Meet the Carcroft Crew

Leadership Crew


Kirsty Laing : Headteacher

Kirsty Laing

Headteacher

I started at Carcroft back in 2015, first as Deputy Headteacher and now as Headteacher. I absolutely love working at our school because I love to see our school community grow each and every day. It makes me beam with pride seeing the children coming into school every morning with a smile on their faces and saying good morning to everyone they come across; they make me so proud.

Outside of school, I love to be kept busy and I am certainly kept very busy since the birth of my baby girl Freya in June 2021. She brightens up every single day with her beautiful smile. When I’m not with family, I love to run. I try to run a few times a week and enjoy taking part in races too. I also go to a tap class once per week which is lots of fun!

James Tucker : Acting Headteacher, LKS2 Leader, KS2 SENDCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead

James Tucker

Acting Headteacher, LKS2 Leader, KS2 SENDCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead

I have worked at Carcroft School since April 2020, having previously worked in schools in Doncaster and North Yorkshire. I absolutely love our school, and the Carcroft community, and am passionate about ensuring that all children are able to learn and succeed in a fun, happy and safe environment. Seeing the progress our children are making each and every day makes me incredibly proud and I am so lucky to be part of their educational journey.

Outside of school, the majority of my time is spent entertaining my little girl, Rosie, on family days out and walking my two dogs, Tilly and Teddy.

Gemma Whitehead : Assistant Headteacher, EYFS Leader, EYFS and KS1 SENDCO

Gemma Whitehead

Assistant Headteacher, EYFS Leader, EYFS and KS1 SENDCO

I have worked at Carcroft School for over 6 years, having previously worked in schools in Barnsley and Bristol. During my time at Carcroft School, I have taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage and have led the teaching and learning across this phase. I am passionate about ensuring that all children enjoy their first experiences of school and education and that they are taught the fundamental skills that they need to be imaginative, reflective and successful learners.

Outside of school, I spend most of my time entertaining my little boy, Ezra. We love exploring new places and spending time outdoors. We also enjoy having exciting adventures and days out with our family and friends.

Stuart Longley : Assistant Headteacher, KS1 Leader

Stuart Longley

Assistant Headteacher, KS1 Leader

I have worked at Carcroft School since April 2020. I previously worked in other local schools across Doncaster. I absolutely adore our school and the Carcroft community. I am passionate about helping the children to learn and succeed in a fun, happy and safe environment and to become the best version of themselves.

On days away from school, I love spending time with my two daughters and crazy springer, Lucas.

Olivia Fox : Assistant Headteacher, UKS2 Leader

Olivia Fox

Assistant Headteacher, UKS2 Leader

This is my 6th year at Carcroft and I have had the pleasure teaching in Year 6 since I joined. I used to love teaching English, but since being in Y6, I love Maths just as much!

In my spare time, I love exercising and joining in gym classes like body pump and body combat. I also sometimes take my mum's dogs (Lola who is a retriever and Edie who is a pug) out for nice long walks. Most of the time, I'm happy to sit and watch lots of films or box sets at home: you can't beat a day chilling after a hard week at school

EYFS Crew


Toni Ferguson : Class Teacher

Toni Ferguson

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft school for the past 7 years now and have made some amazing and truly lasting relationships with children, staff and parents. Having worked previously within Wakefield, North Yorkshire and Doncaster, Carcroft has become my teaching home. I am passionate about being the best teacher I can be to provide the best start for the children of Carcroft.

Outside of school I am kept busy with family life. My little girl is adventurous and loves to be outside which keeps me on the go most weekends. Having a toddler certainly is entertaining, but watching her develop daily provides me opportunities to reflect upon my practice within the classroom and understand things from a parents view.

Megan Evans : Class Teacher

Megan Evans

Class Teacher

Upon completing my Primary Education degree at York St John University, I taught in my hometown of Chesterfield for a number of years before joining Carcroft in 2021. I have also spent time in schools and looking after children abroad which was a wonderful experience.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, particularly my nephew and nieces. I also enjoy socialising with friends, especially if it includes time outdoors walking the dogs with a pit stop for a coffee and slice of cake!

Rebecca Chapman : Learning Coach

Rebecca Chapman

Learning Coach

I have worked in Early Years for over 10 years but I started my journey in Nursery at Carcroft in August 2021. I have loved getting to know the children, watching them learn, grow and build relationships.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my children, Max and Violet. We love baking, visiting new places and playing with our cats, Reggie and Ruby.

Dawn England : Apprentice Learning Coach

Dawn England

Apprentice Learning Coach

I am an apprentice Teaching Assistant and started my journey with Carcroft in March 2020.

