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Rodings Primary School

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Our Staff

  • Mr Colin Raraty

    Headteacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mr Raraty was appointed headteacher in April 2014 having previously taught in Blackmore and Epping. He lives in Harlow where he is busy renovating his house. He likes long walks, drawing and listening to music. His responsibilities include staff development, assessment and child protection.

  • Mr Darryl Crawley

    Deputy Headteacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mr Crawley joined Rodings in September 2016 as our Deputy Headteacher, and has overall responsibility for our curriculum and behaviour. In his spare time he enjoys walks with his dog (Albus), cooking, reading, drinking coffee and directing theatre productions. 

  • Mrs Kate Oakley

    Lead Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mrs Oakley joined the school in 2008 and currently teaches Year 4. She really enjoys listening to music and is responsible for co-ordinating this subject in school. Mrs Oakley enjoys reading, going to the cinema and cycling to keep fit. She also plays the keyboard and trumpet.

  • Mr Owen Wright

    Lead Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mr Wright joined the Rodings Primary school in September 2015 and is currently teaching Year 6. In his spare time he enjoys going to the cinema and playing rugby and football. He loves rugby and enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for sport with the children.

  • Mrs Annabel Brown

    SENCO & Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mrs B is one of our Year 1 teachers and joined our school in 2015, having completed her PGCE at Cambridge University. Before this, she studied an English Literature degree and continues to enjoy reading. Outside of school, she likes to spend time with her family, friends and her very cute cavapoo, Winnie.

  • Mrs Rachel Deamer

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mrs Deamer has been a member of the Rodings family since 2002. She works with children in the Early years and Key Stage One, coordinates RE and works with the School Parliament.  At home she looks after her twin daughters and twin cats. In her spare time Mrs Deamer loves to read, cook and walk.


  • Mrs Emily Rigby

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mrs Rigby joined Rodings Primary School in November 2012, having taught for 12 years in London. She currently teaches Year 2. Mrs Rigby lives in Saffron Walden with her family and their brand new cockapoo, Mabel. She grew up in south London but is now thoroughly enjoying her country lifestyle. Mrs Rigby loves to swim, read, cook, go for country walks with her family....and she LOVES to eat cheese!

  • Mrs Abigail Magness

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mrs Magness joined the Rodings in September 2014 and is teaching Year 1. In her spare time she enjoys singing in a choir and organising events with her local Young Farmers Club. She enjoys being outdoors and loves going to Forest School.

  • Miss Hannah Raban

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Miss Raban joined the Rodings team in September 2014 and is teaching in Year 2. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and listening to and playing music. She loves playing the clarinet with the Central Band of the Royal British Legion - two of the perks are wearing the brilliant uniform and getting to perform on centre court at the Wimbledon Finals each year!

  • Miss Hayley George

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Miss. George is our Year 4 teacher and joined us in September 2018. She enjoys weekly trips to the cinema and attempting to train her crazy Corgi puppy Gus. When Miss George is not at the cinema you’ll find her wandering around Colchester Zoo, probably by the Red Panda enclosure as these are her favourite!

  • Miss Alison Wright

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Miss Wright joined Rodings Primary School in 2018 and is teaching in Year R. In her spare time she enjoys reading lots of books, going on long runs and loves walking and cuddling her dog Henry!

  • Mr Rob Jinkerson

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Mr Jinkerson joined Rodings in September 2019 having previously taught in Hertfordshire and Bracknell Forest- he currently teaches year 5. His favourite subjects to teach are English and Music and he keeps his guitar in his classroom, just in case there's a chance for a song!  When he's not at school, Mr Jinkerson can be found out cycling, playing drums and percussion, or umpiring hockey games. 

  • Miss Becki Wattis

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Miss Wattis joined our school in September 2020, having previously taught in Cambridge, and she currently teaches Year 3. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks and spending time at the beach. She loves musical theatre and can often be caught singing and dancing around the house! 

