Teaching Staff

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 dance at least 4 hours a week including Zumba and ballroom and run regular dance clubs in school.   I love to go to the theatre and particularly enjoy musicals. I have seen many, many musicals in the West End including Les Miserable five times! 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.  I’m also a keen bird watcher and member of the RSPB and enjoy many walks and nature reserves with my trusty binoculars.

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 Senior Leadership Team, I support whole school improvement and I lead Key Stage 2, Maths, music, DT 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!

Miss Wain – Year 2 Teacher

Hello! I am Miss Wain the year three teacher at The Richard Clarke Primary School. I’ve had the desire to be a teacher for as long as I can remember; with the passion to support children’s whole round development and ensure they reach their full potential. As I feel it is part of my duty to prepare learners for the ever changing world they will grow up in. In my spare time I enjoy seeing family and friends as well as going on walks and discovering new places. I am passionate about sport, particularly football. I am a Manchester United fan- which might put a few of you off! As well as football I also enjoy being creative and making things which I try to include in my teaching practice. I am looking forward to many years at The Richard Clarke First School as well as meeting and getting to know all of you so make sure you say hello!

Mrs K. Read – Reception Class Teacher

Hello, I am incredibly passionate about Early Years education and I love finding exciting ways to deliver the curriculum that enables children to feel excited about coming to school and builds independence and confidence to continue further up the school.
I love going for walks on the Chase, paddle boarding and mountain biking. I also enjoy lots of creative activities like baking and crochet.

Miss R. Hartshorne – Y1 Class teacher

Hello everyone! I’m Miss Hartshorne, reporting for duty in Year 1 at Richard Clarke First School. At the risk of sounding sentimental, ever since I won the prize for most enthusiastic learner at the leaver’s assembly at Richard Clarke, in 2005, my fondness for this very special place has never diminished. Given that my degree is in English Literature, I have a keen interest in the arts, and enjoy reading, going to the theatre, drama, music, photography and painting. As a teacher, I am passionate about the importance of developing literacy and the joys of reading, and therefore I am eager to instil a love of reading and of books in my class. I cherish being a part of the RCFS team and giving back to a school and a community that has shaped me.

Miss A. Salt – Y3 Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Salt and I am delighted to be part of The Richard Clarke First School team where I will be teaching year three. Teaching is something I have had a strong interest in from a young age. I have a passion for providing engaging and rich learning opportunities which will equip children for their life ahead. My classroom will be a place where every child feels excited to learn and explore happily and confidently. When I am not at school I enjoy walking my crazy spaniel, spending time with family and friends as well as baking lots of cakes! I have been brought up on a farm and absolutely love the countryside!

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