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School Staff

Within Kirk Fenton there are many people, both teachers and non-teachers, who work in and around the school to help make it a safe and friendly place in which the children can develop and play.

Teachers work hard to ensure that children learn in a fun and exciting way. Whilst teaching assistants are there to help support the teachers and children in whatever way is needed.


 

Karen Williams

Headteacher

I was a late starter into teaching having spent several years working in the finance industry. I took some time off with my youngest child and started out as a parent helper in my son's school. The staff there encouraged me to take up teaching so I went back to college to complete a PGCE 17 years ago. Since then I have taught in a range of primary schools from leafy lane to deep inner city and worked my way up through the ranks to become a Head Teacher in 2014. I joined Kirk Fenton as Head in January 2018 and am enjoying working with a great staff team and super children and families.

Mrs Claire Turner

Deputy Head Teacher

Having studied in Liverpool, I started my teaching career on the Wirral. Looking for a challenge and an adventure I moved to South Korea, where I initially taught English to Koreans of all ages just outside the capital city of Seoul. I then moved to the southern port city of Busan where I taught children from all over the world at the International School.

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of living in another country and took full advantage of my time there, traveling around the country (World Cup 2002 being one of many highlights!) as well as visiting many wonderful places around Asia. I miss Korean food a lot, especially their national dish of kimchi (fermented pickled cabbage! Yum!). After five very exciting years in Asia, I moved back to my roots in Yorkshire.

I have taught at Kirk Fenton since 2009 and love being part of such a wonderful community. When I am not at school, I am extremely busy with the happiest and most challenging chapter of life so far....being mum to my two amazing little boys.

Teachers

Miss Kate Hutchinson

EYFS Teacher (SENCO)

Hello, I'm Miss Hutchinson. I was born in Whitby and grew up in the area. I love living on the east coast and still go back every weekend and in the school holidays to see friends and family and spend time on the beautiful coastline.

My first degree was in Contemporary 3D Crafts in York, where I specialised in glass. I spent three years creating and designing stained glass panels, slumped and fused glass bowls and jewellery. My house now seems to resemble a craft gallery though as I cannot bear to part with any of my creations!

I also completed a BTEC Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development, alongside my degree and then went on to do a PGCE in Lower Primary and a Masters.

In September 2011, I was lucky enough to start my career as a teacher and join the fantastic team at Kirk Fenton CE Primary School.

Miss Amy Hugill

EYFS Teacher

Hello, I’m Miss Hugill. I was born in York, and have lived on the outskirts all my life. I love York and all the character it has to offer. I attended York St John University to complete my BA Hons Primary Education Degree; during my degree I also completed an Early Years Specialism.  

In May 2015 I completed my Degree and began working as a Supply Teacher. During this time I was lucky enough to visit Kirk Fenton, and loved the friendly atmosphere and enthusiastic children. I am thrilled I have been given the opportunity to work full time at Kirk Fenton.

Mrs Sarah Darling

EYFS Teacher

Hello, I’m Mrs Darling. I moved to York in February 2018. When | was a little girl, I always said that I wanted to be a teacher. My dream came true when I qualified in 2007. I think teaching is such a rewarding job and I love to watch the children progress throughout the year. I have worked at two Primary schools in Bradford before joining Kirk Fenton in September 2018. At my previous school I was part of leadership team and developed reading and phonics across the school curriculum. Three years ago I made the decision to work part-time due to becoming a mother.

Out of school I have two amazing children who keep me very busy. I enjoy keeping fit and often go running or swimming.

Miss Gemma McHale

Year 1 Teacher

I have always wanted to be a teacher, when I was younger I used to show my younger brother and sister things that I had learnt at school and make them practise colours and counting! I am from Leeds but love travelling so before University I travelled around Europe, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. During my degree, which I took at Nottingham University, I spent time in Uganda and the Dominican Republic helping to build classrooms and houses and distributing food and aid.

I worked for the Police in order to save up to return to University and study to be a teacher. My first teaching job was at a North Yorkshire school where I taught the Reception class. I decided to become a supply teacher in order to gain more experience and I was lucky enough to get to come to Kirk Fenton a lot! Kirk Fenton is such a special school and I was thrilled to be able to teach here full time this year.

I am passionate about fitness and when I am not busy at school I teach and participate in gym classes in York. I love animals and spend the rest of my time looking after my 2 cheeky bunny rabbits.

Mrs Kerry Fitzpatrick

Year 2 Teacher

It was on a University year abroad where I got my first experience of teaching after working in a small bilingual school in Zaragoza, Spain. After completing my degree I decided to combine my love of travel and teaching and moved across the world to South Korea to teach English. I fell in love with the country, people and food so much that I ended up staying for a couple of years. Before settling back in the UK I was lucky enough to travel through most of Asia and South America (Philippines and Bolivia being particular highlights!). I always knew I would settle in York one day and completed my Masters degree, worked in numerous local schools and met my future husband all in the space of three years - wow! After a very successful year working towards my PGCE I can't wait to get stuck into teaching and all the exciting opportunities at Kirk Fenton.