  • Miss Lucy Parker

    Teacher at Rodings Primary School

    Miss Parker joined Rodings Primary School in September 2020 and teaches Year 1. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family. You will frequently see her visiting the local cinema to catch the latest film or travelling to the West End to see a musical.  Miss Parker loves to sing and dance and may be seen in her classroom having a boogie with the children!

  • Mrs Alison Hutley

    PPA Teacher at Rodings Primary School.

    Mrs Hutley is teaches Year 4 at Rodings and used to be a full time class teacher at our school before she left to have a family.

  • Mrs Fiona Heywood

    Teaching Assistant

    Fiona Heywood has worked at Rodings for many years and both her children attended this school. She taught in Cambridge for several years before having Andrew and Rebecca who are now aged 27 and 29! She loves watching sport and is an avid supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs.

  • Miss Elaine Oates

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Oates joined Rodings reception class in 1995. She trained as a Nursery Nurse at Chiltern College Reading. She worked at Coram's Children's Centre London for 13 years. Miss Oates has two grown up children. She was born in the Isle of Man and enjoys needlecraft, socialising and weekends away in her camper van.

  • Mrs Debbie Simpkins

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Simpkins has worked at Rodings since 2001, mostly in KS1 and Early Years. She is a Forest Schools leader and looks after the library at school. Mrs Simpkins has three grown up children all of whom attended Rodings. In her spare time she loves reading, cooking and walking and is a member of the local quiz team. 

  • Mrs Sally Curtis

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Mid-Day Assistant

    Mrs Sally Curtis is a qualified Higher level Teaching Assistant and has been a member of Rodings staff for 17 years. She has two grown up daughters, they attended Rodings and have since starting college and university. Mrs Curtis' hobbies include walking her dog Daisy and gardening. She also enjoys going to the Emirates to watch Arsenal play. Another much loved hobby is fishing and Mrs Curtis has her name engraved on the Bishop's Stortford Junior Cup.

  • Mrs Susan Cook

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Cook joined Rodings Primary School in 2009. She has two grown up daughters who both attended the school. She lives with her husband and family on a farm and loves country walks, gardening, singing and cooking cakes!

  • Mrs Kirstin Woodward

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Woodward has been working at Rodings since 2011. She has worked in different roles within the school and is now based in Early Years. She has 4 children, all of whom attended Rodings. In her spare time she enjoys reading, walking and watching football and is an active member of the Friends committee.

  • Mrs Sharon Holmes

    Higher Level Teaching Assistant - HLTA

    Mrs Holmes has lived and worked in London as a graphic designer before settling back in Essex 10 years ago. She has two children at secondary school , both ex-Rodings pupils. She is passionate about art and especially loves to get involved in all the art and craft activities at school. In her spare time she likes visiting galleries and painting the occasional picture.

  • Mrs Elaine Tunnard

    1:1 Learning Support Assistant

    Mrs Tunnard lives in Fyfield and is married with two sons. In her free time she likes to ice skate and spend time on her boat. She looks after children in Year R at lunchtimes.

  • Mrs Sharon Partridge

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Partridge has worked at Rodings since 2008 as an LSA, having held various support positions in different year groups. She is presently the Read, Write, Inc 1:1 tutor and has recently obtained an NVQ level 3 qualification in Speech and Language Support. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially Mutley, her westie.

  • Mrs Maria Parker

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Parker has been at Rodings since 2014 and enjoys working with the lovely children, especially as a Read, Write Inc tutor. She loves nature and animals and apart from her two sons has three chickens, two guinea pigs and a dog who looks like a teddy bear! In her spare time Mrs Parker likes arts and crafts, boxercise and growing vegetables. Her favourite food is chocolate!

  • Miss Sarah Wardle

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Wardle has worked at Rodings since 2015, firstly as a MDA. Since February 2016, she has been a LSA and now a 1:1 tutor in Year R. Miss Wardle has two children Emily who attends CCHS for girls and James who still attends Rodings. When Miss Wardle has spare time she likes listening to music and gardening.

