! I also play the piano and am looking forward to starting a Shadwell choir with Key Stage 2. We will be going to some exciting musical events this year starting with the Festival Choir at the Leeds Town Hall.
Early Years Teaching Assistant
I am Mrs Kennett and I am one of the reception class teaching assistants. I have enjoyed working at Shadwell for over 10 years often in the role of helping individual pupils. I have worked in all year groups over that period and in reception for the last 3 years. I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors and am in charge of the school allotments and nature areas. As a young child I had a teacher who inspired my love of nature and I hope to inspire others. As a school we grow crops each year, compost, plant various flowers and feed the birds. I often lead groups outside to investigate the natural environment and find bugs! I studied at Reading University and followed by a 'PGCE’ at Roehampton, London, and I then worked in Leeds schools teaching and in support roles for many years. I am married, have 2 grown up children and live in the countryside. I love working in school. It is a privilege to see young people grow and develop into happy, confident interested individuals.
Teaching Assistant - Reception
My name is Rachel McTaminey. I am a teaching assistant in reception class. I have worked with children for over 10 years in a variety of roles including Nursery Manager. I thoroughly enjoy my position here at Shadwell working in a wonderful environment with a fantastic team. The children never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm and determination to learn new things. I am particularly interested in children’s creative development and enjoy creating exciting role play opportunities for children to explore and develop their imaginative play.
Hello! My name is Miss Duckett and I work in Year 1 as a general teaching assistant. I studied Psychology at the University of York and was particularly drawn to educational and special educational based topics, leading me to work as an educational research assistant at the university when I graduated. After gaining lots of theoretical knowledge I knew I wanted to work with children and put what I had learnt it into practice. Last year I worked as a 1:1 teaching assistant at Shadwell and this year I am working as a general teaching assistant. I have loved both roles equally. It is so exciting seeing the children enjoy all the fun topics we cover in class one and learn lots of new things throughout the year with a smile on their faces. My hobbies and interests include chilling with my friends and family, country walks, working out at the gym and reading and keeping up to date with current psychological research.
Hi, my name is Miss Greenwood and I am a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage One, currently providing support to children in class 1 which I thoroughly enjoy. I have worked in nurseries for 10 years and in that time I have loved seeing the children grow into confident and happy individuals and now have the privilege to work with a fantastic team/staff at Shadwell Primary.
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Miss Stroud and I teach the children in Class 2. I love teaching Year 2 because we enjoy learning about exciting topics such as Dinosaurs and Australia! We learn outside as much as we can and I love to support the children to explore and find out answers to their many questions. The children in my class will tell you that I like to sing songs and read stories, and that I love to see children with a big smile on their face. There are lots of parts to my job because I don’t just teach Class 2, I am also the Religious Education co-ordinator in school. This means that I make sure that R.E lessons are exciting and I organise links with places of worship so that children from our Federation can visit them. I also lead Key Stage One at Shadwell which means that I am responsible for making sure that the children are happy and enjoy their learning! To do my job I went to University for 4 years to do a degree in Primary Education. I love my job because I know that the children will never fail to make me smile. I have always wanted to be a teacher and think that it is the best job in the world!
Hi I'm Mrs Senior and I'm a Teaching Assistant in Year 2 and I also work as a HLTA in KS1 and lower KS2. I have worked with children for many years but have always retained my passion for children's learning - I still get excited when a child has a 'light bulb moment'. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and have a keen interest in the natural world. I am known as a bit of a 'nature nut'.
Year 6 Teacher
My name is Mrs Richards and I teach in Year 3, working alongside Mrs Pelc. I also lead Maths across the Federation which is a real passion of mine! Having completed my degree in English and History of Art, I worked for the Home Office for a couple of years before re-training as a teacher in schools in and around London. I then moved to the Midlands where I continued to teach, and completed my post-graduate study in Special Educational Needs and Disability. In 2012, I started my adventure with the Bramham & Shadwell Federation. Teaching at Bramham prior to my maternity leave in 2015 and at Shadwell since my return. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Shadwell continue to flourish, and Bramham grow from strength to strength. I now love working with Year 3 at Shadwell. The children are wonderful and never fail to surprise me with their inquisitive natures and hard-working attitudes. They really are a pleasure to teach!
