Mrs Carla Whelan
Executive Director of Education for Marches Academy Trustcarla.firstname.lastname@example.org
I have had the greatest privilege in the world by being a head at Oakmeadow, then supporting and coaching others to lead the school.
I have been able to help mould the education of our children and ensure they get the opportunity to develop life long learning skills. I was once told by a teacher that I might never do any good in life, because I constantly asked too many questions! So it was then and there I decided to teach, so no child felt like I did that day!
My career started in Newham, East London in a school full of 950 pupils! It was a huge Victorian building, with no fields for miles. This is why looking out at our beautiful facilities at Oakmeadow makes me grateful. I then travelled south west to Plymouth, as I married a sailor! After four fabulous years I returned to my hometown and worked for two years at secondary, before returning to primary and pursuing senior leadership. Every year I have spent in education I feel grateful for, it’s a pleasure to work with children and I’ve never met a teacher who isn’t committed and passionate about what they do.
So it’s my experiences of being a ‘questioner’ and my complete dedication to doing my best, giving my best that I bring every day to my role at Marches Academy Trust. This is why I promote the asking of questions, I encourage all the pupils and the community to be a part of your school, working with Mrs Hill , and never let anyone make you feel you cannot achieve!
Mrs Samantha Hill
Head Of Schoolsamantha.email@example.com
I am lucky enough to be a person who loves their job! I get up in the morning and (early mornings aside) I look forward to coming to work at Oakmeadow – we have wonderful children at our school. Our pupils are bright, kind and they challenge us everyday with their curiosity.
I have been fortunate enough to work with a range of year groups throughout my teaching career here and to have developed my skills within school to support our children on a wider scale. I am particularly enjoying this year in my role as Head Of School – no two days are ever the same, and the opportunity to support with whole school development is incredibly rewarding.
I have been involved with initiatives over recent years which have considerably developed my knowledge and skill base which I use to bring back to enhance the offer our children receive here at Oakmeadow. I am a Key stage 2 writing moderator and through this, as well as my role as an SLE for The English Hub, I have the privilege of visiting other settings to observe and support with practise elsewhere. I like nothing more than coming back to Oakmeadow though, to work with our wonderful committed staff and pupils.
Miss Jasmin Taylor
Year 2 Teacher - Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning) & Maths Lead
We have such wonderful children at Oakmeadow, they are a delight to work with, and they have a really positive attitude to learning.
Becoming a teacher is the best decision I have made, although it is not really a job, it’s a way of life. I remember my primary days so clearly and how my teachers created an atmosphere of support and warmth. I’ve been deeply inspired by my own experience at school and wanted to offer a positive experience back to education. Often you hear negative stories about education – I want the children I teach to have positive experiences about their education. I want to help them reach their full potential and to make a real significant difference. I really enjoy watching the change in the pupils over the year, you watch them grow in confidence and self-belief. However, it is always hard to hand them over to the next teacher at the end of the year.
I have always been passionate about maths and initially thought about training to become a secondary maths teacher. However, after spending time in both primary and secondary schools, I immediately knew where my passion was – primary education. I have a real passion to make children succeed in maths and to become good problem solvers. I really want children to see maths as a meaningful subject and to make connections to everyday life.
Mrs Helen Morris
Year 5 Teacher - Assistant Head (Behaviour, Attitudes and Personal Development), SEND Coordinator
I’ve been a member of the teaching team at Oakmeadow since September 2014 and since then have worked in many year groups and across the different Key stages. To work alongside such a dedicated team of teachers and staff has been a huge privilege. We have a such a wonderful learning environment, in which the children can thrive both academically as well as socially and emotionally. The past 18 months have really shown how important that is. I really can't imagine working anywhere else!
This year, I am looking forward to working with Mrs Marston as my job share partner when teaching part time Owls class. Being in year 5, is gives us the valuable opportunity of teaching and preparing the children for the latter part of their learning adventure at Oakmeadow. The remainder of my time will be spent carrying out my leadership responsibilities which this year will also include being the LAC designated teacher.
Being the school's SENCO, provides me with the unique opportunity to work with a range of children and families across the entire school everyday. I am passionate about all children deserving and receiving the same opportunities to make progress and achieve. In this role, I can help to make that difference and work with our dedicated, experienced SEN team and teachers to ensure Oakmeadow strives to provide an outstanding inclusive education for all. Achieving the SENDIA award earlier this year highlights the high standard of SEN provision we provide at Oakmeadow.
