Ringstead Church of England Primary School

Meet the Ringstead family...



I joined Ringstead Primary School in April 2015 as the EYFS and Year 1 Class Teacher. In September 2019, I became the Head of School and continued to teach in Early Years. In September 2020, I took on my current role at Ringstead as Headteacher.   

In my spare time, I am a Flight Lieutenant within the RAF Air Cadets.  I am responsible for running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award across South and East Midlands Wing, which involves supporting over 30 squadrons in enabling cadets to achieve their Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.

I have a young family, consisting of two daughters, who as they age will hopefully enjoy the outdoors as much as my husband and I do! 

Mrs Helen Roberts

Headteacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead 



Hello, I'm Miss Culverhouse. Some parents of older children might remember me from a few years ago when I taught in years 1/2, 3/4 and 4/5! It is lovely to be back, feels like coming home! Outside of school, I enjoy a spot of gardening, woodland walks with my family, photography and history. 


Miss Lucy Culverhouse

Owl Class Teacher (part-time) / Phonics Lead



I’ve just started at Ringstead this September 2022 and am so excited to get stuck in! I previously taught in a similar-sized school for 9 years and before that, in a school in London. I’ll be teaching Owl Class Monday to Wednesday morning and am looking forward to plenty of creative learning both in and outside the classroom.

In my spare time, I’m very involved in our local church sometimes playing or singing in the band, leading mums’ groups and helping lead our older youth group.

My husband and I have two teenage daughters and together we love anything to do with the sea and exploring together. We love making campfires, camping, swimming, body boarding and kayaking. If I have any time left, I enjoy gardening, running, getting arty, playing the piano and, best of all, spending time with family and friends and having a good natter!

Mrs Kirsty Clark

Owl Class Teacher (part-time) / RE Lead


Hello, I’m Mrs Tyman, I started teaching at Ringstead School in September 2022.

I love being part of the great team here and it is wonderful to teach the Year 1 children in Robin Class. 

In my spare time, I like to read, stay active and spend time with my family. I also like music and can often be heard singing with my class! 

Mrs Anna Tyman

Robin Class Teacher / Science Lead




Hello, I am Mrs Thornton. I started teaching at Ringstead in November 2022. I teach in Falcons Monday – Wednesday. I love the welcoming feel to the school and could not wait to join the team.   

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young family. We enjoy muddy walks and days out!  

Mrs Katie Thornton

Falcons Class Teacher (part-time) / Art and DT Lead 

Hi I’m Miss Titcombe. I started teaching at Ringstead in November 2022. I teach in Falcons on Thursdays and Fridays.

In my spare time, I like to read or I’ll be either camping or fishing with my partner.

Miss Paris Titcombe

FalconsClass Teacher (part-time)

joined Ringstead in September 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and staff.

When not at Ringstead I can often be found at Kettering Hospital where I volunteer as a radio DJ on the internal radio station.

I love travelling and seeing new places in this country and abroad. When relaxing you can find me curled up with a good book or feeding my pet tortoise, Tess.

Miss Julia Grunill

Ravens Class Teacher / History Lead

I joined Ringstead Primary School in September 2019 after being struck by a warm and welcoming environment.  I currently teach Kestrels Class and have a real passion for Maths.

In my spare time, I love to play, watch and breathe football. I play more or less every weekend and watch the mighty Manchester United either on TV or at Old Trafford.

I like to wind down by playing computer games, reading fantasy books or practising my drawing skills. I like to cook and experiment with food which yields various results! However, the best part of cooking is eating! I like to go to different restaurants to try new things even if it sounds odd.  

Mr Aaron McKenzie-Smith

Kestrels Class Teacher / Maths Lead / PE Lead 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

I first started working at Ringstead Primary 5 years ago, where I taught PE one morning a week and I absolutely loved it. I did this for 3 years then returned to Manor School in Raunds to continue teaching PE to years 7 to year 11.

I then joined the Ringstead team in September 2021.  Where I love sharing my passion for all sports, particularly Gymnastics, Athletics and Netball.
In my spare time I love going to the gym, running, cycling and yoga. I also have been lucky enough to have travelled to many different countries and love trying out the local food. My favourite places are Australia, Dubai and America. At the weekends, I enjoy going to the theatre and relaxing with family and friends.


Mrs Debbie Sanders

PE Teacher

Teaching Assistants:
I'm Miss Jones and I am a Teaching Assistant in Owls Class. I have been working at Ringstead since 2014. I am a trained first aider and have worked in all classes within the school at various points.  However, you will mainly see me in Early Years.  

I have 2 children, a son who is training to be a police officer and a daughter who used to attend Ringstead CE Primary School, who is now in her final year of secondary education. When I'm at home I'm looking after my sausage dog, Frankie. I also enjoy painting, drawing and cooking.

