Nursery, 2 year-olds & Reception

Mrs Ferguson

Nursery Teacher

I am Mrs Ferguson, and have taught at Waycroft since 1989, where I started my career teaching in the nursery. I have been fortunate to work under the leadership of many inspiring head teachers, and have taught across key stage 1 throughout these years. I now find myself back in nursery, the place where I first started, and where I feel my passion lies. I enjoy providing children with an environment where they are able to confidently explore and develop an enthusiasm and love of learning.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, valuing precious times spent together.

Mr Jenkins

Reception Teacher

I am Mr Jenkins. I have been teaching at Waycroft since 1984, some of the pupils I taught are now Waycroft parents themselves. I spent most of my years teaching in Reception. I love working with young children and enjoy seeing them learn and develop. Prior to teaching I studied music at Cardiff University and then went on to study trombone at the Royal Academy of Music, I have also been a peripatetic brass teacher, a conductor at a children’s Saturday morning music centre and a professional musician (I once performed on the pyramid stage at the Glastonbury Festival!) Outside school I enjoy 5-a-side football and playing my trombone in brass bands and orchestras. I have really enjoyed working with other staff to develop ‘Free Range Play’ at Waycroft.

Mrs May

Reception Teacher

I am Mrs May. I have been teaching since 2007. I spent 7 years teaching at West Town Lane Primary School and have been teaching at Waycroft since then. I have a real passion for teaching young children and see my role as a real privilege in introducing young children to the wonders of learning. I have taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 in my career.

I also have a love of dance and have taken children to the Colston Hall to perform in the ‘Stages’ dance event for many years. Whilst at school myself I was fortunate to perform in ‘Stages’ at many venues in Bristol and Bath, including the Bristol Hippodrome. I run a weekly Sing and Sign club at lunchtime each Wednesday.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my young family, and spending the holidays catching up with my parents and siblings who are also all teachers!

Mrs Maxwell

Reception Teacher

My name is Mrs Maxwell. I joined Waycroft in 2002 and have taught children across the school, from reception to Year 6. I particularly enjoy teaching history, having completed a history degree at the University of Bristol, although in my role as a Foundation stage teacher I like to support children as they pursue their personal curiosities and gain an excitement for learning.

I love to travel, both for pleasure and to further my educational experiences. My adventures have taken me to places such as Canada, Thailand and Hong Kong, and I have been lucky enough to visit schools and teach in Ghana, St Lucia and Delhi.

In my spare time I like to enjoy outdoor pursuits, I used to be a regular rock climber and have even jumped out of an aeroplane, but now I have two young children of my own my happiest times are spent with them.

Mrs Verrinder

Lead Practitioner 2 year-olds

My association with Waycroft began in 2000 when the first of my children started nursery. Before working here I had a variety of job roles, including Wildlife Consultant, Bank Clerk, Librarian and Registered Childminder. After gaining Early Years Professional Status I joined the incredible Early Years Team at Waycroft and am now the Lead Practitioner in our Admiral Nursery for 2 year-olds. Working in Early Years you never know quite what each day will bring and this is one of the many aspects of the job that I love, as well as seeing the children grow in confidence and independence.