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Mr Piers Ranger - Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Hello, my name is Piers Ranger, and I'm the Headteacher at St. Benedict's.  I've worked at the school as a teacher, then as Deputy Head before becoming Head.  Prior to this, I've also taught in Hampshire, in Taiwan and in Spain.  When I'm not at school I love playing or watching football (I'm a huge Arsenal fan!) or spending time at home with my family and friends, our sociable sheep, wise chickens and daft dog.

Ms Ameila Kirby - Year 5 Spider Class Teacher, Deputy Head, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Senior Leadership Team, Elected Teacher Governor & SENCo

Hello! I am Ms Kirby. I have been teaching at St Ben's for four years and before this taught in London and Malaysia - all very different schools but St Ben's is definitely my favourite. I teach Year 5 (but have also taught Year 4 and 6) and am also the Special Educational Needs co-ordinator and Deputy Headteacher. Luckily I really like being busy!

After having lived all over the world I love Somerset and spending time in the incredible outdoors we have here, going for bike rides or watching the starlings with my twin daughters. My favourite animals are cats and during lockdown we became happy owners of a fluffy, grumpy kitten called CeCe who keeps us all on our toes!

Mrs Jane Brown - Year 6 Leopard Class Teacher, Senior Leadership Team & English Lead

My name is Jane Brown. I have worked at St Benedict’s since April 2012, and I am currently teaching Year 6 children in Leopard Class. I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team and have been the English Lead for the past 2 years. I also lead History which underpins our wider curriculum. I am the External Visits Coordinator and ensure all risk assessments are in place for every external school visit. I support the PTA in raising funds for the school.

I live locally with my husband, youngest daughter and three energetic dogs.

Mr Adam Kelland - Year 6 Peacock Class Teacher, Senior Leadership Team & Maths Lead

Hi my name is Adam Kelland, and I was thrilled to join St Ben’s in September 2020.  I teach in Year 6, and I am responsible for assessment and maths across the school.

I live locally with my wife and three young children and love spending time exploring the local area with them.  I am a keen cyclist and enjoy all sports. 

Mrs Tina Anderson - Year 3 Unicorn Class Teacher & PE Lead

Hi, my name is Tina Anderson. I have worked at St Benedict's since 2015, and I love my job. I particularly enjoy helping children to learn new things and love the vibrancy and character of our school and local area. I lead PE, which is perfect as I love to be active, I love running, swimming, walking and playing tennis. I am passionate about outdoor learning and have recently discovered an enjoyment of gardening.

I live quite locally, I am married, have 2 children and 2 highly energetic spaniels. In addition, I adore music! I love listening to it and singing along to it, I can't sing, but I love it all the same!

Ms Jo Bradshaw - Year 4 Chameleon Class Teacher & IT Lead

My name is Jo Bradshaw and I started teaching at St Ben's in September 2020.  I love working at St Ben's it's such a fantastic, fun, caring place to be!

I have three grown up children, two of whom live at home with me whilst studying at university and on an apprenticeship. I share my home with many animals including cats, chickens and guinea pigs!  I love gardening, wildlife, going to gigs and computing.

Mrs Liz Coton - Year 5 Tortoise Class Teacher & Music and RE Lead

Hello. I am Liz Coton. I have worked at St Benedict's for about 15 years, so I am one of the longest serving staff here. I must love the school to have stayed for so long!.  I teach year 5 and am Subject Leader for Music and RE in the school. I particularly love producing our annual Harvest Festival, Christmas Carol Service and End of Year show with the children. 

I live near Taunton with my husband and have 5 grown up children (none of whom are teachers!). When not in school, I love walking with my 2 lively rescue dogs and singing in choirs and playing my flute in an amateur orchestra in Taunton. 

Mrs Jackie Ford 

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Miss Claire Switzer - Year 3 Cat Class Teacher & Geography Lead

Hi, my name is Claire Switzer, and I am a class teacher. Teaching is my passion, and it has been wonderful returning to teach in the school I attended as a child. I consider myself to be a creative person, thinking outside the box and always challenging myself to reach my new potential. I firmly believe that life is for learning and therefore make sure I am continually challenging myself to learn new skills and achieving new goals. Living and working in Glastonbury is a vibrant, colourful and diverse place bringing with it a wonderful community of people.

