Meet The Team
I have had the pleasure of being head teacher at The Croft for just over 5 years now and have appreciated the opportunity to support and encourage the children and staff to be the best they can be. I have two secondary aged pupils, including one who has just finished Year 11! At weekends I end up spending an awful lot of time by the side of a football pitch watching my son play for a variety of different teams.
As a family, we like to go to Portugal on holiday and can often be found either in
the woods between Cranham and Sheepscombe or on Painswick Beacon walking
our Cocker Spaniel, Halley or at our favourite restaurant in Gloucester, Greek on
Kathy DonaldsonSenior Teacher in Year 1- HEDGEHOG CLASS
I am one of the Senior Teachers at the Croft. I teach Hedgehog class along with Mrs Gunn and I lead Maths at the school. I enjoy teaching Maths, but I really love using the core texts for our English and Enquiry lessons. Â It's also great seeing how the children learn how to our answer our 'big questions'. At home, I enjoy spending time with my family and walking our lovely dog.
Vicki GunnSenior Teacher in Year 1- HEDGEHOG CLASS
I teach Hedgehog class with Mrs Donaldson. I am also one of the senior teachers here at The Croft and I lead English across the school. I am passionate about books and love encouraging the children to be enthusiastic readers. I am a mummy to my 2 year old twins Connie and Reggie and my 7 year old Oscar. In my free time (which there isn't much of!) I love taking part in Canicross group runs with my dog Amber.
I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO). This means that I support pupils to ensure they can access the curriculum to the best of their ability. I do this through 1:1 and small group work. I also cover KS2 Teachers for Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA). During these sessions I take the children for Forest School which is always a highlight of my week. In my personal life I am usually found running along the Cotswold Way. I love long distance trail running and have taken part in various events, including 50 and 100 mile races. One of my highlights was running the London Marathon in 2019.
Natasha HartleyTeacher for Reception - MOLE CLASS
Hello, my name is Natasha Hartley and I have had the pleasure of teaching at The Croft for the last nineteen years. I teach the reception children in Mole class and we have lots and lots of fun!
I am very passionate about teaching and love to bring my creative personality within everything we do. I also lead Art, DT and PSHE and enjoy running clubs to support children's mental health and well-being.
Outside of school I enjoy horse riding, knitting and visiting cat shows with my grand champion pedigree Siamese called Lakha Echo Blu.
Victoria SoutarTeacher for Reception- MOLE CLASS
I'm Mrs Soutar, I live in Cranham with my husband, three teenage children and
two dogs. I enjoy walking my dogs in the woods around Cranham. I volunteer
for Natural England and count the butterflies on Cranham Common during the
warmer months. I enjoy reading, visiting art exhibitions, cooking and being out
and about with friends and family.
Ryan MalpassTeacher for Year 2 - FOX CLASS
In school, I teach Fox Class and I lead PE. I love anything to do with sport, particularly cricket in the summer and rugby in the winter. I have also recently got
a puppy named Charlie - he chews everything!
Sophie Heather-WarnerTeacher for Year 3 - OWL CLASS
I joined The Croft in September last year. I have been teaching in Year 4 (Owls) and have very much enjoyed getting to know the children at The Croft. I am passionate about music and I play the piano as well as sing. Away from school, I enjoy going to the theatre to see musicals. Before I began teaching, I actually attended an open audition for a West End show! I am also a big animal lover and while I don't have any pets of my own, I like to adopt animals that are endangered or require sanctuary. I am currently adopting: a polar bear, a money named Peanut and a seal called Banana
Aaron WrightTeacher for Year 5 - SEAL CLASS
I am the class teacher for Seals. I have a real love for anything technology
related, whether that is using the computer to show videos, or the iPads
as part of our learning. I am also quite a musical person; I can play a lot of
different instruments! My current favourite subject to teach is Science, I
think it is great to learn about our world (and beyond!) in as many
different practical ways as possible. Over the past couple of years, I have
run an archery club in school, as well as choir and coding club!
Ruth HeywoodTeacher for Year 6 - BUZZARD CLASS
Hello. My name is Mrs Heywood and I am the Year 6 class teacher.I really enjoy preparing children for the next stage of their education moving from Year 6 to Year 7 and of course I love taking them on residential.Although I would consider myself quite musical as I can hold a tune and play the flute, bassoon and saxaphone, I am the only junior teacher in the school that can't play the piano!
Sam PartridgeClass Teaching Assistant & Lunch Supervisor
I have been working at the Croft for 18 years. I work as a TA in EYFS and key
stage 1 which I really enjoy. I have many roles at the Croft including TA and Lunch
Time Supervisor. I also run the Breakfast Club, Afterschool club (Fun Club) I have
had other roles, over the years, such as Governor, Lolli Pop Lady. When not at
School I enjoy gardening, walking, reading and loud music.
Sharon LyonsClass Teaching Assistant
I joined The Croft in 2021 as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant but also help as a class TA when needed. I have been a TA for 10 years, following a career in nursing. I am passionate about encouraging a love of reading and have helped to develop the library at The Croft. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, gardening and visiting historic sites.
Louise NichollsClass Teaching Assistant & Lunch Supervisor
I am a teaching assistant in school and I work with Fox class. In school my favourite subjects are History and English. I love spending time with my new baby grandson, Arthur and walking my dog, Poppy.
Chris GreenwoodClass Teaching Assistant & Lunch Supervisor
I am a teaching assistant at The Croft, working mainly with year 6 (Buzzards). I enjoy the challenge of working with children who are completing their journey through primary school and helping to prepare them for secondary school. In my spare time I enjoy walking (and very occasionally running) with my spaniels, Mabel and Margot. I live in Painswick and my three children all attended The Croft
School and loved their time here.
Sandi CarrSchool Business Manager
I have worked at The Croft since 2014, when my daughters (twins) were in Reception and my son in Year 3. I have a complete overview of the school office administration, having dealt with all aspects but being School Business Manager my role is predominantly Finance and Budgets. My children are now all at secondary school. We live in Painswick and share our house with many pets; dogs, cat, chickens a friendly Bantam Cockrell! I enjoy gardening and keeping fit (thanks to Joe Wicks).
Cat MartinSchool Administrator
I joined The Croft in April 2022 having recently moved to Gloucestershire from Buckinghamshire. Â I have nearly 20 years' experience of working in school offices and Â hope to bring all that experience to The Croft! Â I have 2 grown up daughters and 2 rescue Jack Russells who keep me on my toes! Â I am a keen badminton player and play for Pittville BC in the Gloucestershire league.
Eve BerryLunchtime Supervisor
I have worked at The Croft for nearly three years now as a lunchtime supervisor
and I usually work with the key stage two children. I have two secondary aged
children who previously attended The Croft. I dance most days although I'm not
sure how good I am!