Who's Who 2023-24
Mrs G Hillier - Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead
I am delighted to be the Headteacher of Widmer End and feel proud to be leading such a wonderful community school. My early career was in recruitment and event management, before embarking on my PGCE and later a Masters in Education.
I have been teaching for 15 years and am passionate about teaching and learning and giving all children the best start in life. Widmer End gives the children many opportunities to thrive and find their passion and everything we do is underpinned by our strong values and ethos. My hobbies are walking my dog, yoga and running. I really enjoy taking running club every week with the children.
Mrs V Marshall - Deputy Headteacher, Year 5 Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
I joined the team here at Widmer End in September 2022 as Deputy Headteacher and Year 3 teacher. I am thrilled to be a part of such a warm and welcoming school family. I am lucky enough to have been teaching for 25 years and have been able to work and gain experience in three different schools in three separate boroughs across the country. I love every subject we teach in primary school but my passion is for everything English! I have been a Lead Literacy teacher and now work as a county KS2 writing moderator, supporting colleagues with their writing judgements across Buckinghamshire. I have worked as a mentor for the last ten years and enjoy my role in supporting colleagues early on in their career as well as those with a little more experience! I have always had a love of music; I play the piano and am the first to volunteer to lead school choirs, taking them to exciting places such as the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 arena to perform in front of thousands, as well as local events and places such as residential homes to entertain the elderly. I have a husband and two teenage girls who keep me very busy at home, as well as my little Welsh terrier, Teddy, who I love taking for walks in the countryside as often as I can fit them in! I am so excited to be part of the Widmer End team and feel privileged to be here to support and guide the children in their journey towards becoming successful and responsible citizens when they leave us at the end of Year 6.
Miss K Allen - Pastoral Lead, Attendance Officer, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
My background is working with Children aged 4-19yrs with complex ASD, emotional, social and behaviours. I joined Widmer End as a TA in April 2021 and moved into my new role as Pastoral Lead, DDSL and Attendance officer in September 2022 and I haven’t looked back. I love my job as hard as it can be!
I believe all children’s behaviours are a form of communication and I strive to support the children who find school life tricky by providing a safe place and to be a person who understands them. ‘You can’t and shouldn’t bash a square peg into a round hole’ is my motto! But with encouragement, understanding, guidance, support and love, sometimes the square peg can make their own place to fit. Difference is only to be championed.
I love Makaton and run a lunchtime club to share my love through music and songs….my other hobbies are being outside as much as possible, ballet and going to the theatre. I have 2 boys of my own, 17yr old and 11 year old who both keep me on my toes!
The children in school are who I am here for and they are always my number one priority….they never fail to put a smile on my face and make me laugh every day.
Mrs L Ross-Wood - SENDCo
I joined the team as SENDCo here at Widmer End in September 2023 and have been warmly welcomed by both children and staff.
I have been a qualified primary school teacher for nineteen years and have spent the last five years working at a small village school in Maidenhead where I grew a special interest in supporting children with special educational needs.
I live in Buckinghamshire, in Burnham and enjoy a very scenic journey to school each day. I live with my husband and two children who are twelve and ten and our pets - Baxter, a black miniature poodle and Willow and Snowy who are our very friendly outdoor rabbits.
In my free time, I enjoy exercise - especially strength and conditioning fitness. I use kettlebells to get a good workout and attend a CrossFit gym close to where I live. Feeling physically strong makes me feel capable and supports my positive mental health too. As a family, we enjoy being fairly active and adventurous - skiing, camping, cycling and plenty of dog walks.
I'm really excited to work here and especially enjoy getting out on the playground and into classrooms where I am always greeted with friendly smiles.
Mrs K Hipperson - SENDCo (Maternity Leave)
I began my teaching career in Norwich before moving to Buckinghamshire in 2013 and for 4 years prior to joining Widmer End, I worked in the Local Authority SEN Team. In early 2021, I made the decision to move my career back to the classroom.
