Meet the staff

David Prescott

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Mr Prescott is the Acting Head from September 2021. He is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead. This term he is teaching Literacy and other subjects in Class 2. He also Leads RE, Maths, Computing and History across the school. He runs Code Club, Games Club and Book club each week at different times throughout the year. He has also run Bible Explorers Club and Orienteering Club. Mr Prescott is a paediatric first aider. He qualified as a teacher through the Burton Morewood School Direct Programme in 2014 and joined Dent in September that year. Outside school he enjoys cycling, canoeing, reading and being a dad.

Kim Moss

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Kim is the Maths and Science teacher in KS2. She also teaches PE for all age groups in school. Kim has a wealth of experience in a wide range of schools and she delivers the one-to-one ‘Maths Recovery’ programme for pupils in KS1. She also runs a variety of sports clubs after school each week. Kim joined Dent Primary School in 2013.

Emma Lewis

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Emma is a senior teaching assistant who works across the school but especially in the Early Years Foundation stage. She has experience of several education settings and has an BA Honours Degree in Children, Schools and Families.  Emma carries out the ‘Reading Intervention’ support programme, she is a paediatric first aider and she also runs Breakfast club and Lego Club. She has been at Dent since 2013. Outside school she enjoys farming and walking the dog Maisy as well as being a mum to a very cute little girl.

Jill Mitchell

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Jill is a High Level Teaching Assistant with many years’ experience at Dent. She works several hours across the school. Jill is a paediatric first aider as well as a local First Responder and she also drives the school bus. She has been at Dent since 1994. Outside school she enjoys walking and looking after her grandsons.

Mandy Robinson

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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@dent.cumbria.sch.uk Mandy joined the team at Dent in 2016. She is currently the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Jane Umpleby

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Mrs Umpleby has often been a supply teacher at Dent and last year worked part-time teaching a mix of History, Geography and Literacy across all key stages. From September 2021 we are fortunate to have her on full-time secondment 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

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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. Outside school she enjoys BASE jumping and building Airfix models.

Mia Redmayne

Mia joins us in September 2021 as an apprentice teaching assistant who is training on the job and through Kendal College. During her training she will be predominantly working with Class 1, but will also work across the school and as a lunchtime supervisor.

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

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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

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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.