We are a small, dedicated and hardworking team with four class teachers supported by a teaching headteacher, a sports coach and an Arts specialist. We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic range of support staff including friendly office staff, long-serving lunchtime supervisors, a knowledgable IT technician and various reliable volunteers.
Headteacher, SENDCo and DSL
MA, MEd, BMus(Hons), LTCL, LRSM, PGCE, NPQH, CertSENCo
This is my 7th year as Headteacher at Horsley. It’s a special place to be. There is a strong community and family feel about the school, founded upon our Christian identity. Teaching is a vocation and a calling; life thus tends to be busy, but outside of education I enjoy gardening and running. Travel is something of an obsession. I also have a strong interest in special educational needs and am forever completing courses of one kind or another.
Assistant Headteacher, Otters Class Teacher and DDSL
PGCE, BA (Hons), Cert in Personnel Practice and Level 1 FA Football Coaching
I am in my 15th year of teaching and have taught in a range of primary settings. I love teaching all age groups and all subjects. I am the English lead and love to discover new children's books. My specialisms are in P.E. and Computing and I run an after-school coding club for KS1 and KS2. One of my biggest loves is my cockerpoo, Ruby. We go on long walks in the countryside where I take photos, and she chases birds. I spend my free time keeping fit by group training and cycling.
Jo Everett B.Ed (Hons) Primary Education
Foxes Class Teacher
BEd (Hons) in Primary Education and Qualified Emotional Literacy Support Assistant
I am a teacher working in Foxes class which I thoroughly enjoy! I love being involved in all aspects of school life, including playing ‘The Funny looking Fairy’ in the School Christmas Pantomime production! Prior to this I had the pleasure of running ‘Horsley Baby & Toddlers Group’, as well as being Mummy to my three children, all of whom attend Horsley School. As a family we have tons of energy! We have many hobbies including caring for our many pets and renovating our new home in Nailsworth. Our favourite family pastime is cycling around the Forest of Dean.
Otters Class Teacher
BA (Hons) English Literature
I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was 5 years old and have loved my job ever since qualifying in 2005. I still wake up as excited to spend the day learning as I did on my very first day as a teacher. I enjoy learning outside and using my Forest School Qualification to support outdoor learning. I aim to ensure all children in my care learn the skills they need for their adventure in the big wide world. When I am not at school, I enjoy exploring the countryside with a picnic and a new book!
Wellbeing Teaching Assistant
BA (Hons) Mathematics with QTS, Foundation Diploma in Art &Design, Level 1 Cert Counselling Skills
I have been a teacher since 2001, and have worked in a variety of schools throughout that time. I love working with young people and one of my favourite places to be is in a classroom. I am happiest when wandering around Westonbirt Arboretum, or sitting in a coffee shop watching the world go by. I try to be creative wherever I can, and am an avid reader. I also enjoy running and yoga. I love visiting new places, and enjoyed a European tour for my fortieth birthday this Summer.
Badgers Class Teacher
BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTSI have always wanted to be a teacher, I used to register my teddies and give my friends Maths problems to solve. I qualified as a teacher in 1996 and enjoyed working in primary and middle schools for 13 years. I have also worked as a childminder. I fell in love with Horsley Playgroup when my eldest child was there. In 2017 I was lucky enough to become the playgroup manager, a role I still relish to this day. I am very excited to be working as a primary school teacher again.. In my spare time I enjoy camping, hiking and the seaside and when I can combine all 3 I’m very happy.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, PGCE
I qualified as an art teacher in 1998 from Homerton College Cambridge. I have fine art degree from Aberystwyth University having specialised in print making. I was Head of Art at Nottingham High School until my daughter was born. I began teaching at Horsley when we relocated to the village in 2015 and my daughters Isobel and Cassandra started at the school. I also run Art Adventurers after school clubs as well as local workshops in the school time. Since moving to the area I have learned to needle felt and enjoy every kind of art and craft activity in my spare time.
