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Principal - Jonathan Cursley

School - My Journey:

I fully remember starting school when I was 5 years old. I attended Castles First School in Bletchley and I remember thinking how big the playground was. It was an extremely happy time for me. I had lovely teachers who cared for me when I was nervous, but also reminded me how to behave as I used to get a bit excited…especially at lunch times! Sadly, the school isn’t there anymore. It has now been replaced by housing with only a fallen tree (turned into a piece of play equipment) marking the spot where the school field once was. I’m actually quite pleased that the tree remains as this was my lasting memory of my time at first school. Every lunchtime, my friends and I would turn the tree into a pirate ship and pretend to have battles against each other…fun times!

My most amazing time that hold my most vivid memories, is my time spent at junior school between the age of 7 and 12. (we stayed until Year 7 in those days!) I attended Alex Campbell Middle School in Bletchley, which is now called Chestnuts. All I can seem to remember is having fun in lessons and spending the most amazing lunch times playing football and playing running games with my friends. In every memory I have it seems to be sunny! I also remember loving my school dinners at Alex Campbell, my favourite being the now banned ‘Turkey Twizzlers!!’ Now that I can properly reflect on my time at junior school, the best part of this school was my teacher in Year 5, 6 and 7. (yes, the poor lady taught me for three years in a row!) My teacher’s name was Mrs Milson. She taught in such a fun way but at the same time, you knew that you had to behave! I saw her quite recently and we recognised each other straight away…you never forget a good teacher (or an excitable child!)

When moving to Secondary School (Lord Grey in Bletchley), I found it really hard to settle in. It was so big and I remember never really feeling supported. I actually started to hate school and as a result, my grades went down leading to me having to re-sit many exams. Through a lot of hard work and perseverance, I finally made it into 6th Form and from there, on to University (Nene University – Northampton). Here, I trained to be a teacher.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

My own experiences at school have really shaped me as a person and now leader of Shepherdswell Academy. I want every child to experience the excitement and fun that a school can provide. I want the children to wake up and be excited about the day ahead. I want them to see smiling faces when they come onto the playground and step foot inside the school building. The children at Shepherdswell must have experiences that engage them, interest them and inspire them to achieve great things. At the same time, I never want a child to feel unsupported or alone. Children make mistakes and as a school, we are here to guide them through occasional choppy waters, in order for them to reach their destination and achieve their personal goals. ‘A skilled sailor was never made on a calm sea.’

I can honestly say that I have never been at a school as rewarding as Shepherdswell. The staff are so hard-working and supportive of any whole-school initiatives that are implemented and work tirelessly every day to give the children the best possible experience they can have. When walking around the school, I continually see and hear children achieve new things. The teachers and all staff at Shepherdswell layer our children with fantastic experiences that not only will allow them to be the young people they want to be but also grow wonderful citizens of the future. I also love the way our parents fully trust us and support everyone at Shepherdswell, not only in educating their child but also in keeping them safe. By having this partnership, the school continues to provide outstanding provision for all of the children. This brings me to my main reason as to why Shepherdswell Academy is the most amazing place – the children. What can I say! They brighten up my day, they inspire me to do better, they amaze me continually and most of all, by seeing them achieve and at the same time feeling happy and safe…they prove to me that Shepherdswell has become the place that myself and all the staff within its walls have works so hard for.

A heart-felt thank you to everyone for making Shepherdswell Academy the most special place I know.

Key Stage 1 Manager - Rachel Marguerite

When I was at school:

When I was starting school, I was confident and excited. New uniform, shoes and school bag, ready to embark on the new adventure of ‘big school.’ When speaking to my mum about my time at school, and what I was like, she used a number of adjectives to describe me; confident, friendly, happy, caring, helpful, well behaved and creative. All the things I encourage the children I teach today to be. I remember I loved my reception teacher Mrs Diggle and teaching assistant Mrs Yates. One of our topics was about animals and we had some one bring in baby lambs and had an incubator with chicks hatching. It was very exciting! I enjoyed moving into Year 1 and developing my story writing and enjoyed reading books and bringing books and word cards to read at home. Biff, Chip and Kipper stories were my favourite and it makes me smile to know children even today are still enjoying the adventures with the magic key! I enjoyed being creative; whether it was through acting, in school productions, when playing Angel Garbiel in the nativity or singing and dancing or making things. Mum said I used to come home all the time with pictures, crafts and models with glitter and sticky things…and lots and lots of glue! Sports day was also a happy memory at school, taking part in events, and especially enjoying the egg and spoon race and the obstacle courses. School was a happy memory and I loved being part of the school community and loved my teachers, of whom I can still remember 25 years later.

