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 - NNEB Level 3, Advanced Diploma Level 4

Older Kindergarten              

Donna Spinks (Lead Teacher) - BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies 

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

Robert Marlow - Forest School Leader Level 3

Zoe Elsom – NVQ Level 3

Karen Stearn - NVQ Level 3

Younger Kindergarten  

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

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

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

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3

Charlotte Moffat - BTEC Level 3


Sheryl Schofield (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

Sarah Moore  (Assistant Room Leader) - NNEB Level 3

Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

Emma Thorp – Diploma Level 3

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

Sammy Hawkins - Diploma Level 3

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3 


Celia Cooper (Room Leader) - NNEB Level 3

Lyndsey Hollingworth (Assistant Room Leader) - BTEC Level 3                                       

Becca Cragg - Diploma Level 3

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

Katie Atkin - BA in Education Studies

Laura Whitford - Diploma Level 3

Lizzie Purnell - Diploma Level 3

Sue Hollingsworth - NVQ Level 3


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

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

Emma Vickers (Chef) - City & Guild's Cookery for the Catering Industry

Office Administrators

Claire Harrison  - BA in Education Studies

Liz Taylor - Advanced Diploma in Health Studies


Michael Hipkiss - ONC Mechanical & Production Engineering, HNC Building Services

Bank Staff

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

Issy Schofield

Kelly Scott - NVQ Level 3

Totty Schofield