Staff

Pastoral Team

Zowie Glen – Parent Support Adviser

Zowie

Hi, I’m Zowie. 
Currently working in my 17th year at WJS as Parent Support Advisor. 
Prior to this role I was a Teaching Assistant for 11 years; so I have worked with many children and families from the community across the years. 
As a child, I attended WJS too. 
It’s a special place, that I’m fortunate to say has been a big part of my life for a very long time.
Away from work, my other happy place is with my two children, who are 14 and 9.
We enjoy walks along the beach, bowling, baking (& eating the baking!), playing games and watching films together. 

I can be contacted by email on zglen@wensum.norfolk.sch.uk

Teaching Team

Year 3/4 Teachers

Natasha Wilby – Teacher

Natasha

My name is Tash, I am a mother, wife, dog lover and teacher. I have worked at Wensum Junior for three years and before I trained as a teacher, I was a Forest School leader. I am passionate about education and I love my job. I recognise the importance of providing a safe, caring, supportive and effective environment that brings opportunities for each child to make those essential steps in life.  

I have one son, Isaac, who is 10 years old and a dog, Albus Dumbledog, who is three. We spend our weekends exploring the outdoors, reading and having movie nights under the duvet with pizza.  Working as part of team helping our school to grow and develop is very rewarding. We all bring different skills and life experiences to the table which is exciting!

Verity Hanson – Teacher

Verity

Hi I’m Verity, year 3/4 teacher at Wensum junior school. I have 16 years teaching experience and am passionate about supporting children with their learning. 

I have two children aged 10 and 8 and love spending time with them and my husband. I also enjoy walks, crafts, cooking and camping. I love reading novels and poetry and really enjoy sharing stories with my class too.

Sam Naylor – Teacher

I joined Nelson Infants as a Year 2 teacher in 2018 and later joined the teaching team here at Wensum Junior. I have taught in schools across Devon and Norfolk and worked with learners of all ages, from nursery to post-graduates. I am fascinated by the journey children take from their first words and drawings to becoming confident readers, writers and communicators.  I love working at a school where children are encouraged to express their own views and develop their ‘voice’.

Chris Smith – Teacher

Chris

Hi I’m Chris and I am excited to be teaching years 3 and 4 at Wensum. Prior to joining Wensum I worked in other Norfolk schools, including a spell teaching year 2 at Nelson Infants.

I first visited Wensum during my teacher training, when I attended a learning conference at the school – it left such a positive impression on me, I always hoped that one day I would be teaching here! The atmosphere, energy, and commitment of pupils and staff make it an amazing and vibrant school that I am proud to be a part of.

I live in Norwich with my wife and 6 year old son. As a family we love the outdoors – always exploring new places to walk with our dogs and disappearing for camping adventures at every opportunity. My other hobbies include playing the guitar, my cafe racer motorcycle and paddleboarding.

Year 5/6 Teachers

Jo Kloss – Teacher

Jo

Hello! My name is Jo and I’m currently teaching year 5/6 at Wensum. I’ve worked here for two years and I can honestly say I’ve never felt more content in my work place. I have worked in many schools around Norfolk, gaining experience and challenges in each, but I always knew I’d end up in a school where talents were celebrated, voices were strong and the children were at heart of the school. I am so proud to be part of such a fantastic and supportive team!

I have two daughters and a grumpy sausage dog who likes nothing more than to drag us around the wild woodlands and coastline on a weekend. I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful county and adore spending quality family time with my partner and children.

Paul Wickens – Teacher

Paul

Hi my name is Paul, and I am a year 5/6 teacher at Wensum Junior School. I have worked at Wensum Junior School since 2017. Before moving to Primary, I was a secondary school English teacher. I absolutely love working with the amazing children who attend Wensum, who everyday do something to amaze me and make me smile!

I have two children aged 13 and 10 and love spending time with them.  When not teaching or parenting, I enjoy playing my guitar, listening to music on vinyl records (a recent expensive hobby I acquired!), running and watching football. I love reading and am passionate about sharing with all children the joys of reading for pleasure. My choice of books is varied, but I particularly enjoy historical novels, graphic novels and books about World War Two.

Mark Swan – Teacher

Mark

Hi I’m Mark. I was born in Dorking, in 1963, but didn’t move to Norwich until 1990 to study the PGCE at UEA, following a degree in philosophy in London. My son Josh was born 3 weeks after moving.

 During that first year, we found Norwich to be such a friendly and welcoming city, that we decided to stay. We were further persuaded by the fact that Kate was now pregnant with our daughter, Agi. Having now lived in Norwich for thirty years, 18 of which have been spent at Wensum, we have never doubted we made the right decision.

My hobbies include travelling, cycling and walking, art and history. In researching my family tree, we have traced Swans back to Diss in 1549. I have been lucky to have enjoyed several extended trips to East Africa, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as spending a year travelling with my children through Europe and Morocco in a type 2 VW. I also spend a lot of time beach-combing the Norfolk coast in search of fossils and semi-precious stones.

