Meet The Team
Mrs Sarah Whelan - Head teacher
Hello, my name is Sarah Whelan. I am the Head Teacher at St George’s Prep. I qualified as a teacher way back in 1988, having trained at the College of Ripon and York St John. I have a B.Ed(Hons) degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Primary Education. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my family – husband Mark, our three children and our mini zoo of animals! Whenever I get the opportunity, I enjoy photography and travel, oh yes and eating out!!
I began my teaching career in Boston (with a Y1 class) and after a few years I felt ready for a move. I left our sunny shores for the even sunnier shores of Cyprus, where I taught (Y1&2) at a Service Children’s School. Classes started at 7.30 in the morning(!) until 12.30p.m. As it was too hot to study in the afternoon, I spent time on the beach or would ride my horse – this is how I met Mark – he was my riding instructor!
After a couple of years in Cyprus, Mark and I returned to the UK and I taught once again in Boston (Tower Road, Boston West and Conway – teaching the whole Reception to Y6 age range). During this time, we married and began a family. Charlotte is now 14 years old, Philippa is eleven and Alex is seven years old. As most working parents know, good quality childcare is so important when returning to work. At the time, I had two young children and couldn’t find the type of nurturing, yet stimulating childcare I so desperately wanted for our children. I knew that if I felt this way, then most likely so did other parents.
Mark and I began what was to be the most amazing six years of our life. We opened our own Day Nursery for 0-5 year olds in central Boston. See-Saw Day Nursery looked after and educated over 150 children at any one time. We employed 26 wonderful full and part time staff and became a very reputable nursery. During this time, I had another child – Alex. For my own professional development, I also worked a few days each week as an Early Years Consultant for the Birth to Five Service and also mentored other local nursery managers and early years staff. Many nurseries would visit to learn from our best practice, particularly with regard to our baby room and outdoor areas.
September 2011 saw another hugely exciting chapter in our lives – the realisation of years of background work - St George’s Preparatory School for girls and boys. This was a culmination of many years of learning and discovery in the field of education of children aged 0-11 years. It is also coupled with a strong belief that a school must do more for its pupils than merely impart, then test knowledge.
We hope that you will visit our school one day and allow us to show you why we feel it is a very special place. Maybe your family will share the journey with us? We really hope so!!
Miss Sophie Ingle - Deputy head teacher & Year 5/6 class teacher
Profile coming soon
Mr Mark Whelan - School Bursar & Forest School Practitioner
To parents and children alike, Mark is known to everyone as Mr Mark! As well as being our Forest School leader, Mr Mark can be found in the office where he handles the administrative matters such as showing prospective families around or issuing invoices. He also mends things and enjoys being outside at playtime, indulging in a spot of football or rugby!
Mr Mark holds a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner award as well as a Forest School First Aid certificate, plus all of the usual insurances. He has always loved being in the outdoors and growing up in Cyprus, this was very much a way of life, coupled with a family background in scouts.
Mrs Leanne Jackson - School Office Manager
Profile coming soon
Miss Zoe Cook - Reception class teacher / Forest School Leader
Hello, I am Miss Cook and I qualified to work with Children from Birth to Eight via my NNEB about fourteen years ago! After qualifying I spent seven years working as a Teaching Assistant in a very large primary school on the outskirts of Lincoln, mostly in Reception. It was this position which inspired me to become a Teacher, so I undertook my degree in Early Childhood Studies, enabling me at the end to apply for a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme with Bishop Grosseteste. As you can see, the vast majority of my experience lies in Early Years as this was my passion, believing in helping children to lay the foundations to their skills, knowledge and understanding in fun and practical ways. It is always my aim to create an environment in which the children can be independent and motivated to explore and investigate independently, ultimately somewhere the children actually like and want to be!
I went on to teach Reception in a smaller town school for two years, then on to a small rural school for nearly four years. In this school I lead whole school Phonics and was made a ‘Lead Teacher of Phonics’ for Lincolnshire CfBT. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at each school I worked at, taking new ideas and methods of working from each, but there was something which had caught my interest, outdoor learning, in particular something called Forest School. I also had a lot of experience teaching Reception and was eager to gain some additional valuable experience in Nursery, so when I was offered a position as Kindergarten Teacher at a Private Early Years Centre I jumped at the opportunity! Here I developed my appreciation of the outdoors as an environment for learning and the effects it has on children’s learning and development. I was lucky enough to be able to qualify as a Forest School Level Three Practitioner whilst there.
When I am not working I enjoy reading, watching films and socialising with my Family and friends, who are all extremely important to me. I love to be in the garden and recently bought a new home so have lots of DIY jobs and the garden to ‘fix!’ I keep fit by going for lots of walks in woods or by the beach, in fact that ties in nicely with another challenge which has caught my eye... the Beach School certificate! Watch this space!
