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St Dennis

Primary Academy

Everyone Matters, Everyone Succeeds, Every Moment Counts

Who's Who

Meet the St Dennis Team and read about our favourite children's books!

Senior Leadership Team


Mrs Cathy Brokenshire



Designated Safeguarding Lead

Designated Teacher for Children in Care

Online Safety Lead

Curriculum and Assessment Lead

Trust Wider Curriculum Lead

Music Lead

Languages Lead



Matilda by Roald Dahl is a true favourite of mine. I was a huge fan of Roald Dahl as a child and remember it being published and buying my own copy. Just like Matilda, I would often be lost in a book and I continue to read every day! I love that no matter how difficult life is at times for Matilda, she is always positive, kind and brave in every way. The way Matilda uses her superpowers and pranks to outwit Miss Trunchball made me laugh! As a teacher and head teacher, I would definitely see myself as more of a Miss Honey!



Mrs Rachael Nash


Deputy Headteacher

Year 6 Class Teacher

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Teaching and Learning Lead

English Lead

Computing Lead


One of my favourite books is Holes by Louis Sachar. I simply love the plot and the way that it is three stories all told at the same time, with years separating them. When all the connections are made at the end and the writer reveals how the stories and characters overlap, it still amazes me every time!  I love the main character, Stanley. I feel like he is an unlikely hero, but never the less he triumphs in the end. It is a story of hope, friendship and pig stealing descendants. It will make you laugh and cry in equal measures.



Mrs Jo Waters



Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

TIS Lead Practitioner

Attendance Lead



My favourite children's book, at the moment, is The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green.

I love this book because it is so much fun to read aloud: there are lots of great sound effects, you can use different voices for all the animals, it has a rhyming pattern and repetition for the children to join in with! My son loves foxes and other wild animals, so he loved this story.

There is also a really funny part, that makes us giggle every time we read it, but you'll have to read it yourself to find out!



Miss Lizzie Stokes


Reception Class Teacher


PSHE and RHSE Subject Lead

Mental Health Lead

Trust Lead Practitioner (EYFS)




One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth is my favourite story.

Reading this story makes me feel happy and safe. Percy is a kind character, who cares for all of the creatures in the park no matter what mischief they are making!

I can't believe this story always makes me laugh, even though I've read it hundreds of times!






Mrs Becca Bateson


Reception Class Teacher

Maths Lead (EYFS and Key Stage 1)

Geography Lead

Eco Council Lead


My favourite book is Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. It is about an orphan who is adopted by a sister and brother who live on a farm, called Green Gables. She turns their lives upside down through her adventures, mishaps and imagination. I think the main reason I love it so much is that when I was eleven and first read it, I really wished I could live Anne's life or be her best friend. It all seemed so fun, free and exciting! 




Mrs Michelle Lawford


Year 1 Class Teacher

Phonics Lead

History Lead


My favourite book is The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. It’s about a tiny snail who wants to go on great adventures, so he rides on a whale’s tale and sees magnificent places around the world! I love how the snail is so adventurous and that he gets to travel and explore different places. He even ends up saving the whale! It truly is a magical book filled with exciting adventures, and it even makes you think about how humans affect sea life and how to help them. It truly is an awesome book and makes you want to explore faraway places, although perhaps not on a whale’s tale! 



Mrs Sarah Parekh


Year 1 Class Teacher 

ECT Mentor


My favourite children's book at the moment is Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph. It is wonderfully written and illustrated and the way it rhymes makes it great to read out loud.  This is also a favourite bedtime story in my house.  I think the message of being confident to be yourself is a really important one and I love the journey that Odd Dog Out goes on to discover this.




Miss Phoebe Williams

Miss Phoebe Williams


Year 2 Class Teacher

Design Technology Lead


My favourite book is Knee-High Nigel By Laurence Anholt.  The big giants have the brawn, knee-high Nigel has the brains, and together they build perfect castles.  But when they fall out and split up, the result is a perfect mess.  In the end, Nigel and the giants realise that teamwork is the only thing that will save the day.  This book tells you all about how you can achieve everything! Even if there are things that may hold you back, you can still achieve what you set your heart to.




Mr Dan Head


Year 3 Class Teacher

Sports Lead




The BFG by Roald Dahl is my absolute favourite because how imaginatively the story has been written, the use of whimsical characters and how it captures the magic of childhood. The blend of humour and creative made-up language engages everyone who reads it!






Mr Dave Bradbeer


Year 4 Class Teacher





I remember reading Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce and feeling that I had been transported into the book, wherever I might have been in real life. It is the first book that I could not wait to pick up again, to read the next part and find out what was about to happen.





