The Team

The Team

Alice Clark, Owner and Headmistress
Alice is the driving force behind The Willow On The Farm. She has owned and run The Willow Nursery in London’s Clapham for over 12 years, creating one of the most popular and successful nursery schools in the area. With a move to her farm in Oxfordshire came the passion to open a sister nursery that offered the children outdoor learning, Forest School experiences and exposure to nature and adventure.

A mother of three young girls, Alice trained with a Bachelor of Education Degree and gained her teaching experience at top London schools, Hill House and Garden House Boys School as well as two years teaching in Sydney, Australia. She has recently been running her own Art Shed from home, offering art days for children aged 4 – 11years old as well as running a Mini Shed for nursery school children. In addition she offers two day drama, dance and music workshops in the holidays, offering young children the chance to put on plays and performances.

Alice’s family have lived on the farm for over 40 years so it is hardly surprising she feels so passionately about what it can offer the children. She has grown up surrounded by dogs of all shapes and sizes, horses, geese, ducks, cows and probably many others but her favourite farm animals are her geese, Harold, Madge, Ding, Dong and Merrily!

Kerry Rees
As well as being instrumental in project managing the setting up of The Willow On The Farm, Kerry has worked with pre-school aged children for over 9 years. Having moved to Oxfordshire over 14 years ago she has gained experience as a Nursery School Assistant and Pre-School Treasurer as well as looking after her ? children.Kerry is trained in the RULER Program, a fantastic and successful method created by the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, that helps develop the emotional intelligence of the children. Kerry will be responsible for training all the staff in this method and ensuring that all the markers are set and achieved.

She is very involved in local life in Oxfordshire, active on the local Parish Council and enjoys country life.

Her favourite farm animals are cows!!

Jodie Nolan
Jodie is a professionally qualified teacher for The Royal Academy of Dance. Since qualifying Jodie has taught at the RAD headquarters in London, at National workshops and international Teacher training courses.When Jodie moved to Oxfordshire in 2013 she set up the popular Music and Dance classes ‘Jive Bunnies’ and ‘Ballet Bunnies’ and now has over 90 students attending .

Jodie has a passion for performing arts having had a career in the West End, before becoming a mummy herself, performing in shows such as Mamma Mia! and Chicago .

Jodie is thoroughly looking forward to bringing her creativity , passion and personality to The Willow On The Farm.

Charlotte Arkwright
Charlotte trained at Montessori college in London where she gained her Diploma in Early Years teaching. She then taught at Garden House in London before setting off to North Pakistan where she opened a primary school, teaching there herself for a number of years. Returning to England, she helped implement Montessori teaching at Kirklands nursery school in Yorkshire, spent 7 years teaching at Cothill House and a few years at Kitebrook.Most recently she has been a private tutor to both local and overesas children and is very involved in Educational Consultancy which hosts families and children in schools around the country ensuring they have a truly English experience.

She is also passionate about Dyslexia having worked for Sheffield University on a new diagnostic test.

Charlotte brings an invaluable and immense experience to the team at the Willow On The Farm and her favourite farm animal is a goat!

Harriet Baring
Harriet has taught children for over 20 years and is Montessori trained.  She worked at Hill House School in London for 10 years and in the mountains of Pakistan for a year, before buying The Willow Nursery School which she owned for 12 years, before selling it to Alice.She has also trained as a Dyslexia teacher and will now take on the responsibility of trained Forest School Leader at The Willow On The Farm which she is very excited about, believing strongly in the merits of outdoor learning.  She will transport learning topics to the outdoors and lead the children on adventures that will open their minds to nature and all that it has to offer.  She will follow Forest School guidelines and objectives to ensure that the children gain extraordinary extra-curricular learning.Harriet has grown up in Oxfordshire – she has two children of her own and has recently been teaching an art class at The Carrdus School and running her own after school art workshop for children.  She manages her own small holding with a wonderful vegetable garden and various animals.  Her favourite farm animal is a sheep!!
Dawn Wilson-Fry – Secretary
With a varied career across a number of sectors, Dawn has spent the last 7 years as a Pre-School Administrator for a very popular and successful local Primary School. As Secretary of The Willow On The Farm she too has been instrumental in supporting Alice bring the school to life. Her past experiences and organizational skills will ensure she manages the governance, administration and management side of the nursery with huge success.Dawn has lived locally for 10 years and is mother of two daughters which ensures her spare time is always busy supporting them in their activities. She is a lover of the countryside and the animals in it and is the proud owner of a West Highland Terrier and 4 guinea pigs. Her favourite farm animal is a pig!
Catherine Bowler
Catherine trained at Aylesbury College where she gained her NNEB in Nursery Education. She worked in a number of nursery settings before joining British Airways where part of her job was to escort un-accompanied children around the world. Since moving to Hook Norton in 2003,she has worked as a temporary private Nanny and Maternity Nurse. She is a classically trained singer and loves to teach children using songs and rhymes. A keen horse rider and animal lover, she enjoys all country pursuits and spending time outdoors. Her favourite animals are horses, but cows are her favourite farm animals!