Battling Brook Primary School – School Staff

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Battling Brook Primary School

Frederick Avenue, Hinckley, Leics, LE10 0EX

About Our School

School Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Mr S Marsden

  • 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

  • I live at home with my husband Chris and our two beautiful daughters, Savannah and Scarlett.
  • I have been teaching at Battling Brook since 2003.
  • I love Revels.

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.

Mrs L Prince
Years 1 & 2 Phase Leader

  • 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 K Leedham
Years 3 & 4 Phase Leader

  • In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sleeping and spending quality time with my family and friends.
  • If I were a millionaire, I would travel the world (well only the hot places!)
  • Archie, my gorgeous black Labrador, and Stanley, my playful British Bulldog are my best friends.

Mrs S Jastrzebski
Years 5 & 6 Phase Leader

  • I could not live without my hair straighteners, my Leicester City season ticket and Diet Coke!
  • My lifetime ambition would be to read the classified football results.
  • I don’t understand the point of ironing and Formula 1!

Teaching staff
(in alphabetical order by last name)

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 S Cliffe

  • At weekends, I enjoy spending my time with family and friends.
  • Crafting is one of my favourite hobbies; I try to craft as often as possible using lots of art and DT skills.
  • One day, I would love to own a small holding (like a small farm) so I could have lots animals. This would include the weird and wonderful guinea fowl!

  • I have a season ticket to watch Coventry Blaze ice hockey team.
  • I enjoy writing fiction.
  • I love spending time with my friends and family.

Mrs V Davison

  • 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.

Miss J Dennis

  • I am a Ballroom and Latin Dancer and have trained since the age of 5. I have won numerous British Championships and came 2nd in the Ballroom World Championships in 2016.
  • My Mum lives in Cyprus, so I enjoy going on holiday there as often as I can! I also love visiting lots of different cities in Europe. So far, my favourite is Rome!
  • When I’m not dancing or marking books, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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.

  • I love learning useless facts such as what is almost the longest word in the English language that is spelt in alphabetical order!
  • My ambition is to own and renovate my own VW camper.
  • Owls are my favourite animals.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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 supercar, 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 movie at the cinema or venture out for a delicious meal. My favourite cuisine is most certainly Indian food.

Mrs A Halkett

  • 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

  • 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) of 9, 7 and 4, 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 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 of the islands.
  • I really like chocolate!

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.

Miss C Kirkham

  • I love going on holiday to the Lake District in my little caravan.
  • I enjoy reading to help me to relax.
  • At the weekends, I enjoy gardening and growing my own vegetables.

    I really like eating Ice cream.

I have a chocolate Labrador called Jasper.

I also hate doing the washing up.

Mrs R Norman

  • I love music.
  • I have a pet tortoise called speedy.
  • I have lived and taught in America.

Mrs K Pickering

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

Miss L Saunders

  • 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!

Miss H Simpson

  • I have been horse riding since I was 7 and would love to have my own horse one day.
  • I love going on holiday anywhere sunny.
  • I enjoy listening to music.

  • I adore the summertime 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 J White

  • I live in a bungalow with my husband, daughter and our dog – Humbug!
  • We love going for walks and treasure hunts together.
  • I really enjoy drama and bringing it into the classroom!

Mrs S Woodcock

  • 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.
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Pre-school staff – Little Battlers

Mrs J Williscroft – Pre-school Manager

  • I am mum to two grown up children. and 3 grandchildren.
  • I love dogs.
  • I enjoy watching “chick flicks”.

Mrs T Mason – Deputy Manager/SENCo

  • I am mum to two lovely teenagers.
  • I have two dogs and two cats.
  • I am busy, busy, busy!

Mrs Z Smith

  • I have two fabulous children and a fantastic husband.
  • I have climbed Mount Snowdon.
  • I work at a brilliant Pre-school.

Miss H Taylor

  • I live with my partner Carig and stepson Jack.
  • I have a beautiful dog called Marv.
  • I just love 90’s pop!

Miss A Malyon

  • I enjoy going on family holidays to the seaside.
  • Christmas is my favourite time of the year.
  • I love pick and mix sweets!

Miss C Messenger

  • I live with my partner and 2 children.
  • I enjoy being creative and doing activities with my two children.
  • I love reading, baking and swimming.

(in alphabetical order by last name)

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 D Cotterill

  • I live at home with my husband and a rescue puppy called Harley. I have two children that are both grown up.
  • I love working in the office at Battling Brook and seeing all of your happy faces.
  • I enjoy going for long walks and having long holidays!

Mrs V Cropper

  • 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 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 M Saunders

  • I can drive a fork lift truck.
  • I love painting pictures in my spare time.
  • I have spent a year living in America, working as a nanny.

Mrs N Sheppard

  • I am married with three grown up children.
  • My favourite placce 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 Neve and Harry.
  • I enjoy spending time with friends and familly.
  • 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.

Miss S Arnold

  • I love travelling.
  • I went to the Olympics in Rio.
  • I am also a dance teachers.

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 L Atkins

  • I have 4 children.
  • I love art.
  • I have a dog called Patch.

