Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
Early Years Teacher & KS1 Leader
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.
Teaching Assistant - Reception
My name is Mrs Zaki. 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.
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 15 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 5 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.
Hello! My name is Mrs Pilgrim and I am the new Teaching Assistant in Reception. I have worked with children for the past 14 years as a teacher and also helping to run a playgroup. I love working with children and creating opportunities for lots of fun and learning. I am married with two children and love to read and walk my dog, Barb. I am excited to be part of the Shadwell team!
Year 1 Teacher
Hello! I am Mrs Barrett, the Year 1 class teacher. I am really excited about the year ahead and all the exciting new topics we will be learning about in Year 1, such as The Queen, Space and Pirates. Although the children will slowly be getting used to a more formal style of learning than they were used to in Reception, we will still be having lots of fun. I love teaching and 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. 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!
Hi, my name is Miss Greenwood and I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 1. This is my fourth year working at Shadwell Primary and I can honestly say that I love my job. I have always worked closely alongside school having worked at Shadwell Childcare for 8 years.In that time I have seen children go from nursery, right up to year 6, growing into happy individuals. I am excited for the year ahead to help the children reach their full learning potential making it as fun as can be.
Year 2 Teacher & KS1 Leader
Hello, my name is Mrs Pelc and I am the Class 2 teacher and Key Stage One leader across the Federation, a role I share with Mrs Eggleston. 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 10 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 am excited to teach new and exciting topics in a creative and fun way as I believe that children learn best when they are immersed in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. I am also responsible for leading DT throughout the Federation, in this role I work as part of the SITE team to ensure that children create meaningful projects for a real purpose, drawing not only on their DT skills but incorporating Science and ICT skills too.
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Miss Eales and I’ve been teaching for over 20 years throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, taking on various responsibilities and supporting my previous school as part of the senior leadership team. I spent 5 years of my career in Verona, Italy, working in an international school and still love to go back and visit when I can. Out of school, I am mum to two girls and at the weekends can often be found running to keep up with bikes or scooters. If I find any free time, I also love singing, and perform with an ensemble. This spills over into school where I lead an ever growing choir. We sing a wide variety of music from pop tunes to African hymns and we love to perform both in school and out. I am really pleased to be Class 2 at Shadwell where we’ve got some exciting topics planned this year. The children never fail to me with their enthusiasm for learning and the determination to be the best that they can be. I love teaching; no two days are ever the same.
Year 2 Teacher
Hello, my name is Mrs McNeill and I have recently joined the Federation in January. I am delighted to be teaching Class 2 alongside Miss Eales. I am very excited to start my Journey at Shadwell and looking forward to getting to know all the wonderful staff and children. I graduated with a degree in Primary Education and went on to receive a Post-Graduate Certificate in Primary Mathematics Specialist Teaching. I have been teaching for 10 years across Leeds and Bradford in all year groups across Key Stage One and Early Years. I think it is so important to get the foundation right from the very beginning of each child’s journey through education. I am very enthusiastic, passionate and outgoing and try to make my lessons as engaging, fun and enjoyable for all the children. I believe if children are motivated and immersed in what they are learning they will strive to achieve the best they can and ultimately become the best versions of themselves. I have two young daughters so during weekend and holidays I spend my time on fun family days out and spending time with my family and friends.
I have worked for Shadwell Primary for 9 years in both Key Stages. Currently, I am in year 2 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, my name is Mrs Bourne. I joined Shadwell Primary in 2017 as a Lunchtime Supervisor and volunteered in Class 1 whilst undertaking my Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. I am now a Teaching Assistant in Class 2. Prior to coming to Shadwell, I worked at the University of Leeds doing Clinical Trials Cancer Research. Having been there for 10 years I decided that a change of direction was in order, so I began to pursue my long-standing desire to work with children and to help support their learning and development. I have certainly not regretted this decision and I am thoroughly enjoying working with a brilliant bunch of children and being part of such a welcoming and supportive school. Outside of school I can usually be found transporting my own children to various parties and activities; if I do get a moment to myself I love to read.
