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Teaching Staff


Mrs Thompson - Reception Class and Year 1 Teacher - Wrens

Mrs Thompson teaches the Wren Class. She enjoys working practically with the children. When they come into class in the morning they immediately find something interesting to work on. The children can often be seen learning through practical activities including singing, painting and investigating the outdoors.  Mrs Thompson is also a Teacher Governor and is studying for the SENCo qualification with Bath Spa University.

Miss Arkle - Year 2 Teacher - Chaffinches





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Mrs McGarry - Deputy Principal and Years Three and Four Teacher - Woodpeckers

Mrs McGarry teaches the Woodpecker Class.  She plans and delivers exciting learning experiences that her class access whatever their learning style.  As well as deputising for Mrs Coupe in her absence, Mrs McGarry leads Science, PE and The Creative Curriculum across the school.  She also leads the Growing Schools Programme and can often be found outside, with her class, developing yet another area of the school site for a garden, wildflower patch or animal home.

Mrs McGarry's hobbies include gardening vegetables and fruits, baking, watching Rugby with her husband and walking their labrador Granger.  Mrs McGarry also keeps Chickens and Ducks and was instrumental in the 'egg-citing projects' that Chaffinches and Woodpeckers enjoyed to hatch the school's chickens in 2014 and the ducklings in the summer of 2016


Mrs Violette and Mrs Nicholson - Year 5 Teachers - Kestrels

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Mrs Sinclair - Year 6 Teacher - Kites


Mrs Coupe - Principal

Mrs Coupe teaches across the school when staff are having time for planning. She especially enjoys teaching Maths, Science and Religious Education and as practical investigations are her favourite type of lessons, there is usually a fair bit of tidying up to do before the end of the day!

As well as being the school Principal, Mrs Coupe is 'Executive Principal' within Excalibur which involves her working with other school leaders within the Academy Trust.

Her hobbies include vegetable gardening, reading and walking her family's dog, Alfie. Her favourite colour, as everyone knows, is PURPLE! She has challenged herself at the Osmington residentials as she is afraid of heights. Something she'd still like to do in her life is to go to Iceland because she loves Geology and wants to see a volcano.

Special Educational Needs Coordinator

Mrs Thompson is training as Burbage School's SENCo. In the meantime, Mrs Wendy Chadwick oversees the work that Mrs Coupe and the school does to make sure that pupils with special educational needs get the right support and help they need at school. 

Mrs Cardy oversees the provision of SENd for all of the schools in the Excalibur Academies Trust and is Director of Additional and Special Educational Needs at St John's.  

Classroom-based Support Staff

Mrs Angel - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs West - Clerical Assistant and Breakfast Club Organiser

Mrs West works in the office on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon.  She loves the creative arts and can turn her hand to any artistic style, often helping with displays around the school.  She also runs the Owls' Nest breakfast club every morning, is an experienced Teaching Assistant and works as a midday supervisor occasionally.

Mrs Kington - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kington works mainly in the Wren class supporting Mrs Thompson with our youngest pupils.  She also teaches phonics across KS1 and delivers intervention sessions. 

Mrs Hawkins - Teaching Assistant

Midday Supervisors - Our lunchtime Team

Administrative Support Staff


Mrs Lockwood - Administrative Officer

There is never a quiet moment in our busy school office! Mrs Lockwood is Administrative Officer and works closely with Mrs Renshaw our Finance Officer to make sure we run efficiently.

She runs the Music Lesson arrangements as well as all the communications about trips and events. If you have a question that our Parent Handbook can't answer, pop into the office and Mrs Lockwood will help!

Our office is staffed Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. 


If you have any questions about the school please ring: 01672 810 452