Curriculum Leaders

Lauren Johnstone

Lauren Johnstone

My name is Mrs Johnstone and I lead The Arts.  Since a very young age I have been very creative and loved: Singing, Dancing, Drama and all types of Art.  After Secondary School, I went on to Study ‘Music Performance’ at College and then specialised in Music during my Teaching Degree in University. As soon as I started Teaching, I quickly realised how much I enjoyed Teaching Art & Design alongside Music and thrived off the energy and excitement that children in Primary Schools have when they are given the opportunity to be creative.  I now have the pleasure of leading on the Curriculum as a whole with Art & Design as a key area which is a real gift.  The team of subject leaders (Donna Waddington, Anna Barron, Shannon McNamee, Jack Parker and Sam Barton) and myself are excited to be working on creating an Outstanding Curriculum for the children of Bank End and Hunningley and can’t wait to share with you the ideas and plans we have!

Donna Waddington

Donna Waddington

I am currently Assistant Headteacher and Year 2 class teacher here at Bank End Primary. I love all aspects of my quite varied role and one I have a particular passion for is my leadership of PHSE across the partnership.  In my experience as both a teacher and a leader I have always stayed loyal to my belief that a strong PSHE curriculum should wrap around all aspects of school life. In my leadership I strive to constantly drive the provisions for our children’s mental and physical development forward in this ever changing world in which we live. I loved my time in early education and have always felt so fortunate to have attended such a nurturing school in my childhood where our personal and social development was completely valued and so well developed. It was this experience that led me to pursue a career in teaching from quite an early age and one that continues to influence the provisions I provide in my own classroom. All children have the right to feel safe, happy and fulfilled both in school and their wider life and I love how a strong PSHE curriculum can help children achieve this. Ensuring children are prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, is such an important part of our job as teachers and one I feel very lucky to lead on.

Jack Parker

Jack Parker

I am currently a Year 2 Teacher and the subject leader of Geography across the Hunningley and Worsborough Bank End partnership.  I believe that a high-quality geography education should inspire in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. I am passionate in ensuring that the teaching of geography across the partnership equips all of our children with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural/human environments, together with a deep understanding of the earth’s key physical and human processes. As our children progress, their growing knowledge about the world should help them to deepen their understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes and of the formation and use of the earth’s landscapes and environments.

Due to studying geography throughout my academic studies I believe that I will be able to drive and lead this subject strongly throughout the partnership. I am dedicated and determined to ensure that interesting and engaging topics are being delivered across all year groups that all of our children can access and that they can all achieve a form of success within. My aim is to deepen our pupil’s geographical knowledge and understanding over the course of the year by ensuring that they are accessing well-planned lessons, high-level vocabulary and that all of our children are supported and engaged through enrichment and enterprise opportunities.

Shannon McNamee

Shannon McNamee

Hello my name is Shannon McNamee and you may know me as one of the Year 2 teachers at Hunningley. I love all aspects of teaching Year 2 however my main passion is my leadership of History across the partnership. In my leadership I strive to provide an engaging and high-quality history education that will help children gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. I strongly believe that history should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and equip children to be critical thinkers. It should provide children with the opportunity to ask perceptive questions, weigh evidence and improve decision making and judgement. History is important as it helps us to understand why we live the way we live and teaches us how to learn from the mistakes of others. As part of the curriculum at both Bank End and Hunningley, I strongly believe that children should also be given the opportunities to explore the rich history of our locality and be given the opportunity to become Historians through enrichment and celebrations of learning.

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

Since I was a young boy, I have always been interested in the outdoor world and spent many fun hours outside, investigating different things. My parents took me to a variety of places as a child and I gathered an extensive knowledge of scientific ideas which has been very useful in my role of Science Coordinator for the Partnership. I believe that Science should be available to all as the particular concepts in the subject are often very practical. Children learn best when they are doing things and in science, this is a very beneficial approach to future learning.
I particularly love investigating different ways to create something and remember fondly programmes such as ‘The Great Egg Race’ from the 70s where people designed contraptions that enabled eggs to be dropped from heights or propelled across an area. These have given me ideas in the last few years so that families and children can get together to create, making Science a totally inclusive subject. 
Science opens doors to many other aspects of learning so I believe that if we learn about everything that the world can offer us, we can broaden our horizons on life.

Matthew Graham

Matthew Graham

Hello, I am Mr Graham and I am, alongside Mr Wood, the P.E subject leader. I have always had a love of sport from a very early age, whether that was through playing sport, watching sport or answering questions before my mum when we watched A Question of Sport on the T.V! My favourite sport is football and I am a season ticket holder watching Barnsley F.C, but I am always keen to go and watch other sports being played at various levels. I have also completed a degree in sport management when I was younger and this has helped me to organise many sporting events at Don Valley Stadium when I used to work there. The reason I love sport so much is that it gives anybody, no matter how old or how good you are, the opportunity to meet new people, discover talents that you might not know you have, and a healthier lifestyle which will make you feel good about yourself. My aim is to help everyone in school to participate and enjoy sport as much as I have, help them to improve as a person and have a healthier life. 

Anna Barron

Anna Barron

My name is Mrs Barron and I lead Music across the partnership.  From being small, I have been surrounded by music and was encouraged to learn music myself as I grew up and loved learning to play the organ and the baritone horn as well as singing in the school choir. I  believe that studying cultural education subjects, such as art and design, dance, drama and music, sparks creativity across the curriculum, encouraging young people to be inquisitive, disciplined and determined. Wherever children start in life, a high quality cultural education in every school should be a right, not a privilege.  Music education is also important because it will give students a way to connect with other people. Children are naturally very social, and it’s important to encourage them to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with each other . I lead extracurricular choirs at both schools and the joy the children express when they are singing together is truly heart-warming. I am so excited to be part of a team where we all believe in celebrating the knowledge, skills, and passions of all children to promote inclusion and individuality. 

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