In the Nursery, the staff team is led by a Nursery Teachers and Deputy Headteacher of Early Years, a strong team of Early Years professionals. Ratios are key and we guarantee a higher adult to child ratio compared to government guidelines. This ensures high quality care, education and individual support. Nursery pupils feed into two Reception classes. Each class is run by two Early Years teachers together with a full time teaching assistant helping to ensure that class sizes are kept to a small number and individual attention is a priority. As an addition to this, we provide specialist teaching staff for subjects such as Drama, French, P.E. and Music.

Rachel Bridgeman, Deputy Head of Early Years, Montessori Nursery Teacher

I trained in Cambridge and now have over 16 years teaching experience. I have taught all years in the years in the prep school and co-ordinated Special Needs Education and was part of the senior leadership team at my last school.. I’ve taught in Cambridge, London and had four fantastic years in the Caribbean, where I got married and has the first of my three children. I worked in prep 1 and as a supply teacher at Finborough last year and I am really excited about working in the nursery this year.

Charlotte Coathupe, Montessori Nursery Teacher

I work in the Nursery three days a week. I also run a family business and  look after my mother. I have two sons, both educated at Finborough School. The eldest, James went on to Otley College to study construction skills and is now running his own business. David is currently in year 8. My hobbies are horse riding, walking my dogs and travelling.

Paul Jones, Reception Classroom Assistant

Sarah Ruffles, Reception Teacher

Helen Stewart, Reception Teacher

I have worked at Finborough for many years now.  I have stayed here because I love the family atmosphere, the friendly staff and parents. The ethos that James and Louise have created here is wonderful, everyone feels like they are part of a family and we all really look after each other.

I am a Montessori trained early years teacher currently teaching full time in reception, although my roles have varied from nursery through to prep one over the years. I am passionate about early years and I see it as an important start to little people’s education as it really helps to set firm foundations upon which to build.

On a personal level I am a married mother of two girls aged 4 and 7 years. I am currently studying for a degree with the Open University, I am working towards a BA honours in History which keeps me extremely busy during the evenings and weekends. History is a huge interest of mine, it is hard work but hugely rewarding!


Amber Turner, Montessori Nursery Teacher

I first began volunteering at Finborough four years ago within the early years department. Having just completed my BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies Degree at University Campus Suffolk, I am delighted to have been offered a position in the nursery class. Working with young children has always been a strong passion of mine.

I run Forest Schools on a Tuesday afternoon for both nursery and reception. I thoroughly enjoy the experience of watching the children learn from the outdoor environment, as well as having such fun!
In addition to my experience in the UK, I have also been lucky enough to travel to Reggio Emilia in Italy to experience their approach to teaching. Children were learning and discovering for themselves, as independent learning was at the forefront of their approach. Just like Finborough offers a child centred education, enabling independence.

In my personal time, I am a keen member of my local gym. I enjoy watching films, looking after young family members and spending time with my family and friends.