September Teaching Arrangements and Good News!

Ghyll Royd School 130 year anniversary balloon

Dear Parents,

I am writing to advise you of the teaching arrangements with effect from September 2020. The children’s individual class timetables, forecasts and end of year expectations will be sent to you on September 2nd. Meet the Teacher via Teams dates will also be sent at the same time. Further details of the logistics to our return will be sent before we return but I am positive that all children will return to their normal individual classes and Teachers in the Manor House and Coach House.

Thank you for your responses to our questionnaire. The consensus is that Key Stage 1 and Nursery will return with the normal school hours of 8.50am to 3.50pm and Key Stage 2 will now start school at 8.30am and finish at 3.30pm. Timing arrangements will be made for siblings in different Key Stages. The car-pool system will now no longer be required due to the changes in the start and finish times. The teachers will discuss the use of Teams as part of setting the children homework during our training days as this was seen as an overall positive move from the responses.

I would like to take this time to thank and bid a fond farewell to Form 1 & 2 Teacher Miss Megan Brown who after four years with us, is exploring a new career in travel and digital marketing! We know Megan’s positive attitude, attention to detail and passion for creativity and travel will serve her well and we wish her all the best for the future. Megan will also be continuing with private tuition, specialising in Key Stage 1.

Over the last few months, the School and Pre-School has seen an unprecedented level of interest from new families as our reputation both locally and nationally has grown. We will start the school year with over 100 pupils for the first time since our move to Greystone Manor which is forecasted to continue to grow. Over ten new families have joined Reception to Year 6 since this Summer, I know that you will join me in giving our new families a big Ghyll Royd welcome.

Additionally, this year we have a Reception Class of 10 children consisting of 6 girls and 4 boys. Registrations in our 50-week Nursery continues to grow and we are now at capacity for the majority of our sessions. To maintain our high pupil to teacher ratios we have recruited and re-allocated our Teaching and Learning Support Staff so we can continue to provide the best educational experience that we can for all the children.

The outlook for Ghyll Royd School and Pre-School is the strongest I have seen since I came to the school 16 years ago. All the staff and I would like to thank you for your support without which this fantastic and proud journey that we all have been and are part of would not be happening. A member of staff said to me a while ago ‘build a beautiful garden and the butterflies will come and blossom’. How right they were. Your Ghyll Royd Team from September 2020 is detailed below:

Headteacher – Mr David Martin BA (Hons) and MA in Business, PGCE (QTS), PGCE (QTLS)

After spending 13 years in the business sector, Mr Martin began his teaching career at Craven College and within Professional Sports Associations where he taught Sports Science. He has been at Ghyll Royd School for 14 years, firstly as a Physical Education Specialist, developing the PE curriculum, then as Form 2 and Form 3 Class Teacher. For the last six years Mr Martin has been our Headteacher who has overseen three inspections in February 2015, 2017 and 2019. Mr Martin has also completed the SLQ ‘Leadership Course’ with the National Teaching and Leadership College. Mr Martin is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the School and Pre-School.

Key Stage 2 Team:

Form 6 Teacher, Science Subject Leader and SEN-Coordinator (School) – Miss Sarah Gresswell – BA (Hons) in History, MA in Special Educational Needs, PGCE (QTS)

Miss Gresswell has a History Degree from the University of Reading. She completed her PGCE as part of the charity program Teach First. She has worked across a wide range of age groups from EYFS to KS2 over the last five years. Before starting her teaching career, she worked for The University of Cambridge Library, in the manuscripts department. She also enjoys long distance running and rowing and has been a coxswain for both junior and adult rowing teams. Miss Gresswell has worked for school for four years.

Form 5 Teacher, Mathematics, Computing, Sports and Games Subject Leader and Deputy Headteacher – Mr Hadley Nicholson – BA (Hons) PGCE Primary (QTS)

Mr Nicholson has a BA (Hons) in Applied Psychology and Philosophy from Liverpool John Moores University. He completed his MA in Education, specialising in ‘Child Development’ and ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’. Prior to teaching, Mr Nicholson worked as an expedition leader in the Colorado Rockies and as a freelance travel journalist. In the past he has also been an England U19s Basketball player and before joining Ghyll Royd taught at Malsis School as a Form and Physical Education Teacher. Mr Nicholson has also completed the MPQ ‘Leadership Course’ with the National Teaching and Leadership College. Mr Nicholson has worked for school for six years.

