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Welcome to fantastic Year 5! We are very fortunate to have a phenomenal team of which your child is a very important member.
Mrs Furness - Class Teacher (Mon & Tues)
I am Mrs Furness; originally from Nottingham, but have spent most of my teaching career in London. With 15 years teaching experience in a range of schools and ages I bring a wealth of experience to our year 5 team. After starting a family, we moved to wonderful Warwickshire and have never looked back. Being a Mum of two keeps me busy on the days I’m not at Westgate, but I also like to spend time running to keep fit, sewing and eating out. When in the classroom I’m passionate about creating an environment where everyone shows kindness and respect for each other. I want children to feel confident that their thoughts and ideas will be listened to and respected. We learn the most when we feel happy and comfortable in our environment.
Mrs Lawson - Class Teacher (Wed, Thurs, Fri)
I am Mrs. Lawson; Warwickshire born and bred, Mum of two and a teacher with over twenty years of experience! Prior to having my own family, I was Assistant Head Teacher at Shipston-on-Stour Primary School. This stood me in great stead for a variety of roles, in several South Warwickshire Primary Schools, following a family break. My home and school families have been and continue to be my vocation and passion in life!
I have a big heart and live by the mantra that ‘one should treat others as they wish to be treated themselves’. I firmly believe that good manners, a warm smile and time for others all cost nothing but make a big difference. In everything I do, I work hard, giving 100% and showing a ‘can do’ attitude. As one of the Year 5 team, I encourage your child to adopt this approach too. It feels good to make a difference- big or small- every day and it is a privilege to be able to do this at Westgate Primary.
Mrs Hedges - SEN Teaching Assistant
I am Mrs. Hedges and this is my third year at Westgate. I lived in Chester until I was twenty, them moved to Warwickshire. I have three children and while they were young and until they left school, I volunteered for a charity that focused on children living in difficult situations. I was privileged to travel to Romania, Belarus, The Crimea and Uganda working in villages, schools and orphanages.
Mr Hawker - SEN Teaching Assistant
Having worked in education and the care system for over 30 years I have found working at Westgate Primary a joy and a little jewel right in the heart of Warwick. After living in various places in the UK as well as traveling and living abroad I finally settled down in Birmingham to have children and eventually grandchildren.
My own experience has involved teaching mainly creative subjects, art and design, print, academic studies, pottery, fashion and textiles and higher education; to a wide variety of students of all ages from supported learning to degree level. I also have experience of working in the industry and the service industry in arts and media and still produce art work for exhibitions. My approach to working with young people is to encourage a creative approach to any subject, to get the best out of anything the young person tackles and learn from the experience. Learn from the fun of learning.
Mrs Ingram - SEN Teaching Assistant