Meet the Staff of Kemble Primary School
After relocating from London to Gloucestershire I joined Kemble in September 2017 as a part time teacher in Reception. I had spent 23 years in London culminating in being Headteacher of a large primary in Southwark so, when we decided to make the move, I also wanted to take some time to get to know my new local area and reconnect with teaching by returning to the classroom. My teaching experience has been in all age ranges of primary education, but Early Years has always been my area of expertise.
In September 2020, the opportunity arose to lead Kemble Primary and I am loving every moment of it! Kemble has a unique family atmosphere where the whole community supports each other to be the very best they can be. We are a small school with big ambitions and an exciting future ahead.
I enjoy food and travel and if I can combine them both all the better, most weekends I will be enjoying our wonderful surroundings and spending time with my husband, daughter, and her pony.
I started at Kemble in September 2018, having spent ten years teaching at Primary schools in the Stroud District.
I came to teaching later in life, after having three children. I have taught all year groups but I particularly love teaching Reception. Kemble is a wonderful place to work- I have glorious views from my classroom and the supportive and positive staff team here at Kemble make coming to work a pleasure. This is the smallest school I have every worked in and I love the family feel within school and the local community. I commute to and from Stroud on the train and often meet families in the village on my daily walk to and from the station, which I love.
As Assistant Headteacher, I work closely with the Headteacher, with particular responsibility for the English curriculum. I am also the Vulnerable Pupil Lead, working with the SENCO and staff to ensure that the most vulnerable pupils at Kemble get the support they need to flourish.
When I am not working, I like to walk for miles, read, do yoga, make art, and help my husband on our allotment.
I originally started teaching at Kemble back in 2014. After a wonderful four years teaching in a range of year groups, I moved overseas to the Netherlands to teach for two years at an International school in Amsterdam. I was delighted to return to teaching in Year 1 and 2 at Kemble in January 2021.
Although I have taught all year groups, I particularly enjoy teaching in Key Stage 1. The students are always so enthusiastic, curious and creative with their learning. Kemble school really benefits from being part of a small, supportive, rural village community. It offers families a more nurturing and supportive environment than in larger schools. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of teachers, students and parents at Kemble.
As the KS1 teacher I am responsible for pupil attainment and progress. I am also the school Science Coordinator, so have a responsibility for the Science curriculum and how it is delivered through the school. I am also the proud owner of Miss Pixie our school support dog, who is based in Beech Class. Pixie works closely with vulnerable pupils to support and encourage them in their learning.
When I am not working, I love going on adventures, painting and reading. I love horse riding, rock climbing and scuba diving.
I started working at Kemble in September 2012, having spent nearly twenty years teaching in London, Yorkshire and Wiltshire. I have taught all year groups but more recently I have focused on year 5 and 6.
I have loved my time at Kemble – it is a close, friendly and caring community and over the years I have enjoyed building relationships with families and watching children grow and develop.
Within Kemble School I am responsible for the maths curriculum as well as RE and music. I particularly enjoy teaching maths and seeing children gain confidence in the subject.
When I’m not working I like to walk with my family including our dog Bailey. As well as this, I enjoy cooking, reading, live music and travel.
I started working at Kemble in September 2013. Before that I worked in a large junior school in Weston-Super-Mare as well as various primary schools in Bristol. I have taught in all year groups and love the challenges each class brings.
Kemble is a great place to work. As the PE coordinator, I am always so proud of our pupils’ supportive, yet competitive nature. I have recently become the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, working closely with children, parents and staff to identify and support children with additional needs. By working together, I know we can help our children achieve their best. I am lucky to work with staff who support each other to create a positive and nurturing environment for all our pupils. The children are a joy to teach, polite and full of enthusiasm for learning. With the support of all the families, we are a happy community.
At home, I am kept busy looking after my children. To relax, I like to swim, do yoga and go for long walks with the dog.
I started working at Kemble in January 2018. Previous to this, I was a Key Stage Two teacher at a small school in South Wales for 17 years. I relocated back to England to be closer to family and am delighted to have found another wonderful school in which to teach. It is a pleasure to work with such 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. At Kemble I work part time in Horse Chestnut class teaching the Year 3 and Year 4 children. I am curriculum leader for PHSE, Art and Design.
I love reading, music and art (well, anything creative really). I also love many sports, particularly football and am an avid Swindon Town FC fan (someone has to be!).
I joined Kemble as a teacher in September 2014 having previously been a baby-signing teacher while my two children were very young. Prior to that, I taught in larger primary schools in both Cirencester and Swindon, mainly in Key Stage Two.
Kemble School is a real gem: its enviable setting, enthusiastic staff and pupils and wonderfully friendly family atmosphere make it a great place to be. Being a small school, it is easy for everyone to get to know each other as individuals and every child has so many exciting opportunities. I teach part-time in Chestnut Class (year 5/6) and also cover teachers' PPA time which gives me the chance to teach different age groups which I really enjoy. I have responsibility for French teaching across Key Stage Two.
