Meet the Staff

Mrs Kate Hodson


Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Hodson is the Headteacher at Poplar Farm Primary School. She has 25 years experience in education with 16 of those years as a Headteacher and an Executive Headteacher. Mrs Hodson is also a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and uses her wealth of experience to provide support to other schools.

Mrs Hodson believes all primary aged children should be taught through first hand experiences, including outdoor learning and learning about the wider world. She is passionate about opportunities and experiences for all children to enrich their learning, and enjoys planning new activities and resources for the children to enjoy.

Mrs Claire Buckley

Deputy Head Teacher

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Buckley is the Deputy Head Teacher and an SLE at Poplar Farm. She has been teaching for over fifteen years and has taught all years from Reception to Year 6 in schools in Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire.

Mrs Buckley believes passionately in the power of education and aims to bring as many real-life experiences as possible into the teaching and learning for the pupils in her care. She also enjoys taking children out of school on school visits and has taken part in many residential visits with pupils in previous schools.

Mrs Buckley really enjoys getting to know the pupils she works with and understanding what motivates them as learners and is excited to be supporting learning across the whole school.

Miss Bryony Mason

Assistant Headteacher & Year 4 Teacher

Senior Leadership Team

Miss Mason is a Year 4 teacher and Assistant Headteacher at Poplar Farm. Miss Mason is also the SENDCO and has successfully completed her National Award for SEN Co-ordination.

Miss Mason has 8 years of teaching experience, working mostly across Key Stage 1. She initially worked at an inner-city school in Leeds before teaching and leading Key Stage 1 at an all-through school in Wolverhampton. Having experienced working with children from diverse backgrounds, she believes every child should be valued and provided with equal opportunities to prepare them for the journey ahead of them. Within her classroom, Miss Mason ensures she does this by creating a fun, safe and enriching environment that enhances learning for everyone.

You may find Miss Mason walking around the school with Lola, our school dog. Lola keeps Miss Mason on her toes, she is full of energy and enjoys running around the field!

Mrs Lucinda Thorpe

Senior Administrator

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Thorpe is the School Administrator, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and a member of SLT. She works in the school office every day, so will be a familiar face to most families!

She has a background in Early years, Nursery Management and Admin and loves being part of the Poplar Farm team. She has worked at Poplar Farm since it opened in 2018 and thoroughly enjoys watching it grow every year. Around school she will help in any area she can meaning you could find her popping out of any corner of the school!

She is friendly, approachable and has two children of her own both of whom attend the school, so please feel free to speak to her if you have any questions.

Miss Paige Rimell

EYFS Leader

Wider Leadership Team

Miss Rimell will be teaching EYFS at Poplar Farm and entering her sixth year as a teacher. She has previously taught KS1 in London, Hampshire and Bristol. She is very excited to be in Lincolnshire and especially pleased to join Poplar Farm!

Miss Rimell ensures that inclusion, diversity and the Rights of the Child are at the heart of everything she does. She believes that knowledge is power and every child’s talents and interests should be nurtured during their time at school.

Miss Rimell particularly enjoys finding new and exciting books to share with her class. She loves books and in her spare time she is often found reading with her pet cat, Ned.

Ms Lucy Blow

EYFS Teacher

Ms Blow has worked with children in a wide range of settings throughout her career and is passionate about helping every child reach their full potential. She is very excited about continuing her work in EYFS at Poplar Farm.

Ms Blow has a degree in Law and Social Anthropology and worked with charities in the UK and overseas before continuing a career with children back in Lincolnshire.

Ms Blow enjoys the creative side of working with young children and is passionate about the outdoors and caring for the environment. Ms Blow creates a relaxed and happy classroom environment where children are encouraged to try new things and build positive relationships with their fellow pupils as well as staff.

Outside of work Ms Blow enjoys exploring new places, camping, food and reading. Ms Blow loves learning about culture and nature and enjoys sharing this with the children to encourage a love of learning about the world.

Mrs Olivia Dowling

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Dowling is one of the Y1 teachers at Poplar Farm. She has taught at Poplar for 5 years, in both EYFS and KS1. She loves her job and is proud to be a part of helping children to become confident and happy learners.

