Pilgrim's Way

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Who We Are / Staff List

Organisation of Classes , Teaching and Nursery Staff

From September 2016 the classes in our school are to be organised as follows. We have chosen to continue with our sea/sea creatures theme.

Penguin Class (Reception)
Teacher: Miss Hales  

Starfish Class (Reception)
Teacher:  Mrs Hillier (EYFS Leader)

Stingray Class (Year 1)
Teacher: Mrs Read and Miss Steere

Puffin Class (Year 1)
Teacher: Mrs Tombs

Seal Class (Year 2)
Teacher: Mrs Bolt

Octopus Class (Year 2)
Teacher: Miss Elvy (KS1 Leader)

Turtle Class (Years 3 & 4)
Teacher: Mr Hillier

Shark Class (Years 3 & 4)
Teacher: Mrs Gardener

Coral Class (Years 3 & 4)
Teacher : Mrs Jansa

Jellyfish Class (Years 3 & 4)
Teacher: Miss Reynolds/Mrs Haybourne

Seahorse Class (Years 5 & 6)
Teacher: Miss Rogers (Assistant Headteacher and KS2 Leader)

Dolphin Class (Years 5 & 6)
Teacher: Miss Hager

Swordfish Class (Years 5 & 6)
Teacher: Mrs Webb

Mrs Frappart
Miss Steere

Teaching Assistants:
Mrs Attwood
Miss Browne
Mrs Chongbang Limbu
Mr Cooksey
Mrs Cooper
Mrs Dwyer
Miss Harvey
Mr Hussey
Mrs Llong
Mrs Rai
Mrs Sayer
Mrs Shave
Miss Littlewood
Mrs Dillon
Mrs Pursey
Mrs Walsh (HLTA)
Mrs Wheeler


School Staff:
Headteacher: Mrs Witty
Deputy Head: Mrs Campbell
SENCO: Mrs Smith
Office Manager: Mrs Jo Bertram
Office Support: Mrs Julia McCormack
Office Apprentice: Miss Katie Wigley
Clerical Assistant: Miss King
Family Liaison Officer: Mrs Helen Fennell
Link Worker: Mrs Rai
IT Technician: Mr Mitchell
Caretaker: Mr Lacey
Relief Caretaker/Cleaner in Charge: Mrs House
After School Club Manager: Miss Harvey
After School Club Assistant: Miss Overton and Miss Browne
Breakfast Club Supervisor: Mrs Dwyer
Breakfast Club Assistant: Mrs Cooper
Midday Meal Supervisors:  Mrs Rai, Mrs Stuart and Miss Bean
Cook: Mrs Wilkinson
Kitchen Assistants: Mrs Leaman & Miss Love
Cleaners: Mrs Lorraine Harrington & Mrs Pat Harrington

Nursery Staff:
Nursery Manager: Mrs Bernadette Pearl
Deputy Nursery Manager: Miss Kayleigh Woods
Nursery Teacher: Mrs Sara Broun
Nursery Teacher: Mrs Catriona Watts
Nursery Assistants: Miss Melissa Cole, Mrs Radha Ninglekhu, Miss Emma Shaw

Academy Staff:
Mr Ian Fidge (Principal) visits each school to see classes and meet with staff. This enables him to maintain an oversight of progress and standards at the school.


The Senior Leadership Team (Principal, Deputy Principal & Trust Business Manager) are supported by Mrs Deborah Harris, PA to the Senior Leadership Team and Mrs Diane Wright, Administration Assistant.


Mrs Kelly Collens (Assistant Principal) works as part of the Senior Leadership Team helping to support the Academy Schools.


Mrs Lisa Goldsworthy (AENCo) spends time each week at each school. She carries out classroom observations, attends meetings with external agencies and with parents, and advises staff on provision for children with additional needs.


In addition to the on-site support described above, all central Academy staff provide daily remote support, via telephone, email and instant messenger to staff at each of the Schools.


How the schools benefit from being part of The Village Academy


Each school benefits from the following:


  • Leadership meetings. These give the Head Teachers the opportunity to share good ideas and resources with, and seek advice from, Mr Fidge, Directors and the other Heads in the Academy.

  • Termly ‘Challenge’ meetings, between the Headteacher, Mr Fidge, members of the Senior Leadership Team and at least one Director, to explore the school’s performance and ensure that improvements are rapid and sustained.

  • Termly Best Practice Meetings. Teachers who are subject leaders and Year Group Leaders attend meetings with their colleagues from other schools, again to share best practice and solutions to any difficulties which have arisen.

  • Academy moderation. Teachers from all the schools in the Academy look at samples of writing and maths from a random selection of children and assess those samples. This ensures that our assessments in these subjects is consistent and accurate.

  • Academy-wide training. Staff have received training in a number of areas including Pie Corbett writing techniques, strategies for supporting dyslexic children and Irlen’s Syndrome. This is in addition to the weekly professional development sessions in school. Some of these sessions would not be financially viable for the school on its own.

  • Networking opportunities. Teachers from each school report that being able to talk to, and even visit, another teacher in the same year group has been very beneficial.

  • IT support. Access to IT support has significantly improved data reporting at our schools, as well as improving the speed with which technical problems are resolved.

  • Schools have access to the Academy’s counsellor, Mr Jez Aitkens, who will see children on a referral basis.

  • Schools also have access to the Academy’s qualified Irlen’s screener, Mrs Sheila Johnson.