Our Staff

Miss Leah Jenkins - Head Teacher

My name is Leah Jenkins and I am Headteacher at Blisworth Community Primary School. I joined in September 2020 and have enjoyed being part of the wonderful community of Blisworth. I always wanted to be the Headteacher of a village school and treasure being able to lead a forward-thinking experience for pupils whilst retaining the traditions of a village school where every pupil is an individual. Before my time here, I was an Interim Headteacher in another village school at the same time as studying for my Masters Degree! I was fascinated at how the world of high-quality research and education can collide in such a positive way. I have ensured that we have strong links with the University of Northampton and we are fully committed to developing as many student-teachers as we can.

Previously I worked as a Deputy Headteacher in a large, two form entry Primary School where we took the school to outstanding. During this time, I then became Vice Principal for the emerging Trust where we bid successfully to open other schools and did so. Across much of my career, I also worked for the Local Authority as an Advanced Skills Teacher. I supported leadership teams and teachers on school improvement journeys as well as presenting on courses for the LA, regionally and for the University of Northampton. I was part of the team who worked with the Standards and Testing Agency to build assessments for the new curriculum and previously, I worked as an advisory teacher for a national introduction of Assessing Pupil Progress. I have always made sure that I am a practitioner at heart and as a leader, ensure that I can develop teaching and learning in others as well as model high-quality teaching myself. I love Literacy in particular and have written a bespoke scheme of work which has evolved over time and now forms the Literacy curriculum for our school.
I have always believed in being child focused. If children come first, in their time at school, they can flourish. At the start of my career, I worked on PSHE and School Council. My School Council featured in national magazines and on websites such as Save the Children. I also wrote the town’s transition unit to support Year 6 pupils transfer to Year 7 during this role.

No day is the same and being with children is the most brilliant job in the world. I became a teacher because I did not enjoy school myself and I recall thinking that it could be much better than the experiences that I had. I wanted to build something different where our children – the future of our society – could enjoy school and make special memories along the way.

Miss Danielle Warren - Deputy Head Teacher, SENco, KS1 Lead and Reception Teacher

My name is Danielle Warren and I am the Deputy Headteacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENco) at Blisworth Primary School. I joined in 2015 after graduating from The University of Northampton with a BA in Primary Education, Specialising in Physical Education. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and I’m having great fun working in Early Years. Over the past few years, I have led Science across the school and have undertaken a National Professional Qualification in leadership focusing on the development of Science across the school.  This year, I have returned to university to study where I have enjoyed studying Special Educational Needs to a master’s level. I am a qualified gymnastics coach and spent many years coaching teams across county and regional levels. I recognise every child as an individual and think it’s important to get to know each and every one of them – which is why you’ll often spot me on the playground speaking to as many of you as I can throughout the school day.

Mrs Louise Cooke - School Business Manager

I joined Blisworth as a part time Admin Assistant in 2007 before moving into the role of School Business Manager.   I love working in a school and have the best job – no two days are the same.

Outside of school, I love spending time with my family.  I also enjoy reading, eating out and in my spare time, I’m an Avon lady!

Mrs Sarah Price - Year 4 Teacher and KS2 Lead

I have always wanted to be a teacher. My mum was a teacher for 30 years and was such an inspiration to me. I completed my Bachelor of Education degree at Cheltenham University and graduated in 2010. The rest is history!

My main hobbies are singing and playing the piano. I achieved grade 8 on the piano at school and grade 8 honours in singing when at uni. I love spending time in the garden and growing my own vegetables.

Mrs Karen Botterill - Year 2 Teacher

Before becoming a teacher, I previously trained in fashion gaining a Distinction from Nene College Northampton in their Advanced Diploma in Fashion. I then created and managed my own business designing and making wedding dresses. I liaised with the bride designing and making their dream dress right from the sketch through to the completed wedding gown – I was lucky enough to be invited to many evening receptions!

I also spent a stint working at the four-star hotel The Swallow as General Assistant gaining experience in all the different departments. My claim-to-fame is that I passed Michael Schumacher, Smoky Robinson and Kevin Keegan their hotel bills to sign and I showed Marti Webb to her room!

Teaching then became my dream so I gained my First-Class Honours degree in Education with Human Biological Science at Northampton University followed by my PGCE. I joined Blisworth in 2005 and have never looked back. I love being part of the Blisworth family and part of the children’s learning journey. It is the most challenging and rewarding job ever!

When not teaching and learning I enjoy time spent with my family and friends, walking our dog Jack and catching up with my grown-up daughter. I love nature, arts and crafts, sewing and swimming.

Mrs Sarah Aliwell - Year 5 Teacher

I have been teaching since 1995. I started my degree in Communication Studies with Science and Technology Policy at Middlesex Polytechnic but graduated 3 years later with a First from Middlesex University! Similarly, I did my PGCE at Nene College before it became the University of Northampton! I have an additional Post Graduate qualification in Primary Computing.

