Staff

Principal

Mrs Perkins – Designated Safeguarding (DSL)

Graduating as a primary school teacher in 1994 Mrs Perkins began her career in England then taught in international schools in Tanzania and Malaysia. Returning to the UK in 2002 she gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and became Executive Headteacher of two Church of England schools. Prior to joining Lambourn Mrs Perkins was Principal of a large international primary school in Vietnam. She is passionate about supporting children to achieve their full potential and working with the school community and families to enable every child to be the best they can be.

Originally from Yorkshire, Mrs Perkins is married with two children at university. In her spare time she enjoys singing in choirs, crafting, travelling and exploring the great outdoors.

Teaching Staff

Miss Cupit – Vice Principal, Y6 teacher, Subject Leader Maths

Miss Cupit joined Lambourn in 2013 and has taught most year groups, she has also taken on additional responsibilities including Interim Principal and Special educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo).  In addition to teaching year six she is also Vice Principal with particular responsibility for pupil premium and looked after children. Miss Cupit is a maths specialist and leads across Excalibur Academies Trust working with the nine primary schools in the multi academy trust supporting  schools in improving  teaching and learning in maths by sharing best practice to raise standards.

Mr Perkins

Mr Perkins – Y5 Teacher

A teacher for 30 years Mr Perkins thoroughly enjoys the challenge of making learning interesting. He has taught in a wide variety of schools in Wales,  Africa, Malaysia, England, Thailand and Vietnam,  ranging from a 600 pupil, local education authority school in Rhyl to a small 120 pupil, International School in Vietnam. He enjoys teaching science and maths but technology and history are big favourites too. Helping children to learn and to reach their full potential is  something Mr Perkins really values; his aim is to see actual progress in every child.

Mrs Findlay – Y4 Teacher, Subject Leader Computing & Music, School Choir

Mrs Findlay started at Lambourn as a teaching assistant in 2011 and qualified as a teacher in 2019. Completing her initial teacher training with Y5 and Y6 she now teaches Y4 with additional responsibility for computing and music including leading the school choir.

Outside of school, she is a qualified swimming teacher and coach at Marlborough Penguins and can be found poolside several times each week, coaching the development squad.

Miss Caswell – Y3 Teacher, Subject Leader Science

Graduating from Plymouth University Miss Caswell joined Lambourn in 2018 a newly qualified teacher. During her time at Lambourn she has had additional responsibilities including history and geography, and is now the science subject leader. She has also been involved in developing the school’s mastery approach in maths.

Having grown up on a farm Miss Caswell is passionate about using the wonderful outdoor environment at Lambourn to enhance the learning experiences for our children.

Mrs Leon – Y2 Teacher, Subject Leader Phonics

As subject leader for phonics Mrs Leon has been instrumental in the introduction, training and monitoring of the delivery of the Read, Write Inc. Phonics Programme supporting teachers and TAs in delivering daily sessions to develop early reading, writing and comprehension, and interventions to support reading and writing through creative, fun and engaging lessons. During her time as a teacher, she has had additional responsibilities including maths lead, literacy lead and PE coordinator. As a French speaker, Mrs Leon has taken on the curriculum area of French. Passionate about teaching; Mrs Leon loves being in the classroom where she can inspire children to become inquisitive learners particularly in the area of creative writing.

Miss Sheppard – Y1 Teacher, Subject Leader Religious Education

In addition to teaching Y1 Miss Shepherd is the subject leader for Religious Education and the Key Stage 1 teacher participating in the teacher research group developing the school’s mastery approach in maths.

Miss Sheppard loves teaching children to be passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and is particularly interested in creative writing and art.

Miss Hudson – Foundation Stage 2 Teacher, Subject Leader History and Geography.

During a primary school teaching career spanning 20 years Miss Hudson has taught in a wide range of schools in England, America, the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. She joined Lambourn in January 2020, teaching Foundation Stage 2 and leading across the school in history and geography.

Mrs Grimwood – Foundation Stage 1 Teacher, Subject Leader Art and Design & Technology

Passionate about the education of younger children Mrs Grimwood gained the NNEB (National Nursery Education Board) qualification and then a degree in Early Years. As a class teacher her additional responsibilities include; Art and DT subject leader,  Every Child A Talker (ECAT) lead and the development of ‘In the moment’ planning which  requires adults to observe and interact with children as they pursue their own interests; assessing and moving the learning on that moment.