Year 3 Teacher
Hello, my name is Mrs Pelc and I teach in Class 3, working alongside Mrs Richards. Having completed a degree in Law and Criminology I decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed a PGCE in primary education. I have been teaching for 7 years and have lots of experience across the whole primary age range having worked in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This year I have returned to Key Stage 2 and am thoroughly enjoying being in Class 3, it is fantastic to see the children grow in confidence and become much more responsible for their own learning. We have lots of exciting topics coming up this year and I can't wait to explore these with the children! When I am not at school I am kept extremely busy by my children, Lola and Arthur. We are always out and about, we can usually be found feeding ducks, playing in the park or wandering around Tropical World!
Hello! My name is Miss Ings and I teach Year 4. I am a newly qualified teacher and have just moved back to Leeds after studying primary teaching in Liverpool for the past four years. I feel privileged to be part of the children's learning journeys and watching them develop and change daily, through discovering new things about themselves and the world around them. My favourite subjects are English and History. Outside of school, I enjoy socialising and going to the gym. Usually in the holidays, I can be found travelling and exploring the world. I am very excited for the year ahead with new challenges and watching the children achieve their full potential and have fun whilst doing so!
I have worked for Shadwell Primary for 9 years in both Key Stages. Currently, I am in year 4 as a Teaching Assistant and I am lead Lunchtime Supervisor. I love working in school, supporting the children and watching them grow. In my free time I enjoy running, cycling and spending time with my family.
Hello, I am Miss McHugh and I am a teaching assistant in KS2. This year I will be supporting classes 3 and 4. After working for seven years as a nursery nurse, I decided I had dislodged one too many crayons from nostrils and moved in to Primary Education; I’ve loved every moment since! My favourite subject is English; I love supporting children with their reading and writing; using different sentence types and lots of punctuation is a sure way to get some house points from me! As well as my nursery qualification, I have a degree in Education Studies In which I did lots of research about SEN and Inclusion. I have some experience in therapy based interventions which are fantastic for cross-curricular learning and confidence building. Outside of school, I like to swim and spend time with my friends and family.
Year 5 Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Cammiss and I teach year 5 at Shadwell Primary School. I studied psychology at university for three years before deciding to train to be a teacher and I could not be happier with my decision! This is my first year teaching at Shadwell and I can already tell that I am going to love it. I love the enthusiasm that the children of year 5 possess as I am learning new things every day with the questions that they continue to ask. My favourite subject at school as a child was always science and it has now become my favorite one to teach too with the exciting experiments and investigations that I plan to share with my class this year. I also have a love for learning outdoors and I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunity to do this with the outdoor learning area at Shadwell. Outside of school, I am a very social individual with a huge family who I love to spend time with. I also enjoy reading, jogging and exploring new places on the weekend.
Year 6 Teacher
My name is Mr Rugg and I am really excited to be working with the wonderful children and staff at Shadwell Primary. It is a privilege to work as a teacher, educating, nurturing and inspiring children and passing on skills and knowledge to them every day. I have been teaching for 6 years throughout Key Stage 2 and am glad to be back in Year 6, preparing the children for high school and SATs and making sure they enjoy their last year here. Prior to teaching I worked in Business and have a degree in Business Management alongside my teaching qualifications. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, cycling, music, reading and following Leeds United! I have visited many countries around the world and enjoy learning about new cultures. My favourite country was Japan, which I visited when I was the drummer in a band and we were quite popular there - just don't ask me to sing!