  • Mrs Louise Yiu

    SEN Support

    Mrs Yiu joined Rodings Primary in February 2017 having previously worked at a secondary school in East London. She is passionate about SEN and is currently studying towards her BA in Education with the Open University. In her free time you will find her performing with a musical theatre company and listening to music whilst dancing around her kitchen much to the embarrassment of her two boys.

  • Miss Claire Allen

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Allen joined Rodings Primary School in 2017 and currently works in our reception class. An ex-Rodings pupil herself her son now attends the school and she loves all things Harry Potter. 

  • Miss Sian Crouchman

    Teaching Assistant and Mid-Day Assistant

     Miss Crouchman joined Rodings in 2014. In her spare time she enjoys baking, reading and watching cricket.

  • Mrs Samantha Kilpatrick

    Learning Support Assistant

    Mrs Kilpatrick grew up in the East Midlands and moved to Chelmsford in 2001. She has previously worked as an LSA in two local primary schools and is currently studying for her City and Guilds Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

    She has three children (two sons in Secondary School and a daughter in KS2) and enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her family.

  • Mrs Lisa Scott

    School Catering Manager

    Mrs Scott joined Roding's in 2010 as a catering assistant.
    She has two grown up daughters. Both Mrs Scott & her youngest daughter attended Roding's.
    In her spare time she loves making vinyl gifts & spending time with her family. 

  • Mrs Hayley Turner

    Catering Assistant

    Mrs Turner joined Rodings in 2008. She has two grown up sons. She likes baking cakes and eating them too.

  • Mrs Janet Donald

    Mid-Day Assistant

    Mrs Janet Donald has a thriving colony of stick insects. Her other hobbies include playing tennis and reading.

  • Mr Peter Clements

    Site Manager

    Mr Clements joined the school in November 2016, after moving back from Cyprus, where he owned and ran a Scuba Diving Centre. He is an avid F1 fan and also likes to take on the occasional charity cycle ride. Mr Clements had worked in the engineering industry for many years and is looking forward to using his knowledge to maintain the school to a high standard.

  • Mrs Andrea Paget

    School Business Manager

    Mrs Paget joined Rodings in May 2017 and is an experienced School Business Manager.  She fell in love with Rodings as soon as she came to visit before her initial interview and believes strongly in the school ethos and values and ensuring that the School Office reflects these to all our visitors.

    Outside of work, Mrs Paget has two grown up sons and a beautiful granddaughter.  She enjoys cooking, reading and family time.

  • Mrs Sue Barnes

    Office Assistant

    Mrs Barnes joined the Rodings team in May 2011 and works in the school office. She has two boys at secondary both ex Rodings pupils. She has two dogs (Joey the Westie and Sam the Lab) and a horse, Lady, which keep her very busy. 

  • Mr Albus

    School Reading Dog

    Mr Albus joined Rodings Primary School in March 2019 and is our school reading dog. Albus lives with Mr Crawley and he loves to visit the school and read stories with the children and help them with their work. In his spare time he enjoys learning new tricks, going for long walks in the woods and sleeping. He is also partial to eating snacks and socks. 

  • Mrs Steph Green

    Chair of the Governors (Partnership).

    Contact Mrs Green through the school office on 01279876288 or email


Headteacher: Mr Colin Raraty

Clerk to Governors: Mrs Debbie Hilliard


  • Mr Colin Todd (LA)
  • Mrs Andrea Beard (Parent)
  • Mrs Claudia Charles (Parent)
  • Mr Andy Mariner (Parent)
  • Mrs Leeann Goddard (Co-opted)
  • Mrs Leah Bruce (Co-opted)
  • Mr John Hildrew (Co-opted)
  • Mrs Sarah Stevenson (Co-opted)
  • Mr Brian Hardcastle (Co-opted)
  • Mr Owen Wright (Staff)