Miss Becca Rollason


Year 5 Class Teacher

Religious Education Lead

Science Lead



I love reading and how you can be transported to different worlds. Ross Mackenzie does this brilliantly in his novel The Nowhere Emporium. I was captivated from the beginning of this book: plot twists, cliffhangers, danger and suspense planted throughout. The twisting maze of corridors that lead to rooms containing oceans, jungles and various other impossible things like the cruel, sinister villain on their tails who will stop at nothing until Mr Silver is dead and the emporium falls apart. Do Ellie and Daniel succeed in saving the emporium? You'll have to read the book to find out!



Administration and Library


Mrs Julie Crawford


School Secretary                                                                                                                      

Enid Blyton was my absolute favourite author as a child and I think I had every book she had ever written. The Faraway Tree books were always my favourite as a young girl. I loved the wonderful characters that lived in the tree such as Moonface, Saucepan Man, Dame Washalot and Watzisname! I always tried to picture what all their little houses in the tree looked like. In every chapter, a ‘magical’ land would arrive at the top of the tree, which the children would visit and have amazing adventures. Truly magical!


Mrs Kylie Purshouse


School Administrator

My favourite children’s book is We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. This story reminds me of all the walks and adventures I go on with my own family and who knows, one day we may come across a bear? This book is a favourite bedtime story in my house. It’s a fun book to do all the actions and sounds as we read it together. 


Mrs Shirley Truscott


School Librarian


Animalcolm is the first book I have read by David Baddiel and it will not be the last!

The story revolves around a boy called Malcolm and he just does not like animals! Imagine his horror when his school trip is a visit to a farm!

No more spoilers, but if you want to laugh aloud (which I did), this book is just for you!



Learning Support Assistants

Mrs Tanya Edmunds



Nursery Manager 

Staff Governor                                                                                                                    


My favourite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

I would love to be like the little caterpillar as I love food and I would get to eat lots of different foods, especially chocolate cake! It would be great to turn into a beautiful butterfly and be able to fly wherever I wanted!


Mrs Dana Tippett


Nursery Teaching Assistant



The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith is a new favourite book of mine. One of my children got it for Christmas and we have read it many times. It has brought lots of laughter at bedtimes and I enjoy the way it rhymes. It is a bit of a tongue twister and it makes me giggle when I read it.




Mrs Julie Henderson


Nursery Teaching Assistant

One of my favourites books is Harry Potter. The detail in the writing by JK Rowling is truly amazing and her imagination is beautiful. The books are about much more than witches, wizards and magic. The book teaches the values of friendship, trust and love. My daughter now has her own box-set to read and enjoys reading a few chapters most evenings before she goes to sleep!




Miss Hayley Andrew



Nursery Teaching Assistant

My favourite children's book is We're going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. I enjoy the children's reactions to this story. This book encourages learning in all different ways as it supports in sensory and role play. It sparks imagination and conversation and is a firm favourite to get us all singing along together. 

Mrs Kimberley Casper


Reception Teaching Assistant 


My favourite book is Tiddler by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This is my favourite children's book as I love how Tiddler uses his imagination to create wonderful stories for his friends. This book shows children that no matter how young and small they are, they are able to create big magical adventures of their own!



Miss Tash Caust


Reception Teaching Assistant and HLTA

EYFS Intervention Lead


My favourite children's book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, follows mischievous and disobedient young Peter Rabbit as he gets into sticky situations, and is chased around the garden by Mr. McGregor. The moral of the story is that you should always listen to your parents. This book is a true childhood favourite of mine as it brings back so many wonderful memories of receiving the book on my 6th birthday from my Nan and grandad, to then sharing and reading it at bedtimes with my three younger brothers and for many bedtimes after.


Miss Emily Schooley


Year 1 and Year 4 Teaching Assistant

As a child I was hooked into reading Matilda by Roald Dahl.  Matilda reminds me of myself, being innocent and wanting to get on with my learning, I remember reading this book as a little girl. It's a book full of laughter, jokes and pranks. I just remember laughing the whole way through this book!





Mrs Karen Hancock 


Year 1 Teaching Assistant and HLTA

Year 1 Intervention Lead




My favourite book is The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. I really enjoy the storyline with the mouse and how he outwits the Gruffalo! I love all the characters in it, but the mouse is definitely my favourite! It was also both of my sons' favourite book to have read to them at bedtime.




Mrs Amanda Rickard


Year 2 Teaching Assistant and HLTA

Year 2 Intervention Lead

Breakfast Club

Lunchtime Lead

My favourite book is the series of Secret Seven by Enid Blyton. The Secret Seven are a group of children who hold regular meetings and organize things to do, whether it's helping the community in some way, solving mysteries that turn up, or just having fun playing in the woods. They have a secret password, a badge, and a secret headquarters in a garden shed! I enjoyed reading how they solved all the mysteries that they went on. It takes our value of great ‘teamwork’ to solve the clues!


