About Us

Our Staff

Our aim is to provide children attending Great Wood Farm with the support of qualified, passionate and committed staff.

  • key person relationship

Ofsted commented ‘All staff have a thorough understanding of their roles and responsibilities to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Leadership of the nursery is exceptional. Staff are well qualified and experienced. This has a positive impact on the outcomes for children.’

A Key Person system operates in each room. A key person will be your main point of contact and help your child to become settled, happy and safe.  They will be responsible for your child’s care, development and learning and take note of your child’s progress, sharing this with you via Eylog.

The Team at Great Wood Farm


Kathryn Spence (Office Manager)

Charlotte Spence (Office Manager) - BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, Forest School Leader Level 3

Kate Robinson (Manager, Lead Practitioner, SENCO) - BSc (Hons) Countryside Management, Early Years Professional Status, Forest School Leader Level 3


Brian Spence (aka Farmer Brian!)

Deputy Manager      

Katie Chambers Wood - NNEB Level 3, Advanced Diploma Level 4

Older Kindergarten              

Clare Marshall (Early Years Lead Teacher) - BSC (Hons) Geography and Political Science, PGCE, Qualified Teacher Status

Rachel Harrison (Room Leader) - Foundation Degree in Children, Families and Community Health, BA (Hons) Applied Social Studies

Alex Carman - Diploma Level 3

Claire Hewitt - BSC (Hons) Marine Biology, Qualified Teacher Status

Totty Schofield - BA (Hons) Drama Studies

Younger Kindergarten  

Sheryl Schofield (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

Dee Forster - Foundation Degree in Early Years, Forest School Leader Level 3 

Natalie Tudor

Sammy Hawkins - Diploma Level 3


Katie Chambers Wood (Room Leader) - NNEB Level 3, Advanced Diploma Level 4

Sarah Moore  (Assistant Room Leader) - NNEB Level 3

Charlotte Moffat - BTEC Level 3

Emma Thorp (Currently on Maternity Leave) – Diploma Level 3

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Hayley Scaum - BTEC Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

Kathleen Fowler - Foundation Degree in Applied Studies (Early Childhood), Diploma Level 3, NVQ Level 2


Karen Scotchmer (Room Leader) - Level 4 in Children, Families and Community Health

Lyndsey Hollingworth (Assistant Room Leader) - BTEC Level 3                                       

Abby Stafford - BTEC Level 3 Children's Play, Learning and Development, BSC(Hons) Environmental Science

Bec Chenery - BA (Hons) Early Years and Educational Development, Forest School Leader Level 3

Becky Hurt - NVQ Level 3, BA (Hons) Working with Children 

Heleena Shukla - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Laura Whitford - Diploma Level 3

Lisa Boryszczuk - Diploma Level 3, NVQ Level 3

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3

Zoe Elsom – NVQ Level 3


Robert Marlow (Room Co-ordinator)  - Forest School Leader Level 3 

Bec Chenery

Emily-Mae Lane

Hayley Scaum

​Totty Schofield


Rob Kelly (Catering Manager) - City & Guild's Level 3 for Catering and Supervisors

Caroline Lee (Chef) - City & Guild's Catering

Sonia Bradley (General Catering Assistant)

Office Administrators

Rachel Turner - BA (Hons) Business Studies

Sara White 


Matt Cook - BSc Wildlife Conservation 


Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

Dawn Warren - Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies / Childcare Leaning and Development - Level 3

Harley Hurt - Trainee Apprentice Level 2

Hannah Wing - Diploma Level 3

Jane Brown

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Kelly Scott - NVQ Level 3

Lucy Newton - NNEB Level 3

Sarah Trotter 

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3