Meet the Team

Leadership Team

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Victoria McConnell

Headteacher

I passionately believe I have one of the best jobs in the world! As school staff, we are lucky enough to spend our days investigating and finding answers to amazing questions alongside your brilliant children.

As a teacher, I know that children are more than just the score they can achieve in a test but wonderful individuals who we work alongside to help guide them into a happy, healthy and safe future as honest kind and respectful individuals. These young people are our future and already have a strong voice which should be listened to!

I have been teaching for ages in both London and Norfolk.

Out of work I am a wife and mother of three. I have a degree in music, I absolutely love to travel (especially to hot locations serving delicious spicy food) and have a passion for gardening. I (think) I have a good sense of humour and I am an absolutely terrible dancer (although it pains me to admit it).

I am incredibly proud to be the head teacher of both Wensum Junior and Nelson Infant schools and I am committed to serve this community to the best of my ability.

Anna Catlin

Anna Catlin

Assistant Headteacher

I really love my job at Nelson and Wensum. I am immensely proud of our children and all the amazing staff who approach every day with enthusiasm. I am passionate about the Thrive Approach and recently became a Licensed Thrive Trainer.

Outside school, I am mum to Ella and Pearl, partner to Toby, daughter to Denise and Kev, a big sister to Rosa, granddaughter to Eddie, owner of Teddy the British Shorthair cat and more recently Franklin the American Staff puppy! I love dancing in the kitchen with my girls, working on macramé projects and hanging out with family and friends (when we’re allowed!). Being outside when it is warm makes me and my family really happy, we also love swimming in the river, bike rides and watching movies. I believe in being honest with children, and that time, relationship and connection are the most important elements of being a parent and teacher.

Frankie

Frankie

Hi everyone, I'm Frankie!

I joined Nelson Infant school in February this year. I am a cross-breed – part sausage dog/bulldog/staff.

I am less than a year old and I am super-friendly, very used to children as my owner Anna has two - I am their family pet!

I have been highly receptive to training; I've been well-socialised and toilet trained.

I love my new important role at Nelson Infant School. During the day I am based in the SLT Office – returning home with Anna the school day is over. When I am being walked around the school, or in classrooms, I wear a muzzle and I'm on a short lead. I visit pupils in their classrooms, spending time in every class, and for some, thrive time, reading and group play sessions - It's lots of fun!

"What do you get if you cross a maths lesson and a dog? - A friend you can count on!"

Hannah Howard

Hannah Howard

Assistant Headteacher

I am so lucky to work at Nelson, it is such a wonderful place to be- the children and staff are warm, fun and friendly. I am passionate about working with children and developing the whole child. I am involved in developing the fabulous curriculum at Nelson and am determined to make the children’s learning engaging and purposeful. I love my job. I recognise the importance of providing a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment that brings opportunities for each child to make those essential steps in life.

When not at work, I love spending time with my family. I have two children - Sergio and Maya and my husband. Our latest addition to our family is a crazy, bouncy golden retriever named River (luckily she loves the water!). As a family we love spending our time outside, whatever the weather, whether it’s climbing trees in the woods or paddling in the sea in winter. Swimming, reading and dancing are other pastimes I enjoy. As well as spending time with my family I do love to escape to my yoga hut in the back garden as much as I can. I strongly believe in creating secure, caring relationships with the children I work with and my own – the importance of listening and ‘being there’ is invaluable.

Teaching Team

Natalie Adamson

Natalie Adamson

Teacher

Awaiting Information

Lara Harrey

Lara Harrey

Teacher

Hi! My name is Lara and I am the EYFS Lead at Nelson Infant School. I have been a teacher for 15 years (teaching classes from Y7-Reception) and, after joining the Reception team at my previous school 5 years ago, I quickly realised how fantastic teaching children in Early Years really is. Since then, I haven’t looked back! I am passionate about supporting children to become independent learners and instil a life-long love of learning.

I am a mum of 3 grown-up children and a Special Guardian to my wonderful niece. I also have two mischievous cats who always cause much delight at home. I love relaxing with a good book in front of the fire and going to music venues to watch live bands – the noisier the better!

Catherine Lincoln

Catherine Lincoln

Teacher

Hello! My name is Catherine. I am one of the Year 1 teachers. I have been teaching for six years and have always been in Year 1. I am particularly interested in maths and mathematical learning in the Early Years. When not at school I enjoy long distance walking, knitting, growing vegetables, cooking and slow urban cycling. I live with my husband, three slightly wild children and a dog. 

Charlie Marshall

Charlie Marshall

Teacher

Hello, I’m Charlie. I’ve been an Early Years teacher for eleven years and I’m currently teaching in Year 1 at Nelson. Before qualifying as a teacher I worked as a teaching assistant in a first school and a room leader in a daycare nursery.