Form 4 Teacher, Learning Challenge Subject Leader – Mr Richard Laycock – Certificate in Education, BA (Hons) Education (QTS)

Mr. Laycock has been a teacher at Ghyll Royd School for 14 years and has taught classes from Forms 3 through to 5. He is our Humanities specialist and has developed this area of the curriculum over several years.

Form 3 Teacher, Learning Challenge Subject Leader– Mrs Sue Beeson – Diploma in Teaching (QTS, Australia)

Mrs Beeson began her teaching career in Australia and has taught for over 30 years in the primary sector. During her 20 years at Ghyll Royd School she has taught Forms 1, 2, 3, and 6 and for seven years she was Head of Key Stage 2 and Deputy Headteacher.

KS2 Teaching and Learning Support – Mrs Sarah Langan

Mrs Langan has worked in Primary Education for 22 years as a teaching and learning/intervention support specialist. Mrs Langan has an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Teaching attained at All Saints Primary School and was a Teaching Assistant at Burley Woodhead CoE Primary School for nine years. Mrs Langan has led our After-School Club for four years and also leads our 50 weeks Wrap Around Care team.

Key Stage 1 Team:

Form 2 Teacher, PHSE and RE Subject Leader – Mrs Claire Neild BA (Hons), MA in Sociology, PGCE (QTS)

Following a 10 year career in Industry, and a break to start a family of her own, Mrs Neild spent four years as a Higher Level Teaching and Learning Support Assistant based at a large, three form entry primary school in Hampshire, across both Key Stage 1 and 2 before training to become a qualified teacher. Mrs Neild has a rich portfolio of experience and joined Ghyll Royd in 2017.

Form 1 Teacher, English Subject Leader – Mrs Rebecca Picken BA (Hons) in Primary Education (QTS)

Mrs Picken qualified as a Teacher from Bradford University in 2003 before going on to teach at Girlington Primary School in Bradford. During her thirteen years at the school Mrs Picken taught from Reception to Year 6, specialising in English in the lower Key Stages where she became the Co-ordinator for this level. Mrs Picken’s role also involved in the development and improvement of Mathematics and Physical Education at the school. Mrs Picken joined Ghyll Royd in 2019 after the retirement of Mrs Downes.

Teaching and Learning Support – Mrs Stacey Ellis BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies, NNEB

Mrs Ellis has worked in Early Years 27 years and has been at Ghyll Royd since 2013. Mrs Ellis has a Degree in Early Childhood Studies and holds the NNEB qualification. Mrs Ellis also holds a Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Teaching Specialists:

Modern Foreign Languages Subject Leader – Mrs Keeley Smith BA (Hons) PGCE Primary

Mrs Smith has been teaching for eleven years and previously worked at Malsis School for five years and prior to that Christchurch C of E School in Skipton. During her time at Malsis Mrs Smith was KS1 co-ordinator and class 2 teacher. Mrs Smith has ‘A’ Level Spanish and spent a year living in Barcelona to further her language skills.

Art and Design Subject Leader – Mrs Keeley Smith BA (Hons) PGCE Primary

During her time at Malsis Mrs Smith accepted the role as Head of Art. She has a degree in Art Therapy, later practising for five years before going on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Music Subject Leader – Mrs Liz Coultas BA (Hons) LTCL (TD) ALCM

Mrs Coultas has taught music for 28 years. She has a BA (Hons) Degree in Music and also holds a LTCL Teaching Diploma from Trinity College London and an ALCM from the London College of Music. She also plays the clarinet and piano.

Physical Education Teacher – Mr Nicky Wilce – BA (Hons) and MA in Sports Science

Mr Wilce will continue to deliver high quality PE for Ghyll Royd School and Pre-School. He has a wealth of experience teaching PE and Sport in both the US and UK and holds a variety of Level 2 coaching awards, along with a Masters Degree in Physical Activity, Exercise and Health.