Mrs Catherine Savage

Year 2 Teacher

Mrs Phil Anderson

Year 3/4 Hedwig Teacher

My name is Philippa Anderson I have been a KS 2 teacher at Kirk Fenton for three and a half years.

I have been a teacher for 26 years and have 3 children of my own.

I love to sing and have been in several bands; but Jazz is my genre. I play the flute and have travelled around Europe in an orchestra. I am passionate about reading and promote the importance it has on writing. I write poetry and love drama.

Mrs Dawn O'Connor

Year 3/4 Hedwig Teacher

I began my teaching career in 1998, working as a KS2 teacher in a Primary School in Barnsley. Developments in my career led to working alongside the PHSE Advisor in Barnsley LA, to develop new long term plans for PSHCE which were endorsed by the Authority and used in all Barnsley schools. I have undertaken extra qualifications completing the ‘Certification of PSHE’ and have worked as a lead teacher for PSHCE and also SEAL in North Yorkshire. I have worked on schools leadership teams and became a TLR holder, whilst continuing to teach within Key stage 2 classrooms. 

It was at this point in my career I became a mum to two children and decided to work part time to allow precious time to spend with my own children as they grow up. I am very proud to work for Kirk Fenton Primary school and enjoy working in the classroom to develop a love for learning within all children. I have continued my own professional development by completing the level 5 PE specialism course in 2017.

Mrs Claire Turner

Year 3/4 Errol Teacher

Having studied in Liverpool, I started my teaching career on the Wirral. Looking for a challenge and an adventure I moved to South Korea, where I initially taught English to Koreans of all ages just outside the capital city of Seoul. I then moved to the southern port city of Busan where I taught children from all over the world at the International School.

I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of living in another country and took full advantage of my time there, traveling around the country (World Cup 2002 being one of many highlights!) as well as visiting many wonderful places around Asia. I miss Korean food a lot, especially their national dish of kimchi (fermented pickled cabbage! Yum!). After five very exciting years in Asia, I moved back to my roots in Yorkshire.

I have taught at Kirk Fenton since 2009 and love being part of such a wonderful community. When I am not at school, I am extremely busy with the happiest and most challenging chapter of life so far....being mum to my two amazing little boys.

Mrs Emma Bembridge

Year 5 Teacher

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a teacher. My mum says that I used to line up my teddies and pretend to play schools.

I grew up in Scarborough so chose to go to University there too. I loved living at the seaside and I visit Scarborough often as my family still live there. Once qualified I moved to Kirklees where I got my first teaching job. I have been lucky enough throughout my career to teach children from Reception to Year 6.

Outside of school, my husband and I are kept super busy by our twin daughters. We enjoy being outdoors and love camping and walking. We have a bright red campervan so our aim this year is to explore more of our beautiful country in 'Cherry'.

I also love animals and have a pet dog called Lilo and a guinea pig called Hannah.

Mrs Rebecca Cameron

Year 6 Teacher

Hello. I’m Mrs Cameron and I am the year 6 teacher at Kirk Fenton. Before I became a teacher I spent 15 years working in our family shop selling lots of things for cars and bikes.

What I really wanted to do though was work in a school so, I came to work at Kirk Fenton as a teaching assistant in EYFS. I really loved working with such fantastic staff and children and was very sad to leave when, after 3 years, I decided to fulfil my dream of being a teacher. After spending a year at York St. John University doing my teacher training I was lucky enough to get a job teaching back at Kirk Fenton.

I live in a village not too far away with my teenage daughters and husband who all keep me very busy! When I can I like to go walking, running and cycling. We all like to eat out and my daughters try and persuade me to take them shopping as often as they can!

Teaching Assistants

Mrs Jo Hookham

Teaching Assistant

I am originally from a village on the outskirts of Bradford and moved to Pontefract in 2001 after I met my husband.

I spend a lot of my time in Scotland with my family. We enjoy exploring the many miles of forest trails and lovely beaches. We love to go on wildlife walks looking for birds, deer and lots of other wildlife including the elusive Adder and Natterjack Toad.

Some of my other interests include watching Rugby League, in particular Leeds Rhinos. I also really enjoy watching World Superbikes and Moto GP. My favourite rider is Valentino Rossi (Wold Superbike champion).

I became a TA in 2007 after being a parent volunteer at my children’s school. I found I very much enjoyed working with the children and became a qualified TA in 2008. I see myself in this role for a long time to come.

Mrs Jacqui Lynn

Teaching Assistant

I have been at Kirk Fenton School for over 14 years and I have enjoyed working in all the Key Stages.

My interests include looking after my many animals. These include a Weimaraner dog called Kim, 3 Egyptian Mau cats and a recently acquired brood of various types of chickens and Japanese quail.

As you can imagine I have a very busy, but enjoyable life.

