Meet our staff

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 tenth year at St Ives School.

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.

Lesley Whittle - Nursery Manager

Lesley has worked at St Ives for ten 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.

Florence Burton - Deputy Nursery Manager

Florence has worked closely with other United Learning Schools and joins us this September from the Royal School in Haslemere. Since achieving a Level 3 BTEC in Early Childhood Studies from South Downs College, Florence has had a very busy career in childcare. She has gained experience working in Day-Care Nurseries, school settings and working as a Nanny for a family with two children. During her career, Florence has had a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and Speech and Language Development. 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 an ELKLAN Speech and Language Therapy course. As well as working as Deputy Manager in the Ivies Nursery, Florence manages the After School Club where she provides support and care for the children as well as offering a place for them to explore free play.  

Charlotte Marshall - Early Years Practitioner

Charlotte joined us in The Ivies in September, from a local school supporting children with special educational needs. Charlotte has worked in summer camps in the USA, teaching children a range of woodland activities including archery and also completed vigorous training to become a qualified lifeguard. Charlotte went on to enjoy expatriate life in Dubai, where she lived for 6 years with her family working at a British preparatory school. Since competing her Diploma in Special Educational Needs and Difficulties, Charlotte has continued to develop her skills and is currently studying Early Childhood. 

Deb Bowler - Early Years Practitioner

Deb has worked at St Ives for seven 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.

Rachel Sacre - Early Years Practitioner

Rachel joined St Ives in January 2019 having previously worked at Lanesborough Prep School in Guildford. Rachel has over twenty years’ experience of working in childcare including day care and school settings. During her time at Lanesborough, Rachel worked in the nursery as a nursery assistant as well as a teaching assistant in both Reception class and Year 2. Rachel has an NVQ Level 3 in childcare and has kept her knowledge and skills up to date by attending regular training courses.

Pippa Ayton - Early Years Practitioner

Pippa has worked at St Ives for eight years. The majority of this time has been spent working in the Early Years 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. 

Lucy Tapp - Reception Class Teacher and Head of Computing

Lucy graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc in Criminology, during which time she also gained experienced working in a Montessori nursery setting. This inspired a love of working with children and lead Lucy to Winchester University where she completed her PGCE. Lucy previously worked at St Ives back in 2019/20 and is excited to return and continue teaching Reception, Computing to the whole school and Year 3 Geography. For the past year Lucy has been teaching Reception at Seaton House School in Sutton, where she has continued to develop her love of the EYFS, and gained further experience supporting children with a variety of special needs. 

Rachael Walker - EYFS Teaching Assistant

Rachael studied Economics at Durham University and went on to train as a corporate lawyer, working in the City for a number of years. She then moved into the cycling industry, combining her love for the outdoors and cycling. Rachael competed in mountain biking at a national and international level, representing Great Britain on numerous occasions. Whilst in the cycling industry, Rachael established children's cycling academies. She is now pursuing a career as a primary school teacher.

Courtney Green - Year 1 Class Teacher and Head of Music

Courtney has worked at St Ives for nearly three years. Beginning in the senior school, she has gained experience of teaching across the whole school in her time here. In addition to her role as Year 1 class teacher, Courtney will also be taking on the role of Head of Music this year and is excited to get back to her musical roots. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Music and also enjoyed playing in the orchestra and managing the string orchestra. Courtney joined us from Guildford High School where she worked as a TA in the pre-prep, gaining experience in Reception and Year 1 before completing her PGCE with Goldsmiths, University of London. 


Jenny Duggin - Year 2 teacher, Pre-prep coordinator, and Senior PSHE teacher

Jenny has worked at St Ives for 14 years. She has taught mainly in Year 2 but has also taught PSHE, RE, Computing and Geography across the school. This year she will be teaching Year 2, as well as teaching RE and PSHE to the whole school. As Pre-prep Coordinator she is a member of the school management team. She is also PSHE, RSE & RE Coordinator, overseeing these subjects. Prior to working at St Ives, Jenny studied Psychology at Durham University where she graduated with First class honours. She then spent six years working in the television industry, developing and making children’s and mainstream TV programmes for a variety of companies including the BBC and ITV. Having really enjoyed her media career but seeking something more fulfilling and rewarding, she did a PGCE at Roehampton University. Since making the career change she hasn’t looked back, and absolutely loves working here at St Ives. She lives in Haslemere with her husband and two children – Harry (11) and Milly (8) – both previously at The Ivies Nursery. Milly is in Year 4 at St Ives.  

