Nursery Staff

Our highly trained staff have created a Nursery where all of our boys and girls are made to feel special and encouraged to develop a love of learning.

I joined Colchester High School as a Nursery Assistant in 1994 and today I am delighted to be the Manager of the Nursery and the Head of the Early Years Department.

Your son or daughter is unique and my team of highly qualified and experienced Nursery Practitioners look forward to providing them with opportunities specifically tailored to enhance their development and love of learning.

Once your child has started Nursery, he or she will be assigned to a Key Person, who will be responsible for their learning and well-being. But the most important role of a Key Person is to build a strong relationship with both you and your child. That way we can ensure that your child is happy in their learning environment and that they develop the social, emotional and physical skills needed for everyday life and for their later years in school.

The more you can tell us about your child – their latest successes and interests, their recent worries or issues – the more closely we can shape our activities to meet their needs. You are therefore welcome to talk to your Key Person, to me or to any member of our staff at any time –  either in person, by email or over the phone. We’ll always be pleased to hear from you.

Mrs Karen Hull

Nursery Manager and Head of Early Years and Designated Early Years Safeguarding LeadBA (Hons) Early Learning

Miss Thea Critchley

Deputy Nursery Manager and Early Years Deputy Designated Safeguarding LeadLevel 3 NVQ in Childcare and level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy

Mrs Samantha Appleton

Nursery Practitioner Level 3

Miss Paige Jackson

Nursery PractitionerLevel 3 BTEC in Children's Play, Learning and Development

Miss Harriet Breeze

Nursery Practitioner (Part Time)Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development

Mrs Poppy Tomlinson

Nursery Practitioner (Part Time)Level 3 CACHE in Childcare and level 4 International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Early Child Course)

Mrs Felicity Mercer

Nursery Support StaffPre-Primary Montessori Teaching Course