Over the years I have taught every age group from Nursery to Year 6 in London, Worcestershire, Norfolk and now at Blisworth. Teaching keeps me very busy but I do find time to play clarinet with the Abington Wind Band.

Mrs Katie Law - Year 6 Teacher

I have been a primary school teacher since 2013, teaching across year groups in Key Stage 2 and have been working at Blisworth Community Primary School since 2019. I completed my PGCE teacher training at the University of Northampton in 2013 and have an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Ancient History from the University of Birmingham. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked in the civil service for 3 years as an employment advisor for the Department of Work and Pensions and spent six months travelling in Russia, China, Southeast Asia, and New Zealand. I also spent some time in Krakow, Poland where I completed a CELTA in teaching English as a Second Language and then taught French students who were in the UK for the summertime. Following this, I decided to train to become a primary school teacher and I have been teaching ever since. Now I have my own two young children, we spend much of our free time walking in local parks and woods, exploring new places and in the holidays, we like to camp!

Mrs Jenny De Luca - Year 3 Teacher

In September 2021, I have joined the wonderful team at Blisworth Primary School as the Year 3 Class Teacher.

I qualified as a teacher in 2006. Since then the majority of my teaching experience has been in Year 2 and Year 3 classes at an ‘Outstanding’ Primary School. My leadership roles have included, Writing Leader and Curriculum Leader for PE. Other roles that I have untaken throughout my career include being the teacher representative on the Governing Body, an internal and external Key Stage 1 moderator and mentoring newly qualified teachers.

I was born in Northampton and I am the proud mother of two children.

My hobbies include indoor cycling, travelling, reading and spending quality time with family and friends.

My vision is to make a difference to pupils’ lives not just in my classroom but throughout the whole school.

Miss Teela-Jane Boyd-Carpenter - Year 1 Teacher

Hello, my name is Teela-Jane Boyd-Carpenter (Miss Carpenter to the children) and I shall be joining the wonderful Blisworth team as the new Year 1 teacher in January 2022.

I first began working in education at 16, when I volunteered in a local primary school. I was then employed as a Teaching Assistant in a reception class when I was 18. After a year, I decided to take the plunge and I moved to Northampton to study Early Childhood Studies and PGCE at the The University of Northampton.  During my time there, I had the opportunity to teach in a wide range of settings including mainstream schools, a SEN school, a range of nurseries and I got to spend a week in Swedish schools teaching over there. It was a truly memorable experience!

Since graduating in 2016, I have been teaching in a large two form entry school in both Key Stage 1 and 2.

A passion of mine is Art, I love the freedom and creativity it gives you! I was the Art lead in my previous school and I loved seeing the confidence and expression Art projects gave to the children.

I love animals and nature and I have a little rescue dog called Seamus! He loves his walks and lots of fuss too! In my free time, I have a few hobbies that include reading, cooking, baking and gaming! I am also very lucky because my Mum lives in Cornwall, so I enjoy getting down to the coast in the summer too!

Mr Joe Haddon - Teacher/HLTA

I qualified as a primary teacher at the University of Northampton in 2019 and have been both a class teacher and TA in an “Outstanding” school in Year 1 and 2.  I am passionate about encouraging a love of learning, to help children enjoy developing in a creative and exciting way.  My favourite subject is science and I love teaching it.  Outside of school I enjoy building and painting models, seeing my friends and family and, of course, cleaning my car!  I am so happy to a part of the Blisworth team and I look forward to supporting the children at the school.

 

 

Miss Natalie Chambers - Year 1 Teacher

Before becoming a teacher, I was a musician and a teaching assistant. I studied music at the University of Gloucestershire where I would volunteer at local schools teaching volleyball, leading music workshops and assisting in music therapy. I loved working in schools so much I decided to become a teacher! My favourite subjects are music (of course!), maths and languages – I went on two foreign exchanges when I was a teenager!

Mrs Karen Lyman-Clarke - Year 3 and HLTA/ Teaching Assistant Lead

I have really enjoyed my time at Blisworth School and have been ambitious in my school career. I previously worked within the civil service and have a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology. I am also a qualified HLTA and am the manager of our wonderful team of TAs at the school. I have a passion for music and like nothing better that going to see bands play live. I also enjoy going to the theatre and walking with my beautiful, little dog in the countryside.

Mrs Linda Stocker - Administrative Assistant

I joined Blisworth in 2019, having previously worked in another primary school for 16 years. I qualified as an HLTA at my previous school but after 14 years, when an opportunity arose, I made the decision to move into the school office, where I stayed for another two years.

I love working at Blisworth, it really is the best job ever!  I love seeing and speaking to both children and parents.

I am obsessed with giraffes and have a vast collection of them at home (and a few at school!).   I also love reading, baking and spending time with my family.

Mrs Deborah Rayner - Teaching Assistant

I have been part of the Blisworth family for 15 years, initially as a parent dropping off my four children at the school gate.  With a background in maths and accountancy, I enjoy numbers.  As a T.A., I love to help the children become excited about numeracy.