Mrs Jane Newbury - Inclusion Manager & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Hi my name is Jane Newbury, and I’m the Inclusion Manager, Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Mental Health Lead.  I am responsible for the Pastoral Support and Nurture Provision for the School and can be found in the Beehive.  I have worked at the school for nearly 10 years. 

I live in Somerset and really enjoy walking by the sea, visiting National Trust locations and catching up with family and friends.  

Mrs Rachel Tidball - Learning Mentor

Hi my name is Rachel Tidball and I’m the Learning Mentor at St Benedict’s school. I am responsible for the teaching of Nurture and Outside group lessons in lower school. Also work 1.1 with other children and can be found mostly in the Beehive. I have worked at the school for nearly 4 years.

Recently I have passed several exams in Children and Young people’s Mental health.

I live locally and enjoy spending time with my family and friends in between buying sparkly shoes!!

Mrs Trudi Allen - Year 6 Leopard Class Teaching Assistant & School Cleaner

Hi my name is Trudi Allen. I have worked at St Benedict’s School since 1997.

I first started St Benedicts as a cleaner. My dad was the Site Manager at the time and my mum a cleaner.

I then became a Reprographics Assistant for approximately four years within the school.

In 2002, I became a Teaching Assistant until the present day.

I’m also Secretary of the PTFA. This is my fourth year running. It gives me great pleasure knowing that all the hard work the PTFA put into raising funds, benefits all the children.

When not in school, I love to spend time with my children and my grandchildren.

My favourite pastimes are trips to the beach, reading and gardening.

Miss Zoe Ball - Year 5 Tortoise Class Teaching Assistant

Hi, I'm Zoe Ball.  I've been a teaching assistant at St Benedict's for about 7 years.

I live with my partner and our youngest son, as well as our cat and dog.

I also have 2 older boys who have both left home.  I enjoy walking, reading, going on holiday and eating Cakes!  

Ms Jill Branton - Year 4 Chameleon Class Teaching Assistant

Hi there! I started helping at St Benedict's may years ago, coming in to hear readers, going on the odd school trip and assisting with 'Big Art' club.  I have been a teaching assistant for 6 years.

I live locally with my 15 year old son and our dog Nelson.  I have 3 grown up children who I love to spend time with too.

I enjoy 'everything' creative, hence helping out with various art and craft clubs over the years, helping paint Miss Lowe's amazing mural in the STEM room and creating props for school plays!

This enthusiasm continues into my out of school time, ranging from any kind of needlecraft, card making and recently pyrogrophy.

I also love walking and spending time with friends and family.

Miss Evalina Catchpool - Year 4 Owl Class Teaching Assistant & Ben's Den Wraparound Care Leader

Hi, my name is Evalina Catchpool and I have been working at St Ben's as a teaching assistant since 2018. I started working here as an apprentice studying specialist support, teaching, and learning and qualified in Summer 2020. I am also trained as the school's ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and work with children on a 1 to 1 basis. After school, I can be found running our after-school club Ben's Den along with the sports coaches, playing all sorts of games such as Spanish Dodgeball, Football Golf and 40-40 Home. 

I live quite locally and when not in school I'll often be spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy going on adventures to explore new places and will normally end up at the beach no matter the weather. When not out discovering more about the local and wider area I will be perfecting my slime making technique. 

Miss Georgia Daly - Year 3 Cat Class Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Georgia, and I’ve been working at St Benedicts since September 2020 as a 1:1. I was very happy to be given this amazing opportunity. 

I live in Glastonbury and have two beautiful animals. I have a lion head rabbit called Ludo who likes to make a lot of mess and a ginger cat called Ronald who likes to sit on my shoulder and play fetch. 

Miss Becky Grenter - Year 3 Unicorn Class Teaching Assistant & Senior Midday Supervisor

Hi my name is Becky Grenter. I have worked at St Bens for 7 years now starting out as a volunteer for my college course in support teaching and then progressing to becoming a full member of the Teaching Assistant team as well as being a lunchtime supervisor and hosting a weekly Glee club after school.

I live locally with my teenage son and 5 cats (yes, I am officially a crazy cat lady). I enjoy lots of reading, music, singing and I even dabble in playing the acoustic guitar. I am well known around the school as the resident Harry Potter expert, although I know a fair bit about Marvel, Star Wars and Lego too, so in short you could say I was a bit of a geek.

