Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
Executive Head Teacher
Mrs Richards has been the Executive Head Teacher of Bramham and Shadwell Primary Schools since September 2015 and has over twenty years' experience in teaching. Mrs Richards has spent her time here ensuring the provision and outcomes for children represent excellence within both settings. Mrs Richards graduated in Newcastle with a BSc followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education; she worked for thirteen years in an urban Leeds Primary School, and was promoted to both Assistant Head Teacher and then to Deputy Head Teacher for the last seven years of her time there. Following the arrival of her daughter, Mrs Richards began a new post in The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) as Deputy Head Teacher, before accepting the post as Executive Head Teacher for our Federation. Mrs Richards' philosophy for children runs through every vein of our schools; she is devoted to her position in ensuring every child meets their potential; in her commitment to families and in the Federation vision of Excellence for All.
Head of School
My name is Mrs Ellis, and I am the Head of School at Shadwell. After completing my degrees, I had a career as a research scientist before then completing a postgraduate certificate in education and joining the teaching profession. I have had the pleasure of working in schools across both West and North Yorkshire and prior to joining our Bramham and Shadwell Federation, I had spent over a decade of my career in senior leadership roles in primary schools. I have a longstanding interest in developing the school curriculum to be broad, engaging and challenging for all. I am based at, and can be contacted via, Shadwell School and I also work across our Federation.
Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo
Hello, my name is Mrs Veverka and I am the Assistant Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENDCo) across Bramham and Shadwell Federation. I completed my teaching degree specialising in the Early Years and then went on to complete the National Award for SEN Coordination. I worked as a Deputy Headteacher before accepting a position in the Federation in 2017 based at Bramham Primary School. This year I have completed the Senior Mental Health Lead training and I am passionate about ensuring all children receive the best possible start to their school life and that all children are happy individuals who are excited to come into school each day to see what fantastic things they will be doing. I am very much looking forward to my new role and working across both schools will all of the children, parents and staff.
Early Years Teacher & KS1 Leader
Hello, my name is Mrs Williamson and I’m the Reception teacher at Shadwell Primary School and the Foundation Stage Leader across the Federation. This means I oversee both Reception classes at Bramham and Shadwell Primary School, allowing lots of opportunity to collaborate and share good practice with one another. Each week in Reception I plan an exciting and creative curriculum inspired by the children’s observations. It’s wonderful to watch a child’s idea or interest develop into a whole class project. Our outdoor area is always open, as I believe contact with the natural world offers the children unique experiences, such as direct contact with the weather and the seasons. The outdoor environment offers space, which is particularly important to those children who learn best through active movement. Throughout the day I particularly enjoy delivering the daily phonics session. It’s wonderful to observe the children growing in confidence when independently reading and writing new words. My goal as a teacher is to ensure every child achieves their full potential through resilience, determination and a passion to learn.
Teaching Assistant - Reception
My name is Mrs Zaki. I am a teaching assistant in reception class. I have worked with children for over 10 years in a variety of roles including Nursery Manager. I thoroughly enjoy my position here at Shadwell working in a wonderful environment with a fantastic team. The children never cease to amaze me with their enthusiasm and determination to learn new things. I am particularly interested in children’s creative development and enjoy creating exciting role play opportunities for children to explore and develop their imaginative play.
Early Years Teaching Assistant
I am Mrs Kennett and I am one of the reception class teaching assistants. I have enjoyed working at Shadwell for over 15 years often in the role of helping individual pupils. I have worked in all year groups over that period and in reception for the last 5 years. I enjoy sharing my passion for the outdoors and am in charge of the school allotments and nature areas. As a young child I had a teacher who inspired my love of nature and I hope to inspire others. As a school we grow crops each year, compost, plant various flowers and feed the birds. I often lead groups outside to investigate the natural environment and find bugs! I studied at Reading University and followed by a 'PGCE’ at Roehampton, London, and I then worked in Leeds schools teaching and in support roles for many years. I am married, have 2 grown up children and live in the countryside. I love working in school. It is a privilege to see young people grow and develop into happy, confident interested individuals.
Hello! My name is Mrs Chen I am a new Teaching Assistant in Reception. I have worked with children over 50 children for the past 15 years as a childminder in my home and have enjoyed working and supporting children to develop to their full potential. I am married with three children and enjoy gardening and taking our dog for long walks. I am looking forward to working in Shadwell primary School.
