About Us

A school teaches in three ways: by what it teaches, by how it teaches and by the kind of place it is

Lawrence Downey

In this area of the website you can find information about school governors, support staff and some specialist teaching staff too. For information on children's class teachers and teaching assistants please see the Classes.


Catriona Stewart

BA (Hons) Design for Communication Media, PGCE Primary, NPQH, PGCE Understanding Dyslexia, PQSI

Ms Stewart is the Designated Lead for Safeguarding and subject leader for Art and Music.

Catriona studied Design for Communication Media at Manchester Polytechnic. She has worked as an illustrator at The British Museum and graphic designer / illustrator for museums in Cheshire, fresco restorer in Italy, an architectural technician, bar person, shop assistant and cleaner. Her first teaching job was at Victoria Road, Northwich after which she went be deputy head of a school with provision for children with BESD where she also worked as acting head for the last two years. Following a short stint as deputy head at a large, diverse school in inner-city Manchester, she returned to Northwich in 2004 to take up the headship at Kingsmead where she been since the school's opening in 2004 and is where she qualified as a specialist dyslexia teacher.

She has worked for CWAC as a Local Leader in Education and from 2017 as an Associate School Improvement Advisor. She trained to inspect schools for Ofsted and undertook some additional work in school inspection. In March 2019 Catriona joined the board of trustees for the Sir John Brunner Foundation. She has one daughter, also a teacher. Ms Stewart lives in Northwich.

Deputy Headteacher

Lisa Rutter-Brown

BA (Hons) Primary Education with Maths and Technology, National SENCo Award, NPQH

Mrs Rutter-Brown, our SENCo and Inclusion leader is also the job share teacher of children in Dragonflies.

In 2016 Lisa's work on behalf of adopted pupils and their families was recognised by Adoption UK and MP Stephen Timpson who wrote to commend our work as an adoption friendly school. Mrs Rutter-Brown joined us in 2004, when the school opened, as our first reception teacher. She has worked for the Local Authority as a leading subject leader for Mathematics, where she supported Mathematics leaders across Cheshire. As deputy head, as well as leading and supporting staff at Kingsmead, Mrs Rutter-Brown was been seconded to a school facing additional challenges.

She has two daughters who both attend Kingsmead Primary.