Richard Dunne – Headteacher
I have been Headteacher at Ashley Church of England Primary School for over 12 years now. It only seems like yesterday that I started, but things have changed a lot during that time as we have grown from a one-form entry school of 210 children to a growing school of 480 children. Every day is different in my role as Headteacher and it is never boring! I love leading the school, challenging and supporting staff and children to be the best they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff at Ashley and I think the children are very lucky to be in such a happy, achieving school. As many of you will know, I am passionate about sustainability and I am very proud that this school is seen as a role model of best practice in areas such as energy management and food growing. What I like best is the fact that it is the children who are responsible for leading these exciting projects of learning. I also really value our fantastic school community with lots of our parents and governors giving great support to what we do. Their commitment to the school really does make a big difference.
More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding one. And finally, when I am not at school….. I enjoy travelling, photography and spending time with my family.
Jackie Stevens – Deputy Head
Ashley Primary School is the third school that I have worked at since starting my teaching career. In my last school I held an Advanced Skills Teacher post and was fortunate to have worked in a number of Richmond schools advising and supporting other teachers in the expressive arts. I also worked as a consultant for a short time before joining Ashley School as Deputy Head. I am now in my tenth year here and have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside the dedicated and happy staff and of course the wonderful children and parents we have here. No two days in school are ever the same, and watching the children grow and flourish and become passionate about their learning is a joy to be involved in. I am the Art & Design subject leader alongside my many roles as a Deputy head. My passion is in the arts and I will take every opportunity to embed the arts in my teaching and find ways of making the classroom environment and lessons stimulating and exciting. My interests outside school include photography, swimming, badminton, pilates and cooking. I am an accredited Arts Award mentor and enjoy working with Year 6 children each year to achieve their Arts Award Explore level; an externally accredited award by Trinity College London, which I have done for the past 5 years. I enjoy looking for ways to enhance the school environment and in particular the display areas around the school. A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend the Design for Change conference in Ahmedabad, India. The experience was fabulous, particularly as I had never been to India before. Past students from the school accompanied me and another staff member to share their recent DFC projects. Design for Change projects are something that I am very passionate about and each year ensure that there are child-initiated projects running in every year group. I am lucky to have a really large family - outside school I love nothing more than spending time with them.
Tiffany Holder – Assistant Headteacher
I started teaching in 2011 after completing a BA Honours degree in Primary Teaching at St Marys University, Twickenham. For four years, I taught at a school in Ashford in Years 3 and 5 and was the coordinator of Art, Music and D&T. Prior to this, I also taught in Uganda and Northern Spain. I joined Ashley in 2015 and I can honestly say it was one of the best decisions I have ever made! I love the ethos of the school and enjoy the opportunities for creative, engaging and immersive learning with the children in Year 6. Alongside teaching in Hawk Class, I am also the English coordinator. I absolutely love this part of my job as it gives me a valid excuse to immerse myself in amazing literature, whether it's written by published authors or by the children!
Outside of school, I still enjoy learning and take every opportunity to visit historical places and museums. I am also a keen baker and try my best to recreate recipes from the Great British Bake Off, with varying degrees of success...
Maggie Rebbeck – (SENDCo) Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator
I am responsible for collaborating with teachers, teaching assistants, special needs assistants and parents to support children who may have additional or different educational needs and disabilities to the rest of their peer group. As SENDCo, I also work with many outside professionals for example Speech and Occupational Therapists, Educational Psychologists and Learning and Behaviour Support teachers, who come in to train staff and work with pupils in our school. It is a really special role as I have the privilege of working with children across the school to enhance their access to learning. I welcome meetings with parents and carers since the unique insight and experience they have is vital in planning effective provision for their children. I work in school from Mondays to Thursdays.
I am passionate about Special Education and I achieved the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination in December 2013 from Reading University. It was a real privilege to study part-time at the University, and meet and be inspired by a range of professionals and teachers who specialise in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. New legislation in Special Needs comes into force from September 2014, and so there have been further opportunities within Surrey to deepen my knowledge of this area. As part of my role in school I am organising various parent information sessions. In the Autumn term there will be a parents’ evening on Autistic Spectrum Disorder. I also organise clinic sessions in school for parents who wish to seek advice from our Home School Link Worker, Nicky Sutherland.
