Our Staff

Welcome to our staff section.

We hope you will like the pictures the children have drawn of us and feel they are an accurate likeness!

Senior Leadership Team

Miss Shuttleworth, Headteacher, DSP

I always found that I worked well with children and enjoyed helping them to develop and experience the world around them. I feel that teaching found me, as I love to help people and make things better. One of the great things about being a Headteacher is being able to support so many people - all the children, staff and adults that are linked to the school. I like to work hard, do my best and make a difference.

In my spare time, when I get any! I like to walk my dogs especially near the river and I love football, my garden, music and dancing.

Mrs Franklin, Assistant Head Curriculum, DDSP

From a very early age, it was my ambition to become a teacher. My mother tells me that I often spent the long summer days teaching the local children in the street and when they were not available I would teach my teddies!

I achieved my ambition at the age of 22.

My teaching career started in London. Next, I moved to Hitchin and now I am teaching in Stevenage.

Every day, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with children who are keen to learn and to watch them flourish as they discover new learning.

My other interests are looking after my two grown up children and caring for my lively dog and cat. In addition I can often be found exploring London. I often visit the museums or spend an evening at the theatre.

Mrs Smith, Assistant Head, SEN, DDSP

I was born and went to school in Bishop’s Stortford. When I was 18 I moved to Scotland for University, where I studied for my degrees in St. Andrews and Edinburgh.

I always knew that I wanted a career where I could make a difference to people’s lives and whilst I was living in Scotland I decided that that career should be teaching. I think I have the best job in the world. It is a great privilege getting to spend my time with the fabulous children we have at Featherstone Wood and each day I am amazed by our children.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, travelling and scuba diving when I get the chance.

Mrs Handysides, Assistant Head Pastoral, DDSP

I grew up on an arable farm in a tiny village in Hertfordshire. When I was 19 I went to university in Sheffield. It was a very different experience for me to live in a big city but I loved it! During my final year at university I had to decide what to do next. I knew that I wanted to have a job where I helped people and one of my friends said she thought I would be good at teaching. So I went and did teacher training at Cambridge university. After I qualified as a teacher, I taught in Stevenage for 2 years, then moved to London for several years, and then back to Stevenage to work at Featherstone Wood! I love coming to work every day - the children and staff at Featherstone Wood are so friendly, enthusiastic and everyone has a love of learning. 

In my spare time I like spending time with my family, reading, ballet dancing and cooking (I'm not very good at it but I keep trying! 

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