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Our Senior Leadership Team

Our current Senior Leadership Team is extremely hardworking and dedicated to driving forwards standards and improvements so that the children at Maple Tree really do get the best education. They meet regularly as a group and are responsible for teams of people across the school. This helps to ensure a consistent approach which makes it easier for everyone.

Meet the Senior Leaders 

Mrs Cath Bainbridge Headteacher

I am so lucky to be the Head at Maple Tree! The children are the very best and I am always greeted by smiles, hugs and conversation. I love going into the classes to watch the children learn and the passion and enthusiasm that they show makes my job an absolute pleasure. I am jointly responsible for Safeguarding throughout the school.

Mr Steve Venus Deptuy Headteacher

I am thrilled to be part of such a caring and nurturing school. The majority of my teaching and leadership has been in a middle school setting, however I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenge of working with younger children; their enthusiasm, excitement and smiling faces are extremely contagious. I am also jointly responsible for Safeguarding throughout the school.

Mrs Debbie Pigott EYFS Team Leader

I feel privileged to work with the youngest children in the school and I am passionate about being a part of their learning and development journey at such a crucial time in their lives. Although I have experience of teaching other age groups my heart lies with the amazing little explorers who have that sense of wonder and excitement here at Maple Tree. I am fortunate to lead a highly experienced team who share my enthusiasm and dedication to care for and teach the children in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Mrs Colette Wicks KS1 Team Leader

I love the fact that teaching allows me to see children grow in so many different ways.  Their different personalities and characteristics make each day different and exciting.  I feel very privileged to be allowed to play a small part in their lives and love to hear of their achievements (big or small!) and to know how proud they are of themselves.

Mrs Clarice Champion KS2 Team Leader

Teaching keeps me on my toes as well as young at heart. That "buzz" from being in front of a class of eager pupils ready to learn has motivated me for 13 years now. I love how I can be silly and funny and do things to capture the children's interest in learning. I also love the fact that my work has a purpose, and that I get the opportunity to touch lives of students and contribute to making their future one that is bright and productive. 

Mrs Kim Varley Office Manager

I have had the pleasure of working here at Maple Tree for over 10 years.  During that time I have seen the school leaders embrace the changes placed on them by Government, and those which were put in place to meet the needs of the local community.  I feel privileged to be a part of Maple Tree's future and it's continuous aim to bring quality teaching and learning to our pupils.

Mrs Victoria Darnell

I have been teaching for 11 years, all at Maple Tree School. I have taught across all years of the school and present I teach in Reception. I am currently the lead practitioner for Science and More Able children. I run the Eco-Warriors and am responsible for maintaining Maple Tree's Healthy Schools status.