Katy Luxford – Reception, Rabbit Class - EYFS Leader
This is my seventh year both in teaching and at Ashley School. I love teaching in Rabbit class, and really enjoy seeing the benefits that a creative curriculum allows. In the EYFS, our children are free to learn the way that they choose, both inside and out and our new astroturf and canopy are really maximising our outdoor learning.
I have a big passion for drama and the arts and have facilitated many workshops for children, young adults and those with special needs. I feel that music and performance is essential in an infant classroom as it helps to engage, entertain and capture the children's imaginations. I am pleased to be working with Miss Maybury again this year who always brings lots of new and exciting ideas to the team. Outside of school I enjoy meeting up with friends, going out to eat, and going to the gym (I have enjoyed a fair few classes now with some of you parents!) My favourite sporting hobby is skiing as I find there is no better way to switch off than whizzing down a snowy mountain– not to mention eating all the Swiss cheese!
I am currently in my seventh year working at Ashley School and I love it! It’s the best school I have worked in by far. At Ashley I have taught Reception and Year 2.
I feel very fortunate to be spending my days teaching such enthusiastic and fun young people, and am thankful every day that I love my job. My favourite moments are those that are normally not planned; the fancy dancing to the tidy up music, the reading aloud to the teddies and the awe and wonder of discovering something new.
When I’m not at school I am Mummy to my 2 young children. My daughter Niamh was born a week early on the last day of the autumn term in 2012. Luckily I had already started my maternity leave, otherwise that would have been a dramatic last day! My son Jos arrived In January 2015. They keep me busy and I love to take them swimming, to the park and playing at home.
Ashley School is a happy place to be and I am extremely proud to be part of the team.
I have worked at Ashley school since 2014. I share the role of reception teacher in Hedgehog class with Lisa Atkinson and love working in Early Years. Starting school is such a special time for children and their families and we work hard to make the transition as smooth as possible. I love to see the curiosity of children and to provide opportunities for their confidence to grow as they explore our world. It is a pleasure to encourage them to ask questions and to open their eyes to learning opportunities. The progress during their first year at school is huge.
In 2015, I had the opportunity to work with our SENDCo, Maggie Rebbeck, to gain the National Award for SEN Coordination qualification. I enjoyed the challenge of thinking about individual needs and how to meet them including working with parents, staff and utilising specialist support.
One of the many special things about Ashley school is the sense of purpose and teamwork among staff. It's a pleasure to be part of that.
This is my third year at Ashley School and already I’m delighted to be part of such a positive and caring team. The school’s strong values radiate throughout.
Having completed a degree in combined science, I spent ten years in the water industry before being drawn to teaching after having my own children. I have spent the last five years in a pre-school in East Molesey and I’m now really pleased to be doing my NQT year as a reception teacher in Squirrel Class. I love teaching young children and it’s a privilege to help them grow and develop their enquiring minds.
Out of school, I love anything to do with the outdoors, especially mountain biking, walking, paddle boarding and travelling in our family camper van.
YEAR ONE TEAM
I have been teaching for seven years and really enjoy how no day is the same when teaching. I started my teaching career in an infant school in Hounslow where I taught Year Two followed by Year One. After four very happy years there, I decided to go on an adventure and travelled the world for 5 months. After coming back from travelling, I joined a small one form entry school in Colnbrook teaching Year One and leading P.E and Science. I then took on my biggest adventure yet of becoming a mum. As well as looking after my little boy, I enjoy going out with friends and exploring new locations.
Name: Rosie Osborne
Years Teaching: 2
School Responsibilities: Year 1 Class teacher (Frog class) and Mindfulness.
Likes: Family, friends, Italian food, coffee, sunny weather, beach holidays, kind gestures, fine wines, music, museums, parks and days out with my two sons.
Dislikes: Mustard, bad manners, rain, traffic, dishonesty.
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, cross stitch, reading and interior design.
Hero: My Grandma
Favourite Quote: "Where there is love there is life" Gandhi
YEAR TWO TEAM
I am very excited to be in my 9th year of teaching at Ashley Primary School in Year 2 Fox Class. Within the school I am KS1 Phase leader and maths subject leader with Mrs Athersuch Cadman in the Juniors. I am really enjoying using all the resources we have just invested in such as Numicon.
