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Mrs M Laidler & Mr N Harman, Class 9

Mrs Laidler
I have now been teaching for nearly 29 years, beginning my teaching career at Oldway Primary School in 1988. When I started here, the school looked very different and I have seen many changes over the years. Most of my teaching has been in year 6, although I have also taught across Key Stage 2. At various times I have been subject leader for: science, history, and RE, although currently I have responsibility for geography across the school.
In my time away from the classroom I enjoy being with my family and we especially like going to the theatre, eating out and travelling abroad. I have a particular passion for books and reading (when I have the time) and walking our two spaniels.
Mr Harman
I was born in London within a few miles of Highbury – the home of football. After leaving school, I studied History at Nottingham University. I didn’t start teaching until the age of 30, having previously spent my time travelling, managing electrical shops and working as a self-employed landscape gardener and waterfall designer – as well as living in Australia for a couple of years.
Following 4 years teaching at a junior school in Guildford, I relocated to Paignton to be closer to my wife’s family in Plymouth. I’ve been teaching at Oldway since 2002, my wife teaches at Oldway and both my children (now teenagers) have attended the school. In my spare time I enjoy watching most sports and I’ve been involved with local youth sport with Roselands Football Club. I’m currently part of the committee at Paignton Cricket Club.