School Staff

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

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

Headteacher, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Subject Lead for PE & Geography

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 Dawson

Mrs Dawson

Oak Class Teacher (Y5 & Y6), Assistant Headteacher & SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, PSHE, Mental Health & Wellbeing

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 Holme

Mrs Holme

Willow Class Teacher (Y3/Y4) Subject Lead for Maths, Art & DT, School Based Mentor

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 Spensley

Mrs Spensley

Apple Class (EYFS) Teacher (Job Share) Subject Lead for RE & EYFS

I’ve been a primary school teacher since 2001, teaching in schools in the Yorkshire Dales. I have two children and family life keeps me very busy! I love reading and can often be found with my nose in a book. My children play rugby so I can often be seen (and heard) supporting from the sidelines. I love seeing the children in Apple Class learn to read and write, become independent learners and really flourish during their first year in school.

Mrs Abbey

Mrs Abbey

Ash Class Teacher (Y1/Y2) Subject Lead Literacy

I grew up in Malhamdale, attending Aireville School and Ilkley Grammar before going to Leeds Metropolitan University to study Primary Education with QTS. I started teaching at Gargrave in September 2016. I love reading and sharing books. I have a little boy who keeps me very busy! I enjoy spending time outside, walking and running.  

Mrs Aldous

Mrs Aldous

School Business Manager and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Having lived around this area until 18, I travelled to Hong Kong where I lived and worked for a number of years.  North Devon was the next 6 years and then back “home” 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 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.

Miss Heseltine

Miss Heseltine

Teaching Assistant

I grew up in Malham and went to school in Skipton. After studying Sport & Recreation Mngt at Staffs University I worked in Leisure & Recreation centres for many years in Kingston upon Thames and Central London. I then moved to New Zealand and managed private swimming schools and spent a lot of time teaching swimming to school age children. More recently, since 2011 I have worked in Events, large Multi-Sport events – I worked for the London Olympics 2012 and the last 3 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Gold Coast 2018 & Birmingham 2022 before joining Gargrave school in September 2022 as a TA.

Mrs Walton-Brown

Mrs Walton-Brown

Teaching Assistant & MSA

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.

Mrs Gormley

Mrs Gormley

Teaching Assistant & MSA

I moved to Gargrave from London in 2016 after ten years working in charity PR and communications. In my spare time, I enjoy day trips with my lovely family, going to the theatre, gardening and anything to do with art and craft.

 

Mrs Rigby

Mrs Rigby

Teaching Assistant & MSA

I moved to Silsden in 2020 from Harrogate. I have been a teacher since 2015. I have worked in schools in Bradford and Harrogate until I had my first child in 2021. My hobbies include cooking, baking and reading. I enjoy spending time with my partner and daughter exploring the Yorkshire dales and beyond.

Miss Johnston

Miss Johnston

Teaching Assistant & MSA

I am originally from Southwest Scotland and moved to Gargrave in September 2022. I studied Politics & International Relations at Edinburgh University. My career has mainly been in Sales & Marketing within the hospitality sector but after moving to Yorkshire for my partners new position, I opted for a career change as a Teaching Assistant. I am currently studying a degree in Primary education, and I am excited for my new chapter! I love to read, go for long walks in our beautiful countryside and spend time with family

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 Metcalfe

Mrs Metcalfe

Triangle Club Assistant & Teaching Assistant

I‘ve lived in the village for 25 years and I’m married with 3 children. Having worked at Gargrave Preschool for 18 years I wanted a new challenge. I enjoy swimming, walking and meeting friends.

Mrs Purvis

Mrs Purvis

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.

Mrs Halls

Mrs Halls

Cook & MSA

I grew up in North Yorkshire moving to the Skipton area when I was 7 and attending Carleton Primary School & SGHS. I spent 10 years in Australia, working for Yachting Australia, then moved to South West Scotland and finally back home to Yorkshire in 2014. I have four children, and I am also very involved in Girl Guiding in the area.

Mrs Fellows

Mrs Fellows

Kitchen Assistant & MSA

I grew up in Folkestone, Kent. I went to university in Bristol. I lived there for 19 years in which time I enjoyed a career in accountancy, met my husband and we had our daughter. In 2017 after visiting friends in the Yorkshire Dales we fell in love with the area and relocated here. I run my own fabric business and love sewing in my spare time.

Mrs Heggarty

Mrs Heggarty

Caretaker & Cleaner