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Jugglers, Triathletes and a Sky Diver: Meet Our New Teachers!

We are thrilled to start a new school year on August 29. On top of fantastic new students and their families, we continue to add phenomenal educators to our school community. This year, we've welcomed almost two dozen extraordinary staff members. They are creative, adventurous and full of life! Enjoy reading these fun facts about them and be sure to say "hello".

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  • “I used to have three snakes as pets, but I am terrified of them now. I spotted several when I lived in Borneo, and one got inside the house!” – Zoe Casson, Year 1 Teacher
  • “I am an excellent juggler.” – Joe Millar, Year 1 Teacher/Primary Math Leader
  • “I am a third-generation teacher in my family and make THE best Yorkshire Puddings this side of the Atlantic.” – Fiona Andrew, Year 2 Teacher
  • “I am a huge Disney fan and worked at Walt Disney World in Florida twice.” – Kirsty Ryalls, Year 4 Teacher
  • “I was on television in Wales with a giant daffodil on my head, giving my opinion on who was man of the match for Wales' rugby game.” – Andrew Rowson, Year 5 Teacher


  • “I held the football World Cup on my wedding day.” – Clare Sharkey, Primary French Specialist
  • “I have boarded down a volcano in Nicaragua.” – Robert Wise, Spanish Specialist
  • “I swam the distance of the English Channel (22 miles/1,416 lengths) in my local pool in approximately 21 hours to raise over £600 for a four-year-old girl at my school, who is battling cancer.” – Nicola Cavill, Spanish Specialist
  • “I skydived from 10,000 feet in La Plata, Argentina.” – Laura Clark, Spanish Specialist
  • “I can sing louder than a 200-strong choir!” – Caroline Farmer, Drama Specialist
  • “I am a keen runner/cyclist, and run and cycle every single day of the week. I have done lots of marathons and triathlons in the past for good causes.” – Hiwa Eghvay, Chemistry Specialist
  • “As a former rugby player, I used to play linebacker for Lancaster University's American football team, the Lancaster Bombers, which was one of the first college-level football teams to be set up in Britain.” – Mark Jantzen, U.S. Studies & English Specialist
  • “I used to live in Nigeria.” – Emma Blakemore, Geography & History Specialist
  • “I'm a big fan of the Great British Bake Off, and every year my brother and I have a Christmas baking competition. To date, I'm top of the leader board with my chocolate Christmas yule log.” – Nicola Jones, Art Specialist
  • “In February 2016 I went trekking in Morocco and nearly made it to the summit of Toubkal, the highest mountain in Northern Africa.” – Lucy Hird, Art Specialist.
  • “I once parachuted from 12,000 feet in New Zealand!” – Mike Kelly, Enrichment & Enhancement Specialist
  • “I am a qualified lifeguard.” – David Pringle, Enrichment & Enhancement Specialist
  • “I was ranked 10th in Britain for Irish dancing.” – Lianne Reynolds, Enrichment & Enhancement Specialist
  • “I grew up on the Pacific island of Guam.” – Caroline Pridmore, Math Specialist