Ms J Hardy- The Hollies Teacher

I have been in teaching for almost 30 years, and I love what I do!

Although I completed my University courses in London and my Teacher training in Yorkshire, I have been resident in the Midlands for most of my life. I know Nottingham very well, Rock City being an old haunt of mine many years ago. I have taught in a number of Nottingham schools, both in the independent sector and in the state system. I have also worked in job share scenarios so am very used to the uniqueness of that situation.

I had only heard wonderful things about St Joseph’s, so was thrilled when a position became available. I already feel welcomed and excited by the year ahead.

On a personal note I am a Mum to one teenage son, Silas, and the ‘owner’ of a gorgeous but cantankerous black cat called Reggie.

Becky Priest – Teaching Assistant

I qualified as a teacher in 2002 and have taught in many primary and secondary schools in the Nottingham area. I now enjoy supporting class teachers and teaching music across the school at St. Joseph’s. I believe all children have something special to contribute to their learning environment which can enhance their own learning and that of their peers.
Out of school I play the clarinet in the Nottingham Concert Band, take part in dinghy sailing and enjoy family camping holidays with plenty of walks and bike rides.

Mr D Purdy, Teaching Assistant (SENDCo)

Mr Purdy qualified with a BA (Hons) Fine Art Degree in 2010. He joined St. Joseph’s Primary School in 2011 whilst studying for his Diploma in Special Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Mr Purdy leads a team of Teaching Assistants who work closely with Teachers from Reception to Year 6. He has worked as a SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-Ordinator) for over 2 years and is currently teaching Speech and Drama.

Miss G Rhodes, Nursery Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Miss Rhodes is currently the Nursery Manager and room leader of the Sunflower Room.

She has been working at St. Joseph’s since December 2006 and during this time has developed a wide knowledge of early years and childhood development across all three nursery classes.

Miss Rhodes is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and works closely with other professionals.

Mrs A Turner, Teaching Assistant (Infants)

Mrs Turner has been part of St. Joseph’s team since June 2001 she qualified with a NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and is one of our Teaching Assistants in the Infants.

Through many years experience, Mrs Turner has been able to develop a wide variety of knowledge throughout each of our nursery rooms and in the early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Miss Liz Watson

Miss Watson works in the Rainbow Class.

Having completed her apprenticeship at St Joseph’s in 2011, she gained experience in other nurseries before returning to us in 2013.

She is currently studying for her team leader qualification.

Out of work she enjoys going to the gym and travelling.