Teaching today:

When I think of what Shepherdswell Academy School is, and what the definition of school is, the two don’t marry up…The definition of school is ‘an institution for educating children’ and ‘the pupils and staff of a school.’ I do believe this, but Shepherdswell is much more than just an ‘institution’ and ‘pupils and staff.’ What makes Shepherdswell unique is the staff, parents and children who work together to ensure Shepherdswell is a safe and happy place to be. The core reason it has such a positive atmosphere is because everyone at our school has the passion and self-belief in our children. I come to school every day, knowing I am making a difference and that these children in our care have a thirst for learning and are like sponges, soaking all their new knowledge and applying it in their learning. To be part of a child’s education journey and seeing them develop into independent, confident, happy, well behaved individuals who have a love of learning, shows me I am succeeding as a teacher. I love teaching; it is my life, and something I have always wanted to do since I was a little girl. Teaching at Shepherdswell allows me to share my passion, because of the amazing children we teach!

EYFS Manager - Steph Hartwell

My journey through education:

I feel very fortunate to have thoroughly enjoyed all of my time through education and this is down to the inspirational teachers and great friends I had.

I started school in my local village and I spent my time here from foundation up to year 8. It was here that my love of sport started and my favourite lesson was always PE.

When I joined upper school in Year 9 I was always excited to learn in all the subjects that I took but I always found Maths the most difficult. This is why I am so keen to enforce the Mastery approach that we use at Shepherdswell, as I love the ethos that no child is left behind. At upper school I was fortunate enough to be able to continue my love of sport and I competed in Athletics for the county. I took on PE as one of my A-levels as well as English, Sociology and Psychology.

When I left school I was unsure still of what I wanted to be “when I grew up” and I got a job as a nursery assistant and I loved it. While working in the nursery I gained my qualifications as a nursery nurse and teaching assistant and then I moved up into the main school to be a teaching assistant in Foundation. While working here I completed my degree in Early Childhood Studies and received my Early Years Teacher Status.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I believe that our school has a certain magic, when you walk through the doors you get a feeling of awe and wonder about the school- which was certainly my feelings on my first visit to Shepherdswell.

Our ethos underpins all the learning that takes place throughout the school and this is why it is such a wonderful place for the children to learn, be curious and have fun. What I feel most passionate about is that Shepherdswell gives children the opportunity to be themselves and allows their individual characters to establish and flourish. We encourage the children to take on their learning independently and to be curious and creative and this is one of the reasons why we make such fantastic progress.

I want all the children who come through Shepherdswell to have happy memories of school. I want each day to be filled with adventures, challenges and achievements and for each child to be given opportunities to develop confidence, curiosity and a life long love of learning.

Teaching Staff

Year 1 Teacher - Chloe Brackenbury

My Journey Through Education:

I really enjoyed primary education and attended a school in Great Linford. My favourite subject was English and I loved to read and write. I have lots of wonderful memories from this school.

I moved on to The Radcliffe School in Wolverton for my secondary education, during this time I found I had a passion for drama and this particular lesson helped to build my confidence. I soon decided I would like to be a teacher and work with young children. I found out what qualifications I needed and started to work super hard. I was incredibly focused and studied well for my GCSEs.

I moved to Stantonbury Campus 6th form after my GCSEs to study Performing Arts. I had the best two years of my life here and gained so much confidence during this time. I made wonderful friends at Stantonbury who are still part of my life to this day.