Miss Jo Hopkins - Year 6 Peacock Class Teaching Assistant

Hi my name is Jo Hopkins, and I am a teaching assistant in year 6. I have worked at St. Benedict’s since 2011, and I also attended the school many years ago. I previously worked at St. Dunstan's. I love art and photography and love getting to share this passion with the children. 

I live locally with my partner, older son, newborn son and crazy puppy. I enjoy attending music festivals, especially Glastonbury Festival and spending time with my family and friends. 

Mrs Micky Hurd - Year 3 Cat Class Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Michelina Hurd and have worked at St Benedict's since 1993.  I started as a teaching assistant and dinner lady, over the years I have had different roles; special needs, learning mentor and 1.1.  I also completed my HLTA course.

I live with my husband and am also a carer for him. I have three grown up children who I am very proud of and are of great help to me. I have four Grandchildren, who I am very proud of too.  I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family and close friends.  I enjoy making things and my hobby is making candles which I find is very therapeutic.  I also like aromatherapy and walking.

Miss Tina Lock - Year 5 Spider Class Teaching Assistant & Midday Supervisory Assistant 

Hi, my name is Tina Lock. I am a teaching assistant and a lunchtime supervisor. I've worked at St Ben's since 2002?

I live locally. Share my home with 2 fur babies. I have a grown up daughter and 2 beautiful grandchildren. I like gardening and get togethers with family and friends. I love spending quality time with my grandchildren (especially our wet, muddy walks).

Miss Kelly Mills - Year 6 Peacock Class Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Kelly Mills. I started working at St Benedicts last September, currently working as a Teaching Assistant in year 6. Before joining St Benedicts I worked as a teacher at St Johns, so have known many of the children here since reception, some since nursery! I feel privileged to have seen them grow into wonderful young people.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and friends and can often be seen being dragged around Glastonbury by my crazy Labrador! One of my favourite places to visit is Ham Wall, where I can enjoy the peace and tranquillity of nature!

Miss Elly Wadsworth

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Mrs Jane Daniels - School Business Manager

Hi, my name is Jane Daniels, and I'm the business manager at St Ben's.  I've worked at the school since January 2013. I am also a foundation governor at St Benedict's.

I live locally with my husband, 2 teenage children and my mad border collie.  I have an allotment and enjoy gardening.  I love having family and friends' round for food and drinks.

Mrs Jane Neale - Administrative Assistant

Hi my name is Jane Neale.  I joined St Ben’s in 2003 and still wonder at the variety of work in a school office – there is never a dull moment!

I live locally with my husband, youngest son and elderly mum (who we all look after). I am happiest when I have my family around me and usually have homemade cake and a cup of tea ready for when our other 3 grown up children pop home.   I love the great outdoors and enjoy dinosaur hunting with our grandchildren and trips out in the caravan with our 2 ‘cricket-mad’ dogs.

Mrs Tina Lawford - Administrative Assistant

Hello, my name is Tina Lawford, and I’ve worked at St Ben’s since 2002.  I started as a cleaner, then shortly after I joined the teaching assistant team and recently, I moved into the office which I enjoy.  I love working in school as everyone is friendly, and it’s a fun and amazing place to work. 

I'm also the for the PTFA.  I enjoy helping to organise events to raise money for the school and the children.

I live with my husband and a very mad dog.  I have 3 grown up children who I am very proud of.  I enjoy meeting my friends and family for food and drinks, cross stitch, and my vintage classic cars. 

Mrs Shena Caston - Release Cover Teacher & HLTA

My name is Shena Caston and I have had various roles in the school since 2004. Currently, most of my time is spent running intervention and booster groups.

In spare time I enjoy sewing, gardening, walking my dog and catching up with friends.

Mrs Sarah Elsley - Release Cover Teacher

Hello, my name is Sarah Elsley. I have been working at St Benedict's since September 2016 fulfilling part of the PPA cover within the school. I really enjoy my role as it allows me to work with children in every year group and watch as they develop.

I live with my husband, young daughter and our two lovable Labradors. When I am not at work, I love to be creative. I enjoy sewing, card making, toddler crafts (Play Doh is a great favourite!) as well as Modern Jive dancing.

Miss Jo Murphy - Release Cover Teacher

Hi, my name is Jo Murphy. I have worked at St Benedict’s for a long time in a variety of roles as a teacher and governor – it must be because it is such a friendly place to be! Currently, I am lucky to be able to spend time in each year group as a PPA teacher. 