Heather Milliken – Teacher

Pokémon

Nicola Denney – Teacher

Nic

I’m Nic, and I currently teach in Alternative Provision. I have worked at Wensum for 5 years, and have been teaching for nearly 20 years. I love the whole child approach we have in Wensum, as well as our creative curriculum. Before my life as a teacher, I was a research scientist at the UEA, but I got side-tracked teaching undergrads, and here I am today! Outside of teaching, I like to think I am adventurous – I climb regularly even though it scares me, and I love exploring new places abroad with my son.

Teaching Assistants

Amy M. – Teaching Assistant

Amy

Hi, my name is Amy. I joined Wensum in 2017. I currently teach outside and inside the classroom. I am the Forest School lead, and I am very enthusiastic about the positive effect this has on our children in school. I enjoy helping with the school library and I am a strong advocate for the benefits of promoting children reading in school and at home.  

As well as this I also support in class 3 days a week and cover classes when needed. This year I am mainly attached to the 3/4  classes. I’ve never felt so happy to be working somewhere – Wensum has been so welcoming. I like to think that it has given me the confidence to do things I might not have done before. 

Outside of school, I enjoy DINOSAURS, camping, swimming and reading. I am not very fussy with what I read. I have a 14-year-old daughter who has thrived amazingly, even with setbacks like Covid, which has made me very proud. At home we have a fish, a rat and a beautiful cat called Minnie who is a bit stinky, but still adorable.

Andrea May – Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Andrea and I’m currently a teaching assistant in year 3/4. I have been at Wensum since 2013. I really love working with all the brilliant children who attend Wensum Junior School. 

I am married with two amazing children aged 19 and 13 and my naughty cockapoo Darcy. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going out for walks.

Elena Humphrey – Teaching Assistant

Elena

Georgina Fiddament – Teaching Assistant

Jamie-Lee Millman – Teaching Assistant

Jamie-Lee

Michelle Piercy – Teaching Assistant

Michelle

Hello. I’m Michelle and I currently work with Year 5/6. I have been hanging out at Wensum for some time now. I say “hanging out” because it is where I like to be. I was first a parent of a Year 5 in 2011, then a volunteer listening to children read and helping with spelling practice. I went on to achieve a level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning and became a teaching assistant.

I love Wensum! Previous to 2011 I home educated one of my children for most of the Primary years and, for me, Wensum is the nearest thing I have seen to home education – it really is a school that cares about the complete child and a complete education.

Outside school I enjoy reading (especially with my family), and watching crime drama and documentaries. What I love most is being with children – mine and my children’s out of school – and yours in it. They never let you forget to smile and and celebrate the moments of joy in life.

Romey Commons – Teaching Assistant

Romey

Hi, I’m Romey! After being a part of the Kickstart programme, I accepted the position of TA in December and I’m loving it so far. I did Performing Arts at university and in my spare time I’m either writing or trying to keep up with my long Duolingo streak.

Sacha Slater – Teaching Assistant

Sacha

Sophie Erskine – Teaching Assistant

Sophie

Steve Clarke – Teaching Assistant

Steve

I have worked in Education for twenty years with both adults and young people. I have always had a keen interest in music and worked as a professional club DJ during the 1990s. In my spare time I collect vinyl records and still continue to DJ sometimes. I also enjoy being out in the countryside, woodland and near water. I enjoy annoying my colleagues with ‘dad’ jokes that leave them groaning!!! I love coming to work every day in the hope that by the end of each day I will have made a difference in the lives of the children we work with.

Monica Kirkland – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Monica

I have worked at Wensum Junior School for many years!

In the past I have taught ICT, humanities and art, but now I focus on interventions. I have a particular interest in dyslexia, as one of my sons and I have dyslexic tendencies! I have gained a SpLD teaching certificate in dyslexia and increased my expertise in this area, which has enabled me to deepen my understanding. I like to keep up to date with new innovations and ideas, especially using technology. I also look after the day to day running of the school network.

In my spare time I care for my two beautiful black Friesian horses, Lammy and Zackaan, with help from my husband Ivan. We enjoy nothing more than riding through the local woods and visiting the beach.

Melina D’Costa – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Melina

After School Club

Lydia Miller – After School Club Manager

Lydia

Hi, I’m Lydia and I’m the After School Club Manager and an MSA at Wensum Junior. 

I have two lovely children, my daughter attends Wensum Junior and my son attends Nelson Infant School. 

I love music, going to festivals, making things with my children and relaxing with a good box set. I really enjoy working at Wensum with all the amazing children and staff.

