Avening Primary School





Mrs Rushton is our amazing Head Teacher. She came highly recommended and has dazzled us with her enthusiasm, exciting ideas, boundless energy and a rather impressive collection of shoes.

   Describe yourself in five words: Happy, optimistic, calm, creative, compassionate.Favourite book? Children’s book – The Northern Lights trilogy by Philip Pullman. Adult’s book – A Star called Henry by Roddy Doyle. It made me smile, laugh and cry: an incredible story.

If you had to be trapped on a tv show for a month, what would it be? It definitely has to be Question Time. I love the high drama and emotion of political debate and seeing how people feel so passionately about making a difference to our world. I have been known to tune into the BBC Parliament Channel on occasions … and when election time comes I am in my element!

Mrs Rushton is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), Designated Safeguarding Lead, Curriculum leader and leads developments in teaching and learning across the school.


Miss Smith joined our school in September 2015 and is the full time teacher of the Owls class.

Describe yourself in five words: Caring, kind, forgetful, fun, fair

Favourite book: Matilda by Roald Dahl

Favourite song: If I let you go by Westlife

What makes you happy? Walking Rosie, my dog


Mr Wilkinson is the full-time teacher of the Kestrels class. He is our very own Jose Mourinho – inspiring our teams of children playing football, rugby and cricket with good tactics, good team-talks and good humour.

Describe yourself in five words: Bradford City fan for life.

Favourite book? Getting Rich with Jeremy James by David Henry Wilson – a humorous look at how a young boy views the world.

If you had to be trapped in a tv show for a month, what would it be? Top Gear – all those cars to drive and an empty airfield - heaven!!

Mr Wilkinson is our Healthy Schools Subject Leader, with particular responsibility for PE. He also leads Science and Technology, including overseeing e-safety, and contributes to the Maths team.

Mr Hall is our brand new NQT.  He is teaching the Hawks class.

Describe yourself in five words:  Sporty, outgoing, enthusiastic, friendly, tall.

What makes you happy:  A nice cup of tea.

Favourite book:  Kensuke's Kingdom.

Favourite sandwich filling:  Ham and cheese.







Miss Ellis is full of good ideas and lots of energy.  She is teaching our Eagles class.

Describe yourself in five words Creative, happy, enthusiastic, organised, determined.

Favourite book Demon Dentist by David Walliams

What makes you happy Anything pink and sparkly, sausage dogs and Ed Sheeran.

Favourite song from the sound track of your life Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves.




 Mrs Sollis is the school business manager. She can be found in the school office ordering pencils, organising exciting trips, counting money, talking on the phone and – most importantly – giving out stickers.

Describe yourself in five words: Optimistic, sociable, cheerful, friendly, adaptable.

Favourite book: Turning Point by Freya North – brilliant!

What makes you happy? Sunshine, bluebells, Mrs W’s cappuccinos, live music, days out with friends, boat trips, Tottenham winning and all things Cornish.

Mrs Wilkinson is another staff member with a variety of roles. She is the Teaching Assistant in the Kestrels class, administers the school meals payments and is Assistant SENCO. A very organised individual!

Describe yourself in five words: Loves to make and bake.

Favourite book? I have always got a book on the go but if there is nothing about I will return to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice – I probably read it every year!

Singing or dancing? Dancing.

Mrs Wilkinson is also assistant SENCo and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.


Mrs Amos is the Teaching Assistant in the Hawks class and oversees Kites after school club – a versatile lady! She also drives the minibus!

Describe yourself in five words: Flexible, fun, fair, approachable, want-to-be-Welsh!

Favourite book? Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.

If you were an ice cream flavour, what would you be? Vanilla - plain and simple!

Mrs Amos helps to train and organise our Playground Patrollers (peer mediators). She also has responsibility for collating behaviour logs throughout the school.

Mrs Carter is a Teaching Assistant in the Eagles class and our Forest School Expert - as well as helping in the other classes too. A lovely, understanding lady who is always willing to give second chances.

Describe yourself in five words: Approachable, fair, grounded, loves laughing.

