My name is Lee Kilkenny and I am very proud to have recently taken on the Headship at Austrey School. I have been in education since 1997 and have had a number of varied and interesting roles in that time. I started out as a class teacher in Acocks Green in Birmingham and then became a Lead Teacher and Advanced Skills Teacher. I moved into a management role as Assistant Headteacher of a school in Nechells, Birmingham after this moving on to become a Numeracy Consultant working for the Primary Strategy Team based in Walsall. After leaving that I became a Deputy Head of a large school in the middle of Walsall. For the last 5 years I have been a Headteacher, a job I thoroughly enjoy.
When not in school or thinking about school I spend time with my wife and two children, relaxing and just being a dad. I love listening to music, especially Paul Weller and Ska Music (which probably tells you a lot about my age). I also try to attend live music concerts whenever I can. I enjoy my sport and help to manage a local under 12s football team. I have even been known to have the odd kick about with friends, although I’m not quite as athletic as I used to be.
Deputy Head Teacher
My name is Megan Griffiths and I have been teaching at Newton Regis CofE Primary School in KS2 since 2008. I spent a year teaching Year 3/4, then moved into Y5/6 for three years and until most recently, a mixed Y4/5/6 class. For the past year I have been Deputy Head at Newton Regis, working alongside Mr Kilkenny; I am very excited to now be working alongside him at Austrey as well.
I am the subject leader for Mathematics and I am looking forward to helping improve this area across the school. In my free time (which in this job can be limited and precious!) I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my dog – Blue! I am into my music – mainly pop – and do like to go to concerts when I get the chance!
I am Mrs. Wendy Harvey and I am the school secretary. I have worked at Austrey School for the past 18 years starting off as admin assistant. My three children have all attended the school.
I love working here, all my colleges are so friendly and we all have a very close, supportive and have happy relationships.
I endeavour to make all visitors, parents and pupils welcome and maintain good communications between school and home.
I also enjoy all sports and help run and organise events such as cross country, netball, football and most recently cricket.
I've been a part-time teacher in Y5 and Y6 since 2003, with a break when I had my second child.
I'm responsible for Science, Drama and Dance - though they're not all taught at the same time! I run a Film Club and a Science Club . My favourite lessons are when the children are able to plan, research and present their own ideas and work at their own pace. I really enjoy the topics I teach, especially History.
I'm Chris Mander, I have taught at Austrey School for over 20 years now. For all that time I have been the ICT co-ordinator. I really do like computers a lot, even though they do go wrong quite a bit. I am usually to be seen walking around school with leads and plugs! I took over as PE co-ordinator a few years ago now and I am very proud of our teams and always get very enthusiastic supporting them! I share the teaching of Kingfisher Class (Thursday and Friday) with Mrs Cotton who is great to work with.
On a personal level I play hockey for Tamworth 3rds, probably with much more enthusiasm than skill! I play league matches on a Saturday and train on a Wednesday, throughout the autumn and spring terms. (It's a lot of fun if anyone wants to join – always on the look out for new members!!)
I really love travelling and have a very long list of places I would like to visit which I am slowly ticking off!
I also enjoy music, reading and shopping (especially for shoes!).
I am Helen Meredith and I am a proud member of the Owls Class. I entered teaching later in life after working for many years in various roles in a major bank. I have had experience in both village and larger town school environments, predominantly in Lower Key Stage 2.
My favourite subjects are Science and Maths which I studied to degree level, but. I am interested in practically everything! This includes my poor efforts at home growing vegetables through to visiting the theatre and mooching around historical buildings. I read avidly from a wide variety of genres including War and Peace and the complete Terry Pratchett Discworld series.
At home I am kept busy by my various pets, two sons and husband. We enjoy music very much and my diary is usually full of live music gigs which we attend throughout the midlands
Hi, my name is Michelle Gugleta and I am the Robins (year 1/2) and Wagtails (Reception Class) teacher. I qualified as a teacher in 2000 and have worked in schools in Serbia, Tyne and Wear, Berkshire and Staffordshire. I joined Austrey School as a teacher in 2016. In school I am responsible for the Early Years and lead the worship council. In my spare time (if I have any) I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and reading.
Early Years Educator
I have worked at Austrey Primary School as a Teaching Assistant since September 1999. My time here has been very enjoyable and interesting as my role and relationship with the children has constantly developed over the years.
I work with both infant classes, supporting all areas of the curriculum, including delivering intervention groups, which support small groups of children with their phonic work and numeracy. I like reading and love watching detective programmes, especially Poirot and Miss. Marple.
I also quite enjoy singing, but have been told by the odd reception child that I need a bit more practice – I don’t know what they mean though!
Hello, my name is Mrs Amy Stafford. As the SENCo, I work directly with some of the children to help support their learning. I also liaise with outside agencies to ensure that we provide all of the necessary support that there is for our children.
My name is Dawn Ryan, I am a teaching assistant at Austrey and I give one to one support in school.
I also help with our Forest School project, which encourages and involves the children doing outdoor activities, such as bug hunting, den building, fact finding and cooking on the camp fire. I enjoy working at Austrey School because it has a good team and all the staff have the children's best interests at heart.
Hello, I am Mrs Spencer-Wyatt. I am a teaching assistant here at Austrey School.
I work mainly with the junior children. I am also the designated first aider.
My job is to help keep the building safe, secure and clean.
I am usually in school very early before anyone else arrives, so that by the time the children arrive, the classrooms are ready for a days activities.