Track Title: Song of Blessing
Jayne Venables - Executive Headteacher
I have been associated with St. Andrew’s Infant school since 2008 when I first started working at the school as Kingfisher Class teacher, and then becoming the Headteacher at the school in 2011. I became the Headteacher at Potters Gate Primary School in April 2015 and it is so exciting to be working with both schools currently.
When I am not working at Potters Gate Primary or St. Andrew’s I like to spend time walking with my lovely Working Cocker Spaniel, Jasper and out in my garden. I have chickens which help with my other passion which is cooking. When I find quiet time I like to knit and read. I live in Farnham with my two teenage children.
Carol Trottier - Executive Deputy Headteacher
Having lived in Farnham for 23 years I feel very fortunate to live in such a wonderful town. Since 2009 I have been teaching in Farnham schools and now have the privilege of working with wonderful colleagues and children at both Potters Gate and St Andrew's.
I have three teenage daughters and one very cute guinea pig called Lily. As a family we love travelling, walking, cooking and generally just being together!
Catherine Floyd - Assistant Headteacher & Owl Class Teacher Year 1 - (job share)
I have been very lucky to have lived and worked Farnham for over 20 years. With six children life is joyfully chaotic and has little space for a peaceful moment, but I thrive on the challenges that this brings. My family have enjoyed the rich opportunities that Farnham offers and have been involved in many of the clubs and organisations in the town. We try to support our community whenever we can, especially through our commitment to scouting in Farnham. My approach to teaching supports my belief that each child deserves a holistic and enriched learning experience, allowing them to develop as well rounded happy children with a passion for lifelong learning. Working with everyone at Potters Gate School and St. Andrews has been a pleasure and I look forward to the future with excitement.
Alexis Carpenter - SENDCo & Assistant Headteacher
Farnham has been my home for over 35 years and I love being part of the local community. I have been fortunate to have attended and taught in some of the best schools in the area. My own schooling started in Seale village school which had many similarities to St. Andrew’s. Teaching runs in my family so it was inevitable that I decided this was the career for me. I first started teaching in a primary school in Dorking but after a few years there I decided I wanted to be back teaching in Farnham. I spent over 15 years in a small village infant school just off the Hog’s Back. I have many happy memories of my time there such as teaching Maypole dancing to the children and putting on productions and events for the parents and the local community.
I am thoroughly enjoying my role as SENDCo and Assistant Head at Potters Gate and am very excited to be part of the St. Andrew’s team in these roles.
Bonnie Lloyd - Robin Class Teacher - Year R
Hello everyone my name is Bonnie Lloyd and I am really excited to be working at St Andrews. Farnham is my husband's hometown, so once we had our first child, we decided to move from Twickenham to raise our family to a town which has a community feel. Since moving ten years ago, we now have two more children and 3 cats!!
Helen Ruocco - Kingfisher Teacher - Year 2
Hello, my name is Helen Ruocco and I started working at St Andrews in November 2018. I live in Hindhead with my partner and we love spending time at the Devil's Punchbowl, walking, cycling and running.
The community feel at St Andrews is wonderful and I'm excited about what the year ahead will bring!
When I'm not working I am mainly planning my wedding for next summer (!), reading or exercising. I also love spending my spare time with my large family and many nieces and nephews.
Amy Robertson - Owl Class Teacher Year 1 - (job share)
Hello everyone, my name is Amy Robertson and I am very excited to be part of the St Andrews team. I love the community feel and can not wait to see what the next year will bring! Farnham is my hometown, and I really enjoyed growing up here! I feel very fortunate to be able to work in such a lovely community! When I’m not teaching, I’m having great fun with family, spending many hours and weekends out and about with my little boy and husband. I also enjoy being around horses, and am very excited to be getting to know the new addition to the family, my mums horse, Mickey!
Sarah Scott Brown - Owl Class Teaching Assistant - (job share)
Out of school I am kept very busy with my husband James and two sons Joe and Archie who are at Farnborough 6th form college and Weydon respectively, Ted our Labradoodle and Wilf our ginger cat.
Sarah Wilkins - Kingfisher Class Teaching Assistant
Hello, my name is Sarah Wilkins and I've been working at St. Andrew's School since 2007. At the moment, I spend my time in Kingfisher class in my role as Teaching Assistant. I joined the school when my own children were finishing their time at St. Andrew's, and am now proud to be a part of the team that provided them with such a great start to their learning.
Away from school, I love spending time with my family, 'encouraging' my children to do their homework and struggling through my own (yes, I'm still studying too!) When our work is done, we enjoy walking, reading and an annual trip to France in search of the sun!
Isabel Edward - Learning Support Assistant + Playleader + Midday Supervisor
My name is Isabel and I have three grown up sons and a cat. My role this year is helping in all four classes. I also run my Jump Ahead group, helping the children with their fine and gross motor skills.
At lunchtime I encourage the children to play games together and teach them how to share our play equipment.
Skipping is always a favourite.
I love my job and can't see myself ever doing anything else.
Claire Beere - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
My three children came to St. Andrew's School, my husband was a school governor here for twelve years, and I joined the staff in 2006. We have all formed a strong emotional bond with the school as do so many families who pass through it.
I began by supporting the learning of individual children, moving classes with them as they progressed through the school. I learned a great deal from my colleagues at each new stage, and being part of such a great team is a joy.
Having worked in Swallows for three years I am now based in the Rainbow Room where I give additional learning support to Yr1 and Yr2 pupils in group and individual lessons.
