Our Staff

“Children thoroughly enjoy learning and adults enjoy helping them to do so. Practitioners have a very good understanding of how children learn and what they need to do to help them learn more. This leads to teaching that is consistently good with many outstanding aspects.”

Ofsted, October 2014

Staff working with children are all trained early years professionals who hold various qualifications ranging from teaching degrees to Level 3 childcare certificates.

“Relationships are very friendly. Nursery is a calm place to learn. Practitioners quietly probe children’s thinking with skilful questions, encouraging them to take that step further in developing their own ideas. Incidental opportunities to extend learning are consistently used successfully. Adults model language very well and are experts at giving children time to respond and talk to each other.”

The skilled and dedicated staff consist of:


Alyssa Dobbs

Alyssa is Headteacher of Kendal Nursery School. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Early Years and is passionate about providing appropriate exciting learning experiences for young children.


Nicola Kitchen

Nicola joined Brantfield in September 2008. She is enjoying sharing her passion for teaching in the Early Years. She provides an exciting and stimulating learning environment following children’s passions and interests and works closely with parents. Nicola teaches the five morning sessions in the downstairs classroom.

Sarah Kitching

We are very pleased to welcome Sarah back to Brantfield full time. Sarah has worked in several schools in Cumbria with both nursery and older children. She has experience in various school roles and has worked extensively supporting children with additional needs. Sarah loves to work outside and has Forest School qualifications, she is keen to support learning both in the garden and on the Wild Side. Sarah teaches the two and a half day sessions in the upstairs classroom.

Teaching Assistants (HLTA & STA)

Carol Watson, Janette Osliff, Katie George and Tina Bennett.

Administrative support

Karen Bradbury and Emma McInaw

Lunch Club Staff

Sharon Williamson, Ann Marie Swallow and Katharine Howe.

Day Nursery Staff

Alison Morris (Day Nursery Leader), Judi Shire & Carol Johnston (Day Nursery Deputies), Shelley Wilson, Claire Mullen, Emma Crawford, Kym Astill and Jenny Murphy.

Parent and Toddler Group Leader

Paula Goodyear.


Our Governing Body has 13 members including Parent, Local Authority and Staff representatives and co-opted members. The skills of the governors are audited to ensure we fully utilise their competencies which include knowledge of Early Years, Social Care, Health and HR.
Vivien Kincey is our Chair of Governors.
More details on our Governor and Organisational Matters page.


Cleaner-in-charge: Joyce Sisson
Cleaner: Angela Gadsby