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Mrs Amanda Crossland


Mrs Crossland is Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Officer. She has a Teaching degree from Leeds University with a specialism in English. Before coming to Muskham in 2014, she taught for 21 years across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 at a number of schools in Nottinghamshire. She worked for 18 years as a mathematics leader and is currently working as a Minster Leader of Education, sharing her expertise in mathematics and her knowledge of teaching and learning with the wider professional community. Mrs Crossland firmly believes that "all children deserve the very best education and all children can succeed."


Mrs Kavita Tansley


Mrs Tansley is the Assistant Headteacher and the Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead. She co-ordinates the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of our curriculum including Religious Education, PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) as well as assemblies. She teaches Year 1. Mrs Tansley has a degree in Applied Chemistry from Brunel University and prior to training as a teacher worked as a Research Scientist. She has taught at Muskham since 2006 and has worked as a County Moderator for Foundation Stage assessments. Mrs Tansley has completed the "Outstanding Teaching Programme" as well as the national postgraduate "Leading from the Middle" course for leading innovation and change in primary schools. Mrs Tansley is the staff representative on the Muskham Events Group (MEG), who carry out fundraising events for the benefit of the school community


Mrs Holly Lovett


Mrs Lovett studied Primary Education at the University of Derby, with a specialism in English. She is currently Humanities, MFL lead and the Mental Health Ambassador for the school. Mrs Lovett is passionate that all children feel a strong sense of belonging and that they recognise their strengths and ability to succeed.


Mrs Kathryn Keane


Mrs Keane has a degree in Sociology from the University of York. Previously she has worked as a teaching assistant and a cricket coach for Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, before completing her PGCE at Nottingham Trent University. Mrs Keane believes in developing the self-confidence of the children in her class, supporting their wellbeing and ensuring that they enjoy all aspects of school life.  


Miss Zoe Carter


Miss Carter has a degree in Education Studies with Psychology and Counselling from Sheffield Hallam University. She previously worked as an SEN Support Assistant at a secondary school and a Family Support Worker at an Autism charity. Miss Carter trained to teach at Nottingham Trent University. She believes that all students should be given the opportunity to thrive and achieve their full potential.


Mrs Laura Ellison 


Mrs Ellison has a Law Degree from the University of Leicester and trained to teach at Bishop Grosseteste University. Before joining the Muskham team, Mrs Ellison taught locally, across the Key Stage 2 age- range. She describes herself as having high expectations of all pupils and enjoys challenging them safely to move out of their learning comfort zone. She holds the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership, a national postgraduate qualification for the leadership of high performing teams and improving classroom practice at whole-school level.


Mrs Katie Ward


Mrs Ward studied Creative Writing at the University of Derby and later completed her PGCE in Primary Education at Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln. 

Before joining the Muskham teaching team, Mrs Ward worked within the school as a small group intervention teacher, supporting children across KS1 and KS2. 

Alongside her role at Muskham Primary, Mrs Ward runs a private tuition business specialising in 11+ preparation and English from KS1 to A Level. She was shortlisted for the award for Best Primary Tutor in The National Tutoring Awards 2022. 

Mrs Ward is passionate about education and offering a fresh and fun approach to learning, making it accessible and enjoyable to all.


Mrs Jenny Palmer


Mrs Palmer has a degree in Economics and Business from the University of Lincoln and trained to teach at Bishop Grosseteste University.  Before joining the Muskham team, Mrs Palmer taught in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, across Key Stages 1 and 2. She has had various roles in previous schools, including leading English, Maths and SENDCo.  She holds The National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination, which is a national postgraduate qualification from Nottingham Trent University.   Mrs Palmer believes that all children should be encouraged, supported and challenged to reach their full potential, whilst developing confidence in all aspects of school life.


Miss Rebecca Baker


Miss Baker studied Primary Education with QTS at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Before joining Muskham Primary School, she taught at a school in Cambridgeshire, across the Key Stage 2 age range. Miss Baker is passionate that all children feel happy and valued in a safe environment that develops their growth mind-set. She strives to develop children's resilience and encourages them to become reflective individuals in a range of scenarios, whilst supporting them in achieving their full potential.