I then attended MK College to study Early Years Education. Although this was hard work it prepared me well for university. Following college I attended UCN to study Early Years Education at degree level. This was an amazing course and I learnt so much. On completion of my degree I spent a year in London studying for a PGCE.

I came home to Milton Keynes as a qualified teacher and have worked in various different schools in the area. I have been teaching now for 14 years and cannot imagine doing anything else. It is definitely the perfect job for me.

What Shepherdswell Means to Me:

I joined Shepherdswell in September 2018. I had worked as a supply teacher in Year One the previous term and completely fell in love with the school. When the opportunity came up to work at Shepherdswell for an entire year I was super excited!

I am thoroughly enjoying getting to know the children and staff here and already feel part of the family. I love the ethos of the school and how all the children are at the centre of all that we do. Working in such a caring and supportive environment has helped me to fit in quickly and inspired me as a teacher. I am looking forward to continuing my career as a teacher at Shepherdswell Academy.

Year 1 Teacher - Victoria Baker

My School Journey:

I went to nine primary schools across the world as a child as my dad was in the RAF. This gave me the opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures and learn some new languages. I loved school and remember my teachers well. My favourite subject was P.E as I was inspired by my teacher who was very talented at Hockey and guided me to play for the county women’s team. Throughout school I learnt very practically and enjoyed reading about World War 2. I have always wanted to help others so feel it is very fitting that I am the SMSC lead at Shepherdswell. I qualified as a Primary School Teacher in July 2018 but have worked in schools in both Milton Keynes and Wiltshire for the last nine years.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I joined Shepherdswell in September 2018 as a teacher in Year 1 and am enjoying teaching this age group very much. When training to be a teacher I was very lucky to have six weeks training at Shepherdswell. I loved the way the school ethos was to achieve together and feel they do this very well. The children are very special and make my job more rewarding. I feel part of a helpful, supportive team who are all on a journey together to give the children the best possible start to their education. I am very lucky to work at this school and aspire to be the best I can.

Year 2 Teacher - Kasha Bassett

My School Journey:

I went to a small primary school in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. I loved school and remember my teachers really well. My favourite subject was art as I was inspired by Mr Harris who was very talented and made it look easy. He guided me through my work step by step so that I could achieve outcomes which I didn’t think I could. Throughout school I was a bookworm and still have a recording of me reciting my favourite nursery rhymes at home with my dad. I still love reading today so it is fitting that reading and English is my subject area of responsibility as a teacher. I qualified as a Primary School Teacher in July 2007 and have worked in schools in both Milton Keynes and my home town of Northampton.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I joined Shepherdswell in September 2014 as a teacher in Year 2 and am enjoying teaching this age group very much. The children are very special and make my job all the more rewarding. They come from a range of different backgrounds and each have their own learning behaviours and needs which makes my job both interesting and challenging. Everyone I work with puts the needs of the children first. I feel part of a helpful, supportive team who are all on a journey together to give the children the best possible start to their education.

Year 2 Teacher - Katie Webb

My Journey Through Education:

My journey through education was a very positive one as I thoroughly enjoyed being challenged every day and had a real thirst for knowledge. I attended a Primary school in Newport Pagnell where my favourite subject was History. I loved exploring what had happened in the past and how people had lived. We were very lucky to go on lots of trips and visits out to bring these eras of History to life! It was at Secondary School where I discovered my lifelong passion for acting and Drama; I was a very shy child and acting gave me the chance to express myself and develop confidence, something I encourage with my class every year. I was the first member of my family to go to university where I studied Drama. It was here that I discovered my passion for teaching young children whilst running youth Drama groups so I then went and studied for a PGCE at the University of East Anglia.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Shepherdswell Academy is where I started my teaching career as an NQT in September 2014. My first memory of the school was when I came for my interview; I instantly felt very welcome and the children were very friendly, creative and imaginative - I knew it was the school for me! The school fosters such a strong sense of community that in my role as SMSC and RE leader I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to interact with children with their families whilst learning about their cultures and beliefs. Shepherdswell children are so curious, energetic and excited to learn that I look forward to what each new day will bring!

