I completed my four year primary education degree in 1997, specialising in Environmental Science and Outdoor Studies. Since then I have taught across the primary age in four different schools in Derbyshire, Torbay and Herefordshire; spent fifteen months teaching English in Japan and six months instructing in an outdoor centre in Wales. I have been at Kingsland School since 2007 where I have held the role of English leader for the past six years and Senior Leader since 2013. I gained my NPQSL last year to support my senior leadership role.
Miss Williams, the class Teaching Assistant , started her career as a pre-school leader after completing a diploma in Playgroup Practice. In 2001 she started working in Kingsland School specialising in literacy support and for the last nine years has been a Teaching Assistant supporting across the curriculum in upper KS2. After gaining her Higher Level Teaching Assistant status in 2009, she has been responsible for covering teaching time in the classroom, with particular strengths in ICT and art and design.
My teaching philosophy has always been to create independent, self-motivated learners. I believe that every child should: be challenged to reach their full potential, realise and nurture their talents and skills; and develop a sense of curiosity for leaning that will stay with them for life. In Class Five we expect children to give of their best, respect others, work as a team, think 'outside the box' and reflect on their learning. We have high expectations of the children and encourage them to have high expectations of themselves, nurturing a 'can do' attitude and an ethos of fairness, integrity, determination and individuality. We aim to develop confident, considerate children who are ready to face the next stage of their lives with positivity, knowledge and an open mind.
Mr Nelson has always particularly loved Maths, Science and Design & Technology, but is also fascinated by words and their uses. He always hopes that his Maths and Science lessons revolve around the battle to take big ideas apart, while D & T hopefully involves putting things together in a well-planned and exciting way! In all subjects, it matters that everyone involved learns to use just the right words to describe what they have seen and understood.
Mr Nelson spent many years as a primary teacher in Nottinghamshire, then became Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher in a middle school in Worcestershire. Most recently, he was part of the local authority’s school inspection and advisory team in Herefordshire. Though not a Herefordshire local – in fact a definite northerner – the Leominster area has been home to him and his busy family since 1996.