OUR PEOPLE

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Taff Atkinson
Reception Class Teacher

Forest School Leader
EYFS Lead
Mother

Taff is a qualified teacher with 30 years teaching experience, 18 of which in primary years.

Q1 – . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

I am really excited to be involved with enabling children to learn through enquiry and problem solving. The opportunities for children to engage with art, sculpture and digital media is amazing; alongside the appreciation of the outdoors and nature.

Q2 – What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working with delightful children and being part of their lifelong learning journey. It will be brilliant working with such an inspiring team of teachers, teaching partners and parents.

Q3 – What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

My favourite book when I was growing up was Bears in the Night by Stan & Jan Berenstain. It’s about bears who sneak out of their beds at night and follow a path up to Spook Hill navigating obstacles on the way. Once at the top they get scared and race back home to hide under their duvets. My dad used to read me this story and when the bears were on their way back he used to read it as fast as he could as if he were running like the bears.

Q4- If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I would choose flying. I can just imagine what I could see from the sky and the places I could go just drifting on the air currents.

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Jodie Webber
Reception Class Teaching Partner

Reggio Emilia Educator

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Implementing this innovative approach to learning, staying connected to children’s theories, questions and genuine interests. I look forward to supporting children to develop a growth mindset, their want to achieve and become the best person they can be with a wealth of knowledge about themselves and the world!

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

To seeing children develop confidence in themselves, new skills and outlooks to life through their experiences at Atelier 21. And of course- WILD FRIDAYS!

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

Anything Roald Dahl- especially The BFG.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I’d have to choose invisibility. Imagine how you could blow people’s minds, wow people and cause mischief. I’d love to listen to the children’s conversations and interactions when they don’t know you’re there.

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Laura McLoughlin
Class 1 Teacher

Maths Specialist
Primary Teaching Lead
Mother

Laura is a qualified teacher with 16 years teaching experience in primary years.

Q1.  What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Having the freedom to be creative and tailor my teaching to children’s needs and interests.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

I am so excited about Wild Fridays and outdoor learning!

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

My favourite book as a young child was Polly and the Wolf by Catherine Storr – I remember laughing out loud at their adventures.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I would love to be able to fly: I feel like flying would get me from A to B faster; there would be less congestion in the sky and my carbon footprint would be smaller!

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Kelly Launder
Class 1 Teaching Partner

Forest School Leader
WILD Fridays Coordinator
Reggio Emilia Educator

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

I love that Atelier 21 is recognising that learning doesn’t happen within the four walls of a classroom and that children will have the opportunity to learn in nature every week. As a Forest School Leader I can see many opportunities and benefits to working in the great outdoors.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Wild Fridays and supporting children to learn in a self-directed style. I’m also keen to see how supporting children to be more mindful through meditation affects their learning.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

As a child I enjoyed reading The Famous Five collection of books by Enid Blyton. The characters had many adventures outside of their classrooms during their school holidays.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I’d choose to fly, it would be so cool to be able to see the world from up high and to get to places quickly. It would also mean I could wear a cape!

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Rebecca Gooding
Lead Teacher and Class 2 Teacher

Seceondary Teaching Lead
English & Drama Specialist
dyslexia teaching trained
SEN trained
Mother

Rebecca is a qualified teacher with 20 years experience in primary and secondary years.

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Being part of a democratic community where students and teachers learn together. Being able to nurture and encourage a love of learning that emerges from a diverse and enthralling curriculum.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working in a community with creative minds and being excited about learning. I’m also looking forward to the far away places that the students’ enquiries will take us!

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

Anything by Enid Blyton! I used to dream about climbing the Magic Faraway Tree – even though many of the places were quite terrifying. Then I used to get stuck in to the mysteries of the Famous Five – loved guessing the clues and see if I could figure out whodunnit!

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Flying. I would love the sense of freedom, to swoop and soar – it always looks so cool when a super hero does it!

