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Wednesday 17th July to Friday 19th July - Robinwood Residential 

Thursday 18th July - Friday 19th July - Forest School Residential

Friday 19th July - School Closes

Tuesday 3rd September - School Opens






Photos of the Forest School Residential can be found here.


Photos of Robinwood can be found here.


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


On Friday 19th July, our after school provision will be closing at 5pm. Please collect your children promptly. 


There will be no Science Club on Friday 19th July.


There will be no Rugby Club on Thursday 18th July..













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

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 my little boy. I absolutely love it here at the school, and have felt at home from the beginning thanks to all the amazing staff and children. 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’ - particularly embarrassing in Italy! 


Starfish and Starfish Explorers Class Teacher (Nursery and Reception)

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 favorourite 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. 


Dolphins Class Teacher (Years 1 & 2)

Miss A Yardley



Lions Class Teacher (Years 3 & 4)

Mrs B Hursthouse

My name is Beth Hursthouse and I teach Year 3/4 at Kirk Smeaton Primary School. I came here in 2012 from a much larger primary school and instantly fell in love with the village setting and the 'family' feel of a small school. Before I became a teacher, I worked in the world of media as a Concept Designer and Manager. However, I had always known that teaching was in my blood and eventually I followed in the family footsteps! I still get to try out my creative skills though, when it comes to doing displays and art projects! Outside school I am sports mad and spend every spare evening playing badminton or running. I play in a Yorkshire league and several local leagues so I'm always dashing off to matches with a pile of marking in tow! Life is very busy, with my two children at school too, but I love my job and wouldn't have it any other way. 


Lions Class Teacher (Years 3 & 4)

Ms C Brear


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 F Holt

Teaching Assistant

Mrs A Wilson

Hi my name is Amanda and I joined Kirk Smeaton as a Teaching Assistant in 2019. I've worked in schools for 3 years and absolutely love it!

I live my with wonderful husband, and am mum (and taxi) to a beautiful daughter. We've also recently got a new addition to the Wilson family - a Russian Dwarf hamster. Any spare time I have is spent with my amazing family exploring National Trust sites, and weekends glamping. 



Midday Supervisor 

Mrs H Spink

Hi my name is Holly Spink, and I am a Midday Supervisor. 

I love working with the younger children - they can teach you so much and be so much fun. I have worked at Kirk Smeaton since about 2008, first starting in the kitchen and supervising at lunchtimes before moving into the classroom, and I have just recently changed my focus solely to the role of Midday Supervisor. I have a level 2 qualification in Specialist Support for teaching and learning, and a level 3 Diploma in the same. My background is customer services as I worked for Leeds Met Uni for 6 years in their facilities Management departments helpdesk.

I am married with 3 children and I enjoy lots of long walks when I get the opportunity. I love dancing and listening to music. I have never travelled on an aeroplane but enjoy nothing more than travelling around our beautiful country staying at Youth Hostels. I am a member of English Heritage, enjoying looking at castles, forts, and houses, and I have a passion for history.



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. 
I get the best of both worlds in my job working in key stage 2, Y5/6 (Eagles) in the mornings and early years Reception and Explorers (Starfish) in the afternoons. Both great!

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

Ms N Holmes

My name is Nicola Holmes. I enjoy working in Starfish class and have been here since November 2018. I am married and have a 12 year old son, Jack. We love walking our dogs as a family and last year we walked the Yorkshire and National three peaks. We love our holidays and try to get away as much as possible.



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.

School Cook

Mrs T Evans

Hello my name is Mrs Evans. I am the school cook. Fortunately I love cooking and baking so a perfect job for me! I also like music and singing, and am part of a group who play hand bells which I enjoy enormously.

Assistant 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!

Midday Supervisor

Mrs S Rixham

Playworker and General Teaching Assistant

Mrs K Humpreys

I'm Mrs Humphrey I am married with two children a boy and a girl. I live on a farm, with horses, goats, chickens, dogs, and a cat. I love to walk my dogs and go horse riding, I also enjoy gardending, sewing,and making things.