These lovely pictures were drawn by some of our pupils.
Our full staff list can be found at the bottom of the page.
School Business Manager
I have been School Business Manager at Sytchampton for over 12 years and no two days have ever been the same! My days vary from budget planning and monitoring to arranging school trips and visits, arranging maintenance to keep our lovely school in good condition to mopping the floors - and everything in between! I am constantly learning new things.
I love getting out of my office and seeing the children around school. I make a point of getting to know all our new pupils each September and pride myself on knowing everyone in school. I love our little chats in the corridor!
I'm really proud to be a part of such a wonderful school community.
Hi I am Miss Dayson and I am a Teaching Assistant in early years (Brambles Class). I have always wanted to work with children and I am so grateful to Sytchampton for giving me this opportunity. I am a part of breakfast club and after school club where I plan lots of exciting activities throughout the year for the children to take part in. I am also doing my ELSA training and training to be an Autism Champion which I am really excited about.
I love this school because everyone is so passionate and they made me feel so welcome and I love coming to work every day to work with such great people who have brought out the best in me and given me so many opportunities to develop my knowledge and skills.
My favourite thing to do is go to the seaside with my dog and go for long walks. I also play for a local netball team where I play GA which is a sport I have loved since I was at school. I love spending time with my family and friends which is really important to me.
Hello! I am Miss Gilmour the EYFS teacher. I have been teaching in Sytchampton within the reception class since 2016. I have always loved working within the EYFS helping to support our youngest children through their school journey, supporting them to learn though play. I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications specialising in early years and this is where my heart lies! I love being outdoors so in EYFS we spend a lot of time not only in our outdoor classroom, but also in our garden and Welly Walk areas. I work with the most fantastic team who are all passionate about ensuring every child is supported to meet their full potential in the early years, though collaborative play, enabling environments and a true love of learning.
I live with our school dog Tillie. She also loves the outdoors! In our spare time when she’s not helping children in school, we love to go on walks, chase balls and go swimming in the sea! She also loves to help hide and find her toys all around the house.
Before I started teaching, I worked all over the world. I started working with children as a ski instructor in New Zealand, not only helping them learn how to ski but also to learn about the mountains. After that, I worked in a nursery in the Middle East, Dubai. I worked with children ranging from 13 days old to five year olds. Working with children from all different counties made me realise my love for teaching.
I am lucky enough to not only work within the EYFS, but also the rest of the school in my role as PE co-ordinator. I work closely with the class teachers, other schools and the School Games co-ordinator to help organise trips, events, sporting tournaments and clubs. I have always had a love of being active and enjoy sharing this passion with the children. In my spare time, I enjoy spending lots of time at the gym and love to go swimming in the mornings before I come to school.
I have worked at Sytchampton since 2017 and have never looked back. I love working at such a friendly and welcoming school, it feels like a little family. I love watching the children start in reception and grow in confidence as they move through the school.
I feel so lucky and proud to be the reception TA and feel honoured to welcome the children at the beginning of their school journey at Sytchampton. My priority as the TA is to support the wonderful class teacher Miss Gilmour and to ensure the children feel a sense of belonging and feel valued and special as the unique individuals that they are.
I’m a huge fan of messy play and you will often find me in the creation station making play dough, slime, jelly or spreading glitter throughout the whole school. I also love to sing and bring this love of music into lots of our daily activities. We love to take the lead from the children on this and follow their interests and requests and factor this into our provision.
I’m very happy when I’m outside spending time with nature, our weekly welly walk is one of my favourite activities. I love animals so much and at home I have a cheeky black cat called Luna, a hamster called Oreo and 8 fish. I also have a nature pond with lots of tadpoles and goldfish. I also have 3 lovely children of my own who keep me very busy!
My other role at Sytchampton is as The Wellbeing Champion. I love the way that our school has emotional wellbeing as a top priority for staff and for the children. Every week on Seesaw we have a Wellbeing Wednesday activity for the children to enjoy. We also have 2 children from each class who are our Wellbeing Champion representatives. Throughout the year we organise wellbeing days where we focus on mindfulness, yoga, meditation, positive thinking, relaxation, managing anxiety and expressing ourselves by doing what we love.
Mrs J Lawson
Mrs L Lawson
Willow Class Teacher, SENCo
Teaching has been my dream job since I was a little girl of 5 years old. I am so pleased that after 12 years of teaching I am still at Sytchampton and the reason for this is the children, who make me laugh and smile every single day! It has been an honour to see so many children pass through our wonderful school and to see how much they have developed and what they have achieved at the end of each year.
As well as being class teacher to Willow Class, I am also the school SENCo and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, which I thoroughly enjoy. It is so important to me that every child has the same opportunities to learn, so I always strive to help and support where I can.
The most important part of being a teacher is making learning fun and exciting for the children and seeing them happy. Nothing can beat that!
Besides being a teacher, I am also a Mummy to a little boy and two very mischievous cats called Ziggy and Tilly! I enjoy spending time with my cheeky little man and watching him grow and develop. I also enjoy going for nice long walks in the countryside, as well as my “90-year-old” hobbies of colouring and cross stitch. Reading is my favourite hobby of all! I read every day and I can easily get lost in what I am reading!