As most of the children know - together with my family, I’m a keen sports fan. As well as football, I enjoy watching rugby, cricket and athletics. I support Tottenham Hotspur to my family’s disgust, who are all Manchester United fans. We'll see who comes higher in the league this year - I'm always optimistic!
Mrs Polly Williamson
Nursery & Phonics/Early Reading Lead
I was fortunate enough to complete my teacher training here at Oakmeadow and having taught in a Year One class in Telford, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to return as part of the Foundation Stage team two years ago.
I adore working in the Early Years. It truly is an absolute privilege to be part of a committed supportive team who work so hard to provide a learning environment where our children can open their minds to new concepts and ideas.
Our young children have such potential and it never ceases to amaze me how quickly they develop in all areas of learning. We work hard but we also have lots of fun in the process!
However, I am very aware of my responsibility to be the very best I can be so that the children in my care develop into confident and motivated and independent learners.
Miss Rhiannon Reece
Reception Teacher and Senior Leader and Head of EYFS/ KS1. Art and D&T Lead
Firstly, I have been a member of Bayston Hill community for the whole of my teaching career. It has been a pleasure to have made my contribution to the academic and social development of many of the children in the village over the years. Seeing them grow and mature into young adults is a wonder and I can’t believe how quickly time passes. It is amazing to see their achievements.
When I began my career, I specialised in Early Years Foundation Stage, where the focus was centred on providing each child with their own pathway to learning based around an investigative, practical but structured approach. Although I did not stay in Early Years for long, no matter where I have worked within the school Y ear2 -Year 6, I have maintained these three key approaches at the core of my teaching. I hope to inspire and enthuse the children by teaching to look closely, play and experiment and then apply practically what they have learnt.
I love being a teacher, it allows me to be a key lead on developing the pupils curiosity.
Mrs Jo Griffiths
Senior Leader and Head of Key Stage2 & Outdoor Learning Coordinator
I came into teaching later than most having had a career as a criminal solicitor for 14 years. It was the birth of my youngest child, Alfie that made me reassess my life. He was born with a fused skull that required major surgery and his future was uncertain. He is now thankfully making good progress at Oakmeadow. My other two children have gone through Oakmeadow and have moved on to secondary school.
I am often asked if I have any regrets about my career change, and I can honestly say no. It is a privilege to come to work with children who are all wonderful and inspiring in their own unique way. Their passion for learning makes me constantly strive to improve my own teaching. Having worked in EYFS and KS1 I am excited to now be in year 3 and heading up the fantastic KS2 team. My love for outdoor learning continues and we have plans to develop our KS2 outdoor spaces to help facilitate outdoor learning further across the curriculum.
Mrs Laura Davis
Year 1 Teacher & MFL
Having worked with children and young people since leaving school at the age of 16 I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, no two days are the same and I look forward to each new day with 30 eager, happy children in my class. I was lucky enough to complete my PGCE at Oakmeadow in 2017 and have taught in nursery, reception and now in year one. Oakmeadow is a great school to work at and I continue to learn here every day from colleagues, parents and of course the children themselves. I love getting to know the individual children and their families and learning alongside them, watching them grow whilst making learning fun.
Miss Jessica Allan
Year 1 Teacher & PSHE
I am a member of the Bayston Hill community, and am thrilled to be now teaching these special pupils in the village since 2018. I have been teaching for 5 years, previously in a junior school, but absolutely love the challenge and thrill of teaching younger children. No two days are the same, and I relish the new opportunities and experiences the children bring each and every day. I am very fortunate to be part of such a supportive and close knit school community, where developing the ‘whole child’ is paramount. The children in our school are hard-working, healthy and most importantly, happy! I enjoy getting to know the families from the community and supporting them in their child’s development.
Mrs Sarah Ryan
Year 2 Teacher and RE Lead
This year will be my first year teaching full-time at Oakmeadow, and I’m looking forward to it! I have taught in both the UK and abroad (in Qatar), and these diverse and valuable opportunities have given me a real insight into how every child is unique. It is so important to listen to and learn from each other’s experiences, beliefs and cultures.
I love the challenges and rewards of teaching, and always aim to help the children be the best versions of themselves, while also trying to be the best I can be. As the new RE lead, I believe it is essential for children to be able to ask big questions and start to develop their own way of thinking.
