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School Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Mr S Marsden
Headteacher

  • I have the privilege to work with so many special people within the Battling Brook community - wonderful children, super staff and caring, supportive families.
  • My favourite band is Radiohead - Thom Yorke is a genius!
  • I love playing football (when I am not injured!) and I am captain and sweeper of a team based in Coventry.
 

 Mrs L Mathie
Deputy Headteacher 

  • Having worked at Battling Brook since 2003, I am proud of our school community and how we work together to achieve our school aims and develop as learners.
  • At home, I love nothing more than snuggling up with a good book or watching a film as a family and entering into the realms of imagination...we are particularly partial to a Harry Potter marathon!
  • I try to lead a healthy life as possible and enjoy gym classes and outdoor walks, but I am also no stranger to a huge bag of revels and a warming mug of caramel latte!

 

Mrs F Bourne
School Business Manager 

  • I would love to see a whale in the wild.
  • I love to watch the seasons change.
  • My family and friends are the most important aspects of my life.

Mrs V Barlow
Foundation Stage Co-ordinator 

  • I love going on holiday. Some of my favourite destinations have been, New York, Sri Lanka, California and Greece.
  • If I had to choose one meal to eat every day it would be a Nandos. Yum!
  • As a family we love animals and have pet cats and a dog. We also love a day trip to the farm or zoo.

Teaching Staff

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Miss R Burgess

  • I have two beautiful daughters, who keep me very busy at home.
  • In my spare time I enjoy running and doing crafts with my daughters.
  • My first choice of restaurant would be anywhere with Thai and Vietnamese food!

Mrs F Burnett

  • I am a bit of a dare-devil.  Over the years, I have done scuba-diving, white-water rafting, gliding, parachuting, parascending and paragliding.
  • I love Galaxy chocolate!
  • I adore travelling. I have inter-railed around Europe, visited many cities in America, Australia and New Zealand.

Mrs A Carman

  • I love shopping.
  • I am an animal lover and have lots of pets.
  • I enjoy reading.

Mrs V Davison

Year 5 Phase Lead

  • When I have spare time, I enjoy being outdoors with my family, particularly visiting various National Trust sites.
  • One of my favourite past times is to experiment with cooking a wide variety of meals that my family pretend to enjoy.
  • Although I try hard to stay fit by running and going to the gym, I also love curling up on the sofa with a DVD and a bar of chocolate.

Mrs H Dickins

  • I love making memories with my son Archie.
  • I have recently got married in Cyprus.
  • I love going on holidays with my family.

Mrs L Ettridge

Year 2 Phase Lead

  • I have a black Labrador called Kayla who loves to swim!
  • I enjoy playing hockey every Saturday for the Atherstone Adders.
  • I love visiting the Lake District.

Mr A Fellows

  • I love Wolves Speedway.
  • I support Wolverhampton Wanderers.
  • My hobby is long distance running and I have done a marathon and a 40 mile run!!!

Mrs C Fitzgerald

  • I have 2 house bunnies.
  • I love superhero movies.
  • Chocolate is my favourite food.
Miss l Jenkinson

Mrs L Foster

  • I love sport, my favourite is netball.
  • I enjoy going to the cinema with friends.
  • I look forward to the challenges that each new year brings.

Miss J Gilbert

Year 6 Phase Lead

  • Spending time with my family and friends is so important to me; I love nothing more than to relax with them.
  • I am a huge thrill seeker and enjoy doing anything that will get my adrenaline flowing. Before I become too old, I have a long list of things I would like to do. Above all, I would like to drive a super car, have a ride in a helicopter and go scuba diving.
  • My most enjoyable things to do outside of work are: to indulge in some retail therapy, watch a film at the cinema or venture out for a delicious meal. My favourite cuisine is most certainly Indian food.

Mrs H Gilbert - Lock

  • I am dog mad! I have a black Labrador called Ralphy, and I love taking him for walks on the beach.
  • I love learning new languages. I studied French and German at school, and I'm currently learning Welsh. I find different languages fascinating.
  • I have been going to the same place in Italy since I was little. I go as often as I can, and make sure I eat as much pizza and pasta as possible!