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Hayley Peacock
Head of School and Class 2: Teaching Partner

Educator
Entrepreneur
Mother

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

I’m so excited about giving back children their voice at school through our democratic approach and endless opportunities for agency and self-direction in our project based learning.. Our model means children’s educational experience is curated with them as co-pilots, rather than education being something that’s done TO them. To be honest, every part of what we are doing excites me!

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working alongside the incredible, creative minds of my colleagues who never cease to impress me with their heart, expertise and motivation for what we do.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I loved Judy Blume books and Enid Blighton, and Goodnight Mr Tom – which is a beautiful story of childhood bravery.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Definitely invisible. I could go and listen in on the most inspiring people in the world, and also find out what my children get up to when they think I’m not around!

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Mags Cummings
Class 2 Teaching Partner

Architect
Matron
Mother

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?
A school built around the child that is not a box for a child to be squashed into! Although I do hope there will be lots of opportunities to play in and with boxes

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?
Trailblazing new ways, that will unlock curiosity and nurture lifelong learning.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?
Brolloks & Bittergal – a very scary South African fairy tale about two monsters who abduct children and eat them! Beautifully written by the same author who wrote the National Anthem, CJ Langenhoven. After many nail biting adventures and bravery it does all end in a happy place.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?
Flying, which is weird because I’m afraid of heights. I can only imagine it must be like scuba diving without all the heavy gear.

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Cansu Beagle
Part-time Teaching Partner

Artist
Entrepreneur
Educator
Mother

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Can I answer with EVERYTHING? No? ok! I am most excited about the respectful and responsive approach Atelier 21 are implementing for the students and the revolutionary use of self-directed and project-based learning.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Working with incredibly passionate and talented colleagues to create and plan learning opportunities that are inspiring for all of the students.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

In all honesty, my favourite book was the Children’s Illustrated Encyclopedia, but in terms of a storybook, it was Cliffhanger by Jacqueline Wilson.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Flying because then I could visit anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.

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Dillon Howling
Atelierista

Artist
Creative Director
Musician
Sound Engineer
Graphic Designer
Reggio Emilia Educator

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Our approach to education excites me as it provides a creative multifunctional learning environment for individuals to research, collaborate and develop their interests while gaining depth through their work.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

I am bursting with excitement over the prospects of working closely with everyone across all spaces in a creative capacity, especially the atelier’s, DT/ maker lab and production studio!

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I wasn’t the sort to jump into a juicy reading book while I was growing up, I preferred factual books about the world, space, art and butterflies. My favourite being The Complete Encyclopaedia of Butterflies by Wijbren Landman

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

I believe that we have the ability to be invisible every day, so for me the freedom and joy of flying and seeing the world from new perspectives is the super power for me.

 

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Charlotte Bateman
Pedagogical Support

Head of Little Barn Owls Nursery group
Reggio Emilia Trained
Project-based Learning Consultant

Q1. What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

The learning community and culture in which children are at the heart of their own education, and the sense of power and personal responsibility the approach instils.

Q2. What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

Experiencing ground-breaking work unfold before our eyes, being a part of something so innovative and special, and most importantly seeing children develop a sense of adoration for learning.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Runaways by Ruth Thomas

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Invisible – because being a ‘fly on the wall’ and observing is fascinating. Plus I can get on a plane if I want to fly!

 

 

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Deborah Hearn
School Business Manager

Facilities Manager
School Administrator
Mother

Q1. . What excites you most about the Atelier 21’s approach to education?

Teaching transferable skills and competencies rather than subject matter alone, and the customised child-centered approach, rather than a ‘one-size fits all’.

Q2.  What are you most looking forward to about working at Atelier 21?

The opportunity to work with a passionate team dedicated to building a culture where children can flourish and in a space that they look forward to coming into every day.

Q3. What was your favourite book when you were growing up?

I struggled with reading as a child.  As encouragement my Mum read poems with me from books like When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne – The King’s Breakfast, Disobedience, and The Four Friends being particular favorites.

Q4. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose and why?

Invisible, definitely. Have you seen all the dead flies on a plane windscreen? I don’t fancy picking that lot out of my teeth.