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, Early Year Teacher Status 

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

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Hannah Wing - CACHE Level 3 

Karen Stearn​ - NVQ Level 3

Younger Kindergarten  

Sheryl Schofield (Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

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

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Katie Atkin - BA (Hons) Education Studies

Steph Barker - NVQ 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 – Diploma Level 3

Jenna Wade - 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


Alex Wastell (Room Leader) - BSc Psychology, Early Years Teacher status

Lyndsey Hollingworth (Assistant Room Leader) - BTEC Level 3                                       

Karen Scotchmer - Level 4 in Children, Families and Community Health

Laura Whitford - Diploma Level 3

Lucy Cox - Diploma Level 3

Sammy Hawkins - Diploma Level 3

Rachel Harrison - Foundation Degree in Children, Families and Community Health

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

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

Office Administrator

Claire Harrison  - BA (Hons)  Education Studies


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


Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

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

Issy Schofield

Karen Steptoe - Diploma Level 3

Kate Gawthorpe - PGCE in Primary Education

Kelly Scott - NVQ Level 3

Sarah Trotter 

Sue Hopcroft - NVQ Level 3 

Totty Schofield - BA (Hons) Drama Studies