Miss R Haddon

  • I love running with my local running club, especially when I can wear my club running vest for races!
  • I enjoy exploring National trust and English Heritage properties.
  • I love to curl up with a good book. I especially love The Lord of the Rings trilogy.


Mrs A Halkett

Year 4 Phase Lead

  • I am now many years into my teaching career at Battling Brook and have loved every minute! My favourite subjects to teach are English, Science and E-safety.
  • I enjoy travelling and have visited many interesting countries and cities around the world. My favourites include: Thailand, Malaysia, New York, Paris and, although it is closer to home, The Lake District.
  • I am inspired by JK Rowling and would one day love to write my own book. My dream car would be an Aston Martin Vanquish – let’s hope I win the lottery sometime soon!

Mrs S Imber

Year 1 Phase Lead

  • When I am not teaching here, I can usually be found in a cleaning frenzy at home (there are no crumbs allowed in the Imber house!)
  • I have three boys (hence the cleaning), so am very busy running around after them and trying to avoid stepping on pieces of Lego!  We love to go on holidays and our favourites are the Isle of Wight and Devon.  We are yet to all go on a plane so are saving for a big exciting holiday in the next few years!
  • I am a big food fan. I love baking, cooking and could eat cheesy pizza all day long.

Mrs S Jastrzebski

  • My prized possession is my Leicester City season ticket.
  • Fox paraphernalia litters my house!
  • Fry's Chocolate Creme is my favourite confectionery.

Mrs G Johnson

  • In my spare time, I love cooking, reading and walking with my husband and two children.
  • Skye, who is a Border Collie, is my beautiful pet dog.
  • My favourite subject is maths because I like finding interesting ways to solve number problems.

Miss M Jones

  • My favourite Disney films is Toy Story; my two dogs are called Buzz and Woody.
  • I want to visit the Caribbean and explore all the islands.
  • I really like chocolate!
 

Miss H Khan

  • I can speak three languages fluently, sometimes I even confuse myself when trying to find the right word!
  • My most favourite place is my home. I like to spend my free time sipping Earl Grey tea and reading.
  • I like walking and keeping fit with yoga.

Ms T Kingdon

  • Pablo, my gorgeous cross-breed is often mistaken for a girl as he looks like he is wearing make-up.
  • Once, I was rescued from the sea after being swept away whilst surfing.
  • In my spare time, I enjoy creating works of art using a variety of media.

Mrs K Leedham

  • I love to read - there's nothing better than being transported to the imaginary world of a good book!
  • I really enjoy being by the sea. I'd live on the coast if I had the chance.
  • If I were a millionaire, I would travel the world.

Miss K Lees

  • I have a dog and a horse, who keep me very busy.
  • I love travelling and visiting new countries.
  • I enjoy running and try to get to lots of races at the weekend.

 

Mrs A Munnik

  • I adore the summer and my favourite activity is going on a sunny holiday. However, I don’t manage to see many sights as I am permanently sat in the sun with a fabulous book in my hand.
  • I have a great appreciation for all food, but my heart really lies with a bag of Cheetos.
  • I absolutely love watching Say Yes to the Dress as I prepare for my upcoming wedding (if you catch me chatting it will most likely be wedding related)

Mrs C Piccinno

  • I am married with three TEENAGE(!) children and two cats.
  • I am a grammar nerd!
  • Whilst on holiday in Kenya, a Maasi Warrior offered to buy me...for five cows!

Mrs K Pickering

  • I like chocolate.
  • I enjoy doing zumba dancing.
  • I love anything that is sparkly and pink!

Mrs L Prince

  • Much of my time is spent with my family. I have a daughter and a son, and we love to spend time going for walks, watching movies and reading together.
  • One of my favourite things to do is exercise! In my spare time, I will usually be found at the gym.
  • Since being a child, I have loved to read and my absolute favourite thing to do is to lose myself in a good book. My all-time favourite books are the Harry Potter series though. 