Mrs Faye Rowe - Year one Class Teacher
Profile coming soon!
Miss Laura Maloney - Year 2 class teacher
In 2014 I graduated from Bishop Grosseteste University with a 2.1 Ba Hons Degree in Education Studies and Sport and in 2015 graduated as PGCE Primary NQT. I firmly believe that all children should have equal access to an education where individual learning needs are supported to enable them to reach their full potential. The learning environment created in Chestnuts class allows the children to build their confidence, illustrate their views and opinions and have fun whilst exceeding their potential. Outside of the classroom I enjoy playing netball and socialising with friends. In 2008 I was lucky enough to have trials for England under 19’s.
Ms Claire Jackson - Year 3/4 class teacher
I have been a primary teacher since 2010 when I decided to uproot from Central London as a means of giving the children a little more green in their lives. Prior to that, I had worked as Random House, the largest publishing house in the UK for 10 years, where I worked in the publicity department promoting hardbafck and paperback titles. I’ve had the pleasure of drinking tea with Nigella Lawson; riding in a taxi in Wales with David Starkey and have organised football signings for Arsenal players. As a consequence, the English language is my passion, be it written or spoken. As a teacher, I want children in my care to practically do things so there’s always a lot of drama, hot- seating, debating and conversation in my classroom. I believe this brings our language to life and gives the children skills they can carry forward in later life.
At home, I enjoy being a mum to 5 children, walking the dog and watching University Challenge!
Mr Arjan Boyall - Higher level teaching assistant - Interventions coordinator
Profile coming soon
Mrs Rebecca Cook - Teaching assistant and After School Club Manager
Hello, my name is Rebecca Cook and I am the TA within the Chestnuts class as well as the After School Care Manager. I was very pleased to join the St Georges family back in January after working 8 years within an Academy setting and have learned a great deal of valuable learning and teaching styles already! At present I hold a Foundation Degree in Applied Studies (Teaching and Learning) and hope to gain a Degree in Child Psychology in the near future.
I am very lucky to have my new big family at St Georges but I must mention my wonderful (and a great deal smaller) family at home. I’ve been happily married for 20 years to my husband Steve and have 3 wonderful sons who are 20, 18 and 13 years of age. My eldest two sons have been greatly missed since moving away to University but having more free time (and money!) has given me the chance to enjoy my hobbies.
Painting is my passion but I also really enjoy hiking within the Peaks of Derbyshire and exploring the moors and Tors of Dartmoor. It really helps blow the cobwebs away!…
Growing up within a very small village in Lincolnshire I was a typical Tom boy who would frequently climb trees, skim stones in the local quarry and make dens in dry ditches and corn fields (sorry Mr Farmer) as well as explore the surrounding woodlands on my rickety old bike. I didn't realise it at the time but I was learning along the way. My wish is that every child will have an opportunity to create such wonderful memories of discovery and freedom and I hope that St Georges unique styles of adventurous learning will play a big part of your child's treasured thoughts when they have grown.
Mrs Annelies Bourne - Classroom assistant / Forest School Leader
Mrs Katie Davies - Classroom Assistant
Miss Katie Dunham - Pre School Room Leader
Hello, my name is Katie Dunham and you will find me playing in the Little Dragons Room. I have been at St George's since September 2011 and I really enjoy it. I achieved my level 3 Diploma in Childcare at the beginning of December 2012. I am a bubbly, friendly, creative person who loves meeting new people.
I adore working with children as I find them so exciting. I love nothing more than helping them to develop in all areas and I think it's really important to understand that every child has different ways of learning. I enjoy trying to provide lots of interesting, fun and messy activities to capture their inquisitive minds and increase their knowledge and experiences!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and going to the cinema. I am looking forward to meeting both you and your child at St George's.
Miss Leanne Lambley - Pre-school teaching staff
Mrs Amy Faunt - Pre School Teaching Staff
Profile coming soon!
Alison Barnes - Nursery Staff
My name is Ali Barnes. I am a key person in Dragons Nest. I have worked in childcare for 12 years, setting up as a childminder in the Boston area, I worked for some wonderful families who still say hello and have a quick cuddle when they see me.
I worked for Sarah and Mark at See-Saw for 8 years and recently worked for a family, running their home before coming back to work for Sarah and Mark again.
I am loving my time here at Saint George's, I am loving the new challenges I face and lovely cuddles I get from all children.
At home I am very busy with my own children, though they are nearly all grown up, Charlotte is nearly 20 years old and Harry is nearly 15 years old. I spend all my spare time with my family or helping out my friends in their home – I love cleaning and ironing!
If you ever need any help – I’ll always be here to help you and your family!