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Colston's Primary School A Co-operative Academy

Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together

Meet the staff!

On this page of our website, you can find all of our teacher alongside what areas of the curriculum they are involved in as well as a little but about them!

Alex Bell- This is an amazing place to be Head Teacher. I joined the school in January 2016 and I can honestly say that I am loving it. The tangible sense of community at Colston’s is what makes it special. Everyone here wants the very best for our children and we all work extremely hard and do our utmost to ensure we are providing an amazing experience for each and every one of them. I have been a Head Teacher for nearly 10 years now and when I get time I enjoy supporting Arsenal, cooking, reading, wild swimming and relaxing!

Seth Insall- I am now in my tenth year at Colston’s Primary School and love working in this friendly, supportive community. I originally trained as an infant teacher in Liverpool but since arriving at Colston’s have taught across key stage two. This year I will be teaching 6JO on alternate Fridays  as well as  pursuing  my leadership role in school. I currently lead on safeguarding, CPD and assessment as well as co-ordinating the work of the family support team. Out of school I love football, walking and travelling to new places.

Lucy Welsford- I have been at Colston’s Primary School for 15 years.   I am Deputy Head teacher and SENDCO.  I work between both sites and do some teaching in Kingfisher class (year 1).   Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my children and trying to cook new recipes (some work out better than others!).

Steve Higgins- My first placement of my teacher training was in Year 2 at Colston's; the following year I started as a Year 6 teacher.  Since then I have taught in Year 2, Year 1 and, currently, Reception.  I love the creativity and life that is so abundant at school - there are never two days the same and always some fun to be had.  At home, my wife Anna and I have an amazing baby boy (6 months old at the time of writing) who keeps us on our toes. 

Alex Jarman- I have been teaching at Colston’s Primary School for over 200 years now and my meteoric rise to power has seen me claim my rightful position on the Assistant Head’s throne. Before teaching in Year 4 I taught in Year 2 and Year 6- this is due to the fact that during training I took a vow to only teach in even numbered year groups. I firmly believe that the children are our future- teach them well and let them lead the way. My hobbies are sighing and frowning.

Sarah Joseph- I am a Year 6 teacher and Assistant head at Colstons Primary.  I have been at Colston’s since September 2013 and I love working here!  As well as teaching Year 6, I lead maths and Years 5 and 6.  I do have a passion for maths but I also love art, meditation and swimming - especially in the sea!

 

Reception and Year 1 Teachers

Steve Higgins- My first placement of my teacher training was in Year 2 at Colston's; the following year I started as a Year 6 teacher.  Since then I have taught in Year 2, Year 1 and, currently, Reception.  I love the creativity and life that is so abundant at school - there are never two days the same and always some fun to be had.  At home, my wife Anna and I have an amazing baby boy (6 months old at the time of writing) who keeps us on our toes. 

Sophie Johns- I have been teaching for 5 years and have spent three of those years teaching Reception at Colston's Primary School. I feel privileged to be working with young children at such an important and exciting stage of their lives. I am also involved in the PSHE provision within the school and mentoring students who are training to teach in the Early Years. When I am not at school I love to have fun with my family!  

Emily Marsh- I have been at Colstons for 10 years and have just started my 11th Year in the same year group as when I started. As you can imagine a love teaching Reception! When not at school I love to cook and try to make the star bake from GBBO. I also love reading a good book preferably on a hot beach somewhere.

Fiona Wasiewics- I was lucky enough to do two of my teacher training placements at Colston’s primary so I am very excited to be back teaching in Reception. I love the early year’s curriculum and really enjoy being part of such an exciting time in children’s learning and development. When I am not at school, I enjoy gluten free baking and contemporary dance.

Emmeline Smith- Before coming to Colston's a few years ago I taught in South Glos and before that was a music teacher and freelance cellist. I love singing and playing the piano and run the choir and lots of singing assemblies at school. I'm also now joint literacy leader at Colston's and am responsible for coordinating reading, phonics and teaching English as an additional language. When I'm not at school I'm usually watching rugby, running, or downhill mountain biking with my three boys.

