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Shalfleet Staff

Head Teacher: Mrs Elizabeth Grainger – BEd English (Hons)

Deputy Head Teacher:  Mrs Georgina Westhorpe

Duty Lead:  Mr Liam Roberts

Business Manager: Mrs Sarah Woodburn (sbm@fosay.co.uk)

Finance Manager: Mrs Vikki Plumley (financemanager@fosay.co.uk)

Chair of Governors: Mrs Carla Bradshaw van den Akker

Vice Chair of Governors: Mr Stephen Holland

Class Staff

Rainbow Class (Reception)
Teacher: Mrs Cheryl Hedley & Mrs Georgina Westhorpe
Supporting Learning: Mrs Lindsey Cox

Sunshine Class (Year One)
Teacher: Mrs Lucie Thurman
Supporting Learning: Mrs Claire Swift & Miss Tanya Heimour

Sky Class (Year Two)
Teacher: Mrs Jennie Thompson
Supporting Learning: Miss Tanya Heimour (1:1) & Mrs Claire Swift (1:1)

Star Class (Year Three)
Teacher: Mr Liam Roberts
Supporting Learning: Mrs Fran Newton (HLTA) & Mr Jason Blackburn (1:1)

Comet Class (Year Four)
Teacher: Miss Sophia Whitaker
Supporting Learning: Mrs Rita Blackburn (HLTA)

Eclipse Class (Year Five)
Teacher: Miss Daryl Isaac & Mrs Debbie Lewis
Supporting Learning: Mr Steve Pickford (HLTA)

Horizon Class (Year Six)
Teacher: Mrs Paula Blackley
Supporting Learning: Mrs Emma Lucas

Office Administrator: Mrs Natalie Keith (admin@fosay.co.uk) & Mrs Katy Cool (shalfleet@fosay.co.uk)

Sports Coach: Mr Neil Westhorpe (sportscoach@fosay.co.uk)

Outdoor Learning Leader: Miss Diana Gates (outdoorleader@fosay.co.uk)

PSHE Lead:  Mrs Michaela Plant 

Caretaker:  Mr Paul Nelson

Inclusion Manager:  Mrs Georgina Westhorpe supported by Mrs Heather Eggleton (SENCO@fosay.co.uk)

ELSA Support: Miss Claire Sampson & Leanne Sharpe

Pastoral Support: Mrs Lisa Burton

School Cook:  Wendy Lohse

Georgina Westhorpe

Georgina Westhorpe

Deputy Head Teacher

My current role within the federation:
Hi, my name is Georg Westhorpe and I am the Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Manager across the Federation, I am also the Designated Teacher for children in care and the EYFS Lead for the Federation.

My career so far:
I always knew I wanted to work with children and began by working at Carisbrooke Pre School (now Clever Cloggs) and helping to lead the afterschool provision at Carisbrooke Primary as soon as I finished my Btec Course after college. I went on to Loughborough University to study a BSC in Sociology and gained my QTS through the then Graduate Teacher Training Programme (with a short diversion into the watersports industry!). I actually spent some of my training time at Shalfleet Primary, before working across other schools on the island and then
coming back to the Federation almost ten years ago now!
I specialised in early years and this is my passion as I believe those early years are pivotal to a child’s success, I am lucky enough to still be able to spend half a day in each of our reception classes which is one of my favourite parts of the week!

Quirky fact about me:
I can recite the words to the Maui rap from Moana!

Sarah Woodburn

Sarah Woodburn

School Business Manager

My current role within the federation:
Hello, my name is Sarah Woodburn and I am the School Business Manager across the Federation

My career so far:
I started working for Shalfleet CE Primary School in 2007 as the Office Administrator. Over the span of my career at the Federation I have been a Midday  Supervisor and also a Teaching Assistant in Year 1. Covering these roles within the school has enabled me to gain in depth knowledge of the school’s operations and needs. I can even remember Mrs Grainger
joining the Federation, as my son was in her first class here!
In 2013 I transferred to Yarmouth CE Primary School to become the Office Manager. The opportunity arose in 2018 for the School Business Manager role, and I have been working alongside our Finance Manager, Vikki Plumley since this date. I thoroughly enjoy working for the Federation, seeing the children happy and thriving and I strive to do the very best I can to maintain our wonderful schools.

Quirky fact about me:
I am left handed and when I started school I would write in my books from the right hand side to the left hand side. My mum needed to hold a mirror to the page to read what I had written!

Vikki Plumley

Vikki Plumley

Finance Manager

My current role within the federation:
Hello, my name is Vikki Plumley and I am the Finance Manager for the Federation. I work across both schools, ensuring that the schools finances are in good order!

My Career so far:
My career in Finance began 21 years ago in the banking sector, working in Branch banking, Private banking, Regulated Financial Services and Regulated Financial Compliance. I was appointed as the Finance Manager of the Federation in September 2018 and I thoroughly enjoy working in the school environment which has been quite a change from my previous
workplace!
I work alongside the School Business Manager and the Headteacher, no two days are the same! The most rewarding aspect of my role is applying for Grants to enhance our school provision and make a real difference to our families.

Quirky fact about me:
Coffee is my favourite flavour, especially coffee ice-cream!

Stuart Cook

Stuart Cook

Duty Lead at Yarmouth & Year 6 Teacher

My current role within the federation:
Hello, my name is Mr Cook and I am the school lead for Yarmouth and the Year 6 teacher.