Cheryl Cooper - Pre-Prep Assistant and Wellbeing Champion

Cheryl returned to St Ives nearly three years ago, after 8 years away. In that time, she worked at Beacon Hill Primary School as a teaching assistant and a 1:1, specialising in Autism. Cheryl has been a teaching assistant for 18 years. She will be working as a teaching assistant in Years 1 and 2. In addition, she is responsible for Year 2 on a Thursday. Cheryl is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and takes on the role of Wellbeing Champion this year. Cheryl enjoys reading, cricket and listening to music. She lives in Haslemere with her husband and two boys – Freddie (12) and Jack (10). 

Jane Lipscomb - Head of English, SENCO and Year 6 Co-Ordinator

Jane has a long association with St Ives and was previously the Year 1 class teacher and, more recently, taught English in Years 3-5. Having completed a degree in Estate Management, Jane spent ten years working as a Chartered Surveyor in London. Looking for a new challenge, she re-trained and qualified as a Montessori teacher before completing a postgraduate diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and a PGCE in Primary Education. She has taught at a local Montessori nursery, the American International School in Vienna and in a local state school focussing on one to one learning support. Jane is delighted to be returning to St. Ives, which holds many happy memories for her as a teacher and a parent, as both her daughters attended the school.

Sophie Owen - Head of Maths & Science and Senior Co-Ordinator

Sophie graduated from Roehampton University in 2016 with a BA in Primary Education.  She then spent four years at Camelsdale Primary where she taught all ages from Years 1-6.  Sophie has spent time at schools in both India and South Africa as travelling is a huge passion of hers. Sophie joined us in September 2020 and is specialising in her favourite subjects of Maths and Science, inspiring the children to have a lifelong love of these two subjects.

Kerry Phipps - Head of Modern Languages

Kerry has a BA in French and Art from Roehampton University, an MA in French from the University of Surrey and a PGCE from Southampton University.  She has lived in France and Quebec, where she became fluent in French.  Kerry is a highly experienced teacher, with 25 years experience, who has taught a range of subjects across the primary age range in British and International schools.  She is excited to return to St Ives where she worked as Head of French before her career break to raise her daughters.  Kerry has previously headed up Modern Languages at St Hilary's in Godalming and joins us from Frensham Heights where she has been teaching languages across the junior and senior school.  

Emma Woodward - Head of Sport

Emma joined St Ives in 2018 as Head of Sport, having taught previously in two large Independent Schools in South London.  She graduated from the University of Birmingham with an BA Honours degree in Sport and Recreation, where she stayed on to complete a P.G.C.E in Physical Education.  Emma started her teaching career at St Dunstan’s College, teaching PE to all pupils from Years 3 to 13.  Whilst at the College, she was promoted to Head of Girls’ Games and teacher in charge of Swimming. After nine happy years at the College Emma took the opportunity to lead a PE Department and became Head of PE at James Allen’s Prep School, in Dulwich where she stayed for twelve years.  Emma has taken part in a variety of sports over the years at school, university and beyond.  She has a competitive background in Swimming and has swum at County, Regional and National levels.  Her proudest moments include winning the British Universities Championships and competing at the Olympic trials.  Emma has twin daughters who are at St Ives in Year 3. 

Hannah Taylor - Art Teacher

Hannah has a Master of Arts from Central Saint Martins specialising in Textile Design as well as over 10 years' industry experience.  Hannah believes inspiration is all around us and art is a journey.  Every child has the opportunity to express themselves with the right tools and Hannah's motto is to nurture individuality.  Hannah is married and has three children, all of whom share her passion for art. 

Nicola Clutterbuck - Spanish Teacher

 After graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a BA (Hons) degree in Spanish & Latin American Studies, Nicola spent a large part of her career at a leading global insurer where she was the Learning & Development Manager for Latin America.  Following a career break to have her two children, Nicola decided to pursue a career in teaching and teaches Spanish in both maintained and independent schools in the local area.  Nicola loves all things Spanish - the language, the people, the culture, the food - and is very passionate about encouraging others to learn what is now the second most widely-spoken language in the world.  

Rachel Greatbatch - Forest School Leader

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 due to a lifelong love of learning, in particular reading, which Rachel is passionate about passing on to all the 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. Rachel has been at St Ives for 7 years and has taught Reception and Year 1, as well as heading up the English department. Rachel has also had a year on maternity leave during which she gave birth to her son, Teddy, who is now in our Nursery. This has given Rachel the time to come back as our Forest School Leader, a role she loves!  Rachel is currently studying for her Level 3 Forest School qualification.  

Hayley Dibb - School Secretary and 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.

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