Ringstead Church of England Primary School

Meet the Ringstead family...




I joined Ringstead Primary School in April 2015 because the school has a wonderful, welcoming environment.   I currently teach Owl Class and enjoy every moment of the creativity and exploration within the curriculum.  

In my spare time, I am a Flight Lieutenant within the RAF Reserves and teach Air Cadets two nights a week and often at weekends.  I am responsible for running the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and Adventure Training on my Squadron, this involves walking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, tunnelling, archery and camping to name just a few activities!  My adventures take me all over the country and have even taken me abroad to places such as Gibraltar.  I look forward to visiting many more places across the world. 

Mrs Helen Roberts

Head Teacher 












My name is Miss Bradbury and I teach Panda Class on a Monday and Tuesday. I joined Ringstead Church of England school in January 2021. I joined the school during the national pandemic, which was a very strange time for us all but the school staff made me feel very welcome and supported me with my new position.

I am lucky to join such a lovely, warm and welcoming school with a brilliant community spirit. I have always worked in large schools but I am excited to be working within a close team and getting to know all individuals within the school.

On my days off I am busy being a mum to my son and daughter. We love to explore the outdoors visiting local parks and keeping ourselves active. I enjoy going out for dinner and spending quality time with my friends and family.

Miss Becky Mallows

Panda Class Teacher (part-time) / Assistant Head / EYFS Lead 











I started at Ringstead in January 2017. I have taught in a range of schools, large and small but really prefer the family atmosphere of a small school like Ringstead.

Outside of school I love to read but I find I have to fit it around everything else I do! My favourite author changes but I am currently enjoying historical fiction books, I find the Tudors particularly interesting.

I am involved in the Air Cadets and love going on camps to different places around the country and abroad.

My Cocker Spaniel called Holly keeps me entertained, I love to go for walks and adventures with her. I also take her to some dog training classes, it teaches us both how to behave!

I can play the oboe and I am looking at joining an orchestra or concert band so I can enjoy playing with other people.

Miss Lowri Braines 

Chameleon Class Teacher / RE & Geography Subject Lead




I joined Ringstead Primary School in September 2019 after being struck by a warm and welcoming environment.  I currently teach the Lions 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 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 the eating! I like to go to different restaurants to try new things even if it sounds odd.  

Mr Aaron McKenzie-Smith

Lion Class Teacher / Maths subject Lead

I 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

HLTA - Lion Class / History Subject Lead


HLTAs and Teaching Assistants


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, 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 and going to the theatre or curling up with a good book.

Ms Jan Highmore

Teaching Assistant  - Chameleon Class 


Hi name is Miss Jones. I have two children a boy called Jake and a daughter called Chloe. I also have a dog called Frankie.

The things I like to do are painting, drawing and cooking.

I also like to read. One of my many favourite books as a child was, “The magician’s nephew”, by C.S Lewis and "The Faraway Tree" by  Enid Blyton.

Miss Sheryl Jones

Teaching Assistant - Penguin Class


I joined the Ringstead family in September 2017, I am enjoying my role within the Ringstead family. I thoroughly enjoy working across Key stage 1, In particular, I like listening to the children read, seeing them be creative, helping them learn and achieve new things,

In my spare time, I'm a Fire Cadet leader with the Northamptonshire Emergency Service Cadets and a Civilian Instructor with the RAF Air Cadets, I enjoy spending evenings and weekends helping the young people of Northamptonshire develop skills across our Emergency Services and the Royal Air Force as well as important social and life skills, When I get time I enjoy reading, going to the theatre, travelling around south-east Asia and being a massive RAF Red Arrows fan I like going to airshows.

Miss Clair Gamage

Teaching Assistant - Panda Class

I was fortunate to join the Ringstead family in 2018 following a move to Northamptonshire. Having lived in Bedfordshire for 20 years, I am thoroughly enjoying visiting many new places and of course making new friends. My role in school is to listen to your concerns and offer sensitive support to help you overcome any changes in your family’s circumstances such as bereavement, financial hardship, mental well-being or relationship issues. If required, I can help you access specialist support from a wide range of services in the local area. In addition to the advice from our teachers, I can also signpost you to services that can work with you to promote your child’s positive behaviour at home and at school.


In my spare time I like to garden, walk and read.  


For a friendly chat, contact me by telephoning the school or email me at jhickey@ringstead.northants.sch.uk


Mrs Janet Hickey

Teaching Assistant - Chameleon Class 

Family Support Worker / SENCo

Mrs Natalie Dunbar

Teaching Assistant - Panda 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 very excited to be taking on a new role of SEN TA in Lion’s class from September and looking forward to becoming a permanent member of staff.

I have a love of Art and all that’s creative! Previously painting 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, film using all the equipment and act in front of the camera. Editing film and making the 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, going on long walks with my dog and visiting the gym several times a week.

Mrs Kerry Carpenter

SEN Teaching Assistant - Lion Class

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 year 7 to year 11.

I am very excited to start my new position teaching PE 3 days a week and I am looking forward to 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. On the weekends, I enjoy going to the theatre and relaxing with family and friends.


Mrs Debbie Sanders

PE Teacher


Mrs Beverley Griffiths

Teaching Assistant - Panda Class



Administrative Staff


I have worked as School Administrator at Ringstead School for nearly nine years and thoroughly enjoy it. Over those years I have met some truely amazing parents and children alike. 

When I have some spare time I like to spend it with my two wonderful daughters.  I like baking, reading and generally relaxing.

Mrs Karen Cave

School Administrator/Lunchtime Supervisor



 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



 Site Staff







Mr Glyn Pacan - Caretaker





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

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 school and two lovely grandchildren who we love to spend time with.

Mrs Dace Fisher - Cleaner