Our Staff

We have built an enthusiastic and hugely committed team at Halterworth. We appoint talented staff when the opportunity arises, to bring new skills and opportunities for our children. We support all staff to achieve outstanding outcomes and provide rich professional development opportunities to be the best they can be in their role.

The school is led by Jo Cottrell and is an Executive Headteacher she is responsible for the overall strategic direction and success of this school and also for our Family of Schools at Awbridge & Wellow. As a National Leader in Education (NLE), Jo and her team have been selected by the Department for Education to support and reach out to other schools. Jo is supported by a strong team and following designation as a National Teaching School, the senior leadership team has been restructured as follows.

Phil Thomas has grown through the ranks of Halterworth as a teacher to become Head of School. Jayne Fahey joined Halterworth in 2011, bringing a wealth of experience from schools in challenging circumstances. Also as Head of School (Teaching School) she takes particular responsibility for ‘Curriculum and Professional Development’.

Lorraine Pattinson & Tamsin O’Keeffe are our Assistant Headteachers.

Lorraine joined Halterworth in 2013 following a secondment from Wellow Primary School.  As an experienced leader, Lorraine supports other teachers within the collaboration and across Hampshire.  As Assistant Headteacher, she also takes responsibility for English across the school.

Our school is organised in teams as follows:

Early Years:

Led by Helen Cater, who joined Year R in 2011, having taught through all of Key Stage 1 at Halterworth. Prior to starting her teaching career, Helen has also acted as Supervisor to the Wellow Under Fives Pre School, where she was responsible for all aspects of day to day management.

Year 1 & 2 Team:

Led by Debbie Mayo, who is also our ‘Lead Teacher for Inclusion.’ Previously, a senior teacher in a successful city school, Mrs Mayo joined Halterworth in 2010.

Year 3 & 4 Team:

Led by Vicky Collard, also our senior mentor for students. Vicky is our History Leader and has grown through the ranks of Halterworth and has taught in both Key Stage 1 & 2.

Year 5 & 6 Team

Led by Jenny Ware, a long standing member of the Halterworth team, who has taken whole school responsibility for maths for many years. Mrs Ware also takes responsibility for transition to secondary school and has supported many children through the final assessments before leaving primary school.

Other key leaders are:

Executive Inclusion Leader/SENCo

Jenny Kittley-Davies is a qualified Special Needs Coordinator who takes particular responsibility for pupils with additional educational needs. Supported by the Lead teacher for Inclusion, she ensures that as a school we do all that we can to ensure that every child makes superb progress.

The School Admin Manager

Alison Tanner is responsible for the day to day administrative service that we offer to our pupils and parents. Supported by a friendly and efficient team of Mrs Gray and Mrs Welch, Mrs Tanner is committed to ensuring that the first contact you may have with our school is courteous, helpful and welcoming.