Carole Sharp - Deputy Head, Crigglestone Nursery School

Carole is currently Deputy Head of Crigglestone Nursery school, part of the Federation of Crigglestone and the Castle Nursery schools in Wakefield.

Carole has worked with Early Years children for over twenty years, she has led a variety of teams across Lower and Upper Foundation in developing understanding and practice to ensure the very best outcomes for children.
Carole has experience of teaching across a wide range of catchment areas and has proven success in raising outcomes for all children, including children living in areas of high social deprivation.

Carole has particular expertise in developing children’s learning through their self interests and fascinations. Carole was a former CLLD lead in a large Primary school with an above average percentage of children with special educational needs and where children entered Nursery displaying skills well below age appropriate. Carole’s creative approach to the teaching of Literacy and phonics ensured that children made significant progress in Foundation Stage.

Carole’s success in involving families in supporting their child’s learning has been recognised by the Local Authority who invited her to deliver a presentation to Head Teachers and Foundation Stage Coordinators which was positively received and acted upon by Head Teachers.

Carole has been part of a Senior Leadership team for the last ten years during which she has had experience of steering teams through amalgamation and change. In recent years she has made significant improvements to her current Nursery environment resulting in children exploring and developing their full potential through adventurous and independent learning.

Carole has successfully developed and led training across the Federation of Crigglestone and the Castle Nursery schools, Castle Pre school and Castle Children’s Centre, resulting in sustained improvements to open ended high quality provision for both the indoor and the outdoor environment.