We work together closely in Year 2 to ensure a positive and safe learning environment for the children. A high expectation of the children is a priority of ours and we strive to enable them to achieve their full potential. I thoroughly enjoy the topic based learning we have at Ashley which enables me to be creative with the curriculum to provide a relevant yet fun learning experience for the children. As I studied Drama and Theatre Arts, I try to incorporate lots of drama activities in our learning. Out of school I love baking cakes and goodies and as a result I enjoy going to lots of different exercise classes- yoga and body pump being a current favourite. I am fascinated with history and try to get as much use out of my National Trust membership as I can.
I’m looking forward to contributing to the future of Ashley Primary as we grow and to develop my teaching career in this outstanding school.
Name: Sonja Holden
Years Teaching: 18
School Responsibilities: Geography and Cooking
Likes: Well behaved children, tidiness, holidays and dinosaurs!!!
Dislikes: Noise, rain, bad handwriting and liver.
Hobbies: Cooking, reading, golfing, skiing and snowboarding, exercising and socialising.
Hero: My mum…
Favourite Quote: If you want a job done properly…. do it yourself!
I started my teaching career in a small village school in Hilmarton, Wiltshire where I taught a mixed Reception/Year One class. After three years I moved to Surrey and was Key Stage One Leader and ICT Leader at Grovelands Infant School for six years, teaching Years One and Two. Then in September 2011 I joined Ashley School as Infant Leader and Year Two teacher. What attracted me to Ashley is the sense of community and how the children and staff across the school look out for each other. I feel very privileged to work in such a dynamic school that always provides the best for children’s education and well-being.
At Ashley my curriculum role is ICT which I love to teach as it engages children in other areas of the curriculum that they may not be interested in. There have been huge developments in ICT over the past few years at Ashley and it has been exciting to be a part of a great team driving this forward.
I work Wednesday afternoon - Friday which allows me to spend time with my two children on my days off. Outside of my school life I also love to volunteer and when I have a free moment I help with pack holidays for 1st Oatlands Brownies, help with various family activities at St Mary’s Church in Oatlands and at a local toddler group. I also enjoy eating out with friends, going to the theatre, comedy, cinema and skiing, though these activities take place far less now that we have two children. Instead I am more likely to be seen at the park, swimming pool or a farm!
YEAR THREE TEAM
Name: Yolanda Ready
Years Teaching: 8
School Responsibilities: Year 3 leader, Curriculum leader for ICT in KS2 and Art and Design
Likes: Anything to do with art, relaxing with friends and family, going for a nice long walk and sightseeing on a city break!
Dislikes: Bad manners, litter and my husband taking ages on DIY projects!
Hobbies: Upcycling furniture for my home, drawing, sketching and sewing
Hero: Roald Dahl - his ability to write stories and characters that took you on amazing journeys is so inspiring and one of the reasons I love teaching English
Favourite Quote: "You can't go back and change the beginning; but you can start where you are and change the ending." C S Lewis
I started teaching in 1999, working in 2 primary schools in Richmond upon Thames, teaching Years 3, 4. and 6. Following that, I took a few years off to have a family before returning to teach one to one privately. I am now in my eighth year at Ashley where I have taught Reception through to Year 5. I am thoroughly enjoy teaching Year 3 and am looking forward to the challenges of the Year 3 residential to Sayers Croft. At Ashley my curriculum role is Health and Wellbeing, a subject that is of great importance and very interesting. I was part of the very first Healthy Schools initiative back in 2000.
I was born and brought up in Cornwall and my true passion is the sea. I enjoy going back with my family as often as possible to surf, kayak, body board and explore the coastal paths. My children who were all lucky enough to go to Ashley keep me very busy. At the weekends I cherish our time together and love being outdoors with them. I especially enjoy watching my youngest play football and spending time with my daughters which usually involves shopping!
YEAR FOUR TEAM
I have been teaching at Ashley School for over 16 years! In that time I have taught all the year groups in the juniors. I thoroughly enjoy going on the residential trip to Sayers Croft in year 3 and enjoyed the challenge of Bude in Year 5! I have responsibility for science across KS2, as well as assessment and student teachers.