I joined the teaching team at Widmer End in Autumn 2021, covering PPA for teachers across EYFS, KS1 and LKS2 and have never looked back! I thoroughly enjoy working within school and enjoy all the vibrant interactions with the children as they explore and learn new things.
I am a qualified SENCO and on the days I am not at school, I manage a SEND Information, Advice and Support Service. At home, I have two daughters and a large lazy black dog named Kipper. I like to go swimming, practice yoga and spend as much time as I can outdoors
Mr R Jones - Caretaker
Hi, I'm Robin, Widmer End's Caretaker. My aim is to keep the Children safe at School, and I'm happiest when they are smiling. I have four grandchildren, myself and Mrs Jones love to spend as much time as possible with them. I used to play golf regularly, but I've injured my back. When I retire, my aim is to get back on the golf course and go sea fishing!
Miss P Bailey - Bursar
My name is Miss Bailey, I have been working at Widmer End School as the Bursar since October 2019 and love it! It's such a warm welcoming school, the staff and children make everyday enjoyable, there is never a dull moment. When I'm not at school I am mostly looking after my little girl Amelia and our two chihuahuas but when I manage to get some free time I head out for a run and go to a yoga class once a week - I also help Mrs Hillier take the running club every week, we have a great time!
Ms V Hespe - Bursar
Mrs C Lenton - Office Manager
I'm Mrs Lenton and I have been the Office Manager at Widmer End School since September 2022, having previously worked in schools since 2018. I have been made to feel very welcome by the children and staff. I do love working here, everyday is different!
In my spare time I love spending time with my family, friends, Harvey dog and 2 naughty horses.
Mrs C Weaver - Office Manager
Hi everyone! I've been at Widmer End School from September '22, having previously been running my own successful administration business from home. My hobbies include netball (playing and umpiring), camping, dog walking, cleaning & organising, gardening, among other things! I am chairwoman for my expanding netball club and have just started studying to become a netball umpiring mentor for South Bucks. I have two awesome children who are studying at Cedar Park School, a sassy little pooch and a very forgiving husband!
Mrs B Watson - EYFS Phase Leader, Reception Teacher
I am so excited to have joined Widmer End School this September as the Early Years Lead and Reception class teacher! I have been teaching for 5 years and I am very passionate about the importance of a positive Early Years foundation for each child at the beginning of their time at school. I used to love school when I was little and my aim is to instil a love of learning within the children at Widmer End too!
My hobbies are going for long walks with my husband and dog, baking delicious cakes and dancing!
Miss G Davis - Year 1 Teacher
I joined Widmer End in September 2022 and am now delighted to be taking on the role of Year 1 class teacher from the Autumn term. This will be my second year of teaching and I am excited to continue my career at Widmer End. I will also be running Quiz club on a Thursday after school with Mrs Oxby for Key Stage 2 Children. I have a degree in Education, PGCE and a Masters in Psychology and have always enjoyed working with children gaining experience in many different settings throughout my degrees. Growing up I did a lot of volunteering work at my local youth club. My main hobbies are dancing, going to the theatre especially musicals, watching movies, and spending time with my friends and family.
Mrs L Van Der Merwe - Year 1, 2 & 3 Phase Leader, Year 2 Teacher
I have been at Widmer End for 12 years working across Key Stage 1 and 2 and am currently in Year 2 with the responsibilities of Key Stage Leader, Reading Lead (including Accelerated Reader), Computing Lead and School Librarian.
Reading is one of my favourite things to do and it always has been. There are books in every room of my house! Even when I was a girl- a long time ago, I used to love reading. I even used to read under the covers in bed with a torch. Reading allows me to stay up to date with new educational trends and allows me to relax too.
I also love teaching Maths and believe that Maths is magic!
No two days at school are the same and hearing the ‘a-ha’ moment when something clicks for a child who has been struggling with their learning is priceless.
