Year 2

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Mrs Firkins

I believe that all children have the ability to achieve their full potential if given the opportunity to do so. For this reason I am proud to say that I have been a member of Ash Green since October 2018. My teaching degree is in Early years and childhood education so I prefer to remain in key stage 1 or Early years for this reason.

Prior to Ash Green I have worked in schools for 12 years as a support role, through nurture, counselling and classroom support. I have worked in various classes from nursery to year 6. Throughout this time I have seen teachers work in many different ways to encourage children to achieve their full potentials.

I am currently the music lead for school and look forward to gaining further experience as a teacher whilst at Ash Green.

Miss Worthington

Miss Worthington

My current role at Ash Green is Deputy Head Teacher. I thoroughly enjoy my role as both a classroom practitioner and a leader. Every day is unique and I continue to thrive on the challenges and rewards I have the opportunity to experience through two very different roles.

I joined Ash Green as English Lead, in September 2016. Since then, I have worked relentlessly to drive school improvement both inside and outside of the classroom, predominantly in Year 6. I have had the pleasure of working alongside a number of year 6 cohorts and take great pride in many of the achievements, that as a team, our staff and children have been able to celebrate. A highlight of my time in Year 6, was 98% of our Year 6 cohort in 2018, achieving the expected standard in Reading.

I have an unwavering belief that every child, no matter what their journey, given the right support and opportunity, is capable of making accelerated progress and achieving their best ‘me’. Teaching and inspiring young minds is at the forefront of everything I do, and I feel so lucky that every day I am in a position to directly impact upon our pupils.

Prior to working at Ash Green, I worked in a range of different school contexts; including a large international British school in Doha, Qatar. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to teach a range of different nationalities, in an educational climate which was a stark contrast to the one I am in now. During this time, I taught Key Stage 1. I followed the English National Curriculum and delivered this to 17 different nationalities within my class. Since then, I have worked as a system leader through Blackfriars Teaching Alliance and delivered training for local teaching schools to impact children and teachers from a range of different contexts, particularly in Reading.

English Language and Literature is my background and is an irrepressible passion of mine. I am fascinated by the abundance of opportunity a literate individual has access to. I am an avid reader and I strive each and every day to positively impact on our children’s perceptions of reading. I am a strong believer that, “Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary” (Jim Rohn). For me, reading is the backbone of society, those who read are the people capable of making our world a better place. I am exceptionally proud of our reading achievements at Ash Green Primary, even more so this year with the introduction of our very own Reading Heroes. Our Reading Heroes are our vision and our voice – a group of children who have an unshakeable belief that reading is magic. We believe that the beauty of reading at Ash Green is that it is completely democratic. Everyone has a say. Every child’s voice counts, and everyone has the chance to paint the world from their own perspective – which for me, is the most important thing of all.