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Nursery School team

Cathy Bignold 

Head Teacher (WNS since 2O11) Qualification-BEd (Hons), EYP, NNEB, National SENDCO award
Likes-Coffee, reading, the seaside, custard, prawns and Christmas!
Dislikes-Rats, coriander, celery and tea
Claim to fame-I once sang (as a backing singer) in front of 500 people!

Joy Bainbridge
Teacher (WNS since 2019) Qualification-PGCE (Hons)
Likes-Reading, theatre, gardening and cheese
Claim to fame-I once had dinner with Katherine Jenkins

Stella Rutter
Senior Early Years Educator (WNS since 2000) Qualification-NNEB
Likes-Being outside, reading, sewing, live music, theatre, cooking, black forest gateaux ,dark chocolate
Dislikes-Discrimination, littering, wastefulness and air freshener
Claim to fame-I sang in a school choir on Songs of Praise when I was a small child

Andrea Vaughan
Senior Early Years Educator (WNS since 2013) Qualification-NNEB
Likes-Skiing, playing netball and sherry 
Dislikes-Growing old
Claim to fame-Appeared in the holiday brochures as a holiday rep

Helen Foley
Early Years Educator Qualification-NVQ Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development
Likes-Orangutans, mangos and walks in the Lake District
Dislikes-Rats and dark winter nights
Claim to fame-I was a red post box in my school play!

Mandy Coleman
Early Years Educator (WNS since 2010) Qualification-BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing 
Likes-Walking, talking, reading, spending time with family and friends and helping others
Dislikes-Seeing anyone sad or struggling
Claim to fame-I ran 10K in mud to raise money for charity and I met Prince Charles and Princess Diana when I was little. 


Maureen Roberts 
Early Years Educator (WNS since 2022) Qualification-CACHE Level 3 Diploma for children 
Likes-Cakes, chocolate, family get togethers, holidays and dogs 
Dislikes-Sprouts, rats, rudeness
Claim to fame-I once stood next to Les Dennis in at a hotel breakfast buffet


Jill Sanderson 
Early Years Educator 
Likes-Paddle boarding, travelling and music
Dislikes- Snakes and milk 
Claim to fame-I have over 800 vinyl records 


Keerthi Prakash
Early Years Educator (WNS since 2013) Qualification - NVQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant 
Likes-Coffee, cuddles and cakes (in any order)
Dislikes- Lizards, lizards, lizards (again in any order)
Claim to fame- my curly hair


Tracey Downie
Early Years Educator (WNS since 2022) Qualification - NVQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant 
Likes-Open water swimming, hiking, paddle boarding and travelling in my bright orange campervan!
Dislikes- Cheese, small furry things (unfortunately it does include guinea pigs) and things with wings!
Claim to fame- I did the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge in under 11 hours! 


Laura Hough

Early Years Educator (WNS since 2023) Qualification-BA (Hons) Early Years Care and Education, BTEC National Diploma in Childhood Studies

Likes - Spending time with my family, baking, reading, live music

Dislikes - Mushrooms, heights and sci-fi

Claim to fame - I watched Simon Cowell get his star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame