The Sunday Times Top Primary Schools in UK 2023 We are delighted to have been awarded 7th best school in the South West Region and 138th Nationally.



Mrs Natalie Finn-Powers

Lead Practitioner

I joined St Joseph’s Pre-school in September 2013 and I have a BAHons Degree in Early Years Education Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Primary and Early Years.

I enjoy working at St Joseph’s Pre-school as you are able to see the holistic development of the child. I see children become more confident socially and academically while being in a fun and safe environment where they are able to risk-take.

Mrs Claire Ajayi

Deputy Practitioner

I have an NVQ 2 and 3 Early Years Childcare and Education and a Level 4 certificate in Early Years Practice.

I joined St Joseph’s Pre-school in September 2013. I enjoy working at St Joseph's, it is a caring and fun environment.

Mrs Kayleigh Niven

Deputy Practitioner

I have worked at St Joseph’s Pre-school from September 2014. I have a Level 3 diploma in Childcare and Education.

I really enjoy working in St Joseph's pre-school. I feel, as a team, we all work really hard together ensuring the children develop in a positive, fun and safe learning environment.

Miss Hope Elliott

Bank Staff

I have worked at St Joseph’s Pre-school since January 2017 after completing numerous work experience placements at this setting since July 2014. I have a Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education.

I enjoy working with the children, supporting their play and extending their imagination.

Mrs Marie Knight


I started working in St Joseph's Pre-school in June 2017. I started as a 1:1 practitioner and enjoyed supporting the child to develop and learn; guiding them in a fun and caring manner.

I completed my Level 3 in Childcare and Education in March 2019.

Mrs Mary Elmer

Bank Staff

Mrs Brenda Knight

Bank Staff

Miss Heidi Saunders

Bank Staff

I joined St Joseph's Pre-school in October 2022 as a 1:1 practitioner before moving to bank staff in September 2023. I have a level 2 certificate in Principles of Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities. I have experience with children with SEN which has given me a wealth of knowledge to bring to the position.

Mrs Natalie Clark

1:1 Practitioner

I started at St Joseph's Pre-school in September 2023. I will be working as a 1:1 within the setting.

This is my first childcare position however I have three children of my own and am very keen to learn and develop further within the field.