St Ives pupils are going places...

My daughter knows the teachers in the school and they know her, it is friendly, warm and really knows it's stuff when it comes to child development.

Parent 2016

Really nice nurturing environment, in lovely setting. Most important is how much my daughter loves it there - so much so she often doesn't want to come home!

Parent 2016

My son, like all boys needs to get outside and be physical and the outdoor space at St Ives is an adventure park with lots of space to run and wonderful views, for him to run around in.

Parent 2016

I love St Ives so much because we learn lots and we do lots of sport and Forest School. I really enjoy everything!

Tabitha (age 9)

It is cheerful, enthusiastic, and encouraging every day I come in excited and leave wanting to carry on my lessons! I am so lucky to have this school.

Annie (age 10)

I love St Ives because of the grounds, the beautiful view and lessons.

Sophie (age 8)

St Ives School is a very smiley place and everyone is happy to come to school every day.

Pupil

Pupils achievements and the quality of their learning are excellent.

Independent Schools Inspectorate Report, 2015

I try to savour my days at St Ives as they are best school days I will ever have.

Pupil

St Ives is a really exciting place to be, with so many fun activities and extra-curricular clubs so you’re never left out.

Pupil

If I had to sum up St Ives in one word it would be AMAZING!

Pupil

St Ives is caring and supportive, we are like a big family.

Pupil

St Ives may look small but actually it is exploding with education excitement and fun, all of the teachers are inspiring in each and every lesson.

Pupil

St Ives is a school which is full of opportunities to achieve great things.

Pupil

Meet Our Teachers

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Kay Goldsworthy

Head Teacher

Kay studied Primary Education BA at Roehampton University. She then worked in Surrey for 4 years teaching across Key Stages 1 & 2. She has experience co-ordinating Geography, French and Educational Visits. Kay travelled to Abu Dhabi UAE, to teach in an International School. She was part of the team that opened a brand new school called Al Muna. Kay worked there for 2 years and taught across Key Stage 2, and was part of the Literacy Curriculum Team. This is Kay’s sixth year at St Ives School.


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Nicola Smith

Deputy Head and Humanities Teacher

Nicola graduated from the University of Wales with both a First Class Honours BA in Geography and also obtained the award for the highest achieving final year student. She studied French to first year degree level, gaining the department’s scholarship. After university she went on to fulfil her lifelong ambition to teach by undertaking a Primary PGCE at the University of Plymouth. Over the past 8 years she has been Learning and Curriculum Manager, Academic Director and is the school’s Deputy Head.


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Bridget Workman

Reception teacher and Spanish teacher

Bridget has a First class degree from Northumbria University in Spanish and Business. After graduation she lived and worked in Catalonia, teaching English to both children and adults. She then returned to Northumbria to carry out a PGCE in Primary education, specialising in the 4-7 age group and Modern Foreign Languages. Bridget speaks both Spanish and Catalan. She is also qualified to teach French to Key Stage 3 level, as a result of completing a French extension course at Durham University.


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Pippa Ayton

Reception Teaching Assistant

Pippa has worked at St Ives for 3 years. The majority of this time has been spent working in the nursery during which she undertook training in Developing practice within the early years, safeguarding and first aid. Pippa has gained previous experience working with children at Grayswood Infant School and Haslemere Prep School where she worked in both reception and nursery classes. Pippa has been involved with after school activities, notably Beavers and cricket. This year Pippa will be working as a teaching assistant in Reception as well as continuing her to work in the Nursery. Prior to working here she worked with children at Grayswood Infant School and Haslemere Prep School.


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Rachel Pyle

Year 1 teacher

Rachel attended the University of St Andrews where she studied English Literature, Modern History, Classics and Latin before finally choosing to read English Literature. This degree choice was a continuation of a lifelong love of learning, and in particular reading, which Rachel is passionate about passing on to all children she teaches. After a brief career in banking, Rachel pursued her dream and began a PGCE at the University of Leeds, specialising in the 5-7 age range.


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Jenny Duggin

Year 2 teacher, Pre-prep coordinator, and Senior PSRE teacher

Jenny taught Year 2 for 3 years before becoming PSRE, ICT and Learning for Life teacher. She was responsible for teaching PSRE to all of the children in the school, from Nursery - Year 6. Prior to working at St Ives she was a straight ‘A’ student at school, before studying Psychology at Durham University where she graduated with First class honours. She then spent 6 years working in the television industry, developing and making children’s and mainstream TV programmes for a variety of companies. Having enjoyed her media career but seeking something more fulfilling and rewarding, she did a PGCE at Roehampton University, specialising in Early Years.


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Agata Kawka

Pre-Prep Assistant

Agata is originally from Poland and is bilingual. She studied for a Master’s degree in Education at Kingston University, specialising in English Language Teaching. Prior to her Master’s, and while still living in Poland, Agata completed a BA degree in Teaching English at the teacher training college. This was equivalent to a UK degree in Education, and saw her working with children aged 8-18.


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Verity Vinen

Art Teacher

Verity came to St Ives as Head of Art following 18 years at St Catherine's, Bramley. She has a strong pastoral background and was a School Housemistress prior to having her children. Verity is a practising artist and enjoys painting and printmaking, and takes her inspiration from the Highlands of Scotland. She started her teaching career in London and taught in Plymouth followed by 2 years as Head of Art in an international school in Nairobi, Kenya.


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Marieke Butterfield

Science Teacher

Marieke has a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Bangor. Following her graduation she went on to work in Mozambique as the resident Marine Biologist at an eco-lodge. On her return to England she decided to pursue her interest in teaching and completed the graduate teaching program, during which she was based at Busbridge Infant School in Surrey. After teaching Years 1 and 2 at Busbridge Infant School she moved to a primary school in Hampshire. Here she taught Year 3 and was a Key Stage 2 leader. Having led Science in both schools she is now enjoying her ninth year of teaching and teaching Science to the whole of Key Stage 2.


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Catherine Shute

Seniors Co-Ordinator & Head of Maths

Since completing a PGCE at Winchester University, Catherine has worked in a number of Hampshire schools with National Support School Status. She has taught all core subjects alongside some outstanding senior leaders in very challenging circumstances. Marked out by her work ethic; Hampshire Moderating Team identified her as an innovator who extolled both virtue and championed best practice. As Maths Leader she has played an integral part in reinvigorating interest in the subject and raising standards. A sporting all-rounder, with a Sports Science background, Catherine is a County level athlete (netball and volleyball) with an avid interest in team sports and team competition.


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Sonia Cartwright

Head of PE

Sonia gained her Sports Science Degree at Chichester University and then stayed on to complete her PGCE the following year. She started her teaching career at Feltonfleet Prep School, Surrey, spending five years as Head of Girls Games. She went on to be Head of House and Head of Girls Pastoral role within the school. She then moved to Bedales Senior School, Hampshire, where she was the Head of Girls' Games for 6 years, and then became Head of Sport for her final 6 years. She is a keen sportswoman, who has played football at National Level for Wimbledon and Brighton and Hove Albion and gained selection for the British University football trials 3 years in succession, representing South England.


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Jane Lipscomb

Head of English & SENCO

Jane’s initial career was as a Chartered Surveyor and she worked in a private practice in London for 10 years before having her family. After re-training she worked for 6 years teaching in a Montessori School and also at Fernhurst Infant School as a learning support teacher. She moved to Vienna for three years where she worked as a private tutor and as a supply teacher in the American International School. Following her travels she began working at St Ives in the nursery and also with one to one learning support for girls throughout the school. She then taught Year 1 for five years and is now delighted to be Head of English and SENCO at St Ives.


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Katie Croall

French Teacher

Katie has a BA (Hons) joint degree in French and Italian from the University of Bristol and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from St Mary’s University, Twickenham. After completing her PGCE Katie taught at the Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College, where she completed her NQT year. Following this, she spent seven years at Gumley House Convent School FCJ, where she taught French and Italian from year 7 to year 13. During her time at Gumley House, Katie was appointed Head of Italian and Head of House and was extremely proud of the excellent examination results students achieved. Many of her students chose to continue their studies at University and were awarded places at Oxbridge and a number of Russell Group Universities to read languages. Katie has two children and her eldest daughter has just started reception at St Ives.


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Debbie McGuinness

Head of Music

Debbie teaches music throughout the school. She was awarded her Degree in Music at University of Hull in 1995 and then went on to complete a PGCE at Bretton Hall College, specialising in primary teaching with music. She taught in the North of England and Northern Ireland before settling in Surrey in 2001. Debbie worked at St Ives for 4 years before taking a break to look after her young family. She is very excited to be joining the team at St Ives again.


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Lesley Whittle

Nursery Manager

Lesley has worked at St Ives for six years. Having achieved a degree in Early Childhood Studies from London South Bank University in July 2006, Lesley went on to study Child Development and Education at Kingston University where she was awarded Early Years Professional Status in March 2008. Lesley has had a twenty year career in childcare, in both day-care and sessional settings as well as bringing up two children of her own. During this career Lesley has had a special interest in special educational needs and speech and language development. In order to develop her knowledge in this area she has attended an Elklan course in Speech and Language Support for under-fives, a Makaton workshop and a workshop in Portage support. Whilst working in Early Years settings Lesley has worked closely with the advisors from Surrey Early Years and Childcare and has been involved in producing training videos demonstrating outstanding practice - this being the standard of practice she presents at all times in the Ivies. Lesley also manages the After School Care and is a great advocate for children having the freedom to explore their world through free play during which they learn to share, work together, support each other and overcome problems.


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Deb Bowler

Early Years Practitioner

Deb has worked at St Ives for four years. She has a Level 3 Cache in Childcare, and has additionally attended multiple training courses on many aspects of the nursery environment. Before joining St Ives Deb worked at her village nursery for ten years. She lives in Chiddingfold with her two children.


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Catherine Robertson

Early Years Practitioner

Catherine joined St Ives in February 2014. She originally trained at The Norland College with placements at a school and nursery school in Newbury. Following her course she was awarded a NNEB Diploma and a very impressive Norland Diploma with Distinction. Catherine worked as a nanny for several families before moving to a nursery to work in the baby room. A year later she married her husband William, and spent 9 years at home raising their two sons, Benedict and Archie. Catherine enjoys reading, baking, and cycling with her family.


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Alex Jarvis

School Secretary

Alex has worked at St Ives since 2009. Alex studied Business and Finance at Salford University after which she spent five years working at Procter and Gamble in Weybridge and Geneva before taking a career break to have children. Alex has two sons both of whom attended the Ivies Nursery.


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Hayley Dibb

Registrar

Hayley gained her degree in European Business and Languages at Nottingham Trent University, which included a year studying and working abroad in Germany. She then pursued a career in Marketing/Advertising working for large multinationals, such as Sony TV-Europe and Coats Viyella, before working more locally for a private education company catering for overseas students in Guildford. Following a career break to raise her 3 children, during which time, Hayley worked part-time from home and also voluntarily at her children's schools, she joined St Ives in September 2015 to work as Registrar/Admissions Officer.


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