Kelly Wood (Steeples)

Teacher of Southdale CE Junior School

United Kingdom

Kelly Wood (née Steeples) is currently the Assistant Headteacher at Southdale CE Junior School, Ossett, Wakefield, England. After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a First Class Honors degree, Kelly became part of the Southdale Team. During her first couple of years teaching, Kelly worked hard to establish herself as an outstanding practitioner and was nominated by her classroom assistant for the New Outstanding Teacher of the Year award 2010. After wowing the regional judges, Kelly was awarded the winner of the North and then impressed national judges to become the overall winner. The Teaching Awards 2010 was a celebration of teachers going the extra mile and Kelly felt proud and privileged to be part of the prestigious event. Her headteacher, Elodia Eccles, recognized Kelly’s talent and contribution to school life by appointing her as the schools’ Assistant Headteacher in 2010. She now works relentlessly as part of the Senior Leadership Team to drive and improve standards and support the school’s aim of making the best possible difference for every child. 

Kelly’s rationale for learning and teaching is very much based on a creative approach. Her toolbox includes the use of music, videos and games to inspire the children, igniting their imaginations and motivating them to be the best that they can be. A born leader, Kelly has helped the school to improve further and strengthen policy and practice. She is the Educational Visits Officer organizing all-day visits and residentials across the school, including a Year 5 overseas visit to Barcelona. Leading Science is also part of Kelly’s role, where the children are viewed as Scientists and develop a range of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Kelly is currently leading Investors in Pupils in her school, formalizing behavior systems, developing pupil voice and strengthening the notion of “evenness” across the school.