I live locally with my brilliant family – my partner and two fantastic girls. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, going for long beach walks, camping and catching up with friends and family for coffee and cake.  

Mr Elliott Lintell - Sports Coach, DASH & Ben's Den Wraparound Care Leader

Hi my name is Elliott Lintell. I will be joining St. Ben’s as a full time sports coach in September. Although I have worked at the school for the last 5 years doing DASH club every morning and Ben’s Den for the last year. 

I live locally and when not in school you will probably see me down Glastonbury football club, as I have just become the reserves assistant manager. I also enjoy going to watch live sporting events such as football, rugby, horse racing. 

Mr James Davidson

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Mrs Ann Faulkner - Violin & Piano Peripatetic Music Teacher

Hi, my name is Ann Faulkner, and I’m a peripatetic musical instrumental teacher. I have been teaching private violin and piano lessons at St Ben’s since 2015 and love the variety of my work.

Outside of teaching I am the deputy Musical Director and accompanist for a large female voice choir and at times conduct several smaller choirs.

I live with my husband in south Somerset and have 2 sons who are currently away at university. I love the seaside and visit regularly as I live the furthest from the sea than I have ever done! I enjoy countryside walks closer to home and have recently discovered I love doing cross stitch.

Ms Sarah Holt - Flute & Recorder Peripatetic Music Teacher

Hi I’m Sara Holt and I teach private recorder and flute lessons at St Ben’s, having been a primary school teacher with music specialism for over 20 years. I also lecture in Primary Music Teaching at Bath Spa University. I love both my jobs and alongside these I am soon to start training at UWE to become a Music Therapist. 

When I’m not teaching or playing music I enjoy gardening, running and meeting with friends for coffee and cake.  

Ms Amanda Thorpe - Parent & Family Support Advisor

Hello, my name is Mandy and I have been the PFSA at St Benedict's since 2007. My role is to support families at the school, and I'd say my favourite part of the role is coaching parents around behaviour at home.

I live near Wells with my partner and cat. In my spare time, I enjoy kickboxing, karate and cross-stitch. 

Ms Helen Inman

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Mrs Sue Neale - School Meals Assistant

Hello.  My name is Susan Neale I have been at St Benedicts since 2006 serving the school lunches which I enjoy.                    

I live with my husband and have six grown up children and six grandchildren. I love to walk and bake.

Mrs Alison Cullen - Midday Supervisory Assistant & Cleaning Staff

Hi my name is Alison Cullen. I've worked at St Ben's for 10 years as a cleaner and lunchtime supervisor.

Both of my children, now in their 20's, attended the school.  When the weather allows, I'm busy on my allotment growing fruit and vegetables.  If it's not so great outdoors, I'll be in the kitchen baking or reading a good book with my cat on my lap!

Mrs Jan Roberts - Midday Supervisory Assistant

My name is Jan Roberts, and I am one of the lunchtime supervisors, helping serve the lunches and monitor the children in the playground.

I started work at St Ben's in February 2020 after having retired from a lifetime of working with children in other sectors.

Two of my three grandchildren live in Glastonbury and attend St Dunstan's and St Benedict's.  Having moved from Glastonbury to Somerton means I have to travel but find the journey and the job very rewarding as it breaks up my day and makes me feel useful.

Mr Richard Daniels - Groundsman

My name is Richard Daniels and I have been the groundsman at St Benedict's since September '20.  I live locally with my perfect wife and 2 of my 4 children and my border collie called Izzy.

I've had a varied career, starting in tree surgery, forestry and landscape gardening.  I then changed to IT, but I've come back to what I love - grounds, gardening and being outdoors.

Mr Andy Shaw

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Miss Amelia Daniels - Cleaning Staff

Hi, my name is Millie Daniels, and I am a temporary cleaner ar St Ben's.

I have just left school, and I am going to University in September to study fine art.  My hobbies are ballet and surfing.

I live locally with my mum, dad, brother and dog.

Miss Sophia Jameson - Cleaning Staff

HI!  My name is Sophia Jameson, I've been a cleaner at St Ben's since November 2020.

I live locally with my mum and three-legged cat.  When not in school I'm out with my friends and with my massive Italian family.

You can usually catch me running around school in pink trainers!