Mrs S Rhodes

  • I am married and have a little boy called Jamie.
  • I have a rescue dog named Penny.
  • I love shopping!

Miss H Simpson

  • I have been horse riding since I was seven years old, and would love to have my own horse one day.
  • I love going on holiday anywhere sunny.
  • I enjoy listening to music.

Mrs J Sikhon

  • I enjoy travelling especially when it's somewhere with hot weather and plenty of culture.
  • My hobbies are going to the gym and listening to music.
  • My favourite food is Thai food, it's colourful with plenty of spices.

Mrs C Skyte

  • I LOVE the Lake District - my husband and I even got married on a mountain in full wedding dress attire in 2021!
  • My hobbies include walking our dog Isla, mountain hiking, reading, kayaking, biking, watching films and spending time on holiday in our caravan.
  • My favourite lessons to teach have got to be English and Art.

Mrs L Sugg

  • Sitting by the fire with a hot chocolate is my favourite thing to do.
  • I love going on holiday; I prefer colder climates, however I do love a good festival!
  • When I was younger, I received a choral scholarship, but now I avoid singing at all costs!

Mrs G Temple

  • I am married, and have two children and a dog called Bella.
  • I did a degree in Marine Biology, so I am passionate about anything to do with our sea/oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.
  • I lived in Orlando, Florida for three years. Living close to Disneyland and the beautiful beaches was amazing!

Mrs A Walkley 

  • My favourite things are singing in a gospel choir, swimming, holidays and cycling.
  • My favourite foods are cheesy chips, chocolate and ketchup (not together!)
  • I can perform major gymnastics feats ie cartwheels and headstands!

Mrs J White

  • I live in a bungalow with my husband, daughter, two sons and our dog - Humbug!
  • We love going for walks and taking trips to the seaside.
  • I love playing football, and I'm very proud to be a part of a woman's football team.

Mrs S Woodcock

Year 3 Phase Lead

  • Running is my favourite sport. One day, I would like to run a marathon!
  • I absolutely love drinking tea (especially with a biscuit).
  • My son and I enjoy visiting the farm and feeding the animals.

Pre-school staff - Little Battlers

 

Mrs T Mason

Manager/SENCo

  • Everyday working with Children is a delight and a privilege.
  • I love to read, especially fiction. I am a Harry Potter fan.
  • I enjoy spending time with family and travelling to different countries on a motorbike (pillion).
 

Mrs Z Smith

  • I love being outside walking in our beautiful countryside.
  • I love going Geocaching.  
  • My faith is very important to me.

Ms S Steans

  • I live with my partner, Craig and two children.
  • I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
  • I love going on holiday and visiting the beach.

Miss J Tallis

  • I have two beautiful children
  • I love animals. I have two cats and seven rabbits.
  • My favourite place to be is my garden.

Mrs H Reynolds

  • I live with my husband and my amazing stepson.
  • I have a beautiful dog called Marv.
  • I just love 90's pop! Steps are my favourite!!

Mrs D Irving

  • I am married with two grown up children.
  • I love going on holiday.
  • Going out with family and friends is one of my favourite things to do.

Admin & Pastoral Team

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Miss L Adams - Administration Officer

  • I have two sons, Byron and Tommy.
  • I like to collect Pokémon cards with my youngest son, we're forever buying packs of them!
  • I have to have spicy sauce with everything I eat, even on toast!

Mrs T Bruce - Behaviour Mentor 

  • I love spending time with my grown up children, Jacob, Jared and Hetty.
  • I enjoy holidays, eating out, shopping and gardening.
  • I live with my daughter Hetty and her hyper, crazy dog Archie!

Mrs V Cropper - Administration Officer

  • I live at home with my husband, two beautiful daughters - Isabel and Molly, and my two cats.
  • My favourite place to go on holiday is Australia.
  • I love Italian and Indian food.

Mrs Y Langlands

First Aid

  • I am married with grown up daughters, and a very loving and energetic spaniel called Milo.
  • My Favourite holiday is anywhere by the seaside and watching the sunset.
  • I enjoy ice-skating and watching other winter sports such as skiing and ice hockey, but not participating!