I am married and we have two young adults , both of whom attended Widmer End when they were little. Out of school, I enjoy doing a range of crafts and spending time with my family. We speak English and Afrikaans at home and have a little Yorkshire terrier called Buddy.
Ms Z Atkins - Year 3 Teacher
I have been a teacher for more than 20 years and have taught in primary schools in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, as well as International Schools in China and Chile. Even though I’ve been settled back in the UK for many years now, my ‘international’ experience has influenced my teaching and I encourage children to look at the world beyond their own community, to see how the lives of others are different to their own. I am passionate about ensuring children are equipped for their future whilst caring about the planet and having empathy for others. I have run many extra-curricular clubs including Eco Warriors, Fairtrade, Globetrotters and languages, to help children realise they can make a difference. As well as History and Geography, my favourite subjects to teach are Maths and Science – all of which can inspire awe and wonder!
I have always loved travelling and have visited every continent - including Antarctica! Now I’m mum to an amazing daughter who’s about to start secondary school, my travels tend to be closer to home. I love walking in the beautiful countryside we have here in Buckinghamshire and exploring other parts of the UK. I enjoy singing, having been a member of staff choirs at previous schools and even performed in a staff production of Mamma Mia.
I am really excited about teaching at Widmer End and looking forward to being part of the school community.
Mrs B Mills - Year 4, 5 & 6 Phase Leader, Year 4 Teacher
I currently have the privilege of being the year 4 class teacher. I have been working at the school for many years in various guises, and actually began my journey with Widmer End as a parent helper back in 2012. 10 years that seem to have just flown by! I am one of the lucky ones that can truly say 'I love my job'. Within my role, I have been fortunate enough to be supported in developing a passion of mine: to teach, learn and support children through accessing the great outdoors. I currently run Eco Warriors, an after school club for children excited and motivated in enjoying, protecting and benefitting from the world around us. The club is always fully subscribed, which shows just how passionate our children are in learning about, and caring for our planet. I am currently completing a qualification so I can develop our whole school Forest schools provision so ALL children can reap the benefits of being outdoors and engaging in practical experiences. I cannot wait to see this provision become embedded throughout Widmer End, in the very near future - watch this space!! Not only am I responsible for developing Forest schools, I am currently Widmer's subject lead on History. I am committed to and passionate about ensuring children receive rich and immersive experiences as they journey through our historical landscapes, developing curiosity and knowledge about our past and begin to develop understandings as to how the past influences our now! Much of what is delivered in Forest schools links to all areas of the National curriculum, with history providing particularly rich opportunities to explore learning, this means my two key areas of responsibility are very well connected.
On a personal note, I have 3 young children, 2 of whom are still travelling through Widmer End primary school, this means when I am not teaching, I am still surrounded by little people! Having my children at the school in which I teach, it can be hectic at times but equally enables me to understand things from a parent perspective as well as with my teacher hat on. I try to apply my parent hat whenever considering new ideas or requests of families as I really do understand the trials and tribulations of being a full time working parent. Equally, I want my children to have the best academic, social and emotional journey possible, so I am well placed and highly invested in supporting the school to be the best it can be!!
I am an animal lover and am well known amongst the children and staff for having a menagerie of animals at home - I'm still trying to convince Mrs Hillier to allow me to extend my little zoo onto the school grounds!!! I'm not there yet! Even without my school zoo, I feel privileged to work at Widmer End, a little school with a big heart and a place I feel we can all make a difference.
Mrs E Archer-Doran - SCITT Trainee, Year 4
I've been part of the Widmer End CC School community since 2017 when my son started in reception. I quickly became a parent helper and have been an active member of the PTA. I also worked as an MDS up until January 2022 when I became an LSA in year 6. Prior to working at Widmer End CC School I worked as both an ice skating coach, for approximately 13 years, and a gymnastics coach. I attended university and have a degree in Sports Psychology. I still coach gymnastics at Booker Gym Club and recently started running a gymnastics after school club for the children here. I have always been passionate about working with children and aspire to be a teacher myself.
