Come and meet the staff at our school!
I love my job and feel so lucky to be the head teacher of two wonderful schools. My passion is for every child to love coming to school and do their very best. My job is making sure that children have a wonderful fun place to grow and develop, a place where they are safe and can learn about the world. I aim to provide teachers with all they need so they can offer fun and aspirational lessons that capture imagination and enthuse pupils. A happy child will always do well.
I have always loved education and started my career in Oxfordshire teaching a nursery class in a small girl’s prep school with my Montessori teaching diploma. Holiday times were spent as a nanny. When I moved to Gloucestershire I decided to qualify for the state system and gained a first class honours degree at Cheltenham. I have taught across the primary age range at Cirencester Infant School and then as a deputy at Nailsworth CE Primary School. My first headship took me out of county for 9 years to Lydiard Millicent in Wiltshire and in 2015 brought me back to the Kemble & Siddington federation.
In my free time I love to garden, entertain friends and with Mr Dougill – drive fast cars and shoot clays! I always end my day tucked up with another love of mine – a good book and a cup of tea!
I trained as a teacher later in life, after having my own three children, whom I stayed at home to look after for eight years. I learnt a lot about child development during that time. I worked at two primary schools in the Stroud District before starting here at Kemble in September 2018.
I don't consider being a teacher "work" because I enjoy it so much- every day the children make you laugh and surprise or delight you. I am an English graduate and love language, poetry and storytelling and this is reflected in the way I teach. Everything I do reflects my desire to instil a love of school and an unquenchable thirst for learning in each child. Trying to achieve that is my daily aim.
I have been teaching since my graduation from Cardiff University and post graduate training at Liverpool University in 1993. My first position was in North London, close to where I grew up, before spending 2 years living and teaching in South Yorkshire. Having moved to the South West 12 years ago, after a short career break when my 2 boys were born, I started my teaching again at Malmesbury before joining Kemble in 2012.
Having previously only taught in larger schools, I particularly enjoy the greater time and interaction with the pupils and parents which a smaller school offers, allowing me to feel a much closer part of the local community and the chance to follow the children develop as they progress through the years.
It was always my ambition to work with children and become a primary school teacher. I have taught for over 15 years across both key stages but mainly in key stage 2 working in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. I have been at Kemble for over 3 years now and love working with our supportive team in this inspirational school. It is a privilege to work with such enthusiastic, well-mannered and kind children who work hard to achieve their goals. Every day has a different challenge but every day makes me smile!
I am originally from Wiltshire, but after gaining my degree and PGCE teaching qualification at Cardiff University in 1998, I then stayed in Wales (with my now husband) for twenty years! In that time I taught in a lovely primary school in the South Wales Valleys.
We moved back over the border to England's green and pleasant land in 2018. I am delighted to have found another wonderful school in which to teach. It is a pleasure to work with a great team of people and to teach such kind and happy children who clearly love learning. I have extremely fond memories of my own primary school days and it is important to me that the children I teach have similar positive and memorable educational experiences.
I love reading and art (well, anything creative really). I also love many sports, particularly football but I probably shouldn’t mention my favourite team!
The role of Forest School Leader at Kemble School has enabled me to expose children to the opportunities afforded by the outdoors similar to those I experienced when growing up on a farm in the Welsh Borders. I enjoy seeing the children develop confidence in their abilities, build a natural curiosity and understanding of the world while having fun and getting messy! I believe this engagement has long term benefits for both their learning and well-being.
Initially I joined the team as a Classroom Teaching Assistant in KS2 in 2007 and subsequently qualified as a Forest School Leader 6 years ago. Recently I have enjoyed the challenge of developing a Forest School area for the children at Siddington to give them similar opportunities.
With the latest curriculum developments needing to see a focus on the origins of food and its preparation I have implemented cookery sessions for both schools.
When not in school I can be found leading educational activities for Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, training for St. John Ambulance or supporting many local community groups, as a School Governor, member of the P.C.C. and Brown Owl to name but a few!
As a parent of two former pupils, a classroom volunteer and a background working in the
hospitality, catering, retail and logistics industries, I was delighted to begin my new adventure helping at Kemble Primary School following our move from Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 2007. I was touched by the incredibly warm welcome given to us from staff, parents and children alike. And remain continually enthused by the passion and commitment of all the staff and the close community spirit among the children and parents alike.
As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment with children, and I love the opportunity to think and work creatively with them. I believe every child is an individual and enjoy seeing how each child expresses their learning in so many different ways. This gives me the opportunity to be able to target the learning to their interests and passions, encouraging individuals achieve their full potential. No two days are ever the same and watching the children grow and flourish becoming passionate about learning is an absolute joy. It’s extremely gratifying to see child confidence and self-esteem grow within our small, friendly teaching environment.
I love working with all ages and am currently assisting Miss Hancock's in Beech Class and individual pupils from various classes.
Outside of school enjoy spending time indoors and outdoors, cooking/baking, walking, running and cycling.
Where to start, well the children tell me I sound different .This is because I am from the West Midlands I moved to Gloucestershire when I was 18 so almost a local. I was a Chef and ran my own restaurant with my husband for 20 years.
Deciding I had lost enough weekends in my life I retrained as a TP .Fully qualified I joined Kemble School in Beech class. All there is to say is that the children keep me on my toes and a smile on my face. No two days are the same I wipe tears, find shoes, help teach and try to make everyone have fun. The team spirit is the best thing about our lovely school.
I have been part of the school for nearly 16 years firstly as a parent and then as a teaching assistant. I have worked both with supporting individual children and as a classroom teaching assistant. I currently work full time with the Reception children. I love being able to support the children in their social and academic journeys. I enjoy all aspects of the job but particularly the creative aspects and thinking out different ways to inspire them.
Having previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in South London, I am now enjoying supporting Mrs Armstrong and Mrs Ryan working within Kemble's reception class. With a background in communications and a love of literacy, I am delighted to be able to help the reception children to develop key skills to support their future learning.
Mrs Julie Allen
Mrs Claire Codd
Mrs Amy Merrett
Mrs Marie Perkins
Mrs Clarissa Loveridge
Mrs Sam Savage
Mrs Marie Perkins
Mrs Claire Codd
Mrs Amy Merrett
Mrs Lili Rendell
Mrs Clarissa Loveridge
Mrs Sam Savage
Forest School Leader
Mrs Alison Wilson
Mrs Kate Beal
Mrs Kathy Jackson
Mrs Melissa Piesing