I enjoy helping children to become independent learners; encouraging them to seek out answers to things they are curious about. I’ve found children love to learn about animals, anything food related and gross things, so I always try to incorporate these into the planning!

Outside of school I enjoy taking a stroll in the woods or on the beach with my family. I have two young boys who love to explore nature and usually end up covered in mud!

Heather Milliken

Heather Milliken

Teacher

Hi I’m Heather and I have been teaching for 13 years. Before starting my job at Nelson Infant school I taught at Wensum Junior School for 6 years. I am very lucky to have taught across both schools as they are such lovely places to be.

I am passionate about supporting children with their learning and the importance of providing a caring, safe and supportive learning environment. I love my job as each day brings something different where I get to explore, learn and have fun alongside the children.

Outside of school I am a mum to Jacob and partner to James. We have two dogs a Golden Retriever called Max and a Jack Russell cross Lhasa Apso called Holly. I love spending time with my family and anyone that knows me will tell you I am a huge Disney fan! I enjoy travelling (sometimes to see Mickey) and going on new adventures.

Charlotte Powley

Charlotte Powley

Teacher

Hi, I’m Charlotte and I am a Year 1 teacher at Nelson Infant School. I have been teaching for nearly 10 years. I have a background in Early Years and KS1. I love teaching infants because I get to explore, learn and have fun alongside the children.

I have a creative background and I love reading (especially Harry Potter). I enjoy being in the great outdoors, walking and being around trees. I love sitting in coffee shops and chatting with friends.

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Tasha Read

Teacher

Hello I am Tasha, I teach in EYFS at Nelson Infant School.
I have had various job roles throughout my life including writing for the local newspaper, working in a TV studio and I spent a few years as a Teaching Assistant in a local infant school.
I have now been teaching for eight years. I studied to become a teacher whilst bringing up my two daughters who are now 22 and 17 years old.
I LOVE my job and it is the best career move I have ever made. I have a passion for Early Years teaching and I love to spend time helping children to explore their ideas and encourage their creativity.
In my spare time I enjoy arts and crafts, walking, reading and spending time with my family and friends.

Louise Richardson

Louise Richardson

Teacher

Hi - I’m Lou. I have been teaching at Nelson Infant School since April 2020. Prior to that, I spent five years teaching at Wensum Junior and some time as an English Advisor in our trust schools. I really enjoy working as part of the school community and I’m passionate about providing our children with the best learning curriculum. I have recently completed my training as a National Oracy Lead and I am always looking for ways to support our children with the skills they need to become confident communicators.

I moved back to Norfolk in 2015, having spent 13 years teaching in Northamptonshire – during that time, I taught all year groups in primary. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family - I love walking, cycling and swimming. Although, lots of my spare time is spent on the football side lines supporting my son!

Ratna Sharma

Ratna Sharma

Teacher

Hello I'm Ratna, I've been teaching for 20 years with the last 5 years here at Nelson Infant School. I have experience working with all age groups, including early years and I am currently working in Alternative Provision. Outside of school I love exploring the outdoors, listening to world music and cooking. I am also a qualified yoga teacher, something I look forward to restarting when the vaccine is rolled out!

Teaching Assistants

Rebecca Buxton

Rebecca Buxton

Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Becca and I absolutely love working with children because they show such great resilience and enthusiasm through their learning and I love being able to support them in their journey here at Nelson Infant. It is very rewarding to watch children explore, grow and develop a love of learning in different ways. I cannot wait to start this exciting adventure with you!

Amanda Bonura

Amanda Bonura

Teaching Assistant

I'm Amanda and I'm a teaching assistant. I'm a wife and mother to 2 children who both attended Nelson Infant and Wensum Junior school. I am so lucky I get to work with the amazing children that come to our school and the team is equally awesome. In my spare time I taxi my children to their various afterschool activities but I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my beautiful dog, playing games, reading and attempting to get fit!.

Dan Clucas

PE / Games Coach

Hi, I’m Dan. I’ve been working at Wensum for 4 years & Nelson for a year, as the sports coach. I’ve been coaching sport in schools for 10 years and enjoy the different skills I get to teach and watch the children progress. I also coach for a local swimming team in the evenings. In my spare time I love watching sport – my favourite sports to watch are cricket, rugby and football (apart from Norwich City FC). I also enjoy going for walks with my dog and spending time with my family.

Stephanie Cottington

Stephanie Cottington

Teaching Assistant

Hi! I'm Steph, and I thoroughly enjoy working here at Nelson Infant School. Here at Nelson, the environment is lovely and warm, and everyone is super friendly and welcoming. It's like one big family. I enjoy spending time with children, and supporting them in all aspects of their learning and seeing their enthusiasm and approach to learning is amazing. I love supporting children to develop into kind, and caring beings, and walk alongside them on their journey and forming positive relationships.

