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School Day: 8:40 - 15:10

Diary Dates - This Week 

Wed 28 Sep - Phonics Info Session (R, Y1) @ 14:30

Thu 29 Sep - Bags 2 School

Fri 30 Sep - Christmas Cards due back in school

 

Future Dates

Mon 3 Oct - Harvest Festival

    EYFS, KS1 @ 13:00

    KS2 @ 13:40

Wed 5 Oct - Lions & eagles Football Competition

Thu 6 Oct - Non Uniform

Thu 6 Oct - Dinner Special

Thu 6 Oct - Harvest Hoedown

Thu 6 Oct - Mini Harvest Hoedown

Wed 12 Oct - Dolphins Football Competition

W/C 17 Oct - Forest Schools

Fri 21 Oct - School Closes

Mon 31 Oct - School Opens

Mon 31 Oct - Secondary school applications close

 

 

 

NOTICES 

If your child leaves school unsupervised, please ensure you complete this form.

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If your child is due to start secondary school in 2022, applications are open until 31st October 2022. Further information can be found here.

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Staff

 

Headteacher 

SENCO and Safeguarding Officer

Mrs H Cuddy

 Hello my name is Hannah Cuddy and I am the headteacher of Kirk Smeaton C of E School. I love my job, the best bit is getting to know the children and parents. I am very blessed to have a wonderful husband and two beautiful children.   In my own time I love to spend time outside, going for walks and afterwards enjoying a cup of coffee along with a treat! I have travelled to many places and lived in Australia where I worked as an apple packer and a home school teacher.   I have handglided and sky dived in Canada and New Zealand aswell as swam with fresh water crocodiles  in Australia.  

 

School Business Manager

Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Mrs A Marner

My name is Anita Marner and I'm the Business manager at Kirk Smeaton CE Primary School. I love my job and am very lucky to work with such a great team.

I am also fortunate to live in the Village with my lovely family - Husband, Daughter (13 Yrs) and our Chocolate Labrador Cocoa!

During my spare time I love to run and cycle and am a member of a local cycling club. One of my favourite places is the Lake District - we visit as often as we can as a family and love walking the many Mountains and Fells.

I've travelled to many interesting places including Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Singapore, Hawaii, San Francisco and Florida. I loved Australia so much that My Husband and I actually married there on the Gold Coast on Valentines Day!

One of my most exciting  experiences was heli-biking down the Remarkables Mountain range in New Zealand.

 

School Administrator 

Mrs J Maltby

Hi, my name is Jay Maltby and I’m the School Administrator here at Kirk Smeaton CofE Primary School. I came to the school in 2016, from an accounting background, but was ready for a change of pace after having children. I absolutely love it here at the school, and have felt at home from the beginning thanks to all the amazing staff and pupils. As much as I love my job, my favourite role is being mum and wife at home, well, at least on a good day! I have a great love of music and spend any free time playing the piano, (attempting) the guitar, and singing, as well as writing my own music. I also love to travel and have lived in Canada for 2 years, explored America, from New York to Vegas, and spent lots of time in Europe wishing I could say more than ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Hola’!

Lions Class Teacher (Years 3 & 4)

Miss C Ghent

Hello, my name is Catherine Ghent and I am the teacher of Starfish Class. I absolutely love being a teacher because we have so much fun trying new activities and learning new things. My favourite subjects to teach are Art, Music and English – especially when we have the chance to be really creative. In my own time I love listening to music and playing the piano and ukulele, as well as walking my two dogs and reading. I also really enjoy visiting family and traveling, so far I have visited France, New York, Canada and Australia. 

Starfish and Starfish Explorers Class Teacher (Nursery and Reception)

Mrs M Douglas

Hi I’m Mary Douglas and I am the class teacher in Dolphins class. I have been teaching for many years and I love seeing how the children grow and develop while they are in my care. I am lucky to have a wonderful family - my husband David and our 3 grown up children. My pride and joy are my 2 granddaughters who are 6 and 3 and I love to spend as much time with them are I can. We play games, bake, read stories and have sleepovers every week. When I am not being a busy Grandma I enjoy reading and knitting and playing with our new dog Pip taking her to puppy school to learn how to behave when we meet other dogs.

 

Dolphins Class Teacher (Years 1 & 2)

Mrs H Jones

Hello, my name is Helen Jones and I am the the year 3/4 teacher in Lions Class alongside Mrs Peart-Minter. In Lions Class I teach every Monday,  Tuesday  and Wednesday. 

I have been a teacher for 28 years and I have taught in various schools both in Yorkshire and Birmingham where I started my career.

I am fortunate to also live in this beautiful village with my family - husband and daughter.

When I am not at work, I enjoy long walks with my family and friends. 

For the last two years, I have been learning BSL ( British Sign Language) and I have recently achieved my Level 2 qualification.

Dolphins Class teacher (Years 1 &2)

Mrs S Peart-Minter 

Hi, my name is Mrs Sarah Peart-Minter and I am the new Y3/4 teacher in Lions class alongside Mrs Jones. I teach on a Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.