This year I am celebrating my twentieth year as a teacher and I’ve been based at Sytchampton Primary School for just over eight of those happy years! Sytchampton is by far my favourite school and I’ve worked in a few! I’ve worked across the school in various roles and that has allowed me to get to know a lot of the children and their parents very well. I always strive to be the type of teacher I would want to teach my own children; enthusiastic, adaptable, personable and a good communicator and listener. I want the children in my class to be happy, settled and feel that they belong.
In my spare time I love walking my dog, Pip. She’s a bundle of energy and really keeps me on my toes! We try to find at least one new route per week in addition to our daily walk. Walking my dog is not only brilliant exercise but it’s so good for my soul. I love the connection with nature and the feeling that my little feet can take me anywhere!
Some of my other interests involve many of the ‘Creative Arts’. I love to craft, draw, sew, journal and attend the theatre. I’m also a qualified chaperone and work backstage in professional theatres supporting rising stars.
My other passion is reading and I’ve been an avid reader since primary school. Reading really is the key to many things and I can talk endlessly about the benefits. I enjoy keeping my eye on new literature for young people as it hits the shelves so I’ve often got a good recommendation or ten for both children and adults! Feel free to ask!
Mrs Amanda Richards
I feel so proud and privileged to be the Headteacher at Sytchampton. It is a truly lovely school, with such a caring and nurturing staff and the most delightful children!
You may be surprised to hear that teaching is actually my second career, as I worked previously as a Police Officer for eight and half years in the West Midlands Police Force! For the final 3 years of my service, I worked as a Child Protection Officer covering investigations for the South of Birmingham. I left the police to have my son Matthew and re-trained to become a teacher.
Throughout my teaching career, I have worked at a number of schools in very different contexts. My first appointment was at Cranham Primary School, where I worked for eight years, and was promoted to Assistant Headteacher. In January 2013, I was asked by the Local Authority, to support a school in Redditch as Deputy Headteacher, following an OFSTED judgement which had put the school into Special Measures. I was extremely lucky to work with an amazing team of staff and leaders at this school and in July 2015, the school was finally judged to be a Good School.
Over the past four years, I worked as Deputy Headteacher at Westlands First School in Droitwich, where I gained a wealth of experience working with children with complex needs. During my time at the school, I supported the Headteacher in raising standards and the school was judged as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in January 2020.
My real passion is helping children to discover their talents and abilities and to achieve their dreams. I am very proud to say that I am a mum to an amazing young man, Matt, who now swims for Great Britain. I have learnt so much from watching him grow and develop about resilience and growth mindset. I now want to use this knowledge to help other children unlock their true potential!
In the little spare time that I do get, I love taking our two dogs, Finn and Kylo for walks in the countryside and I am a keen artist and photographer! Life is about so much more than academic achievement, and I really hope that our lovely school reflects this ethos.
Elm Class Teacher
I feel very lucky to work with such amazing people everyday; our community of pupils, parents and staff is truly wonderful. My favourite thing about teaching is building relationships with children that allow them to be confident in themselves as they become life-long learners.
In school, alongside teaching in class, I lead Maths. To do this, I work closely with the University of Worcester and the GLOW (Gloucestershire and Worcestershire) maths hub to continue to innovate our maths lessons in school.
Outside school, I like spending my time walking my dog and going to the gym. I love the feeling of getting stronger and being able to lift more and more weight off the floor! I also like to eat a lot, so going to the gym helps me stay healthy!
Once i'm wiped out from all the exercise, I tend to spend my time reading and watching youtube. I try to keep a healthy balance between the two, but it's difficult sometimes. My favourite children's books at the moment are Vi Spy by Maz Evans and City of Rust by Gemma Fowler.
|Mrs Amanda Richards||Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Curriculum, EVC, Pupil Premium Lead, LAC Designated Teacher|
|Miss Rebecca Gilmour||Reception Teacher (Brambles), PE Co-ordinator, EVC, EYFS Lead|
|Mrs E Oliver||Key Stage 1 Teacher (Oak), Art & Design Lead, School Council|
|Miss Alexa Waring||Lower Key Stage 2 Teacher (Willow), English Lead|
|Mrs Laura Lawson||Lower Key Stage 2 Teacher (Willow), SENCo, Deputy DSL|
|Mr William Webster||Upper Key Stage 2 Teacher (Elm), Maths Lead, Computing Lead, E-Safety Lead, Deputy DSL|
|Mrs Anna Martin||Music Teacher|
|Mrs Jenny Bishop||School Business Manager, Administration, Finance and Premises|
|Mrs Jane Lawson||Clerical/Finance Assistant, Clerk to Governors|
|Mrs Dawn Harding||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs Zeenat Monzur||High Level Teaching Assistant, SEN Support|
|Mrs Natalie Hothi||Teaching Assistant|
|Mrs Carol Pugh||Cleaner-in–charge|
|Miss Mary Mason||Cleaner|
|Mrs Luisa Lazzari||Lunchtime Supervisor|
|Mrs Tracy Lewis||Lunchtime Supervisor|
|Mrs Tracey Rawlings||Lunchtime Supervisor, Wrap Around Care Supervisor|
|Miss Holly Dayson||1-1 Teaching Assistant, PE Assistant, Wrap around Care and Extra Curricula Activities|