As a child, I too went to Nelson Infant. I have since taken many volunteering opportunities and completed an apprenticeship here with the amazing support of both the staff, and children.

Outside of school, I really enjoy reading a good book under a cosy duvet, baking, and scrapbooking. I also enjoy spending time with my 3 cats, specifically playing fetch with my ginger cat, who tends to cause a lot of trouble! I'm also a huge disney fan, which is a good conversation starter for many children! I look forward to working together on this adventure here at Nelson!

Gemma Goldspink

Gemma Goldspink

Teaching Assistant

My name is Gemma and I am a teaching assistant in year 1. I am married with two children and have been a part of the Nelson family for a few years now. My own children attended both the infant school and junior school and had very good experiences at both. I enjoy socialising (when allowed), swimming, walking and reading in my spare time.

Elena Humphry

Elena Humphry

Teaching Assistant

Hello, I'm Elena. I'm not very happy about writing about myself as it's not one of my skills!

I became a teaching assistant in 2015, joining Wensum Junior in 2016 and moving down to Nelson Infants in early 2020. I love working in these schools where the focus ensures the children are not only educated but are at the centre of everything we do. Everyday, I am awed by the way children's minds work and how deeply they think about things.

Beyond work, my main focus is on the people in my life. I am married and have a son who is due to start school this year - hopefully at Nelson. We love playing games and going for walks - though we have to compromise between going to the beach or the woods nearly every time. A year doesn't feel complete with doing some camping and travelling to visit friends and family who live elsewhere in the country. There are many things in life I still hope to learn to do well - at the moment I am attempting to get good at gardening, playing guitar, and being fitter.

Emma Kingsley

Emma Kingsley

Teaching Assistant

My name is Emma and I began working as a Pupil Specific TA 10 years ago now after many years of working with children in early years settings. I began at Nelson Infant School as a TA in September 2016 where I have worked in year 1 and am currently based in year 2. 

I love working with children! I really enjoy supporting their learning and helping to boost their confidence and self-esteem which I feel is paramount for children to feel safe, happy and able to learn. It is truly wonderful to see children get excited about their learning and see their motivation when they are doing well at something!  At school I’m currently training to be a Thrive Practitioner to be able to deliver 1-1 sessions across the year group. 

Having moved up from Cornwall 20 years ago, Norwich is very much my second home now. I have two teenage children aged 13 and 17 years. When I’m not working, I enjoy art, adult ballet and baking as well as lots of walks and visits to the beach whenever possible!

Amy Mann

Amy Mann

Forest School Leader

Awaiting Information

Zoe Pritchard

Zoe Pritchard

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I'm Zoë, I've worked as a ta at Nelson for around 15/16 years! I have three children age 22, 15 and 7. The youngest currently attends Nelson and is looking forward to moving to Wensum this year.
I have lots of hobbies, one of which is collecting Lego, which goes down really well as a talking point with the children in my class as it makes me look cool haha!
I love cooking, listening to music, watching movies and playing in the woods.

Katie Reynolds

Katie Reynolds

Teaching Assistant

My name is Katie and I love working with children because it is incredibly rewarding to see them develop and grow and I love their endless energy and resilience to life and exploring new things. I love supporting children to enjoy their learning and time at school and motivating them to learn and explore more. In my spare time I enjoy hand embroidering, going for long walks and spending time with my family.

Jamie Lee Millman

Jamie-Lee Millman

Teaching Assistant

I have recently returned to Nelson Infant after being at Wensum Junior school as Teaching assistant since September and I was previously an MSA at Nelson and volunteered whilst I completed my Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course. I’m near the end of my Level 3 and have fallen in love with working in education! I have a son in year 1 at Nelson, and instantly admired the atmosphere of teaching and knew I wanted to be part of the team.  I studied acting previously and adore performing, I also enjoy crafts and colouring!

Jamie Lee Millman

Jamie-Lee Millman

Teaching Assistant

I have recently returned to Nelson Infant after being at Wensum Junior school as Teaching assistant since September and I was previously an MSA at Nelson and volunteered whilst I completed my Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning course. I’m near the end of my Level 3 and have fallen in love with working in education! I have a son in year 1 at Nelson, and instantly admired the atmosphere of teaching and knew I wanted to be part of the team.  I studied acting previously and adore performing, I also enjoy crafts and colouring!

Sacha

Sacha Slater

Teaching Assistant

Pastoral Team

Zowie Glen

Zowie Glen

Parent Support Advisor

Hi, I’m Zowie.

Currently working in my 17th year at WJS as Parent Support Advisor.

Prior to this role I was a Teaching Assistant for 11 years; so I have worked with many children and families from the community across the years.

As a child, I attended Wensum Junior School too.

It’s a special place, that I’m fortunate to say has been a big part of my life for a very long time.

Away from work, my other happy place is with my two children, who are 14 and 9.

