Mrs K. Hanson – Headteacher
Hello my name is Mrs Hanson and it is my privilege to be the Headteacher at Richard Clarke. I have been teaching since 1994 and I love my job. It is wonderful to work in such a positive learning environment where everyone genuinely cares about everyone. I have high expectations of everyone at Richard Clarke – children, families, staff, governors and myself! We simply want to be the best school we can be that provides a fully inclusive education for every child that is fun. We aim for high standards in attainment but also high standards in fostering the arts, sport, good learning and conduct behaviour, confidence and good manners. We have a very positive and caring ethos in school.
My main hobby is dancing. I do world fusion dancing, salsa, Zumba and ballroom. I love to go to the theatre and particularly enjoy musicals. I have seen Les Miserable five times in the West End! I also enjoy the cinema and again love musical films and I’m a massive Star Wars and James Bond fan. Sport wise I love snooker and F1.
Mr D. Hindhaugh – Assistant Head and Year 4 Teacher
Hello! I am Mr. Hindhaugh and I joined RCFS from another school in Staffordshire in 2014. It is my privilege to be your assistant headteacher and Y4 class teacher. I believe passionately in developing lifelong learners with an exciting, innovative and purposeful curriculum so that they are better equipped to deal with the challenges that lie ahead as they grow. As a member of the SLT I support whole school improvement and I lead KS2, Maths, More Able Provision and MFL in the school. In my spare time, I enjoy speaking French and German, travelling, visiting theme parks and riding rollercoasters, eating out and supporting Newcastle United Football Club – as you may not know that I was actually born in the North East, in spite of my accent today!
Mr A. Farrington-Horsfall – Year 3 Teacher
Hello, I’m Mr Farrington-Horsfall and I teach in Year 3! I previously worked as a sign language interpreter, helping Deaf children in their primary schools, but after visiting Mrs Hanson’s class a few years ago I decided to become a teacher! I started my teaching career in Cheshire, and then moved down to Abbots Bromley to be part of the team at Richard Clarke. Within the school I lead science, computing, and music.
In my spare time I love to listen and play music (you may see lots of different instruments appearing in school), and I really enjoy different aspects of computing, including making my own websites and simple games! I’m also really keen on trampoline gymnastics – both bouncing and coaching other people in the sport, though my days of competing are over now!
Mr S. Welsh – Year 2 Teacher
A’hoy there! It’s Mr Welsh here captain of the year two class! I sailed in 2012 as a year one teacher and couldn’t have wished for a better place to drop anchor! It’s such a great place to be, full of learning, laughter and lots of opportunities to develop as a person as well as a teacher. My classroom is a representation of my philosophy towards teaching. It is fun, colourful, exciting and noisy – I love to hear learning conversations! My passion for the whole learning experience is the rudder to my ship! I lead literacy and P4C across the whole school.
Believe it or not I’m not a sailor but do have a desire to travel and see the world. When I am at home I attempt to walk my dog Juno (a long floppy eared Basset Hound) who likes to plod and sniff (at her own pace might I add…). I love to hear different musicians tinkling the ivories, so much so I sometimes play the piano myself!
Miss A. Cooper – Year 1 Teacher
Well, when I was seven years old I had the most wonderful teacher named Miss Ryan. The rest, as they say is history! I wanted to be just like her! When I first qualified as a teacher I worked in Burton, but after moving to teach at Richard Clarke in 2007, I decided to stay because I love working here! I am the school’s Assistant SENCo and lead for Pupil Premium, PSHE and History.
I’m a huge animal lover and have a cat named Grace who was a rescue cat from the RSPCA and a spaniel called Alfie. They are good fun and like each other -most of the time! I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family who are very important to me. I’m a bit of a Dancing Queen/Tap Dance expert (think Riverdance, but to a mixture of music) too and have been known to spend weekends away dancing along with Mrs Hanson! I’ll see you at the disco!
Miss A. Robins – Reception Class Teacher
Hello I am Miss Robins and I am extremely excited to be back at The Richard Clarke First School, particularly the Reception class. From a very early age I have always had a passion to teach. It is wonderful to see young children motivated to learn and thrive from a nurturing learning environment. I am a very creative person. I love to dance and sing (not very well!). When I am at home I love making lots of different things… mostly cake! I can play the piano and a little bit of Ukelele! I will keep practising. I also have a little dog called Poppy who keeps me busy with lots of walks across the fields near my house. So, I look forward to meeting everyone and please do come and say hello!
Mrs K. Care – P.E. Teacher and P.E. Subject lead
Hi everyone, I’m Mrs Care and I joined the team at Richard Clarke in September 2014 as the new P.E Subject Lead. I have been a professional netball coach for the past 6 years, coaching all ages and levels in both independent and state school environments. I also work with local councils in partnership with England Netball, and adult teams in local leagues to promote, play and enjoy this sport.
My spare time is spent enjoying family time with my husband, son and Oscar the dog. I love driving and showing our classic cars, spending time at vintage and antique fairs, and of course I love all sports but my favourites are netball and rugby.