Meet the staff
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.
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.
Miss Robyn Wilding
Miss Wilding is one of the Early Years Foundation Stage Teachers 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.
Miss Polly Carter
Miss Carter is one of the EYFS Teachers at Poplar Farm. Prior to working with us, she completed a degree in English and Education Studies and then gained Qualified Teacher Status through the Graduate Teacher Programme. It is of great importance to Miss Carter that all her learners are happy to come to school and achieve their full potential. Having previously taught for 2 years in Year One at an Outstanding school in Lincolnshire, this gave her experience in teaching 'Read Write Inc' and 'Maths No Problem'. Miss Carter also has experience working with children who have Autism and Global Learning Delay. This insight into Special Educational Needs ensures she is an adaptable practitioner who is confident in meeting the needs of all learners. Miss Carter is passionate about delivering a curriculum with play-based learning at its heart. She enjoys using the outdoor spaces for learning to provide the children with memorable experiences.
Mrs Rebecca McGettigan
Mrs McGettigan is one of the EYFS 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 in developing our Poplar Farm garden area and will be completing Forestry training this year.
Ms Becky Smith
Ms Smith is one of the Teaching Assistants at Poplar Farm School.
For the past 12 years Ms 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!
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.
Mrs Alison Redfern
Ms Redfern is the SENCO at Poplar Farm Primary School.
She graduated from Worcester University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and then went onto gain a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University.
Ms Redfern has worked in Special Educational Needs all of her career and taught across all of the four key stages.
She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education - Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development. This allowed her to conduct a number of formal assessments and submit the required applications that allow the appropriate exam access arrangements to be put in place for individual students. In February 2018, she obtained the National Award for SEN Coordination from Nottingham Trent University.
As well as being SENCO for Poplar Farm Primary School, I am also Assistant Headteacher and SENCO for Ambergate Sports College (part of Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship). My role as SENCO involves me conducting annual EHCP reviews for pupils and liaising with a range of agencies to ensure that the appropriate level of support is provided.