Mrs Becky Hawken


Year 3 Teaching Assistant 

Year 3 Intervention Lead

My favourite children's book is Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrea. I have always loved this book, because not only Giraffes are my favourite animal, but also this book just embraces our differences. Growing up I was always the tallest in my class. Like Gerald, I sometimes felt awkward when doing certain activities. This book teaches children that everyone is different, but we must embrace that and help each other build confidence and self-esteem. No matter how difficult situations get, never give up on your dreams.


Mrs Jenna Loveridge



Year 3 Teaching Assistant 

Trainee Autism Champion


My favourite books as a child were Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. They are filled with intelligent, clever individuals and contained mystery after mystery. The fact that so few of those mysteries were resolved within the scope of the book, peaked my interest and sent me diving into investigations of my own. I loved the mystery and suspense. Most of all, I loved the characters. These books show we should never underestimate children! 



Miss Robyn Yorke


Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Year 4 Intervention Lead

Dyslexia Champion

TIS Practitioner

The Little Mermaid, by Walt Disney was my all-time favourite as a child. As a little girl, I had a huge love for mermaids and I still do today. I remember having the full set of Disney classics read to me as a child and I still have them today. I read them to my children, but this one is top of my childhood book favourites. I love how independent and kind Ariel is and how she just wants true happiness. I like to think this is what we teach children every day.



Mrs Jenny Carlyle


Year 4 Teaching Assistant

My favourite children's book is The Fish Who Could Wish by John Bush. Its my favourite because it is a fun, rhyming book that I love to read with my daughters!





Ms Donna Fisher


Year 4 and Year 1 Teaching Assistant 





The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis, is one of my favourite books because it is about a magical land called Narnia, where there are talking animals, a witch and lots of adventures. Four children: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy stumble upon Narnia at the back of a wardrobe, whilst playing 'hide and seek'. One of the lessons I learned from this book is to forgive easily and fight for what you believe in.



Mrs Tracey Julian


Year 5 Teaching Assistant and HLTA

UKS2 Intervention Lead


My favourite book of all time is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I have loved it since I was a small child, when it was read to me in school. I have read it to my children when they were small and now also my grandchildren who are both starting to love it too!



Miss Jess Jaye


Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Sports Coach


My favourite book is The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton. I love this book because the main characters get to see a different world everytime they go up the Faraway Tree and make more friends as they go! Imagine being able to slide down the middle of a huge tree everytime you climbed it! 




Mrs Theresa Dick


Year 6 Teaching Assistant and HLTA

Art and Design Lead

Dazzle Day Lead


Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson was one of my favourite ‘go to’ bedtime stories when my grandchildren were little and guaranteed to settle them for sleep! As well as a captivating storyline, the illustrations by Jane Chapman are amazing. The book is about a whole host of different animals and birds who find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up whilst he is asleep. Even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!



Mrs Debbie Rowe


Reading Champion 

My favourite books are The Faraway Tree Stories by Enid Blyton.  I loved reading these stories when I was younger and then read them to my daughters. I love the characters and the adventures they get up to in each of the lands they visit. After each chapter, I couldn't wait to read the next chapter to see what antics the characters got up to next!  My favourite character was Saucepan Man when he muddled up his words!  I have enjoyed sharing the book with Year 2 children over the last few years.


Mrs Emma Squire


Breakfast Club

One of my favourite children's books is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis. I love the idea of finding a whole new world in the back of a wardrobe! In Narnia, they meet talking animals, a witch, a lion, lots of snow, there’s magic and so much more. The children learn lots about themselves and each other, including being brave and making the right choices, about loyalty and gain friendship with all the different animals they meet. If I were one of the characters, I would probably be Lucy, who is sweet and kind but also very brave and adventurous.


Lunchtime Team

Mrs Amanda Rickard - LeadMrs Debbie RoweMrs Tracey Julian
Mrs Jenna LoveridgeMrs Becky HawkenMiss Emily Schooley
Miss Jess JayeMrs Donna Fisher           Mrs Jenny Carlyle
 Miss Robyn Yorke 


Breakfast Club Team
Mrs Amanda Rickard    Mrs Emma Squire   


After School Club Team
Mrs Tanya EdmundsMrs Tracey Julian      Miss Jess Jaye
Mrs Julie Henderson  

External Providers


Mrs T Triggs

Forest School                                                 


Mr B Hawken

Choir and Band


Mr L Oxenham

Guitar Teacher


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