We enjoy walks along the beach, bowling, baking (& eating the baking!), playing games and watching films together.

I can be contacted by email on zglen@wensum.norfolk.sch.uk

Office Team

Carly Green

Carly Green

Administrator

Hi, my name is Carly. I have worked at Nelson Infant school as office administrator for 7 years. I also have a teaching assistant diploma so on occasion; have been found in the classroom too!
Prior to that I worked in finance & for the NHS.
I am passionate about my job and love the variety of work that it entails and the range of people I meet and work alongside.
Outside of school, my family and I enjoy long walks in the great outdoors (usually followed by a hot chocolate).
I have a keen interest in history, baking and have recently enrolled on a British Sign Language diploma course.

Brenda Moore

Brenda Moore

Office Manager/Secretary

I’m Brenda, the schools office manager/secretary.
I trained as an assistant accountant before having a family. Both our daughters attended Nelson First school which is how I first became involved with Nelson. I started as a volunteer, after a year was employed (I have worked here for over 30 years) as a one to one specialist teaching assistant and office assistant. I became the school secretary 14 years ago.
Nelson is my second family, it is such a friendly, secure, welcoming environment to everyone. I am very passionate about Nelson and love my job, it’s a honour to say I work here. I have worked with and met so many wonderful people.
Out of school I like to spend as much time as I can with our family, holidays, theatre, eating out!!! Christmas time I help with the children in the pantomime at the Theatre Royal.

Midday Supervisor Team

Kelly Butler

Kelly Butler

MSA

My name is Kelly and I love flamingos. They are my favourite animal! I enjoy getting lost in a good book when I have a chance and taking photos of beautiful scenery on walks. I'm currently doing a Teaching Assistant course and hope that in the near future that is what I will be doing.

Teresa Howard

Teresa Howard

MSA

Hi my name is Teresa and I'm part of the MSA team at nelson.
I also do a bit of volunteering work in Reception.
Outside school I'm a mum of 3 boys they have all attended Nelson and Wensum and the oldest is now at high school.
In my spare time I like to spend it with my family, doing a bit of baking and keeping fit in the gym . I enjoy working at Nelson alongside the staff and amazing children.

Renee Jacques

Renee Jacques

MSA & After School Club Co-Ordinator

I'm Renée, I am quite loud & bubbly, I really enjoy doing Macramè and I love Flamingos. My role is to manage the After School Club at Wensum Junior School where my son is in year 5.I am also an MSA at Nelson Infant School. If you see me make sure to say ‘Hi’.

James Penson

James Penson

MSA & After School Club Staff

Hi my name is James,
I'm part of the MSA team at Nelson, I also work at Wensum, where I help alongside the ASC where both my daughters are studying.
I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family also I enjoy searching for historical items with my metal detector.

Priya Ramaswamy

Priya Ramaswamy

MSA

Hi ,I am Priya, part of the MSA team at Nelson Infant School. I enjoy working here and it's wonderful to be part of a great team. I love cooking, reading and listening to music in my spare time.

Amina Rony

Amina Rony

MSA

Awaiting Information

Scott Sharman

Scott Sharman

MSA

Hi, I’m Scott and I started working here just before Halloween. Everyone has been great very welcoming. I’m a single dad, with both of my daughters now in high school. I like reading, gaming and painting Warhammer 40k miniatures.

Laura Spinks

Laura Spinks

MSA & After School Club Staff

Hi, my name is Laura I'm an MSA at Nelson and also work at Wensum at their after-school club. I have 2 children, my daughter attended Nelson school and currently at Wensum in year 6.My son is studying at Norwich city college.

Out of school I enjoy Zumba which is a great way to keep fit and have fun, I have attended Zumba events raising money for DKMS.

I am a Norwich city supporter and enjoy cross stitch.

Saba Zghair

Saba Zghair

MSA

Hello My name is Saba, I'm part of the MSA team at Nelson ,I really love working at Nelson Infant School. After working for an organisation called SAVE THE CHILDREN, I realised how fantastic working at primary schools is and how children can be influential figures in society. I am so passionate about supporting children and encouraging them to achieve their goals within the educational setting. I am a mum of 2 lovely children who are my world! I love reading novels & poetry along with other hobbies such as running, playing volleyball, football & home decoration.

Site Team

Ady Wenn

Ady Wenn

Caretaker

Hello I’m Ady, caretaker at Nelson Infant School. I am married with one son who is now at high school. I thoroughly enjoy camping holidays and spending time with family and friends (when allowed). I also enjoy live Theatre. I stage manage for a local theatre company where I was previously the building manager on the management committee and company stage manager for close to ten years. I also turned my hand to set design and construction.

Prior to becoming Caretaker at Nelson, I worked in the print industry for over 30 years where I was a qualified Bookbinder. I love all genres of music from current chart to Scottish folk rock and everything in between!