Meet the Team

Lynne Kilford

Head Teacher

I have experience of teaching in a variety of Primary settings. I previously worked in a large primary school in Edwinstowe as a Senior Leader before joining Bishop Pursglove as Deputy Head in 2009. After 5 years, I took on the Headship when the previous Head left.

I have a BA Hons in Business Studies and joined the Arcadia Group in their Buying and Merchandising Department after finishing university. After spending several years in a business environment I decided to train as a teacher. I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Nottingham University but was based for the majority of time in schools in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Helping the children to reach their potential and flourish as individuals is the reason I joined the teaching profession and I love it!

Ben Twelves

Deputy Head Teacher and Ruby Class Teacher

I started teaching in 2006 and this is my eleventh year at the fantastic Bishop Pursglove! The children in my class are hardworking, lots of fun and generally brilliant. I love teaching all subjects and helping children to overcome difficulties, but my favourite subjects are Science and RE.

I studied Physics at the University of Manchester and graduated with an MPhys (Hons) in 1998. After that, I worked for a few years in the utilities industry before taking my Post Graduate Certificate in Education. I trained in Tower Hamlets (East London) although it was part of St Martin's College in Ambleside. I then taught in a variety of schools in Dagenham, Salford and Sheffield before my wife and I moved to the beautiful village of Tideswell. 

Away from school, I am a member of the Leadership Team at Fountain Square Church in Tideswell and a daddy to two girls.


Amy Mallender

Opal Class Teacher and SENCO

I graduated as a teacher in 2000 after spending four years at Manchester Metropolitan University gaining my B.Ed (Hons) 2-1 degree.

I started teaching at Tideswell in September 2000 and have been here ever since! I have mainly taught in the infants as this is where I feel my strengths are. In 2012 I gained my SENCO accreditation.

I love living in Derbyshire and although I enjoyed my time at University, I really wanted to come back to the countryside as it is where my roots are. My Grandad was a farmer and sheep dog trialist on One Man and his Dog! He was uprooted from Ashopton village when it was flooded and moved on to the hillside above. Many of my childhood memories are of that area and the animals.

I now live very locally with my family, cats and dog. My dog is very special as we had to go to the Netherlands to get him! But he wouldn’t make a good sheep dog - far too interested in sniffing!

Tideswell feels like my second home and although I have been here a long time, every year is different and there is always a new challenge! I enjoy being a teacher and all its ups and downs! Every day is different and I enjoy being able to be flexible and creative every day. Teaching your children is a privilege to me.

Rosie Clements

Emerald Class Teacher

I qualified with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2005 and have taught in schools in Birmingham, Solihull and Derbyshire. I joined the Bishop Pursglove team in 2017. I have taught from Reception through to Juniors and it has been a privilege to be a part of so many children's life journeys. Having worked in a range of schools I feel especially blessed to be a part of the BPS family. This atmosphere was what struck me when I first visited the school as a prospective parent and is something I value every day when I come to work.

I am passionate about reading and want every child to have the chance to lose themselves in books. I also love teaching music and singing. As well as being English subject leader I am also the co-ordinator for Collective Worship and lead weekly worship sessions at BPS.

I live in Tideswell with my two young children, two cats and three chickens. I am a member of Fountain Square Church where I help to co-ordinate and run children's activities.

My peaceful place is my allotment, where we spend a lot of time as a family. I also enjoy crafts, such as crochet and hand lettering.


Sue Webster

School Business Manager

Claire Jackson

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Helen Rochitts

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Mark Downings

Sapphire Class Teacher

After qualifying as a teacher in 2013, I was thrilled to accept my first ever teaching post here at Bishop Pursglove. Since then, I have continued to develop my teaching practice and had the opportunity to hold the roles English and Maths Subject Leader, at different points during my time here.

Although I originally trained as a Journalist at the University of Central Lancashire, a career in Education has always been an ambition of mine. I have previously worked at the University of Derby, and I have also worked as a Teaching Assistant at a Junior School in Buxton.

In my spare time, I love playing golf at my local Golf Club. I have been a member there for over 20 years and currently have a handicap of 13. I also enjoy watching football with my partner Katie, even though she is a Manchester City fan and I support Manchester United!

My favourite subject to teach is Maths but I also like History and Geography. I feel extremely privileged to be able to pass on my knowledge and experiences to the children in my care, and to help them grow in confidence and achieve their very best.

Amy Bingham

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Christine Ward

Teaching and Learning Assistant