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 / PE Coordinator

Teachers

 

 

I joined Ringstead in 2020 among all the chaos that Covid-19 brought us. Through such a difficult time, filled with uncertainty, the staff at Ringstead made me feel welcomed and safe. I am so excited to have joined a team who have demonstrated how dedicated they are to the care and nurture of the children in the Ringstead community.
Outside of school, you will either find me forcing myself through a run, or with a cup of tea and my nose in a book! I am passionate about reading for pleasure, and sharing the love of a good book.  Please do come and join me for a chat about what you’re reading on the playground so that we can swap recommendations.
I have two, usually lovely, cats who provide me with hours of entertainment, cuddles and muddy paw prints! If they’re not making a mess, my son will have covered our house with Lego, magazines and paint!
I’m really looking forward to meeting more of you and getting to know everyone during my time at Ringstead.
 
Miss Gemma Gascoine
Penguin Class Teacher / Assistant Head teacher / English lead / Art lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I joined Ringstead in 2020 after having my first child and have thoroughly enjoyed coming back to the school, having worked here a few years ago.

 

Mrs Kayleigh Minards

Panda Class Teacher (part time) / Science lead

 

I joined Ringstead School in April 2015 and love teaching here! 

I am a big animal-lover and live with three cats. I also am really into anything to do with technology - the TV and film industry, gaming consoles, anything to do with computers etc... Usually, I am found trying to keep up to date with the latest Disney or Marvel films, and my current favourite Disney film is Frozen (of course...!)

I enjoy going to the gym to try to keep myself fit and also play two musical instruments: guitar and saxophone. I am part of a worship band at church where I play both of these instruments - but not both at once! Lastly, I do like to bake when I have a bit of spare time.

Mrs Jasmine Shaw

Panda Class Teacher (part time) / SENCo / ICT Coordinator

 

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 Coordinator

 

I joined Ringstead Primary School in September 2019 after being struck by the 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 Leader

HLTAs and Teaching Assistants

 

 

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

 

 

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 having 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 - Panda 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 - Penguin 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.
 
Our discussions will be dealt with confidentially, although concerns relating to the safeguarding of children will always be dealt with in accordance with the school's Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.
 
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 - Lion class 

Family Support Worker

 

Administrative Staff

 

Hello, I’m Mrs Whatling and have worked part-time as School Bursar working on all things Finance and Personnel at Ringstead since 2008.  However, I’ve also worked in Admin. in two previous schools since 1992, and before that, I was a Personal Assistant to the Managing Director at Scott Bader, an international chemical company based locally.

Always having lived in Northamptonshire means I love everything to do with the countryside, from walking, biking, and when I have the time – horseriding.  At the top of my list of other interests is spending family time with my husband and our two sons (although our youngest son is a policeman living and working in Surrey) - also I love spending time with our two young grandsons.  I also enjoy caravanning, gardening, baking, reading and crocheting.

Mrs Julia Whatling

School Bursar

 

 

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
 

 

I've been at Ringstead School since 2013. I started as the Cleaner in Charge and then two years ago became the site supervisor. I enjoy working with Dace and Sarah and I have a good rapport with the rest of the staff. In my spare time I enjoying working on my allotment, watching sport and reading but most of all I enjoy spending time with our grandchildren.

Mr Matthew Doyle - 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