Sarah Cottle (Designated safeguarding lead for Child Protection)
|Assistant Headteacher||Val Thomas (Designated safeguarding lead for Child Protection)|
|Graduate Teaching Student||Becky Young|
|Nursery Nurses||Kylie O'Regan
|Early Years Practitioner||
|Office Manager||Liz Lofts|
|Finance Officer||Sam Donaldson|
|Additional Resources Coordinator||Karen Sorby|
Find out more about our teaching staff...
Helen McHale – Headteacher
BA Ed (Hons) Early Years with Science Specialism, NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship)
Helen originally trained as a Registered General Nurse. She developed an interest in Early Years Education when her children were young and this led her to re-train as a teacher. Since qualifying in September 1999 she has worked exclusively in the Foundation Stage. She worked at Wessex Primary School as Nursery Team Leader for 5 ½ years before taking up a Deputy Head post at an LA Nursery School in Slough. After gaining her NPQH she became Headteacher of Maidenhead Nursery School in September 2009. Helen is also the Designated Person for Child Protection and the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Helen is deeply committed to Early Years Education and is particularly passionate about maximising the children’s learning potential in the outdoor environment.
Sarah cottle - headteacher
BSc degree in Sociology
NPQH ( National Professional Qualification for Headship)
Sarah decided to train as a teacher after gaining her degree and went on to study for a PGCE. Most of her career has been spent in Infant and Primary schools in Hillingdon, Bucks and Berkshire. Sarah has taught all age ranges in the Primary years however fell in love with Early Years after having her own children. Sarah was appointed as Headteacher at Cookham Nursery School in 2010 after gaining her NPQH and later became Co – Headteacher for the Cookham, Maidenhead and The Lawns Federation in May 2012. Sarah is the designated person for safeguarding and SENco. Sarah loves developing the team to grow and be the best that they can be. She is very proud to be leading the Federation with her Co – Headteacher Helen McHale.
VAL thomas - assistant headteacher
1st Class B’Ed (Hons) Primary Education, NNEB.
Val qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 1983 and then worked on the children’s ward at Wexham Park Hospital for a number of years. In 1992 she went on to qualify as a teacher graduating from Brighton University. Val enjoyed teaching in both KS1 and KS2 prior to specialising in the Early Years in 2000. She worked as a nursery teacher at Wessex Primary School for 12 years, and was the Foundation Stage Manager for 6 years. Val was excited to join the Cookham, Maidenhead and The Lawns Federation in 2012, spending a year as Assistant Headteacher at Maidenhead Nursery School. She then moved to The Lawns Nursery School in 2013, the nursery she attended as a four year old! As well as her role as Assistant Headteacher Val is a designated person for Child Protection. She provides support to other Early Years settings within the RBWM in her role as a Specialist Leader of Education. Val is passionate about Early Years education and outdoor learning. She works alongside the team to ensure that the children are free to learn through play in a stimulating, engaging, hands-on environment.
Kylie O'Regan - nursery nurse
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
Kylie had always known that she wanted to work with children and study Childcare. She applied to Langley College after leaving school and gained her qualification in July 2006. She was fortunate to undertake a work experience placement at The Lawns Nursery School and then successfully applied for a Nursery Nurse role in September 2006. Kylie works full time in the nursery and she prides herself on building positive relationships with the children. Kylie is passionate about supporting children’s learning and curiosity, she enjoys seeing children make their own discoveries and learn through play
Sarah jones - teacher
Sarah first became interested in early years education when she volunteered at a pre-school whilst still at school.
She originally trained as a Nursery Nurse and gained experience in various roles such as working as a nanny, running afterschool clubs and holiday schemes and working for many years in the nursery and reception classes. Whilst working as a nursery manager Sarah was encouraged to continue her education further and train as a teacher.
Sarah joined the team at The Lawns in September 2013 where she completed her teaching training course. She is committed to the ethos of the Federation and is passionate about early years education. Sarah believes that children learn through fun and engaging activities and opportunities, in an environment which encourages them to be independent and where they can develop a lifelong love of learning.
niki jordan - teacher
ellen gray - early years Practitioner
Kam saggu - early years Practitioner
christina king - teacher
alex crewe - nursery nurse
Becky young - early years practitioner
Becky loves working with children, she sees it as a privilege to be able to help young minds discover and learn through play. This passion was developed during Becky’s time working in a crèche whilst at university. On graduating with a BA Hons in Textile design Becky left childcare to work in a studio, however, she missed the rewarding work with children and soon returned to a childcare role and gained a Diploma in Childcare and Education.
Becky’s 20 year career with children has brought her to The Lawns with experience from other settings, both school based, and community based. Her time as a family support worker allowed her to gain further training in parenting techniques, safeguarding and developing the importance of sensory and messy play in children’s development. Becky’s brings all of her creative skills to share with the children and families at The Lawns Nursery School.