Staff List 2021

Jemma Nicholson

Executive Headteacher

Jemma has always had a passion for education and has over 16 years’ experience working in Cumbrian schools. Her ambition is to ensure that children love school as much as she does, and she enjoys nothing more than thinking of creative and memorable ways to achieve this.

Following her first successful headship, where she received one of the first ‘excellent’ graded SIAMS inspections on the new framework, she has joined the Cumbria Education Trust leadership team to take on the role of headteacher at Longtown Primary school.

When not in school Jemma can usually be found having fun with family and friends, growing things in her garden or relaxing with a good book!

    Allison Kenyon

    Assistant Headteacher

      Kathryn Grayson

      Class 1 Teacher - SENCO - Assistant Headteacher

      Kathryn worked in finance and then in retail before pursuing a career in teaching and has been teaching for 19 years.
      Kathryn studied at the University of Chester and completed a Bachelor of Education (Honours) Degree, studying English Language and Literature as a main subject. She specialised in teaching Early Years and Key stage 1. Whilst at University, she travelled to Spain to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL.)
      After graduating in 1996, Kathryn taught in schools in Manchester and Cheshire for ten years.
      Kathryn moved back with her family to Cumbria ten years ago and feels very lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends and going into the Lakes fell walking. She is a very keen, (but not necessarily very good) skier!
      Kathryn is passionate about working with Early Years children and in exploring the different ways in which they learn, using both the indoor and outdoor environments.

        Dave Kirby

        Class 3 Teacher

        Mr Kirby completed a BA Hons degree in Combined Honours of Criminology with Social Policy at the University of Central Lancashire before spending 4 years working as team leader in a residential home with teenagers in care.

        More recently he changed career paths and through Carlisle School Direct completed his training through extended in-classroom placements here at Castle Carrock School and at Brampton Primary School, as well as visiting and experiencing teaching in a range of other schools.

        In his spare time, he is a sports enthusiast and you may see him running or cycling  all over the local area trying to get the miles in!

        Amongst other roles at school, Mr Kirby is our Maths Lead.

          Dee Tomlinson

          School Business Manager




            Elaine Buchanon

            Teaching Assistant - Class 2




              Jane Helliwell

              Class 2 Teacher and Staff Governor

              Jane Helliwell - BA Hons and NVQ 3 Childcare Learning and Development. Trainee Teacher and Staff Governor

              After five years working as a teaching assistant at Castle Carrock School,  Jane has just completed her Straight to Teaching QTS course, at school, in conjunction with the TES Institute. She is now starting her second year here at Castle Carrock School in Class 2.


                Janet McNeil

                Teaching Assistant - Class 3




                  Julie Docherty

                  Nursery Nurse




                    Sue Atkinson

                    Kids Club




                      Sylvia Hutchinson

                      Assistant Cook




                        Sally Fryer

                        Clerk to the Governors

                        Sally has been clerk to the governors since January 2018. She has two children at the school and is an active member of the Friends of Castle Carrock school and of the local community.

                        Louisa Bowman

                        Apprentice Teaching Assistant

                        A former pupil of William Howard School, Louisa started working at Castle Carrock Kids Club in November 2016 whilst still at school. Louisa began her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in September 2018 where she enjoys working across both KS1 and KS2.

                        Whilst not in work, Louisa enjoy being in the great outdoors, spending time with her horse and dog and can turn her hand to a bit of gardening! She loves to sew and makes gifts for family and friends.

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                          1. There is a lot of teachers at our school but all of them are lovely?Our school is amazing and everyone is nice but the teachers make it so more amazing.

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