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Briar Hill Primary School

Briar Hill is a warm and happy school with well-being at the heart. All children are challenged, nurtured and inspired to achieve highly and make a positive contribution to society.

Academy Information

Briar Hill is Primary TES School of the Year. We educate hearts and minds. We are ever evolving innovative school, which is fortunate to benefit from motivated, positive pupils and an exceptional team of dedicated staff.

Everything we do is based on love and  the highest expectations of the children. Briar Hill Primary School provides a continuous learning journey for children from three to eleven years old and responds to developing and changing needs as pupils move through the school.

As a result of our high expectations, our children make at least good progress from their starting points and achieve well. We are well above national standards.

We deliver a curriculum based on important skills in literacy, numeracy and technology, to provide the secure foundation for learning in a wide range of situations, whilst also developing children’s creative thinking.  We make learning interesting and fun; our children enjoy school and have a real enthusiasm for learning.

Please watch our showcase video to find out what life at Briar Hill Primary School is really like and our latest awards. 

TES Primary School of the Year 2022

BBC Northampton TES Award - Northampton teachers and pupils celebrate best school award - BBC News

Showcase Video - Life at Briar Hill Primary School


Our Ethos and Values

Our values are:

  • Courage - Nothing holds us back

  • Aspiration - Always aiming high

  • Ambition - Being the best we can

  • Respect - Always leading by example


At Briar Hill, the heart of our ethos centres on the characteristics of effective learning. These are:

  • enabling equality

  • enabling the 4Cs of P4C (care, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking)

  • enabling identity and emotional intelligence

  • enabling metacognition

  • enabling challenge and curiosity   

As a National Training Centre for Talk for Writing; a recognised Trained School for RWI Phonics and a flagship school for the Inclusion Quality Mark we are committed to ensuring the highest standards in all that we do. Our vision is to be nationally recognised for educational excellence, creating and shaping successful, ambitious young adults, who are equipped for the rapidly changing 21st century world.

We work relentlessly to nurture our pupils to unlock and achieve their full potential and raise their aspirations. We are determined that during the children’s time spent at Briar Hill, they will leave as confident members of society, who are ready to enter secondary school with a strong moral compass, a real sense of resilience and to be armed with the key transferable skills and knowledge that will allow them to succeed in an ever changing world. 

To find out more about the Curriculum at our academy please click here.
To learn more about our Classes and Teachers please click here.                                                                          To find out latest Newsletter, please click here

Meet our Team

Extended Leadership Team

Headteacher and Curriculum Lead: Miss Janey Cooksley

Assistant Headteacher and Teaching and Learning: Mrs Eve Kenny

Assistant Headteacher and Teaching and Learning: Mrs Katie Cross

Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral Lead and SENCO: Mr Ian Hickman

Care Team Lead: Mr Allan Crozier

EYFS Phase Lead: Mrs Emma Crozier

EYFS Phase Lead: Miss Samantha Smith

Reading Lead: Miss Hollie Tranter

Senior DSL and Assistant SENCO: Mrs Janice Marshall

Attendance, DDSL and Behaviour Lead: Miss Bay Cameron - Leslie

Enrichment, Arts and Data Lead: Miss Laura Allen

Mathematics and PiXL Lead: Mr Nicholas Warren

Pastoral and Inclusion Team

Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral Lead and SENCo: Mr Ian Hickman  

Attendance and Behaviour Lead: Miss Bay Cameron-Leslie

Senior Safeguarding Lead and Assistant SENCo: Mrs Janice Marshall 

Wellbeing Mentor: Miss Colleen Robinson

Curriculum Leadership Team

All staff contribute towards the curriculum, however these are the leads of specific subjects.

