Our School Team

Nikki Teague


MA in Special Education ,Leading from the Middle,BA Ed(Hons),NNEB,

Hi, I’m Nikki, I am Headteacher.  I have been teaching at Battledown for over 10 years now and was previously a nursery nurse at The Milestones School for many years, so have been in special needs education since I left school. I enjoy working with children and their families and the challenges that every day offers. There is never a dull day a Battledown and it is always so rewarding and inspiring, with opportunities to learn so much every day.

Sarah Moran


My name is Sarah and I am a part time teacher at Battledown. I have a BA hons degree in English and drama and a PGCE degree. It was particularly exciting to begin working at Battledown three years ago as my youngest son had attended the school previously and as a parent I had benefited from the huge support and advice we were given.

Jo Doyle

MA in Education,BEd(Hons), BSL

My name is Jo. I am the teacher in Purple Class. I have worked at Battledown since 2001 and previously taught in two mainstream schools. At Battledown I am the Knowledge and Understanding of the World Co-ordinator and the Total Communication Co-ordinator. During my time here I have gained a great deal of experience, working with a wide variety of special educational needs.

Jo Rayner

Hi, I’m Jo and I’m a member of the Senior Leadership Team, class teacher for Green Class and Student Mentor. I am joint curriculum lead for Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design as well as curriculum lead for Sensory Learning. In addition, I am the school representative for the Gloucestershire SENCO Cluster Group and representative for the Sensory Challenge and Support sub group working party for Sensory Learning and so my role is interesting and varied! My first experience of Battledown was as a PE student in my second year of teacher training back in 2006. I was lucky enough to secure my first teaching post at Battledown in 2008 and have been here ever since! I feel privileged to work with our children and families every day and share in their learning, progression and development and be a part of the journey that our children and their families experience. I am also privileged to work with a team of dedicated, passionate, experienced, creative, caring and supportive individuals. Every day is a different day and the role is challenging yet very rewarding.

Jane Davies


My name is Jane, I am married with two boys and I have been involved with Battledown since 2001, starting as parent, BFG chair for 3 years and then working on the Admin team. My current role is a Continuous Improvement & Communications Coordinator. I feel very passionate about the school and what support it offers children and families. My outlook in life has changed considerably during my Battledown journey, I feel very privileged from what the school has given me during my time here both as a parent and member of staff.

Pauline Philips


I’m Pauline and I’m a teaching assistant in Purple class at Battledown. I have worked here since September 2007 prior to that I worked as Deputy Manager of a busy day nursery for nine years. I work as part of the Extended Services Team and we run a Playscheme in the Summer. I enjoy cycling, music and all things creative.

Pauline Philips

Diploma of Higher Education

My name is Nikki and I am an Early Years Practitioner at Battledown. I have been involved with Battledown since 2008 when I became a volunteer helping with Forest School. Prior to volunteering I had taken a break from my teacher training course to have my third child. Battledown was for me an amazing discovery and totally inspiring place and I soon found myself part of the supply team and am now a full time member of staff. I have worked in all the different classes and found working with the children incredibly rewarding.

Helem Tharia


I have worked at Battledown for many years and during my time here I have had a lot of experience working with children with a wide variety of special needs. I really enjoy being with the children and working with such a great team here at Battledown. I find my role fun and rewarding.

Debbie Benton

Hi, my name is Debbie. I am married with two boys. I currently work in finance as an administrator and have been at Battledown for 4 years. In my spare time I suuport my sons with their chosen sports. I have a white British Bulldog called Gertie. I love watching premier league football especially Tottenham Hotspur.

Caroline Tharia

Early Years Pracitioner

Sarah Bell

My name is Sarah Bell and I am the Family Worker. My younger son was a pupil at Battledown so I know how valuable support and understanding is when you have a child with additional needs.   In Early Years, when you are making sense of everything, finding your way and have a lot of questions, I can listen and signpost to services and support which might help you.  I believe parent carers are stronger together and a big part of my role is to create opportunities for families to get together and build friendships which continue long after the children leave Battledown.
In my spare time I like to try a variety of creative projects and activities with varying degrees of success! 

Karen Cooke

NNEB,ADCE, HLTA, BTEC Forest School Leader

Hi, I’m Karen. I have worked in child care since qualifying in 1986. Having experienced Battledown from a parents perspective, I joined Purple class as a TA in 2005. Since joining Battledown I have qualified as a Forest School Leader and take a group of children to Forest School each week. I have also undertaken courses on PECS, Total Communication, Portage and Behaviour Management.

Ali Holtom


I came to Battledown as a volunteer in 2008. I soon moved to supply and now work full time! I currently work in all four classes covering for staff when on annual leave etc. I love this role as no two days are ever the same. I feel very lucky to work in such an amazing place.

Sue Douglas

B.MedSci(speech) Hons

Hello, I’m Sue and I have worked here as a Speech and Language Therapist for many years, with some time away to have 2 children. I work three days a week, mainly with the children in school to support the development of their speech, language and communication skills. I also work with other children with a range of severe and complex needs. I enjoy working closely with the class team and parents.

Karen Wilkes

Foundation Degree in Learning Support and BA Early Childhood Studies.
Hi, my name is Kaeren. I am a Teaching Assistant in Orange Class and Extended Services Co-ordinator. I have worked with children for over 12 years, 10 years in a mainstream setting and 1 year as deputy co-ordinator in a nursery, before joining Battledown in September 2007. I have also been involved with youth work.

Georgia Thomas

Early Years Practitioner

Jacqui Beard

Early Years Practitioner

Sarah Broderick

Early Years Practitioner

Toby Jones

Administration Volunteer

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557

Battledown Centre for Children & Families. Harp Hill, Cheltenham GL52 6PZ Tel: 01242 525472 • Fax: 01242 257557