The best part of working in our school is working with our children and seeing them grow, succeed and have fun and giving them the tools they need to work hard, get smart and be kind.

Outside of school I enjoy baking with my daughter, drawing, camping and walking with my dog, Monty.

Lesley Rafter : Learning Coach

Lesley Rafter

Learning Coach

After qualifying as a Nursery Nurse, I have worked in various schools in the Doncaster area; I’ve now been at Carcroft for nearly 20 years and have got to know the community and the families within it. I get great pleasure from working with the children, helping to provide a safe and fun environment for them to grow and experience new things whilst enabling them to become confident and independent little people.

Away from school, I enjoy swimming, walking our dog Stanley and, most of all, spending time with my two grand children.

Laura Kelly : Learning Coach

Laura Kelly

Learning Coach

Joanne Mason : Learning Coach

Joanne Mason

Learning Coach

KS1 Crew


Amy Welburn : Class Teacher

Amy Welburn

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft School for 6 years now in Years 3, 4 and 1. I've always wanted to be a teacher, and I absolutely love coming to school every day and seeing all of the happy smiles in my crew. My favourite lessons to teach are writing and art as I love the creativity of these and I get to see how imaginative our children are.

When I'm not at school, I enjoy gardening and going for walks with my partner and our dog, Teddy. We've also took on a bit of a project recently and are renovating a house!

Laura Godley : Class Teacher

Laura Godley

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft for many years and have always taught in Year One and EYFS - until now! This year I am teaching in Year 2 and I am looking forward to the new challenge. I absolutely love our school and community, it is such a pleasure seeing many of our pupils go onto achieve great things.

My favourite thing to do is spend time with my family and friends. I have two young girls, Betsy and Edith who love to to be in the great outdoors getting their hands dirty. There is nothing better than spending time with them and enjoying time doing things together.

Alison Scott : Learning Coach

Alison Scott

Learning Coach

I joined Carcroft School in September 2021. I am thoroughly enjoying the whole Carcroft experience and getting to know all of your wonderful children. My favourite subject in school is writing as I love hearing the children’s amazing ideas.

Outside of school, I am mummy to my two year old, Ada. If we are not dancing around the house to Frozen, reading a book or doing a jigsaw, we are walking our little dog Lenny.

Natasha Holdsworth : Learning Coach

Natasha Holdsworth

Learning Coach

Sue White : Learning Coach

Sue White

Learning Coach

Anne Brown : Learning Coach

Anne Brown

Learning Coach

I have worked at Carcroft School.for the last 6 years (including working at school for a year as a Parent Volunteer). I’ve worked in every year group and have loved working with all the children in school helping them to work hard, get smart and be kind. I love helping all the children to reach their full potential.

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it be a day out or chilling at home watching movies and playing games. I also like catching up with friends and getting together with extended family who live nearby.

LKS2 Crew


Catherine Flaherty : Class Teacher

Catherine Flaherty

Class Teacher

I joined the Carcroft Crew in September 2020, having previously worked in another school in Doncaster. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children in our school and I am passionate about encouraging children to be the best version of themselves.

Outside of school, I love spending time with my two young sons, along with my family and friends. We enjoy lots of days out together, visiting different places.

Simon Gerrard : Class Teacher

Simon Gerrard

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft since September 2019 and this is the first school that I have taught at, after having worked as an assistant at Green Top in Thorne. It’s been a really fun challenge working at Carcroft, as I try to build up a connection with the children and help them achieve their best and feel happy at school.

Away from school, I love watching sports, as I spend most of my weekends at the Keepmoat watching Doncaster Rovers. I also enjoy travelling and listening to music, too!

Lauren Marsh : Class Teacher

Lauren Marsh

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft School since September 2016, starting my teaching career here. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at our school and being a part of the Carcroft community. I am passionate about the children being the best versions of themselves and how I can facilitate this in my classroom. It brings me a lot of joy seeing the children of Carcroft being inquisitive learners, developing a love of learning and enjoying coming to school.

In my free time, I enjoy socialising with my friends and family. I am always looking forward to my next holiday and seeing different cities around the world.

Shelley Wight : Learning Coach

Shelley Wight

Learning Coach

Leonora Bidmead : Learning Coach

Leonora Bidmead

Learning Coach

I have worked at Carcroft School for nearly 18 years. Prior to this year, I have worked mainly in UKS2 but am now really enjoying my time in Year 3.

Outside of school I enjoy gardening and travelling with my family and love to meet up with friends for a catch up. I have two grown up boys and will be celebrating my Pearl wedding next year.