Mrs Carol Evans

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Satu Dobby

Teaching Assistant

Miss Lydia Graham

Teaching Assistant

This is my first job since finishing my college course in June 2015, I studied ‘Children’s Care, Learning and Development’ at York college where I completed various placements that allowed me to gain experience with working with children. I am loving my time at Kirk Fenton School but I can’t believe how quick the days go! The children are friendly, independent and enthusiastic and I have been made to feel very welcome by both children and staff. During my spare time I enjoy baking, spending time with my friends and during the summer months I enjoy going to music festivals with my sister and friends. During my time at Kirk Fenton I hope to develop my knowledge and skills further whilst making some lovely memories on the way.

Mrs Judith Mawson

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Doranne Beresford

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Siobhan Bamforth

Outdoor Learning Lead

This is my ninth year at Kirk Fenton and second year leading outdoor learning.  I absolutely love being outdoors, even in the cold as I always have the right clothes on!  I am really lucky as I get to work with all of the children across the whole school and no day is ever the same.  Children think of outdoor learning as fun and exciting so they are always keen to be learning outdoors.  I truly believe in the many benefits of learning in a natural environment and think that the children and staff in our school are really fortunate to have such beautiful surrounding to learn in.  The outdoors provides such a ever changing stimulating learning environment which the children find really memorable thus making my job really rewarding and enjoyable. 

When I am not at work I am usually at home with two wonderful daughters who are 16 and 13 and husband.  We also have a dog, Toby, who is very energetic and fun who I love to take on walks especially first thing on a crisp cold morning!

Mrs Claire Thandi

HL Teaching Assistant

I trained at Trinity & All Saints to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Level 4

I have worked in a nursery setting working one to one with a child suffering from Down’s Syndrome.

My jobs within the same school setting for the last 12 years has had me work with SEND pupils with varying needs.

As a Higher Level Teaching Assistant covering Planning Preparation and Assessment (P.P.A.) time I have had the opportunity to work across all the key stages and therefore watched children blossom along their school journey.

I am really passionate about my role and try to make learning exciting and fun to help every individual to

acquire the skills and knowledge needed to become a successful learner.

I am married with four sons and four grandchildren. I have two dogs called Pippa and Milly and lots of fish both in tanks and pond.

I like to go in my caravan as much as possible and walk my dogs.

When we visit our home in India I love to go to the village school and involve myself with their learning without the resources that we have in our schools.

Miss Sarah Bingley

Teaching Assistant

Hello, I am Miss Bingley and I make up 1/5 of the Early Years team!
I enjoy baking, running and painting.
I have been working with children for six years now.
I have a level 3 in ‘Children’s Care, Learning and Development’.
I am currently studying part-time at the university of Leeds, towards a Foundation Degree in ‘Learning and Teaching'

Mrs Karen Parnaby

Teaching Assistant

Administrative Staff

Mrs Bev Hathaway

Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining Kirk Fenton School in 2013, I was a Bikeability Instructor – visiting primary schools in Selby and the surrounding areas to teach Y5/6s safe cycling on the roads.

I have also worked in Denmark, Nottingham and London before moving up to Yorkshire to join the marketing department at Leeds Bradford International Airport.

I love spending time with my husband, teenage children and dog Millie.

I also enjoy reading, crocheting and cycling.

Mrs Jo Mc Keating

School Administrator

Prior to joining the Kirk Fenton team I was a stay at home mum with my 2 girls for ten years. During this time I was the treasurer of our village playgroup and mums and tots group for over 5 years. I have been a Governor at our village Primary School since 2009 and am actively involved in village life taking part in our annual pantomime and murder mystery evenings.

Before becoming a mum I worked at a Chartered Accountants in Leeds preparing financial accounts for small businesses and sole traders.

I enjoy going for long walks in the countryside with my family, going to the theatre and reading.

Dinner Staff

Miss Sarah Bingley

Hello, I am Miss Bingley and I make up 1/5 of the Early Years team!
I enjoy baking, running and painting.
I have been working with children for six years now.
I have a level 3 in ‘Children’s Care, Learning and Development’.
I am currently studying part-time at the university of Leeds, towards a Foundation Degree in ‘Learning and Teaching'

Mrs Satu Dobby

I was born in Germany because my father was in the Armed Forces and he was based there for 8 years. I returned to the UK with my family when I was 9 months old and was raised in Leeds where I lived and worked as a Legal Secretary until my recent move to Church Fenton. I have one daughter and two cats. We chose Church Fenton to move to after visiting the school and deciding this was a great school for our daughter to attend, as we loved the ethos and values the school instils in its pupils. I am an avid reader and love spending time reading. When I am not reading I am often to be found baking.

I joined the school in 2018 as a Midday Supervisor and am now enjoying my position as a Teaching Assistant. I am looking forward to the new challenges and learning this will bring.

Mrs Jenny Vale

Kitchen Staff

Mrs Jo Langdon

Kitchen Staff

Mrs Helen Harrison

Kitchen Staff

Cleaner

Caretaker

Mrs June Walker

Cleaner

Mrs Teresa Whyte

Caretaker