Meet our Team
I first wanted to be a teacher when I spent summer holidays helping my dad in his school, getting his classroom ready! I would boss all the pretend children around and write on the blackboard loudly! I have been so lucky to meet some very exciting people in my life and each one of them inspires me to be the best version of myself that I can! We have a wonderful school and I feel very proud of the school as the place it is now.
Mrs C Firth
Excuive Head Teacher
This will be my tenth year in teaching and I could never imagine doing anything else! From an early age I enjoyed being part of a team and loved helping people, so teaching was always the perfect job for me. I studied Sports Science at University and enjoy competing in crossfit when I’m not spending time with my family and friends. I’m so excited to be a fully fledged member of the Winyates family.
Mr R Colley
Head of School
I have been teaching at Winyates Primary School since 2011 and thoroughly enjoy seeing the progress our children make. I have a real passion for PE and believe these are so important for all children and I am keen in developing a love of this in everyone I teach. In addition to this, I especially enjoy taking the children to tournaments where they always make me proud.
Finally, my love of sport continues outside of school where I play for the City of Peterborough Hockey Club.
Mr M Carson-Doughty
As a huge believer in kindness, excellence, courage and ambition, I couldn't think of a better school to be a part of. After spending the last 7 years as a class teacher/team leader at St. John's, I am so excited to become part of the Winyates family as assistant headteacher as well as teach English and Maths in year 5. I have a passion for reading and love nothing more than being tucked up under a cosy blanket with my little dog Luna and a good book.
Assistant Headteacher & Year 5 Teacher
My name is Mrs Rawlins-Found and I will be in the EYFS team in September. I love to read books and those who know me will know that Harry Potter is one of my all time favourites! Disney films are something else I enjoy, especially Finding Nemo, The Jungle Book and the Emperor’s New Groove. In my spare time, I like to crochet blankets and toys and bake (eat!) cakes. My favourite lessons are numeracy and art and I love to read children’s creative writing.
Mrs D Rawlinson-Found
After teaching within EYFS for 14 years and I still have a continued passion for helping young children take their first steps as a learner. It is so rewarding to help make a difference in children's lives – seeing them enthusiastic and motivated about each new experience. I aim to inspire children to become curious about their learning within a nurturing environment for them to thrive in. I am looking forward to joining the ‘Winyates family’ to continue to give children endless opportunities to become lifelong learners.
Miss S Mason
I’m Mrs Bretherton and I cannot wait to join Winyates this year in Year 1. I love teaching and can’t believe I ever did anything else. One of my favourite things about teaching is developing and nurturing children’s curiosity; in the classroom, in the forest, in the stories we read and non-fiction books we explore. I love reading and I love sharing my favourite books and love of reading with the children I teach. I am really looking forward to starting our journey together at Winyates this year.
Year 1 Teacher
I am so excited to be joining the Winyates family this year. This will be my 4th year teaching having spent the past 3 years at St Johns. I was inspired to be a teacher during my gap year in France where I taught French children English. This experience was where I realised how passionate I was about teaching and what a privilege it was to be able to work with children and watch their curiosity and love for learning grow. My main goal in teaching is to make a positive impact in children's lives and encourage children to reach their full potential and achieve anything they set their mind to. As well as teaching I enjoy walking my dog, Jasper, baking, reading and playing netball
Year 2 Teacher
I have worked very closely with Winyates for the last 5 years and now teaching here is a very exciting opportunity. Ever since I was young I wanted to help inspire the future generation and make them the best that they could possibly be. As well as learning, I enjoy researching about history and supporting the greatest football team in the world - Peterborough United!
Year 3 Teacher
I am thrilled to be joining the Winyates team this year, I have been teaching for 5 years now and it really is a passion of mine. I am excited to see children thrive in an inspiring learning environment and explore their curiosities. One of the things that brings me most joy is watching children thrive when learning new things and I can't wait to share my passion for reading. One of my favourite books is Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo and I am excited to share this with as many children as possible!
Year 4 Teacher
I love seeing children develop as they realise their potential, becoming confident and independent as they take on new challenges, whether in or outside of school. In my previous career I volunteered as a reading buddy and a governor at my son's school which is when I realised how wonderful it was working with children, watching their curiosity and learning grow so I decided to retrain and become a teacher. I am determined to give the children in my class the best opportunities during their time with me at school. I am always inspired by how much we learn from them too as we see how they show kindness, courage and determination every day.
Year 6 Teacher
I've always had a desire to help people reach their full potential. My journey into teaching began when I worked as an outdoor activities instructor after leaving school. I've done a few different jobs since then, but something has always kept pulling me back to teaching. I retrained and haven't looked back since. I endeavour for the children I teach to have a positive mental attitude and develop the resilience they'll need to face the challenges of the future.
Year 6 Teacher
This is my first time exclusively teaching PE, as I have previously been a year 4 classroom teacher in Cambridge. I love all sports and hope I can instill the love of sport into the children at Winyates so that they feel confident and enthusiastic about PE. My favourite sport is football and I play for Camborne Town FC, which recently won grassroots club of the year.
Initially after leaving school, my career was very different to where I am very privileged to be working now. My work has always incorporated both listening and communicating with a vast range of people, which has underpinned my values of reciprocity, resilience and trust. In 2011, through the love and interest of my own three children, I started my career within the school environment. My enthusiasm for my role has encouraged me to continuously professionally develop myself and has enabled me to work at St John's within a friendly team; who are dedicated to ensuring that the pupils of St John's receive both the best academic and pastoral opportunities.
As a Children's Occupational Therapist, Sleep Practitioner and Assistant SENCo I support the children in lots of different ways!
I absolutely love my job- being able to support the learning, participation and development of the children is so very rewarding.
I work very closely with all of the school staff, enhancing their knowledge of the children in their class, and how Occupational Therapy can support them.
Previously I was a Teaching Assistant for 9 years, and through this role I discovered Occupational Therapy, and had no doubt that I wanted to work with children. After qualifying from University I worked in the NHS, before joining the "Winyates Family" 5 years ago. I am very proud to be part of such a great team.
I joined the Winyates team in 2012 and have worked with children in classes across the school and am now privileged to be supporting our families in the family liaison role. I have three of my own children so I know the many highs and lows of being a parent and what a wonderful but often challenging job this can be. I love being able to build strong relationships with our parents and carers, working in partnership to achieve the very best outcomes for our children!
Family Liaison Worker
I myself attended Winyates when I was younger as did my older children! I'm excited to be part of the school and community doing what I love most, supporting children and there families. I’ve worked as a teaching assistant for the past 7 years and I’m looking forward to starting my journey as Thrive Practitioner here at Winyates. I'm a mum of 4 and have lived in the Ortons since I was 2. I have spent the past 7 years working with children with SEND and supporting children that are finding things tricky I feel very privileged to be doing what I love most.
I joined Winyates Primary School in November 2014, I came from a Financial background which has helped me greatly in my role as the School Business Manager. In my spare time I love making memories with my family and enjoy keeping fit.'
School Business Manager
After 16 years in school, I can honestly still say I love my job. Being able to support children and parents through their Primary journey is very special and meaningful. Outside of school, I like to keep active walking and cycling. I have 4 daughters who are my world and I am very proud of their achievements through life.