Hello my name is Miss Taylor and I am the new teaching and lunchtime assistant at Shadwell Primary School. On qualifying from University in Business & Marketing, I have had more than 20 years working in finance and more recently I have been a training mentor. For the last 8 years, I have been bringing up my two children which has re-ignited my passion to work with children with an interest in Special Education Needs (SEN). I have most recently been supporting two local Primary Schools as a reading assistant with Year 1 and classroom volunteer for Year 4. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring new places and travelling around the UK. I am thrilled to be able to achieve a lifelong ambition by making the transition into teaching and look forward to working with the new Reception class.
Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Assistant
Hello! My name is Mrs Fortune and I am the new teaching and lunchtime assistant at Shadwell Primary school. I studied Sociology at university and after that I worked in office jobs for over 15 years. After my son was diagnosed with autism and witnessing the issues he faced at school, I attended several courses about autism to further my understanding. This inspired me to become a Teaching Assistant so I can use what I have learned to help children reach their full potential in the classroom.
Year 1 Teacher
Hello! I am Mrs Barrett, the Year 1 class teacher. I am really excited about the year ahead and all the exciting new topics we will be learning about in Year 1, such as The Queen, Space and Pirates. Although the children will slowly be getting used to a more formal style of learning than they were used to in Reception, we will still be having lots of fun. I love teaching and the children never fail to impress me with their inquisitiveness, their determination and their sheer love of learning – characteristics I strive to nurture and develop in the classroom. To see the pride our children have when they have achieved something for the first time or learnt something new is a real privilege. Before I began teaching I was a university researcher, investigating agricultural development. I spent 12 months working in remote parts of Africa and often try to inject an international flavour into our lessons in Shadwell. The children throughout school will tell you about our multilingual registers!
Hi, my name is Miss Greenwood and I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 1. This is my fourth year working at Shadwell Primary and I can honestly say that I love my job. I have always worked closely alongside school having worked at Shadwell Childcare for 8 years.In that time I have seen children go from nursery, right up to year 6, growing into happy individuals. I am excited for the year ahead to help the children reach their full learning potential making it as fun as can be.
Year 2 Teacher & KS1 Leader
Hello, my name is Mrs Pelc and I am the Class 2 teacher and Key Stage One leader across the Federation, a role I share with Mrs Eggleston. Having completed a degree in Law and Criminology I decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed a PGCE in primary education. I have been teaching for 10 years and have lots of experience across the whole primary age range having worked in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This year I am excited to teach new and exciting topics in a creative and fun way as I believe that children learn best when they are immersed in an enjoyable and stimulating environment. I am also responsible for leading DT throughout the Federation, in this role I work as part of the SITE team to ensure that children create meaningful projects for a real purpose, drawing not only on their DT skills but incorporating Science and ICT skills too.
Year 2 Teacher
My name is Miss Eales and I’ve been teaching for over 20 years throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, taking on various responsibilities and supporting my previous school as part of the senior leadership team. I spent 5 years of my career in Verona, Italy, working in an international school and still love to go back and visit when I can. Out of school, I am mum to two girls and at the weekends can often be found running to keep up with bikes or scooters. If I find any free time, I also love singing, and perform with an ensemble. This spills over into school where I lead an ever growing choir. We sing a wide variety of music from pop tunes to African hymns and we love to perform both in school and out. I am really pleased to be Class 2 at Shadwell where we’ve got some exciting topics planned this year. The children never fail to me with their enthusiasm for learning and the determination to be the best that they can be. I love teaching; no two days are ever the same.
Hello, my name is Miss Martin. I am a Teaching Assistant in year 2 and a lunchtime supervisor. I have worked for the nhs for over 20 years but after having my son I decided to go back to where I started, working with children. I have been at Shadwell now for 4 years, starting as a lunchtime supervisor. I love seeing the children grow in confidence and ability. In my spare time I enjoy baking, socialising and family time.
Year 3 Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Hole and I will be teaching in Class Three. This is my third year teaching at the Bramham Shadwell Federation, having previously taught in Sheffield. I am very excited about the year ahead as we welcome the children into Key Stage 2. I am looking forward to teaching some interesting topics this year such as Magnets and Forces and the Ancient Egyptians! I studied Psychology at Leeds University and it was here that I became particularly interested in education. As Class Three’s teacher, I aim to provide a stimulating learning environment that engages all of my pupils in their learning and enables them to reach their full potential. Outside of school, I love playing hockey and exploring the Yorkshire Dales. At home I spend much of my time reading, baking and spending time with family and friends.