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Mrs Lake – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL). Pastoral Support Worker (PSW), Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

Mrs Lake fulfils a number of linked roles across the school with a focus on children’s wellbeing. As the lead ELSA she plans and implements support intervention for pupils.  Through pastoral support she supports children’s wellbeing in addition to supporting parents/carers which includes parenting programmes and workshops to improve parental engagement with the school. As deputy safeguarding lead she attends multi-agency; ensures plans are implemented and liaises with children’s services. Monitoring and working with families on improving attendance is also part of her role.

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Mrs Tovey Cooke – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCo)

Mrs Tovey Cooke is responsible for ensuring that the needs of children with additional needs are met within the school. This includes assessing, planning and implementing targeted curriculums that include interventions and additional provision. She also works with families to support and advise on strategies that work at home and at school.

Teaching Support Staff

Mrs Womersley – Y6 TA, Breakfast Club Supervisor, School Council

Since joining Lambourn in 2017 Mrs Womersley has worked in Key Stage 2. Mrs Womersley also facilitates the School Council, a group of pupils, elected by their classmates who work on projects to improve their school environment. They have created a sensory garden and more recently established a successful campaign to reduce energy consumption. Mrs Womersley also provides Breakfast Club cover and is an active member of the PTA; currently co-secretary and a trustee. Mrs Womersley is passionate about working in Lambourn Primary and recently achieved HLTA status which she intends to use to aide learning, supporting both the children and her colleagues.

Mrs Lawson – Y5, 1:1 support, Working Parents Provision

Joining the school in 2019 Mrs Lawson currently works with Y6 providing 1:1 assistance to support progress towards identified outcomes. She supports learning within the classroom in her capacity as class teaching assistant in addition to delivering small group and 1:1 intervention programmes to support pupil learning.

Mrs Smith – Y5 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

A member of Lambourn’s staff team since 2001 Mrs Smith has mainly worked with Key Stage 2 children. As a HLTA she works closely with class teachers to support and lead learning within the classroom and deliver targeted small group and 1:1 interventions for pupils. She also works with the SENDCo on diagnostic assessments to monitor the impact of support.

Miss Ball – Y4 Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Miss Ball has been at Lambourn for many, many happy years during which she has worked across the school. She works closely with class teachers to support and lead learning within the classroom and deliver targeted support.  She also works collaboration with the SENDCo to monitor the impact of support.

Miss Ball feels very fortunate to work in such an astounding school, inside and out, with such amazing colleagues and fabulous children.

Mrs Roe – Y3 TA

Joining Lambourn in 2014 Mrs Roe has worked mainly in Key Stage 1. She has had specialist training in the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme and delivers daily sessions to support children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension.  Mrs Roe supports learning within the classroom and delivers identified programmes to develop oracy, reading, writing and maths skills.

Linda Backhouse

Mrs Backhouse – Key Stage 2 TA

With NVQ2 and NVQ3 qualifications Mrs Backhouse has also completed training in ASD, Maths, Literacy and the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme. She has been a member of the staff team at Lambourn School since Sept 2001 and worked across all year groups from Nursery to Y6. Currently working in KS2 Mrs Backhouse is a qualified first aider and shallow pool lifeguard ( for school ) and a member of the lunch control team.

Mrs Griffin – Y2 TA, Breakfast Club Supervisor, MDSA, Working Parents Provision

Since joining Lambourn in 2016 Mrs Griffin has worked with most year groups. She leads and supports on the Read Write Phonics programme and support learning in the classroom. A qualified Paediatric First Aider and MDSA working under the direction of the Senior MDSA Mrs Griffin is a member of the team ensuring the safety and welfare of pupils at lunchtime. She also leads the breakfast club providing nutritious, healthy breakfast and options and activities to ensure children are engaged, focussed and ready for learning.

Mrs Howell – Y1 TA, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

Joining Lambourn in 2016 Mrs Howell completed the ELSA recognised training course in 2019 and has been working as an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) since September 2018. ELSA training provides the skills needed to support children with social skills, emotions, bereavement, social stories, therapeutic stories, anger management, self-esteem and counselling skills such as solution focus and friendship. Mrs Howell supports learning within the classroom and delivers identified programmes to develop oracy, early reading, writing and maths skills.

