When you enter any one of our classrooms, you’d be forgiven for not knowing who was the teacher and who was the learning support assistant – we are rightly proud of this. Our support staff are skilled practitioners themselves, some of whom are teachers or are training to teacher, others have specialisms in SEN provision or Early Years. Whatever skills, they are dedicated to making our school the very best place it can be for children. In our school, we don’t use the term Learning Support Assistant (LSA) but we do use ‘teacher’ as this is how the children see them.
After moving to Stockbridge and her two children joining our school, we were lucky to bag Mrs Holdich as a key part of our LSA team. She is quick on her feet at thinking up creative things for our children’s learning to be maximised and is also our THRIVE link teacher, working with children individually and in small groups to support their emotional and social development.
With extensive experience in our pre-school, Mrs Tanner has rejoined the team after a short hiatus and is proving worth her weight in Early Years gold! She has a natural enthusiasm for our younger children and can often be found in the midst of a mountain of glitter or mud! Whilst working 1:1 with a child, she also works with smaller groups and brilliantly supports Mrs Cooper in our Early Years provision.
Mrs Hanham has been working with us for a year now but used to work in the pre-school so knows how young children learn best. IN 2020/21, she will begin the year working in our Year 2/3 class but, once a new member of staff is appointed, she will take up the mantle of being our specialist SEN LSA as Mrs Hanham is a bit of a whizz with speech and language therapy and also physio/OT therapy too.
Mrs Hughes joined us in 2019 and hasn’t stopped working her socks off since! She has a huge amount of Early Years knowledge and expertise but most recently, has been working in Year 2/3 so will be a great addition to the Year 1/2 class for the summer term. Mrs Hughes is frequently found outside in our Early Years area getting very muddy in the mud kitchen, having a go on the trikes and bikes, hiding in homemade dens and much more exciting learning! She is also a THRIVE practitioner and works with children predominantly in the lower school.
Mrs Holden joined us mid-pandemic and has been a real asset despite things not being ‘normal’! She has a huge amount of talent and experience at working with children with special educational needs and this is translating into 1:1 work she is currently undertaking with us. Her husband is a serving soldier which helps her also understand the pressures and challenges our service children face.
New to our team and new to working in schools, we hope that this is just the toe in the water for Mrs Reynolds who has always wanted to be a teacher. Hearing her work with our Year 4/5 children, it’s obvious that she has a natural flair for the role and always manages to find a practical way around complicated concepts. Naturally creative, Mrs Reynolds works across the school at lunchtimes also to provide continuity of care for all our children.