Outside of school, I love reading, going for walks with my family and practising piano and saxophone. I also like to catch up with friends and family, which often involves tea and a generous slice of cake!
Miss Naomi Lewis
Year 2 Teacher and PSHE Lead
This year will be my third year of teaching at lovely Oakmeadow! I have felt unbelievably privileged to spend the last couple of years in such a wonderful school, where a unit of staff and children strive to go above and beyond each and every day for each other. Some of you may know me from teaching in year 3 for the last two years! However this year, I’m super excited to be starting a new adventure in year 2 with my fabulous Dragonflies class. Outside of school, most of you know by now that I love spending time with my horses and taking part in competitions with them involving dressage and show jumping and have done since four years old. I also enjoy spending time in the outdoors full stop and like bringing this into my teaching. As the PSHE lead, I’m extremely passionate about health and well being and look forward to how this will continue to evolve and grow in Oakmeadow.
Mrs Julie Marston
Year 5 Teacher & Music Lead
I am delighted to be a member of the Oakmeadow team this term, and am very excited about our year ahead in Owls class. My teaching career started in Hampshire, a few years before my husband and I returned to our home county of Shropshire in 2005. Our daughters have both attended Oakmeadow, and I also attended both Longmeadow and Oakland School as a child, so it feels very special to now be teaching here.
My teaching career has seen me develop my passion for maths; I have led maths in previous teaching roles, have studied for a MA in Specialist Primary Mathematics and I also work for the Salop and Herefordshire Maths Hub as a ‘Teaching for Mastery’ Specialist. This allows me to support other schools to implement ideas and strategies used in countries which consistently achieve highly in maths. This time last year, I was privileged to have the amazing opportunity to go to China to find out more about the way they teach. This is a fascinating role and one which from which I continue to learn and strive to find new and exciting ways to inspire the pupils I teach.
I also enjoy music both in the classroom and as a hobby through playing the piano. I love to spend time outdoors with my family (including our dog) and walking, travelling and exploring new places.
Mr Edward Weaver
Year 3 Teacher
I will probably be familiar to many of your children having joined Oakmeadow, in 2019, originally as a trainee teacher. I am really looking forward to teaching Year Three which takes me back to where I first started with Mrs. Marston in Hedgehogs. Now I can’t wait to be the Class Teacher of Foxes!
Due to school closures in March 2020 I welcomed the opportunity to come back to Oakmeadow in September 2020. This is where I continued my training into Year Two with Mrs Kirby in Dragonflies which I thoroughly enjoyed! I qualified as a teacher in December 2020 which I was then employed to support Butterflies, during lockdown, whilst Miss Taylor took the lead on the remote learning. More recently I have been based in Year One supporting Miss. Allan with her remote teaching and then covering her maternity leave towards the end of the academic year.
It excites me to continue to work in such a forward thinking school, alongside great staff, children and parents; being part of a wonderful and close-knit village.
Outside of school I am especially keen on cycling and football. You may catch me cycling through the quarry or playing 5-a-side by the football ground. Once or twice a fortnight you’ll catch me one step closer, inside the ground, unfortunately not on the pitch (I’m not as good at 11-a-side!) but in the stands cheering Shrewsbury Town on!
Miss Charlotte Gries
Year 4 Teacher
This is my third year teaching at Oakmeadow in Year 4 and I feel privileged to work as part of such an amazing team. I am really enjoying the beginning of my career in teaching and am excited to see what the future holds. This year, I am also going to be the Geography and Global Learning lead which I am very keen to develop across school. I love learning about the world and am passionate about supporting the children at Oakmeadow to become 'world ready' by having the knowledge to support the ever-changing world we live in.
In my time outside of school, I enjoy exploring new places with friends and family. I also like to enjoy a good film and popocorn on a weekend with my favourites being The Harry Potter series or any classic Disney.
Miss Lyndsey Connell
Year 6 Teacher & History Lead
I am new to the Oakmeadow team! This will be my 12th year of teaching and I have been lucky to have had the experience of teaching in several different schools around the country. I grew up in Oswestry and have recently moved back to the area after teaching for 7 years in Greater London. I have worked in several year groups – but mainly KS2. I enjoy the challenge of teaching and love that every day brings something new – no two days are the same!
