Brontë Academy Trust

Achieving Together for Every Child

Our Journeys

Mr Whitehead

 

I began my journey with the Bronte Academy Trust in September 2017, working at Lees Primary School, initially as Head of School and since September 2018 as Head Teacher. At Easter 2021 I moved across the valley to become Head at Oakworth Primary School.

Each and every day working for Bronte feels like a privilege, 4 uniquely different schools doing the our very best for our children and communities. As a group of schools we work together on so many projects to everyone’s mutual benefit, teachers talking to teachers, leaders talking to leaders and most importantly children to children. I love the way there’s always someone to turn to for advice or guidance; an expert in pretty much every field!

My favourite children’s book is Yertle the Turtle by Dr Seuss, I’d love to appear really intellectual and say my favourite adult book was different, but that’d be fibbing!

 

 

Mrs Sharrock

 

Favourite Children’s Book: I believe in Unicorns by Michael Morpurgo, (such a hard question, as there are so many great children’s books).

Fiction: Currently reading ‘Four Perfect Pebbles’ by L.  Perl.

Non-Fiction: Natural Wonders of the World- amazing facts and photographs.

Current Role:  I joined Lees in September 2018, and it has been my privilege to work as Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo.   I am passionate about both roles and enjoy teaching across school.  I believe that every child should receive the best education and care possible and as SENDCo, I feel that it is by working as a team we can support children with additional or complex needs.  This team involves the child, parents, staff and many different agencies, all working together to ensure that each child fulfils their potential.

My current adventure with Lees and Bronte Academy, has already surpassed all expectations; undertaking residential training at the STEM centre in York, training for an NPQSL qualification and achieving Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for English, More Able and Science.  With all this in a year and a half - there are certainly set to be many more amazing adventures… I can’t wait!

 

 

Mrs Howe

 

The Bronte Trust feels like a family and was one of  the main reasons I came for the job as the Headteacher here at Haworth. Everyone within the Trust believes in the same, very simple, principles. We are shaping the future generations into kind, and caring, life-long learners. Decisions are made based on the needs of the children and we all ensure that teaching is fun, engaging and inspirational.

I started my teaching career at Oakworth and was there for many, very happy years and feel very much, that coming to Haworth, is like coming home. 

My own experience and memories of school are good and l was an avid reader; one of my favourite books (and one which I re-read many times) was ‘What Katy Did’ by Susan Coolidge. As an adult I still love to escape into books and particularly enjoyed ‘The Memory Book’ by Rowan Coleman.

 

 

Mrs Stoker

 

Role: Nursery teacher and Early Years Leader

Favourite children's book: ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl

Favourite adult book: ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker

I have been at Haworth for 13 years and started as an NQT in Key Stage 2, after completing a degree in English Literature and then a PGCE at Leeds University. I have worked across Key Stage 1 and 2 although I have been in Early Years for the past 9 years, coming in to Nursery after my first maternity leave. I became the EYFS lead in January 2018 and I am enjoying this new challenge. My role involves overseeing provision across our Early Years classes at Haworth and making sure all children have the best possible start to school at Haworth. Being part of Bronte Academy Trust has been great in my first year of leadership; being able to work with colleagues from our other schools in the trust provides great support.

 

 

Mrs Roe

 

My time at Haworth Primary School began in January 2001, when I joined the school to work 1:1 with a child.

My journey has been varied and exciting, from my time spent in the nursery and our D.S.P.  to my current role working with children and families.  I really enjoy the challenges this role brings and feel privileged to work within the trust and our amazing school, seeing the children blossom and grow.  We have such a wonderful school within vast and beautiful grounds, arriving at school each morning is a delight.  Though no two days are ever the same, with the help and support of such a dedicated team I strive to meet the challenges that each new day brings; seeing each one as a new opportunity to learn and grow.

My favourite children’s book is ‘Six Dinner Sid’ by Inga Moore and my favourite adult book is ‘All Creatures Great and Small’ by James Herriot.

 

 

Mrs Osborne

 

Role: Teaching Assistant and Care Club Manager at Oakworth Primary School

Favourite Children’s Book: ‘Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat’ by Ursula Morey Williams

Favourite Adult Book: ‘I Own You’ by Dawn McConnell

I started a placement at Oakworth in 1996 whilst doing Numeracy and Literacy for Support Assistants. Whilst doing my placement the head teacher asked if I would like to be a lunchtime supervisor so this was the start of my journey at Oakworth. I qualified in 1997 and was offered a job as a teaching assistant in Reception, over the following years I worked across several year groups, I am currently in YR6.

In 2000 I became a member of the Before and After School Club, this was a new venture for Oakworth so I was honoured to be asked. I became manager of the club in 2009 after completing a CCLD (Children’s Care, Learning and Development) course at Level 3. I am passionate about my job; I love to see the children grow from toddlers to mature 11 year olds ready for their new adventure at secondary school.

Oakworth is an amazing place to work and the staff have become forever friends rather than work colleagues.

