Mr Gary Tucker – Head Teacher & Safeguarding Lead

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Mrs. Leanne McNamee – NEST Lead Practitioner & Play Therapist

I have been teaching for over 20 years and have enjoyed working with hundreds of children in EYFS, KS1 & KS2 both in this county and in Buckinghamshire. During these years, I have enjoyed developing my skills as KS1 lead, PSHE Co-ordinator and School Council Co-ordinator to name but a few. In recent years, I have seen a growing need for our young people to be supported in their mental health and well-being. As a result, I decided to extend my training and I am now a fully qualified Play Therapist which I also work as within the school. I have a genuine passion to want to help children who are experiencing difficulties in their world via both short- or long-term interventions. I am incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to work with your child/children in this way and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead this very special and dedicated team here at Woodmancote School.



Richard Hoyle – Pupil Premium Lead

Since leaving banking and qualifying as a teacher in 2001, I have been here at Woodmancote School. During my 19 years here, I have taught many children from across all age ranges. I have undertaken many roles within the school. I have been a staff Governor for 15 years, the subject leader for Maths, ICT & PE, the Head of KS1 and the lead for the Health & Well-Being Team.

In my current role as Sports Coordinator & Pupil Premium lead, I get to provide sporting opportunities for a range of children and also provide and coordinate opportunities for children to undertake a variety of experiences in and out of school.

I also act as the in-house ‘supply’ teacher across the school and this has given me the opportunity to teach EVERY child in the school from Pre-School to Year 6. In this role, I take great pleasure in seeing how our children are developing and can help support all those children within our NEST.

Mrs. Karen Holder – Nurture Practitioner

I have been fortunate to work with children and young people, in some capacity, for the last 20 years. I have a genuine love of working with children, and in more recent years have enjoyed helping those who are experiencing some difficulties in life. For many years I have worked with children and young people, who have experienced a family bereavement. After having my second child I joined Woodmancote School within the office team, to now be able to join the NEST team, and return to working with children has been an absolute delight. I am dedicated to offering children a safe and fun place to come, to feel able to talk and play, and to promote independence and confidence in the children.


Mrs Alex Phoenix – SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)



Mrs. Emma Lee – Medical Liaison Lead

Hello, I am Mrs Lee. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Woodmancote School since 2005 and I have 3 children in their twenties.

My previous career was as a registered nurse, working in general hospitals for ten years in Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset.  I started at Woodmancote supporting individual children with medical needs, from reception through to year 6.

My current duties include overseeing the medical support of children within the NEST team, alongside working as a general Teaching Assistant in Rowan class. I really enjoy my varied role which draws on both my Teaching Assistant and nursing experience.