I am married with two children, both attend school here and spend most of my time running them to their various activities. Outside of school I enjoy dancing, gymnastics, ice skating and music.
Miss J Weston - Year 5 Teacher
I started my teaching career 13 years ago and have mainly taught across KS2 during this time. I started teaching at Widmer End in September 2022 and I am currently teaching Year 5 on a Wednesday and Thursday. They are a wonderful class and I am thoroughly enjoying teaching them.
I have a passion for reading and enjoy sharing different books with the children, especially our DEAR time at the end of every day. Helping to engage children in reading and widening their exposure to books is really important to me.
On a personal note, I am a busy mum of 3 boys and, whilst life can be rather chaotic at times, it’s all good fun! I enjoy exercise, watching films and spending time outside with my boys.
Mrs R Atkinson - Year 6 Teacher
I first became a teacher 20 years ago now and every year has been different, it is the best job in the world and I am really excited to be part of the Widmer End team now.
I have taught in nearly every year group over my teaching career but love being with the KS2 children and so I am so pleased to be in Year 6.
I love seeing children get excited by a new project or achieve a new skill, so being able to teach a range of skills and subjects to Year 6 is such a privilege.
I have a little girl here at Widmer - she loves coming to school and is excited by all the wonderful things that happen here.
I love the theatre, any opportunity to see a good musical, play or watch a drama, I am there. I also enjoy spending time with my family, going for long walks and visiting all the places around our area and hopefully get back into travelling a bit more during the holidays.
Mrs D Stenner - Pre-school Assistant
Hi, my name is Deborah Stenner, I am NNEB qualified and work in the Preschool, where I have been since January 2009.
We have a fantastic team in Preschool, who work well together. It is a joy to work with my colleagues who I call my friends. It is also a privilege to watch the children in our care grow personally, emotionally and educationally whilst having fun and learning through play.
Since qualifying in1990, I have had 4 other jobs in childcare along with a 9 year break to raise my family.
I live with my husband (est.1996) and 2 boys, who are now young men. Our household is football mad and we support Wycombe Wanderers, attending home games.
I have always loved to sing and I get to share this skill with the children as this is a good way to learn whilst having fun.
Mrs M Baatz - Pre-school Assistant
Hello, my name is Marie and I am a preschool carer and key worker .
I have been an integral part of the Widmerend Early Years team for seven years , and I am proud of the happy , fun and warm environment we provide to enable the children to thrive in all of the seven areas in their learning . I have worked in childcare since attaining my NNEB qualification at Aylesbury college .
I have been fortunate to see both of my children through to Year Six at the school.
Childcare is my passion and I knew from a young age that this would be my vocation.
I’m married and have an eighteen year old son , and a fourteen year old daughter .
I love shopping , meeting friends , baking , watching movies , and beaches.
Mrs N Shaheen - Pre-school Assistant
My name is Nabila Shaheen, I work as a key worker in preschool and children call me Nabila. I’m originally from Pakistan and living in the UK(High Wycombe)for more than 20 years. My early education is From Pakistan and Urdu is my first language but English is mostly spoken around the house and with family members. I’m mother of one boy who is 18 years old. In my own time I enjoy going for walks, cooking, and spending some quality time with my son. I joined Widmer End School exactly 5 years ago as a Preschool key worker, it's such a good and pleasant experience to be here as part of a very warm, kind and friendly team. I have previously worked at different educational settings on short term basis( voluntarily and in paid roles).I have natural affinity with children and I enjoy supporting their learning and developing socially and academically. Smiles on their faces makes me happy.
I ensure to be positive all the time, listen to others and value their views, ideas and opinions. I also make sure that I respect other people from different religions and ethnicities.
Mrs T Cariven - Pre-school Assistant
After thoroughly enjoying my role as a childminder for 4.5 years whilst bringing up my 3rd child, once she started school it was time for me to progress onto something new - I was lucky enough to start working at Widmer End School as a Midday Supervisor before securing my role as Preschool Assistant in Oct 2020!
