Long Marton

Community School

Who's Who

“You and your governors sustain your experienced team of teachers and support staff, who underpin the success of the school. With your strong leadership and direction and support from knowledgeable governors, these staff continue to ensure pupils’ good outcomes in their personal and academic development. ” Ofsted February 2019

Rachel Smith - Headteacher

Hello there! I am the school’s headteacher. If you or your child have any problems please contact me and I promise I will do all I can to sort them out. I started my teaching career in a large rural school in Derbyshire where I worked for three years, moving onto an inner city school in Sheffield where I also worked for three years, eventually settling and  working in a range of schools in the Eden Valley. I have been head teacher at Long Marton school for over 20 years. In my spare time I like running and watching cookery programmes like Masterchef and Bake Off.


Helen Dixon - Teacher - Class 1 (currently on maternity leave)

Hi! I am the teacher of the Early Years class (N/R) - Class 1. I will be the first teacher that your child works with in school. I started my teaching career in a nursery school in Kendal then I moved to Wakefield and taught in a large reception unit. I returned to Cumbria in 2006 to teach in a small rural school near Carlisle for a year before joining the Long Marton School  staff. When not at school I enjoy spending my time riding my horse and walking my dogs.    

Lucy Peart - Teacher - Class 1

 Hi, I will be teaching the Nursery and Reception children in class 1 this year. I am very excited to help the children to settle in during their first year at school! I studied 'Early Years and Childhood Studies' at Northumbria University before moving home to Carlisle to complete my PGCE at the University of Cumbria. I taught the Nursery class at Brunswick School for 2 years before starting here at Long Marton. I love teaching in the Early Years as we can get involved in all kinds of creative and 'hands on' learning! In my spare time, I enjoy baking and going for walks in the Lake District.        

Alison Birkett - Teacher - Class 2

At Long Marton I work with the year one and two children (class 2), my specialisms and interests lay in the Arts so I also work with Key Stage Two children teaching Art and Design. Outside school, I enjoy days out in the lakes with my family and visiting new places. I have  a BEd with HONS from the University of Derby, along with 'many' years experience working in a range of village or city schools, here in Cumbria and overseas.  However, I believe that it is the 'community' within this whole village that enriches the school and encourages the children to continue learning outside the classroom.

Charlie Ellison - Teacher - Class 3

I teach years 3 and 4 in class 3 as well as teaching Computing to classes 2,3 and 4. I have a master’s degree in Town and Country Planning and was a town planner before seeking a career change in teaching. I gained my PGCE from the University of Worcester in 2012 and returned to Cumbria in 2014 and have taught at Long Marton school since 2015.

Rebecca Hodgson - Teacher - Class 3 and 4

I teach science to Class Three and Four. I have a degree in Zoology from Edinburgh University before completing a PGCE at Newcastle University in 1998.  I love teaching science and try to make lessons as practical and collaborative as I can. Both my children attended Long Marton School, so I have enjoyed being a parent as well as a teacher.

John Davis - Teacher - Class 4

I teach Class 4, plus Class 3 for PE. After taking a BA in English Language & Literature and MA in 19th Century Studies at the University of Sheffield, I qualified from Newcastle University with a PGCE in Primary Education. I taught in Sheffield for two years before returning home to Eden, where I grew up, when appointed at Long Marton in 2009. I love to read, play sport and to travel, and spent five months volunteer teaching in 2016 in Nepal while on sabbatical from Long Marton.

Jane Bainbridge - Music Teacher

I teach music to classes 2,3 & 4 and individual instrumental lessons. I also run the schools choir. I am also the accompanist for our community choir,  Middle Eden Voices, which meets in school each week. I began teaching piano at home aged 16 after learning from the age of 7. I started working at Long Marton in 2001 and both my children were pupils here. Outside of school I teach private instrumental lessons at home and I also teach these in another primary school. I love to ride my bicycle, read, knit or crotchet and help to look after our herd of cows!!

Kate Walsh - French Teacher

I love French having lived in France for a couple of years! I teach in 6 primary schools within the Eden Valley.  I began teaching in secondary schools but now thoroughly enjoy introducing the language to younger learners.  Out of school, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing and running with the rest of my family and dog!


Sue Hill SENCO

Hello, I am a HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and help to coordinate the special educational needs provision in school, the 'SENCo.'

I have been part of Long Marton School for ten years as a member of the staff team and a further ten years before that as a parent volunteer.

Wendy Swinbank - School Business Manager

Hello, my name is Wendy Swinbank, I am the Small School Business Manager (SSBM) and clerk to governors here at Long Marton School. I have had an association with Long Marton School since 1995 when our daughter started school and have worked here since 2001. I am the first person you meet when you come into school at the office. I am always willing to help with any queries or questions parents and children may have. I am a farmer's wife and our three children all attended Long Marton School.

Liz Bell - Teaching Assistant in Class 1 and Breakfast Club Leader

When my youngest daughter started school, I started my training to become a TA. I did my placement at Long Marton School and was extremely privileged to start work here permanently once I qualified.  I  love being one of the first to welcome the children into the school and help them settle in.

Jill Tarn - Senior Teaching Assistant in Class 2

I have been part of the team here for many ,many  years! Working mainly now in class 2 but also spend some time with individual and small groups of children , which also includes one afternoon in class 1. My hobbies include cooking, gardening and visiting interesting places! 

Andrea Hodgkinson - Teaching Assistant in Class 1, 3 and 4

In 2007 I gained the NVQ level 3 qualification in Teaching and Learning. I live locally and have worked for Learning Support Services, Appleby Grammar School and Appleby Primary School.

I started at Long Marton School in 2015 but have had strong connections with the school since 2007 when my daughter started Nursery. I have also supported the school as a member of Friends for most of this time. I now work across the school supporting children in most age groups. In 2016 a parent and I set up a Gardening Club now  "Greenfingers" which is run by a Committee of children and is proving very popular.

Lilian Rowlings - Teaching Assistant in Class 1 and 2 and Senior Midday Supervisor

I have been a Midday Supervisor for over thirty years, helping the children during their lunchtime break. I also work one afternoon in class 1 and 2. Out of school I enjoy visiting National Trust houses and gardens, reading and spending time with my grandchildren.

Sandra Longstaff - Cleaner in Charge and Midday Supervisor.

My two daughters attended Long Marton School in the 1990's and I started working here as Cleaner-in-Charge in 1996. Before that I had helped out with dinnertime supervision because of high pupil numbers. Out of school I enjoy looking after my grandchildren and walking the dog.


Bridget Botha - Midday Supervisor and after-school club

I recently moved into the village to be with my family. Two of my grandsons have come to the school. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, sight-seeing and sewing.


Kenton Pollard - Cook in Charge

I moved up to Long Marton from Lancashire to run the village pub.  I started working for Orian as the school cook five years ago.  Two years ago I set up my own business and now do lunches for Long Marton and Milburn Schools and both villages community lunches.  In my spare time you may see me driving the ice-cream van.

Lindsey Sowerby - After School Club Leader

Hi, I currently run the After School Club where we do different activities each day, it’s always nice when the children don’t want to leave us at home time! I completed my T.A diploma in 2017 after a years placement at Long Marton. I was delighted to be offered the position of After School Club leader.