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Mrs N Sidley

Reception Teacher/Art/DT Lead

During my career, I have taught various groups of children including those with social, emotional and additional needs. These experiences have enriched my understanding of how children develop and learn, and have shaped how I teach.

My real passion is working with children in the Early Years Foundation Stage as I feel privileged to be part of their lives at such an influential time. I believe that children’s earliest experiences help build a secure foundation for learning throughout their school years and beyond.

There is never a dull moment working with young children and they never fail to surprise and delight me.

I am very proud to be part of the EYFS team here, at Westlands.


Nikki Byng - EYFS Lead/Reception Teacher/Offsite Visits Lead

I qualified as a teacher in 2000, which is when my teaching career at Westlands first began.

Initially I taught year 1 and then Reception before leaving to teach at a school in Bromsgrove. Two years later, however, I heard there was a teaching vacancy in the Early Years Unit and returned to Westlands where my heart really belonged.

Following 2 years with Early Years I began teaching in Rainbow House, the Schools Nurture Group, working in such a small group you get to know the children inside and out, and build really strong relationships with their families.  As a result, this has developed my passion for making a difference to children's lives.

My latest change includes continuing offering Nurture provision each morning then teaching in Reception during the afternoons, working with the youngest children at the start of their school journey, and I feel it is a real privilege to be able to do this.

Rachel Hatton- Level 3 Qualified Teaching Assistant

My first day at Westlands was my son's first day at school.  That was in 2009 and it has flown by!

I started in Key Stage 1, then joined EYFS in 2012.  Throughout my time here, I obtained my Teaching Assistant qualification and gained invaluble experience.

Being part of a child's learning journey in Reception is a privilege and it amazes me how much progress they make in just one year.

In my spare time, I enjoy holidays and days out with my husband and son and we share our home with (sometimes ruled by!) our cat Rosie. 

Catherine Spencer-Jones Level 3 Qualified Teaching Assistant

Having qualified as a Teaching Assistant, I have spent the last 10 years working with children in a range of contexts. All have been with Foundation stage children and included 1:1 support, intervention work and my main role as Teaching Assistant within Rainbow Room, our school Nurture Provision. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading and cooking.

Louise Thomson - Level 3 Qualified Teaching Assistant