Office Team

Sarah Knights – School Secretary

Sarah

I am the School Secretary at Wensum and have worked in the office for 14 years. I love the busy atmosphere of the office where no two days are the same! I am married with three grown up sons. Out of work I am an avid gardener and my garden is my happy place. I love going to the theatre and watching live music. As a family we have been supporters of NCFC for many years and spend many Saturdays at Carrow Road.

Stephen Roberts – Receptionist

Stephen

I’ve had links to Wensum for many years.  When my child started here, I volunteered as a parent helper.  I then joined the Friends of the School and was a school governor.  After a few years as a volunteer, I got a job as a Midday Supervisory Assistant (what most people call a “Dinner Lady”).  Although it was drastically different from my previous jobs, I enjoyed it immensely.  When the previous receptionist decided to change roles, I applied for the job and got it.  Now that I’m the school’s receptionist, I’m likely to be the person you see or speak to when you visit or call the school.  My responsibilities include sending emails to parents using Pupil Asset management information system; and organising school dinners and payments using School Money.  I’m also a first-aider.

Leadership Team

“Wiggy” – School Dog

Wiggy

Hello, I’m Wiggy, but my full racing name is Dunham Wiggins. I also answer to Wiggles and Mr Wiggins. I am 5 years old and my birthday is 16th December. I was born in Northern Ireland and moved with my sister, Dunham Khloe, to England for a life of greyhound racing. I won 11 races and came second 19 times! Unfortunately, I broke my leg while racing and I had to have a lot of stitches and surgery to make me better. I then spent some time being looked after by Molly and Wallace at Great Yarmouth Homefinders before being adopted by Pete and his human family. The best thing is that I now have two new Spaniel friends, Maggie and Pippa. My favourite things to do are nap in my bed, go on walks with Mags and Pips, and steal food when no-one is looking, especially steak and cheese sandwiches. My favourite place to be stroked is on the head and on my neck. I like it when people read me stories and feed me treats! If you are passing come and say “Hi!”

Greyhound trivia: I have a blue tattoo on the inside of each ear. This proves my Irish heritage. If I was born in England I would only be tattooed in one ear! 

Victoria McConnell – Headteacher

Victoria

I passionately believe I have one of the best jobs in the world! As school staff, we are lucky enough to spend our days investigating and finding answers to amazing questions alongside your brilliant children.  

As a teacher, I know that children are more than just the score they can achieve in a test but wonderful individuals who we work alongside to help guide them into a happy, healthy and safe future as honest kind and respectful individuals. These young people are our future and already have a strong voice which should be listened to! 

I have been teaching for ages in both London and Norfolk. 

Out of work I am a wife and mother of three. I have a degree in music, I absolutely love to travel (especially to hot locations serving delicious spicy food) and have a passion for gardening. (I think) I have a good sense of humour and I am an absolutely terrible dancer (although it pains me to admit it). 

I am incredibly proud to be the head teacher Wensum Junior School and I am committed to serve this community to the best of my ability.  

Peter Hubery – Deputy Head

Pete

I have been teaching for 20 years. I started in London teaching art at a secondary school in Blackheath. I was then head of art at a small secondary in Romford, before leaving London to move to Norwich – my wife’s home city – to take on the new head of design post at Sewell Park College.  In 2014 I saw an advert for a job at a small junior school in the city. I needed a change but had never taught at junior level before. In fact, my first lesson was on my interview, but I loved Wensum the minute I came through the door. Fantastic kids, passionate staff, great families, and such an amazing age to work with.  Having taught kids all the way up to 19, primary is definitely my favourite.  So much enthusiasm, openness and honesty!  Outside of school I love working on my house, hanging out with my family and other animals, and listening to Nick Cave.  My favourite joke is this:  Last night, my wife and I decided to watch two films back to back.  Luckily, I was the one facing the Telly!  (Thanks, Tim Vine, I think).

Aimee Bulman – SENCO

Aimee

I absolutely love my job at Wensum and Nelson. I have been teaching for 14 years and recently gained my National Award for SEN Co-ordination. I live with my husband, two lovely boys and three cats, Mabel, George and Jeff! Out of work, I sing in a band and spend time with my wonderful friends and family. I enjoy the cinema, days at the beach and Interior Design. I believe that teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, every day is different with so many exciting things to learn and explore.

Lunch Team

Charmaine Storey – Midday Supervisory Assistant

Christine Kandjou – Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant

Christine

Hiya  my name is Christine. I’m a mum to 3 beautiful children who attend Nelson and Wensum and a local high school. I am one of the Senior MSAs at Wensum. I love my job working along side the best staff and the best children ever! Working at Wensum is different everyday – which I love. When I’m not working, I love spending time with my friends & family, and going to watch Norwich City play where I am a season ticket holder.

Kerry Hazzard – Senior Midday Supervisory Assistant

Kerry

Site Team

Lucas Hewett – Caretaker

Aili Lott – Cleaner

Amina Rony – Cleaner

Janet Hyman – Cleaner

Susan Roberts – Cleaner