Mrs A Radford - Care Advisor

  • I love shopping for shoes and clothes.
  • I love eating out (I hate cooking!).
  • My favourite music is Muse, Kings of Leon, Killers and Led Zepplin!

Mrs N Sheppard - Administration Officer

  • I am married with three grown up children.
  • My favourite place to visit is San Sebastian in Spain.
  • I love to travel and try new foods, which I then try to cook at home.

Support Staff

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Mr G Armstrong

  • I was born in Scotland.
  • I am a big Rangers fan.
  • I enjoy fitness.

Mrs C Arnold

  • I live at home with my husband Paul and our two children.
  • I enjoy spending time with friends and family.
  • I like shopping and afternoon tea.

Mrs M Arnold

  • I live with my husband and two children.
  • I have a dog called Benji.
  • I love shopping.

Mrs M Aspley 

  • I live at home with my husband John and I have two grown up daughters, Laura and Sarah.
  • My hobbies are swimming and retail therapy.
  • I love my job and find it very rewarding!

Mrs K Bartlam 

  • I am an identical twin to Mrs Godfrey.
  • I am married with two children.
  • I enjoy running, eating chocolate and working in the Foundation Stage.

Mrs T Bowler

  • I am married and have two children.
  • I enjoy pottering around my garden.
  • My favourite things to eat are sushi, steak (medium rare) and Cadbury's fruit and nut chocolate!


Miss J Carnall

  • I lived in Spain for two years.
  • I can do something unusual with my lips.
  • I can balance Maltesers on my nose!

Mrs S Chaplin

  • I enjoy spending time with my family.
  • I love nights out with my sisters.
  • I love Christmas!

Mrs J Conant

  • I am married with two children.
  • I love running.
  • I am involved in a pantomime group.

Miss L Cope

  • I love art and being creative.
  • I am addicted to Internet shopping!
  • I enjoy going on holiday with my family.

Mrs L Corkill 

  • I love reading.
  • My hobby is cross stitch.
  • I enjoy going for long walks.

Mrs M Clayton

  • I am married to the most wonderful husband Pete. We have two amazing children.
  • I can't live without sport! And Food!
  • I love to travel.

Mrs Y Daniel 

  • I am married with three children.
  • Our family pets are a cat, 5 chickens, 2 lizards, a chameleon and lots of fish.
  • I like to relax with a good book and lots of chocolate!

Mr M Dowall

Premises Officer

  • I am married with two children.
  • I enjoy all types of sport and keeping fit.
  • I love working on DIY projects.

Mrs S Ensor

  • I am married to a wonderful husband, we have two beautiful daughters.
  • I feel blessed to be doing a job that I love!
  • My favourite colour is pink.


Mrs A Fellows

  • I am a mother to two lovely children.
  • I like reading and speedway.
  • I love watching crime movies.

Mr D Hackett

Premises Officer

  • I love playing football.
  • I support Chelsea football club.
  • I love going on holiday with my family.

Miss A Hextall

  • I enjoy Karate.
  • I love spending time with my three children and two dogs.
  • Chocolate is the best thing EVER!
Mrs J Hopewell

Mrs J Hopewell 

  • I love going on holiday.
  • My favourite food is chocolate.
  • I enjoy going shopping.

Mrs D Hurst

  • I support Leicester City and I even got married at the stadium!
  • Hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows is my favourite drink.
  • I love going on holiday in the UK and abroad.  In Gran Canaria I had a ride on a camel!

Mrs A Ingall

  • I am married with two daughters.
  • I love listening to music.
  • I enjoy going swimming!

Miss L Jones

  • I live at home with my three boys.
  • I love Italian food.
  • I love to curl up with a good book!

Mrs L Jones

  • I live at home with my husband and two daughters.
  • I am a twin, but we were born in different months!
  • I was a student at Battling Brook.

Mr R Kotecha

  • I never leave the house without wearing something orange.
  • I love to watch Spurs!
  • My favourite place to visit is India.

