Roger Blackburn – Headteacher B.Ed (Hons), PQSI
I was born in Hampshire and trained to be a teacher at Rolle College in Exmouth, qualifying in 1996. I have worked in my current role as Headteacher at Queen Eleanor’s since September 2010. Before becoming Headteacher at QE I was Deputy Headteacher for 4 years at The Chandler C of E Junior School in Witley. I have taught in Church, State and Independent schools both in the UK and abroad over my career. I worked in the United States for 4 years, teaching in British schools in Washington DC & Chicago and have worked in state schools in the UK including the well renowned Guillemont Junior School in Farnborough. I have been very lucky in my teaching career and had many wonderful experiences. I have taught and lived in another country and had experience of both state and private schools. I have worked on Government pilot projects and had research published by the National College of School Leadership. I am a former Ofsted Inspector and have many different hobbies and interests including supporting my beloved Tottenham and snowboarding. I am very into film and live music and attend concerts as often as I can.
Jo Davies – Deputy Head (Senior Leadership Team Member)
I was born in Kingston upon Thames and trained to be a teacher at Kingston University. I have recently left Singlegate Primary School in Colliers Wood, after seven enjoyable years. During my time at Singlegate I taught in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 and was lucky enough to be given the position of KS2 leader and Assistant Head teacher. I have also coordinated ICT, Breakfast/After school club, Gifted and Talented, School Engine (children’s voice) and was a mentor to student teachers and newly qualified teachers. Having moved to the area nearly three years ago I decided I would like to move out of working in London and gain a new experience of working in a school in Surrey.
The majority of my hobbies link back to my love of music and theatre, I have a real passion for dance and singing and would like to join a choir in Guildford. I also love to travel during the holidays and enjoy nothing more than sitting in the sun with a good book or listening to my ipod.
I am very excited to take on the role of Deputy Head at Queen Eleanor’s and look forward to working with all the children, staff and families.
Maddy Wilkinson – Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Coordinator (SENDCo)
After graduating from Cheltenham and Gloucester College with a B’Ed (Hons) in English and History I moved to London to start my teaching career in a large inner city primary school in Newham, where I was lucky enough to teach children from all over the world. I then moved to a much smaller junior school in Wandsworth which specialised in the arts. After a couple of years I took a break from teaching to have my two sons and to start a small business running music and story sessions for babies and toddlers. Knowing that my heart still belonged in teaching, I took a part-time position at Queen Eleanor’s in 2009. The friendly staff and enthusiastic children made me feel very welcome and I knew instantly that this was the place for me. Since then I have jumped at the opportunity to become a full time class teacher. I love to spend my spare time with my family, walking, swimming, going to the cinema, and cooking. My children and I also really enjoy art and making things, so we always have some big, messy craft project on the go.
Lorna Hines (Senior Leadership Team Member)
I decided quite early on in my life that I wanted to be a teacher, following in my Mum’s footsteps, and so spent four years at University in Worcester training to do this. After completing my degree I moved back to Surrey and started working at Wyke Primary, teaching years 5 and 6; I then moved to Northmead Junior in Guildford teaching in years 6 and 3. During that time I have bought my house and am enjoying living in Guildford! I am currently teaching year 3 and am a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Outside of school I enjoy horse riding, swimming and I am a big fan of rugby, particularly supporting my team: London Wasps. I’m also partial to a spot of reading and find you can’t beat lying in the sun with a good book!
Sylvia Cross (Senior Leadership Team Member)
After studying Theology at Nottingham University and then training to be a teacher in Birmingham, I relocated to Surrey with my husband. I began my teaching career at St Paul’s, Dorking where I taught in Year 4 whilst also teaching music to the junior classes. I spent two years there before moving to Queen Eleanor’s. When I am not teaching, I enjoy travelling, reading, singing and socialising with friends. My favourite hobby, however, is shopping!!
Gary Papworth (Senior Leadership Team Member)
I was born in Southampton on 20th February 1984. When I was 9, the whole family moved to the Isle of Wight which is where I spent the remainder of my childhood. It was here, whilst doing work experience, that I decided I would become a primary school teacher. This caused me to leave the Isle of Wight to study teaching at King Alfred’s College in Winchester. This is my third year teaching at QE and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching some amazing children and I’m enjoying being a member of the Senior Leadership Team feeling I make a difference to how the school is run. On a personal note, I have recently become a father for the first time to the beautiful baby Bobby and the highlight of my day is arriving home and seeing his gorgeous smile and hearing him giggle away – he even likes my singing. My other interests are supporting Manchester United, occasionally playing my PS3 and looking after my pet rabbit Pebbles.
I studied education at University, having decided early on that I wanted to be a teacher, specialising in PE and Biology. My teaching career started in Essex and I have since taught at schools in both Surrey and Hampshire. Most recently I taught at a large junior school in Frimley where I had a variety of subject responsibilities including PE, RE, PSHE, Reading and was also Library manager. I ran a Brownie Pack for six years and our church Youth Group until this summer, both of which were great fun! I enjoy spending my spare time with my family. Our interests include theatre and ballet, coastal walks, visiting historical places of interest and exploring new countries. I am very much looking forward to spending the next part of my career at Queen Eleanor’s.
I was born in Yorkshire, then gradually moved South reaching Guildford at the age of 9. After being at Tormead School I studied for a BA in Economics at The University of Leicester. After graduating I worked up in London and then locally in Market Research. Five years ago I decided to train to be a teacher, first supporting at Farncombe Infants’, then working as a TA, followed by ITT at South Farnham. My passion for teaching stems from my love of learning. I enjoy photography and learning about other countries, cultures, languages and food. Which includes any opportunity to cook and eat the food too!
From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I had such a positive experience at school that I wanted to be able to give that to other children as well. I grew up and went to school and college in Reigate then studied for my teaching degree at Roehampton University in South London. As English is my favourite subject, I specialised in English as part of my degree. I qualified from there in 2005. I then took a short ‘break’ where I had my first two children (both boys) before going into full time teaching in a school in Crawley. The following year, my family and I moved to Woking to be nearer to other family. I then taught in a school in Woking for 3 years. During this time I also had another child – a girl this time! In January 2012, I came to QE for the first time! After the summer I spent time working in a village school in Chobham where I had lots of busy and exciting roles! However, I enjoyed my time at QE so much that when the opportunity came up to come back to QE, I couldn’t pass it up and am very pleased to be working here once again.
I am now in my second year at Queen Eleanor’s after graduating from my PGCE course at Kingston University. Before this I undertook a degree in Geography, a subject that I am extremely interested in. I am a born and bred Guildfordian and am very grateful to be working in a school which I know and admire. My interests include arts and crafts, shopping and going to the cinema. My real passion is baking and I enjoy baking treats ranging from cakes to cookies in my free time. One of my ambitions is to host a cookery club for children in the future.
After training at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham, I began my teaching career at St. Dunstan’s Middle School, Woking, teaching a year 4 class. It was a very welcoming school and I remained there for 5 years, before leaving to raise my children. I returned to teaching as a supply teacher and was soon offered a part time post at QE. Queen Eleanor’s was still a middle school at this time and my first class was a Year 7 class. Since then I have had the pleasure of teaching every year group in the school and am currently a Year 6 teacher, sharing a class with Mr Day. Outside of school I have a variety of interests, which include walking, travelling, reading and singing.
To be confirmed.
To be confirmed.