I’m a busy mum of 3, and enjoy spending time with my family, we like to enjoy the outdoors, camping, sporting activities, cooking, arts and crafts and spending time with family and friends.
I love working with children at school, watching them grow in a happy, secure and stimulating environment and being part of a lovely friendly team!
Miss I Malik - Teaching Assistant
Having completed my level 3 NVQ in childcare, and having 4 years of experience as a room leader in EYFS. I joined Widmer End School in 2018 as a learning support assistant. At Widmer End, I have had the opportunity to work with Pre - School to year 5. I am currently working in Pre- School and year 4.
I enjoy working at Widmer End as I love making a difference, and helping children by encouraging them to believe in themselves and inspiring them to try new things. It really is a privilege to watch them grow.
I enjoy playing all sports, my favourite sport is football. I have supported Manchester United at a very young age. I enjoy shopping, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.
Mrs C Swanson - Teaching Assistant
Mrs A Saha - Teaching Assistant
Since 2007, I've been working as a Teaching/Learning Support Assistant at Widmer End School. Working with so many amazing people throughout this time has been a wonderful experience. I have developed maturity and professionalism working in such a friendly atmosphere.
I have introduced an Indian dance club to motivate children. I am very enthusiastic, friendly, and passionate in learning new things. I am committed and passionate about helping children, motivate and encourage them. My passion is dancing & teaching. I am a dancer, choreographer, and educator with extensive training and experience. 6th year diploma in Kathak dance (one of the 8 classical dance styles in India) and Rabindra Nritya (modern dance-contemporary style).
Mrs N Tye - Teaching Assistant
I have lived in the area for more than 25 years and been at Widmer End since 2012 as a midday supervisor and then an LSA since 2015. I love animals - I have 2 rabbits, Bruno and Coco. Particularly like working in KS1 - there is nothing more rewarding than supporting the children and seeing them flourish.
Mrs E Lawton - Teaching Assistant
Hi, my name is Mrs Lawton, I love cooking and I am always baking cakes in my spare time. I am married and have 2 children, one who is married and one who is ready to start work. In school I have loved hosting the Meccano club with children at lunch times.
Mrs V Tudge - Teaching Assistant
Following a successful career as a Childminder over the last 4 years I decided to embark on a new challenge here at Widmer End CC School. Whilst I am still the new kid on the block , I have been made to feel very welcome , especially by my new Year 1 Class.
I am excited to be part of this school community, learn the Widmer End way and help the children grow, develop and be happy.
I am a Mummy (well Mum as they seem to call me already!) of 2 wonderful children. One who has just finished her memorable journey here and one who is continuing his. In my spare time I love spending it with friends, family, running and indulging in food . I also enjoy going on long walks with the family which all started from our beautiful , picturesque family holidays in Devon.
Miss S Dodd - Teaching Assistant
Hi, I'm Miss Dodd and I have just started working at Widmer End CC School and am looking forward to working with all the children, particularly in Year 2! In my spare time I love to crochet, read and go for walks with friends!
Mrs P Oxby - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
I'm Mrs Oxby and joined Widmer End in January 2021. I have been a teaching assistant for 5 years and am currently studying for my degree so that I can become a fully qualified teacher. I really love my job and feel privileged to be a part of educating children. I am currently in year 3 but have supported and taught in all year groups.
I love to cook, baking is something I do to relax. Before coming into education I ran my own catering company having appeared on BBCs Masterchef!
My husband and I have 2 children, 1 dog (who is very naughty) and 2 chinchillas. I like to spend time walking my dog and spending time with family and friends.
Miss I Charlesworth - Teaching Assistant
Hi I’m Miss Charlesworth and I’m an LSA in Year 4. I’ve just started a university degree in Psychology where I’m deciding whether to specialise in Forensics or Education. In my spare time I love to play netball for my club in Wycombe, and travel around Europe as I’m lucky enough to have family living in a couple of different countries. I chose widmer end as my first full time job as I loved the friendly and welcoming energy I felt the moment I entered the school and the sense of community from both staff and students which I’m proud to now be a part of.
