Since graduating from Durham University with a BA in Education twenty years ago, Mrs Garbutt has taught across Primary and Pre-School. She was awarded the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership. She began her career in Northamptonshire teaching in a number of different schools. Latterly she was Academic Tutor for PGCE students at St John’s, Marlborough, working in conjunction with Bath Spa University training new teachers. Mrs Garbutt was appointed as Principal of Burbage Primary and Pre-School in September 2019. She believes she has the best job in the world- igniting a passion for life-long learning whilst encouraging every child to be the very best they can be both academically and personally.
When not in school, Mrs Garbutt loves to spend time with her husband, their three children and Monty the spaniel. She is a keen gardener, enjoys exercise and anything creative.
Miss Arkle – Wrens (Reception)
Miss Arkle has been a teacher at Burbage Primary School since 2017 and a teacher governor since 2019. She thoroughly enjoys working at such a nurturing and creative school.
Miss Arkle graduated from the University of Winchester with a BA (Hons) in Education Studies, after serving as a Royal Military Police Officer. Through her study of child development Miss Arkle has developed a passion for Early Years education. A huge advocate of learning through play she is always looking for new and creative ways to improve the learning environment. She is dedicated to helping children flourish and succeed in everything they do by creating inspiring and engaging environments where children not only explore, learn and grow together, but have fun and love what they are doing.
When not at school, Miss Arkle enjoys walking, learning the skills of Krav Maga and spending time with her animals, who keep her very busy!
Ms Twain – Robins (Y1)
Ms Wilkins – Sparrows and Chaffinches (Y2 and Y3)
Mr Evans – Woodpeckers (Y4)
Mr Evans returned to the teaching profession a few years ago having spent several successful years as a police officer. He has lived and worked in many countries including America, Germany and most recently Dubai. Mr Evans is passionate about delivering lessons that are engaging, promote independent thinking and develops a child’s resilience. Mr Evans is looking forward to the reopening of tourist industry so he can tick off even more travel experiences from his ‘bucket list’.
Mrs Nicholson – Woodpeckers (Y4)
Having taught for many years, across the primary age range Mrs Nicholson took a break from the profession to look after her own children returning to teaching part time in 2015.
She enjoys teaching a creative and imaginative curriculum – bringing her knowledge and love of literature, music, French and art into as much of the curriculum as possible. She strives to make learning a ‘hands on’ experience for children and the classroom an inspiring place to be.
Miss Lopez – Kestrels (Y5)
Teaching is Miss Lopez’s passion, she enjoys seeing the children grow and flourish in life. After finishing her teaching degree in Spain, her home country, Miss Lopez decided to come to England to develop her career and second language. She loves teaching her native language and teaches Spanish across the school.
In her free time, Miss Lopez loves to travel, she says, “travelling is the only way that spending money makes you richer as a person by knowing different cultures and traditions”. With a large, close knit family in Spain and missing them daily, Miss Lopez always tries to find time to visit them. Her favourite sport is football and she loves animals.
Mrs Sinclair – Kites (Y6)
Passionate about learning about anything and everything Mrs Sinclair’s aim is to share this passion with the children she teaches through fun and focused lessons to help them achieve their full potential – both in school and in life. Mrs Sinclair is mad about maths – in a big way! She leads maths across the school and manages to slip maths into almost every subject she teaches… even art.
Originally from the Midlands, Mrs Sinclair has adopted Wiltshire as her home county having lived here with her husband and two sons for over 20 years. When not working, Mrs Sinclair loves her holidays; her favourite place in the world (so far) is Mexico where she can practise her very basic Spanish. She is also a keen rugby and cricket fan, and can often be found at the side of a sports pitch cheering her team on.
Teaching Support Staff
Mrs Marsh – Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo)
Mrs Marsh loves working with different classes across the school. She particularly loves teaching science and art and enjoys outdoor learning wherever possible. She mainly works with Kites, Woodpeckers and Wrens and Robin’s classes.
Mrs Marsh started teaching in Wiltshire before moving to Aberdeen where she taught for several years. She has lived in Holland and Wales and moved back to Wiltshire after having her family. She returned to teaching in 2011. When she isn’t teaching she loves gardening, walking her dog, practising yoga and driving her Morris 1000 called Maud… but not all at the same time!
Miss Smith – Wrens (Reception)
Mrs Baker – Robins (Y1)
Originally from London, Mrs Baker lived in the Middle East for 26 years before returning to the UK and making Wiltshire her home. She has worked in primary education since 2007, both in Dubai and England, with much of her experience in Key Stage One and Early Years. Mrs Baker loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, walking her beagle in the Wiltshire countryside, and spending time with her family.
Mrs Kington – Sparrows and Chaffinches (Y2 and Y3)
In addition to supporting Ms Wilkins with Sparrows and Chaffinches class Mrs Kington teachers phonics across Key Stage 1 and deliverers intervention sessions.
Mrs McCarroll – Woodpeckers (Y4)
Mrs Freeman – Kestrels (Y5)
Born and raised in South Africa Mrs Freeman has a great love of the outdoors and, if not out walking with her dogs, she is often found relaxing in the sun, reading a good book. Mrs Freeman started her time at Burbage Primary working within Owls’ Nest and has since moved into the classroom supporting pupils in her role as a Teaching Assistant. She enjoys supervising lunchtime play as it gives her the opportunity to get to know all the wonderful children at Burbage Primary.
Mrs Charlton – Owls’ Nest, Chaffinches and Woodpeckers
Mrs Charlton brings a variety of experience to the school having worked with young people in a range of different areas from promoting well-being within mental health to supporting family services. She has completed training in many areas including a degree in Social Work and specialist counselling skills.
Often found in Owls’ Nest; Mrs Charlton enjoys the different aspects of the school day; interacting with the children whilst working as part of supportive team. She loves seeing the children develop and learn as they transition through the school gaining skills for life. Mrs Charlton is a keen footballer; practising her skills whenever the opportunity arises.
Mrs Yeates – Owls’ Nest
Coming from an art and fashion background Mrs Yeates spent 15 years in America studying, travelling and working. When not working she enjoys going to art exhibitions, visiting gardens, drawing, painting, reading, gardening and cooking.
Mrs Yeates loves to use her experience, talents and interests to create a fun environment for children staying in Owls’ Nest.
Mrs Appleford – Owls’ Nest and MDSA
Mrs Appleford has worked at Burbage Primary School since 2017 and thoroughly enjoys working with the children in her varied roles of MDSA (Mid Day Supervisory Assistant) and Owls’ Nest where she organises lots of fun activities and makes sure all the children have a good breakfast. Prior to working at Burbage Primary School she worked with adults with learning disabilities where she gained her degree in Health and Social Care and N.V.Q Level 3 in Care.
In her spare time Mrs Appleford enjoys spending time with her husband and their seven year old daughter who keeps them very busy!
Mrs Lockwood – Administrative Officer
There is never a quiet moment in our busy school office! Mrs Lockwood is Administrative Officer and works closely with Mrs Watson, our Finance Officer, to make sure we run efficiently.
She runs the Music Lesson arrangements as well as all the communications about trips and events. If you have a question that our website can’t answer, pop into the office and Mrs Lockwood will help!