Newcroft Teaching Staff

Executive Head Teacher

Mr Smythe

I've been at Newcroft since September 2013. I have been a Head teacher since 2007. I am very proud of our school because we have the best staff and the most amazing pupils in the world. Behaviour for Learning is a key strength of our school and children really value hard work and effort.


Our school has moved on so much over the last tfour years and pupils make excellent progress. Children are proud of us being rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted


I very much enjoy showing people around our school so if you're a prospective parent, please get in touch with us and I'd be delighted to show you all the great things we have to offer!


I love Mathematics and I'm proud that Maths outcomes at Newcroft are always really good.


Head of School

Mrs Hallam

I am Mrs Hallam and I started at Newcroft as Deputy Head in the Summer of 2016. I am now the Head of School which means that I have day to day responsibility for running the school, with Mr Smythe supporting me.


I really like English. I help the other staff by sharing my expertise in phonics, reading and writing.


In my spare time I  enjoy running. I like to go on long walks with my dog Bracken and spend time with my family.


Reception Teacher

Mrs Lloyd

I’ve been working at Newcroft for 11 years now in various roles and year groups.


After lots of studying, I qualified as a teacher in May 2015.  Currently, I am really enjoying teaching in Reception.


I am the Computing co-ordinator for the school and this covers E-Safety too. I sometimes run sessions for parents so they can learn how to protect their children whilst online.


In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy sewing, making finger puppets, and putting together story sacks for the Reception children, to enhance their learning.


Reception Teacher

Mrs Burton

I joined Newcroft in September 2013. I have 13 years teaching experience and I am really enjoying teaching in Reception


As well as being a parent governor, I have responsibility for the Early Years. I am also the school's Initial Teacher Training leader so I organise placements for our many University placement students. I'm a very busy bee!


I like chocolate, sunny days and spending time with my family. I don’t like spiders, traffic jams or being cold!


Year 3/4 Teacher

Miss Hunt


This is my 6th year at Newcroft and I love teaching here! I have taught in classes across KS1 and KS2 and am currently teaching in Year 3/4.
I am the school's Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and care passionately about ensuring that children who may have additional needs are supported at Newcroft. 


Year 5 Teacher

Miss Ogle

I started teaching at Newcroft in Easter 2014. I love working here! I have taught in KS1 and KS2 since working here and currently teach a class of Year 5 pupils.

I lead Mathematics and Healthy Schools/PSHE across the school and I have a keen interest in helping all of our pupils to develop a healthy lifestyle.



Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Cran

I’ve been teaching at Newcroft for 26 years.

I am Humanities Coordinator.

I have taught across all ages at Newcroft and am really looking forward to teaching in Year 1 this year again. 

When I am not at school I like reading, and spending time with my family, particularly going on long walks with my Westie.


Year 3/4 Teacher

Mr Young

As a new member of staff at Newcroft, I am delighted to be joining the Year 3/4 teaching team, having received a very warm welcome from staff and children alike.
Outside of school I am a keen adventurer and enjoy bringing my travel experiences into the classroom to broaden the outlook of the children I teach. My dogs, garden and sailing club keep me busy in my spare time – when I’m not watching Leicester Tigers that is!

Year 3/4 Teacher

Mrs Atkinson

I have been a teacher at Newcroft since Autumn 1999. I have taught all year groups from Nursery to Year 6 and I am currently teaching in Year 3 / 4 alongside Miss Hunt and Mr Young.


I am the Inclusion co-ordinator for the school. The role is to oversee the school's inclusive provision and promote approaches that raise the quality and achievements of inclusive education for all pupils.


I am also the Music Coordinator, giving all children an opportunity to perform, compose and appraise music. Music is greatly valued at Newcroft and a range of instrumental lessons and opportunities are available.


Year 2 Teacher/ Assistant Head teacher

Mrs Aukland

I am a new teacher at Newcroft this year and look forward to teaching our children in year 2. I will also be our school's Assistant Head Teacher and English co-ordinator. 


I have relocated from a school in Nottingham, which I have worked at for 6 years. I have taught in years 6, 5 and in years 1 and 2 and have led Key Stage One for the last 2 years. 


I love to read and am keen to encourage all our pupils to have a love of reading. 


In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family and friends. I love going out to eat and really enjoy travelling during the school holidays. 

Miss Veazey


School Direct Student (previously a Teaching Assistant at the school)

Year 2 Teacher

Miss Gillespie

I moved to Nottingham from Glasgow a year ago and I am looking forward to my second year at Newcroft. I am excited about teaching Year 2 this year. I like teaching Art, English and exploring ways to develop learning in the outdoors.   


When I am not at school, I enjoy cooking and baking, going for walks, visiting my family in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and spending time with my friends. 

Year 1 Teacher

Miss Radley

I started teaching at Newcroft in January 2017. I have been teaching for four years now in KS1 and KS2 and I currently teach Year 1. My favourite subjects to teach are English, Geography and PE.


When I am not at school, I enjoying spending time with family and friends, running, walking my Westies and playing rugby for Coalville Ladies. Every year I enjoy visiting a new country and visiting my family and friends in Australia/New Zealand as often as I can.

Year 6 Teacher


Miss Kruger

I am a new teacher at Newcroft this year and look forward to an exciting year teaching the very first year 6 cohort. I will also be leading Science and statutory assessment across the school. I have recently relocated from Hull - Yorkshire - where I taught for 3 years in both year 5 and 6.
When I am not at school, I enjoyed spending time with my family and friends, reading and walking in the Lake District.