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Meet the Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Clare Wilmott - Headteacher

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I have been teaching since 1999, where I started my career in a coastal school in North Wales. Eight years later, I moved to live and teach in Devon and have taught in a number of schools, mostly small rural schools. 

I am very passionate about ensuing that the pupils at Bow Community Primary School have the best opportunities possible so that they can become the best versions of themselves. 

I feel very privileged to be Headteacher at Bow Community Primary School and can honestly say that I enjoy coming to school every day! No day is ever the same! I am very fortunate to work alongside a superb team of governors, staff and amazing pupils. 

 

Alison Gillard - SENDCo

I have been working in education for the past 29 years, as a class teacher (where I have taught all ages from nursery through to year 6), a Head of School and a SENDCo in a number of schools in North and Mid-Devon.

I really enjoy working at Bow Community Primary School as the SENDCo and feel privileged to be part of such a great team - the children, staff, governors and parents.

Alongside working as a SENDCo, I also work in higher education, on the post-graduate programme for trainee teachers at Exeter University.

Chris Johnston- Key Stage 2 Teacher and Safeguarding Officer

I am Stags' Class teacher and have been for over five years.  With over a decade of teaching experience across key stage two, I have been happiest in the important role of preparing the pupils at Bow for their next big educational step into secondary school, whilst helping them to get the most out of their final years in school and building some great memories to take away with them.

My class would likely associate me with: ties, music listening, Exeter City, bad dancing and my 'wonderful' singing.  I would characterise myself as all the above but mainly as a family man with a wonderful wife and two Primary-school-age children.

Teaching Staff 

Anna Fay - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Lead and Key Stage 1 Teacher 

I have been teaching at Bow Community Primary School for 8 years and I love seeing the children grow, as they move through the school. I thoroughly enjoy teaching in Foxcubs, welcoming new families to the school and building relationships with the children in reception. I am lucky enough to have some of the Year 1's too in Foxcubs, where we continue to build on their learning. 

I came to teaching later, when I decided to go to university aged 36. This was after my youngest child had started school. Before teaching, I was a nanny for a family in Surrey and worked at a local pre-school when I moved to Devon. I have also been a Mealtime Assistant and a Teaching Assistant. 

I have three children, all grown up now, and we love getting together as a family. In my free time, I like to watch TV and read. 

Daniel Bashford - Key Stage 1 Teacher 

After studying Outdoor Education at university and then working as an outdoor instructor for 8 years all over the world, I moved to Devon, decided to have a career change and train as a teacher.  I have been teaching at Bow Community Primary School since 2019 and love teaching the Otters' year 1 and 2 class. 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching in KS1 and enjoy watching the children grow through their time with me and as they move on through the school. I lead geography and history across the school, both of which, I am very passionate about.

I really enjoy running outside of school, walking my dogs, enjoying the outside lifestyle Devon provides and watching sport. I have recently got married to my wonderful wife Cat.

Amy Harvey - Key Stage 2 Teacher

I qualified in 2013 from the University of Plymouth, specialising in Early Childhood Studies. I had, however, always felt I would prefer teaching in KS2. I was fortunate to be given a Y4/5 class in my first year of teaching and have remained in KS2 ever since. Prior to joining Bow, I worked in and around Torbay.

I am particularly passionate about the teaching and learning of maths; I truly believe that all children are capable mathematicians and that an equitable classroom is essential for this to be realised. Over the last few years, I have engaged in work with the NCETM’s Teaching for Mastery programmes and am a mastery specialist. 

My favourite thing about working at Bow is the children and their families. It really is a privilege to teach at a school that is such a central part of the local community.

Gemma Salmon - Key Stage 2 Teacher

I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years and started my career in a large, inner-city Junior School in Gloucester. I have experience of teaching in every year group in Key Stage 2 and have led English, Maths, Science and PE in my time.

I moved to Devon in 2012 and joined Bow CP School where I am one of the longest serving members of staff. I started off at Bow teaching in Stags (year 6) and then in 2018, I took a year out to have my little boy, Stanley, before returning to teach in Hares (year 3/4). I am passionate about teaching and helping pupils reach their full potential whilst making lessons engaging and fun! 

I play netball outside of school and enjoy going to the gym, watching sport and spending time with Stanley and my partner, Matt. 

Claire Davey - Key Stage 2 Teacher

After 15 years as an Early years practitioner in a local nursery, and having had my own children, I decided to have a career change and train as a teacher. I started teaching in 2019 in Reception and Key Stage 1 at a school near Exeter, and then was delighted to move nearer to home when I joined the team at Bow Community Primary School in 2022.

I currently teach Hares' Class (yr 3/4) 2 days a week, and thoroughly enjoy the humour and independence older children bring to the day! I also lead music and RE across the school, both of which I am passionate about as I often play the piano or flute to lead worship at the church I attend with my family. 

Beyond school, I enjoy walking with our dog, especially over Exmoor, watching 999 programmes on TV and spending time with Lily and Evie and my husband, Craig.

Linda Williamson - PPA Teacher

Picture of Linda WilliamsonAfter a 10 year career in hair and make-up – predominantly in the London Theatres, I moved to Devon and started my teaching career in 1995. In the past 27 years, I have taught every year group in primary and have also taught as a specialist art teacher in The West of England School for the Blind and Partially Sighted.

I have been teaching at Bow Community Primary School for 3 years and have recently taken on a new role as Art Teacher for the whole school and PSHE teacher.

I have a real passion for art and I am really excited to share this passion with the children and inspire them to explore and experiment with many techniques and skills. I am looking forward to sharing all the children’s achievements in our termly Art Exhibition.

As PSHE lead for the school, I am also passionate for our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society.

I enjoy gardening, painting and spending time with my family and friends.

Jo Jones - PPA Teacher 

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Kirsty Loader - HLTA 

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Michelle Brine - Teaching Assistant 

I have been working in education since 1997, from pre-school to Year 6, and have been a TA at Bow Community Primary School since 2003, making me one of the longest serving members of staff.  During my time at Bow, I have worked in every class, both as a 1:1 TA and a general TA, delivering a wide range of interventions with particular emphasis on social and emotional development, including 5 years as the school’s licensed Thrive practitioner.  Currently, I am the class TA in Badgers.

Jenny Welsh - Teaching Assistant

 

 

 

 

Sandra Marsh - Teaching Assistant 

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Sally Smallman - Teaching Assistant, Meal Time Assistant

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Catherine Tiley - Teaching Assistant 

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Cat Seymour - Teaching Assistant 

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Caroline Hulland - Teaching Assistant, Meal Time Assistant, Kitchen Assistant

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Office Staff 

Susan Vile - Senior Administrator

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Mel Butler - Admin Assistant 

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Support Staff 

Mary Cockerham - Meal Time Assistant

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Julie Dyer - Kitchen Manager

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Lucy Bailey - Kitchen Assistant 

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Deb May - Meal Time Assistant

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