Kemble Primary School
I love my job and feel so lucky to be the head teacher of two wonderful schools. My passion is for every child to love coming to school and do their very best. My job is making sure that children have a wonderful fun place to grow and develop, a place where they are safe and can learn about the world. I aim to provide teachers with all they need so they can offer fun and aspirational lessons that capture imagination and enthuse pupils. A happy child will always do well.
I have always loved education and started my career in Oxfordshire teaching a nursery class in a small girl’s prep school with my Montessori teaching diploma. Holiday times were spent as a nanny. When I moved to Gloucestershire I decided to qualify for the state system and gained a first class honours degree at Cheltenham. I have taught across the primary age range at Cirencester Infant School and then as a deputy at Nailsworth CE Primary School. My first headship took me out of county for 9 years to Lydiard Millicent in Wiltshire and in 2015 brought me back to the Kemble & Siddington federation.
In my free time I love to garden, entertain friends and with Mr Dougill – drive fast cars and shoot clays! I always end my day tucked up with another love of mine – a good book and a cup of tea!
I have spent all my teaching career working in Gloucestershire. I am proud to have worked in such a wonderful school as Kemble for a very long time. During my time here I have taught across the whole age range but have had the privilege to have spent the majority of my time working with the reception children. It is always amazing to be able to support these individuals and watch them blossom and grow in confidence as well as seeing how much progress they make academically. We are so lucky to have such an amazing setting and grounds and I love seeing the fabulous wildlife and nature we have on hand which we can use to inspire our children. Working in a village school is great as all the children are so kind to each other it is like a big family with them all looking after each other.
I have been teaching since my graduation from Cardiff University and post graduate training at Liverpool University in 1993. My first position was in North London, close to where I grew up, before spending 2 years living and teaching in South Yorkshire. Having moved to the South West 12 years ago, after a short career break when my 2 boys were born, I started my teaching again at Malmesbury before joining Kemble in 2012.
Having previously only taught in larger schools, I particularly enjoy the greater time and interaction with the pupils and parents which a smaller school offers, allowing me to feel a much closer part of the local community and the chance to follow the children develop as they progress through the years.
It was always my ambition to work with children and become a primary school teacher. I have taught for over 15 years across both key stages but mainly in key stage 2 working in North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire. I have been at Kemble for over 3 years now and love working with our supportive team in this inspirational school. It is a privilege to work with such enthusiastic, well-mannered and kind children who work hard to achieve their goals. Every day has a different challenge but every day makes me smile!
After completing my teacher training course in Cardiff I moved to surrey to begin my teaching career. I spent the majority of my teaching years in Surrey, teaching in both Key Stages 1 & 2. Our family relocated to Gloucestershire in 2015 and I joined Kemble Primary School in September 2016. I feel very privileged to work in such a warm and caring school. The children are just a joy. Always polite, well-mannered and incredibly enthusiastic about their learning. Every day we have lots of fun!
I started teaching at Kemble school in 2013, after completing my teacher training in Bristol and Cardiff. Having grown up locally I am thrilled to be back in the countryside teaching in such a beautiful village school. I am delighted to be teaching Beech class and aim to make all my lessons as exciting and engaging for the children as possible to encourage them in their learning. Kemble school is a wonderful, nurturing school with enthusiastic and supportive children and staff. It is the perfect school to help children reach their full potential.
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 have worked as a Teaching Assistant at Kemble Primary school since September 2013, and prior to that I volunteered at Siddington School whilst I gained my qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. During the mornings I currently provide additional support to one of the children in Oak Class and spend my afternoons working with individual children, helping them to boost their maths skills. I love working in a school this size – we really get to know each child well. It is lovely to see how the children progress and gain confidence during their journey through school and it’s a privilege to share in their successes.
As a parent of two former pupils, a classroom volunteer and a background working in the
hospitality, catering, retail and logistics industries, I was delighted to begin my new adventure helping at Kemble Primary School following our move from Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 2007. I was touched by the incredibly warm welcome given to us from staff, parents and children alike. And remain continually enthused by the passion and commitment of all the staff and the close community spirit among the children and parents alike.
As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment with children, and I love the opportunity to think and work creatively with them. I believe every child is an individual and enjoy seeing how each child expresses their learning in so many different ways. This gives me the opportunity to be able to target the learning to their interests and passions, encouraging individuals achieve their full potential. No two days are ever the same and watching the children grow and flourish becoming passionate about learning is an absolute joy. It’s extremely gratifying to see child confidence and self-esteem grow within our small, friendly teaching environment.
I love working with all ages and am currently assisting Miss Hancock's in Beech Class and individual pupils from various classes.
Outside of school enjoy spending time indoors and outdoors, cooking/baking, walking, running and cycling.
I've been involved with Kemble Primary School in one form or another for a few years initially volunteering to listen to readers in Mrs Newton’s Oak class, then as a parent helper on school outings. I was then successful in my application to become a midday supervisor, I enjoyed my position so much but I felt as though I had more to offer and soon applied to become a class TA. My time in the first year was split between both Mrs Parmiter's Chestnut class and Miss Marlowe's Beech class. I felt very welcome in both classrooms and enjoyed my time working with the different age groups. For me there is no better satisfaction in the classroom than seeing the look of I get this I can do it on the faces of the children, knowing that I have played a part in that moment is fantastic. This year I've been working again with Beech class however this time beside Miss Hancox, and again I'm thoroughly enjoying my role. Outside of school I'm involved with South Cerney football club and manage the under 9's team. Football dominates the Peacock household on the weekends!