Mrs Dowling is passionate about ensuring that the children are at the heart of every decision she makes, in order to ensure her learners feel valued. She feels this is crucial in order for children to feel excited and engage with their learning. Having grown up on a farm, Mrs Dowling is also keen to use the outdoor area to nurture children’s curiosity and develop their independence.

Outside of school, Mrs Dowling's favourite thing to do is visit the theatre to watch musicals!

Mrs Jade Tiller

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Tiller is a Year One teacher at Poplar Farm. Mrs Tiller has always taught in Year One or Two and this is her seventh year of teaching.

Mrs Tiller is a big believer in making everything as active as possible with her background in Physical Education. Mrs Tiller makes sure her lessons are as fun as practical as possible! She teaches by the motto: “when we learn with pleasure, we never forget”. Mrs Tiller is keen to learn what makes a child’s creativity and imagination come to life and equip each and every child with lifelong skills.

Outside of the classroom, Mrs Tiller enjoys keeping active and healthy and travelling as much possible. Her party trick is walking on her hands!

Mrs Faye Anderson

KS1 Leader & Year 2 Teacher

Wider Leadership Team

Mrs Anderson is an enthusiastic and passionate teacher. Having qualified as a primary physical education specialist, she has worked in KS1 for three years, and the past two years in Y3. Mrs Anderson now works in KS1, teaching in Year 2 and leading KS1.

Her educational philosophy is rooted in fostering positive relationships with all pupils, as well as creating a fun and engaging environment for learning. Mrs Anderson strongly values the ways that education allows children to develop resilience and other life-long skills. In addition, she supports pupils to achieve their best by providing opportunities that embrace creativity and innovation. Mrs Anderson is keen to share her love for learning with the children.

Mrs Anderson always has one extra pupil at home, her energetic cocker spaniel, Brodie, who likes to challenge her calming and caring nature!

Miss Grace Costall

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Costall is very excited to be starting her teaching career at Poplar Farm in Year 2.

She believes in creating a positive learning environment where her pupils are encouraged to become the best versions of themselves.

Miss Costall began her career in Education by working in a Nursery, Pre-School, and Kids Holiday Club. She recently completed her degree in Primary Education and achieved Qualified Teaching Status.

Outside of the classroom, Miss Costall loves spending time with her family and taking her dog on long walks in the countryside!

Miss Amy Ash

LKS2 Leader and Year 3 Teacher

Wider Leadership Team

Miss Ash is very excited to be teaching at Poplar Farm in Year 3! She is in her eighth year of teaching with 4 years experience in Key Stage 1, and 4 in Key Stage 2. Miss Ash loves to use singing, dancing and drama as educational resources and hopes to establish this in her role at Poplar Farm.

When teaching, Miss Ash's favourite subjects are Maths and History but she also loves to use technology across the curriculum. She also loves to find engaging and exciting stories to share with the children so that reading can be celebrated from an early age.

Miss Ash is enthusiastic about getting to know her new class at Poplar Farm and can't wait to get started!

Mr Thomas Goodchild

Year 3 Teacher (maternity cover)

Mr Goodchild is excited to be teaching in year 3 at Poplar Farm. He believes in developing positive relationships in the classroom and beyond while making learning as fun as possible! He has spent his career teaching mostly in Key Stage 2 and is very excited to be carrying this on at Poplar Farm.

Mr Goodchild’s passions are music and sport but his favourite subjects in school to teach are history and maths. Mr Goodchild aims to show children how exciting learning is and help them develop into lifelong learners. Outside of the classroom Mr Goodchild enjoys spending time with his two rabbits, Bucky and Stew, and finding the next adventure to go on!

Miss Robyn Wilding

Year 3 Teacher (currently on maternity leave)

Miss Wilding is a Year 3 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.

Mrs Jo Hiley

Year 4 Teacher (maternity cover)

Mrs Hiley works across different year groups at Poplar Farm. She has been a teacher for over 10 years, working mainly in Key stage one and EYFS. Mrs Hiley previously worked at Caythorpe Primary School where she was also the English subject leader. She now works in 3 different schools across CIT, including Caythorpe, Isaac Newton School and Poplar Farm. Her roles include delivering interventions and teaching different classes across Key stage one and two.

