Meet the Team

Leadership Team

Anna Catlin

Anna Catlin

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 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.

Aimee Bulman

Aimee Bulman

Senco & Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion

I absolutely love my job at Wensum and Nelson. I have been teaching for 14 years and recently gained my National Award for SEN Co-ordination. I live with my husband, two lovely boys and three cats, Mabel, George and Jeff! Out of work, I sing in a band and spend time with my wonderful friends and family. I enjoy the cinema, days at the beach and Interior design. I believe that teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, every day is different with so many exciting things to learn and explore.

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 just over 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!"

Teaching Team

Amy

Amy Sayles

Teacher

Hello, my name is Amy and I teach in Reception at Nelson Infant School. I have been teaching for 16 years and recently joined the EYFS team.   I am a mummy of 3 small children so life can be quite hectic.

I love reading (especially Jane Austen and Harry Potter books), going to the theatre, drinking cups of tea in front of the fire and chatting with friends over a large piece of cake. As a family we enjoy walking, going to the beach, swimming and going on holiday.

Angharad While

Angharad While

Teacher

Hello, I'm Angharad and I've recently qualified as a teacher after spending 5 years enjoying being a TA. Working with children is so rewarding and being able to support them and watch them as they grow is a privilege to be a part of. Outside of school I love exploring the outdoors, in particular going hiking and lots of wild swimming!

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.

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!

Kelly Hipperson

Kelly Hipperson

Teacher

Hi I'm Kelly and I am currently the Year 2 teacher in Cherry Class.
Outside of school I love watching films, listening to music and going out to watch live music.
I am a big 'Bake Off' fan! Although my cooking skills are not as good! I do enjoy baking though.
I am mum to 2 small children so my time out of school is usually rather busy but I love it!

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 Year 1. 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!

Ruby Jaye Wood

Ruby-Jaye Wood

Teacher

Hi, my name is Ruby-Jaye and I’m one of the Year 2 teachers here at Nelson. I have recently qualified as a teacher and I am super excited to begin my career at Nelson Infant School!  

I am half Norwegian and was raised in London, I moved to Norwich 6 years ago to study Fine Art and fell in love with the city so I ended up staying.  

Outside of school I am really into art, particularly sculptures, and enjoy visiting galleries and exhibitions when possible. I also love camping, travelling, spending my weekends outdoors and going on long walks or cycles around the Norfolk coastline and countryside.

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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.

Zoe Brown

Zoe Brown

Apprentice Teacher

Hello, I am Zoe, and I am a trainee teacher at Nelson Infant School, I have spent all of my adult life working with children, and I love to watch them grow and develop, whilst having fun doing so! I have a degree in Children’s Care Learning and Development and I am currently doing my teacher training with Nelson. In my spare time, I like to draw and I also own a lot of rescued animals, so I have a lot of little furry and scaly creatures to look after! I am very caring and I like to keep myself busy! 
I am looking forward to my time at Nelson, helping the children become the best they can be!

Teaching Assistants

Alison Butcher

Alison Butcher

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I'm Alison and I work in Reception. I have worked in early years for over 10 years and have a degree in early childhood. I love working in early years because I get to have fun everyday while helping children to make new discoveries.

I am a mum to Phoebe and Isaac and we love going to the beach, the woods and camping.

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!.

Caitlin King

Caitlin King

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Caitlin and I am a Level 2 qualified TA apprentice.I love working with children and providing guidance as they show such creativity and enthusiasm through their learning.
I absolutely love supporting them on their journey here at Nelson infant. It is wonderful to see children grow and become independent throughout their time in school. It is a great honour and privilege to work alongside children and the staff they have here at Nelson. I am very passionate about children's education and being part of the team.
Outside school, I am a regular adult who loves roller skating and I have been skating for about 16 years now. Other than roller skating, I shall put all my energy into helping children with their education and in my free time study. 

Courtney Walker

Courtney Walker

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Courtney and I work as an apprentice teaching assistant at Nelson infant school. I have only just recently started my journey working as a teaching assistant and working at Nelson Infant School is helping me to develop and grow within the job role . I enjoy working at Nelson so much, all the staff and children are so inviting, and I absolutely love watching the children develop into amazing people and it is so rewarding to see. I can’t wait to carry on supporting the children with their journey at Nelson Infant. 

Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with my family and friends.

Gina Dive

Gina Dive

HLTA (all years)

Hello, my name is Gina and I’m really excited to be joining the team at Nelson Infants as a mostly outdoor based HLTA. I will be specialising in Forest School and gardening but also hope to bring other learning such as Art and Phonics outdoors!

I previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for 12 years at a junior school before training as a Forest School leader 8 years ago and then spending the last 4 at an Outdoor Nursery as an Early Years Practitioner.

I believe that connection to the natural world is the most important gift we can give our children, especially during these challenging times. It strengthens their love for learning, gives a sense of belonging, wellbeing and freedom to be themselves.

Outside work, I love to enjoy family time and potter around my garden. I am married with 2 grown-up daughters and a 16 year old son.

Iris Dive

Iris Dive

Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Iris and I'm a teaching assistant for Cherry Class at Nelson Infant school. I previously worked at Wensum Junior school but have recently joined the Nelson team and I love it! I love working as a TA and seeing my pupils achieve wonderful and new things everyday!

I've lived in Norwich my whole life and also went to the art university here and do lots of creative things outside of school. Some of my other interests include, watching films, going out dancing and cooking!

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.

Kaylee McAllister

Kaylee McAllister

Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Kaylee and I started off doing a kickstart placement for 6 months at Nelson infant school and I enjoyed it so much. I got offered a teaching assistant apprenticeship after my 6 months was up so I took the offer very happily. Working at Nelson so far has truly been amazing everyone is so kind and respectful. Being able to Support the children at Nelson on their journey is so incredible to see and watching them grow, achieve, have confidence and become independent is wonderful. Being a teaching assistant is a goal I would love to achieve as it’s my dream job.

Libby Chapman

Libby Chapman

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I'm Libby and I am so excited to be working in Reception class at Nelson Infant School. I have many years experience working in schools and feel very privileged to work alongside so many amazing children.

I live with my husband, 19 year old daughter, Honey our dog and Tinker the cat! I love spending time with my family and friends and have a twin sister!

My most favourite hobby ever is reading but I also love watching musicals, singing and playing the piano.
I cannot wait to support your fantastic children and am sure we will have a brilliant journey together.

Lauren Chamber

Lauren Chamber

Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m an apprentice teaching assistant in Reception. I feel in love with working with children during my six-month kickstart placement at Nelson and I was lucky enough to be offered an apprenticeship!

Outside of school I love to spend time with my partner and our animals. I adore musicals and going for walks around my favourite places with my favourite people.

Amy Mann

Leo Wallis

Teaching Assistant & After School Club (all years)

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!

Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards

Teaching Assistant

Hello! My name is Becky and I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception. I feel like the luckiest person in the world as I love my job - working with children is so rewarding and it is a privilege to support them as they achieve and grow! Their curiosity and intrigue to explore and learn with such openness every single day is absolutely amazing, and it inspires me to do the same. In my spare time, I love all-year-round sea swimming, exploring the beautiful Norfolk countryside with our two nature-loving girls, playing the drums, and watching live music.

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Debbie Buxton

Debbie Buxton

Parent Support Advisor

My name is Debbie Buxton, I am the Parent Support Advisor at Nelson Infant school. I previously worked as a PSA in another school for 12 years. I works alongside the Safeguarding Leads in the school and aim to bridge the gap between the parents and the school.
Having been a single parent and then a Step-mum, I understand there are sometimes issues and worries that you might not have family or friends that you want to discuss with.
You are welcome to come see me in school, to enjoy activities in the Orchard room or just for a cup of tea and a chat.
I have five children, two are mine and three are step-children, all have which have grown up and left home but I also have three lovely grandchildren.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, crocheting, felting, gardening and colouring. At weekends I enjoy the beach - any weather, with my Husband and our dog Peppa.
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

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.

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.

Midday Supervisor Team

Amina Rony

Amina Rony

MSA

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.

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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.

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!