Teaching Assistants

Mrs Dunham

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am Mrs Dunham; I've been working here since 2010. I specialise in teaching Maths across the school to develop children's understanding and fluency with numbers, including delivering intervention programmes created by 'Every Child Counts'. Being witness to the journey of development and growth that children go through is an immense privilege for me.

I studied Fine Art at UWE and then continued my studies to qualify as an Art Teacher in Further Education and continued to teach Art before returning to my love of primary education.

I love to bring my passion for art into my daily job - you may have spotted some of the murals around the school; I have been lucky enough to have either been a part of their creation, or painted them myself.

Outside of my job, I harbour a long-held love for horses and enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends exploring the coast.

Mrs Richards

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am Mrs Richards. I started working in our school in September 2000. I have worked across the year groups from nursery through to year 6. I am also the school librarian.

Outside of school I am happiest when with my family and friends. I love visiting Paphos in Cyprus and spending weekends down in Devon with my husband and two sons. I also love all things Harry Potter!

Mrs Allen

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Blundell

Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Blundell and I work in the nursery class, I started working at Woodlands back in 2015 after working for many years in private day nurseries across Bristol. I am a very relaxed, and laid back person who is very passionate about looking after children, I very much enjoy being part of helping children to flourish, and work towards them becoming happy and confident individuals, it's very important to me that I provide a caring and comfortable environment for all of the children who come to our nursery. I have also experienced working in other areas of the school providing support with speech and language.

Outside of school I love to spend time with my husband and 3 children spending time outdoors with them walking in the woods, or going on day trips to look at the amazing monkeys and orangutans as they are my most favourite thing!

Mrs Burbage

Teaching Assistant

I am Mrs Burbage, the Teaching Assistant for a child with additional needs. I joined Woodlands Academy in 2017, previously working in a Pre-School for 7 years. I use Makaton sign language to aid communication between the children.

Outside of Woodlands, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, son and daughter and making special memories together.

Mrs Delgado

Teaching Assistant

Miss Grimes

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lyons

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Otley

Teaching Assistant

Mr Pratt

Teaching Assistant

Miss Thomas

Teaching Assistant

I am Miss Thomas. I came to this school as an apprentice at the beginning of 2016. I am still working as an apprentice to become a fully qualified TA and I am loving every second. I am based in year 4 and my favourite lesson is Maths.

In my free time I enjoy singing in a barbershop chorus every week and love to just sit down with a good book or watch a funny movie!

Miss Vivian

Teaching Assistant

My name is Miss Vivian and I currently work in Early Years here at Woodlands Academy. I’ve been at the school since 2018 having previously worked in a day nursery and children’s centre and enjoy working with children of this age, introducing them to learning.
When I’m not in school, I enjoy reading and both playing and watching sport. I often spend my weekends either down at Ashton Gate or travelling the country watching Bristol City.

Mr Turner

Teaching Assistant

My name is Mr Turner and I have been working at Woodlands Academy since 2015. I work as a TA in Year 6 and teach PE for all KS1 and KS2. I studied (briefly) engineering at Southampton University and Music Technology at UWE. I strive to bring my enthusiasm for maths, science and creativity into the classroom - hopefully proving it's good to be a bit geeky!

I have played a wide range of sports my entire life, at various levels of competition. Through PE lessons and sports clubs, I try to show children how to be the best sportsmen or sportswomen they can be, while having fun at the same time! Since coming to Woodlands I have made an effort to get the school involved in as many inter-school competitions and events as possible. I think healthy competition is vitally important to any child's development.

When I'm not in school I like to play football, write music and read as much as I can.