I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the new Headteacher for Austrey School.
I have been a Teacher since 1992 and have worked as a teacher and Senior Leader in schools since then across the Midlands. Most recently, I have been the Deputy Headteacher at Barlestone CE Primary School in Leicestershire for six year - a role I really enjoyed. I enjoy new challenges and feel very lucky to have the opportunity to take over the leadership of these schools.
When not in school or thinking about school I spend time with my husband and two children, relaxing and just being a mum. I like dancing, especially tap dancing and am a member of our local book club. I also enjoy travelling around Europe and making the most of the school holidays!
Deputy Head Teacher
My name is Meg Griffiths and I have been teaching at Newton Regis CofE Primary School in KS2 since 2008. I spent a year teaching Year 3/4 and then have taught Y5/6 for the last ten years. I have been Deputy Headteacher of both Austrey and Newton Regis for four years and I love working across the two schools.
I am the subject leader for Mathematics and I have a real passion for this part of the curriculum. 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 fitness and can be found running around Kingsbury Water Park most Saturday mornings at the parkrun. I also love 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.
I have worked at Austrey Primary School since September 1999. My time here has been enjoyable and interesting as my role and relationship with the children has constantly developed over the years. I currently have the pleasure of teaching the reception children in Wagtails.
I like reading and watching detective programmes, especially Poirot and Miss Marple. I also quite enjoy singing, but I have been told by the odd reception child that I need more practise – I don’t know what they mean though!
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.
I have worked as a SENCo in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Warwickshire and have been in this role at Newton and Austrey since November 2018. I have worked in a Pupil Referral Unit for permanently excluded children aged 4-16 and with KS1 children with complex special educational needs in a special school.
When I am not being a SENCO I have my own Forest School business and am a qualified archery instructor and self taught bubble artist! I love being outdoors, spending time with my family and learning how to play the ukulele.
I am Mrs Zoey Moger, Teaching Assistant. I support children who have Additional Educational Needs, modelling the work to enable them to access the curriculum in a way that is best for them, working closely with both the Class Teacher and SENDCO, supporting Forest School and After School Prjjects. When I am not in school I enjoy spending time with my family walking, running, cycling and trips in our Caravan, I am also an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and keen crafter.
Hello my name is Leigh Howes. I have worked at Austrey primary school for almost 5 years as a Teaching Assistant and within that time I have had the pleasure of working in every classroom for various reasons, I predominantly work in Robins which is our year 1/2 class and we have an awful lot of fun.
I live at home with my husband, two children, our cat and our lovely but very bouncy springer spaniel. in my spare time (not that I have much) I like to read, go on long walks with my family and of course holidaying in the sun.
I have always wanted to work with children and i absolutely adore working at Austrey primary we have some of the most talented children and staff members i have ever came into contact with, I'm always in awe of their resilience and perseverance through all parts of their education journeys.
Hi I am Lyndsey Ward a teaching assistant here at Austrey primary school, I have worked here for almost 5 years within EYFS and KS1.
I currently have the pleasure of working in Wagtails our wonderful reception class. I absolutely love being in reception, we have so much fun every single day whilst engaging in fun learning activities.
I have always wanted to work with children and feel honoured to be able to say I work here alongside some of the best teaching staff and children I have had the pleasure of meeting.
When not in school you will find me at home with my husband, 2 children and 2 labradoodles. I like to spend time at home with family and enjoy being outside walking in the fresh air. I also have a huge love of all things Disney as I’m sure any of the reception children could tell you
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.