MEET OUR STAFF
Ms Miranda Gibbs
I have been a Catholic Head Teacher for 8 years now and this is my second year here at St Modwen’s. I have absolutely loved my move to Burton, as a big fan of both marmite and swans! I am proud to be a member of our vibrant parish of Saints Mary and Modwen and am very grateful to Father Stephen who helped me to settle in to my new life here. I love working with children- every day is different. The children here at St Modwen’s are so inspirational, with so many talents and above all they are spiritual and compassionate. We are regularly complimented on our pupils’ behaviour by visitors to our school and our proudest moments are when we receive feedback from those who visit, monitor and inspect many, many schools, comparing us very favourably indeed! We continuously reflect on the messages from Pope Francis about mercy and the children are very forgiving towards each other during those times when they are less than perfect! My training background is in English/Drama with primary education and it has been wonderful to increase performance and drama opportunities for the St Modwen’s pupils. In my spare time, I enjoy aerial circus skills training, socialising with friends and family and watching Liverpool win. I also support children who are in the foster care system as a respite foster carer. I have professional involvement with the National Association for Head Teachers union, representing Head Teachers at annual conferences and branch meetings.
I enjoy working with other schools to improve opportunities for all of our pupils. We have a close connection with our feeder school Robert Sutton. We are also involved in the Religious Education cluster with Catholic schools in Lichfield and Tamworth. Within the last twelve months we joined the Burton Cooperative Trust as associate members, in order to create working relationships between our staff and the staff from several local schools to share ideas and learn together; it has been fantastic!
We welcome visitors to our annual open days and prospective parents anytime; come along and meet our friendly, welcoming, highly talented staff team!
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Yours in Christ
Ms Miranda Gibbs
Deputy Head Teacher
Miss O Shaw
I have been a teacher for over 6 years and joined St Modwen’s 5 years ago. I have taught in all year groups in Key Stage 2 and am now in Year 6 for my second year. This is my second year as Assistant Head and my third year as English co-ordinator. I really enjoy teaching English, and am passionate about developing a love of reading in all children! I love being a part of the supportive, kind and friendly team here at St Modwen’s, and also being able to see the children achieve and grow academically, socially and spiritually throughout their time with us. During my school holidays, I enjoy reading, cooking and travelling!
Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs L Chadfield
I have been a teacher for over 7 years and I am currently Assistant Head, EYFS Leader and Maths Leader at St Modwen's. I have taught throughout all of KS1 and have thoroughly enjoyed helping children to develop across the phase. My passion lies in Early Years where children have their very first experiences of school and I, along with my team of great staff, am able to nurture their love of learning from a young age. Our focus is on developing independent learners who are able to achieve their full potential as they continue their journey through school. In my spare time I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my three young nephews who keep me active!
Mrs V Kirkpatrick
I have been a teacher for over 8 years and joined St Modwen’s 4 years ago. I have a long standing love and passion for St Modwen’s School as a proud past pupil. I have taught in both Key Stages and was previously KS1 leader and Maths coordinator. I became SENDCo in March 2018. Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential, this is something I am passionate about and I strive to achieve this by meeting and supporting children’s individual learning needs as part of my role. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my young family and visiting places of interest!
Lower KS2 Phase Leader
Mr D Read
I have been a teacher for over 15 years and have experience teaching across both KS1 and KS2. This is currently my 4th year at St Modwen's and I am thoroughly enjoying being a part of the school. I am currently teaching in year 4 and am the leader for Lower Key Stage 2. As well as this I co-ordinate the PE that is taught across the school and run many of the teams that take part in local competitions after school. I am extremely passionate about sport but also strive to ensure that all of the children become a fully rounded individual in all areas of the curriculum. This year, I am looking forward to teaching music for the first time and will be learning the recorder along with the children! In my spare time I enjoy playing a wide range of sports, particularly football and watching Nottingham Forest as often as I can. I also enjoy drawing, listening to music and spending time with my children.
KS1 Phase Leader
Miss J Crutchley
I have been a teacher for over 4 years and joined St Modwen’s as a Year 1 teacher 3 years ago. This is my first year as Acting Key Stage 1 Leader and my second as a Year 2 teacher. I am thoroughly looking forward to developing the Key Stage so that all children can achieve their full potential. I am particularly passionate about ensuring the wellbeing of our children to ensure that they are fully equipped, both mentally and academically, for the transition into Key Stage 2. During my spare time I enjoy reading and practicing yoga as well as baking the odd treat for my nephew and niece!
Mr D Quinn
I have been a teacher for over 4 years and joined St Modwen’s as a Year 5 teacher one year ago. I have previously taught in Year 4. This is my first year as RE Leader and also my first year as a Year 6 teacher. I am eager to further develop and improve RE teaching at St Modwen’s. I am passionate about encouraging discussion and debate through my teaching, helping to equip pupils with important life skills. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing sport and visiting new places.
Pastoral Team Leader
Miss A Smith
I have been a teacher for 3 years and have progressed at St Modwen’s from an NQT. I spent my first two years in Year 3 and I am going into my second year as a Year 2 teacher. I am now Behaviour and Pastoral Team Leader at St Modwen’s and I am eager to get this role underway. I have previous experience working with children who are experiencing emotional and behaviour difficulties and it was this role that equipped me with the skills to take on the new role at St Modwen’s. I am looking forward to supporting the children and staff by implementing various groups and activities to encourage the development of emotional and social wellbeing. I believe being healthy and active can support wellbeing and mental health therefore this is something I will be keen to incorporate into daily life at St Modwen’s. I enjoy being active and keeping fit myself and aim to promote this to the children by being a positive role model. During my spare time I enjoy running, going to the cinema and setting myself challenges to complete (this year was a 26 mile hike for Macmillan).
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