The Staff and Governors at Ghyll Royd School and Pre-School are just one of the reasons we have such a wonderful school. Many have been with us for a number of years which provides excellent continuity for the children and our specialist teachers offer a unique learning experience.
Mr David Martin – BA (Hons), MA in Business, PGCE (QTLS), PGCE (QTS). National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
After spending thirteen 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 eleven years, firstly as a Physical Education Specialist, developing the PE curriculum, then as Form 3 and Form 2 Class Teacher and for the last three years as our Head Teacher overseeing the successful inspection in February 2015 and our school development plan. Mr Martin has led the implementation of the assessment and reporting arrangements for the school and has completed the ‘Senior Leadership Course’ with the National Teaching and Leadership College.
Mrs Sue Beeson – Deputy Headteacher – Year 3 Teacher – Diploma in Teaching (Australia)
Mrs Beeson began her teaching career in Australia and has taught for over thirty years in the primary sector. During her seventeen years at Ghyll Royd School she has taught Forms 1, 2, 3, and 6. For seven years she was Head of Key Stage 2 and is currently Deputy Head.
Mrs Sue Marshall – Year 6 Teacher – Upper KS2 Phase Leader – BA (Hons) QTS – Special Education Needs Co-ordinator
Mrs Marshall has been teaching across the primary age range for twenty seven years spending the last fourteen in Upper Key Stage 2. Prior to working at Ghyll Royd School, she was Deputy Head Teacher at a large two form entry primary school, during which time she gained the national qualification for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination. Whilst Deputy Head she also acted as base manager for Key Stage 2, overseeing the administration of SATs, and was also a school governor. Mrs Marshall is currently Phase 3 Leader.
Mr Hadley Nicholson – Year 5 Teacher and Girls and Boys Physical Education Teacher – BA (Hons) PGCE Primary
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 Richard Laycock – Year 4 Teacher – Lower KS2 Phase Leader – Cert Ed, BA (Hons) QTS
Mr. Laycock has been a teacher at Ghyll Royd School for eleven years and has taught all classes from Forms 3 – 5. He is our History specialist and has developed this area of the curriculum over a number of years. Mr Laycock is currently our Phase 2 Leader.
Miss Megan Brown – Year 2 Teacher – BA (Hons) QTS
After successfully completing her four year Primary Education Degree at Bradford College with an Outstanding Grade, Megan went on to work at Sandal Primary School in Baildon as a Form 1 and 2 Teacher. Alongside this Megan has developed interests in music (playing, listening and attending concerts), Art (becoming a very amateur painter) Travelling, Skiing and Yoga!
Mrs Cath Downes – Year 1 Teacher – KS1 Phase Leader – BA (Hons) in History & Archaeology, PGCE (QTS)
Mrs Downes taught at Moorfield School for twelve years including four years as Head of Key Stage 1. She has been teaching Form 1 at Ghyll Royd School for five years and was instrumental in the introduction of the ‘Learning Challenge’ curriculum. Mrs Downes is currently Phase 1 Leader.
Mrs Elizabeth Coultas – Music Teacher – BA (Hons) LTCL (TD) ALCM
Mrs Coultas has taught music for 26 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.
Mrs Keeley Smith – Art Teacher – BA (Hons) Art Therapy, 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.
Mrs Keeley Smith – Modern Foreign Languages Teacher BA (Hons) PGCE Primary
Mrs Smith has been teaching for nine years and previously worked at Malsis School for 5 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.
Mr Nicky Wilces – Physical Education Teacher – BA (Hons) 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 Staff
Mrs Helen Hudson – Reception Class Teacher and Early Years Phase Leader – BA (Hons) PGCE Primary
Mrs Jennifer Johnson – BA (Hons) in Combined Arts which included Early Education, MA in Art History, International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy (Level 5)
Mrs Katherine Watson – Level 3 Early Years Childcare and Education
Miss Rachael Coulton – NVQ Level 3
Mrs Julia Davis – Level 3 Nursery Management
Teaching and Learning Support
Mrs Emma Greig – Reception to Year 6
Mrs Stacey Ellis – Degree in Early Childhood Studies and holds the NNEB qualification
Miss Effie King – Level 3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning
Before and After School Care
Mrs Emma Greig – Level 3 SEN Learning Support
Mrs Julie Tomkinson – Level 3 in Pre-School Practice, Learning Support and Special Needs
Miss Effie King – Level 3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning
Peripatetic Music Teachers
Mr Danny Hinchcliffe – Accordion
Mr Alistair Pryde – Drum and Guitar – BA (Hons), L.MusLSM, NABBC
Mrs Clare Richards – Violin
Miss Kirsten Van Terheyden – Singing
Mrs Gilly Downs – School Secretary/PA to Headteacher – NNEB
Ms Louise Beanlands – Secretary
Mrs Fiona Curtin – Marketing – BA (Hons), CIM Diploma in Marketing.
Miss Rebecca Wilson – Marketing, Communications and Events – BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism (Industrial)
Mr Sean Morgan – Catering Supervisor
Mrs Del Dearing – Catering Assistant
Mrs Julie Tomkinson – Lunchtime and Play Supervisor
Mr Keith Holland – Caretaker
Mrs Maddie Holland – Cleaner
Mrs Zofia Wiacek – Cleaner
Mr Phil Stephenson- Chair
Mr Paul Barret – HR governor
Mr Paul Nolan – Finance and parent governor
Mr Alistair Freegard – Marketing and parent governor
Mrs Sarah Williamson – Deputy Head at Giggleswick School –Education and Safeguarding governor
Dr Tracy Johnson – Head of Gateways School – Education governor
Mrs Elizabeth Lammas – Education and parent governor