Susie Lyon-I have been at Colston's Primary on and off for almost 12 years now, as well as attending as a child! I am loving working in year 1 this year but also enjoy covering other classes as I get to know all the children in the school and see them progress. I have just become involved with PE at the school, as it is something I regard as essential to our children's health and well being. Out of school (apart from looking after my 3 boys) I play netball, coach football, enjoy running and am a black belt in Taekwan-Do. I am also passionate about children learning different languages and speak Spanish fluently. 

Mike Reddecliff- This is my 3rd year at Colston’s but my 11th as a teacher! Previous careers include landscape gardener, lifeguard and BBC researcher, but teaching is the noisiest. I’m currently enjoying my first year teaching Year 1 and lead the Wider Curriculum team in subjects such as RE, PSHE and Topic. When not at school I try to keep up with my 3 year old…

Gemma Streat- I have been working at Colston's since September 2016. I really enjoy teaching literacy and doing singing and drama role-play to enhance children's understanding of stories. My big passions outside of school are acting, music, cooking and travelling. I am really happy to be in Bristol after moving here from Manchester!

 

Years 2 and 3 Teachers

Duncan Brett- I am now going into my fifth year at Colstons, and my third teaching in year 2. It is an age group that I really enjoy and I especially relish teaching my classes songs that link to our learning. Most of these, I write myself or even better with my classes. Before starting at Colstons, I was a secondary school MFL teacher and now lead that subject here. Outside of school, I love spending time with my new baby daughter and my family in general. I am also a keen runner and photographer.

Emily Young- I am relatively new to Colston’s Primary School, having started in September 2015 after teaching in Milton Keynes for many years. The children in my class learn that I love stories and always have a go at singing, drawing and making things! In school I support the Computing provision and help to run the Coding Club for the Key Stage 2 children. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking in the countryside, visiting new places both here and abroad and reading.

Alan Thomson- I have been at Colston’s for 5 years and I am now looking forward to working with year three for the first time.  I hope to bring my interest in music into the classroom and perhaps write some songs with the children!  Having been the PE coordinator for the last few years, I hope to instil in the children an understanding of the importance of an active lifestyle.  I am currently joint literacy coordinator - in charge of SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and writing.  When I am not in school I spend most of my time with my young family but also enjoy playing golf, football, creating music and watching the Great British Bake Off.

Dawn Arbrey- I have been at Colston’s for 18 years, initially as a special needs support assistant and for the last 7 years as a class teacher.  Each year I look forward to meeting and getting to know all the new children and their families that I will be working with.  My teaching passion is numeracy and I am part of the numeracy curriculum at Colston’s.  In my leisure time, I am a keen gardener and traveller to relaxing, sunny destinations.

Jackie Randall- I have been teaching at Colston’s for 35 years, mainly in Key Stage 2.  Having been here for such a long time I am now teaching children of some of the children I have previously taught and it is lovely to see old familiar faces.  My teaching interest is in the Arts and I particularly enjoy teaching music.  Currently, I am responsible for the library which has been an exciting new challenge.  In my leisure time, I enjoy being part of a choir, going to the theatre and reading.

Sam Williams- I’m starting my 5th year at Colston’s and I’m very proud to be a member of staff here. I work part-time and currently I am teaching in 3RW for 3 days a fortnight while the other 3 days are spend supporting SEND children in years 2 – 6, alongside Mrs Welsford and the rest of the SEND team. I also facilitate the School Council which is a role I really enjoy. Outside of school, I try to spend as much time as possible outdoors with my family.

Year 4, 5 and 6 Teachers

Alex Jarman- I have been teaching at Colston’s Primary School for over 200 years now and my meteoric rise to power has seen me claim my rightful position on the Assistant Head’s throne. Before teaching in Year 4 I taught in Year 2 and Year 6- this is due to the fact that during training I took a vow to only teach in even numbered year groups. I firmly believe that the children are our future- teach them well and let them lead the way.  My hobbies are sighing and frowning.