Mrs T Lee

  • I and my two grown up daughters all came to Battling Brook.
  • I have been an Aston Villa supporter for over 35 years.
  • I love cats, listening to Paul Weller and watching the Brownlee Brothers in Triathlon.

Miss T Leggetter

  • I am a mum to a boy
  • I love animals and wildlife
  • I have a dog, a cockerpoo, called Maisie.
Mrs F Lucas
  • Losing myself in a good book is one of my favourite pastimes. I particularly like books by Robin Hobb.
  • I love ballet and going to the theatre.
  • My daughters both went to Battling Brook.

Mrs L Merry

  • I live with my partner Andy and two children - Travis and Jasmine.
  • I used to be a pupil at Battling Brook!
  • I have two guinea pigs called Fred & Bo.

Mrs K Monger

  • I am married and have two children.
  • I love exercising, running and knitting.
  • I am friendly, outgoing and well-mannered.

Mrs E Phillips 

  • I love to paint and draw.
  • I enjoy eating chocolate.
  • I live at home with my husband, my two children and my dog called Maxi.


Mrs S Simpson 

  • I am married to Mark with two lovely grown up daughters, Gemma and Hannah.
  • I love shopping and fashion.
  • I enjoy DIY and making my own soft furnishings.

Mrs F Swain

  • During the summer 2020, I learnt to kayak and climbed Helvellyn.
  • I have been a pupil, and a parent at Battling Brook.
  • My husband and three sons are all avid Leicester City fans, but I don't like football.
 

Miss J Thompson

  • I am a mother of two children called Emily and Max.
  • I like going on holiday to Lanzarote.
  • I am a Coventry City season ticket holder.

Mrs K Timms

  • I am married and have one child.
  • I love to read crime stories.
  • I enjoy my garden.

Ms S Wightman

  • I live with my two daughters.
  • I enjoy shopping, going to the theatre and cinema.
  • I play badminton and like going out for meals with my friends.

Mrs K Williams

  • I live at home with husband and two children.
  • I have two cats - Paddy and Ginger.
  • I love cars, both old and new!

Mrs J Wilkes

  • I got married in the Dominican Republic.
  • I enjoy cake decorating and gardening.
  • My favourite food is Garlic Chilli Chicken.

Midday Supervisors

(in alphabetical order by last name)

Mrs A Barnsley

  • I live with my husband and my garden full of gnomes.
  • My hobbies are shopping, cleaning and eating cake!
  • I love having my nails polished.

Mrs J Dadley 

  • I have two daughters and four grandchildren.
  • I love to walk my dog.
  • I also love to garden.

Mrs P Darji-Hackworthy

  • I am married and have two children.
  • I moved to Hinckley from London five years ago.
  • I have a keen interest in fitness and nutrition. I also love to read.

Mrs C Fairley

  • I am married. 
  • I have two boys.
  • I love to go shopping.

Miss L Hanson

  • I am a mum to two boys.
  • I love animals.
  • I'm addicted to sweets!

Mrs R Ibberson

  • I live at home with my husband and our three amazing children.
  • I love family film nights - eating lots of chocolate and popcorn!
  • My favourite time of year is Christmas; I get very excited!

Mrs S Morris

  • I am married and have 2 sons.
  • I have an English Setter dog called Cookie, because she likes stealing biscuits.
  • I love music and dancing.

Mrs N Owens

  • I am married to Jamie and have three wonderful daughters.
  • My favourite music is Take That!
  • I love the X Factor, and I am team Edward!

Mrs C Richardson

  • I am married and have 3 children.
  • I love going on long walks.
  • I have four dogs and a cat that has three legs.
 

Miss J Stankaityte

  • I was born in Lithuania.
  • I love walking, swimming, gardening and travelling.
  • I have two daughters.

Mrs K Vaughan-Prosser

  • I love crisps, ready salted are my favourite.
  • I hate the long, cold winter.
  • I love taking my dog, Max, for walks.

Mrs R Whittaker

  • I live at home with my husband and two boys.
  • We have a pet dog.
  • I enjoy going on holidays and love watching the footy.