Miss Lindsay (Head of School)
I am very proud to say that I am the Headteacher of Bishopstone. This is my ninth year as the HT, starting in 2013. I also teach on a daily basis, mainly year 3/4 in the mornings and KS2 on a Wednesday afternoon.
I have been here since September 2013. Prior to this I have worked in Old Town, Swindon and then spent 7 years working for the British Embassy School Ankara, Turkey. I believe in quality teaching and learning and every child making progress. Our children are excited by learning and becoming learners and are always keen to share their progress with all the adults in the school.
I have one son, who attended Bishopstone School from Reception to Year 6 and I ensure the quality of education your children receive is what I would expect for my own. We work closely with other schools within our cluster to share expertise and build links for the children to benefit from.
Miss Pearson (EYFS/KS1 Teacher)
I have been teaching at Bishopstone School since September 2014. I started here as a Newly Qualified Teacher and have really enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working in a small school. I specialise in early years education and I hold Early Years Professional Status alongside my teacher training. I am passionate about my role of teaching the youngest pupils in the school but I also enjoy teaching the older pupils when the chance arises. In my spare time I sing both as a soloist and as part of local choirs and groups.
Mrs Morris (KS2 Teacher)
As Key Stage Two Leader my mornings are dedicated to teaching Years 5 and 6.
In Maths, we learn the skills and techniques required to solve calculations and mathematical problems. In English, we study high- quality books or extracts to stimulate our reading and writing. Our lessons are supplemented with additional sessions where the focus is on grammar and spelling. We follow the National Curriculum in PSHE and explore topical events throughout the year. Our bespoke scheme in RE guides our lesson content and is complemented by our value for the term.
In the afternoons we are joined by years three and four.
Our rolling programme of topics frame our learning within a Geography, History or Science focus. We complete differentiated work and our busy afternoons usually have a practical element within them linked to the current topic. You will find us planning or conducting science experiments or completing an art or design project. We may be using logical reasoning to debug programs in computing or using technology to support or present our learning in different formats. We also enjoy composing musical pieces and use technology to improve our performances.
The tasks are challenging, enjoyable and engaging for all. I encourage and support the children to think for themselves, demonstrate good time management and become independent learners.
Mrs Golding (Part time specialist teacher)
I am a part time teacher who has been at the school for many years. I am a specialist music teacher with a passion for PSHE and circle time! I teach year 3/4 on a Thursday and Friday morning.
Mrs Perkins (Full time educational support assistant) - working with KS2
After formal training I spent a number of years as a Home Economics/Textile teacher. After starting a family, I then did some supply teaching and child minding. I've been working as a teaching assistant at Bishopstone for the last 20 years.
Mrs Warrick (Full time educational support assistant - HLTA)
I work with children throughout the school, supporting academically within the classrooms in the morning, in the afternoon, as a fully trained ELSA, I work with individual children and groups. I have a wide range of training in many different areas of SEND children.
Mrs Beales (school administrator)
I started here at Bishopstone on the 1st September 2021. Over the past 20 years’ I have gained a great deal of experience from working in finance and administrative roles within School’s. I am very pleased to now be part of the fantastic team here! I will be in the School Office from 8.30am – 2.00pm Monday to Friday during term time.
Mrs Rowe our peripatetic music teacher retired July 2021, we now have Miss Kati from September 2021
My name is Kati and I am a Bassoonist and Clarinettist from GSMD, who enjoys helping support children in musical instrument learning, with very creative sessions, covering music from a wide range of genres. I will be teaching recorders to Year 3/4 and clarinet to Year 5/6 on a Wednesday afternoon.
Our busy volunteers unfortunately have been unable to attend school for the past 18 months due to the pandemic.
The teachers of Bishopstone CE are the most valuable asset that we have! Consequently, despite being a tiny school and face challenges with cover, we aim to get all staff out and about so that they are continually developing their own CPD. Most recently Miss Pearson completed her NPQML with the highest score possible!! Well done Miss Pearson.
Below you can see some of the CPD that staff have undertaken from 2019 to 2021, that strengthens both teaching and care for the children.
Most recently as we enter the 2021 academic year we have covered:
KCSiE, Samlab coding and Miss Lindsay has begun 'Becoming Trauma Informed' which is a year long course run alongside the Bristol Diocese.
Miss Pearson is about to begin her 'Leading Teaching' - NPQLT and Miss Lindsay will be starting Leading Teacher Development - NPQLTD - completion allows us as a small school access to wider discussion forums and the ability to transfer up-to-date knowledge in an every changing landscape. We are also in consultation with Trust based observations - Craig Randell in the hope that he can support the school within this area.
Miss Lindsay is booked for Senior Mental Health Lead training.