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School Staff

Mrs Peel BSc (Hons) Geography  PGCE (Primary) NPQH

Mrs Peel BSc (Hons) Geography PGCE (Primary) NPQH

Headteacher & Sycamore Class Teacher (Job Share) - Y4/5

I was educated at Kirkby-in-Malhamdale Primary school and then at Skipton Girls’ High School. After a successful degree course at Newcastle University I embarked on a career in teaching. My first post was at Ripon Cathedral School and then as deputy head teacher at Pudsey Greenside, Leeds. Prior to this position I was head teacher at Rathmell C of E Primary School. I am married with two children and am committed to improving pupils learning.

Mrs Aldous

Mrs Aldous

School Business Manager & Clerk to Governors

Having lived around the area for the first 18 years of my life, I travelled to Hong Kong where I lived and worked for 3 1/2 years.  I then moved to North Devon for the next 6 years and then back to “good old Yorkshire” where I married and had two children.  I joined Gargrave School in February 2010, and gained a level 4 diploma in school business management in 2015.  I enjoy gardening, meeting friends, riding my motorbike and walking my dog around the gorgeous area in which we live.

Mrs Holme

Mrs Holme

Willow Class Teacher (Y3)

I have worked at Gargrave Primary school since 2006 and prior to that I worked at Lothersdale Primary school, St Philips CE in Nelson and Calversyke Middle School which was in Keighley.  I am married with two sons and we live on a farm!  Before qualifying as a teacher in 1995 I completed a photographic degree and then had a variety of jobs from advertising to catering.  I enjoy painting, walking, spending time with family and friends and holidays!

Mrs Garner

Mrs Garner

Teaching Assistant

I was brought up on a hill farm near Clapham, over a thousand feet above sea level!  I married my husband, Simon, and moved to Gargrave 26 years ago.  We have two daughters, Kate aged 23 and Emma who is 21.  I love gardening and walking, especially walking around the lake district.

Mrs Spensley

Mrs Spensley

EYFS Class Teacher (Job Share)

Mrs Driver

Mrs Driver

French Specialist Teacher

I am originally from France where I obtained a degree in International Marketing and Management. I moved to England 13 years ago to work as a manager of an international freight company for a couple of years. I swiftly moved on to teaching French in local primary schools. After taking a break to raise my wonderful little family, I returned to teaching this year as a teaching assistant with a view to eventually training as a teacher. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Gargrave team and I am thankful to be able to carry on teaching French on a weekly basis. 

Mrs Martinez

Mrs Martinez

Teaching Assistant & MSA

I was born in Spain.  I went to university and have a degree in Politics.  I have 2 beautiful children.  I came to England 5 years ago and love being a part of Gargrave School’s family.

Miss Hesleden (Y1/2)

Miss Hesleden (Y1/2)

Ash Class Teacher

I grew up in Malhamdale, attending Kirkby Malham, Aireville and Ilkley Grammar School.  After leaving school I worked as a teaching assistant before completing a four year degree in Primary Education with QTS at Leeds Metropolitan University.  I enjoy spending time with my friends, walking, playing squash and netball.  I joined Gargrave school in September 2014.

Mrs Chadwick

Mrs Chadwick

Teaching Assistant

I live in Skipton and have worked at Gargrave for 13 years.  I started in reception and gradually worked my way through the year groups, now working with Key Stage 2 children.

Mrs Dawson (Y6)

Mrs Dawson (Y6)

Oak Class Teacher & SENCO

I am originally from Liverpool, but moved to Yorkshire 14 years ago, although I now live in Lancashire. I am married and have three young children, who keep me very busy! I have taught at Hellifield Primary School, as well as working with children with additional needs in many different Primary schools across Craven. I joined Gargrave Primary School in September 2017. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Mrs Deville

Mrs Deville

Teaching Assistant

I moved to Skipton over 28 years ago from Rotherham, South Yorkshire because of my husband’s job.  We have 2 children.  My interests are reading, walking and caravanning.  I also have a wish list of places in the world I would like to visit and I’m slowly ticking them off.

Mr Holmes

Mr Holmes

Sycamore Class Teacher

I was born and raised in Huddersfield before studying Geography at Newcastle University. I moved back to Yorkshire to work for the Environment Agency for nearly 10 years before retraining as a teacher through Teach First and Sheffield Hallam University. Teaching in Bradford, with a couple of years working at Teach First in the middle, has now led me to Gargrave where I am excited to be teaching Sycamore class from September 2020! I love the outdoors and can often be found cycling or hiking in my spare time, in the UK and abroad.

Mrs Lawrence

Mrs Lawrence

Teaching Assistant & MSA

 I was brought up in the New Forest and then lived in Herefordshire, working as a registered nurse.  My husband and I have recently moved to the area to be near our grandson.  I enjoy walking our six dogs and all aspects of craft.

Mrs Walton-Brown

Mrs Walton-Brown

Oak Class Teacher & SENCO

I started work at Gargrave school in September 2015.  Prior to that I worked with children and their families.  I have 2 children and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Miss Bunting

Miss Bunting

Cook

I have worked at Gargrave Primary School since 2010.  I have 5 children who all attended Gargrave School.  My hobbies are sewing, watching movies, walking, dining out and spending time with the children.

Miss Bailey

Miss Bailey

Kitchen Assistant & MSA

I live in Skipton and have done all my life.  I have 4 children, 2 girls and 2 boys.  I have studied hair and beauty and enjoy doing this in my spare time.  My hobbies include travelling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Miss Wild

Miss Wild

Triangle Club Leader & MSA

I was brought up in Ilkley and attended Ilkley Grammar School.  I moved to Gargrave 20 years ago and I have 3 children all of who attended Gargrave School.  I worked at Gargrave Pre-School before joining the team as Out of School Club leader and MSA.  I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, walking our puppy and going to the cinema.

Mrs Gilmartin

Mrs Gilmartin

Teaching Assistant & MSA

I grew up in the North East of England and came to live in Yorkshire in 2005. My career was in Sales, Marketing and Finance, until I raised my family. I have two sons and a daughter. My hobbies include hiking, gardening and holidays. I’m a big history fan and read lots of history books and love music!. 

Mrs Cryer

Mrs Cryer

EYFS Class Teacher (Job Share)

I grew up in Bingley but moved to the Dales when I was 12. After completing my secondary schooling at Bradford Girls’ Grammar School, I studied for a history degree at UEA and a PGCE at Cambridge. I have been a teacher for 20 years working in a small rural primary school and have been a Key Stage 1 moderator. I am a member of the Chartered College of Teachers and enjoy connecting with other teachers from around the country. I am married with two school aged children. In my spare time I enjoy walking, camping, reading and spending time with my family.

Mrs Halls

Triangle Club Assistant

Mrs Robinson

Mrs Robinson

Triangle Club Assistant

Originally from Barnoldswick, I went to Gisburn Road Infant/Junior School and later to St Monica’s Convent  in Skipton, I then studied fashion at Bradford College of Art. I have worked in fashion houses in London and later in Leeds and Nottingham. For a 5 yr period I had my own business designing children’s wear and taught fashion and dressmaking at Nelson & Colne College and Lancashire College. I have 3 children and 5 grandchildren, with another one on the way. Family is important, I love to help and be with them as much as possible.