I have been part of the school for nearly 16 years firstly as a parent and then as a teaching assistant. I have worked both with supporting individual children and as a classroom teaching assistant. I currently work full time with the Reception children. I love being able to support the children in their social and academic journeys. I enjoy all aspects of the job but particularly the creative aspects and thinking out different ways to inspire them.
Mrs Julie Allen
Mrs Cheryl Dowling
Mrs Lauraine Cheesman
Mrs Clarissa Loveridge
Mrs Sam Savage
Mr Allyn Peacock
Mrs Stacey Bryant
Mr Allyn Peacock
Mrs Clarissa Loveridge
Ms Alex Zabialowicz
Forest School Leader
Mrs Alison Wilson
Mrs Brenda Turner
Mrs Kathy Jackson
Mrs Melissa Piesing
Ms Philippa Smith
Mrs C Dougill, Head Teacher (During Term of Office)
Mrs A Newton, Staff Governor (During Term of Office)
Miss J Lloyd - Co-opted Governor
I am proud to be current Chair of Governors of Kemble Primary and Siddington CE Primary Schools, a successful federation created to sustain the highest standards of education for the children in our two village schools. Now retired, I enjoyed a career of over thirty years in primary school education.
Mrs T Munro-Warwick - Local Authority Governor
I have been a governor of Kemble school for 10 years (Chair for 1 1/2 years) and am now part of the governing body of the Siddington and Kemble Federation. I am a retired teacher, who worked in all phases of education for a total of 25 years. My speciality is Maths and I am pleased to be able to volunteer to help with Maths at both schools. My current responsibility is as Safeguarding Governor and I am on the Standards and Performance committee.
Mrs L Elstow - Co-opted Governor
Having recently moved to Siddington, I am excited to have joined the Board of Governors for the primary schools in Siddington and Kemble. I work in emergency management and look forward to trying to apply some of my professional skills to the role, in order to get the best for Kemble and Siddington’s children. I am part of the Asset Management Committee and may take on a specific role once I get more settled.
Mr G Heathcote – Co-opted Governor
My name is Gren Heathcote. I am a parent of a child at Kemble school who is currently in year 3. I am an assistant head teacher at a local secondary school and have 13 years of teacher experience. I am passionate about students having an enjoyable school experience in an environment where they have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Mr I Smith – Parent Governor
My daughter attends Kemble Primary School and we live in Siddington, so I am delighted to be a parent governor for both schools, supporting the school leadership in delivering excellence in the educational performance of the schools and the children. I have worked in the finance sector for 30 years; I am Vice Chair of Governors; and chair the Asset Committee which oversees the financial performance of the schools and ensures that money is well spent.
Mr J Dowling – Parent Governor
I am delighted to have been a parent governor of Siddington & Kemble Primary Schools for some years, previously Chair of Finance and Vice Chair I have enjoyed every minute. My son Jacob attends Siddington Primary and I own and run a firm of architects in Cirencester and have been in business for twenty years
Mrs J Simmonds – Co-opted Governor
I have been a school governor for 14 years; first with Siddington School and now with the federation of Siddington and Kemble. I worked at Siddington School for 16 years from 1968 – 1984 in school meals which I really enjoyed. I now go up to school to listen to reading which I have been doing for about 16 years and I also go on a Tuesday morning for “Open the Book.”
Standards and Performance Asset Management SIAMs
Mr G Heathcote (Chair) Mr I Smith (Chair)
Mrs A Newton Mr J Dowling Mrs J Simmonds
Mrs J Lloyd Ms L Elstow
Mrs T Munro-Warwick
Mrs Carol Dougill
Mrs Christine Parris and Mrs Kathy Jackson
Associate members may vote on any committee where their expertise is sought but not at full governing body meetings.
Register of Interests
The Kemble Parent Group (KPG) are a super body of interested parents who organise a great many events across the school year which are designed to be fun for the children and parents as well as raise money for the school.
In the last year alone the KPG has provided new waterproofs for the children to wear during Forest School, a new flat screen TV, DVD Blu Ray player, sound bar and Apple TV for the school hall and a raft of other items that have been of fantastic benefit to the children of Kemble Primary School.
All parents are part of the KPG and so if you would like to know a little more about their work and how you can become involved please see Nikki Liddle-Peters. For a copy of the KPG minutes please see the green folder in the Lobby.
Two schools with one vision
' To have fun, do our very best and look after each other in a caring community'
Through our teaching we aim to foster the
for E's of Enthuse, Engage, Enable and Excel.
Along with our partner school, Siddington C of E Primary School, we have the following overall values which are present in every aspect of our schools:
We are very proud of how well our children achieve both academically and socially, morally and spiritually.
Below is a table which sets out the results for the children in Y2 and 6 in 2013/14 SATs tests. For a real sense of how well our children achieve and attain throughout the school you are warmly invited to visit the school and see for yourself.
If you would like to find out more about the results click on the link below.
Additional Data Tables
DfE Information to Parents - Primary School Measures
Kemble Primary School
Kemble Parents Group