Spending time with my family and friends is my favourite pastime.  Otherwise, I can be found pottering in the garden with my four-legged friend, Stanley, our yellow labrador.

Mr Steve Elliott - Teaching Assistant

Both my children came through Blisworth School and loved their time here.
I started helping out as a classroom volunteer in 2018, and am now a teaching assistant.
I enjoy helping the children with their English and Maths in the morning before keeping them active at lunchtime with various different sports and playground games. I also work closely with teachers and sports coaches to arrange the school teams for many different sports tournaments against other schools throughout the year.
Outside of school, I enjoy walking my rescue dog, playing piano in a wedding / party band, coaching a youth football team, and am also a regular referee at adult games. You can also see me at a 5k Parkrun somewhere on most Saturdays!

Miss Lauren Wilcox - Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Blisworth Community Primary School for the past four years as a Teaching Assistant in Reception.  I really enjoy helping our children to flourish and develop a love of school.  I have achieved a number of teaching assistant qualifications.

In my spare time I love to bake.

Mr Andy Cox - Rhino Coach and Teaching Assistant

When I finished sixth form, I applied for osteopathy at university, however, I deferred my offer as I wanted to explore the possibility of becoming a sports coach and working in schools. I started off working at after schools clubs and holiday camps before joining the Rhino team, which has led to my position at Blisworth. In addition to taking afternoon P.E. sessions and after school clubs, I am now pursuing my teaching ambitions by working as a morning T.A. across the school. This work has convinced me that I do want to become a teacher in the future.

Miss Kim Smith - Lunchtime Supervisor and Reception TA

I have worked at Blisworth Community Primary School for four years.  I started as a lunchtime supervisor and now also work as a Teaching Assistant in Reception.  I have three children who attend the school.  I love working with the children and my favourite game to play with them at lunchtime is “What’s the time Mr Wolf?”!

 

Miss Rebecca Miller - Lunchtime Supervisor

My name is Becca and I’ve been a lunchtime supervisor at the school for the past two years.  I absolutely love working with children and they always add a bit of sunshine to my day.  My hobbies include beauty and spending time with family.

Mrs Janet Paxton - Lunchtime Supervisor

I have been a lunchtime supervisor at Blisworth Community Primary School since 1993 and am currently the longest serving member of staff here.  I started when Mr John Basham was the Head Teacher.

Mrs Linda Gwilliam - Lunchtime Supervisor

Hello, my name is Linda.  I have lived in the village all my life and attended the school.  My three children all came here and for a time, my grandchild came here as well.

I have been a lunchtime supervisor for more years than I can remember.  I love doing this job and I hope I will be here until I retire.

Miss Kerry Lucas - Lunchtime Supervisor and TA

My name is Kerry and I have lived in the village my whole life.  My Dad came to the school, as did myself and my children.  I am loving being a lunchtime supervisor and am privileged to work at the school.

Mr Jay Ferrier-Johnson - Rhino Coach and Teaching Assistant

Jay Ferrier-Johnson has joined us as a TA in Year 4 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Mrs Clare Dunkley - Site Supervisor and Village Lollipop Lady

I grew up in the village and my sisters and I all attended Blisworth Community Primary. I remember much of what is described in the school log books and the teachers who were here. I have known all of the Headteachers since 1967, Mr Piggott, taught me and  Mr Basham, taught my two sons and we all look back fondly on our time at the school. Blisworth school used to have an animal shed and I loved it – especially when I had the opportunity to complete my work in there after school, I told my teachers that I wanted to do woodwork, but as a female it was a battle at the time. I made it with perseverance and became a furniture restorer, cabinet maker and kitchen fitter. My sons attended the school and I always wanted to return as the site supervisor so I could contribute to many children’s magical memories and uphold old traditions and be part of creating new ones. I was lucky enough to get the job in 2002, and I look forward to many future years here.

Over the years I have seen the building and land grow and change. I have a passion for crafting and I have enjoyed making the new wooden signs and display items for the children. As well as housekeeping the school site, I work with the staff at school to help with art projects including setting up the Christmas bauble activities and also getting Santa’s grotto ready. My other role is as lollypop lady which I have done since 1997. I enjoy greeting all our children daily, come rain or shine, and they also enjoy calling morning to my dogs who sit and watch patiently from my garden by the crossing.

Mrs Deb Bass - Cleaning Operative

I am a Blisworth girl, born and bred.  Four generations of my family have attended Blisworth Community Primary School; my father, myself, my two sisters, my two children and my five grandchildren.  I have worked at the school for nearly 15 years.  In the time I have been here I have worked in the kitchen, breakfast club and help to keep the school clean and tidy.  I really enjoy the interaction with the children and seeing them grow through reception to the next stage of their education, ready to make their own way in the world.  Such lovely memories for me to cherish.

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