Upper Key Stage 2

The Ambassadors (after Holbein) - Year 5/6 - acrylic on canvas

one of two works made in a Saturday workshop for pupils in Upper Key Stage 2 wanting to develop their gifts and talents with artist in residence Maggie Stewart celebrating our ethos of caring for ourselves

Children aged 9-11 in years 5 and 6. Each class is named after an endangered British mammal.

The oldest children in school are split into three parallel classes, mixing year 5 and 6 pupils of all aptitudes and characters. Upper Key Stage 2 is led by Debbie McHugh.

Towards the end of year 6 pupils are assessed against the National Expectation in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPS), Writing, Mathematics and Science. Children sit statutory tests in Reading, GPS and Mathematics; tests results are a scaled score 80-120 with 100 being the Nationally expected standard for end of year 6. Achievement in Writing and Science being teachers' assessments against detailed assessment criteria.

Further information about the curriculum can be found in our Curriculum pages and in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document.

Our oldest children are getting ready to move on to High School. Click here for some helpful guides for pupils and parents to help with transition. Written for children with additional educational needs, they will be helpful to any family whose child needs extra support at exciting but sometimes challenging period of their life.


Julie Helliwell

BA (Hons) Fine Art and Film, PGCE Primary

Mrs Helliwell joined us in September 2018. She has a particular interest in Eco schools, environmental learning and, of course, Art and Design. Julie also works as a textile artist and supports Ms Stewart in leadership of Art and Design. Mrs Helliwell teaches in Hedgehogs on a Friday and Pine Martens for half a day a week.

Debbie McHugh

BEd (Hons) Primary Education with specialisms in English and PE

Mrs McHugh joined us in 2017 when she relocated to the area from a large primary school in Ipswich where she led a team in Key Stage 2. Debbie leads PE and sport in school as well as teaching the Hedgehogs on Monday-Thursday.

Pine Martens

Melissa Buzzard

BSc (Hons) Zoology and Psychology, PGCE Primary Education

Mrs Buzzard studied at university in Massachusetts, USA, before emigrating to the UK where she worked as a teaching assistant in Northwich. After completing her PGCE in Primary Education Melissa came to work with us where she leads Design Technology in school.

Red Squirrels

Angela Gordon

BA (Hons) English, MA Shakespeare and Contemporary Performance

Angela has experience as a High School English teacher as well as a teacher and English subject leader in a small school teaching years 3-6. Angela co leads English with Sarah Peacock and teaches the Red Squirrels on a Monday and Tuesday. Angela lived and taught in Spain for five years where she taught in an International School.

Karen Vine

BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Computing

Mrs Vine came to us from a large inner-city school in Leeds. Karen leads Computing and is the class teacher for the Red Squirrels on Wednesday through to Friday. She has worked alongside Mrs Watkins to learn and bring in new thinking, adapted from approaches in the Far East, to teaching Mathematics throughout the school.

LEARNING SUPPORT in upper key stage 2

Teaching assistants, while based in classes, also work across the phase with individuals and groups.

Ros Casson

BA Hons Early Childhood Studies, PGCE Primary

Mrs Casson joined us in November 2018. She has fifteen years' experience as a classroom teacher and has worked as head of Key Stage 2 in a local school. Ros works with our DSEN team supporting pupils with additional difficulties and is based in Red Squirrels.

Sharon Clowes

NVQ (level 3) Teaching Assistant Support

Miss Clowes supports pupils with special educational needs, disabilities and medical needs in Hedgehogs. She supports Mrs Wood with support for pupils' emotional literacy and managing feelings and has additional training in supporting children with diabetes in school. Sharron is also an invaluable member of our Mid-Day team supporting pupils over the lunch time. In her spare time Sharon makes the most amazing cakes!

Judith Ghader

BEd Middle Years (Hons) History and French

Mrs Ghader is the teaching assistant supporting the oldest children in school, across all three classes, particularly those with SEN and disabilities. Judith has a wealth of experience for pupils in their last years at school as she worked as a high school teacher for many years, including as head of department and head of year. This year she is based in Pine Martens.

Louise Key

Registered General Nurse, Teaching and Learning [level 3], Outdoor learning practitioner [level 2],

Mrs Key joined us in September 2019 as a new teaching assistant to support with disabilities and special educational needs. She supports in Hedgehogs. She enjoys baking, gardening and cycling in her spare time.