Foundation Stage Teacher - Sam Collins

My School Journey:

My time at School in George Elliot, from the age of 4 - 10 years was a rich and interesting time for me. I lived with my grandparents who really instilled a love of the outdoors, the natural world and learning in me!

My school helped to build my confidence in myself and believe that I could do anything if I worked hard enough! I really enjoyed being a part of a diverse multicultural community, with many languages and creeds amongst my peers.

In this photo I was an angel in the school nativity!! I loved to act and loved theatre!! I went on to study Theatre Studies at ‘A’ level!!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Shepherdswell is the school that I have chosen to work in as it mirrors many of the wonderful opportunities for children that I experienced in my school years: A community school that celebrates diversity and individuality; allowing and encouraging children to learn through expressing their interests and fostering the learning attitude of an “inquiring mind” in children.

Senior Teaching Assistant and Intervention Lead - Demi Wiltshire

My School journey began at Shepherdwell. I have very fond memories of having good friendships and sharing a love for School. I particually enjoyed Arts and Crafts which is a skill that gradually deteriated, as I got older. I then attended Springfeild and went onto Shenley Brook End secondary School. I went onto further education at Milton Keynes college and studied Health and Social care. This is when I found my passion for working with children during one of my placements in a first School. I got a job in a private nursery as an Early Years Practitioner, which is where I did my Childcare qualifaction. Once I was qualified, I then got a job as a teaching assistant at Shepherdwell Acedemy.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Shepherdswell holds a special place in my heart, as it’s where my educational journey all began. It taught me the foundations which I still use today in adulthood. I love that no matter what challenges arise, we do not fail any child. We will do whatever it takes which is down to the passion from the staff and the determination from the children. It is the best feeling seeing the children grow and become so independent and self driven. Seeing their personalities blossom by them being given the right learning tools to deepen their own learning.

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant - Kelly Avery

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant - Jodie Charters

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant - Sharon Harrison

My School Journey:

My primary school journey was a good time; the excitement of going to school for the first time. I remember learning lots of new things, exploring my new world and having fun. I also made lots of friends, we would make up games in the playground and I remember laughing lots with them too. As I went up through the years I took on new challenges, I learnt to play the recorder and I learnt to swim.

School lunch times were great sitting with my friends and having time to chat and swap stories about our day.

I moved up to secondary school it was quite a big change and I faced a lot of different challenges but I also learnt new skills by trying new tasks. I remember how much bigger everything seemed and there were a lot more children.

I joined the trampolining afterschool club which helped me make new friends but also gave me more of an interest in sports, so I joined the swimming club and swam in the schools swimming gala.

My work experience in nursery and school gave me the insight of what I wanted to do beyond school, so I went on to college to study Early Years in Education.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Shepherdswell Academy reminds me of my early days at school and how each child is given opportunities to grow, develop and try new things. The children have a great network of support with all the new challenges they face as they go through school. Being able to work here and helping the children achieve is very rewarding and I am grateful to be apart of their journey.

Foundation Stage Support Assistant - Laurie Price

Year 1 Teaching Assistant - Suzanne Turner

What Shepherdswell means to me:

From the first time I stepped through the door I felt the welcoming atmosphere and quickly realised that there was something special about Shepherdswell. It is a very caring school and we are lucky to have a great team who support each other. I love working with the children and supporting them on their journeys to be the best they can be. It is great to see the progress they make not only academically but as individuals and to have been a part of that, even in a small way, is why I do my job. Art is my favourite subject and I find it exciting to see the budding artists emerge and I’m blown away by their talents!

Shepherdswell is all about the children, they are amazing. You can learn a lot from them and they brighten up my day!

My primary school experience:

I loved my primary school and have really fond memories of my time there. It was a similar size to Shepherdswell and a happy place to be. I enjoyed drawing, singing in assembly and playing all the different instruments in music. At lunchtime one of the lunch ladies would sing with us in the playground! Out of all my schools this school definitely holds the best memories for me.

Year 1 Teaching Assistant - Sandy Wakefield

My School Journey:

I went to school in Tottenham, London. It was an old Victorian building with high ceilings. The toilets were outside in the playground. Also my mum and her brothers and sisters also went to the school when they were little.