Mrs Hiley enjoys developing good relationships with the children she works with. She promotes a calm, safe environment where children feel happy to learn. Mrs Hiley enjoys opportunities to be creative and particularly enjoys teaching art and music.

Mrs Hiley is looking forward to working with the children and staff at Poplar Farm for another year.

Mr David Saunders

Year 4 Teacher

Mr Saunders has been a teacher for over 15 years and has predominantly worked in key stage 2. He is really looking forward to his second year at Polar Farm. He can’t wait to help his class become more independent learners and challenge them along the way. His favourite subjects to teach are PE, maths and science and he loves competing with his class on Times Table Rockstar to see who is a true Rock Hero!

Outside of school he has a huge love for football and following his beloved Manchester United. He is also a keen golfer but is still sadly awaiting his first hole in one. When he’s not on the golf course, he loves spending time with his family and their pet dog, Poppy.

Mrs Mary-Jane Steel

Year 4 Teacher (currently on maternity leave)

Mrs Steel is very excited to be joining the Year 4 teaching team at Poplar Farm. She is in her 8th year of teaching, predominately in EYFS and KS1, therefore, is very excited about her new role in Lower KS2. She believes that at the centre of all learning should be the children and taking in to account their interests to engage them.

Mrs Steel has a particular passion for Sport and Outdoor Education and loves to take her learning outdoors whenever possible, as she believes this allows the children to develop their personal interests and curiosity within their learning.

Outside of school Mrs Steel enjoys spending time with her little boy and family, taking long walks in the countryside with the dogs.

Mrs Joanna Bamford

Year 5 Teacher

Mrs Bamford is very excited to be working in Year 5 at Poplar Farm. She is in her seventh year of teaching and has loved teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 for most of her career.

Mrs Bamford's favourite subjects to teach include History, English, Art and Maths, and she aims to inspire children to become lifelong learners by contributing towards an exciting and engaging learning environment in the classroom and across the school. She especially loves sharing books and stories with her class and watching as they develop a passion for reading.

Outside of school, Mrs Bamford enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring new places with her rather energetic, but much-loved dalmatian, Albie.

Mr David Wowk

Year 5 Teacher

Mr Wowk is a Year 5 teacher who is in his sixth year of teaching and really enjoys teaching at Poplar Farm School. He believes in building positive relationships with all pupils as well as aiming to establish a creative and engaging environment.

Mr Wowk’s favourite subjects are history, PE, maths and he aims to equip the children with the skills needed to flourish in life. He loves to travel and explore different places, especially Spain where he can put in to practice his knowledge of Spanish.

Outside of school, he has a passion for football, both playing and watching – especially Nottingham Forest where he is a season card holder.

Mrs Alice Rowntree

Teacher & Learning Mentor

Mrs Rowntree is very excited to be part of the team at Poplar Farm School as our SENDCO Assistant and a Learning Mentor. As a qualified teacher, Mrs Rowntree also teaches Class RB every Monday.

She has spent the last 10 years working in a large inner city London school, teaching pupils across a range of phases within multicultural communities. Mrs Rowntree came into teaching from a creative background after completing an Arts degree and has also worked in the film industry. She likes to bring her creativity and innovation to the classroom, making learning engaging and fun. She believes in creating a learning experience that is inspired by children's interests, where they can be free to explore and investigate, whilst feeling safe and secure.

Mrs Rowntree places a huge importance on children’s mental health and actively incorporates regular mindfulness activities into the daily timetable to develop a culture of positivity and kindness. She believes this approach to be really beneficial in helping to improve children’s confidence and concentration by putting happiness and well being at the heart of their classroom, creating a learning environment where children feel safe to make mistakes and practice a growth mindset.

Mrs Bethany Bayliss

HLTA and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Bayliss has worked in education for the last seven years across Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. She has loved working as a 1:1 and a Teaching Assistant within different classrooms and is excited to be heading to Year Five this year.

Mrs Bayliss enjoys singing and her favourite subject when she was at school was Maths, which she still loves to do now!

Miss Becky Smith


Miss Smith has worked in Primary Schools for 16 years across both Early Years and Key Stage 1, having recently achieved HLTA status.

