News and Profiles from Llangattock Staff
Experience: I graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from West London, then completed my PGCE in Roehampton. I have worked in schools in London and Bristol before coming to Llangattock to cover a maternity leave post. 10 years later, I’m delighted to say I am still here, now as headteacher following completion of the NPQH. I have a fantastic job and am lucky enough to still teach in Nursery and Reception for two days a week.
Favourite things: My teenage daughters (most of the time), Kettle crisps and fizz (other crisps are available), my PJs and holidays.
Position: SENCO and Eco Co-ordinator
Experience: I live in Llangattock and have two daughters who both came to this school. I trained as a speech and language therapist before doing a PGCE at Swansea for Primary Education. I have previously worked in Kent, Scotland and Merthyr Tydfil. I have a particular interest in reading and spelling development and additional learning needs. I have a Postgraduate Diploma in SEN (SpLD). I enjoy nature and the outdoors, so I really like teaching science and running the Eco Club.
Favourite things: Travelling, pottering in the garden, reading, my dog, my cats and my chickens (oh, and of course my family!).
Mrs Jo Jones
Position: Years 5/6 Teacher
Experience: I graduated with a degree in Archaeology (yes, really) from the University of Liverpool, and completed my PGCE at the University of Leeds. I have worked in schools in Wiltshire, Blaenau Gwent and Torfaen and have been lucky enough to teach Years 5/6 in Llangattock since 2007. I am also currently acting as a Literacy Leader in Powys.
Favourite things: Goldfish, chocolate, watercress, Daniel Craig, my two fantastic children.
Position: Years 3/4 Teacher
Experience: I completed my initial degree in Computer Science at Oxford Brookes and my PGCE at Bristol, following which I taught in a school in Kent. Before joining the staff at Llangattock, I worked in London as a Senior IT Consultant and Project Manager for over 10 years. After having my first child, I completed a Returning to Teaching course at Caerleon and I have been working at Llangattock School since January 2010.
Favourite things: My family, going on holiday, walking my dog, a nice glass of red wine and chocolate!
Position: Years 1/2 Teacher
Experience: I took a BA in English at Swansea University, followed by a PGCE at Worcester University. I taught in Somerset initially, but my husband’s job in the Royal Navy took us to Gibraltar, where both my children were born. I did some supply teaching at the Forces School, but spent most of our two years there changing nappies! On returning to the UK, I taught in the beautiful lochside village of Rosneath for four years. We were then happily posted closer to home (and babysitters!) and I joined the team at Llangattock in 2009.
Favourite things: Spending time with my family, visiting new places and old friends, all things Italian, Welsh rugby and marathons – well, technically they’re called Snickers now, but I’m old fashioned….
Position: Reception Teacher
Experience: I completed my PGCE at Caerleon and following this I taught at a school in Aberfan, Merthyr. I have now been teaching for more than 20 years, many of which have been at Llangattock, because I enjoy it here so much.
Favourite things: Art and photography, cows (the black and white variety that I am surrounded by at home!), my children (4 at last count!) and school dinners.
Position: School Secretary / Learning Support Assistant
Experience: I qualified as a Biomedical Scientist and worked as a Laboratory Manager until I had my first child, Madeline, in 2002. I worked as an administrator and Occupational Therapy Assistant until the birth of my second child, Thomas, in 2007. I then retrained as an LSA and gained my NVQ Level 2 and 3 whilst working as a volunteer at Llangattock School where I was eventually employed.
Favourite things: Walking my dogs around the Beechwood, going to the cinema and reading.
Position: Learning Support Assistant
Experience: I worked as a Manager in the Leisure Industry for 15 years. After having my second child I went back to college and retrained in Childcare, Learning and Development and completed Level 2 and 3 (CCLD). I trained at Hopscotch Nursery before being offered a job at Llangattock School in 2009. Since working here, I have completed my Catch-Up Numeracy and Literacy training.
Favourite things: Spending time with my family and animals, walking and curling up with a good book, oh and of course chocolate!
Position: Learning Support Assistant
Experience: Before children, I worked in London as a Financial Journalist specialising in commodities, shipping and derivatives. Now, in addition to helping the Nursery and Reception classes settle into school life, I run the level 6 Maths Club for some of the year 6 children.
Favourite things: I live vicariously through my children but when the opportunity arises, I can be found with a good book and eating chocolate!
Position: Lunchtime Supervisor/ Supply LSA
Experience: I have got a certificate in education from Caerleon. I have worked in Llangattock School since 1995, when my children were small I worked in the canteen then started working as an LSA and have worked in every class. Both my children attended Llangattock School then went onto Crickhowell High School.
Favourite things: I enjoy gardening, reading and eating!