Miss Sheryl Jones

Teaching Assistant - Owls Class

Hello, I'm Mrs Dunbar and I am a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in Owls class. I started here in January 2022 although I have Known the school as a parent since 2014 when my daughter came to the school. My son currently attends the school.

I love spending my spare time with my children and husband going on nature walks, baking, doing art and craft anctivites and going to car racing events.

Mrs Natalie Dunbar

Teaching Assistant - Owls Class

Hello, I’m Mrs Carpenter and I joined the Ringstead family in January 2021 supporting children in KS2 throughout the lockdown periods. I am enjoying my new role of Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1 and have experience working across both Key Stages.

I have a love of Art and all that’s creative!  I previously painted for an Art Printing Company, a few of my paintings can still be purchased now. I have filled my home with paintings, my favourite medium being acrylics on canvas. I also ran an after-school club for filmmaking, inspiring children to storyboard their ideas, a film using all the equipment and acting in front of the camera. Editing films and making children’s ideas become a reality fascinates me.

Animals play a big part in my life, and I share my home with a border terrier named BB, a Syrian hamster called Chase and three guinea pigs called Nova, Lou-Lou and Angel. I love being active, taking long walks with my dog and visiting the gym several times a week.

Mrs Kerry Carpenter

Teaching Assistant - Robins Class

I started working at Ringstead first as a parent helper, then as a TA when my eldest son was in Year 3 and my youngest in Reception Class. They have now grown up, one has been to university, and the other is in motor vehicle maintenance.

Before working at Ringstead I worked at Heathrow Airport where I found my love for travelling around the world, visiting all but one of the continents - I hope to get to Antarctica one day. I help at the Ringstead Scout Group so am often away camping, canoeing and hiking. I enjoy the cinema, going to the theatre or curling up with a good book.

Ms Jan Highmore

Teaching Assistant - Robins Class


Mrs Ellen Willmot

Teaching Assistant - Kestrel Class

Hello, I am Mrs Duffill, a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in Kestrels. This is my first teaching assistant post, having previously worked in retail for the past twenty years. I am currently studying for a degree in psychology with childhood and youth studies. 

I enjoy running and wild swimming in my spare time, which I do with my family. I will swim all year round; it is a family tradition to swim on Boxing Day or New Year's Day. 
Furthermore, I am an avid cook who likes to try out new recipes for my family.   

Mrs Suzanne Duffill

Teaching Assistant - Kestrel Class


Miss Morgan Hinds

Teaching Assistant Apprentice


Administrative Staff:


Since joining the Ringstead family in 2018, my role in school has indeed expanded and I am now the school’s Family Support Worker and Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator. These positions provide me with the privilege of working closely with our children and their families.

Spending quality time with family and friends is important to me. I also enjoy long walks with my dog around the many parks and open spaces that we are fortunate to have on our doorstep. Any spare time that I have is spent baking, reading or gardening.

Mrs Janet Hickey

Family Support Worker, SENDCo, Designated Teacher for Children in Care, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Hello, I'm Mrs Lawrence and I joined the Ringstead Team in October 2022 as the Office Administrator. I like to spend my spare time walking, reading and spending time with my family. I have a young child, a puppy called Hagrid and a cat called Bert.

Mrs Amy Lawrence

Office Administrator

 Lunchtime Supervisors:




I was born and raised in Ringstead and I continue to live here. I have worked at the school for 14 years as a Lunchtime Supervisor, but have had connections with the school for over 30 years. I also attended the school myself and so did my children and grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading and watching television.

Mrs Sally Close - Lunchtime Supervisor 


I was born in the North East of Poland and came to England in 2007. I met my husband and had our son in Ringstead, where we have made our home. I joined the school team in 2016, I enjoy my work and have made some great friends. In my spare time, I love to read and enjoy camping, gardening and travel.


Mrs Agnieszka Gil-Watson - Lunchtime Supervisor


Wrap Around Care:

I was born and raised in Ringstead and I continue to live here. I have worked at the school for 14 years as a Lunchtime Supervisor, but have had connections with the school for over 30 years. I also attended the school myself and so did my children and grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading and watching television.

Mrs Sally Close - Breakfast Club Assistant

Miss Morgan Hinds

Sports Teaching Assistant Apprentice / After School Club Assistant



 Site Staff:





Site Supervisor - position vacant. 





I've worked at Ringstead school for six years. I enjoy spending time with my children, grandchildren and two dogs. In my spare time I enjoy walking.


Mrs Sarah Squires - Cleaner in Charge

I have been at Ringstead school for approximately five years. In my spare time I like to canoe and go for bike rides on our tandem, both have taken us on many long-distance adventures. We also have a mad Border collie called Holly and love taking her for walks. I have, with my husband, been playing in a local folk band Ock'n'Dough for 35 years and this has taken us all over the UK. We are also part of the committee who organise the Raunds Music Festival. We have two grown-up sons who both attended Ringstead and two lovely grandchildren who we love to spend time with.

Mrs Dace Fisher - Cleaner