Angie Lowe : Learning Coach

Angie Lowe

Learning Coach

I have worked at Carcroft School for 17 years. I really like the way we work as a crew, helping everybody to be the best version of themselves and supporting each other to achieve this everyday.

I love spending time with my family, especially my 4 grandchildren. I also enjoy walking, riding my bike but most of all watching films on Netflix.

Fiona Thompson : Learning Coach

Fiona Thompson

Learning Coach

UKS2 Crew


Matthew Boswell : Class Teacher

Matthew Boswell

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft School since January 2020, having previously worked in schools outside Leeds and York. I am passionate about developing children’s understanding of the world around them along with their confidence and a fly on the wall in our classroom would see a fun and inclusive buzz for learning.

Outside of school, I can mostly be found exploring with my dog, Merlin, as well as playing cricket for my local village during the summer months.

Ruth Shields : Class Teacher

Ruth Shields

Class Teacher

I have been very fortunate that, during my time in education, I have worked in all year groups from Nursery to Sixth Form. I am in my fourth year at Carcroft spent the first three years here working in Year 3. This year, I’m really enjoying the challenges of Year 5 and the change in curriculum.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy reading (especially crime thriller novels). I usually read novels in a series as I like to follow the same characters through different events. I also enjoy singing and used to sing in church during my teens. I love spending time with friends and travelling home to Northern Ireland to see my family.

Emily Ibbotson : Class Teacher

Emily Ibbotson

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft since 2018 and I love working here. I am very passionate about teaching and helping the children to progress, not just academically but socially and emotionally too. I always say that in our crew, we work hard but have lots of fun at the same time. Music is also one of my biggest passions and I really like being able to share that with the children.

When I'm not working, I enjoy watching films, going for walks in the countryside and all things Disney. Most of all though, I love spending time with my family especially my little girl who was born in lockdo

Stacey McClare : Class Teacher

Stacey McClare

Class Teacher

My teaching career began 10 years ago and this is now my 4th year teaching at Carcroft. I have worked in all year groups in KS2 enjoying every minute. I studied Physical Education at university and have a real passion for sport, particularly basketball. I managed to compete for my country which was an incredible personal achievement.

When I’m not at work, I love spending time with my friends and family. I’m a mum of two young children who always keep me on my toes! We love the outdoors, going for nice walks and creating adventures. Also I love taking photos, creating and making new memories together.

Stephanie Smith : Learning Coach

Stephanie Smith

Learning Coach

Ross McCusker : Learning Coach

Ross McCusker

Learning Coach

Tracy Haddock : Learning Coach

Tracy Haddock

Learning Coach

I've worked at Carcroft School for 8 years. I am also a qualified Level 3 Forest School Practitioner. I currently work in Year 5 as well as delivering Forest School sessions to children in all year groups.

Outside of school I spend time with my family, love to keep active by going for walks and to the gym with my partner. I've got 5 daughter's and 2 grandson's so far, a cat called Patch and a dog called Sydney who loves lots of cuddles.

Gillian Gilliland : Learning Coach

Gillian Gilliland

Learning Coach

Karen Rhodes : Learning Coach

Karen Rhodes

Learning Coach

Hannah McLoughlin : Class Teacher

Hannah McLoughlin

Class Teacher

I have worked at Carcroft since September 2020, and have loved every minute! I am passionate about ensuring all children learn in a happy and calm learning environment in Crew Mcloughlin. I am really excited to be teaching Year 6 this year!

Outside of school, I spend far too much of my time online shopping. I also love to go on holidays: visiting Italy would be the dream!

Pastoral Crew


Maria Kaye : School Counsellor

Maria Kaye

School Counsellor

I’m the school counsellor at Carcroft school. Although employed through a company called Fortis to work in the school, I feel very lucky that all of the children, staff and parents have made me feel like one of the family. My job is to support children, who may be struggling with their emotions, to express them in a safe and productive way so that they can be the best version of themselves.

Outside of the school, I love spending time with family and friends, exploring new places and making new memories -although I’m just as happy relaxing on the sofa, watching a good film, with a bar of chocolate.

Vanessa Fortune : Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Family Liaison

Vanessa Fortune

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Family Liaison

Laurabeth Hart : Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator

Laurabeth Hart

Emotional Wellbeing Coordinator

Admin and Site Crew


Helen Lythe : School Business Manager, Trust Finance Manager

Helen Lythe

School Business Manager, Trust Finance Manager

Michelle Wilcox : Senior Admin Assistant

Michelle Wilcox

Senior Admin Assistant

Joanne Canning : Admin and SEND Assistant

Joanne Canning

Admin and SEND Assistant

Dave Hull : Site Manager

Dave Hull

Site Manager