Miss Caldwell – Class Teacher
I joined St Matthew’s in April 2021 as the school SENDCO, and I am absolutely delighted to begin teaching Year 1 this year too! Year 1 is such a special time in a child’s school life, and my aim is always to make the transition into KS1 as positive and joyful as possible. St Matthew’s is certainly a great place to work and we have a brilliant team in Year 1. It is such a joy to continue the nurturing atmosphere of the early years, and work with children who still absolutely believe in magic and love learning so much! We are going to have a wonderful, fun-filled year!
Just a couple of facts about me. My favourite thing to do outside of school is spend time with my family and friends. But, having said this, I also love to cook! I can often be found in the kitchen making meals for friends and family. I also love music! Going to gigs to watch my favourite artists and bands is one of my favourite things to do!
Still being quite new to the school myself, I can’t wait to work alongside the caring, dedicated team we have in St Matthew’s and become a part of the wider school community too. I know that we are going to have a fantastic time in Year 1, and I can’t wait to see you grow and flourish throughout our time together.
Mrs Price – Teaching Assistant
I am delighted to be moving up with you all from Reception to Year 1! We had heaps of fun learning in Reception, and we have already made so many memories to take with us into Key Stage One. I am so proud of all the progress you have made already at St Matthew’s, and this is because every day you have all let your light shine. I can’t wait to meet any new children we welcome into Year 1 this year too, because I know you will let your light shine too! In the seven years that I have worked at St Matthew’s, I have taught in Year 1 lots of times, and I know that you will enjoy all of the exciting learning that we have planned for you!
When I am not at school with you all, I love to see family, go for a coffee with friends, take my dog Freddy on long scenic walks, and spend time outdoors tending to my garden and growing my own crops.
I am so lucky to be able to join you at the start of your Key Stage One journey. It has been wonderful to already see lots of you grow and flourish this year into the amazing class of children that you are, and I just know that we will have the best kind of adventures together this year too!
Class governor friend
Each class has a ‘Class governor friend’. 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!
My name is Kay Bristow and I have recently become a governor at St Matthew’s. I am an Educational Psychologist with a specialist interest in pre-school children and speech, language and communication. Educational Psychologists work with families, schools and other professionals to achieve positive outcomes for children and young people where there are potential barriers to learning. I have been lucky enough to have a job that I love. I am the SEND governor and hope that I can use some of my skills from work to support teachers and pupils at St Matthew’s.
I am pleased to see that St Matthew’s is a UNICEF rights respecting school as I am committed to promoting wellbeing and inclusive practice. I have met with the class and teachers before, and look forward to getting to know them better.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I like to walk, especially when the weather is sunny and there is somewhere nice to enjoy a meal at the end. I have a big garden and enjoy growing herbs, tomatoes, raspberries, strawberries and redcurrants or just sitting reading. I am also a member of a book club which encourages me to read books that I might not otherwise choose.