The name of the school was Earlsmead infants and junior.

Year 2 Teaching Assistant and Intervention Lead - Amanda Swan

Year 2 HLTA and Music Lead - Clare Bywater

My school journey:

I can honestly say that I had an enjoyable and rewarding education and I still remember my first day! I remember how kind the teachers were and how safe I felt. I felt so grown up putting on my tie (even though a tad tricky) and to take the short walk up the hill to my school which led to a day filled with excitement. I've a lot of happy memories of my teachers and friends.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Knowing that the start of my day will be welcomed with happy, smiling children and wonderful staff makes me proud to say that I'm a part of this school. Who wouldn't want to be that person in a child's day who said, "I've loved going to school because that teacher made it amazing!'

No matter what is happening outside of school, as soon as a child (or anyone!) steps foot inside Shepherdswell, their positive journey has begun. Every child has an equal opportunity to achieve at Shepherdswell…I am privileged to be a part of their journey.

Specialist Teacher (Department) and SENDCo - Sarah Champion

School - My Journey:

I loved my time at school. I went to a small village primary school and had a group of close friends throughout my school life. I was an avid reader from an early age and at secondary school also particularly enjoyed Maths, Sciences and Languages, as well as taking part in Music activities, although my reports always stated that I was ‘too quiet’!. I remember having some excellent teachers and I always enjoyed learning new things. I remember wanting to be a French teacher until quite late in my time in education. I got good ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level exam grades, but teaching was then not my first choice of career. After some years in nursing, I returned to what I knew I wanted to do and trained as a primary school teacher. Since then, I have developed a passion for teaching children with Autism and I absolutely love every day teaching the children in Sparrows!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I can honestly say that Shepherdswell is the friendliest and most welcoming school I have worked in throughout my career. I feel that it is a ‘family’ made up of the children, their own families and all of the hardworking and dedicated staff. The ethos of the school fosters curious and independent lifelong learners and you only have to walk through the school to know how much the children enjoy being here and developing their learning muscles and values! What makes Shepherdswell extra-special for me is the celebration of diversity and the drive that all staff have to make sure that every child has the best education during their time with us, whatever that takes. Working in Sparrows, I love seeing the way that everyone in the school embraces and includes our children from the Department, whether it is in whole school activities, or even just with games on the playground, and I’m sure that, for me, this goes some way to making Shepherdswell the amazing school that it is!

Intervention Lead and HLTA - Sophie Bonici

My school journey:

Sophie is a very chatty and sociable child, who gravitates towards peers who may be struggling with their work rather than focusing on her own

Mrs Psard - 1998

During my time in primary education I was lucky enough to have the most nurturing and patient teachers, they are what made school such a wonderful experience for me.

I was never too keen on staring at a black board or repetitive hand writing sheets; I much preferred anything practical and exciting!

I didn’t know I was learning such incredible lessons, I just knew I was having fun and that’s exactly the experience I want for EVERY child I teach!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Shepherdswell is a safe place where children are not afraid to explore, to challenge or to make mistakes.

EVERY child is heard, recognised and appreciated for the incredibly unique individual that they are.

Our school is such a special place and I am confident that every child we have the privilege to nurture will leave with the fondest memories, and lessons that will last them a lifetime!

Specialist Department HLTA - Helen Watt

My school journey:

Education was a funny one for me as a young child I loved everything and all the work given to me then I reached secondary school and realised what I really enjoyed.

I loved sport and drama and anything that was energetic. I spent a lot of my older school years running cross country and wining medals as well as getting GCSEs.

What Sheperdswell means to me:

Shepherdwell means to me a bright new future and career with nice big open spaces to explore and expand on.

Specialist Department Teaching Assistant - Karen Graves

My school journey:

I enjoyed going to school and learning. I was always very talkative and found it hard to be quiet. Through school I developed a love of reading and books. I was never sure what I wanted to do when I grew up, I just knew I liked being with children and making them smile.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

A new role, learning new skills and working within a vibrant school. When I first visited Shepherdswell Academy I knew I wanted to be a part of the team.

