|Deputy Headteacher||Val Thomas
(Deputy Designated safeguarding lead for Child Protection)
|Blue group Key Person||
|Green group Key People||Christina King
|Red group Key People||Becky Flavelle
|Purple group Key Person||Kam Saggu|
|Yellow group Key Person||
|Early Years Practitioner||Shona Stevenson
|Finance Officer||Sam Donaldson|
|Office Manager||Liz Lofts|
Find out more about our teaching staff...
Sarah Cottle - Executive Headteacher
BSc degree in Sociology
NPQH ( National Professional Qualification for Headship)
Mrs Cottle 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. Mrs Cottle has taught all age ranges in the primary years however fell in love with Early Years after having her own children. Mrs Cottle 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. Mrs Cottle is the designated person for safeguarding. Mrs Cottle loves developing the team to grow and be the best that they can be. She is very proud to be leading the Federation as Executive Headteacher from September 2022.
Amy crowle – SENCO
Qualifications: BA (Hons) English Literature, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Studies, PCGE and QTS.
Amy originally worked as a fashion model for ten years after leaving school. In 2005 she had a career break to focus on raising her children and studying. She gained a first class degree in English literature at Goldsmiths and a postgraduate certificate in Psychodynamic studies at Oxford. She achieved Qualified Teaching Status in 2014.
Amy is the research lead for the consortium, supporting curriculum teams in framing research questions and co-ordinating projects. She also delivers school to school support through mentoring staff at various early years settings and delivering training sessions on many aspects of early education such as active maths, enabling environments, tapping into schematic play and developing research interests.
Amy is passionate about nurturing children’s wellbeing by valuing and developing their individual interests and abilities.
VAL thomas - deputy 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.
Sarah jones - key person for blue group
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.
Christina King - key person for green group
Alex Crew - key person for green group
Becky flavelle - key person for red group
Becky has worked within the early years sector for nine years and has recently joined the team. Becky has recently worked at St Peters Primary School as a teaching assistant in the nursery and reception classes. Becky is passionate about the values and ethos which are embedded throughout the federation and she is very keen to incorporate these within her daily practice. Becky is also passionate about how children learn and develop as individuals and what makes them unique. She enjoys being creative and being in the outdoor environment where children can develop a sense of curiosity and creativity through their play. Becky encourages and promotes independence, self-esteem and resilience alongside a love for learning. Becky is currently studying for her degree “Working in integrated services for children and young people” BA (Hons) at the university of west London. Becky hopes to train as a play therapist or a speech and language therapist, within the early years sector.
francesca owers - key person for red group
Francesca has been interested in working with children since school. After completing her first degree in Nottingham, Francesca then went on to work travelling around the world. During the covid pandemic Francesca spent her time back in the U.K. working at a private nursery where she found her love for Early Years Education. Francesca then completed her teacher training at The Lawns where she embodied the ethos of the federation and gained a qualified teacher status in 2022. Francesca is particularly passionate about Literacy, outdoor play and promoting a love of learning in a fun, safe and enabling environment. Francesca strives to encourage independence, develop resilience and support children in their individual passions and interests.
MANDY HANN - key person for yellow group
Mandy has worked in early years for the past 17 years. Mandy has had a lot of experience working in a variety of nursery settings and is excited to join the team at The Lawns Nursery. Mandy is passionate about children's learning and development. She loves being creative and singing songs.
Kam saggu - key person for purple group
Kam has worked in Early Years for the last 22 years. She joined The Lawns Nursery in November 2015 having previously worked in Infant and Primary schools in Slough. Kam has extensive experience in many early years settings and is passionate about children learning through play. She has a deep understanding and wide knowledge of early child development and is very keen to implement ideas to improve practice underpinned by the ethos of The Lawns Nursery School and the Federation.
LINDA McFarlane - Early years practitioner
She has worked in a variety of schools and nurseries - both maintained and private. Before joining The Lawns, Linda worked at a primary school in Maidenhead for 18 years where she gained experience in the Nursery class, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.
Linda joined the team at The Lawns in September 2019. She already knew about the Nursery's ethos and excellent practice and was thrilled to become part of such an outstanding school.
Being passionate about encouraging a life long love of learning, Linda understands the value of child initiated activities and learning through play. She enjoys any kind of creative activity- art, music, storytelling- and sharing her love of gardening and the natural world with the children.