I have worked for Shadwell Primary for 9 years in both Key Stages. Currently, I am in year 2 as a Teaching Assistant and I am lead Lunchtime Supervisor. I love working in school, supporting the children and watching them grow. In my free time I enjoy running, cycling and spending time with my family.
Class 4 Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Brockway and I will be the Year 4 class teacher starting from January. I am thoroughly looking forward to joining the team at Shadwell and getting to know all the staff and children. I am excited to teach the wide range of topics available in Year 4. I particularly love the problem solving of maths and science. I enjoy teaching practical and engaging lessons to fully immerse children in their learning. Prior to teaching, I studied Environment and Development at the University of Leeds, which inspired me to become a teacher. It was here I realised the significance education plays in making positive changes to people and the world. Outside of school, I love socialising with friends and family. I enjoy reading, playing tennis and going on long walks.
Hello, my name is Mrs Bourne. I joined Shadwell Primary in 2017 as a Lunchtime Supervisor and volunteered in Class 1 whilst undertaking my Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. I am now a Teaching Assistant in Class 2. Prior to coming to Shadwell, I worked at the University of Leeds doing Clinical Trials Cancer Research. Having been there for 10 years I decided that a change of direction was in order, so I began to pursue my long-standing desire to work with children and to help support their learning and development. I have certainly not regretted this decision and I am thoroughly enjoying working with a brilliant bunch of children and being part of such a welcoming and supportive school. Outside of school I can usually be found transporting my own children to various parties and activities; if I do get a moment to myself I love to read.
Year 5 Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Cammiss and this is my sixth-year teaching Year 5 at Shadwell. Year 5 is a very inquisitive year group as they begin to get a better understanding of the world around them and their place in it and although I love teaching, I really enjoy learning new things every day with the questions that the children continue to ask. I lead speaking and listening across the federation and have a passion for debating but also believe that speaking and listening opportunities are a very important part of each and every lesson. I find it hard to pick a favourite subject as I love so many including science, maths and PSHE. I am also responsible for leading Maths throughout the Federation ensuring high quality lessons are delivered based on a mastery approach. Outside of school, I am a very social individual with a huge family who I love to spend time with. I also enjoy reading, jogging and exploring new places on the weekend.
Hi! I'm Mrs Senior and I'm a Teaching Assistant in Year 5. I have worked with children for many years but have always retained my passion for children's learning - I still get excited when a child has a 'light bulb moment.' Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and have a keen interest in the natural world. I am known as a bit of a 'nature nut' and I love to share my knowledge with the children as they make me smile every day!
Year 6 Teacher, Key Stage 2 Lead, Maths Lead & Science Lead
Hello, my name is Miss Beaumont and I am the Year 6 teacher at Shadwell Primary School. I am delighted to be teaching at such a fantastic school where I aim to motivate and inspire all children to enjoy learning, fulfil their potential and strive for success at any level. In addition to this, I have a passion for languages and I thoroughly enjoy creating exciting, practical French lessons to help the children learn new French words and phrases. I am also a keen and enthusiastic sports woman, participating at both netball and cross country/ athletics at county level. I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm with the pupils as part of extra curricular activities as well as getting involved in the school's role in the local community. Outside of school, I enjoy visiting foreign countries, keeping fit, walking the family dog and cheering on Leeds Rhinos.
Lead Teacher PE
I’m Mr Brotherton. I studied Sport at university before undertaking my PGCE and I’ve been teaching at the Federation since 2013; I first taught Year 4 at Shadwell for three years. This was a great part of my career as it meant I got to teach all the subjects we offer at the school. During this time I also began to set up sports teams for Shadwell which meant I got to work with a variety of children outside of the classroom. In 2016 I became a Lead Teacher of P.E. across the Federation. This role saw me step out of the classroom to teach P.E. to the majority of classes at both Bramham and Shadwell, to ensure they have the best opportunities to participate in P.E. and school sport; it’s fantastic! It’s also now my job to ensure that all children enjoy P.E. and are encouraged to lead healthy, active lifestyles. A large part of my current role is developing the sports teams at both Bramham and Shadwell, something which I truly enjoy! My most favourite achievement is being able to help all the children grow as individuals and as teams, working together to become successful and improve their resilience!