Paul Wilson- Have been at the school for 20 yrs and over that time I have led subjects such as ICT, Art, swimming galas,  football and cricket clubs for year 5 and 6. I have also attended lots of year 5 and year 6 camps (about 17 in total) and am very much looking forward to my very first year 4 camp in October. Interests outside of school are spending time with my mum and my kids, swimming, playing squash, racquetball, tennis and supporting my son playing district and county cricket. Many thanks to my daughter for putting up with lots of travelling and a having a huge amount of patience! I also enjoy relaxing if I get a chance and of course, I love cooking and food (can you tell?). I also spend as much time as possible in Cornwall – thank goodness for the holidays!

David Millington- Currently a year 5 teacher, I have 15 incredible years of teaching experiences behind me (Yes, I really am that old!). This really is the best job in the world! I love the diverse nature of the job. One minute you're  discovering the non-Newtonian properties of alien slime and in the next you are embracing the lyrics of Survivor's  -Eye of the Tiger!My educational philosophy is simple - learning takes place when it is purposeful and fun.  As leader of the Creative Arts I have the additional responsibility of ensuring that our children have very rich experiences of music, drama, art and dance  during their time at Colston's. As a jazz trombonist and part-time caricature artist, I fully understand how exciting, rewarding and potentially life-changing involvement in these subjects can be. I am so excited that the school is currently working towards the prestigious Artsmark Gold award.

Emma Whittaker- I have been working at Colston’s Primary School for just over a year now in Year 5 and I oversee the school’s science provision. I have grown up loving music and dancing, and whilst I don’t get to dance so much these days, I still love to play my oboe and flute. Another interest of mine is travelling – my favourite place I have visited is Vietnam and I would love to get to see more of the world!

Sarah Joseph- I am a Year 6 teacher and Assistant head at Colstons Primary.  I have been at Colston’s since September 2013 and I love working here!  As well as teaching Year 6, I lead maths and Years 5 and 6.  I do have a passion for maths but I also love art, meditation and swimming - especially in the sea! 

Jack Jarman- I have been at Colston’s Primary School for nearly 3 years and I am really enjoying my first year in Year 6. I am particularly looking forward to our interesting topic work this year. Alongside this, I am involved in the both the ICT and e-safety provision at Colston’s. When I am not at school, I love to attempt to play football whilst also enjoying travelling to new and interesting places.

 

PPA Teachers

PPA is the Planning, Performance and Assessment time each Class Teacher spends away from the classroom. Julie McMahon also teaches 1 to 1 and Small Group Learning Support.

 

Susie Lyon-I have been at Colston's Primary on and off for almost 12 years now, as well as attending as a child! I am loving working in year 1 this year but also enjoy covering other classes as I get to know all the children in the school and see them progress. I have just become involved with PE at the school, as it is something I regard as essential to our children's health and well being. Out of school (apart from looking after my 3 boys) I play netball, coach football, enjoy running and am a black belt in Taekwan-Do. I am also passionate about children learning different languages and speak Spanish fluently. 

Julie McMahon- I first came to Colston’s 15 years ago . I have worked as a PPA teacher and in more recent years as an interventions teacher, which I am very passionate about. Before teaching at Colston’s I  taught, as a classroom teacher, at a number of Bristol primary schools and in South Gloustershire. I am now entering my 32nd year of teaching (ouch). Colston’s is a very special school and I feel privileged to be a part of it.  Outside of school I love to read, walk my dog with my husband and help run a wonderful history group, celebrating Bristol and its history. In 3 years we have attracted a following of some 36,000 members on Facebook, so quite a success! I attend a lot of local music gigs as my son is a musician. I love to spend as much time as possible with my 3 lovely grown up children, whenever they can fit me into their busy schedules.

James Cameron- I am a PPA Teacher at Colston's Primary. Over a two week period I teach 6 different classes while their teacher has release time for planning. I have been teaching in Primary for just over 4 years. Before that I worked as a Youth Worker and as a Cover Supervisor in Secondary Schools. My hobbies outside of school are playing guitar, writing songs and cycling.