Year 3 Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Hole and I will be teaching in Class Three. I am very excited to be coming to work at Shadwell Primary School following my year at Bramham Primary. I am looking forward to getting to know more of the children, parents and staff within the Federation. I studied Psychology at Leeds University and it was here that I became particularly interested in education. As Class Three’s teacher, I aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that engages all of my pupils in their learning and enables them to reach their full potential. I am looking forward to teaching some exciting topics this year. Outside of school, I love playing hockey and exploring the Yorkshire Dales. At home I spend much of my time reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Year 4 Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Duckett and I am the year 4 class teacher at Shadwell. I have worked for the Bramham Shadwell Federation for four years now and I have loved every minute of it! 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. After gaining lots of theoretical knowledge I knew I wanted to work with children and put what I had learnt into practice so I decided to pursue a career in teaching. I am really looking forward to working with year 4 this year as it is very exciting seeing the children enjoy all the fun topics we cover and learn lots of new things with a smile on their faces. I like to challenge children with fun and exciting tasks and experiments that motivate and encourage them to think and find out for themselves. Outside of school I enjoy being with my friends and family and have several interests including going on country walks, working out at the gym and reading.
Hello, my name is Miss Martin. I am a Teaching Assistant in year 4 and a lunchtime supervisor. I have worked for the nhs for over 20 years but after having my son I decided to go back to where I started, working with children. I have been at Shadwell now for 4 years, starting as a lunchtime supervisor. I love seeing the children grow in confidence and ability. In my spare time I enjoy baking, socialising and family time.
Year 5 Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Cammiss and this is my fourth year teaching Year 5 at Shadwell. Year 5 is a very inquisitive year group as they begin to get a better understanding of the world around them and their place in it and although I love teaching, I really enjoy learning new things every day with the questions that the children continue to ask. I lead speaking and listening across the federation and have a passion for debating but also believe that speaking and listening opportunities are a very important part of each and every lesson. I find it hard to pick a favourite subject as I love so many including science, English and RE. I am also responsible for leading Maths throughout the Federation ensuring high quality lessons are delivered based on a mastery approach. 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.
Hi! I'm Mrs Senior and I'm a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. 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' and I love to share my knowledge with the children as they make me smile every day!
Year 6 Teacher & Key Stage 2 Lead & Science Lead
Hello, my name is Miss Beaumont and I am the Year 6 teacher at Shadwell Primary School. I am delighted to be teaching at such a fantastic school where I aim to motivate and inspire all children to enjoy learning, fulfil their potential and strive for success at any level. In addition to this, I have a passion for languages and I thoroughly enjoy creating exciting, practical French lessons to help the children learn new French words and phrases. I am also a keen and enthusiastic sports woman, participating at both netball and cross country/ athletics at county level. I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the pupils as part of extra curricular activities as well as getting involved in the school's role in the local community. Outside of school, I enjoy visiting foreign countries, keeping fit, walking the family dog and cheering on Leeds Rhinos.
Hello, My name is Ms Fitzpatrick and I am a newly qualified teacher. Recently, I moved to Leeds from London to be closer to my family. This year, I am privileged to be working with Miss Beaumont in year 6 as a Teaching Assistant, along with being a Lunchtime Supervisor. I have joined Shadwell School because the team value the partnership with their pupils, parents and the local community. I am a positive person, who treats each day as a school day because there is always something new to learn. My love of PE, Science and Geography, as well as core subjects (English and Maths) has always motivated children to learn new techniques and inspire them to broaden their horizons.
Hello, my name is Mrs Roylance. I am working as a Teaching Assistant in year 6 and as a Lunchtime Supervisor. I have been coaching junior football for nine years and run both boys and girls teams locally. I am a qualified personal fitness trainer and am very interested in healthy living and active lifestyles. I grew up on a farm and still love the outdoors, nature and animals, but also love reading and watching films.
Lead Teacher PE
I’m Mr Brotherton. I studied Sport at university before undertaking my PGCE and 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 large part of my current role is developing the sports teams at both Bramham and Shadwell, something which I truly enjoy! My most favourite achievement is being able to help all the children grow as individuals and as teams, working together to become successful and improve their resilience!
