Selling C of E Primary School

Pilgrims Way Primary
Village Acedemy

Who We Are / Staff List

Organisation of Classes

From September 2015 the classes in our school are to be organised as follows:

 Mrs Frost and Mrs Earle
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Leader & Mrs Lickman

Year 1:
Teacher: Mrs Metcalfe / Mrs Ormerod
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Balans

Year 2 :
Mr Ahmet 
Teaching Assistants: Mrs McGrath

Year 3:
Teacher: Miss Lawson
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Best & Mrs Baker

Year 4:
Teachers: Mr Wood
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Harding

Year 5:
Teacher: Mrs Allen
Teaching Assistants: Ms Sullivan

Year 6:
Teacher: Dr Mahdavi
Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Crittenden & Ms Clark 


School Staff:
Head of School: Mrs Dyer
School Secretary: Mrs Dawson
Office Admin Assistants: Mrs Rudler and Mrs McEleney
Family Liaison Officer (FLO): Ms Clark

Enrichment and Interventions: Mrs Fidge, Mrs Johnson

Reading Manager: Mrs Ormerod

HLTA and Reading Manager Assistant: Mrs Johnson (HLTA)

4 o'clock and After School Club: Mrs Veti
Breakfast Club Club: Mrs Balans and Mrs McGrath
Caretaker: Mr Dean Owen

Academy Staff:

  • Mr Ian Fidge (Academy Principal)
  • Mrs Kelly Collens (Deputy Principal)
  • Mrs Lisa Goldsworthy (AENCO)

How central Academy staff help each school

Mr Ian Fidge (Principal) visits each school to see classes and meet with staff. This enables him to maintain an oversight of progress and standards at the school.

The Senior Leadership Team (Principal and Deputy Principal) are supported by Mrs Deborah Harris, PA to the Senior Leadership Team.

Mrs Kelly Collens (Deputy Principal) spends time at each school. She carries out regular monitoring of all aspects of the school’s work alongside the Head of School, ensuring that the school is improving.

Mrs Lisa Goldsworthy (AENCo) spends time each week at each school. She carries out classroom observations, attends meetings with external agencies and with parents, and advises staff on provision for children with additional needs.

In addition to the on-site support described above, all central Academy staff provide daily remote support, via telephone, email and instant messenger to staff at each of the Schools.

How the schools benefit from being part of The Village Academy

Each school benefits from the following:

  • Leadership meetings. These give the Head Teachers the opportunity to share good ideas and resources with, and seek advice from, Mr Fidge, Directors and the other Heads in the Academy.

  • Termly ‘Challenge’ meetings, between the Head of School, Mr Fidge, members of the Senior Leadership Team and at least one Director, to explore the school’s performance and ensure that improvements are rapid and sustained.

  • Termly Best Practice Meetings. Teachers who are subject leaders and Year Group Leaders attend meetings with their colleagues from other schools, again to share best practice and solutions to any difficulties which have arisen.

  • Academy moderation. Teachers from all the schools in the Academy look at samples of writing and maths from a random selection of children and assess those samples. This ensures that our assessments in these subjects is consistent and accurate.

  • Academy-wide training. Staff have received training in a number of areas including Pie Corbett writing techniques, strategies for supporting dyslexic children and Irlen’s Syndrome. This is in addition to the weekly professional development sessions in school. Some of these sessions would not be financially viable for the school on its own.

  • Networking opportunities. Teachers from each school report that being able to talk to, and even visit, another teacher in the same year group has been very beneficial.

  • IT support. Access to IT support has significantly improved data reporting at our schools, as well as improving the speed with which technical problems are resolved.

  • Schools have access to the Academy’s counsellor, Mr Jez Aitkens, who will see children on a referral basis.

  • Schools also have access to the Academy’s qualified Irlen’s screener, Mrs Sheila Johnson.