Staff In Year 4

Penny Barnes

Penny Barnes


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.

Vanessa Girling


Vanessa Girling grew up in Ipswich and studied to become a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University. She has been teaching for 11 years across a variety of schools in Suffolk, mostly within Key Stage Two. She has also had the role of PE coordinator within these schools.

In her spare time, Vanessa is a keen runner, fitness enthusiast and has an interest in the natural world. She also looks after and owns her own horse. Furthermore, she is a mother of 3 bubbly children.

Dot Stanley

Teaching Assistant

Dot Stanley has been working at Woodbridge Primary School since 1993.

Dot started her working life as an insurance specialist, initially with Guardian Royal Exchange then later with AA Insurance Services.

Dot’s husband’s job then took her to Cyprus and Oman and she had her two children. On their return to the UK, both of Dot’s children attended Woodbridge Primary School (and then Farlingaye High School).

In her spare time, Dot does voluntary work, enjoys long walks, bird watching, reading, cooking and ballroom dancing.

“I really enjoy my job. The staff are very friendly and keen to do their best for all the children, which all goes to make for a very happy team which it is a pleasure to be a part of.”