Executive Head Teacher
Mrs Richards has been the Executive Head Teacher of Bramham and Shadwell Primary Schools since September 2015 and has over twenty years' experience in teaching. Mrs Richards has spent the last four years, ensuring the provision and outcomes for children represent excellence within both settings. Mrs Richards graduated in Newcastle with a BSc followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education; she worked for thirteen years in an urban Leeds Primary School, and was promoted to both Assistant Head Teacher and then to Deputy Head Teacher for the last seven years of her time there. Following the arrival of her daughter, Mrs Richards began a new post in The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) as Deputy Head Teacher, before accepting the post as Executive Head Teacher for our Federation. Mrs Richards' philosophy for children runs through every vein of our schools; she is devoted to her position in ensuring every child meets their potential; in her commitment to families and in the Federation vision of Excellence for All.
Executive Deputy Head Teacher
My name is Mrs Hall and I am Executive Deputy Head Teacher for the Bramham Shadwell Federation, working across both schools. I am responsible for the pastoral care of all our pupils, something which is very important to me. I want every child at Bramham and Shadwell to feel safe, secure and happy at school! I lead some of our assemblies and also work with the School Council to listen to the views and suggestions from our pupils. I teach at both our schools and aim to know all the children and their families – I am here to listen and to offer support wherever I can. I have a wide range of experience, having worked as a teacher and a senior leader in a number of schools across both the state and independent sectors. I firmly believe that teaching is the best job in the world and love building relationships with pupils and being part of their learning journey.
Executive Assistant Head Teacher
My name is Mrs Kirby and I work as Executive Assistant Head Teacher at Bramham Shadwell Federation. After completing a PGCE in Primary Teaching, I have now worked in teaching for over 15 years. Prior to this, I worked in a range of companies in the private sector. I also spent a lot of time travelling and was lucky enough to work in Australia and live in Italy. My love of travelling continues to this day! In my role as Executive Assistant Head Teacher, I am fortunate enough to be responsible for developing all the non-core curriculum areas taught, which is a real honour since I have a wide variety of interests myself which I am truly passionate about. I have a special interest in Geography as I have a degree in this subject and I also enjoy learning and teaching Modern Foreign Languages. It is a real pleasure to be part of creating such an exciting and engaging curriculum for our children at the Federation. In addition, I also provide support, guidance and direction to newly-qualified teachers to ensure that they are confident to teach and plan quality provision for our children. In my role, I also ensure that Bramham school runs smoothly each day. I lead whole school assemblies and run regular School Council meetings. Children have lots of amazing ideas on how to improve our environment and how to raise money to achieve their aims. I really enjoy my job at the Federation since every day is different at school and there are always lots of fun and exciting activities happening. The children are all wonderful to be around and are such a joy to know. The school truly does feel like one big happy family and I am very fortunate to be part of this.
Executive Assistant Head Teacher
My name is Mr Rugg and I really enjoy working with the wonderful children and staff in the Bramham and Shadwell Federation. It is a privilege to work as a teacher, educating, nurturing and inspiring children and passing on skills and knowledge to them every day and I love witnessing children have 'light-bulb moments' when they start to understand something new. I am the Executive Assistant Head Teacher within the Federation having previously taught across KS2 and Year 6 in particular. I am also responsible for leading Maths, ensuring high quality lessons are delivered based on a mastery approach. 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, playing the drums, reading and following Leeds United!
My name is Fiona Simpson and I am the Federation Well-Being Mentor. After completing my degree in Coventry, I worked as a unit manager at a Secure Children’s Centre for 12 years, working with some of the most vulnerable children across the country. Since having my two children, I have worked within Educational Settings, at a Pupil Referral Unit and within a Mainstream school in a mentorship and coaching role The Federation vision for my role is to provide engaging and fun solution-focused programmes for children who are in need of additional emotional support for their well-being so that they are able to achieve their very best in all areas of life. I offer children and their families practical support and assist them to reach their full potential with strategies for coping, building resilience and offering a safe place for discussions. I work across both Bramham and Shadwell Primary Schools and bring with me twenty years of experience in this field. When I’m not working in school, I love to run, walk (literally any sport!) and spend time with my amazing friends and family.