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 Badgers              

Zoe Owen (Room Leader) - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Totty Schofield (Early Years Teacher) - BA (Hons) Drama Studies, Early Years Teacher Status 

Claire Harrison - BA (Hons) Education Studies

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

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

Sharon McGown - BA (Hons) Applied Studies (Early Childhood), Early Years Professional Status

Younger Kindergarten Foxes  

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

Lyndsey Hollingworth (Assistant Room Leader)  - BTEC Level 3    

Alex Carman - Diploma Level 3

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

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

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

Kindergarten Hares

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

Emily-Mae Lane - BTEC Level 3

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


Dawn Warren (Room Leader) - Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies / Childcare Leaning and Development - Level 3

Laura Whitford (Assistant Room Leader) - Diploma Level 3

Harley Hurt - Diploma Level 2, Apprentice Level 3

Julie Edwards - DPP Level 3  

Lauren Elsey  - NVQ Level 3, Forest School Leader Level 3


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

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

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

Charlotte Mortimer - Apprentice Nursery Assistant 

Emma Thorp  – Diploma Level 3

Hannah Wing - NVQ Level 3

Heleena Shukla - BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Natalie Tudor - Diploma Level 3

Steph Barker - NVQ Level 3


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

Claire Hewitt

Emily-Mae Lane

Hayley Scaum

Karen Steptoe

Sammy Hawkins


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 - BA (Hons) Business Studies

Sara White 


Angela McBride - Diploma Level 3

Dee Forster - Foundation Degree in Early Years, Forest School Leader Level 3 (currently on maternity leave)

Issy Schofield - Diploma Level 3

Karen Steptoe - Diploma 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 

Maintenance & Handy Person

Kingsley Tudor