Team Edale

Mrs O’Connor, Head Teacher

Hello everyone,

My name is Mrs O’Connor and I am the Headteacher at Edale Rise primary. I started here in September 2015 but was a teacher here for four years from 2004-2007. I have taught in Nottingham schools since 1992 and my previous job was as Headteacher at a school in Carlton. I love working at this school as the staff, children, parents and governors are always positive and helpful. I live in Nottingham and have a husband and two boys who are 18 and 16 years old. I love exercise, singing in a rock choir and having fun!

Welcome to our school and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Mr Crosby, Deputy Head Teacher

My name is Mr Crosby and I am the Deputy Head Teacher and I also teach in Year 6.  In my spare time, I love to read books – scary books, funny books, science books, books about Vikings  – all sorts of books! I also enjoy playing the guitar and going for long walks (especially in woods and forests) and looking and listening to the wildlife.

Miss Grimshaw, Year 2 Class Teacher

I am Miss Grimshaw. I have worked at the school since January 2016. On my days off I like walking in the mountains. I am also a yellow belt at karate, which helps keep me fit. My favourite subjects are History and Maths.

Miss Barker, Year 1 Class Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Barker and I am the Year 1 teacher. I have been teaching at Edale Rise since November 2016. I have always loved to learn and it is my joy to share this philosophy with the children at Edale! In my spare time I love singing, reading, yoga and bouldering. I also really enjoy sharing good food, going on walks and playing board games with my family and friends.

Mrs Reynolds, Nursery Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Mrs Reynolds and I am the Reception teacher. I have been working at Edale Rise Primary School since I became a teacher. I spend lots of time with my family, they keep me very busy at the weekends doing lots of baking and painting and blowing lots of raspberries of course! I love films and really enjoy going to the cinema with my husband, Neil. We don’t always agree on what film we should go and see so I have become very good at beating him at rock, paper, scissors!

Mrs Pawluk, SENCO

Guess who? I like to run to keep fit, ride my bike and paddle down a river in a kayak to relax. I love reading Alex Rider stories and my favourite film is ‘My Cousin Vinny’. I have two fabulous children who make me very proud and I love working at Edale Rise… have you guessed? Mrs Pawluk.

Mr Rennie, Year 3 Class Teacher

Hello! I am the Year 3 Teacher. I recently moved to Nottingham from London. I love this city and working at Edale Rise. I have lived in lots of different countries during my life including America, Africa and Canada. Now that I have settled in the UK I still enjoy travelling when I get the chance. I am a big football fan and support Newcastle United, aka The Toon Army! I also enjoy listening to music and reading books in my spare time.

Miss Brittain, Year 4 Class Teacher

I am the Year 4 teacher. I love our school and have worked here for over 18 years. What a long time! When I am not at school I like to spend time in my garden with my partner, Philip and my step-daughter, Lucy. I worked as a gardener before becoming a teacher and it is my favourite hobby. We also love walking, especially with my dog, Dave. When I was younger I completed a very long walk called The Pennine Way. It took me 22 days to do it! Now i stick to shorter walks because I am very old and not so fit.

Mr Scutts, Year 5 Class Teacher

Hey, I’m Mr Scutts! I trained as a teacher and started working at Edale Rise in 2017, after years of other things like teaching English in Togo, Africa – where they speak French – and coaching sports to children around Nottingham. I love sports and have played American Football for years, although I’ve tried lots of others like Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu and Boxing too. I also love to go running with my dog, a chocolate labrador called Billy or swim in my spare time. I really enjoy seeing the world and experiencing new things, I think my favourite place is the USA and I’d love to live there at some point.

Miss Welton, Year 5 & 6 Class Teacher

Hi, My name is Rachel Welton and I am the Year 6 teacher at Edale Rise. I have taught lots of different year groups since I became a teacher, but my favourite is Year 6! I learnt to be a teacher in Brighton, by the sea and it is still my favourite place in the world. My two children were born there and we visit a lot. I moved back to Nottingham (because I am from here) fourteen years ago, so my children (who are now teenagers) have grown up here. When I am not at school, I love meeting my friends, reading, going for walks, cooking and travelling, especially in Europe. I love to spend time with my family, who really make me laugh!

Mrs Parveen, TA

My name is Ahida Parveen. I support the children with English as an additional language. In my free time I am learning Arabic and enjoy reading books as well as gardening. But most of all I enjoy spending time with my children and my family.

Mrs Arnold, Office Manager

Hi my name is Carol Arnold I have worked in the School office for over 13 years and I love my job. When I’m not working I enjoy shopping and reading.

Mrs Freeman, Senior TA / Forest School Practitioner

My name is Carolyn Freeman and I have worked in this school for 24 years. I have several roles within school. I am the Senior Teaching Assistant in our lower school (years 1, 2 and 3) and am the Schools Learning Mentor. I am a qualified Forest School Practitioner and lead Forest Schools for all of our classes, from nursery to year 6, throughout the year. I have three grown up sons and four grandchildren.

