Anna Freeland is the school’s Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDco). She is non-class based and works for four days a week: all day Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday, Thursday. Anna is also often in school on Friday mornings. Anna teaches small groups of children who are finding learning challenging. She aims to accelerate their rates of progress. In 2018-19 she is focusing her teaching input on supporting Year 5 pupils. Anna was a previous Chair of the Parents Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA). Both her son and daughter used to attend the school. Anna is an experienced and highly proficient SENDco, as well as being a considerate and empathetic individual.
Brian Jones is the school’s sports and physical education specialist. Brian is utterly committed to every child at Barnes developing a lifelong love of sport and physical activity. He rarely stops: coaching school teams in the mornings; spending his breaktimes assisting children to reach amazing standards in skipping and taking after school clubs. Brian is totally dedicated to every single child developing a love of sport and an awareness of the importance of physical activity.
Karen Warner joined us in September 2013 as the school’s music teacher. For 13 years she worked as a full-time secondary school music teacher, during which time she developed a strong relationship with feeder primary schools teaching class music lessons and providing professional development to teachers in the delivery of the music curriculum. Karen plays flute and piccolo in several ensembles, including principal flute in concert bands, for amateur dramatic shows and a barn dance band. She performs in concerts throughout the year in variety of venues including Cadogan Hall, Margate Winter Gardens, Epsom Playhouse and the Wimbledon Tennis Finals. Karen’s input has been instrumental in extending opportunities in music for all our children.
Louise Martin completed a Bachelor of Education degree at Oxford Brooks University with a special focus on environmental biology. Subsequently she taught for 2 years before moving into the dynamic world of television marketing, working for Discovery Communications on Discovery Channel and launching Animal Planet in the UK, then later working for Universal Studios.
Next came the exciting role of becoming a parent which reconnected me with my love of imparting knowledge and led to the decision to return to the very creative and nurturing world of teaching. So Louise joined our team. Ten years later she has become more and more involved, teaching Enrichment, serving as a ‘Clerk to the Governing Body, running a gardening club programme and now providing teacher cover across the school. Louise says that she feels incredibly fortunate in her role; every school day is different and she sees magical things happening everywhere.
James O’Donnell gained a BA (Hons) degree in International History and Classical studies at Keele University before working for a number of years as an Account Manager in the advertising industry. He then completed a PGCE at St Mary’s University before joining Barnes Primary as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2006. Since then James has been a classteacher in Years 3, 4 and 5, a member of the Senior Management Team and a Key Stage Leader. He is currently the Computing Subject Leader and now works across the school as the second of our ‘in house’ cover teachers. James works on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and every second Monday.