Specialist Department Teaching Assistant - Tamzin Gill

My journey through education:

I remember absolutely loving school when I was the same age as the children at Shepherdswell. My favourite subject was English, but I also enjoyed music, drama and PE. Sports day was one of my favourite days of the whole year. My fondest memories include taking part in the school play, having guitar lessons and drinking milk from a glass bottle!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I have only been here a short time but I already feel a part of the team and I am waking up excited about coming into work. When I came to look around the school I got an instant feeling of 'I could really love it here' and so far, my instincts were right. For me, Shepherdswell means a new beginning and a great new chapter in my life. It is about learning new things and thinking on my feet, every day is different and I love being a part of such a thriving and loving environment. I am really looking forward to what the future holds, as I can't see myself being anywhere else other than Shepherdswell Academy.

Specialist Dept Lead TA/Speech and Language Assistant - Neera Jobanputra

My journey through school:

I have really happy memories of my time at school - It is where I made lifelong friends as well as gaining lifelong skills and I remember waking up every day and being very excited about going into school. I had a keen interest in reading and especially enjoyed English, History and Drama. I knew from a very young age, what qualifications I wanted from school and what direction my career would go but I also thoroughly enjoyed the social side of school. I partook in numerous school productions and enjoyed competing with the school netball and running team. I am pleased to say that my “overly chatty manner” which was on my report every single year, has stuck with me!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

Although I have not worked at Shepherdswell for long, after my initial visit, I knew it was somewhere that I would fit in and it was somewhere I wanted to work. The environment was very positive, caring and exciting and I am yet to be proven wrong. I am very lucky to be part of a team who are very hard working, enthusiastic, hugely supportive and always put the happiness of the pupils first. I am looking forward to seeing every pupil at Shepherdswell have their individuality celebrated and I am really pleased to be a part of their learning journey.

Specialist Department Teaching Assistant - Katherine Clark

My school experience:

My school experience was a good one. I loved school and particularly enjoyed arts and crafts and PE. I had a great group of friends and enjoyed learning and having fun.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I love working at this school. There is a great atmosphere and sense of working together as a team. The children are amazing and I love to see them grow and develop as they explore their journey of learning.

Sports Coach - Jonathon Curtis

Subject Leaders

English

Rachel Marguerite

Maths

Katie W

Humanities

Sam Collins

SMSC / RE

Victoria Baker

Chloe Brackenbury

Computing Lead

Jonathan Cursley

SENDCo

Sarah Champion

PE

Jon Curtis

Forest school / Nurture

Elaine

School Council/Eco

Sandy

Intervention Leads

Sophie Bonici

Demi Wiltshire

Amanda Swan

 

Admin and Support Staff

Pupil Attendance and Family Liason Officer - Elaine Noctor

Business Manager - Zoë Keen

My Journey:

When I was 4 years old I started school. The school consisted of four houses together in Muswell Hill in North London and it was opposite a cinema. The school was called Whittingham School which sadly no longer exists. The school was owned by a mother and daughter who were of Dutch origin. They were extremely strict and used to walk around the school followed by their dog called Sailor who was a greyhound. I wore a dark brown blazer and velvet hat in the winter and check dress and straw hat in the summer. I can remember I was very proud wearing my school uniform and kept my blazer and hat long after I left the school. My brother and I used to take a bus to school and then when I was eight I was allowed to take the bus alone. It was a time when the world felt a safe place to be in, and a time when in the summer holidays the sun shone every day and I played out all day only coming home for dinner. I was a tom boy climbed trees, played football, went swimming and rode my bike, I was never in and the summer seemed to last a year.

At school when I was four/ five I remember we used to have to take a nap in the afternoon after lunch. Lunch was always great we started off with soup it was always tomato soup made in the school kitchen followed by hot pot or some other delicious dish, followed by a pudding. Then came SMASH (a potato substitute) and lunch with potatoes was never quite the same. We were not allowed to talk at the table whilst we were eating, and if we did we would spend the rest of lunch with hands on heads in the corner, before being punished by the Headmistress at the end of lunch. Unfortunately I liked to talk so I spent a lot of time in the corner. After lunch the teacher would lay down blankets on the stone floor in a really large bathroom area and the class would have to lie down and sleep. Sometimes it was so cold you couldn’t sleep so you just had to pretend to sleep otherwise you got told off.

