Meet the staff
Mrs Beer - Head of Early Years and Reception teacher
Miss Balmforth and Mrs Wright - Reception teachers
Miss Balmforth has been a teacher here at Almondbury Community School for over 18 years, teaching in KS2 and Early Years. Before starting her teaching career she helped to set up and run out of school clubs, she worked at Eureka! and spent time working in Spain and the Czech Republic. She was awarded a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts from Huddersfield University and then studied for a PGCE at Bradford College. Miss Balmforth is also a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner.
“I love working in Reception, it allows me to be creative and imaginative and it is a pleasure to watch children grow and develop. To motivate and stimulate a child's learning abilities we encourage learning through experience, stories, songs, games, drawing and imaginative play. Children are naturally inquisitive and we aim to develop confidence, curiosity and knowledge in a safe, and secure learning environment. I am passionate about outdoor learning, connecting with natural environments and the creatures and plants that inhabit them. I believe that active learning and play outdoors are essential to children’s health and development.”
Mrs Hirst - Nursery teacher
Mrs Hirst has been a teacher for over 24 years. She trained at Bradford College and has a 2.i Bachelor of Education degree. She went on to study with the OU and attained a Masters Degree in the Early Years. She is originally from Almondbury and has taught at Almondbury Community School for over 7 years.
"Nursery is where children form their foundations for their education. It is where they become stronger learners, develop independence and consolidate skills on which to build future learning. I want them to really enjoy coming to school, to have fantastic relationships with staff and other children and know we are there to help."
Mrs Thackerey and Miss Shaw - Nursery Nurses
"Teachers and teaching assistants know the children well. They check regularly how well children are doing and identify quickly how they can develop further." OFSTED June 2017