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Information for New Reception Parents 2022/2023

 Welcome to Reception at Westroyd!

Please meet the Reception Team -

Here is a little bit of information about our wonderful  Reception Team.


Mrs Hollingshead - Reception Class Teacher Monday - Wednesday


Mrs Hollingshead has worked at Westroyd for 10 years and in this time she has taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1. In the more recent years Mrs Hollingshead has been teaching in Nursery but returned to teaching Reception last year. Mrs Hollingshead has previously been the Early Years Leader at Westroyd so she has been a part of developing the Early Years setting and leading on improvements, including staff development. Her specialism is creating a welcoming learning environment that enables the best possible learning opportunities for all children. She loves to use open ended resources and follows childrens interests to lead the learning. She is very passionate about developing children’s growth mindset to grow resilient and independent learners. Mrs Hollingshead loves spending time and taking trips with her children and family. She also enjoys going out for tea, especially when it’s pizza! 


Mrs Edwards –  Reception Class Teacher Thursday and Friday


Mrs Edwards is an experienced Reception Teacher who has been teaching in Early Years settings for over fourteen years. She has recently returned to Westroyd Primary school after maternity leave and is very much looking forward to a great year in Reception with you all. She would describe herself as an energetic, busy and happy person and someone who loves to bring the fun to teaching! Her specialism is developing communication and language and early literacy.  Mrs Edwards also loves the outdoors and planning exciting activities that utilise the natural environment. She also loves  physical sessions and teaching yoga and mindfulness. In her spare time she likes to walk in the countryside, run and she also enjoys making things.  She can’t wait to meet you all!


 Mrs Fairclough - Nursery Nurse Monday - Friday


Mrs Fairclough has enjoyed 15 years at Westroyd and loves her job! Her favourite year group is Reception as she says she just loves watching each and every child flourish. She is especially passionate about teaching phonics and supporting early writing. She has beautiful neat handwriting which helps the children with theirs!  Mrs Fairclough also enjoys art activities and creative activities linked to stories. When she is not supporting the children in school she loves reading in her garden, listening to music and going for lovely walks.



Please complete the all about me activity prior to your child starting school.