I stayed at Whittingham from when I was 4 till I was 11years old. I remember hating being late, but as we lived a bus ride away it was sometimes difficult to get there on time. If I was late I had to go to the headmistress room. I remember it well, the Headmistress had the most enormous bee hive hairdo you have ever seen and in winter and summer she would have a roaring fire behind her desk and sailor the dog would lie in front of it. I would then have to sit in the corner and write lines of “ I must not be late”. My poor mum and dad would have be mortified if they knew this, but I don’t remember ever mentioning it to them, it was just what happened and you just got on with it. Thankfully I loved writing and writing poems that was my favourite thing to do. Every morning from when we were six years old we used to open our desk tops as we had our own desks, take out our ink pots and ink pens and we had fifteen minutes to write in our diary. The top half of the page was blank so that we could do a drawing and bottom half was large lines so that we could write what we had done the previous day. I can remember I was extremely neat and would take my time to write properly. I would rub out word after word if it was not sitting on the line correctly when I used a pencil and then when I used my ink pen my hand would be covered in ink as I blotted the words to get them dry with blotting paper. I loved school and I loved to learn and although school was strict it taught me principles and values which I carry through to today. I loved sports. I got sports girl of the year 4 years in a row and I remember in my last year at our prize giving ceremony having a cup presented to me my Peter Shilton goalie of Tottenham Hotspurs.

I loved singing too, and every morning in assembly we would sing. I especially liked Harvest songs like ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ which was my favourite, apart from Christmas carols which I loved and still do love to sing. I loved this time of the year and still have my carol book. Sometimes when I go into the attic at my mums house i bring out my carol book and sing Christmas carols even in the summer. I was very sad when I left Whittingham as it had been a big part of my life and taught me a lot I felt part of a large family and a new school seemed very scary. We moved to Milton Keynes, which was going to be a new town it was just a drawing on a board and had not yet been built. I went to Rickley School which was the closest to my home again a bus ride away, but this time it was a school bus. There was no school uniform and I found it hard to know what to wear. In those days if you didn’t wear what was in fashion you didn’t fit in. I didn’t really fit in, and I really wanted to wear a uniform again. I only stayed there a year before moving to secondary and I couldn’t wait in the hope of making new friends.

I started at Denbigh School which was based in Bletchley and did as much sports as I could. Every lunch time I played netball, basketball, hockey or tennis depending on the weather and represented the school in every sport. I stayed on in the sixth form and then went onto Bletchley College to study. I wanted to learn french but didn’t find it easy studying the language at school or college so I went to live in Paris and studied at the L’Institute Catholique de Paris whilst working as an au pair. I stayed for two and half years and met up again with a friend this summer after more than thirty years. My best memories though are of my first school which gave me the tools to be the person I am today.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

When I came to Shepherdswell in 2009, I knew I had big shoes to step into, as the lady who I took over from had been at Shepherdswell for 20 years. However I needn’t have worried the school invited me in with open arms. The staff and children couldn’t have been more welcoming and I felt warmth like when you walk into your home after a long day and the fire is on. Being at Shepherdswell is magical there is something in the walls, in the building itself that makes you want to be there. The staff are the most amazing and put in hours over and above to make sure that the children have the best education possible, everybody goes out of their way to be the best that they can possible be and we all take pride in our school. There have been a number of changes over the years but one thing for sure remains the same and that is the dedication of the team who work in the school with the knowledge that the children are our future and that they have the best start in life through the education they get at Shepherdswell. When I show people around the school I feel proud. Proud of the children and their achievement and pride in all that we are about and all that we care about. The children do us proud and they have a way of making you smile. I hope that when the children look back in years to come they think of our school with fondness and happy memories and know that we gave them the very best tools to be able to learn, because we taught them to read and to write and we cared.

