Head of Early Years and KS1
Meet Charlotte Willoughby
Head of Early Years and KS1, Reception Teacher & Deputy DSL.
My teaching philosophy has been shaped by influential mentors and inspiring training over the past 16 years. I believe that learning must have a purpose and make strong links to the real world. I bring many aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach to my teaching style, the most significant being outdoor learning, continuous provision, and learning through shared experiences and play. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the learning experience, making a difference, and being remembered by the children as they begin their educational journey.
Ripley Court School is a warm, welcoming space with a strong family ethos. It is particularly rewarding to help develop the skills and a love of learning that shapes the rest of the children’s lives. Welcoming the children into Little Court, witnessing their progression through the school, growing in confidence, and embracing the joy of learning is a personal highlight. I continuously aspire to model and develop outstanding teaching so all children can reach their full potential.
About Charlotte: From a young age, Charlotte recognised teaching as her passion. She graduated from the University of Roehampton with a Bachelor of Arts in Primary Education, specialising in Art and Design. Charlotte commenced her teaching career in Hampshire, where she taught Reception and was appointed the leadership role for Art and Design across the school. This leadership role reignited her passion for the arts and prompted her return to Roehampton, where she pursued a Master of Arts in Art, Craft, and Design Education alongside her teaching responsibilities.
In 2011, Charlotte joined Wood Street Infant School, where she cultivated her passion for learning through shared experiences and play, particularly in the outdoor environment. Charlotte taught across Reception, Year 1, and Year 2 before returning to her first love, Reception. Over the past decade, she has undertaken various roles and responsibilities, including Head of Early Years and, later, Deputy Head.