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      

Zoe Owen - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Older Kindergarten              

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

Totty Schofield (Early Years Trainee Teacher) - BA (Hons) Drama Studies, Working Towards Early Years Initial Teacher Status 

Alex Carman - Diploma Level 3

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

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

Younger Kindergarten  

Sheryl Schofield (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 2 

Charlotte Moffat - BTEC Level 3

Claire Harrison - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Lyndsey Hollingworth  - BTEC Level 3

Sammy Hawkins - Diploma Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3


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

Sarah Moore  (Assistant Room Leader) - NNEB Level 3 (currently on Maternity Leave)

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

Harley Hurt - Trainee Apprentice Level 2

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

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

Laura Whitford - Diploma Level 3

Lauren Elsey  - NVQ Level 3


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

Fiona Warren -(Assistant Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Forest School Leader Level 3

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

Heleena Shukla - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Kelly Thompson - Diploma Level 3

Natalie Tudor

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3

Zoe Elsom – NVQ Level 3


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

Bec Chenery - Forest School Level 3

Emily-Mae Lane

Hayley Scaum

​Totty Schofield


Robin Winter (Catering Manager) -  City & Guild's H2 Catering & Hospitality, Level 3 NVQ Catering & Hospitality Management​

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

Sonia Bradley (General Catering Assistant)

Office Administrators

Rachel Turner (currently on maternity leave) - BA (Hons) Business Studies

Sara White 


Matt Cook - BSc Wildlife Conservation, Forest School Leader Level 3


Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

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

Charlotte Mortimer - Apprentice Nursery Assistant

Emma Thorp  – Diploma Level 3

Issy Schofield

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Kelly Scott - NVQ Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3

Lisa Boryszczuk - Diploma Level 3, NVQ Level 3

Lorraine Quinton Smith - Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3