My career so far:
I joined the Federation back in 2014 after being a trainee teacher under Mrs Grainger (when she taught Year 5 at Shalfleet). I began my career in the classroom at Shalfleet teaching Year 4 for 2 years and then Year 5 for 3 years. It was then I had the opportunity to move to Yarmouth in 2019 and taught Year 5/6 for 2 years before moving to single groups this year and beginning my current class role in Year
6.
Over the course of my time in the Federation, I have been able to progress professionally taking on multiple other roles such as assessment lead, curriculum lead as well as the aforementioned school lead role.
The main reason I moved over to the Isle of Wight back in 2014 was to have the opportunity to be part of a thriving, positive Federation and it is a decision I can
safely say was one of the best I have made in my life. Especially as I have managed to set up a happy home on the Island with my partner and I am going to be expecting my first child in a few months time.

Quirky fact about me:
I am now required to reveal a quirky fact about myself… Therefore I am happy to confess I am a huge fan of professional wrestling, and in 2018, achieved a
childhood dream of going to Wrestlemania 34 in New Orleans. It was incredible.

Claire Sampson

Claire Sampson

ELSA & Reception HLTA at Yarmouth

My current role within the federation:
Hello, my name is Miss Sampson, I have worked at Yarmouth Primary school for twenty three years, all of my own children attended the school, so I was also a parent before I began to work in the school.
I currently work in Reception class as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and I also support children with their emotional well being in my role as an Emotional Literacy support assistant.

My career so far:
I have two degrees one in Early Years education and the other in Education and Training studies, both of which I achieved after reaching the age of forty, it’s never too late to learn!
Over the years I have undertaken a diverse range of training to support my role, this includes, a
certificate in understanding Austism and British sign language.

Quirky fact about me:
Some interesting facts about me are, I worked in America on super yatches and I am left handed and colour blind.

Jennie Thompson

Jennie Thompson

Year 2 Teacher at Shalfleet & RE Lead

My current role within the federation:
Hello, my name is Mrs Thompson, I am the Year 2 class teacher at Shalfleet and RE subject lead for the federation.

My Career so far:
My career all started here, at Shalfleet, in January 2005 as a teaching assistant before starting the Graduate Teacher Programme in the September of that year remaining at Shalfleet. As we still had middle schools at the time I also spent half a term teaching at Solent Middle School in Year 5 and 6. I then started my teaching career at a school in Newport where I remained for ten years being a class teacher mainly in Key Stage 1 and being promoted to Key Stage 1 Leader of Learning.
In September 2016 I joined the Federation teaching in Year 1 and 2 as a job share with Mrs Shynn and Mrs Thurman. In September 2017 I became the Year 1 and 2 class teacher at Yarmouth where I remained until I had my daughter. When I returned after my maternity leave I moved back to Shalfleet and became the Year two teacher in the very classroom I did my teacher training in 17 years ago although there have been many changes to the school building since then!

Quirky fact about me:
I love music and I can play the clarinet, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, recorder and piano and I am learning the oboe!

Heather Eggleton

Heather Eggleton

Inclusion Assistant & Family Liaison Officer

My current role within the federation:
Hello my name is Heather Eggleton.
I am Inclusion Assistant and Family Liaison Officer for the federation

My career so far:
I joined the federation 9 years ago as support in the class for SEND. I have been able to progress professionally and I became inclusion assistant for the federation working closely supporting the inclusion manager. I am also the Family Liaison Officer for the federation taking the lead on the Early Help provision.
As Family Liaison Officer I am here to work in partnership with parents, carers and pupils in our school community. I liaise and make referrals to the relevant external agencies, I am here to provide direct support for families. I work in school and out in the community to provide families support. I work closely with the West Wight time bank, the food bank, Barnardo’s and mental health services. My role is ever adapting and changing as the needs of families do.
After moving from Yorkshire 11 years ago the island has become my family’s home and I am so happy to be part of the thriving federation and live so close to the beach.

Quirky fact about me:
My random fact is as it is very topical with the queen’s jubilee coming up. I was once the Queen of Ecclesfield (my home village in the north) through the guides. I did get a crown but I was only queen for a year.

Daryl Isaac

Daryl Isaac

Year 5 Teacher at Shalfleet & Literacy Lead

My current role within the federation:
Hello my name is Miss Isaac.
I am Year 5 teacher at Shalfleet and Literacy Lead for the federation

My career so far:
My career is long and extensive. I started my first (real teaching) year in New Zealand, Auckland as a Year 6 teacher. I ended up teaching there for 3 years. It was a huge school with limited money/resources and very challenging at times but what an experience it was!
On my return to England, I taught at Carisbrooke Primary and then in London.
In 2011 I returned to the Island to teach at Barton Primary but I always wanted a job at Shalfleet and Yarmouth. I used to walk past our lovely school and hope that a job would come up-finally it did!

Quirky fact about me:
My first ever teaching job was in Auckland New Zealand- this was complete case of being in a random place at the right time- where I bribed my class with English sweets (pick and mix from Woolworths) that my poor mum had to post via air mail once a month! I did get very good behaviour after that!

Fliss Harris

Fliss Harris

SNA & LSA at Yarmouth

My current role within the federation:
Hello my name is Mrs Harris.
I currently work as an LSA and SNA in Yrs 4 and 2 at Yarmouth

My Career so far:
I started working in schools as a volunteer when my children started primary school in Carisbrooke. I completed my training at the Isle of Wight college and went on to work in other primary schools including Shalfleet.

Quirky fact about me:
When I worked at Shalfleet, we had a Newly Qualified Teacher and I made her a number line for her classroom. Her name was Lizzie Grainger – I wonder what happened to her?

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