Hello! My name is Miss Dunsmuir and I am the teaching assistant in Class 6, along with being a lunchtime supervisor. I graduated last year from Glasgow Caledonian University with an Honours degree in Marketing, but realised that working with children is what I really wanted to do. I have loved working at Shadwell and seeing all the children being extremely enthusiastic in everything they take part in. I can't wait to see where my life at Shadwell takes me.
Lead Teacher PE
I’m Mr Brotherton. I studied Sport at university before undertaking my PGCE. I’ve been teaching at the Federation since 2013; I first taught Year 4 at Shadwell for three years. This was a great part of my career as it meant I got to teach all the subjects we offer at the school. During this time I also began to set up sports teams for Shadwell which meant I got to work with a variety of children outside of the classroom. In 2016 I became a Lead Teacher of P.E. across the Federation. This role saw me step out of the classroom to teach P.E. to the majority of classes at both Bramham and Shadwell, to ensure they have the best opportunities to participate in P.E. and school sport; it’s fantastic! It’s also now my job to ensure that all children enjoy P.E. and are encouraged to lead healthy, active lifestyles. A big part of my current role is developing the sports teams at both Bramham and Shadwell, something which I truly enjoy! Some of our biggest achievements were when Shadwell’s mixed Tag Rugby team came third in the County, out of 750 teams, in 2016! We have also had successful boys’ and girls’ football teams and Shadwell’s girls’ Tag Rugby team are three-time Leeds City Champions! My most favourite achievement, however, is being able to help the children grow as individuals and as teams, working together to become successful and improve their resilience!
Executive Assistant Head Teacher / Year 6 Teacher
I have always wanted to be a teacher. This led to my choices in A-Levels at college (Geography, English Literature, Sociology, and A-S Theology). Between studies, I lived and worked in Southern Ireland (Bantry, in County Cork) before spending 3 months in Australia where I swam with a Lemon Shark and a Spotted Wobbegong amongst many other creatures – sharks are my favourite animal. A degree at The University of Leeds followed (Human Geography) before I embarked on a Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Teaching. I am currently one of the Executive Assistant Head Teachers which means I work as part of a team to help make the Federation a fantastic place to be and ensure that it is a safe place for all of our children. There are lots of other aspects to my job too. I am responsible for leading English across the Federation. This is a fantastic part of my job as I get to work with all of the brilliant Teachers to think of ways to make our English lessons interactive, interesting and fun; and our classrooms exciting and engaging – especially in the reading areas! I get to see children from Key Stage 1 and Reception too as I walk around each week to say ‘hello’ and celebrate the brilliant work that they have done too. The children often write letters to me and my dog Lola who sometimes visits them. Each week, lots of children visit me to show me their brilliant reading and writing - I give out lots of extra-special, sparkly stickers! I am also Key Stage 2 Leader across the Federation; this means I get to know the children really well and work between both Schools, organising and planning exciting events for them. I do regular assemblies at both Bramham and Shadwell and I also work alongside the other teachers both schools making sure everything runs well on a day to day basis. This part of my role means that I am able to work alongside the teachers and help the children to develop the skills of communication to solve any social issues; and to develop the confidence, resilience and perseverance needed to tackle any tricky work. I adore this aspect of my job as the children are such brilliant characters – each day they make me smile or feel really proud as we discuss books, global topics and even the football, TV and music! Another aspect to my job is that I train the teachers who are new to the Federation to help them to settle in and those who are completely new to teaching so that they can be the best teacher possible! This is fantastic as we get to share lots of ideas each week to make learning challenging and exciting. Some of the time, you can find me having lots of fun (and working hard) with the children in different classes when I teach them – this is mainly with both of the Year 6 classes, one at Shadwell and one at Bramham. Outside of school I love nothing more than spending time with my dog Lola and taking LOTS of photographs – you can always find me with a camera, stopping to take a picture of something beautiful! Scenery shots are my favourite!
My name is Karen Holder-Benjamin. I am designated Specialist Intervention with the federation for the past four years in KS2