Mrs Alison Flack
Head of School
About Mr Ruck
Working with children is something I have always wanted to do. After I left secondary school I studied at Boston College where I gained my ‘Certificate in Childcare and Education’ and a ‘BTEC National Diploma in Childcare’. This enabled me to attend University College Northampton for three years where I gained my ‘BA Honours in Early Years Education with QTS’.
I joined Whaplode C of E Primary as a newly qualified teaching in 2002 as a Reception Teacher. While working here I have taken on the role of Education Visits Co-ordinator. This has been great fun and allowed me to organise residential visits for year groups throughout the school. I am also the schools P.E co-ordinator and am looking forward to developing the importance of sport in school over the coming terms.
When school is over I enjoy spending time with my wife and two super boys, Samuel and Mason. Oh and my dog Rafa!
About Miss Halden
I have recently joined Whaplode Primary School – September 2016 as a qualified teacher to work in Class 1.
Over the last 18 years I have worked in 2 other settings. Initially I started at a secondary school in Peterborough, whilst working there my main focus was on special educational needs and Year 6 transitions to Year 7. I held this position for 3 years.
I then moved to the county of Lincolnshire and started working at Gosberton House Special School which is where I have been for the last 15 years.
During my time there I have worked in both Key Stages and within all year groups at some time or another. My background has been majorly focussed on special educational needs, with a huge emphasis on Autism and Social Communication.
Over the years I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of the different children and their various needs and abilities but now is the time to use my knowledge and expertise within a mainstream setting.
I enjoy teaching all subject areas but I ensure there is a big emphasis on the lessons being practical, hands on and very visual to ensure all students are engaged, motivated and progress within their learning.
About Miss Shaw
I completed a three-year BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course at Anglia Ruskin University. During this time I experienced teaching in years 2, 4 and 6.
My first teaching post was at South Wootton Junior School, here I taught in years 3 and 4. Teaching throughout lower KS2 allowed me to have a full understanding of how children progress as learners and individuals.
I strongly believe that children learn best when they feel happy, secure and valued. I am very passionate about art and try to include this into my lessons where possible. I am a firm believer that children learn through creativity and hands on experiences.
I am a passionate teacher who strives to help learners to reach their full potential.
About Mr Wright
I completed my teacher training at Oxford Brookes University in 2012.
I specialised in Gifted and Talented identification and provision.
My first teaching post was at Surfleet Primary School and Weston CE Primary School working with all years from 3 through to 6. From there, I went on to work at St. Thomas’ Primary School in Boston with Year 4 where I completed my NQT year.
I am really excited about my joining the team at Whaplode. I am the subject leader for Music, DT and Gifted and Talented.
My passion to be a teacher has been something I have always wanted and I am dedicated to challenging all pupils to fulfil their potential and become the best learners they can!
About Miss Padley
I completed a three-year BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS course at Bishop Grosseteste Univeristy. I have a subject specialism in the core subject of Mathematics. Furthermore, I have specialised in Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two.
I have worked in a variety of school settings, which has provided me with a wealth of experience. These have included teaching a mixed early years and year one class, and years one, two, and four. These settings have involved schools of various sizes from little villages, to larger schools in multi-cultural urban areas, working with children who have English as an additional language.
I believe in the importance of catering education to supply for every individual need in the primary classroom and I look forward to happy career at Whaplode CofE primary school.
About Mr Copeman
I completed my teacher training at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln in 2007. I worked firstly at Long Sutton Primary school where in my 3rd year I became part of the senior management team. After 5 years at Long Sutton I moved to Kirton Primary school where I was part of a team that introduced iPads and handheld learning to both staff and children before moving to Whaplode in 2013.
I was very pleased to have been accepted into the Apple Distinguished Educators program for the class of 2015. It is a great honour to join such an elite and select group of educators from around the world and be able to share good practice with apple devices. As of 2015 the school was recognised as an Apple RTC (Regional Training Centre) and I am pleased to have been able to lead the staff and children towards this prestigious honour.
I have, since becoming an ADE, published two books to the apple iBooks store and spoken at a number of educational conferences about the use of technology, such as iPads, in the modern classroom. I recently spoke, via web chat, at the JESS Summit for English Speaking schools in the United Arab Emirates.