Year 3 Team
Mrs K Denby
Year 3 Class Teacher
When I left school all those years ago, I trained to be a medical secretary, working in General Practice (that is until my daughter Caitlin was born) when I decided to go to university. I graduated from the University of Worcester in 2007 with a First Class Honors Degree in Psychology and during a placement in my degree course, I had to spend time in a school setting. It was during this time that I decided to train as a teacher. Seven years ago I joined Westlands for my first teaching post and I have been here ever since!
I feel that I am the lucky one, getting to teach your children, because all the children here at Westlands are an absolute pleasure to be around. And those of you whose children I have taught in the past will know that they still hold a special place in my heart.
Outside of school I play hockey for Droitwich Spa Hockey Ladies II which I absolutely love. On Saturday mornings you will find me on a pitch somewhere playing with a great bunch of girls, trying my hardest not to let in any goals (I play in defence!). We are always looking out for ladies to join us, so, if you are interested...........?
I am also a mum and I have two gorgeous children at home, Jamie who is 16 and currently studying A-Levels, and Caitlin who is 11 and is in her last year of middle school. There should have been a third addition to our family but our son, Nathan, died shortly after birth. Losing Nathan taught me the most valuable lesson of all – that all children are precious.
Miss G Avery
Year 3 Class Teacher
I joined Westlands First School in January 2018 so I am relatively new to the school. I am really excited about the coming year in Year 3, as we have exciting topics for the children to enjoy, and I can’t wait to teach them!
Prior to working at Westlands, I taught in Year 2 at Crabbs Cross Academy, Redditch, for two years and in Years 3 and 4 for 3 years. I have also taught in a school in Worcester for five years, where I was fortunate enough to teach in all year groups up to and including Year 6. Prior to that, I taught in a school in Kidderminster and in Birmingham, each for a year.
I moved to Worcestershire from Birmingham twenty years ago to undertake my degree in English and Art at Worcester University. I then completed a PGCE Primary at Newman University so I could become a primary school teacher. Since then I have been privileged enough to teach in a variety of schools and in a range of year groups, which has enabled me to develop my teaching skills.
I have a son who recently started university in Swansea so I look forward to the times when he comes home and we can spend time together. In my spare time, I enjoy going to pilates, rock climbing (indoor and outdoor) and spending time with my friends. I love crafts, sewing, DIY and gardening.
Mrs Penny Tibbetts
3KD Class Teaching Assistant
I have been working at Westlands for 18 years as a teaching assistant across all year groups. I have completed my NVQ level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification. My three children attended Westlands and my eldest Ashleigh, has just achieved her Masters degree in Ancient Civilisations.
In my spare time, I am very active within my local church, and I am also Captain of the First Droitwich Spa Boys Brigade and Girls Associsation.
Mrs Sarna Shekells
3GA Class Teaching Assistant