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Miss Kathryn Haddon

Deputy Headteacher - Year 2 Class Teacher - Penguins

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I studied to become a teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University.  Once qualified, I taught at a primary school where I led English and Key Stage One.  I moved to Oatlands in September 2018 to become the Deputy Head.

Out of school I enjoy exploring new places, meeting up with friends and family and going for long country walks.

Mrs Angela Curran

Year 1 Class Teacher – Koalas

I started working at Oatlands Infants in 2015 and I am currently teaching in year 1. I have a degree in European Business Studies with French and then chose a change of career in 2013 when I completed a PGCE primary course.

Out of school I am kept very busy with my two children, husband and two rabbits. I enjoy running and spending lots of time outdoors with my family.

 

Mrs Ann Hunt

Year 1 Class Teacher – Hedgehogs

(Mrs Hunt is class teacher Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday)

Having completed my final teaching placement here, I became a teacher at Oatlands Infant School in 2005.  I am originally from Harrogate but moved away to study for my degree in Fine Art at the University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, before returning to study for my PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Leeds.  In amongst my studies, I spent a Gap Year in Dominican Republic and then, in 2010, took a year’s leave to work in a primary school in Nicaragua.

I love to sing and really enjoy my Wednesday afternoons leading Singing Assembly, as well as Thursday lunchtimes running Singing Club.  I currently work with Mrs. Halsall to teach Hedgehogs Class, as part of a job-share, and I also coordinate Music throughout the school.

My husband and I live in Starbeck with our little boy.  Our favourite family pastimes are gardening, DIY and filling the house with our friends.  I also help run a toddler group at church, to keep me busy when I’m not at school.

 

Mrs Helen Halsall

Year 1 Class Teacher – Hedgehogs

(Mrs Halsall is class teacher all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning)

In September 2007, I became a Reception teacher at Oatlands Infant School. I taught in Reception for three years and I currently teach in Year One. My degree is in Sociology, which I studied at The University of Sheffield. I then completed my PGCE at York St John University. I have completed a Masters in Educational Research, which I  found very interesting.

I live in Harrogate with my husband, son and daughter. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis for a local team. Oatlands is a fantastic school to work in, with such supportive parents, children and staff.

 

Miss Megan Foy

Year 1 Class Teacher – Otters

I studied to become a teacher at Leeds Metropolitan University after taking an undergraduate degree in Journalism. Once qualified, I taught at a small rural school where I trained to become SENDCo and took the National Award for SEND Co-ordination. I moved to Oatlands Infants in 2017.

I am the teacher of Otters Class in Year 1 and love to see the children grow in confidence and progress in their learning. I find both my roles of Class Teacher and SENDCo highly rewarding.

Outside of school, I live with my boyfriend in our first home where we spend our time working on the house and going for walks. I also enjoy going to the gym and out for dinner!

 

Mr Alex Straughan

Year 2 Class Teacher – Red Kites

I currently teach in Year 2. I am subject leader for mathematics.

In my spare time I like to take photographs and I am a member of a local camera club.  I have a season ticket to Sunderland A.F.C. Sadly more lows than highs being a Sunderland supporter!

 

Mrs Abby Shaw

Year 2 Class Teacher – Dolphins

I studied to become a teacher after completing an Early Years and Education Studies degree in 2013. With 2 small children, I was able to gain a 1st class degree which I hold as my proudest achievement to date.

My final teaching placement was at Oatlands Infant School in Early Years. Once I arrived at the school I was welcomed with open arms and knew it was a team I wanted to become a part of.

Since then I have worked in Year 1 and am now currently in Year 2. I have recently trained to become a Key Stage 1 Moderator, where I am able to visit other schools within the area. I am also the PSHE, School Council and Computing Lead.

Outside of school I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and daughters, both of whom have attended Oatlands Infant School and have had a fantastic start to their education. 

 

Mrs Liz Mason

HLTA

I began working at Oatlands in  2001 as a H.L.T.A but my association with the school began when my son started his education here.

I support the year 2 classes up on the mezzanine. I was also a  staff governor for 9 years.

Before joining Oatlands Infants I was in hotel/restaurant management and out of school I still enjoy organising events alongside gardening, furniture restoration and travelling.

 

Mrs Tracey Sparks

HLTA

I qualified as an HLTA in 2009 and I work closely with the children in Years 1 and 2. 

My two children both have very fond memories of their time spent at Oatlands Infants. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, wildlife and Salsa dancing!

 

Mrs Jane Parr

HLTA/ATA

I joined Oatlands Infants in 2000 as an ATA qualifying as HLTA in 2009. I work with individual children in Years 1 and 2. I also work across the year groups supporting individual classes.

Out of school I have 3 grown-up children and my hobbies are dancing and walking.

 

Miss Emily Wilkinson

Teaching Assistant

 

Mrs Deborah Sheppard

Teaching Assistant

I have a degree in Supporting Learning and a BA (hons) in Education. Throughout my time in the education system I have had several roles including Swimming teacher and school governor. I have also spent time working in many different areas of the education system, including a residential school for boys with special educational needs, main steam schools and taught for 10 years as a Key Stage Two teacher in an all girls’ independent school.

Starting Oatlands Infant School was a big change for me as I have always taught older children, nevertheless I thoroughly enjoy the smiles and the joy that very young children bring. They are truly inspirational even at such a young age.

Out of school I enjoy spending time with my two children and my husband… when they are around. I love walking, spending time in my garden and eating cake and lots of chocolate!

 

Mrs Angela Irvine

Teaching Assistant

I started working with children when my 1st child was old enough to go to Pre-School. I was at Woodlands Methodist Church for 3 years, and went on to work with a special needs pupil at Oatlands Pre-School. In September 2001 I moved to Oatlands Infant School as an MSA, at the same time as my youngest son started at the school, progressing to SMDS in May 2003. I have had great personal satisfaction from seeing very many pupils develop over the 3 years they are at the school in terms of personalities, attitudes and outlook.

In my spare time I love playing netball and supporting my boys play rugby.

 

Mrs Tracy Reffitt

Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Oatlands Infants since 1998. After qualifying as a primary teacher, I taught in an infant school in London for a number of years and then returned to Harrogate to set up and run a small nursery school while my three children were growing up. I have worked in a variety of roles within school and at present I am a classroom assistant working with foundation stage. I was a governor at Oatlands for 8 years.

 

Mrs Lynn Kennell

Teaching Assistant/ATA

I am currently supporting children in Key Stage One.

Out of school I have 3 children who keep me very busy.  In my spare time I enjoy walking and running.

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