Miss Smith is an enthusiastic member of the team and she thrives in having a positive relationship with all pupils to ensure their school life is an enjoyable place to be.

Miss Smith is passionate about music and the arts and currently enjoys leading the singing assemblies and Glee Club every week. She is excited to teach the children music across the school as she believes music encourages children to express their individualities, gives them opportunities to explore different cultures and broadens their minds. It is a fantastic way to build up their confidence!

Miss Smith is really looking forward to introducing new musical clubs as the school grows.

Mrs Laura Wright

Learning Mentor & HLTA

Mrs Wright works as a Learning Mentor and as a HLTA, covering teacher’s PPA time across all years. She started working in education in 2020 when she joined Poplar Farm School after 14 years working in banking.

Before her career switch, Mrs Wright spent time working in a number of client facing roles and five years in Corporate Communications in London before moving back to the local area.

Mrs Wright’s absolute favourite thing to do is teach phonics. Making learning fun and engaging for all children is something that she is truly passionate about.

Outside of school, Mrs Wright has two children who are 9 and nearly 7. They love spending lots of time outside having fun and heading off to all of their clubs and activities!

Mrs Lizette Barske

Admin Assistant

Mrs Emily Durand

Admin Assistant

Mrs Durand will be in the front office daily and looks forward to being a friendly face to welcome you into the school and help you with your queries.

With an admin background in the financial industry and mum of two busy girls, she just loves the active and friendly atmosphere at Poplar Farm School and can’t wait to help the children and the team get the best out of their day.

In her spare time, Mrs Durand loves growing fruit and vegetables and looking after the chickens in her garden, baking and going on adventures with her family and friends. She is also a dab hand at a bit of DIY!

Mrs Julia Birch

Teaching Assistant, Midday Supervisor and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Birch began working at school in November 2018 when it first opened so considers herself an OG member of staff! You're most likely to see her whizzing up to school on her electric scooter!

Prior to working at school, she had a variety of office positions and spent some years at home raising a family.

Mrs Birch lives locally with her husband, 3 children, pet dog and cat. Outside of school she enjoys walking her dog, listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and pottering about in the garden.

Ms Karen Brian

Teaching Assistant and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Ms Brian is very excited to be part of the Poplar Farm team as a 1:1 TA. She has 17 years of experience within education and feels passionately about communication, inclusion and children with additional needs. She is a strong believer that there is no such thing as a stupid question. If we do not ask the question we will not learn the answer.

Ms Brian's favourite part of the day is story time. She absolutely loves reading aloud and hearing stories being told, and believes stories are one of the best forms of communication.

At home, Ms Brian has two teenage daughters (whom she adores and has been trying for many years to teach how to change a toilet roll, without success) and a mad old rescue dog named Duke. They all keep Ms Brian on her toes but when she does have spare time, she loves walking, running, cooking, watching movies and eating chocolate ice-cream.

Mrs Frankie Briggs

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Briggs absolutely loves working with the children at Poplar Farm School.

Mrs Briggs works in Year 4 at Poplar and she loves how she learns and experiences something new everyday.

In her spare time Mrs Briggs' favourite things to do include going shopping, going on spa days and spending time with her husband, 2 sons and dog Ruby.

Miss Holly Burton

Teaching Assistant

Miss Burton is very excited to be part of the Poplar Farm team as a Teaching Assistant.

She is looking forward to developing relationships with the children to support and encourage them with their education through a positive learning environment. Miss Burton is passionate about helping all children reach their full potential.

Outside of work Miss Burton enjoys spending time with her family, going to country parks, walking their dog and reading.

Miss Kerrieann Calpin

Teaching Assistant

Miss Calpin is very excited to be a part of the Poplar Farm team as a Teaching Assistant.

Miss Calpin is a Mum of 2 and is excited to develop her skills and knowledge within what she is passionate about, which includes helping children develop and achieve to their best abilities. Miss Calpin loves been creative, from baking cakes to arts and crafts! She isn’t afraid of getting her hands dirty!

Miss Calpin has always been around children and enjoys helping others. Additional needs is something she is very passionate about as her daughter has Cerebral Palsy.

