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WestlandsFirst School

Leadership Team

Mrs R Roberts 

Headteacher

I started here at Westlands as Headteacher in September 2015.  I feel very privelged to be part of the Westlands family once again!  I previously worked here eight years ago, teaching in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  Westlands has always held a very special place in my heart. 

My teaching career began in 1998 and I have taught in a number of schools in Worcestershire. 

When I am not in school, I really enjoy running and supporting the Worcester Warriors Rugby Team. 

 

Mrs A Richards

 Deputy Headteacher

I joined the team at Westlands in January 2016.

Prior to joining Westlands, I worked for three years as the Deputy Headteacher at Crabbs Cross Academy in Redditch.  I was initially seconded to this school in January 2013 to assist in raising standards following an OFSTED judgement which put the school into Special Measures.  I was extremely lucky to work with an amazing team of staff and leaders at this school and in July 2015, the school was judged to be a Good School.  This was a huge achievement for the whole team and I have learnt so much about leadership and driving school improvement from this experience.  Prior to working at Crabbs Cross Academy, I was Assistant Headteacher at a large primary school, Cranham Primary, in Worcester.

You may be surprised to hear that teaching is actually my second career, as I worked previously as a Police Officer for eight and half years in the West Midlands Police Force! 

However, my real passion is working with children and playing such a crucial role in shaping their futures.  The children at Westlands First School are just delightful, and make my job so rewarding!

I am a mum myself, to an amazing young man, Matthew, who currently boards at a school in Wolverhampton. He is an extremely talented swimmer who competes at National and International levels, and my husband and I spend most of our lives outside of work at various swimming pools around the country!  If I ever do find myself with some spare time, I love photography and spending time with family.

 

Mrs S Freestone - Assistant Headteacher/Literacy, Maths and Curriculum Lead

I have worked at Westlands for 11 years, and have enjoyed a variety of roles. I am currently teaching in a year 4 class for 3 days and leading the curriculum for the school on one day.  On Fridays,II am lucky enough to spend time at home looking after my two boys.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching the children of Westlands First School, and every year the children continue to surprise me with how thoughtful, caring and considerate they are of both the other children and grown-ups in the school. This year, we are planning some very exciting topics for the children to enjoy, and I can’t wait to teach them!

In my spare time I enjoy looking after my 2 boys, Hayden who is 4 and Mason who is 1. Most of my time with my boys is spent making cakes, playing with Lego or visiting parks and soft play!  When I do get some free time, I enjoy trips to the cinema and relaxing with a good book.

Claire Crabb - SENCO/EAL

I have worked at Westlands First school for nearly 9 years, and have been fortunate to teach throughout the school. I first started teaching Year 4 and covering PPA in all year groups. I then worked in foundation stage for 4 years, and seized the opportunity to train to become an Early Years Practitioner. I then returned to Year 4 before moving to Year 1 again last year.  I now work as the school Special Educational Needs Coordinator and cover some classes for Teacher Planning and Preparation Time. 

Before joining Westlands I taught in various nurseries, first, primary and middle schools in Devon, Worcester, Northern Ireland and Germany, as my husband was an Officer in the British Army.  I also trained as an aerobics instructor, and spent my evenings helping the military wives keep fit!

I am really proud to say that both my children were taught at Westlands First School. My son, Harvey, joined in year 3, and was fully supported by all staff to help him understand his autism. My daughter, Phoebe, joined in Year 1 and was taught to be proud of her own super qualities. Although my son is not emotionally strong enough to attend full time education, they are both doing really well and always popping in to school to see the staff.

I don’t get much spare time, but when I have a spare hour I like to exercise in the gym. I used to love running but due to several injuries, I have had to hang up my running shoes and cycle instead. My other passion is a strong coffee, and I will never turn down a coffee and chat!