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Heartwood CE VC Primary and Nursery School
Learn to Love – Love to Learn!

The Heartwood staff community

Senior Leadership Team 

Headteacher-   Mrs Emily McMillen 

Deputy Headteacher-  Mrs Rebecca Starman

SENDCo and Inclusion lead- Mrs Leonie Cunnington 


Wider Leadership Team

School Excellence Leader- Mrs Claire Bambridge 

EYFS and Environment lead- Mr Ben Powley (maternity cover) 



Office Staff

Business Support Officer- Mrs Denise Allen 

Receptionist- Mrs Emma Rowles 



Mouse Class

Miss Penny Carter-   Teacher

Mrs Laura Powley-   Teaching Assistant

Mrs Eloise Stanford- Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Rachel Syer-  Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Cara Butters- HLTA




Rabbit Class

Mr Ben Powley-  Teacher

Mrs Cara Butters-   HLTA 0.2

Mrs Hayley Eyre- Teaching Assistant 

Miss Jane Sugden-  Teaching Assistant mornings


Year 1 

Hedgehog Class

Mrs Laura Skilton-  Teacher 

Mrs Christine Dye- HLTA

Mrs Nayna Bass- Teaching Assistant 


Year 2

Deer Class

Mrs Bex Starman- Teacher 

Mrs Jonquil Cornwell- HLTA pm

Miss Kayleigh Dunton- Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Karen Friend- Teaching Assistant 


Year 3

Otter Class

Mr Steve Bishop- Teacher

Mrs Jonquil Cornwell- HLTA am

Mrs Ruth Harwood- Teaching Assistant 

Miss Gina Edwards- Teaching Assistant 


Year 4

Badger Class

Miss Katie Collins- Teacher

Miss Debbie Hunt-Teaching Assistant 


Year 5

Wolf Class

Mrs Claire Bambridge- Teacher

Mr Jack Fendley- Teaching Assistant 

Mrs Lisa Davies- Teaching Assistant 


Mole Class Year 1/3/4

Mrs Tamsin Mann- Teacher 

Mrs Helen Goacher- HLTA

Ms Ali Ingham- Teaching Assistant 

Miss Kimberley Hamilton- Teaching Assistant 


The Retreat 

Mrs Helen Goacher-  Thrive, children's SEMH and Pastoral Practitioner 

Miss Carrie Fisher- Heartwood Family Support Worker 

Mrs Sophie Watson- EYFS Thrive Practitioner and HLTA 


Mental Health Champions

Mrs Leonie Cunnington- SENDCo

Miss Katie Collins- Teacher

Miss Ali Ingham- Teaching Assistant 


Music Room 

Mr Toby Rideout- Music Teacher


Additional Roles

Mrs Denise Allen-  Attendance Support Advisor 

Mrs Cara Butters-  Forest School Teacher 

Josh Thurston- Heartwood Football Academy  (ICS Sports coach) 

Mrs Ruth Harwood-   Phonics and reading intervention 

Mrs Nicola Weeks- Art and D.T HLTA 

Mrs Estelle Hawkins- Early Careers Teacher mentor 

Mrs Emily McMillen- Early Career Teacher Induction Co-ordinator

Mrs Cara Butters and Mrs Laura Powley- Morning club staff

Mrs Davina Craske- Volunteer Librarian 




Mrs Kila Gagen-  Senior MSA

Mrs Karen Friend

Mrs Kim Powley 

Miss Ute Tingay

Mrs Debbie Haynes

Mrs Lisa Davies

Mrs Suzanne Pearson 


Site Manager 

Mrs Nicola Weeks



Mrs Tansy Creed 

Mrs Kim Powley

Mrs Debbie Haynes 



Maternity leave

Miss Marie Compton 

Miss Jen Robbins- EYFS leader 






Subject Ambassadors


Maths- Claire Bambridge

English- Bex Starman

Science- Emily McMillen 

PE/Sports- Katie Collins


Art/ Design and Design Technology- Laura Skilton 

History- Penny Carter 

Geography- Leonie Cunnington/ Katie Collins

Global Citizenship- Emily McMillen

Religious Education- Andrew Walker 

Music- Toby Rideout

Computing- Ben Powley 

RSHE/ Life Skills- Emily McMillen

Modern Foreign Languages- Claire Bambridge


As a school we are required to declare that we do not have any employees that have a gross salary of £100,000 or more.