 

 

Miss Kenney

 

Role: Teacher (NQT)

Favourite children’s book: ‘The BFG’ by Roald Dahl

Favourite adult book: ‘The Last Lie’ by Alex Lake

Since joining the school in October 2016, as a Level 3 teaching assistant, I have developed my skills to become a teacher through the SCITT teaching programme. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such an amazing team. I am surrounded by outstanding and passionate members of staff who are dedicated to their work and to helping the children to achieve their best. I love seeing how much my pupils progress, not just academically, but in character week by week. I am committed to giving children the best start so that they develop and learn, building on small steps to their own success. We share many fun and memorable moments, as well as new experiences and open a whole world of possibilities both inside and outside our classroom where possible. There really isn’t a limit on our learning! It makes me feel very proud and privileged to be able to teach at Oakworth Primary School and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store!

 

 

Mr Travers

 

I have been teaching for over 17 years in four local schools. I worked at Oakworth for 9 years as Assistant Headteacher and EYFS Leader, before becoming Headteacher at Oldfield Primary. Oldfield is the newest of the four Bronte schools, becoming part of the trust as a new School in 2019. A new Nursery opened at Oldfield at the same time.

I have been part of the Bronte family since the Trust formed and have seen it grow and flourish into the highly successful and respected organisation it is today. Working very closely with my colleagues, I have overseen the successful journey, which Oldfield has undertaken. It has gone from strength to strength! We see Bronte as one large family on four unique sites.

Aside from being the Headteacher, I lead Early Years across all four schools. This unique position enables me to be part of the children’s’ lives at all four settings during their formative years. It really is a privilege to work in all four schools! Outside of school, I enjoy reading and traveling. I am usually found in Cyprus during any holiday! My favourite book is Jane Eyre. I love everything it represents- the freedom and independence. How lucky I feel to overlook the Bronte moorland from my office, which inspired the greatest works in English literature, daily.

 

 

 

Miss Blott

 

Role: Assistant Head / Year 2 Teacher

Favourite children’s book: ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian

Favourite adult book: ‘PS I Love you’ by Cecelia Ahern

I have worked at Oakworth Primary school since September 2016 and love being part of the fantastic team we have. I have seven years teaching experience and I am currently Assistant Head and have shared class responsibility for Year 2. It is a privilege to be part of the leadership team, working with skilled and committed colleagues in our school and across the Bronte Academy Trust always achieving together. Part of my role is ensuring we share and develop our practice in order to consistently deliver the very best for all our pupils every day. I am also very lucky to work closely developing newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers who work across our Trust. The amazing children at Oakworth make me go home every day with a smile on my face. Seeing our children learn, grow and develop day by day makes me very proud to work at Oakworth!

 

 

Mrs Million-Hicks

 

I love working at Oakworth Primary and being part of Bronte Academy Trust. I have taught children in Years 4-6 for six years at the school. Visitors often notice there’s a lovely buzz about the place, and that’s down to the close relationships, vision and ethos of all the staff here! Having specialised training in Primary English, in 2015 I fulfilled my dream to become Writing Leader. I now work with the leadership team to lead English for the whole school. I believe that at the heart of a good classroom is a stimulating and exciting learning environment. Reading should be at the heart of the curriculum, for our children and as a book lover, my all-time childhood favourite had to be ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl. Recently, I have attended Power of Reading training and really pushed myself to read new novels by upcoming authors and poets; my most recent favourites being ‘Welcome to Nowhere’ by Elizabeth Laird, and ‘Liccle Bit’ by Alex Wheatle - both are utterly fantastic, current and well worth a read!

Over the past couple of years, I have facilitated Middle Leader training for teachers in Bradford for the Exceed Teaching Alliance. I also gained SLE status in 2017, and offer peer school support to drive school improvement for English in Bradford.  

 

 

Mr Bradley

 

My current role at Oakworth Primary School is Physical Education and provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health, fitness and wellbeing through engaging, active lessons and extra-curricular activities.

I found my way into teaching through my secondary PE teacher, who inspired me and I only hope I can do the same. I came into this role at Oakworth by chance, previously working as the area PE primary link for the local secondary school where I found I wanted to get to know more about primary education. This chance came with an opportunity to work for a few weeks at another school within the Trust, which led to me getting a permanent job at Oakworth. My goal is to inspire the future generation into becoming lifelong lovers of sport. I thoroughly enjoy working for the trust, with supportive colleagues, in an exciting atmosphere and long may that continue.

Favourite children’s book – ‘You Are Awesome’ by Matthew Syed. A superb read to inspire young readers from all backgrounds to find the confidence in realising their potential. It shows how success is earned rather than given and that talent can be acquired with hard work, practice, determination and self-belief. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Favourite adult book – ‘The Love of The Game’ by Mark Chapman. He paints sport as a touchstone for everything important: growing up, becoming a parent, enjoying family time, getting old, learning how to win (and how to lose gracefully), the legacy we all hope to leave our children.