Reception

Meet the Team

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Mrs Cropper - Class Teacher

I am absolutely delighted to be going into my third year of teaching at St Matthew’s, and am doubly excited to be returning to Reception. I have taught in Reception for all of my time at St Matthew’s and it’s a year that I feel very passionate about teaching - I absolutely love it! It is such a fun year to teach, and it’s all about building those foundations as you start your school life here at St Matthew’s. We have an amazing team in Early Years and the environment is fun and nurturing, which will help you feel confident to explore your surroundings. I know that we are going to have an exciting and fun-filled year with many new experiences! I can’t wait to work with all of you and I know that we will have a magic year together!

Just a couple of facts about me. My favourite thing to do outside of school is spend time with my family having picnics on the park in the sunshine! But having said this, I also love to read books with my children or sometimes read a book myself! I love to be outdoors with my family, even when it’s raining! We regularly visit National Trust parks or even just visit our local park to play basketball, tennis or go on a bike ride!

It is a real privilege to work in such a friendly and community-spirited place, and be part of such a wonderful school family. One of my favourite things about St Matthew’s is that we are a Gold Rights Respecting School. This was new to me when I arrived at St Matthew’s, and it is lovely to see how our children speak so confidently about their rights. As a Rights Respecting School, you will feel safe and inspired and your talents will be celebrated. I can’t wait to see you thrive during our time together!

Mrs Price - Teaching Assistant

I am thrilled to be welcomed back into Early Years at St Matthew’s, and I am really looking forward to building amazing relationships with each and every one of you whilst watching you shine. I just know that we are going to smile, learn and laugh together, enjoy new experiences and make so many happy memories. I have been part of the St Matthew’s family for 6 years. Although I initially worked in the Early Years, I have since gained a lot of experience working in Year One.

During my own time, I love to see family and friends, take my dog Freddy on long, scenic walks, tend to my garden and grow my own crops. I cannot wait to see each and every one of you grow and flourish in the same way too!

It will be a pleasure to work with all of you alongside a supportive Early Years team. We will share lots of exciting moments in Reception this year and I just know that we will have heaps of fun!

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Mrs Kaur-Swalley - Teaching Assistant

Class governor friend

This year, we are extremely pleased to introduce our ‘Class governor friends’. Your class governor friend is a member of the governing body, who will remain linked to your class throughout their time as a governor, moving through the school with you. They are looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming year!

Kay Bristow