Badgers Class Teacher
BA (Hons), PGCE (Primary 5-11yrs), PGCE (SENCO), PG Cert Childhood and Early Years
For over 20 years I have had the privilege of being a class teacher across all the primary age groups as well as supporting children and their families with SEND. Helping children to be successful, confident and happy at school makes teaching a truly special career. My family and I moved to the area in 2022 and we very quickly felt welcomed and part of the school and local community. When not at school I can be found pottering in my garden, reading in a cosy chair with a nice cup of tea and exploring this beautiful part of the world with my dogs.
B.Ed (Hons), Cert in Counselling Skills, MA/Diploma in non-directive Play Therapy
I originally come from a primary teaching background, teaching in my home city of Birmingham (bostin’!) for many years, before relocating to this area. Having worked at Horsley Playgroup and School for several years in various roles, I have now taken on this new role: a job which I thoroughly enjoy for its varied and broad demands, as well as the daily contact with both children and parents. In my spare time, I love to cycle, read, swim and sing, as well as spending time with my family.
Teaching Assistant and HLTA
Firstly, I love teaching and have been a HLTA / TA for over 20 years. Being at Horsley, in the classroom, surrounded by children eager to learn is a privilege and joy. I have worked in a few schools across Early Years, KS1 and KS2 and am currently working within Owls class. When I’m not at school, I love spending time with family and friends, visiting France, and nipping off in the camper van. Living in this lovely area, I also enjoy: being outdoors, walking the dog and listening to live music when I can.
I knew I wanted to have a job in education since I was nine years old, and I have loved every moment of being in the classroom since I graduated in 2014. Outside of school, I enjoy being part of the Girl Guides and currently help run a Brownie Unit. Another place you will find me is on the Stage; I have been part of an amateur dramatics group for over half my life and thoroughly enjoy taking part in a pantomime and play each year, with some of my favourite parts to play being Aladdin and Michelle from 'Allo 'Allo.
I trained as a secondary school teacher many moons ago, but soon realised I preferred working with younger children. Since then, I have worked as a Childminder, in an Outdoor Kindergarten and as a Teaching Assistant and I have loved every minute of it! Seeing children progress and shine is such a privilege. I have 2 children of my own (6 and 8 years old) who keep me quite busy, but when I have time, I love being outdoors (camping, walking, cycling or foraging), cooking and sewing.
I've always wanted a career working with children. In 2011, I completed a childcare course at Stroud College. I started working as a Teaching Assistant and Play Worker straight away. I have always enjoyed working in a school and out of school club. For the last ten years I have worked with Key Stage 1, but enjoy working with a variety of ages. My Gramp was born and raised in Horsley, and I still have family connections here.
I have worked in education for the last 27 years, starting off in a playgroup setting and then moving on to a special needs school. While there, I worked in both primary and secondary phases.
When not working, you will find me at the side of a rugby or cricket pitch, walking my two dogs, or in the kitchen cooking for my family and friends.
I have worked in a variety of roles in local schools and colleges and as an early years practitioner for over 20 years, and was born and raised in the local area. In my spare time I love to grow vegetables and spend time with my family and pets. Horsley is an amazing place and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work here.
Lunchtime Supervisor and Wraparound Care Leader
I have lived in Horsley for 34 years and counting, and am in my 16th year as a lunchtime supervisor. I am also the leader of the school's breakfast club. My eldest daughter and her eldest daughter (my granddaughter) attended Horsley School. I love my job and look forward to coming to school every day.
I worked in advertising for almost 20 years before I married and moved to Horsley to start a family. We lived in Texas for three years but returned to the UK so both our children could attend Horsley School. I started volunteering in 2001 then became a member of staff in 2008, initially supporting children with reading and lunchtime supervision and more recently as admin assistant. I also volunteer at Horsley shop and help to produce the two village magazines. In my spare time I am most happy at home being mum and wife but also like foreign travel and sport – especially Formula One.