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 is the English subject leader at Woodbridge Primary.
Penny enjoys karate, swimming, gardening and going for walks with family and friends.
Jane Tomlinson was born on the Isle of Wight but spent most of her childhood in Suffolk. She qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1990, then trained to become a specialist nurse and worked in Intensive Care for six years.
Jane took a step back from nursing to raise her two boys and began working at Woodbridge Primary School in 2000; she started as a Learning Support Assistant and then became a Teaching Assistant. Jane has worked across all year groups but is currently assisting Penny in Y5.