Meet the Team

Lynne Kilford

Head Teacher

I came into teaching late in life after having a successful career in fashion buying but after 10 years of travelling one hotel looks very much the same as another. A career change was needed so I went to the University of Nottingham to study for a PGCE. A year later, I started my teaching career at a Nottinghamshire school where I stayed for 9 years. Whilst I was there, we knocked down our old school and had a new one built. As you can imagine this was a very stressful time for all involved however the children didn't mind sharing a playground as they got to watch the diggers work. We had one very exciting day when the builders accidentally knocked down the hall wall, which they had just built. Over the nine years, I taught for 5 years in lower juniors and 4 years in upper juniors. I had responsibility for Numeracy, Assessment and P.E. One of my targets whilst at the school was to raise the profile of P.E and in particularly girls undertaking extra curricular sport. I had the opportunity to work with lots of children in this role and they became very successful working as a team and won many major tournaments in football, athletics and cricket. In fact, the girls won the Nottinghamshire County Championship three times in the last five years, which was a huge achievement. They also gave the boys a run for their money and became Football League Champions 6 times out of the last nine years. 

Ben Twelves

Deputy Head Teacher and Class 5/6 Teacher

I have been teaching for ten years and this is my seventh 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 little girls.


Amy Mallender

Reception Teacher and SENCO

Jennie Thurston

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Helen Rochitts

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Rosie Clements

Class 1 Teacher

Sue Webster

School Business Manager

Amy Bingham

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Christine Ward

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Mark Downings

Class 3/4 Teacher

Jo Bagshaw

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Claire Jackson

Teaching and Learning Assistant

Karina Askew

Class 2 Teacher

After completing my degree at Sheffield Hallam University, I taught at All Saints’ school in Matlock for 7 years. My last teaching post was at Stanton-in-Peak school where I taught a mixed age class.  I am looking forward to teaching literacy and numeracy in the mornings at this lovely school because already, the staff and children have made me feel at home.

When I’m not working I enjoy being outside.  I like to go camping and cycling when the weather is fine. At home, I have a table tennis table in my garden and most nights I attempt to beat my son.  The loser has to wash the pots. So far I have failed, but one day soon (hopefully after Sunday dinner when there are lots of pots) I hope to be victorious!