Meet the Staff
Mrs Rebecca King
Mrs King is the Principal at Poplar Farm Primary School and an Associate Headteacher for C.I.T. She has 25 years experience in education with 10 of those years as a Headteacher. Her length of experience supports school development across Lincolnshire with her work as an LLE and Ofsted Inspector. She advises the Trust on standards across their mainstream primary schools.
Mrs Erica McGinley
Head of School (Infants)
Mrs McGinley is Head of School (Infants) at Poplar Farm Primary School. She is passionate about building a school which offers an exciting and varied curriculum and which ensures that all pupils reach their potential.
Previously teaching in both Foundation Stage and Year One for 8 years at an Outstanding Infant school in Nottinghamshire, Mrs McGinley was also Deputy Head and Foundation Stage Lead. She has a passion for Early Years education and has worked with schools to develop EYFS teaching as an Early Years SLE, and as an EYFS Moderator for Nottinghamshire County Council.
Mrs McGinley is also a Maths SLE and Mastery Maths Teacher for the East Midlands East Maths Hub. In this role she lead Maths projects and school improvement with a Maths focus in schools across the East Midlands.
Miss Robyn Wilding
Year 1 Teacher
Miss Wilding is a Year 1 teacher at Poplar Farm School. She thoroughly enjoys working with the children and is a keen team member in helping to create the foundations of this new community.
Miss Wilding has spent many years working in both Nurseries and Primary Schools. She has a degree in Education Studies and Early Years, and this led her to pursue a career in teaching, in which she gained both Early Years Teacher Status and Qualified Teacher Status.
Mr Reece Murphy
Year 1 Teacher
Mr Murphy is very excited to be teaching Year 1 at Poplar Farm. He is now entering his fifth year of teaching and has taught Key Stage 1 in two different settings, both an Infant School and a Primary School. More recently, he has been a Key Stage 1 moderator at North Lincolnshire Council.
He has experience working with children from a range of cultural and social backgrounds and aims to ensure every child gets the education that they deserve. He has always wanted to be a Primary School teacher and thrives on being able to have a positive impact on children’s lives. Mr Murphy believes that the classroom should be a place where children feel safe and valued, allowing them to become confident and resilient learners. He is particularly passionate about mathematics and wants children to become inquisitive problem solvers through an engaging mastery approach. Mr Murphy is extremely excited and motivated to help develop a curriculum at Poplar Farm that has the child at heart and can’t wait to see what the year brings!
Miss Lucy Bowden
EYFS Teacher and SENDCO
Miss Bowden is a teacher in EYFS and SENDCO at Poplar Farm School. She is very excited to take on her new role working with not only Reception but the whole school to inspire, excite and nurture children through this crucial stage of their development. Her aim is to motivate children within this amazing environment and create a range of teaching methods, allowing children to develop their creative and problem-solving skills to become all round learners.
Miss Bowden has taught both Key Stage 1 and Reception and has been SENDCO after completing her National Award for Special Educational Needs Award MA. This award for SEND Co-ordination was more than just a qualification, it has empowered her to be the drive to ensure that all children are seen as individual. Miss Bowden achieves this by encouraging staff to think about their practice and instil the question of ‘How is this benefiting the children?’ to ensure the best possible practice for our children.
Miss Olivia Ransome
Miss Ransome is one of the EYFS teachers at Poplar Farm. She loves her job and is proud to be a part of helping children to become confident and happy learners. Miss Ransome has worked within a range of schools and nurseries. She completed a degree in Early Childhood Studies before going on to train to teach.
Miss Ransome is passionate about ensuring that the children are at the heart of every decision she makes, in order to ensure her learners feel valued and happy. She feels this is crucial in order for children to feel excited and engage with their learning. Having grown up on a farm, Miss Ransome is also keen to use the outdoor area to nurture children’s curiosity and develop their independence. She is excited to be a part of creating a child-centred curriculum at Poplar Farm and developing this new community!
Mrs Rebecca McGettigan
Mrs McGettigan is one of the Teaching Assistants at Poplar Farm School. Specialising in Speech and Language, she has completed the Special Educational Needs Diploma. Mrs McGettigan has worked in EYFS for the past 7 years and believes all children can reach and exceed their potential given time and opportunities in an enriched environment. She feels strongly that taking a child centred approach to learning is of upmost importance in order for the children to be engaged and excited about their learning, and as such, helping to fulfill their potential. She is currently in the process of developing our Poplar Farm garden area and will be completing Forestry training this year.
Miss Becky Smith
Miss Smith is one of the Teaching Assistants at Poplar Farm School. For 12 years, Miss Smith worked in Foundation Stage and Year One as a Teaching Assistant within an Outstanding school in Sleaford. Whilst there, she took the children on many residential trips to Malham Cove and York. She also ran the School Infant Choir where they attended many events which the staff and children thoroughly enjoyed!
Miss Natasha Botham
Miss Botham is very excited to be working in EYFS at Poplar Farm. She is now entering her third year working in education. Miss Botham spent one year training to be a PE coach whilst gaining qualifications in Gymnastics and Swimming. On top of that, she spent another year training to be a Teaching Assistant. She has worked both as a PE teacher and as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant.
Miss Botham is passionate about ensuring all children get the most out of their learning. She is always motivated to help support members of staff as well as the children. She is looking forward to seeing what the year brings.
Miss Ruby Chrimes
Miss Chrimes is really eager to be part of this exciting new school. She is training to be a Primary School teacher and will be based predominantly in EYFS but is excited to explore and get to know the whole school.
Miss Chrimes has worked at a nursery and as a nanny in Qatar. These experiences inspired Miss Chrimes to focus on the Early Years, developing her passion for holistic learning and giving children the best possible start to their education. She wants to support all pupils in their path of learning. Miss Chrimes has recently graduated with a degree in Primary Education from Bishop Grosseteste University and is ready for this next step in her journey.
Mrs Lucinda Thorpe
Mrs Thorpe works in both the school office and as a Teaching Assistant at Poplar Farm School. Mrs Thorpe loves being part of the Poplar Farm team, she is friendly and approachable, so please feel free to speak to her if you have any questions. She has worked in Early Years for many years including as a Nursery Manager.
Miss Holly Sparks
Miss Sparks is a Sports Apprentice at Poplar Farm School. She is looking forward to working with the children and alongside the staff members at the school. Miss Sparks feels strongly about all children having the opportunity to participate in sport and is looking forward to showing the children all the enjoyment sport can offer. She believes sport is an important part in the development of a child's confidence and team working skills.
Miss Sparks has completed her A-levels at Kesteven and Grantham Girls School and will be studying Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Hull in 2020.
Mr GianCarlo Velasco
Mrs Hannah Clayson
Mrs Clayson grew up on a farm in the middle of rural Lincolnshire, but now lives in Grantham with her husband, 2 boys & my beagle. Outside of work, she loves sunny days in the garden, walking the dog, spending time with her family & going on holiday! Mrs Clayson aims to cycle to work as much as she can and get all the way up the hill without wishing she had brought the car instead!!
Mrs Julia Birch
Mrs Ann Bakula
Mrs Mandy Eden
Mr Tony Williams