Meet the staff

David Prescott


Mr Prescott is the Headteacher He is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead. He shares the teaching of Class 2 with Mrs Moss. He also Leads RE, Maths, Computing and History across the school. Mr Prescott is a paediatric first aider.  This year he is running Expedition Club for upper KS2. He qualified as a teacher through a School Direct Programme in 2014.  Outside school he enjoys cycling, canoeing, reading and being a dad. 

Kim Moss


Mrs Moss shares Class 2 teaching with Mr Prescott.  She has a wealth of experience in a wide range of schools and she is a particular expert in PE. She also runs a variety of sports clubs after school each week. Kim joined Dent Primary School in 2013.

Mandy Robinson


Mandy is a senior teaching assistant, providing specialist one-to-one and whole class support in both Class 1 and Class 2.  She also currently teaches D&T. Mandy is an experienced, qualified teacher with an expertise in Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Mandy holds a national SENDCO qualification and is the school SENDCO. She is contactable for SEND issues through Mandy joined the team at Dent in 2016. She is currently the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Jane Umpleby


Mrs Umpleby has often been a supply teacher at Dent and last year worked full-time on secondment from Appleby Primary, teaching a mix of History, Geography and Literacy across all key stages. From September 2022 we are fortunate to have her permanently, teaching Class 1.  Mrs Umpleby is a very experienced teacher who most recently has experience as an EYFS teacher in Appleby. She is enjoys mountaineering, running, swimming and generally the outdoors.

Rosie James


Rosie leads the teaching of Art across the school and runs the Messy Club (Class 1) and Art Club (Class 2). She has experience of teaching art and supporting learning in several primary school settings. She has a strong focus on rich, open-ended opportunities for pupils to develop their skills as they explore their creative side. Rosie is a local artist whose studio is based in Farfield Mill. Rosie is currently studying for a Masters in Art Therapy through the University of Chester.

Molly Wray


Molly is a teaching assistant who provides specialist 1-1 support for pupils across the school, as well some whole-class support and being a lunchtime supervisor. Molly graduated from university in 2020 with a degree in Children and Families: Early Childhood Studies, specializing in provision for SEN children within mainstream settings.

Mia Redmayne


Mia joins us in September 2021 as an apprentice teaching assistant who is training on the job and through Kendal College. From September 2022 she is working with us as a full-time teaching assistant, having completed her level 3 diploma last year as an apprentice.

Gwyn Cheetham

Gwyn is the business administrator. She carries out all the day-to-day administration tasks and supports the head in organising the school’s finances. She supports the teaching staff and generally keeps them in order. Gwynn is rumoured to have secret magical powers.

Sally Bansor


Sally is the school caretaker and cleaner. She cleans the school each day and carries out regular maintenance work and health and safety checks, helps to construct props for the school pantomime, rescues stray animals and generally solves problems.  Sally has been at the school since 2012. Sally makes the world’s greatest chutney and marmalade.

Nicola Crawford


Nicola is the school chef and she is in charge of concocting a delicious, healthy, diverse and balanced menu for the whole school. Drawing on her years of experience in catering and as a mum to two small children, she creates all of her meals from scratch in the school kitchen. She also works with the children to help them with cookery as part of the curriculum. She has been at the school since summer 2019.

Liz Smith

This year Liz is our teaching assistant in Class 1 part-time. She specialises in outdoor learning and early years, having worked in a variety of primary and nursery settings.

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