The Leadership Team:
Julia Foulger, Headteacher
Julia Foulger has the school running through her veins; she attended as a pupil, then as a parent before joining as a KS2 teacher in 2003, becoming Deputy Head in 2012 and then Head in 2014. Having completed a Humanities degree, she trained as a Primary Teacher on the job at Green Street Green School. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family, now scattered across the country, meeting friends for coffee and running Messy Church once a month at St John’s Church, where she has been a member since she was three.
She says: I love school! There is not a day passes at St David’s without something amazing happening. The staff I am lucky enough to work with are brilliant and the children never fail to surprise us with the many things they achieve. Becoming part of the Wishford group of schools has widened our horizons and introduced us to new colleagues and friends. My hope is that I can help to inspire all the pupils who are lucky enough to attend St David’s to become confident, well-rounded children fully equipped for the next stage of their education.
Sarah Handy, School Business Manager
Sarah began her association with St David’s when her son joined Reception in 1998, followed by her daughter in 2000. Little did she know then that she would end up working there!
Prior to family life, Sarah worked as a PA to a director of a large retail chain – she still loves shopping!
Sarah quickly became involved in the life of St David’s whilst her children were here and when she was offered the chance to become school secretary she jumped at the opportunity. Since joining the Wishford group, Sarah’s now become School Business Manager and somewhat of an expert in social media and a host of other challenging roles.
Sarah says, ‘I can think of no better place to work, I feel privileged to be part of the lives of so many wonderful children and their families. The support we receive from all our Wishford colleagues is wonderful and I know the school will go from strength to strength whilst maintaining its very special family feel and ethos well into the future’.
When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, walking, meeting friends for coffee and travelling.
Amber O’Sullivan, Deputy Head (Pastoral), SENCo, KS1 Teacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
After doing her degree in Primary Education and working in a school for two years, Amber was ready for a change. She spent seven months on a round-the-world trip, giving her a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring back into the classroom. On her return, she began working at St David’s.
She says: I feel extremely grateful to be able to work at St David’s and cannot wait for the years ahead of me!
Abigail Thackray, Deputy Head (Academic) KS2 teacher and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead
I have been teaching for over ten years, which makes me older than I feel! I started in Early Years initially, then worked in Year 1 and Year 2 before moving up to Key Stage 2. I have then spent the most of my teaching years in Years 3-5 and I love working with this age group.
I am particularly passionate about teaching Maths. Having found it challenging myself in school, I want every child to feel like a confident mathematician and enjoy maths as much as I do now. I am passionate about the mastery approach to maths and the way it has the potential to give every child a successful foundational understanding and I plan to champion this in my role as Maths Coordinator. I also love reading and strongly believe that for those pupils who don’t enjoy it yet, there is the perfect book out there somewhere!
Abigail says, “I am so excited to join the team here at St David’s. Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming; you can really feel the nurturing and positive ethos that is so important to me in a school. I’m thrilled to be joining the Senior Leadership Team and look forward to this exciting new challenge.”
In my spare time, I enjoy running, watching and featuring in theatre productions, cooking and eating delicious food, as well as being an avid bookworm!