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Class RJD  

Jo Downing

Hi I'm Jo, I came to The Vaynor in April 2014 to lead the Early Years and co-ordinate English across the school. I enjoy going on bike rides in my spare time and keeping fit with my two young children. I enjoy observing the children and watching them become independent learners.  

Jo Merrick 

Jo is a dedicated Teaching Assistant and also a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. She works in Reception with Jo in RJD and in Year One to cover a class. Jo is a very talented artist and enjoys creating colourful displays in the Foundation Stage unit.

Class RCD


Charlotte Deacon


Hello, I'm Charlotte and I've been teaching for 10 years.  I love teaching and I'm so excited to have joined the wonderful and caring team at the Vaynor!  I am excited to be in Reception this year and can't wait to learn and have fun with these amazing children.

In my spare time I love to be with my husband Nick and our crazy cats Donald and Boggle as well as visiting my family in Nottingham. I also love to read books-my favourites are the Harry Potter series and I was lucky enough to visit the Warner studio this summer. It was truly amazing!

Cathy Lees

Cathy works in RCD alongside Charlotte. She loves to make learning fun and active for the children at The Vaynor. In her spare she likes to spend time with her two teenage daughters. She enjoys taking weekends away with her family and going on walks.

Class RCC


Christina Collett

Hello, I’m Christina and I joined the team at The Vaynor in September 2015. I am proud to be working within a fun, caring and hard-working school team.

I love animals and also being outdoors. I have a cat called Simba and a tortoise called Rocky. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Yvonne Hardacre

Yvonne works alongside Christina in RCC. She plans exciting tasks for the children, often taking them outside to learn in the environment around them. Children love to explore their world in the fresh air and this is an approach all Reception classes use. (And other classes too!). In her spare time Yvonne enjoys spending time with her daughter. 

Tina Gittins

Tina also works in RCC on a Thursday and a Friday. She spends Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, working with small groups of children across the Reception classes to support them with their learning.

Kelly Greenhouse

Kelly has worked at The Vaynor in September 2015, she works one on one with children in Reception. She has 2 children and a fluffy rabbit called Buddy. In her spare time she likes going on holiday, watching films and cleaning. 

Alice Hudson  

Alice is currently working at our sister school Crabbs Cross Academy as their Early Years Leader and class teacher.


I joined The Vaynor in September 2015, and I love working with the children in Reception.  In my spare time I love keeping fit by running, going on holiday to find new exciting places and trying delious foods.