Favourite book: The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

Favourite song from the soundtrack of your life? Up, Up and Away in my Beautiful Balloon by The Fifth Dimension reminds me of when I was a little girl.

Mrs Boulton is the Teaching Assistant  in the Owls and Eagles classes.

Describe yourself in five words: Tries anything, mainly eats crisps.

Favourite book: I loved reading all the Harry Potter books to my girls.

What makes you happy: Being with my family.

Favourite sandwich filling: Cheese - spread/sliced/grated - any type, but just cheese.

Favourite song from the sound track of your life: Smile by Westlife/Nat King Cole.


Miss Birch is the apprentice Teaching Assistant in the Kestrels class.  She joined us in September and has fitted in really well.

Describe yourself in five words:  Funny, sociable, caring, thoughtful, helpful.

What makes you happy:  My cat.

Favourite song:  By the Way by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Favourite book:  Looking for Alaska

Favourite sandwich filling:  Cheese and pickle.


Miss Graham is our new Teaching Assistant who has joined us from a bigger school in Swindon.

Describe yourself in five words:  Positive, unique, caring, friendly, honest.

What makes you happy:  Dancing, spending time with my family, a good book with a cup of tea and all animals.

Favourite song:  This changes all the time but currently Joy by Bastille and Senorita by Shaun MEndes and Camila Cabelo.

Favourite sandwich filling:  A fish finger sandwich.

Mrs Pedoe runs our Kites Breakfast Club.

Describe yourself in five words: Arty and forgetful (… two words forgotten right there!)

Favourite book: The Muse

What makes you happy? Spending time with my family and my dog, especially on holiday

Favourite sandwich filling: Tuna


Mr Rymer is a Play Team member and often helps us out by doing odd jobs around the school.

Describe yourself in five words: Patient, helpful, sense of humour, friendly (… surely that's six words?!)

Favourite book: Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky

Singing or dancing? Neither!

Favourite song from the sound track of your life: Chiquitita by Abba


Miss Bleasdale is the newest recruit to our Play Team.

What makes you happy?  Being with my family

Favourite sandwich filling:  Ham and coleslaw



Mrs St-John Smith is part of the Play Team - cheerful and energetic, she enjoys playing games with the children.

Describe yourself in five words: Enthusiastic is my middle name!

Favourite book: Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble

What makes you happy? My dog and my boys

Favourite sandwich filling: BLT

Mrs Dyer is part of the Play Team. She also plays a vital role in school performances by recording the shows.

Describe yourself in five words: Blonde, forgetful, helpful, caring, patient.

Favourite book: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

Favourite sandwich filling: Chicken and sweetcorn.


Mr Bond is our School Crossing Patrol person. He is out in all weathers ensuring everyone can cross the road safely to and from school. During the winter months he wears a special flashing harness which brightens everyone’s day!

Describe yourself in five words: Honest, reliable, happy, trustworthy, friendly.

Favourite book: Any book about World War II.

What makes you happy? Barbara, my wife.

Favourite sandwich filling: Cucumber with salt and pepper.

Favourite song: Any song by Daniel O'Donnell.


Mrs Woodman is a member of the Play Team. She also assists Mrs Amos with Kites after school club.

Describe yourself in five words: Short, caring, reliable, flexible, punctual.

Favourite book: I like to read autobiographies.

What’s your greatest fear? Snakes.


Miss Lowe is one of our Play Team.

Describe yourself in five words: Kind, happy, friendly, reliable, little.

Favourite book: I don’t have one.

Are you an early bird or a night owl? Night Owl.

Mrs James is one of our Play Team.

Describe yourself in five words: Tall, kind, helpful, animal lover

Favourite book: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas

What makes you happy? Walking my dog and being at the seaside

Ms Adcock is Clerk to the Governors, Friday morning office person and our fabulous, enthusiastic school Librarian.

Describe yourself in five words: Optimistic and a bit quirky

Favourite book: Persuasion by Jane Austen

What makes you happy? My children!

Favourite song: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison