Our Staff

Head Teacher - Mr. John Moore

Since graduating in 1999, I have had the privilege of teaching and leading in a range of village, town and city schools. This experience has helped shape my understanding of and vision for education. Being a father of two primary-aged children has also allowed me to understand education from a parent's point of view, and this has helped to reshape my core beliefs.

My primary aims are for all children to feel safe and happy at our school. When this happens, children's learning is at its fullest and they develop positive attitudes towards school life, which stands them in good stead for the future. I am committed to leading a school where its staff and governors value children's mental health and wellbeing as much as their academic successes. To illustrate this, all children take part in weekly Forest School sessions in the nearby woods, a video of which you can find here. Additionally, all children receive taught units of work on being resilient, mindfulness and the importance of sleep.

I believe that all children, given the right environment, effort and attitude, have the ability to learn and enjoy success in their lives. I also believe that we should value a child's artistic and sporting achievements as much as we might celebrate their successes in English and Maths. Over the last few years, Sherborne has become the most over-subscribed primary school in the North Cotwolds and I truly feel that our school is a very special - perhaps even unique - place for children to learn, flourish and grow.

Deputy Headteacher - Owls Teacher - Mrs. Ellis

I started teaching in 2009, after bringing up my two daughters and working as a volunteer in their school. Before teaching I ran a "fair trade" shop and worked as a freelance printmaker. At home, I like to play the guitar, go for walks and collect curious books.

I have an honours degree in Fine Art and postgraduate certificates in education, humanities and professional studies. I am a primary mathematics specialist teacher (MaST) and also a Gloucestershire Educational Leader of Mathematics.

I am tremendously enthusiastic about the entire curriculum, enjoying running around a wintery playing field as much as science experimenting or poetry. My class might wonder how I get so interested in rocks and numbers, but a fascination in the world is what keeps me enthusiastic and is what I aim to pass on to my class.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn"

John Lubbock

Hedgehog Class Teacher -  Mrs. Baxter

Having graduated from the University of Worcester with a BA Ed (Hons) Education (In-service) degree, I was delighted to be offered a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme in Gloucestershire at the start of the academic year in 2007. Since gaining Qualified Teacher Status I have taught in a large junior school, a primary school and in the Independent Sector. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a Learning Support Worker in a Junior Centre attached to the mainstream school for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. I consider myself to be a committed, enthusiastic teacher with a passion for creativity. Out of school I enjoy travelling and love nothing more than spending time with my wonderful family.

Fox Class Teacher - Mrs. Finley

At Leeds, I gained a first class degree in Primary Education (BSc). This was a four-year course that enabled me to specialise in a specific area of the curriculum. I chose to specialise in P.E. as I strongly believe that Primary School plays a fundamental role in allowing a child to develop a life-long enjoyment of being fit and active. After university, I taught in several city schools in Leeds before moving with my family to the Cotswolds.

Hedgehog Class Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Mrs O'Kane

 

Fox and Owls Class Teaching Assistant and Midday Supervisor - Miss Denmead

From an early age, I always wanted to work with children. After completing my A-Levels, I studied for an honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and graduated at Oxford Brookes University. Whilst studying, I undertook a three-year placement at a primary school in Gloucestershire and, after graduating, worked at a primary school in Oxfordshire. I am passionate in helping children with their learning so they can reach their full potential. In my spare time, I particularly enjoy foreign travel, photography, musical theatre, baking and long country walks.

School Administrator and Midday Supervisor - Mrs. Virginia Parker