Miss Davies, Co-Head Teacher, part-time Cygnet Class Teacher, Safeguarding Lead and Governor

From a very early age I always knew I wanted to work with children. After finishing my degree, I got my first teaching position in a small school as the infant teacher. Here I am now, Co- Head Teacher of Southrop C of E Primary. I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this special school, with Mrs McLellan, and to see the children learn and flourish.

I love working in small schools, life is busy but you always feel part of the team. In my teaching capacity I am responsible for Music, PSHCE and I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead. I also ensure the children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage one are being provided with a fun and inspirational learning environment.

As the Co- Head teacher I am looking to show the children that they can succeed, actually more than that, ‘they can fly!’ I am very passionate about learning through our mistakes and our enjoyment.

Mrs McLellan, Co-Head Teacher, part-time Swan Class Teacher, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Governor  

I joined the school in 2008 starting out as a part-time teacher in the Junior Class. I am now part-time Co-Head Teacher and also teach 3 days a week in the Junior Class. 

I trained as a teacher after having my own family and before that worked in IT. 

Southrop School has a very special character and I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to work here for so many years and now lead the school along with Miss Davies.  In any spare time I enjoy getting out on my bike into the countryside or gardening.

Mrs Tipple, part-time Cygent Class Teacher

At the early age of fourteen, I began assisting my wonderful drama teacher with teaching speech and drama classes. I knew immediately that I wanted to become a primary school teacher. After completion of my leaving certificate, I earned a BA honour’s Degree in History and History of Art at University College Dublin
I moved from County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland in 2010 to the UK where I trained as a primary school teacher and worked in Hampshire for several years before moving to the United Arab Emirates with my husband where we lived and worked for two years. I worked as a teacher and managed English at a UK Curriculum based Emirati school.
We moved back to the UK in 2017 and I gave birth to our first child in December, Síofra, a little girl. I am really excited about returning to work and working alongside Miss Davies in the infant classroom aon a Monday and Friday. I will also manage English and Humanities and look forward to building relationships with the children, parents and the Southrop community.

Mrs Dawson, part-time Swan Class Teacher

A warning to all volunteers…… my teaching career started when I came in to help read with Year 1 and loved it so much I decided to stay.  Previously I had an exciting career with mental health charities setting up cafes, gardening projects and supporting people through their recovery.  Wellbeing and happiness are really important to me and I’m particularly interested in the positive mental health of children and young people.

I live in Quenington and love spending time in the Cotswold countryside. As my boys are getting older, I am having to keep fit to keep up and you will often see me running or cycling behind them!  I love singing and I have always been part of choirs and music groups and more recently enjoyed leading my own choir.  I have always had an interest in literature and writing and my pile of books waiting to be read never seems to stop growing.

Here at Southrop C of E Primary, I will be teaching the Junior Class on a Thursday and a Friday.  I’m really looking forward to getting to know the children, staff and the Southrop community.

Mrs Woodhams, Reception Teaching Assistant

I joined Southrop Primary school in 2010 and since then have enjoyed  working as a Teaching Assistant throughout the school, supporting pupils' learning both individually and in small groups. I have been a TA for over 20 years, becoming a HLTA in 2006 and completing a Foundation Degree in Early years through the OU in 2008.
My home is in Highworth and I have 3 married daughters, 1 grandson and 4 granddaughters. As well as enjoying spending time with my family, I love nature, particularly bird watching and butterfly spotting, and any free afternoons will find me out in the countryside, armed with camera and binoculars! I also play the piano and recorder, have harp lessons and belong to a  local Scottish Dancing Club.

Mrs Butcher, Cygnet Class Teaching Assistant

I joined the Infant class in September 2018. I am mum to Amber and live in Carterton. I am a trained forest school leader and am also studying for a degree in Primary Education. 

Mrs Blackburn, Reception Teacher  

With a degree in History of Art, I enjoyed cataloguing and valuing pictures at Christie’s in London before coming to the Cotswolds and raising my family.  My four children are all now at university and the top end of school so I have time for myself and I have a trained to be a teacher with a PGCE from Oxford Brookes.  I am delighted to be joining Southrop as a teacher  and to become part of an energetic, friendly community of young people and dedicated staff.  I live close by and enjoy walking my two dogs through our beautiful villages.  My passions are art, travel and good food.

Mrs Simmons, School Administrator

I work in the office every morning dealing with many aspects of administration. I have been with the school for a number of years. Both of my children attended the school when they were younger.

Mrs Williams, SEND Coordinator

It’s because I love my job that I have been teaching for many years, and I feel very privileged to join the lovely  team at Southrop C of  E School as Special Needs Coordinator. I am very much looking forward to starting in September 2018 and bringing my previous experiences to my new role. I have enjoyed teaching Reception to Year Five over the years, and have had a range of  responsibilities in addition, including SEND ,PSHCE , Child Protection and SEAL Consultant for the Local Authority. 
My hobbies include , dancing, theatre, pilates, gardening, reading and walking. But I particularly love visiting my grown up children who have now left home. I live in Fairford and both of my children attended the local schools. I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country. 

Mrs Martyn 1-1 Teaching Assistant and After School Club Supervisor

I joined Southrop primary school in June 2018 as a part time 1-1, supporting special education needs.
I am  also after school club play leader, which is great fun, and I enjoy a varied range of activities with the children.
I love working with all age groups, either 1-1  or as a general classroom TA. Working with children has always been my passion and I love working at Southrop School - lovely children and staff.

Mrs Dawson Lunchtime Supervisor

I have been working at Southrop School since 2017. Several of my children have attended the school. 

Miss Hall 1-1 Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Supervisor

I have always enjoyed working with children in different roles. I started working as a 1:1 TA at Southrop in November 2018 and it has been so lovely getting involved in the family/community environment of the school. 5 generations of my family have attended Southrop Primary School and I was eager to be part of it too.
I enjoy travelling, have taught gymnastics at a children's summer camp in America and I like being active and creative.

Mr Jones, Higher Level Teaching Assistant

After graduating with a degree in Philosophy in 2011, I began to consider what I wanted to do with my life. Teaching had always been something I was interested in but, as I considered it, it increasingly stood out as a perfect fit. I began volunteering in a local primary school and spent a year working as a teaching assistant in Bath prior to completing my PGCE at the University of Gloucestershire. I began teaching in 2014, and since then I have worked across all year groups from Reception to Year 6. I joined Southrop in 2020 after the birth of my first child, Milo. I love football and am a passionate supporter of Liverpool.  I also enjoy cooking and reading.