Meet the Staff
I am enjoying the role of headteacher at Pangbourne Primary school and have been in post since January 2011. After successfully completing my NPQH (National Qualification for Headteachers), I was very excited to become headteacher at Dorchester St Birinus C.E. Primary School in Oxfordshire before moving to Pangbourne Primary. I was also a teacher for 13 years before this in West Berkshire and this included working as a numeracy consultant for schools across the county. During my time as a teacher I taught all year groups from Foundation Stage to Year 6.
In May 2000 I was invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh to recognise my achievement in schools. I trained as a teacher in Cheltenham and have a BEd Honours degree. For 3 years in the middle of my teaching career I moved to Alabama in the USA and was head of finance for a business corporation and an executive director of a school.
In my spare time I love to paint very large pictures of Formula One cars racing.
Fiona WilsonDeputy Head, Foundation Stage 1 Teacher
Helen WilliamsFoundation Stage 2 Teacher (P/T)
Gareth AlderSENDCo, Year 1 Teacher
Lis PattleYear 2 Teacher
I gained a B.Ed. from Birmingham University in 1983, studying art and design as a main subject. I began my teaching career in an Infant School in the London Borough of Redbridge, and after that taught in a Primary School in Solihull, West Midlands for several years. I came to West Berkshire and Pangbourne Primary in 1996. I have taught all age groups across the Primary age range. I am currently teaching Year 2 and am the art, design and technology co-ordinator.
I love art and history especially and my interests are mostly connected to these. I love London, the Tube and interesting buildings. I enjoy visiting museums, art galleries, exhibitions and the theatre. I've followed the 70's band, Sparks, for many years and still go to their gigs. I love tennis and the Wimbledon Championships; I've been lucky enough to visit Centre Court several times in recent years.
I have two grown up daughters and enjoy spending time with them.
Caroline SimpsonYear 4 Teacher (P/T), Year 1 Teacher (P/T)
I am currently one of the year 4 teachers and I have been teaching at Pangbourne Primary School since 2014, having completed my PGCE in 2012 at Oxford Brookes University. I am coordinator for History and Geography and lead on teaching German at Pangbourne. My first degree was in German and European Studies fromï Â¿ Â½Keeleï Â¿ Â½University, and I spent a year studying at Humboldt University in Berlin.
Prior to re-training as aï Â¿ Â½teacherï Â¿ Â½I worked in London as an Associate Director for a social research agency. This means I analysed statistics and carried out qualitative interviews, groups and workshops. My specialist research areas were children and young people, benefit claimants and hard to reach groups around the country. I grew up in Aberystwyth which is on the west coast of Wales.
I have lived in the local area since 2007 and I have three children, two of whom attend a local primary school and one who is pre-school age. When not playing taxi driver to my children I enjoy reading and trying out new vegetarian and vegan recipes. I try to go running regularly and in my pre-kidsï Â¿ Â½life I enjoyed going to the theatre and watching dance performances. I hope to re-start these pursuits in the not-too-distant future.
Sam RadfordYear 4 Teacher (P/T)
I am very pleased to have just joined the team at Pangbourne Primary School. I studied at Oxford Brookes University where I completed my BSc(Hons) in Nutrition, Exercise and Health. I later returned (after lots of travelling) to study my PGCE for Primary School Teaching and have never looked back.
I have worked in a few different schools in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Australia and am now in my 14th year of teaching. I enjoy being part of a team in a continuous learning environment and strive to make children have a love for learning so they can be lifelong learners.
I have a real passion for sports. One of my greatest achievements so far has been being a member of the British Squad for Ice Skating. I represented GB at many international competitions including the world championships and held the British title for 8 years.
I have three daughters that keep me very busy but around this I do try to fit in some of my other hobbies like baking (daughters' favourite one), reading and running.
Annie WyeYear 5 Teacher
Rowena HillsdonYear 6 Teacher
I am currently the Year 3 teacher at Pangbourne Primary School in my third year of teaching. I am the Sports Coordinator which is a great privilege as I believe that physical education is important for childhood development. I enjoy organising a netball club in school and I play netball out of school for my local team.
I went to school locally and studied English Language, Music and Textiles at A-level. It was while studying English that I became fascinated by the way children learn, acquire and develop language and I decided to become a teacher. Music is my passion; playing the clarinet and singing to grade 8 level and it has always been a big part of my life from singing in school choirs to playing in orchestras. I gained my degree in Primary Education from Oxford Brookes University and dedicated my dissertation research to the impact music can have on learning in the primary classroom.
I have been very lucky to have had some fantastic teachers who have had an enormous impact on my life. To be able to do the same for my pupils is a privilege and gives me great satisfaction.
Anette BienyHLTA (Cover Teacher)