Early Years Foundation Stage Team:

Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and SEN-coordinator (Early Years) – Mrs Helen Hudson BA (Hons) in English (QTS)

Mrs Hudson has worked in Early Years settings for over 25 years and holds a BA (Hons) in English with Qualified Teacher Status. Before moving to Ghyll Royd Mrs Hudson taught at Westville House School for 16 years where she was head of Early Years for seven years. Mrs Hudson has worked at Ghyll Royd School for four years.

Early Years Teaching and Learning Support – Mrs Sally Portz Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Portz has worked in schools for over 10 years at St Oswalds Junior School supporting children with English and Mathematics and managing Independent Educational Plans within individual support sessions. Mrs Portz is also a part of our Wrap Around Care team.

Teaching and Learning Support – Mrs Stacey Ellis BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies, NNEB

Mrs Ellis has worked in Early Years 27 years and has been at Ghyll Royd since 2013. Mrs Ellis has a Degree in Early Childhood Studies and holds the NNEB qualification. Mrs Ellis also holds a Level 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Room Leader Great Explorers – Mrs Jenny Johnson BA (Hons) in Combined Arts which included Early Education, MA in Art History, International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Level 5)

Mrs Johnson has worked in Early Years for 10 years, following a career break from the Art World to start a family. Mrs Johnson retrained as a qualified Early Years Montessori teacher, who passionately believes in child-led education and using the outdoors as a valuable classroom extension. Mrs Johnson has previously worked at Bankfield (Harrogate Ladies College), Spicey Gill in Ilkley and Rigg Farm Montessori Nursery in North Rigton. Mrs Johnson is currently working towards obtaining an Early Years Teachers Status.

Room Leader Little Adventurers – Mrs Julia Davis, Level 3 Nursery Management

Mrs Davis has worked in Early Years for 16 years. Mrs Davis is Makaton trained and has a Level 3 in Nursery Management. Mrs Davis is currently working towards a BA (Hons) in Early Years and Education.

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Kath Watson

Mrs Watson joined Ghyll Royd in September 2016 after 13 years at Westville school. Mrs Watson has worked with young children for over 20 years and holds a Diploma in Early Years and a Level 3 Early Years Practitioners qualification.

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Barbara Pastuszczak

Mrs Pastuszczak worked at Ashlands School for five years as a Breakfast and After School Care Assistant and a Lunchtime Supervisor. Mrs Pastuszczak holds a Level 2 and 3 Teaching Assistant Qualification.

Early Years Practitioner – Mrs Julie Tomkinson

Mrs Tomkinson has worked at Ghyll Royd for six years as a Lunchtime Supervisor and in our Early Years. Mrs Tomkinson holds a Level 3 Early Years Practitioner qualification.

Early Years Practitioner – Miss Katie Barker

Miss Barker worked at Ghyll Royd for two years before starting a family. After working at Ashlands Primary School and gaining childcare experience as a nanny, Miss Barker returned to Ghyll Royd in 2020 in our Early Years Department. Miss Barker has a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner qualification and is currently working towards a Level 3.

Early Years Teaching Assistant – Miss Abigail Cowan BA (Hons) Education Studies, working towards an MA in Mental Health in Children and Young People

Early Years Teaching Assistant – Miss Lauren Healey BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies, working towards an MA in Psychology

EYFS Learning Support Assistant – Miss Emeli Munford

EYFS Learning and Support – Miss Alex Sury

Wrap Around Care Support – Miss Lydia Spivey

Peripatetic Music Teachers:

Clarinet and Piano – Mrs Liz Coultas

Drum and Guitar – Mr Alistair Pryde BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies, Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in Percussion, Piano and Theory.

Violin and Piano – Mrs Clare Richards Graduate of the Northern College of Music (Degree) in Viola, Diploma from Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in Violin with Grade 8 Piano.

Kind Regards,

Mr David Martin BA, MA, PGCE