Mrs Melanie Cameron

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Cameron is very excited to join the Poplar Farm Team. She has been volunteering in primary schools for 3 years and is currently working towards a level 3 teaching assistant diploma.

She thoroughly enjoys working with children, getting to know their individual personalities and making them smile every day.

She is looking forward to developing positive relationships and supporting the children to achieve their goals and make wonderful, lasting memories.

She lives with her husband, 5 children, and 2 crazy but loving Dalmatians. In her spare time she enjoys long dog walks, quality family time (which usually consists of baking, board games or being a taxi for the older ones) and reading.

Miss Alysha Darby

Teaching Assistant

Miss Darby is really looking forward to being part of the Poplar team.

She started her career at a Secondary school setting but is excited to start her new adventure at Poplar Farm. She is passionate about supporting students within school to reach their full potential.

Outside school she enjoys crocheting and spending time with her family.

Mrs Emma Fleet

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Fleet is one of the Teaching Assistants at Poplar Farm. She loves to help and encourage children in their learning and supporting them to be the best that they can be. She finds it very rewarding seeing them achieve their goals.

In her spare time, Mrs Fleet loves going on adventures in her campervan, dog walks with her family and reading lots of books!

Mrs Lucy George

Teaching Assistant

Mrs George is incredibly excited to join Poplar Farm School as a Teaching Assistant in Year 3.

Since graduating, Mrs George has enjoyed a varied career. Most recently she has worked in an alternative education provision, supporting young people with a range of additional needs. Mrs George is passionate about helping children enjoy their education and ensuring that all children feel nurtured, supported and understood.

Mrs George is most looking forward to dressing up days at school where she can explore her creativity and raid the dressing up box!

At home, Mrs George is a wife and mum to 2 daughters, ages 6 and 8. Weekends are often spent baking, visiting coffee shops and exploring new places!

Miss Katie Hunt

Teaching Assistant and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Miss Hunt is an EYFS TA and is committed to providing a supportive and fun environment for children to flourish in.

Miss Hunt believes school days are some of the happiest / best days of our lives and is dedicated and passionate about working with the team at Poplar Farm to ensure all children experience this sentiment.

During her free time, Miss Hunt loves to visit and explore new places in this beautiful country as well as abroad.

She also loves being creative and making things and puts these skills into use, whilst working with the children in the classroom!

Mrs Danielle King

Teaching Assistant

Mrs King feels so grateful to be given the opportunity to be a part of the Poplar Farm team as a teaching assistant.

After working within the accounts sector for 10 years, she has decided to follow her passion by working within a school setting supporting students. She has previous experience working as a student support assistant in a secondary school setting.

She is looking forward to helping children achieve their goals, developing positive relationships and creating special memories. Every day is a good day to her. She finds the job extremely rewarding and looks forward to coming to work every day. Mrs King is happiest when helping others, she finds it very rewarding being in this job role where she can help and support children every day.

Mrs King is a mum of two young children, who she adores and enjoys making memories with them.

Miss Helen Marshall

Teaching Assistant

Mr Luke Roberts

Teaching Assistant

Mr Roberts is a new Teaching Assistant at Poplar Farm School. He has always felt passionate about working with young people and looks forward to his future with us!

He has worked as a Teaching Assistant previously, as well as working 3 years as a Paddlesports Instructor. He loves the outdoors, reading a good book, or solving puzzles and brainteasers in his spare time.

Miss Ebony Smith

Teaching Assistant

Miss Smith is so excited to be part of Poplar Farm School as a TA.

After working in pharmacy for 6 years she has decided to do what she is passionate about and that is working closely with children in school to support their learning, to make sure they are achieving their full potential. Miss Smith finds it very rewarding seeing the children learn and grow!

In her free time, Miss Smith loves spending time with her three children and enjoys visiting and exploring new places with them.

Mrs Rachel Southwood

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Southwood is very much looking forward to her new job at Poplar Farm School!

Mrs Southwood had a career break to have her children and after they had all started school she didn’t like the peace and quiet at home so she found herself attending college to complete her TA qualification. Mrs Southwood has worked in several different primary schools in Grantham supporting children with different learning abilities and she really loves it as no day is the same and you just never know what is going to happen or what you might be asked.

