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Colin Wilson

Head Teacher

Designated Safeguarding Lead

Pam Bridgwood

Deputy Head Teacher (acting)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Jason Williamson

Assistant Head Teacher (acting)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Desford is a happy, friendly and hard-working school with a dedicated team of staff. Our pupils behave well, are keen to learn and they take great pride in respecting our school and wider village community.  At Desford, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.  As such, we ask all volunteers and visitors to share this common commitment.  If you have any concerns about the welfare or behaviour of a child or adult in school, please report it immediately to one of our safeguarding officers.

Senior Leadership Team

Our Senior Leadership Tea (SLT) consists of a Head Teacher, two Assistant Head Teachers and two Senior Teachers/Phase Leaders, each with additional responsibilities for developing the strategic direction of the school.  Maths and English Subject Leaders also attend SLT on occasions.


Name SLT Role

Colin Wilson

Head Teacher - Designated Safeguarding Lead - Strategic Leadership and Direction

Pam Bridgwood

Deputy Head Teacher (acting) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - EYFS Lead - SENDCO

Jason Williamson

Assistant Head Teacher (acting) - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Key Stage 2 Lead - Pupil Premium

Alice Stanworth

Senior Leader - Key Stage 1 Lead - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Maths

Sarah Rose

Senior Leader - Lower Key Stage 2 Lead - Teaching and Learning - Maths 


Teaching Staff

Currently we have 19 teachers (both full and part time) including the Senior Leadership Team.  In addition to class teachers for the 14 classes, we employ a teacher who delivers French plus another who is our Sport and Active Lifestyle leader.

Name Role Name Role
Miss Goodrich EYFS  Mrs Tilley Year 4
Mrs Worley EYFS (job Share) Miss Naylor Year 4
Mrs King EYFS (job Share) Mr West Year 5
Miss Jones Year 1 (job Share) Mr Percival Year 5
Miss Mozley Year 1 (job share) Mr Williamson Year 6
Mrs Phipps Year 1 Mrs Kelsey Year 6
Mrs Stanworth Year 2 Mr Chapman Sport and Active Lifestyle
Miss Marshall Year 2    
Mrs Greenway Year 3    
Miss Rose Year 3    
Mr Browning Year 3    


Teaching Assistants/Cover Supervisors

We have 9 part time Teaching Assistants working across the school who also work as Cover Supervisors on some afternoons. The Teaching Assistant role fulfils the main classroom support and is focussed on the morning lessons with the exception of EYFS who also have Teaching Assistants in the afternoons.

Mrs Russell (EYFS) Miss Pooley (Year 3)
Mrs Singh-Barmi (EYFS) Mrs Chandler (Year 4)
Mrs Chowanietz (EYFS) Mrs Prime (Year 5)
Mrs Murrell (Year 1) Miss Barson Year 6)
Mrs Moore (Year 2)  

Learning Support Assistants

We employ Learning Support Assistants for supporting children with additional needs that are entitled to statutory support beyond that which the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant is able to provide alone.  They support children with Educational Health Care Plans who are on the SEND register.  We also employ LSAs for supporting the Sport and Active Lifestyle Leader as well as for delivering some of The Pupil Premium provision in school.

Mr Bray (Sport) Miss Boag Mrs Nutting
Mrs Garett Mrs Kossobudzka Mrs Matthews
Mrs Camp Mrs McKegg Mrs Chowanietz
Mrs Townsend Mrs Gibbs Mrs Richardson
Mrs Larkins Mrs Hyde Mrs Fairall
Mrs Murrell Miss Bullock Mrs Oakes (Pupil Premium)
Mrs Tsang Mrs Hampson Ms Beeby (Pupil Premium)


School Support Services (Office, Finance, Premises and Information Technology)

We have a number of other staff that lead or provide support for other functions in the school.  Their names and roles are listed below.

Office and Finance Staff Premises and Cleaning Staff Information Technology
Name Role Name Role Name Role
Mrs Barnett Office Manager/Bursar Mr Petcher Site Manager Mr King IT Support/Consultant
Mrs Eathorne-Rutt Admin Assistant Mrs Larkins Cleaner    
Mrs Hampson Admin Assistant Mrs Murray Cleaner    
    Mrs H Prime Cleaner    
    Mrs Tucker Cleaner    


Lunchtime Supervision and Activity Leaders

At lunchtime, we have a number of staff responsible for supervising and interacting with the children both in the dinner hall and on the playground, ensuring they are safe, happy and engaged.  We have recently introduced 'Happy Lunchtimes' to further enhance the experience for staff and children.

Mrs Larkins Mrs Findell
Mrs Tsang Mrs Smith
Mrs Gibbs Miss Alder
Mrs Tucker  



Extra Time Club (ETC)

We offer a before and after school child care provision that is from 7:45am-8:45am in the mornings and 3:15pm-5:30pm in the evenings.  You can find more information about this provision under the 'Parents' tab of the website.

Mrs Noon Mrs Findell
Mrs Tsang Mrs Gibbs
Miss Barson Miss Alder