I enjoy music, singing and dancing and have loved coordinating the Junior Christmas Production for the past few years. I also love science and have tried to share this passion through science clubs and Funky Friday activities.
Name: Charlotte Higginson
Years Teaching: As an NQT, this will be my first year teaching at Ashley.
School Responsibilities: I am super excited to be a part of the Year 4 team, teaching in Swan class!
Likes: I have spent the last three years studying and completing a BA Honours degree in Primary Teaching, with QTS, at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. In my third year at St Mary’s I chose to specialise in English, due to the passion and love I have for the subject. I am also partial to some travelling, I love to go anywhere I can find the sun and a beautiful beach. Bondi, in Sydney has to have been one of my favourites!
Dislikes: Spiders!!!! I absolutely cannot stand spiders… or wasps!
Hobbies: Outside of school, I enjoy baking, my best being white chocolate brownies. I also love to play netball, it has been my favourite sport since primary school, where I take the position of WA.
Hero: David Attenborough. I absolutely love how hard he has and still is working for wildlife and the environment. His enthusiasm for nature is amazing!
Quote: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
YEAR FIVE TEAM
Name: Mrs A
Years Teaching: This will be my eighth year teaching and sixth year at Ashley.
School Responsibilities: Deputy DSL, KS2 Leader, Maths Coordinator, ICT/Website Coordinator, Play Coordinator
Likes: Technology, the outdoors, unicorns
Dislikes: Misplacing pens and dirty washing
Hobbies: Walking my dog, crochet and camping (often with 20 Cubs in tow!)
Hero: Mary Poppins - "If there's a job that must be done, find the element of fun!"
Favourite Quote: “Not all who wander are lost" and "Take only memories and leave only footprints"
This is my first year at Ashley and I am very excited to be joining the Owl Class in Year 5. Before starting at Ashley I completed my undergraduate degree in Law at the University of Exeter. During this time I was given the opportunity to study at Berkeley University, San Francisco for a term which was an unforgettable experience. I then went onto complete my PGCE at the University of Cambridge. During my time there Mr Dunne gave a speech about Ashley and I was drawn to the school’s values and ethos. I am now eager to get started with the Year 5 learning enquiries and am especially looking forward to the Year 5 trip to Bude!
Outside of school, I love to visit museums and galleries, my favourite being the Natural History Museum. I also have a passion for tennis and enjoy playing whenever I can. On the weekends I really enjoy baking, my speciality being coffee cake.
YEAR SIX TEAM
Name: Miss Orchin
Years Teaching: This will be my second year teaching at Ashley school and I am excited for a new year and a new set of opportunities and challenges!
School Responsibilities: First and foremost, I teach in Year 6. I’m also RE and worship co-ordinator for the school.
Likes: Fairy lights, train journeys, noisy clocks, illustrations in children’s books, meeting new people and re-reading books I’ve already read.
Dislikes: When your sock slips down inside your shoe, Negative Nellies, arriving late to the cinema and missing the previews, over ripe bananas.
Hobbies: I love walking, sightseeing, reading and going to the theatre.
Hero: Former First Lady Michelle Obama- what a woman.
Favourite Quote: “Always be a little kinder than necessary” - J.M. Barrie.
As a Newly Qualified Teacher, I am very excited to be starting my teaching career at Ashley Primary School and joining the Year 2 team in Badger Class. After visiting Ashley during my PGCE year at the University of Cambridge, I was so taken by the school’s strong sense of community and values, particularly the school’s dedication to teaching children about the importance of finding a sustainable future. I am really looking forward to embedding this into my own teaching practice and continuing my professional development at Ashley.
Before starting my teacher training, I completed my BA in English and History at the University of Lincoln. I have a great passion for history, literature and art and I love how the creativity of Ashley’s curriculum allows the children to explore these subjects in unique and inspiring ways. With the Great Fire of London, Traditional Tales and Dinosaurs coming up this year, I am extremely excited about the learning enquiries we will be exploring in Year 2!
Outside of school I enjoy travelling, meeting up with friends and family and camping. My passion for history also means I love visiting historical sites across the U.K as often as I can.