In her spare time (which isn’t a lot with having 4 children) Mrs Southwood loves walking her dogs, eating cake and baking.

Mrs Kristina Tilley

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Tilley is so excited to join us as a Teaching Assistant. She's always wanted to work in education but didn't know which path to take and she feels she's finally found her calling!

Mrs Tilley has two sons who keep her on her toes. They are her inspiration and motivation for becoming a Teaching Assistant.

Miss Katie Tindale

Teaching Assistant

Miss Tindale is an EYFS teaching assistant at Poplar Farm School. She has over nine year's experience working in education, from early years to key stage two.

Miss Tindale is extremely passionate about the environment and enjoys nothing more than being outside, creating new and exciting areas for the children to learn and explore! In her spare time, she loves gardening and hopes to share her enjoyment with the new reception children this year.

At home, Miss Tindale is a busy mum to three children and loves having quality-time making memories as a family. She especially loves spending time at her family’s farm in Nottinghamshire.

Miss Emma Wing

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Brookie Yau

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Yau is feeling excited to start working in Poplar Farm School! She worked as a primary school teacher for 12 years in Hong Kong and starts her new life in the UK now. She taught music and is good at playing the piano. She misses her teaching career and would love to take the opportunities to learn with all children together.

Mrs Yau has a husband, a daughter of 3.5 and 2 tabby cats. She has lots of musical instruments in her house, a piano, clarinets, violins, a cello, a guitar and some percussion instruments. Come ask her questions about music!

In her spare time, she enjoys listening to different kinds of music, watching TV, reading and especially messing up lyrics while singing with her daughter.

Mr Jack Sumner

Sports Apprentice

Mr Sumner is a new apprentice for Physical Education. This is his first year working in a school after just finishing secondary school.

Mr Sumner cannot wait for his new challenge of working with children and wanting to encourage more children to get more involved in sports.

Outside of school, Mr Sumner enjoys playing many sports like table tennis, golf and football and sometimes referees after qualifying a few years ago. He enjoys watching his favourite team Stoke City, where he has been a season ticket holder for many years.

Mrs Sam Dowsett

Poplar Pioneers Supervisor and Senior Midday Supervisor

Mrs Dowsett is the supervisor for Poplar Pioneers breakfast and after school club. She also works as one of our midday supervisors.

Outside of school Mrs Dowsett is married and has four children aged 7, 8, 14 and 24, as well as 2 dogs and a cat. So her hands are always full with one always needing help with something!

Mrs Dowsett enjoys fishing and days out with her oldest son. She also enjoys shopping with her daughter and spending time in their caravan and going on the beach with her youngest two.

Mrs Amanda Frankish

Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Frankish is a pioneers breakfast club and after school club assistant, and works in both five days a week. She previously worked in a nursery for 20 years and has an NVQ level two and three in childcare and education and an NVQ four in childcare, learning and development.

Outside of work Mrs Frankish has three teenage boys who all have a love for boxing and all like to compete, so my most of her spare time is normally taken up by travelling to and from competitions. When she does have some time to herself, Mrs Frankish enjoys walking her dog and upcycling furniture.

Miss Lauren Widdop

Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Miss Widdop works in the breakfast and after school club in Poplar Pioneers. This is her first experience of working in a school and so far, she loves it! Her job brings new challenges for Miss Widdop, which is exciting. No day is the same and Miss Widdop thinks it's lovely being able to give a little freedom to the children in the space and time that they have in the club.

Miss Widdop has 13 years of previous experience working in the care industry. This is with a variety of older people and younger people with various complex challenging needs and expectations.

Miss Widdop is a very creative person and thinks it is nice having the ability to use that within school and see the children's minds and imagination wander and improve.

In her spare time Miss Widdop loves to go walking, do baking, go on staycations and visit her family and friends back in Yorkshire.

Mrs Anna Wielgus

Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Wielgus came to England with her family in 2007. She lived in London for 2 years later in Gravesend and in 2011 she moved to Grantham.

Mrs Wielgus has a husband, 2 daughters aged 23 and 15 years. She has been running her business for 4 years, cleaning private houses.

