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.
Before training to teach, I studied Textile Design at university and I worked in printed textile design and production for couple of years in both Lancashire and Gloucestershire. I then decided an office job wasn't for me and I completed PGCE Primary Education at The University of Gloucestershire in 2021. After graduating, I worked as a Supply Teacher for a few months which gave me experience at working in a whole range of schools and in teaching children in Pre-School all the way to Year 6.
I then secured a Maternity Cover post as a year 4 teacher before joining Kemble as the year 5/6 teacher in September 2022. What I love about Kemble Primary school is how, due to its size, it's really easy to get to know every member of staff and pupil well. Thanks to being a part of a trust, the children are also offered a lot of extra-curricular activities- especially with sport.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy playing hockey for my local club and walking my rescue bulldog Duchess!
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 throughout my career and at the moment I am teaching Beech Class.
I really love teaching 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 reading. 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 dogs Bailey and Rosa. 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. I am currently teaching Oak Class.
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 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 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.
After moving from Abingdon in 2008, I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of Kemble School, as a parent, volunteer and a Teaching Assistant being able to happily carry on my love to help children, seeing the smiles of their faces as they adventure through their learning journeys with friends. Becoming a Teaching Assistant in February 2009, initially, working in Reception Class, I thoroughly enjoy supporting and helping children explore, find, grow and use their natural abilities as they progress through the school.
As a Teaching Assistant, currently working with KS2 children, I love being part of the 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 at home and away, walking, bike rides, creative cooking, gardening and helping out in the local Church Community.
I joined Kemble school in February 2022 as a mid day supervisory assistant, and in September 2022 had the opportunity to become a teaching assistant. I currently work in Beech class on a 1:1 basis.
Kemble school is a warm, inviting, positive place in which the children can learn in a safe, secure and encouraging environment. The pupils are all delightful to work with, and there is a real community feel to the school as everyone really does know each other. It is highly rewarding to be part of a supportive staff team who are passionate about every individual child and their learning whilst collaborating to ensure delivery of a joyful educational experience.
Outside of school I enjoy cooking, reading, and taking our 2 dogs on family walks.
I started at Kemble in 2002 initially, as a volunteer, listening to readers.
After taking time to raise my 2 children and once they started school, I realised I was ready for a change in career. In 2003 I was fortunate to be offered the position of TA - 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 Chestnut class on Wednesday, Thursday 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.
I started working in Kemble school in 2017. Previous to this I worked in 3 other schools. I am currently the Teaching Assistant in Oak Class, having before this worked for 3 years in Beech Class.
Lunch times are spent on the playground helping with cleaning up knees putting plasters on, dodging footballs and turning skipping ropes. Every evening I am to be found in After School Club sticking, painting, dancing and playing cricket to name but a few of our activities. 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 work as a class TA with every year group and also as a 1:1. I currently work in Beech Class in the mornings and in the afternoons I work with children throughout the school.
I completed my ELSA training in 2018 and I became a Trauma Informed Practitioner in 2022. I love being able to support the children in their social and academic journeys. I also run Breakfast Club every morning and Baking Club one day a week after school.
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.
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 working at Kemble school in November of 2022. Previously, I trained & worked as an Early Years teacher in California until 2019. I also ran play based classes for pre schoolers' and their parents.
I love Kemble school because the children have a real sense of ownership of their school and their enthusiasm is really lovely to see. My role is mainly as a Teaching Assistant in Horse-chestnut class and to provide some additional EAL support. This is a particular area of interest of mine.
In my spare time I run around after my own 3 children, dog & cat. I enjoy yoga and the great outdoors (in the sunshine) and I also do some charity volunteer teaching.
I started at Kemble in September 2017, and I work in the school office in a job share with Mrs Merrett.
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. I had time off having three sons and then decided to have a complete career change and got a job in the school office at Kemble, a job which gives me a wonderful work/life balance. This is even more appreciated now I have a fourth son to keep me busy in the mix too! 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 two of my children are currently 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.
Having previously lived in London for 16 years, working in PR and communications roles for the fashion and financial sectors, I moved to Cirencester with my family in 2016. I joined Kemble in February 2018 initially as a Teaching Assistant supporting Oak Class, before moving to Beech and Chestnut. I now work in the school office on a job share with Mrs Beal.
I feel very lucky to work at Kemble with its beautiful building, gorgeous grounds and super supportive team.
In my free time I enjoy yoga, baking, crafting and going to the theatre. On the weekends I love to go on long walks and bike rides with my family, exploring our local area and beyond.
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.