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Anker Valley Primary Academy

Anker Valley Primary Academy

Meet our Team

Mrs N Horlor
Head of School


Natalie Horlor is the Head of School at Anker Valley Primary and has worked in education since 2004. During this time, she has taught across the primary age range from Early Years through to Year 6 and has developed teaching and learning and curriculum as part of a senior leadership team. Having grown up in Tamworth, Natalie describes becoming the head of school as her ‘proudest achievement so far’ and is dedicated to providing all of the Anker Valley children with the opportunity to shine and succeed as part of their exciting learning journey. 



Mrs M Hamblin
Executive Headteacher


Maria Hamblin is CEO of the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust. Maria is also a National Leader of Education, supporting school improvement nationwide. Following a career as a Sister in Intensive Care, she started teaching in 2009 and has held leadership roles for over five years including positions of Headteacher and Executive Headteacher. In leading a group of schools, Maria believes passionately in the power of working as one entity; advancing education for the public benefit with a shared moral and legal purpose. Maria continues to work with an external consultancy in supporting schools both at a primary and secondary level and is passionate that the Trust will continue to work with other Trusts in the region and beyond to ensure that Fierté remains an outward facing organisation, maximising every opportunity to collaborate and strengthen partnerships for the benefit of all.


Mrs A Free
Dragonflies Class Teacher

  Andrea Free is the Dragonflies class teacher at Anker Valley. Since qualifying in 2006, she has taught across all age ranges from Nursery through to Year 6. Over this time, Andrea has taught in both one form and two form entry schools in Staffordshire. She has been a member of a senior leadership team and worked as a regional trainer for the local authority. As an experienced class teacher and a parent to two young children, Andrea strongly believes that the formative years of schooling are amongst the most important as a child’s initial experiences of school set the scene for future years. She is therefore looking forward to getting to know Anker Valley’s children and families, as they start on their exciting learning journeys. 


Miss J Matthews
Herons Class Teacher


Jade Matthews is the Herons class teacher at Anker Valley. Since qualifying in 2015, she has taught within an inner-city school in Wolverhampton, teaching across years 1, 2 and 3 and spent time as a middle leader for English. Jade has gained a wealth of knowledge and understanding of how to support children with SEND and EAL during her teaching career and carried this expertise with her to the Fierté Trust last year, when she joined the Key Stage 1 team at one of our trust schools. Jade is looking forward to making valuable contributions as Anker Valley grows, supporting all children’s needs and inspiring them to excellence.


Miss S Garrett
Teaching Assistant 

  Sarah Garrett is delighted to be joining the team at Anker Valley Primary Academy as our Dragonflies teaching assistant and is bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and specialised experience in many areas. In her previous role within the Trust, she has provided one to one support for SEND children and has ensured that all within her care learn in a joyful and supportive environment. Sarah has worked in education since 2008, predominantly in reception and years 1 and 2. She has gained a wealth of knowledge and completed qualifications including her Level 3 in Childcare and Education. Sarah is deeply passionate and caring and sees every day as a learning day and is currently training to be a forest school leader. She is looking forwards to striving for excellence alongside the children, as part of the Anker Valley family. 


Miss H Elliott
Office Manager


Heidi Elliott is the Office Manager at Anker Valley Primary and will be a warm welcoming face for you and your child. Promoting kindness and developing a comforting and happy atmosphere is what she consistently strives to achieve. Having worked in retail for the last five years, Heidi has developed essential skills in customer service, providing excellent communication skills, whilst maintaining a professional and supportive demeanour. Heidi is looking forwards to starting a new career in education and will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have.


Mrs M Chyla
Catering Lead


Melanie Chyla is the Catering Lead at Anker Valley Primary and prepares the healthy, home cooked meals that the children enjoy at lunchtime. 


Mrs S Lewis
Trust Well-Being Lead


Sam Lewis is the Well-Being lead for the Fierte Multi Academy Trust. She works across all of our schools, providing support to pupils, parents and staff. 


Mrs C Finney
Nursery Manager
Our Pride Our Joy


Christine Finney is the Nursery Manager for Our Pride Our Joy at Anker Valley Primary. 


Mrs M Wootton
Nursery and Care Club Supervisor
Our Pride Our Joy


Michelle Wootton supports learners in Our Pride Our Joy Nursery, and our before and after school club at Anker Valley Primary. 


Mrs C Meanley
Nursery and Care Club Assistant
Our Pride Our Joy


Claire Meanley supports learners in Our Pride Our Joy Nursery, and our before and after school club at Anker Valley Primary. 


Miss V Harvey
Nursery and Care Club Assistant
Our Pride Our Joy


Victoria Harvey supports learners in Our Pride Our Joy Nursery, and our before and after school club at Anker Valley Primary. 


Mrs S Maxted
Nursery and Care Club Assistant
Our Pride Our Joy


Samantha Maxted supports learners in Our Pride Our Joy Nursery, and our before and after school club at Anker Valley Primary. 



As part of the Fierté Multi-Academy Trust, we are also supported by the Trust Executive and Central Support Teams.