I got married earlier this year after being with my partner for 14 years! I live in Eggborough with my husband, Steven and our children - Benjamin, who is 18 and starting university, and Lucy, who is 11 and just started high school.

In my spare time I love walking my two dogs, Dave and Eric. I also have a Ragdoll cat called Sid, who often follows us on our walks! I love reading and really enjoy reading to children an putting on silly voices!

I have worked in a few schools in the Wakefield area over my 22 years of teaching, but I am really happy to now be here in this lovely and friendly school in the beautiful village of Kirk Seaton.

Eagles Class Teacher (Years 5 & 6)

Deputy Safeguarding Officer

Mrs M Holmes

Hi, my name is Michele Holmes and I am the year 5/6 teacher for Eagles class.

Previous to working at Kirk Smeaton School, I have taught for many years in various schools, authorities and even abroad in Namibia S.W Africa.

One of my passions is dancing and in the past I have run a dance school part- time and taken part in many performances. I also love athletics and spending time in the countryside walking and cycling.

However, I spend most of my time being a taxi driver - ferrying around my children to different activities and clubs!

I have three children -a girl and two older boys. My husband is a caretaker at the school too.

I am really enjoying teaching at this lovely village school, along with the lovely children and the dedicated and enthusiastic staff team here.

 

Teaching Assistant 

Miss L Harrison

Hello, my name is Lyndsay Harrison, I joined the staff at Kirk Smeaton C of E School in April 2016 as a teaching assistant working in Lions class alongside Mrs Hursthouse and Mrs Wilkinson.  I also work with other year groups in the school delivering one to one maths interventions. 

I can honestly say this is the most rewarding job I have had, I really do love it, the characteristics of the children are fantastic and it is a pleasure to work along side them, you never know what to expect each day!   

Whilst at Kirk Smeaton, I have gained a Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning.  I live with my partner and our two children, Jake and Lydia. We enjoy going on family walks and are all keen cyclists.  My other interests are reading and baking.

 

Teaching Assistant

Mrs M Whittles

Hi, my name is Margaret Whittles. I am a Teaching Assistant at Kirk Smeaton C of E Primary School. I transferred here when Womersley school closed some years ago. I feel so lucky and extremely privileged to work at such a great school. The children and staff are second to none!  I love working here. 

My husband and I live in Womersley and have two daughters aged 25 and 28. One wedding planned for this year! Excited!
In my spare time I'm kept busy with voluntary work as a Parish Councillor, Chairman of Womersley PC and Joint Burial Board, I also love my Zumba and Kettle bell classes, cooking and baking (if I get the time). My parents live in Ireland so I try and visit them as often as I can. 

Teaching Assistant

Miss A Greenaway

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Fiona Holt

Teaching Assistant and Breakfast club worker

Mrs S Sheen

 

Hi, my name is Sadie Sheen. I work alongside Miss Yardley in Dolphins class. As well as supporting in the classroom I support children from Dolphins on a one to one basis through targeted interventions.

I love working at Kirk Smeaton, both the staff and children are a pleasure to work with. I find working with the children so satisfying and fun, and not one day is the same. Previously I worked in the NHS but decided to change career and retrained so I could work supporting children in school.

I have three children, two boys and one girl and love spending time with them, we enjoy gardening, visiting national parks and wildlife parks. If I have any spare time I love relaxing with a good book

 

Teaching Assistant and Pastoral Worker

Mrs L Lister

 

Hello, my name is Louise Lister, my time at Kirk Smeaton C of E Primary school began in March 2022 working in the Starfish class alongside Miss Ghent. I also deliver interventions on a 1:1 basis and in small groups, when pupils need a little extra support. I really enjoy working and supporting all the children and it is a pleasure to work with such a lovely staff team.  

 

My career working with children, began when I was 17 years old. I completed an apprenticeship while working in a private nursery and I have continued to develop my childcare qualifications ever since.

 

I am very lucky to have a loving husband and 3 beautiful children. In my spare time, I spend it with my family and I really enjoy playing the penny whistle.

 

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Caretaker

Mr D Holmes

Hi, my name is Darren Holmes and I am the Caretaker for Kirk Smeaton School.

I have three children -a girl and two older boys. My wife is a teacher also at Kirk Smeaton School.

I enjoy playing football once a week and having been born and bred in Leeds, I am a life- long supporter of Leeds Utd! I enjoy watching films, when I have the time and get access to the remote control! I also like camping, cycling and hill walking.

Playworker and General Teaching Assistant

Miss C Whittles 

Hi, my name is Cassie Whittles and I’m the Play Worker for the after school club. I started working with children when I was just 17 as an apprenticeship in a private day nursery, from then I’ve always enjoyed working children as no day is ever the same, I love to see the children grow into their own little personalities! And I’m excited to start my new journey working in such a lovely School. I spend most of my spare time with my little family at home… We have a little boy called Ethan and he is full of energy so keeps us very very busy with our little dog Lola

School Cook

Mrs K Helstrip

Hello my name is Mrs Helstrip and I am the kitchen assistant. I have a busy life with two small children. My interests and hobbies are cycling, music, cinema and days out!

 

School Cook

Mrs E White