Mrs Sadecka, TA

My name is Mrs Sadecka, I came to England from Warsaw, capital city of Poland, where I was born and lived most of my life, just by the White House.

I have been working at Edale Rise since 2007. I found my job very interesting and rewarding. I love to see our children growing and becoming smarter through the years. Part of my work is to help Polish and Czech parents to understand the English education system too.

I am the proud mother of two sons and newborn daughter and happy wife 🙂 The variety earrings, high heels, the WWII military, bunkers in France and the tiny garden they are my little world of my hobbies… I love to eat snails cooked according to French cuisine too 🙂

Mrs Ferguson, Teacher

My name is Mrs. Ferguson and I have been working at Edale Rise on and off since 1991! I have even taught some of the Mums and Dads of the children in our school! I am a Reading Recovery Teacher which means I work with children who need some extra help with their reading for a little while. Seeing children reading successfully and for pleasure puts a big smile on my face.

Miss Hadfield, TA

Howdy! My name is Miss Frances Hadfield and I am a teaching assistant at Edale Rise. You can usually find me in the upper part of school. I love singing, reading books(Harry Potter is my favourite!) art, music and trying different foods. When not at school, I also like to visit my family and friends and go on adventures to different places.

Mrs Cross, TA

Hi, my name is Jennifer Cross and I work as a Teaching Assistant in year 3 and in the Foundation Unit.
I first started working at Edale Rise in August 2016 and before this I was mainly living in Germany and spent 2 years in Canada, where I worked in British run schools through the Armed Forces.
I feel very blessed to work in such a lovely school, where the staff and children are amazing.
In my free time I enjoy travelling, spending time with the family / friends, going for a run, reading a good book, chilling out on the sofa with a good movie and climbing Snowdon.

Mrs Page, TA

Hi, my name is Katie Page and I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. I have been at Edale Rise since September. Before working here I was mainly based around Germany working for SCE schools, which are British run schools for children of Armed Forces personnel posted overseas. I loved working all over Germany, it is a lovely country and I still miss it sometimes. I thoroughly enjoy my job and have a wide range of qualifications and experience across both key stages.
I have travelled to a lot of countries and enjoyed exploring their different cultures, scenery and food. I love up-cycling old furniture to give it a new lease of life, socialising with friends movies and a wide variety of music.

Thank you for reading about me and I hope you have a wonderful day.

Mr Wheelhouse, Site Manager

Mrs Fox, TA

Hello, my name is Mrs Fox I am Teaching Assistant in the foundation unit I have worked at Edale Rise Primary school for over 10 years doing all kinds of jobs. I also work with Miss Arnold in Breakfast club. I spend lots of time with my lovely family at home I also love going on holidays with them.

Mrs McGovern, TA

Hi, my name is Wendy and I am a part time teaching assistant. The jobs that I have at Edale Rise are the best I have ever had and I love what I do. In my spare time, I look after my two daughters and I love walking my dog.

Mrs Fletcher, TA

Hello my name is Mrs Fletcher. In my spare time I love going caravanning with my husband and two lovely children. I am extremely creative and I enjoyed designing the set for last year’s Christmas production. Indeed, I am looking forward to the next one already!

Mrs Todd, Senior TA

Hi my name is Mrs Paula Todd. I live with my partner David and we have two boys: David Junior and Jack. I have a dog, a cat and an African Grey Parrot.

Mrs Bauder, TA

Miss Evans is Nottingham Forest mad (but anyone who knows her knows this)! She also likes to keep herself super fit by running, climbing, swimming and playing netball – this is what makes her such a fantastic PE teacher. Her very best love though is the music and the ‘boys’ of Westlife and Take That…

Mrs Barrs, Teacher

Bonjour! My name is Mrs Barrs and I am a part time teacher in KS1 & KS2. I love teaching French especially. We regularly speak with our partner school in Nantes, France. In my spare time I like playing tennis and badminton and going on family adventure holidays with my husband and 2 boys.

Mrs Khan, Reception Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Khan and I am the Reception teacher along with Mrs Reynolds. I have a bubbly personality and love making learning fun! In my spare time I like to read, go Zumba classes and travel to different countries. I am very interested in learning about various cultures and trying to learn different languages.

Miss Arnold, Lead TA

Hello, my name is Miss Arnold I am a Teaching Assistant in the Foundation Unit and in charge of the breakfast club we have every morning. I have worked at Edale Rise Primary School for over 5 years now, this is also the school I went to when I was a child. When I’m not at work I like to have fun with my friends, we like going on holiday and having fun days out together.

Mrs Tsakiri, TA

My name is Vasso Tsakiri. I work as a teaching assistant in the Foundation Stage. I have been working in the school for over twelve years, I find my job very rewarding when I see our children achieving their potential. In my free time I enjoy reading books and my dream is that one day I will write and publish my own book.