Admin Support - Ruth Shuttlewood

My time at school:

My infant school was a very small village school in Great Linford. It only had two classrooms! I can remember going on my first day until lunchtime and my Mum coming to collect me. All of my memories of this school are happy ones; one of the best things was that it had an outdoor swimming pool which was used during the summer. I can remember a swimming teacher coming in to teach us how to swim.

Our Christmas plays were always performed in the local church and I can remember dressing up during my years there as a Shepherd, an Angel and in my last year being a narrator. I loved English and PE and taking part in Sports Days. My two eldest children also attended this infant school when they started school; it was exciting taking them for their first days there as it bought back happy memories for me.

When I moved up to Primary School I can remember it feeling huge!! It also took me time to adapt to this change and having new teachers every year, whereas before my infant school was so small I knew all of the teachers all of the time. My favourite teacher here was called Mr Roe, I liked him as he made learning fun and was always encouraging of everybody. I was part of the school Netball Team and continued to enjoy Sports.

I was really excited to start Secondary School at Stantonbury Campus but again remember feeling overwhelmed at the size of it when I first started. Overall I enjoyed it, my favourite subject was English. I had a large circle of friends all of whom I met at this school which also made going to school each day fun. Though I would often find myself in trouble for talking too much in class!! All of my school reports from secondary school said ‘Ruth needs to talk less and concentrate more’! My love of sports continued here and I took up Athletics and my love of running first began.

I continued my education at college after leaving school, choosing to become a Nursery Nurse. This was my career for 10 years.

What Shepherdswell means to me:

The very first thing that struck me when I visited Shepherdswell was how welcoming it felt. The school had a lovely feel to it and as I was shown round there was a ‘buzz’ of excitement throughout the school which was lovely.

I love working here with a great team of people who are all so passionate about the children who come here. For me I love to see the children progress during their time here from foundation through to year 2 and how much they achieve in their time at Shepherdswell.

Facilities Manager/Health and Safety Officer - Tony Nyman

Assistant Site Manager - Ian Petch

IT Support Technician - Jonathan Butlin

My School Journey :

My first proper school was Parklands Lower School in Northampton, which I was ever so excited to attend – the nursery school was next door and us tiny tots could peer out of the window and wonder what `big school’ was all about. I really enjoyed my time at school, although I had a tendency to dream and stare out of the window. My first ever teacher, Mrs Edwards, sat me right under her nose; she definitely had me marked as a daydreamer. Despite her best efforts, I was very determined in my daydreaming!

I excelled at English in particular and had some fantastic teachers that really inspired me. I would write stories that were twice as long as everyone else’s (and always had a happy ending)! Parklands Middle School wasn’t as much fun (it’s now a housing estate), but I also have a lot of very vivid memories from that time too; in particular playing the Major General in our school production of `The Pirates of Penzance’. Unfortunately my voice was breaking at the time, and our music teacher had to re-write the music into a different key at each rehearsal to accommodate me…

At upper school (Kingsthorpe), I continued my learning journey, and actually enjoyed a lot of the lessons on offer. Upper school was way more enjoyable than I had ever imagined, and I had a good group of friends – many of whom I am still in touch with. I still love learning new things, and I still have a passion for communication, which is essential when working in IT. I still have a tendency to daydream occasionally, but nowadays I’ve learnt to put it to good use!

What Shepherdswell means to me:

I can honestly say it is always a pleasure coming to work at Shepherdswell Academy – it is such a warm, welcoming, friendly and supportive environment it is hard not to feel right at home there. The staff are so incredibly dedicated to the well-being and education of the children, and the children reflect this. Not only they, but there are so many creative and imaginative opportunities for the children to learn new things; it makes me proud to be a part of it.

ITT Student - Vanessa Noctor

Breakfast Club Lead - Joanne Kavarana

Breakfast Club/Lunch and Play Assistant - Melanie Kelly

Lunch and Play Assistant - Amino Abbi

Lunch and Play Assistant - Roda Ahmed

Lunch and Play Assistant - Toni Moore

Lunch and Play Assistant - Grace Kwabi

Cleaner with Responsibilities - Demi Shaw

Cleaner - Sian Marett

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