Outside school, my family keeps me busy. We enjoy walks together; the more extreme, or wild, the better! I also love music, reading, badminton and spending time with friends when possible.
I started working part-time at Kemble in February 2009, after helping out and listening to children read in Y3/Y4 class.
In September 2008, my son and daughter joined Kemble and I happily carried on my love to help children and volunteered one morning a week in Reception and one afternoon a week in Y3/Y4 at Kemble. I was struck by the friendly welcome we all received. As a Teaching Assistant I love being part of a caring supportive team which reflects all the staff’s love of Kemble and their total dedication to providing a safe, secure environment to support, develop and inspire each child to achieve their best, using their own individual gifts. Over the years I have enjoyed the variety of work with children of different ages in all the classes at Kemble. I particularly enjoy supporting and helping individual children and working on a 1:1 basis.
When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family walking, bike rides, gym, creative cooking, gardening and helping out in the local Church Community.
I started at Kemble in 2002 initially, as a volunteer, listening to readers.
Having moved from Edinburgh to Gloucestershire I took a career break to raise my 2 children, which made me realise I was ready for a change in direction and was fortunate to be offered the position of TA in 2003- I have never looked back. I enjoy being part of the school environment, mainly because working with children is never dull!! Also, working in a village setting where I’m able to walk to work is an added bonus.
I currently work in Beech class on Monday and Friday mornings supporting literacy and numeracy. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with all age groups and I marvel at the way children develop throughout their Kemble primary school journey. To have an input during their journey affords a certain amount of job satisfaction.
Both my, now adult, children attended Kemble school, so I have also experienced the school from the role as a parent and, as when I started working at the school, the atmosphere has remained the same: a warm, welcoming, and nurturing place for both pupils and staff where everyone is treated as an individual.
Outside of school I enjoy Pilates, travelling and long walks in the countryside.
I started working in Kemble school in 2017. Previous to this I have worked in 3 other schools. I also still work in a private college as the After School Care Manager for Key Stage 1 children. I am currently the Teaching Assistant in Oak Class, having before this worked for 3 years in Beech Class. Kemble school is the most friendly school I have ever worked in ! It`s like being in a large caring family with support for everyone.
Outside of school, I enjoy gardening, sewing, cooking and reading .
I have been part of Kemble School for almost 20 years, firstly as a parent then in 2009 I became a Teaching Assistant in Reception Class. I have worked as a class TA with every year group and also as a 1:1. I currently work in Horse Chestnut Class as a 1:1 in the mornings and in the afternoons I work with children throughout the school. I completed my ELSA training in 2018. I love being able to support the children in their social and academic journeys. I also help run After School Club 4 days a week.
Kemble is a great place to work and every day is different. There is never a dull moment when you work with children! The children are a joy to teach and I feel lucky to work with staff who support and look out for each other. Outside of work I really enjoy baking, walking my dog, Zumba and playing darts with friends in a local team
Having previously worked as a Teaching Assistant in Tooting, South London, I joined Kemble in February 2018 working in Oak Class and am now enjoying supporting Miss Hancox in Beech Class. With a background in communications and a love of literacy, I am delighted to be able to help KS1 children to develop key skills to support their future learning.
I feel very lucky to work at Kemble Primary with its beautiful building and gorgeous grounds. When the weather is good, I enjoy taking our learning outside and I look forward to our weekly forest school sessions with Mrs Wilson. In my free time I enjoy yoga, baking and crafting – particularly cross-stitch and embroidery. On the weekends I love to go on long walks and bike rides with my family, exploring the local area.
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!
I started at Kemble in September 2017, and I work in the school office in a job share with Mrs Jackson.
I started working at Kemble, after having my three children. Prior to this I studied History at Warwick University and then did a Masters at UCL in London in Library and Information Management. I was a researcher for various investment banks and asset management companies before leaving London and settling in Kemble. Kemble is a fantastic place to work and I really enjoy my role in the school office. No two days are ever the same and my three children are all also at the school, so we are very involved in school life as a family.
When I am not working, I like to read, walk my dog, exercise and watch movies.
I started working at Kemble School in October 2015 and work in the school office in a job share with Mrs Beal. I am also Clerk to the Kemble & Siddington Local Governing Body and the Corinium Education Trust.
My three children came to Kemble school before I started work here so I have been part of the Kemble School community for many years. Before I moved to Kemble, I went to Exeter University to study History and then worked for Dorling Kindersley Publishers in London for 15 years which I loved. Working at Kemble School is great, every day is different, and we have an extremely supportive staff team.
Outside of school, I enjoy walking my two dogs, cooking with my family, running, cycling, and playing hockey.
I have been working at Kemble as cleaner-in-charge for around 30 years. I have been here longer than anyone else now! I have seen a lot of changes and still really enjoy working at Kemble.