Mr Tucker is Head of both Spaxton and Stogursey schools during Mrs Rood's Maternity Leave. He has been teaching for 18 years in North Somerset, Somerset as well as training in Bristol. Born and brought up in Bridgwater, Mr Tucker grew up in a local council estate and had to graft to get to where he is now. He values hard work, tenacity and resilience in adults and children alike and is a strong believer in 'Growth Mindset' in that if you put the effort in, then anything is possible!
In his spare time, Mr Tucker gets involved in campaigning, has an allotment and plays for a local skittles team. He is a keen musician and plays the piano, enjoying rap music as well as opera amongst other genres of music.
Mrs Rood is our Head of School. After 12 years of teaching, both in London and Somerset, she has decided to embrace the challenge of leading a school. She is keen to embrace all the wonderful aspects Spaxton has to offer and develop them further, so that we have a school the whole community is proud of. Mrs Rood would like the school to be a hive of activity where children become independent, resilient and hard-working learners. She would like all the children to develop a love of learning, but most importantly become caring and thoughtful members of the community.
In her spare time, Mrs Rood enjoys spending time with her family, including walking the dogs. She also enjoys baking and doesn't mind getting her hands dirty and helping out on the family farm.
Mrs Ball has worked in education for 20 years starting in further education. She then after having 2 children decided to begin working in primary education where she started as a Teaching Assistant/HLTA. After enjoying her role of supporting children to flourish within their learning Mrs Ball then decided to study towards a BA Hons in Early Childhood Education and then a PGCE to become a primary school teacher finishing in 2022. Having worked in a small village school for the past 10 years she is excited to be teaching at Spaxton Primary School because she enjoys the sense of community that a small village brings working with the children and their parents.
Mrs Ball has lived in the Somerset area all her life and enjoys taking her dog for walks around the local area. In her spare time, she loves gardening and spending time with her family, going to music concerts with her daughter and watching her son play football which she often gets roped into playing too in garden at home.
Mrs Skews is Kingfisher Class teacher as well as the SENDco. She has been teaching for 20 years, all of that time within Somerset schools. In 2012 she made the decision to leave the classroom to become a non-teaching SENDco of a large primary school, however she really missed the day to day interaction with the children and took a leap of faith leaving the school she had worked in for 15 years to become part of the Spaxton School community.
Mrs Skews has truly enjoyed being part of the Spaxton community, saying "Pupils, staff and governors have all been really supportive and welcoming. The school has the children at the heart of all it does, inspiring all pupils to do their best. I really enjoying the holistic approach we have to learning developing the child as a whole, providing them with life skills as well as academic achievements"
Mrs Skews is an avid crafter and enjoys making cards and scrapbooking her family’s adventures alongside her husband and daughter. She love the outdoors and enjoy being out and about in all weathers, and is a keen photographer who likes to capture a sense of belonging.
In her spare time Mrs Skews is also a Brownie leader, sharing her passions with the young girls she supports. She still loves to read children’s books and her favourite author is Roald Dahl. Mrs Skews loves reading romantic novels especially those by Katie Fforde. Her favourite films are the Harry Potter series, including Fantastic Beasts and Crimes of Grindlewold, she loves how the directors have brought to life JK Rowling’s imagination.
Mrs Jones is one of our Teaching Assistants and runs the After School Club. She has been here with us at Spaxton School for 13 years now and says, "I love the smiles on the children's faces in the morning and the beautiful views of the countryside around us".
In her spare time, Mrs Jones is busy being a mum and a nanny to 3 year old Bailey. Her favourite book is The Faraway Tree and her favourite film is Toy Story.
Mrs Jenkins has worked as a teaching assistant for 8 wonderful years, starting out as an apprentice and then completing her level 4 in teaching and learning before having her first child. Previously Mrs Jenkins worked as an Au Pair in Australia and this is where she found her love for working with children. She enjoys helping children grow and develop and to be the best versions of themselves.
In her spare time, Mrs Jenkins enjoys spending time with her family. It can be busy at times as she has two children under three, but would not change a thing. Mrs Jenkins enjoys family time, including walking up on the Quantocks with her dog Oakley. She also enjoys horse riding and swimming.
Mrs Clarke is our Teacher for Peregrine class. She has been teaching for 4 years this January. Although she trained in Wiltshire, where she lived at the time, she moved back to Somerset in 2017 to teach in the local area. Mrs Clarke has worked in a few different settings, including being a supply teacher for a short while. This is where she realised she really wanted her own class, so she could build a safe and happy learning environment for everyone.
Mrs Clarke has worked in a big 2 form entry school, which she enjoyed, but she much prefers working in a small village school like Spaxton, where she and the children can be inspired by the surrounding nature. She says, “Everyone at Spaxton have been really welcoming, especially the children!”
In her spare time, Mrs Clarke enjoys gardening. She particularly enjoys trying to grow fruits and vegetables, although she is still learning. Apart from loving all things Disney, she also loves to dance and this has been something she has done since she was in school.
Mrs Elsley is one of the teachers for Peregrine Class. She trained 20 years ago and since then has taught in a range of primary schools across Somerset. Mrs Elsley has worked in a variety of roles over the years, and has even found time to complete her Masters of Education along the way. She enjoys teaching at Spaxton School and realises how lucky she is to be working in such a beautiful area of Somerset and with such welcoming, compassionate children.
In her spare time, Mrs Elsley enjoys spending time with her family and two lovable Labradors. She loves to be by the sea or exploring different National Trust sites. Mrs Elsley likes to be creative. She enjoys sewing, card making, toddler crafts (Play Doh and messy paint are firm favourites!) as well as Modern Jive dancing.
Mrs Cudbill is our Office Manager who joined the Quantock Education Trust in 2017 and took up the post of Office Manager at Spaxton in 2020. She has worked largely in finance throughout her career, living and working in the busy cosmopolitan cities of London and Bristol. When her son was born her family decided they wanted to live in a quieter more rural location and moved back to Somerset. Mrs Cudbill says 'as soon as I saw Spaxton School I fell in love with it, it is such an idyllic school and I knew instantly not only that I wanted to work there, but also have my children experience their school life there'. Mrs Cudbill feels very lucky to work in such a beautiful setting and share this with her two children every day.
Miss Barnwell is currently works mostly in Peregrine class but
also spends time in Kingfisher class. She has spent two years working at Stogursey Primary
school where she completed her apprenticeship to become a teaching assistant.
Before working in primary schools, Miss Barnwell worked in Pharmacies and a local doctor’s
surgery as a dispenser.
Miss Barnwell has two children and spends lots of time walking on the Quantocks with her
family and her energetic Dog. She has a keen interest in wild flowers and fungi and likes to
try and spot lots of different types on her walks.