Jo Ling attended Ipswich High School and undertook a BA Hons degree in Modern Foreign Languages at Bristol University.
Jo then spent ten years living in Paris and working for Banque Paribas (now BNP Paribas) in the Capital Markets back offices and she was part of the team responsible for altering the computer system to manage the new currency, the Euro. Returning to England in 1998, Jo trained as a teacher in Sheffield, working there for two and half years. After her marriage, she moved to Whitstable in Kent and continued teaching part-time while she had her two children. Jo and her family moved back to Suffolk in 2009 and Jo joined Woodbridge Primary School in 2011.
Jo enjoys music in all its forms, travelling, cooking, swimming and keeping up with the friends she has made in all the different places she has lived.
Jo is music and languages coordinator and teaches in Y1, Y2, Y3, Y5 & Y6
Claire Bradshaw was raised in Bedfordshire and went to Nottingham Trent University to study Media & Communication. She graduated in 1998 and took a gap year to travel around the world. On her return to the UK she became the producer of an internet start-up in Buckingham and after several years in this post, she met her (teacher) husband. Claire then moved back to Nottingham where she undertook a Graduate Teaching Programme; Claire’s first teaching post was at Repton Primary School as a Y1 class teacher.
In 2006 Claire had her first son and in 2009 her husband’s job brought the family to Suffolk and she had her second son. Once settled in Woodbridge, Claire began working at Woodbridge Primary school doing PPA cover in the nursery, since then she has developed her role and now covers classes across the school.
Claire enjoys spending time with her family (particularly if it means going to the beach!) She also enjoys eating out and time spent catching up with her friends.
Claire teaches in F2, Y1, Y2 & Y3
Suzanne Everitt earned a degree in Early Childhood Studies and a PGCE at the University of Leicester. She worked all the time she was studying, in various posts, but always with children at holiday clubs, after-school clubs and in crèches.
Suzanne’s first teaching post was at Wickham Market County Primary School then she moved over to the nursery and became the foundation stage manager, where she gained Early Years Key Practitioner Status, where teachers came from different schools to observe and share good practice.
Suzanne took a short break from teaching to have her two sons and joined Woodbridge Primary School in 2010.
In her spare time Suzanne enjoys baking cakes, and running around after her children, (football, beavers, gymnastics, swimming…) When she can find the time she also enjoys Zumba, coffee mornings with friends and eating cake!
Suzanne teaches in F1 & F2
Tracy Watson-Brown has a degree in American studies and English Literature. After her degree studies, Tracy completed her PGCE in Oxford before coming to Suffolk in 1992 to get married.
Tracy taught in Felixstowe before taking a break to raise her two sons, during this time she worked as a youth worker and children and family worker for the Salvation Army.
In her spare time, Tracy likes to write poetry and has published four volumes. Her idea of a lovely time is a cup of tea in the sunshine (preferably while looking at the sea).
Tracy undertakes small group work in all years
Hollie Sutherland qualified as a teacher in 2015 and worked for four years in Year 1 at St. Marks School, Ipswich. She has been teaching at Woodbridge Primary since Summer Term 2019 in a number of classes (F1 to Y4) to support their regular teacher, as well as providing support at our After School Club.
A bright, enthusiastic, energetic and determined individual, Hollie has achieved the Gold D of E award, the Queen’s Guide Award and frequently raises money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. She is a fitness fanatic and, in particular, has a passion for pilates and running marathons.
Penny Barnes grew up in rural Norfolk and spent most of her childhood in wellies! In 1994 she graduated from her four year teaching degree (B.Ed Hons), having studied Music and P.E., alongside primary education at Liverpool Institute of Higher Education (now called Liverpool Hope University) – a far cry from rural Norfolk.
Penny taught in Rochdale for two years then moved to Sheffield and taught across the primary age range, from Reception (F2) to Year 6, for several years in an inner city primary. It was here that Penny trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher and took on a number of senior leadership roles.
Her career continued at Rivelin Primary School; a different and larger Sheffield primary school, during which time she had her two children. This led to the decision to relocate to Suffolk in 2007 where she continued to teach across the primary age range at Otley Primary School, until joining Woodbridge Primary in June of 2015. Penny has been teaching within Woodbridge Primary School in various capacities. Penny was an incredibly vibrant and popular Y5 teacher at WPS from 2015 – 2017 then she taught in various classes as a supply teacher.
Penny enjoys karate, swimming, gardening and going for walks with family and friends.