Reading: Mrs Eve Kenny, Miss Hollie Tranter and Mrs Katie Cross
Writing: Mrs Eve Kenny, Mrs Katie Cross  
Languages: Modern Foreign Languages (French): Ancient Language (Latin) Mr Allan Crozier, Mrs Katie Cross  
Science: Mr Ian Hickman  
Maths: Mr Nick Warren  
Computing: Mr Ian Hickman  
Design Technology: Mr John Hall
RE: Mrs Elizabeth Coleman and Mrs Zoe Peters
History: Miss Dom Abbott
Geography: Mrs Elizabeth Coleman
Eco Education:  Miss Marie McGovern 
The Arts (Art, Music) : Miss Laura Allen
Dance: Miss Jessica Johnson
Drama: Miss Dom Abbott 
 Mr Tom Mair
PSHE: Mr Allan Crozier

Teaching Team

Mrs Laura Kowal
Mrs Sammi Smith                                                                                                                                                            Mrs Carly Perry
Mrs Emma Crozier
Miss Marie McGovern
Miss Dominique Abbott
Miss Emma Wylie
Miss Jessica Johnson
Miss Hollie Tranter
Mrs Donna Barker-Trett
Miss Laura Allen
Mr Tom Mair
Mr Ian Hickman
Mrs Zoe Peters
Mrs Katie Cross
Mrs Elizabeth Coleman
Mr Nick Warren
Mr John Hall
Mr Allan Crozier                                                                                                                                                            Mrs Eve Kenny
Miss Janey Cooksley

Learning Support Team

Mrs Debbie Roberts
Miss Donna Jenkinson
Miss Montana Gibbs
Mrs Leanne Rowton
Mrs Eileen Upson
Mrs Colleen Robinson
Miss Kelly Hawkins
Miss Edyta Zarzycka
Mrs Louise Flowers
Mrs Kat Luu
Mrs Karen Jwanczuk
Mrs Emilia McGrath
Miss Doville Jokuliene
Mrs Judy Rainbow
Mrs Cam Le
Mrs Yvonne Grant

Office Team

Mrs Jacqueline Passmore
Mrs Mandy Hardy
Miss Sultana Begum

Breakfast Team

Miss Sarah Holyoak
Mrs Stefania Catalano

Lunch Team

Miss Julie Welsh
Mrs Stefania Catalano
Miss Nikki Hurle 

Caretaking Team

Miss Donna Jenkinson
Miss Claire Carroll

House System

The house system is an integral part of Briar Hill and is predominately utilised during inter-school competitions, which occur every half term, each with a different focus.

Our children are proud to be part of their house teams. Every child and member of staff is allocated to one of four houses, which they then support. Our houses teams are grouped vertically which enables children to socialise and engage with peers and staff beyond their everyday environment. It is an essential part of school life as it facilitates a growing community spirit and enables children to participate collectively, involving children from all year groups who are contributing to something bigger than themselves.  

It was important for the house teams to be named after relevant, diverse and inspiring individuals, from different backgrounds within Great Britain. Therefore, the houses are all named after four successful British Artists. These artists each have a different discipline within art, they are: Gormley, Hockney, Banksy, Wiltshire.

House Points and Class Dojo

House Points are awarded through Class Dojo. These points are awarded for positive behaviour and efforts. Pupils also participate and compete in competitions and events for House Points. They are then recorded and over the course of a competition, the winning team announced. The children in the winning house are rewarded. At the end of the year, once all points are collected, the House Champions are announced.

Parents are encouraged to connect with the school through the Class Dojo system and they can check on points given, message teachers directly and also enjoy photos and videos from the class direct to any devices.

Typical school day at Briar Hill Primary School

Please refer to up to date Newsletters and MCAS messages regarding the school day, timings and assemblies for the week. Our day starts for nearly all the children at year groups at 8:45am and finishes at 3:15pm. During the day, children will take in a broad and balanced curriculum (updates of our curriculum and how we have adapted this are sent through MCAS, Newsletters and Class Dojo) which challenges and provides the building blocks for life. To find out more about the Curriculum at our academy please click here.


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