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 3 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!
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 English and history across the whole school. I am also an associate moderator on behalf of the Local Authority which sees me support other key stage one teachers across the county.
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!
Mrs K. Read – Reception Class Teacher
I have come from a school in Walsall where I was the Forest School Teacher, working with the Early Years children. I’m looking forward to developing the outdoor learning in our amazing outdoor space. Before that, I worked in Cardiff in Reception and Year 1. I used to run playsessions for under 4’s in homeless hostels in Cardiff.
I live in Little Haywood with my husband and two boys- Oscar who is 5 and in Year 1 and Max who is 3 and in Nursery.
I love going for walks on the Chase, canoeing and mountain biking. I also enjoy lots of creative activities like baking and crochet which I have recently started to learn.
Miss R. Hartshorne – New Y1 Class teacher from September 2020
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 cannot imagine a better fit for me in my first teaching post than to return to my roots and give back to a school and a community that has shaped me.
Miss A. Salt – New Y3 Class teacher from September 2020
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 spending time with family and friends as well as baking lots of cakes! I have been brought up on a dairy farm and love the countryside. Over the past few years I have taken an interest in sheep and now have my own small flock.
I am looking forward to being part of The Richard Clarke First School community and meeting you all!