Mrs M Bejan - Teaching Assistant
Hi, I am Mrs Bejan and I joined the team at Widmer End School in September 2022 as a LSA in year 4.
I have just started a university degree in Primary Education and I am looking forward becoming a teacher.
I am married, have a lovely teenage girl and two cats.
In my spare time I love to be with my family, bake and look after my garden.
Mrs S Bravington - Teaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Bravington and I have only been working at Widmer End since January 2022, however I have worked in education for a number of years, working in secondary S.E.N. and mainstream primary schools.
When I'm not working I love to be in my garden pottering round, not that I'm an expert but I do keep on top of the weeds. I also enjoy knitting, reading and baking but most of all I enjoy spending time with my three grandchildren.
Mrs J Sadler - Teaching Assistant
I've been at Widmer End School for 9.5 years! I started working in year 3 and have worked my way around the school. I've done Rainbow Road, nurture groups and Lego therapy. I enjoy going for walks, gardening, wildlife, animals & crafts, making candles and pictures.
Miss H Larcombe - Higher Level Teaching Assistant
I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and have worked at Widmer End since 2012. I love coming to school every day and supporting the children with their learning. I enjoy all aspects of school but have a passion for maths and nurture. When I am not busy with my family, I love reading, spending time with my friends and walking (especially if I am at the beach).
Mrs T Akhtar - Midday Supervisor
Hello everybody! I joined Widmer End in 2015, firstly volunteering for a few months. In 2016 I joined permanently as a midday supervisor. I really enjoy being at Widmer End, helping all the children enjoy their lunches and break times. I help around the office when needed, generally tidying up after people! Every day is a learning day for me, I'm lucky to have a great team around me at Widmer End.
My hobbies include spending time with my family, I love driving too!
Ms E Russell - Midday Supervisor
Hello, my name is Miss Russell. I am a midday supervisor at Widmer End CC School. I really enjoy helping the children with colouring and playing with board games in the wet-weather shelter. The children are especially enjoying playing chess, which has become a firm favourite at break times. Making break times fun and interesting and ensuring the children have a positive playtime is my ultimate goal!
Mrs S Whyte - Midday Supervisor
I've worked at Widmer for 11 years on and off after originally helping out with reading , and word/number pots when my daughter Charlotte was in Reception. I enjoy reading, watching films , historical drama's and football. I also love to shop!
Mrs S White - Midday Supervisor
Hiya! I'm Sam. I have been at Widmer End School for 16 years as a midday supervisor. I have also helped in Reception class with word and number pots and taken Library time with the infants. Both my kids came to the school and really enjoyed it here. I have seen 4 head teachers and a lot of changes in the 16 years, Widmer End remains a lovely little school. Personally, I enjoy watching films and watching quiz shows.
Mrs A Holden - Midday Supervisor
I have worked at Widmer End school on and off for 10 years as a midday supervisor. I love supporting the children at lunchtime and being part of such a strong, friendly team.
I am mum to 2 boys, one about to take A-levels, the other partway through GCSEs, both of whom went through Widmer End school. I also have 2 dogs, one mine and one belonging to the Hearing Dogs charity.
I love reading, movies, cross-stitch and knitting.
Mrs B Keen - Midday Supervisor
I became interested in the school when my grandson, now in Year 3, started in Reception, followed by my granddaughter now in Year 2.I would often bring them to school and pick them up and it seemed a natural progression for me to have some sort of role in the school. My work keeps me fit and active. I have been married for 47 years and have a grown up son and daughter. I love reading, learning foreign languages and am attempting to write a novel.
Mrs C Drofiak - Midday Supervisor
I have worked for almost six years as a midday supervisor for Widmer End School.
My hobbies include cooking and baking.