Woodlands Federation

The Woodlands Federation

Talbot First School

We form the The Woodlands Federation with St Peter’s CE (VC) First School


First School

Woodlands Federation

The Square, Marchington, Staffordshire, ST14 8LH


01283 820252

Meet Our Staff

At Talbot First School, we have a dedicated team who we'd love for you to meet. 

Mr J Gathercole
Executive Headteacher

Hello! My name is Mr Gathercole or Mr G (it's easier!). I am incredibly honoured to have been asked to be the headteacher of our two wonderful small schools. The schools feel like one big family where we all work together to support and help us be the best we possibly can. I have taught in schools all over the country and love sharing my passion for learning with the pupils, parents and staff.

Mrs K Grocott
Senior and Maple Class Teacher

I teach the Year 2, 3 and 4 class at Talbot First School. I also lead English and Music across the Woodlands Federation.

Mrs S Holden
WIllow Class Teacher

I teach Reception and Year 1. I am the EYFS, Art and Design Technology Lead across The Woodlands Federation.

Mrs M Hill
Office Manager

Hi, my name is Mrs Hill! You can find me in the office or on the other end of the phone if you have any queries. I started at St Peter's as a volunteer and never left! I love our federation of schools as we are a great team and it's a happy place to work.

Mrs C Dwyer
Nursery Teaching Assistant

I have been working with the nursery as a teaching assistant for 4 years at Talbot First School. It makes me very proud to see how much our children develop and grow into confident and independent learners.

Mrs T Fowler
WIllow Class Teaching Assistant

I am a Teaching Assistant in the Willow Class and I also work in Forest School too.

Miss S Middleton
Teaching and Wraparound Assistant

Hi, I'm Miss Middleton and I have worked at Talbot First School for 2 years. Before joining Talbot I was an Early Years Practitioner and TA for over ten years. I work across both classes and I have enjoyed getting to know all of the children at Talbot.

Mrs N Chatfield
Maple Class and Forest School Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Chatfield and I primarily work at Talbot in Maple Class. I not only work with the children in the classroom environment but also enjoy giving the children the opportunity to learn outdoors in Forest School sessions which I lead at both schools.

Mrs L Wragg
Maple Class Teaching Assistant

I work as a teaching assistant with Years 2,3 and 4. I love supporting the children with their learning as we have lots of fun.

Mrs D Timmis
Wraparound Assistant

I work supporting the children across the school in wraparound care.

Miss C Hudson
Federation Cook

My name is Miss Hudson and you will find me working hard in the kitchen preparing your break time snacks and school lunches.

Mrs S Greaves

Hi, I'm Mrs Greaves and I make sure that the school is clean each day.

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