The children are very motivated and it is great fun to work with them. I have never had a job in which I have laughed so much, felt so useful or eaten so much cake (there's always a birthday or a cake sale!) and long may it continue.
At home I read a lot, bake yet more cakes and watch my pile of ironing grow.
Rachael Bartlett - Robin Class Teaching Assistant
Hello, my name is Rachael Bartlett. I joined St Andrew 's in 2015 and I work in Robin class and study alongside my job.
I love working at St Andrew's because it is such a friendly, happy and nurturing school. The children are a joy to work with and no two days are the same.
I am married with three young children and a very mischievous kitten ! As a family, we like to explore the countryside and visit interesting places. When I have free time, I love to be creative, cook and socialise with friends.
Katy Winning - Owl Class - Special Needs Assistant
Hi, I'm Katy and this is my first year working at St. Andrews as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant. I live in Farnham with my five year old son Oscar and my ginger cat called Stanley. I am a very enthusiastic person and I love spending my time outdoors trying new things. I am extremely excited to be bringing my creativity and positive nature into the school.
Alix Fry - Owl Class - Special Needs Assistant
My family’s love affair with St Andrew’s started way back in 1940 when my father in law first started at St Andrew’s and was soon followed by my mother in law. All 5 of their children later came to St Andrew’s including my husband and we are very lucky that our children will follow in the family tradition and attend St Andrew’s before heading off to Potters Gate. So I am very excited to be joining the St Andrew’s team!
I myself am from South East London and enjoy exploring everything the city has to offer, my father is a Black Cab driver so if I ever get a little lost I have a map of the city just a phone call away! I moved to Farnham 14 years ago to attend the University here, fell in love with Farnham and my husband and have never left.
We now have 2 sons who keep us very busy, Charlie who started at St Andrew’s in 2015 and is now heading off to Potters Gate and Danny who is excited he is moving up to Owl’s and enjoys every minute of being at school.
Outside of school I love being creative and have studied Blacksmithing, Pottery and Glass Blowing (which I’m passionate about and experiment with often), my boys share my passion for pottery and go to pottery club every year; they love to get their hands dirty playing at a potter’s wheel! I try to challenge myself to learn a new skill every few years so I took up sewing this year and go to a class every week to learn how to use my sewing machine. I can be found with my nose in a good book whenever I have a quiet few minutes and am enjoying helping in the school library. As a family we can often be found digging at our allotment, exploring the countryside and visiting every classic car show we can find as my boys are car obsessed!
Jenny Binks - Business Manager
I have been working as a School Business Manager for nearly 5 years at Potters Gate and was delighted to take over the role at St Andrews in February 2018 as the two schools worker closer together. Both schools have a lovely feel about them and I love the strong links with the community.
When I am not busy at Potters Gate or St Andrews I enjoy spending time with my two children and our boxer dog. I am also a keen horse rider.
Jacoba Murray - Office Manager
Hello, my name is Jacoba Murray-van der Tuuk (Dutch) but at school I am called Jacoba Murray to make it easier for everyone.
I have worked at St. Andrew’s School since January 2005, initially I worked as Teaching Assistant in Swallow Class and then in Robin Class.
Some years ago I moved to the office where I really found my niche.
Although my immediate family, a super husband and two lovely sons, are the biggest love of my life.
I see St. Andrew’s School and its people as my extended home and family.
What I like best about the school is that each person is treated as an individual
and is encouraged to be themselves.
'It is not about what you are, but about who you are.'
Audrey Sturch - Senior Midday Supervisor
Hello, my name is Audrey Sturch. I started work at St. Andrew's School in April 2001 as a Midday Supervisor, I am now a Senior Midday Supervisor since 2006.
Four of my five sons went to St. Andrew's School and loved it.
I love coming into school at lunch time and working with my team and all the children. I am always there to help them with first aid and other problems. The children always make me SMILE.
Bonita Bales - Midday Supervisor
I have worked at St. Andrew's School since June 2013. Before that I was studying for my NVQ level 2 Childcare Learn & Development which I completed in 2013. Many of the parents know me from the numerous nursery placements I have had while studying.
I have 2 children Megan who used to come to St. Andrew's and Nate.
We have 3 cats Iggy, Ziggy and Tiggy and have recently moved to Wrecclesham.
Linda Burchett-Vass - Midday Supervisor
Hello, my name is Linda Burchett-Vass, I am married with 2 grown up children whom both came to St.Andrew's School and 2 grandsons, Harry and Adam who also have been here.
I love Disney and went to Florida for the first time in 2012 and had a fantastic time.
Riffat Nazir- Midday Supervisor
My name is Riffat Nazir. I work as a Midday Supervisor at St. Andrew's School since September 2016.
I love working here because I like this school very much. I have two children, one of them used to go to St. Andrew's School and loved it.
In my free time, l love cooking, reading books and spending time with my family.
Sally Raitt - Cook
My name is Sally Raitt, I am the cook at St. Andrew's Infant School. I started working here 14 years ago when my daughter started in Reception. I have seen many changes over the years, our kitchen has recently been updated and I can now fully prepare the school lunches in the new kitchen. In my spare time I enjoy painting and of course cooking.
Melvin Antonio - Caretaker
My name is Melvin Antonio, I am from the Philippines and have lived since 2005 in England and am now a British Citizen. I have worked at St. Andrew's School since 2006. I work in the mornings and late afternoons as a Caretaker at the school.
In between my two shifts I work as a gardener. I love eating a bagel in the mornings before coming to work, I also eat a lot of fruit, especially mangos, apples and grapes whilst watching the news on my computer at home.
In the Philippines I studied and qualified as a B.S. in Criminology.