Mr Steve Whotton

Site Manager

In his most recent role Mr Whotton worked as a personal trainer and nutritional advisor for 7 years. Prior to that he worked within the building trade as well as fabrication and HGV driving.

Mr Whotton has been married for 19 years and has 2 children, a daughter of 15 and a son of 18.

In his down time Mr Whotton enjoys the gym, fishing, cooking and meeting up with friends.

He is looking forward to this new challenge.

Mr GianCarlo Velasco


Mr Velasco has worked in the catering industry for 21 years, both here in the UK and abroad.

Mr Velasco is glad to be part of children’s growth in school. He believes in a little way he is helping to educate the children by exploring their senses by introducing them to different ingredients and textures.

Mr Velasco thrives to produce freshly prepared nutritious food every day.

Mrs Hannah Clayson

Catering Assistant and Midday Supervisor

Mrs Clayson grew up on a farm in the middle of rural Lincolnshire & now lives in Grantham with her husband & two boys.

Mrs Clayson enjoys planning & preparing the school meals, while also asking the pupils for ideas & feedback. Mrs Clayson feels that by supervising & supporting the children as they benefit from a healthy & sociable lunchtime both indoors & outside is very fulfilling every day!

Mrs Sam Sheeran

Catering Assistant

Mrs Sheeran lives very near to school with her husband, son, daughter and their dog.

Mrs Sheeran has worked in many different roles while moving around the country with her husbands work but is always happiest in the kitchen.

In her spare time Mrs Sheeran loves walking her dog Vinnie and making cakes.

Mrs Agnieszka Waniek-Mijal

Catering Assistant, Midday Supervisor and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Waniek-Mijal moved to the UK in 2005 with her husband and son. She spent her time raising her younger son and daughter, who are now 14 and 5 years old. Her eldest son is 20 years old and studies away at university.

Mrs Waniek-Mijal is dedicated to help young minds grow and achieve. She is a warm and caring individual who wants to create an encouraging atmosphere for children. She loves spending time with her family and enjoys building positive relationships with children.

Mrs Waniek-Mijal has a Marketing Degree and works day-to-day as an admin in the construction industry. She is looking forward to be a part of the Poplar Farm team and can’t wait to contribute positively to the community.

Miss Natalia Adamcewizc


Miss Estera Whiting


Miss Whiting loves working at Poplar Farm School and helping out where she can.

Miss Whiting has teaching assistant qualifications and enjoys spending time with the students after school in Poplar Pioneers sometimes, but also does cleaning, which she loves as well. So Miss Whiting pretty much gets the best of both worlds!

Miss Whiting finds working in the school enjoyable because of all the staff are so kind and helpful which makes for a great work environment and feels it’s a pleasure to work at Poplar Farm!

Ms Wing Cheung

Midday Supervisor

Ms Cheung is very excited to join the midday team in Poplar Farm School. She enjoys looking after children in the school playground, playing and talking with them.

In her leisure time, Ms Cheung loves cooking and baking.

Mrs Patricia Cook

Midday Supervisor

Mrs Ann Cox

Midday Supervisor and Cleaner

Mrs Cox has been working at Poplar Farm School for 2 years now and she loves it! Mrs Cox believes it is a privilege to be one of the team of three who keeps the school clean and tidy for the day ahead.

In her spare time Mrs Cox enjoys knitting and card making. She is happily married to Pete with whom she shares four sons and their families, which includes five grandchildren.

Miss Rose Hay

Midday Supervisor

Mrs Lynne Hirst

Midday Supervisor and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

Mrs Hirst is delighted to be part of the Poplar Farm team. She is an experienced midday supervisor, and enjoys making lunchtimes a positive time for the children.

Mrs Hirst grew up in Grantham and lives with her husband, one child and lovely white cat.

In her spare time, Mrs Hirst likes spending time with family and knitting.

Mrs Fionna Kenny

Midday Supervisor

Mrs Kenny has lived in Grantham all of her life. She has a husband and 3 children aged 14, 13 and 6 and a dog, so they all keep her extra busy!

Mrs Kenny enjoys reading and going for walks with her family and she loves baking when she can!

Mrs Nichola Robson

Midday Supervisor

Mrs Stacey Ross

Midday Supervisor and Poplar Pioneers Assistant

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