Lower Key Stage 2

Wonderful Life - Year 4 - ceramic

made in a workshop with Artist in Residence Jane Dixon

Children aged 7-9 in years 3 and 4. Classes are named after a British bird.

Dr Ruth Duberley is the phase leader for teaching staff and and up to ninety children. As in Key Stage 1, Years 3 and 4 are split into three classes by age. The youngest children benefit by, in some years, being the older ones in class and the oldest experience being the younger classmates too. This supports good social development for all and also fosters friendships across three year groups. There is no 'ability' grouping with children learning in mixed groups apart from in Guided Reading where texts are selected for groups at a similar reading level.

Information about the curriculum can be found in our Curriculum pages and in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document.


Younger children in year 3

Lucia Roberts (nee Carpenter)

BA (Hons) German, PGCE Primary

Mrs Roberts joined team Kingsmead in 2014 as a volunteer before training on a School Direct PGCE with us and Manchester Metropolitan University. Lucia leads Modern languages and English as an additional language (EAL) with Miss Maynes. She studied German at the University of Liverpool and spent a year living in Dresden as part of her studies. She enjoys painting in her spare time.

Jess Tweedie

BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Primary

Jess joined us in September 2019 having studied Geography at University of Cambridge and a PGCE at University of Cumbria. Jess is from a farming family and has a particular interest in the environment. She works with the Art and Culture curriculum team. Jess enjoys hill walking, gardening and badminton in her spare time.


The oldest year 3 children and youngest year 4 pupils

Sophie Maynes

BA (Hons) French and Spanish, PCGE Primary

Miss Maynes joined the Kingsmead team in Lower KS2 after completing a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University, training in schools throughout Cheshire in all Key Stages. Before this, Sophie spent time working as a TA in her hometown of Nottingham. Sophie studied Modern Languages at Durham University, during which she spent time studying abroad in Toulouse and Granada and travelling across Europe to improve her language skills. She loves languages, travelling, cooking, reading and learning new things. Sophie leads provision for children with English as an additional language and modern language teaching in school with Lucia Roberts.


Older children in year 4

Mrs Julie Bagley

BEd (Hons) Primary Education with Environmental Science

Mrs Bagley is one of a dwindling number of staff who have been with us since opening in September 2004. Previously SENCo here and at her previous school, Julie leads Religious Education through school as well as teaching the Hen-Harriers on Thursdays and Fridays.

Ruth Duberley

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry and Physiology, MSc, PhD, PGCE Primary

Dr Duberley job shares the Hen Harriers with Mrs Bagley. She also leads Science throughout the school and organises Science Week - a real highlight of the school year, celebrated every two years in the Spring term. Ruth also leads provision for children keen to develop their gifts and talents and puts families and teachers in touch with events such as Challenge Saturdays and Daresbury Laboratory. Ruth has taught in primary and middle schools and prior to her teaching career carried our post-doctoral research into Alzheimer's disease at Kings hospital in London. She has two sons, one at Kingsmead.

LEARNING SUPPORT in lower key stage 2

Year 3 and 4 teachers and children are supported by an excellent team of teaching assistants who are based in one class but may work across the three classes

Kate Smith

BA (Hons) Music, PGCE Primary

Also qualified teacher, Kate has taught in EYFS and worked with us as a TA in Key Stage 1 and UKS2. In September 2019 she moved into the Lower Key Stage 2 team where she mostly supports the Sparrows.

Emma Wood

BA (Hons) English & Cultural Studies, PGCE Primary, E.L.S.A.

In 2013 Mrs Wood began working as a teaching assistant at Kingsmead. Emma qualified as a primary school teacher in 1994 and has taught from Reception to Year 6 over the subsequent nineteen years including taking on the role of MFL lead in her last school. Emma studied at Manchester Metropolitan University before settling in Cheshire. She has attended training in Attachment Theory and has qualified in Emotional Literacy Support. She is based mostly with the Cuckoos.

Natalie Hill

BA (Hons) Primary Education

Mrs Hill joined in September 2019 as a teaching assistant with Lower Key Stage 2. She will work mainly with Hen Harriers.