Nina Jeffries is Interim Headteacher at Aloeric Primary School. She had a variety of jobs before turning to teaching 20 years ago. On leaving school at 18 she went to Australia where she worked as a newspaper librarian and journalist, and helped set up a recreation centre for teenagers with learning difficulties (it’s still going strong nearly 40 years later). Back in England after 6 years Down Under, she worked as a cook and then a houseparent at Fairfield Opportunity Farm before moving to London where she ran a women’s centre, followed by 2 years as Senior Assistant to the Director of a national AIDS project, London Lighthouse.
After a couple of years at home with her son, she went to Oxford Brookes University to train as a teacher, returning to Wiltshire in 2000 to take up the post of Key Stage One Leader at Aloeric. One of the legacies from her work in the AIDS sector is a strong commitment to the well-being of everyone involved with the school – she says we can’t give our best to the children and each other if we’re not well-looked after ourselves.
Nina has twice been drafted out of Aloeric to support other schools as Acting Headteacher, and is currently supporting 3 other schools and 8 Specialist Leaders of Education as part of a Phonics Programme across Wiltshire.
She is fiercely committed to effective early years education as providing the basis for continued and secure learning through life and strongly believes 'it’s such a joy to see the children grow through the year’.
Kerry Parker is the Head of School at Corsham Primary - Broadwood Site. She has enjoyed 22 years in the teaching profession and has taught all ages in the primary sector, gaining her expertise with many children in a variety of settings. She has over 10 years of school leadership experience and is qualified in the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise and passion include teaching and learning for all, enhancing the curriculum and behaviour management.
Debbie Burchett has been a teacher for over thirty years, having taught across the whole primary age range. She trained at Kingston University and started her teaching career working for the Inner London Education Authority.
After she started her family, she moved to Gloucestershire where she continued to teach in schools in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire both as a class teacher and in leadership roles. Alongside Debbie's classroom teaching role, she worked as a Lead Practitioner for Gloucestershire in Communication, Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years and enjoyed pursuing educational research as an Early Reading Project Manager supporting six schools.
Debbie joined the fabulous “Learning for Life” team at Ivy Lane Primary School in September 2014 as Assistant Head Teacher. During 2017-18, she took a sabbatical year to travel around the world with her husband and she is now delighted to be back at Ivy Lane as Acting Head of School.
Julia Hawkins is the Headteacher of Queen’s Crescent School. She has enjoyed 28 years in the teaching profession and has taught the whole of the primary age range, in a variety of settings, ranging from a small village school to larger town schools. She has over 20 years of school leadership and improvement experience and has been a Headteacher for 6 years. She is a Local Leader of Education. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, curriculum and assessment, including data analysis.
Lindsay Fry is the Head of School at Corsham Primary’s Pound Pill site. She has enjoyed over 20 years in the teaching profession and has taught the whole of the primary age range, in a variety of settings, ranging from a small village school to larger town schools. Lindsay has over 10 years of school leadership experience and has been a Head teacher for 4 years. Her qualifications include the National Professional Qualification for Headship and Masters of Education studies in Mentoring. Her particular areas of expertise include teaching and learning, behaviour management and school improvement.