I have a busy life outside of teaching and am enjoying living closer to my friends and family. I like being outdoors and regularly go on walks with my family, to explore the beautiful countryside. It definitely beats living in grey London! During the holidays, I like to travel to new places and explore different cultures and meet new people. I recently went on a longer trip and explored several countries including: India, Vietnam, New Zealand and Australia. I love to keep active and play in a netball team every week. I am also a bit of a book worm and enjoy reading new books, as well as old favourites.
Mr Sam Ostermeyer
Year 6 Teacher - Computing & Physical Education Lead
This year will be my 9th year in teaching, of which this will be my 7th year teaching in year 6. Originally hailing from Stafford, I studied History and Philosophy as my undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds. I then moved into business and commerce, working at a quantity surveyor in the construction industry, before deciding that I wanted to try my hand at teaching. I returned to the University of Leeds to undertake my PGCE in 5-11 Primary Education, qualifying in 2011 before accepting my first teaching job in Telford. I moved to Oakmeadow Primary for the start of the 2015-16 academic year, and haven't looked back since. I really enjoy the challenge of leading and developing two large subjects like Computing and Physical Education, and am excited by what we have achieved so far in my tenure, as well as the journey that remains ahead as we look to further develop an active and innovative curriculum that will equip our children for life in the 21st century!
Miss Milly Davies
Year 4 Teacher
I am delighted to be joining the Oakmeadow team this academic year. This will be my second year of teaching and I am so excited to be part of such a forward thinking and close-knit community. Over my training years, I was fortunate enough to complete a teaching placement in Kuwait. This was such a fantastic experience and taught me just how diverse and unique every child is. I have joined Oakmeadow from a large school in Telford where I was also lucky enough to teach year 4! I am looking forward to the wonderful year ahead with my class of Hedgehogs.
I have spent my life living just outside of Shrewsbury surrounded by gorgeous countryside. There is nothing I love more than a walk around the hills with my dog, his name his Harvey and he's a little pug! Football is my true passion in life and I take every opportunity to attend matches whenever I can. Don't worry, I'm a Shrewsbury Town fan!
Alongside this, I have a great love for reading. I believe that all children should be encouraged to love reading in its entirety and I take every opportunity to model this love to the children I teach. You will always catch me trying to sneak a new book into my classroom without anyone noticing... my collection is already big enough as it is!
I believe that continuous learning is so important for everyone, including adults. I am currently completing my MA in Education Leadership and Management alongside working at Oakmeadow. Having graduated in 2020, I wanted to continue my educational journey and I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge gained with the Oakmeadow team.
Miss Rebecca Gill
Year 5 Teacher
Firstly, I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a member of the Oakmeadow team and I cannot wait to see where our journey together will take us. At Oakmeadow, our children are unique individuals and their enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge is why I give my very best every day. As teachers, I believe we have the privileged role of inspiring children’s learning, encouraging them to challenge and investigate the world, so that they can become independent thinkers who are positive members of society.
With a passion for creativity, I studied Fine Art at the University of Loughborough as I initially thought that I would like to become an art therapist. However, when studying for my degree, I volunteered at a local primary school and this experience confirmed my resolve to become a Primary school teacher.
I started my teaching career in my home city of Derby where I taught in an inner-city school for 5 years. This will be my eighth year of teaching and my third year of teaching in Shrewsbury, after relocating. My primary teaching experience is extensive, and since starting as an NQT, I have been a class teacher in the full range of KS2 and KS1 classes, including year 6 together with experience of SEND classes.
When not at school, you will find me dancing, exercising, singing (always), relaxing with my art and music and, of course, enjoying all things Disney.
Miss Philippa Jennings
Year 1 Teacher
I cannot express how excited I am to be joining the Oakmeadow community! I feel extremely privileged to be starting my teaching career in such a collaborative, caring and passionate school. My training at Edge Hill University has encouraged me make my teaching creative, inclusive and meaningful to all the children I work with. I was lucky enough to love school because I had teachers who were supportive and I aim to emulate this caring nature with all the children I am lucky enough to meet. To me, teaching is truly the most rewarding job as I get to see and encourage children to be curious about the world they live in and become critical thinkers by asking questions. I love how each day brings a new challenge and encourages me to develop as a lifelong learner.
Outside of school I love spending time with my family and taking my cheeky Shih Tzu Harley on long walks around the lovely Shropshire countryside. I absolutely love reading and enjoy sharing my newly discovered books with the children in class!