Mrs Donna Waddington
I have recently joined Birdsedge First School as Headteacher in September 2020, a role I could not be more honoured and delighted to be in. Teaching and being a Headteacher has been a dream of mine since being a little girl in Primary School myself. I have always felt so blessed to have had such a wonderful experience at school and it is my life mission to ensure any children in my class or school have the same positive experiences that influence their future choices and opportunities like it did for me. I love to learn, I love performance and sport and I love to be outdoors. Three things I have brought with me to Birdsedge for our children. Birdsedge First School is a very special place, with a community of families who are a joy to work with and a team of staff who have the school and its' children at the heart of everything they do. We are on a very exciting journey this year to making Birdsedge First the BEST for everyone, this year is the year Birdsedge gets its wings and I could not be prouder to lead the school on that journey.
Class 1 Teacher
Miss Hutton loves working in Early Years and KS1 as the children are amazingly imaginative and creative. She has worked with children and in early childhood education since 2001, as a childminder, a nursery nurse, a Nurture Group Leader, a teaching assistant and now as a teacher! Teaching has been one of Miss Hutton's ambitions since being a little girl, and now she works with the children at Birdsedge to give them a fantastic start to their education, so that they can achieve their own ambitions. Miss Hutton has three children herself, two of whom are grown up, and the third is in primary school. She lives with them and her dog Ruby. In her spare time, Miss Hutton loves to read, mainly fiction. She also enjoys spending time at the seaside, crafts, art and walking in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside.
Miss Danielle Haigh
Class 2 Teacher
Miss Haigh joined Birdsedge First school in September 2019. Previous to working here I had taught Reception in two different schools over five years. I was ready for a change and have loved getting to teach year two and three. I enjoy teaching Music and this comes across in the choir, singing assemblies and ukulele lessons in Class 2. At my previous school I had a TLR (teaching and learning responsibility) position to improve music provision across the school. I have a passion for MFL. My grandparents are from Germany and I find it fascinating how my Mum is bilingual. I would love to have had more opportunities to develop my language skills as a child. In 2013 I explored this further by teaching English in a school in Germany. When I’m not in school my main focus is on supporting Leeds United. I enjoy travelling the country to watch them with my Mum.
Class 3 Teacher
Ms Spark has worked in education for 30 years across all age groups and in several local authorities. Her passion is literacy, particularly writing and she has co-ordinated literacy in several larger primary schools as well as being a year tutor in secondary school. She loves the variety of her job as each day is different. She thinks she has the best job in the world and wouldn't swap it for any other. When not at school she is busy looking after her four children, reading, going to the cinema and being a mum/taxi driver/nutritionlist of two very talented tennis players who travel around the country playing tournaments.
Mrs Taylor o Brien
Forest Friends Manager
ETA and Playworker
Admin Support Assistant
Business Support Assistant
Lunchtime Supervisor and Playworker