Update on School Development Priorities and some changes in roles


St Peter’s was designated a Teaching School in June last year.  This was a very exciting development and a real badge of honour for us.  It will provide many opportunities for our children and our staff and also ensures that children’s outcomes are high because we have, and will continue to attract, high quality staff.

There are 750 Teaching Schools across the country and they have three main roles:

  • To train new teachers
  • To provide professional development opportunities for teachers and teaching assistants
  • To support other schools where this is requested

This work has kept some of the school team busy over the last term and to date we have supported the training of 6 new teachers in local schools, providing training opportunities for over 850 members of staff and also supported four schools in their improvement journey.  This is of course in addition to the work of running a large and successful primary school.


When the school was designated a Teaching School I was also designated a National Leader of Education with an expectation that I would be involved in work in other local schools for up to one day per week.  For the rest of this year I will be using this time to support primary work in Lighthouse Schools Partnership (our own multi Academy Trust) as it grows and develops.

As a Teaching school we receive additional money from the government to support us in this work and we are also able to charge other schools for work we do.  This means that we have the opportunity to appoint more staff and buy more resources for our children.

In order to undertake all of this additional work the governors and senior staff have had to review roles and look at how we manage workload in school as well as the work beyond school.  Mrs Ashman is leading work on the Teaching School and is doing this for half of her working week. In order to create capacity in school and to cover some of the work that Mrs Ashman was originally doing the governors have appointed Mrs Battista as a second Acting Deputy Headteacher.  We are very pleased that we have been able to do this and especially because there will be occasional days when both Mrs Ashman and I are now out of school and this will also mean that there is still a senior member of staff on site.  Many of you will by now have also met Mr Payne – our new full time learning mentor- and he will also be taking on some of the work that Mrs Ashman used to do.  We are confident that this expanded team will mean that we are strengthening the work we do and adding to the overall expertise of the team.

There is no doubt that St Peter’s is now a very strong and successful school and we look forward to continued success as we develop as a Teaching School.

Who to Contact (and how!)


We are always keen to work with families to support children at St Peter’s. We are a large school with a lot of staff – all with different responsibilities. The following chart should help you contact the person who is best placed to help you:






Any initial concerns about learning, behavior, friendships etc.


Classteachers spend the most time with your child and so are the best people to speak to.

In person or by phone.

If you need to book an appointment, please do so via the welcome desk (staff are not available after school on Wednesdays and Fridays). 


Teachers are not always available during the day as they are teaching.

Phase Leaders


Mrs Nash (FS)

Mrs Battista (KS1)

Miss Napier

(Years 3 and 4)

Mr Eustace

 (Years 5 and 6)

For any issues that have not been resolved by classteachers.


Phase leaders have time out of class once a week so it may take up to a week for them to reply.

In person, by phone or email:


Foundation Stage:   Kelly Nash    


Year 1 and 2: Catrin Bastista


Year 3and 4: Jemima Napier


Year 5 and 6: Tim Eustace




Mr Payne



Pastoral support

In person or by phone.

Mrs Ashman



General school issues

In person or by phone.

Mrs Battista

General school issues

Any issues that have not been resolved by phaseleaders.

In person or by phone.

Mrs Roberts

Any issues that you feel have not been resolved by other staff in the school or that you do not want to discuss with another member of staff.

In person or by phone.