Mrs K Bartlam

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

Mrs S Bolton

  • I am married to Peter, we have four children and four grandchildren.
  • I love visiting different places in England.
  • I support The Leicester Tigers.

Mrs S Bowman

  • I am married with 2 cats – Poppy & Jupiter.
  • I love Harry Potter (I’m a hufflepuff!).
  • I love sewing.

Mrs D Brown

  • I live at home with my husband and two beautiful girls.
  • I enjoy going to the gym.
  • I love Italian food!

Mrs A Carman

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

Miss J Carnall

  • I lived in Spain for 2 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!

Miss P Clarke

  • I have 1 child who means the world to me.
  • I enjoy reading a good book and watching a great film.
  • I have a black cat called Charlie.

Mrs J Connant

  • I am married with two children.
  • I loe 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.

Miss L Crane

  • I have a French Bulldog called Luna.
  • I live on a farm.
  • I have an older brother.

Mrs M Crooks

  • I am a singer in a jazz band.
  • I love hot and spicy food.
  • I lead a gospel choir.

  • I am married to the most wonderful husband Pete. We have two amazing children.
  • I cant 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

  • I am married with 2 children.
  • I enjoy all all types of sport and keeping fit.
  • My favourite hobby is cooking.

Mrs S Ensor

  • I am married to my wonderful husband Neil. We have two beautiful daughters Libby and Layla.
  • 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.

Mrs J Glover

  • I live at home with my husband, my son and three beautiful girls.
  • I love working at Battling Brook.
  • I love watching football and support Chelsea (Champions!).

Mrs K Hall

  • I live with my husband and am servant to two very spoilt cats.
  • I love anything crafty and you’ll always find me knitting, crocheting or sewing.
  • I frequently travel to the beautiful state of Vermont where I hike, kayak and spend time with my family.

Miss L Hanson

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

Mr D Harris

  • I am married with 2 children who have now grown up and left home.
  • I enjoy travelling to see different cultures and history.
  • I keep and breed canaries, zebra and Bengalese finches.

Mrs J Hatfield

  • The Queen visited my secondary school when I was in Year 8.
  • I have abseiled down the side of a college building to raise money for Children in Need.
  • My hobbies include singing, watching medical dramas on TV and making blackberry jam!

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

  • 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!

  • I love going on road trips.
  • I enjoy cooking creative dishes.
  • Listening to music is how I relax.

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 R Ibberson

  • I live at home with my husband Andy and our 3 amazing children Dylan, Evie and Lily.
  • I love family film nights – eating lots of chocolate and popcorn!
  • My favourite time of year is Christmas; I get very excited!

Mrs A Ingall

  • I am married with 2 daughters called Maisie and Emily.
  • I love listening to music.
  • I enjoy going swimming!

Mrs L Jones

  • I live at home with my husband and 2 daughters.
  • I am a twin but we were born in different months.
  • I was a student at Battling Brook.

Mrs A Kelsall

  • I live with my husband, our Parrot Charlie and our tortoise Edgar.
  • I am mad about Doc Martens!
  • Menai Bridge in Anglessey is my favourite place to visit.

Mr R Kotecha

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

Miss T Leggetter

  • I am a mum to a boy
  • I love animals and wildlife
  • I have a dog, a cockerpoo, called Maisie.

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.

Miss J Mugglestone

  • I love travelling and my favourite holiday place is Morrocco.
  • I am a twin.
  • I love taking photos of my experiences with friends and family.

Mrs N Owens

  • I am married to Jamie and have 3 wonderful daughters.
  • My favourite music is Take That!
  • I love the X Factor and I am team Edward!

Mrs J Parton

  • I have two children and four grandchildren.
  • I enjoy line dancing and keep fit.
  • I like gardening.

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 C Piccinno

  • I am married with 3 TEENAGE! children and 2 cats.
  • I am a grammar nerd!
  • Whilst on holiday in Kenya, a Maasi Warrior offered to buy me. for 5 cows!

Mr A Roberts

  • I am passionate about the English language and Shakespeare – Come and discuss Henry V with me!
  • I enjoy getting to know people and believe that a good conversation is one of life’s greatest joys.
  • My first pet was a daddy long legs ( I was four and too young for a dog!)

Mrs J Sikhon

  • I enjoy travelling especialy 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 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 E Spradbury

  • I am a classically trained singer and I sang at The Royal Albert Hall.
  • I have a cat called Millie.
  • I love my job!

Miss S Stringer

  • I am a Mum to 2 teenagers.
  • I teach movement, sensory, art and dance.
  • I love vintage and upcycling!

Mrs K Timms

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

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 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!

Ms K Webster

  • I am happily married with 4 great kids.
  • I enjoy going on holidays, especially abroad where it’s nice and hot!
  • I have a staffy dog who is very loving and likes a lot of fuss.

Ms S Wightman

  • I live with my 2 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 2 children.
  • I have 2 cats – Paddy and Ginger.
  • I love cars both old and new!

Mrs R Whittaker

  • I live at home with my husband and 2 boys.
  • We have a pet dog.
  • I enjoy going on holidays and love watching the footy.

Mrs J Wilkes

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