Mrs Kumar – Y1 TA 1:1 support

A member of the staff team at Lambourn School for many happy years Mrs Kumar currently works with Year 1 providing 1:1 assistance to support progress towards identified outcomes. Being trained in the Read, Write Inc. phonics programme enables her support teachers in daily sessions delivered to children to improve reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension skills. A qualified paediatric first aider Mrs Kumar supports learning in the classroom delivering programmes which develop communication skills, social skills, self-care and hygiene and emotional regulation.

Mrs Lord – Foundation Stage 2 TA, MDSA

Mrs Lord joined the school in 2011 and has worked across all Key Stages. She is trained to deliver the Read Write Inc. phonics programme leading daily sessions to improve reading skills. She supports learning in the classroom and delivers intervention programmes. A qualified Paediatric First Aider Mrs Lord is a member of the MDSA team keeping children safe and happy at lunchtime.

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Miss Bridges – Foundation Stage 2 TA

Miss Bridges works with Foundation Stage children providing support to the classroom teacher through the delivery of programmes to develop gross and fine motor-skills, oracy, early reading, writing and maths skills She is trained in the delivery of the Read Write Inc. phonics programme leading daily sessions to improve reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension. Miss Bridges is also a member of the MDSA team supervising lunchtime activities.

Mrs Gillies – Foundation Stage 1 TA, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

Mrs Gillies provides 1:1 assistance to support progress towards identified outcomes. She completed the ELSA recognised training course in 2017 and has worked as an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) in school since that time. The course teaches the skills needed to support children with social skills, emotions, bereavement, anger management, self-esteem and counselling skills. She is also a Grade 2 Braillist.  In her spare time Mrs Gillies loves listening to music, indulging in history and archaeology; she particularly enjoys reading.

Miss Hine –Two Year Old Provision, After School Club Supervisor

Miss Hine works with the youngest children proving them with the best possible start on their life-long learning journey by offering a stimulating and secure environment where they are encouraged to be independent as they explore the world around them. She plans activities to excite the children’s interest and prepare them for a smooth transition to the foundation stage of school.  Miss Hine supports learning within the classroom to enable children to develop communication skills, social skills, self-care and hygiene and emotional self-regulation.  A qualified Paediatric First Aider Miss Hine is a member of the team providing childcare beyond the school day.

Mrs Allen – School Business Manager

As part of the senior leadership team Mrs Allen assists the Principal in ensuring that the school is in a financial position to meet its educational aims. She joined the team in 2019 and manages the administrative function of the school working with the Principal to strategically ensure the most effective use of resources in support of the schools learning. Mrs Allen is principally responsible for the Financial Resource Management and Administration Management whilst also overseeing Management Information, ICT and Human Resource Management.

Mrs Williams – Finance and Admissions Officer

Mrs Williams has been a member of the staff team for the last few years, providing administrative support in order to meet the needs of the school and playing an active role in the smooth running of the school office. She carries out the administrative, clerical and financial support within the school, within the broad outlines and guidance of the Principal.  Mrs Williams is the first point of contact for all enquiries and visitors to the school.

Mrs Hanson – Admin Officer

A member of the staff team at Lambourn Primary School for the last few years Mrs Hanson provides administrative support in order to meet the needs of the school playing an active role in the smooth running of the school office.

Mr Rackham – Premises Manager

The Premises Manager at Lambourn School for over fifteen years Mr Rackham ensures that the site and grounds are maintained at all times in a safe, clean and healthy state. He manages the security of the premises and the arrangements for maintenance and servicing ensuring the water, lighting and heating of premises are functioning. Mr Rackham also supervises the cleaning of the whole site and ensures the maintenance and safe operating of the school swimming pool.

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Mrs Rackham – Senior MDSA, Cleaning Team

Mrs Rackham has worked at Lambourn School for fourteen years and is currently the Senior MDSA as well as part of the cleaning team.  As Senior MDSA she supervises children during lunchtime outdoor play ensuring their safety and wellbeing.  This includes encouraging children to interact, promoting play activities with positive values, managing behaviour and dealing promptly with conflicts and incidents in line with established policy.

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Miss Puffett – After School Club Supervisor, MDSA

Miss Puffett has looking after Lambourn’s children at lunchtime since 2013. She supervises children both in the dining hall and outside ensuring good behaviour throughout. The MDSA team actively encourage constructive play that promotes positive values helping children to take responsibility for their own behaviour.  Leading the after school activities Miss Puffett organises stimulating activities to keep the children engaged and ensures the provision of healthy, nutritious food.