Meet the Staff
Headteacher – Claire Tjaveondja
Hello. I am very proud to be the head teacher of Pinfold Primary school- to quote one of our children:
'The place where you can safely be yourself'.
I love teaching and have been teaching for over twenty years (since I was about 12!) I love children. I am priviledged, in this job, to share in their joy and laughter every single day. I am passionate about outdoor learning, equality and our environment and beleive it is my responsibility to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to develop and evolve in the best surroundings we can provide for them. It is my intent that all our children enjoy challenging and inspiring opportunities, that they feel safe, welcome, nurtured loved and valued. Here at Pinfold the children receive just that quality of care. At Pinfold 'Learning is Our Passion' and we are 'Small but Mighty!'
I have high expectations for all and I beleive, as an educator, it is not only essential children succeed academically but that they also find themselves as people. They will develop and become content, happy and proud of who they are. We need to give our children the skills and knowledge to stay safe and strive to do their best but also to inspire them and empower them to want to be lifelong learners; to want to be the people who make a difference. Here at Pinfold I intend to do my best to ensure every child is nurtured. That they recieve a high quality of education. That they have exciting , real life expeiences and we provide opportunities to inspire and enable them to go on to lead happy, healthy lives, adding something good to our world. To quote Buzz Lightyear, 'To infinity and beyond!'
I began my career in the Arts and wanted to then work with traveller children so I studied for a PGCE in the Lake District. I went on to teach in London, moved to an International School in Spain then returned to the UK and have taught in a variety of primary and nursery schools 'up north', here in Lancashire. I love learning, always wanting to know more and passionate about sharing that knowledge! I specialised in the early years and carried out research into the Impact of Outdoor Education on Children's Learning. I have gained a Masters Degree in Education, a Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification, PSHE Certification, the National SENCo Award and a 'National, Professional, Qualification for Headteachers' (NPQH).
Meet the team!
EYFS/KS1 (Ash) teacher – Miss. Caroline Whiteside
KS2 teacher (Oak) – Mrs. Nicola. Cumiskey
KS2 Teacher (Oak)
Mrs Wilson (TA3)
Mrs. A. Sherratt, (TA3) Breakfast club
Mrs. J. Lawrenson (TA3)
Bursar / School Secretary
Mrs. R. Halstead
Miss. L. Lloyd, After school club
Mrs J. Blacklin Lunch time supervisor
Miss Moss After school club