At Robert Arkenstall we have an open door policy and are always happy to speak to parents and carers. Usually a small matter can be discussed promptly at the start of the school day. KS1 staff are on the playground each day meeting children as they arrive. KS2 staff are available if you pop into school. The office will do their best to find the relevant person quickly.
However you will appreciate that sometimes it is better to book an appointment at a convenient time for both parties; teachers are always happy to call you by phone or put a time in the diary when they can give their attention to any issues.
Please see your child's class page to meet the teaching team who work with the children.
Kate Bonney – Head Teacher
Mrs Bonney was appointed Headteacher from September 2016. She knows the school well having taught at Robert Arkenstall since she moved to Cambridgeshire in 2012 and was the Deputy Headteacher from September 2013. As Headteacher she sits on all the Governor committees and leads the Senior Management Team (SMT). Mrs Bonney is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection and Prevent Lead for the school.
Rob Fisher – Deputy Headteacher and Year 5/6 Class Teacher
Mr Fisher joined the school in 2013 and became
Deputy Headteacher in 2016. He is subject leader for Mathematics and Assessment. He is one of our safeguarding child protection officers and sits on the SMT.
Mr Fisher co-ordinates the year 6 children's activities and
responsibilities and leads the teaching team preparing year 6 for their end of Key Stage SATs and leads transition to secondary.
Karen Gale – KS1 Leader, SENDco and Year 2 Class Teacher
Mrs Gale leads her team of Key Stage 1 teachers and TA’s running
a lively and highly experienced team and liaising closely with EYFS, who share the same topic cycle. Mrs Gale teaches in Comet Class on Monday – Wednesday and fulfils her role as SENDco on Thursday and Friday. She is one of our safeguarding child protection officers and sits on the SMT.
Emma Vardy – EYFS Leader and Reception Class Teacher
Mrs Vardy runs our wonderful EYFS team bringing learning vividly to
life for our youngest pupils. She leads her department and sits on the SMT. Mrs Vardy is also a Staff Governor.
Lisa Jaworski - KS2 Leader and Year 5/6 Class Teacher
Mrs Jaworski has been a part of the Robert Arkenstall
many years currently teaching in Neptune class. Mrs Jaworski leads the team of teachers in Key Stage 2 and is part of the SLT. She is also the subject leader for Science and is responsible for many efforts
to blow things up in the pursuit of her duties.
Sally Sharpe - PPA Cover Teacher KS1
(Star Class and Sun Class)
Mrs Sharpe has enjoyed working at our school for many years
and is currently one of our PPA cover teachers in KS1. Mrs Sharpe teaches on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. She has subject responsibility for Art and particularly enjoys sharing the children’s amazing creative ideas.
Rebecca Daniels - PPA Cover Teacher KS1 & KS2
Mrs Daniels has taught here for several years both within Key Stage 2
and Key Stage 1. She has responsibility for PE across school having been a very active and dedicated swimmer in a former life!
Hazel Swift - Year 1/2 Class teacher
Mrs Swift teaches part time in Moon Class and joined the team
in 2013. She has a passion for the creative arts and enjoys teaching through the use of film, music and movement. She leads PSHE.
Carolyn Allen - Year 2 Class teacher
Mrs Allen has been a part of the Robert Arkenstall team for many
years and currently job shares with Mrs Gale teaching in Comet class on Thursday – Friday. She leads subject responsibility for Geography and Outdoor Learning. Mrs Allen loves getting her wellies on to go outdoors with the children.
Dan Carless - Year 2/3 Class teacher
Mr Carless joined Robert Arkenstall in 2014 and teaches full time
in Mercury class, where he brings learning to life through his love of film and music. Mr Carless is a keen sportsman and enjoys art too. He is the lead teacher for History.
Clare Biddle – Year 3/4
Miss Biddle joined us in September 2015 and teaches full time in our
new Year 3/4 Earth Class out in our mobile classroom. She is bringing her love of reading to the classroom in the form of a reading garden where the children can explore lots of new books. She co-ordinates our School Council, helping them with things like assemblies on Anti-bullying and conducting pupil surveys .
She also enjoys swimming and designing her classroom - you will catch her in the pool or shopping for her classroom resources at the weekend!
Natasha Hew-Martin – Year 4
Miss Hew-Martin joined us in 2017 in KS2 to teach Year 4.
She is a home grown teacher having previously attended Robert Arkenstall Primary as a pupil. She loves sharing new picture books with the children. When she is not at school she enjoys trips to the cinema and in the holidays is a keen traveller - she has visited Mexico and Malaysia and her next stop is India!
David Hodge - Year 5/6 Class Teacher
Mr Hodge teaches full time in Mars Class and joined the team
in 2013. He leads Computing and ICT which means he lives in interesting times as the new coding curriculum is rolled out across school. Mr Hodge supervises ICT clubs and extra-curricular activities like film premiers as part of the animation short film festival. He is also a mean 'Bingo' caller!
Aiysha Lloyd - Year R/1 Class Teacher (Star Class)
Miss Lloyd has recently joined us in Star Class. She has a love of
reading and hopes to enthuse the children by sharing some of her favourite stories. Away from school she loves to try food from a variety of other countries but her favourite is an Indian curry.
Lucy Maynard – Class teacher and Music Specialist
Mrs Maynard works across school teaching music and also is a PPA
cover teacher in years 3 and 4. She teaches music to all pupils, leads singing practise, runs the choir and teaches recorder to huge numbers of children. Each year she supports the school productions and leads our amazing Spring Music concert, accompanying many of the children herself.
Caroline Morton - Sports Coach
Mrs Morton teaches PE as a sports coach in Upper Key Stage 2.
She also runs a number of before and after school clubs and co-ordinates all our sports fixtures and teams. She has responsibility for Sports Leaders and works closely with Mrs Daniels our PE leader. Ever busy, Mrs Morton is a TA with the Early Years Base from Monday to Wednesday.
Alix Ritchie – Year 1/2 Teacher (Moon Class)
Mrs Ritchie joined our team in 2015 as a PPA cover teacher and currently shares the teaching of Moon Class with Mrs Swift. She brings her own skills in modern languages and RE which she leads.
Denise Nock - Year 5/6 Teacher (Jupiter Class)
Mrs Nock joined us in 2017 to cover maternity leave and liked us so much she stayed.