Mr J Blackmore
Headteacher and 'Vision and Curriculum' Coordinatorspaxtonschool@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Mr Blackmore started teaching in 2006, after completing a BA (Hons) in History at Bath Spa University and a PGCE at Bristol UWE. His first teaching post was in Bridgwater and after four years moved to a growing primary school in Taunton. He has completed the NPQSL and NPQH program with the National College of Teaching and Leadership prior to taking up the headteacher's post at Spaxton in 2015.
In his very precious spare time, Mr Blackmore likes to read and still has a passion for historical studies - in particular the English Civil War. He has a large family and a dog called Lupin.
Mr L Kelly
Senior Teacher and 'STEM' Coordinator
Mr Kelly completed a BA in Education and Early Childhood Studies. Followed by a PGCE with QTS. Throughout his profession he has taught in London, Somerset and North Somerset. Mr Kelly has also worked in a special needs school supporting children with a range of additional needs. He is currently our Senior teacher, STEM coordinator and has specialized in the computing curriculum for over 7 years.
Mrs V Hamilton
Turner Class Teacher and 'Language and the Arts' Coordinator
Mrs Hamilton began teaching in Key Stage One with a Certificate in Education. After a few years she graduated from Exeter University with a BPhil(Ed). Mrs Hamilton was appointed at her third school as Key Stage Two Co-ordinator - her first post in senior management - and had four classes to oversee. In 1997 Mrs Hamilton was appointed at Spaxton as Assistant Headteacher, a post that she has enjoyed immensely. Recently Mrs Hamilton has reduced her days and is enjoying her role as class teacher and literacy coordinator.
Mr J Haddell
Class Teacher, SENCo and 'Pastoral' Coordinator
Mr Haddell grew up in Kent and studied Natural Sciences at The University of Durham. After a period working in an orphanage for children with disabilities in Thailand, he decided to train as an Early Years teacher and completed a PGCE course at Canterbury Christ Church University. After teaching Reception in East London, he and his wife moved to Bangkok, initially to work for a Thai Christian charity for children with disabilities, and then to teach in a British International School. They returned seven years later with two adopted children and now feel very much at home in Somerset.
Da Vinci Class Teacher + Sports Leader
As an NQT, Mr Harrison is eager to take on his first teaching post after completing his teacher training through a schools direct course in Plymouth. Specialising in P.E, he has a passion for the subject and previous experience coaching a wide range of sports in schools before becoming a qualified teacher.
Mrs Angela Barber
Extended Services Managerspaxtonschool@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Mrs Barber has worked in the school office since January 2009 and she can’t remember ever having a day when she didn’t want to come to school! She has always enjoyed the pressures of high level administrative work. Regardless of role or position in the school, Mrs Baber believes that 'our Headteacher ensures that we all play an integral role in the enrichment of the education our children receive at Spaxton. I think this is why I enjoy my job so much.'
She started her working career in social service and then at BT, followed by many years in local government, administering training contracts, and the NHS monitoring doctor’s hours and also within HR. However, she had not considered what would happen to her son during the school holidays if she continued to work and luckily, at the same time as pondering this, the school administrators post was advertised and the rest is history, as they say!
In her free time she does lots of things with her family and friends. She enjoy travelling, eating out, knitting and crochet, rom-com films with Hugh Grant and Colin Firth and listening to her son talking about his day. She has also sung for a ladies a Cappella group based in Taunton for over 30 years!