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Headteacher – Mrs Maria Rumsey

Mrs. Rumsey grew up in Essex after moving from London at the age of four; she is an original Essex girl! Both her parents were teachers and from an early age, teaching was always going to be her chosen career. She studied education and music at Homerton College, Cambridge and was offered her first teaching post at Nabbotts Primary School in Springfield in 1978. She married Stephen in 1986 and she has three daughters, one of whom has followed her into the teaching profession. After working in many schools, she was appointed as Headteacher at Terling CE Primary School in January 2006. The school celebrated an outstanding judgement in both its Church School inspection and its Ofsted inspection, something that she is hoping to achieve at St. Michael’s. When Mrs. Rumsey visited St. Michael’s, she loved the school and the children immediately and felt that this was the school for her! She is very excited about making St. Michael’s a really outstanding school and is really enjoying her role as Headteacher. Mrs. Rumsey loves, reading, playing the piano and sailing.

Deputy Headteacher – Mrs Lisa Dines

Mrs Dines was born and raised in Essex.  Before becoming a teacher, she had a ‘proper’ job in London!  She was inspired to train to become a teacher when she saw the impact that great teachers had on her daughter when she started school.  Mrs Dines worked at Sunnymede Junior School in Billericay before joining St. Michael’s, starting there as a student teacher and moved through the ranks to a Senior Leadership position.  She enjoys going on warm summer holidays, reading, spending time with her family, going to the gym (reluctantly!) and eating chocolate (regularly, hence the gym!).  She is delighted to be one of the new members of staff at St Michael’s.

Special Needs Co-ordinator – Joanne Martin

Mrs Martin went to primary and secondary school in Chelmsford.  After finshing school she travelled around Africa before starting University in Newcastle. Mrs Martin studied Psychology at University, became a teacher and then, later on, became an Educational Psychologist.  Mrs Martin travelled through North Africa and Central and South America before getting married and having her two gorgeous boys! Mrs Martin has done some crazy things in her time – running a marathon, breaking both her legs doing a parachute jump, but she is now sensible and enjoying a peaceful time as SENCo at St Michael’s school!


Class Teachers

Mrs Orton

Miss Palfrey grew up in Colchester before going to university in Norwich.  She completed her teacher training at the University of East Anglia before gaining her first teaching post in Lawford, Essex.  Her second post at East Bergholt Primary School enabled her to teach creatively and develop her skills in using drama and dance and a Mantle of the Expert approach.  Miss Palfrey has been affectionately known as ‘Miss P’ throughout her teaching career and aims to inspire a love of writing in her pupils.  She is a keen poet and has a dream of publishing her very own novel one day.  Travelling is another big passion and her classroom is a showcase of artefacts collected from many different countries.

Mrs Harriet Stevens

Mrs Stevens originates from Dorset but grew up near Epping Forest in Essex. Having Godparents who were, until recently, teachers encouraged her to consider a career herself as a primary teacher. This ambition became a reality once both of her children were happily attending Infant school. During this time she was able to undertake a Post Graduate Teaching Certificate course at Middlesex University. Prior to marriage and having a family, Mrs Stevens undertook some independent travel and voluntary work in Asia, Africa and Europe and worked predominantly in London, including a rewarding time at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Mrs Stevens really enjoys teaching and is especially inspired by the super children and her colleagues at St. Michael’s.

Mrs Bowcher

Mrs Bowcher was born and raised in Essex. Ever since starting school herself, she has always wanted to be a teacher.  She studied Early Years and Education at Southend University then went on to gain a PGCE with Billericay Educational Consortium to fulfil her dream.   Mrs Bowcher originally wanted to be a reception teacher but soon realised she loved the independence of children in Key Stage 2 so never returned to Early Years. Since teaching, she has worked at Bonnygate Primary School and Sunnymede Junior School before joining St. Michael’s.   In her spare time, she loves listening to music (especially Busted), spending time with her dog Maggie, travelling, going to the theatre, eating chocolate and going to the gym.

Miss Morris

I was born and raised in Shenfield in Essex and grew up loving the outdoors, horse riding and travelling. As an adult I have continued to enjoy travelling and have acquired a love for unusual foods and love to cook and share meals with friends and family.  I have two children 16 and 14 who also love to spend time outdoors. We often go geocaching (a bit like a treasure hunt). I qualified as a teacher once my children were at secondary school, this has allowed me to bring lots of life experience to my role at St Michael’s including seven years spent as an LSA at another Chelmsford school. It’s a privilege to be able to share my passions and interests with not only my own children but those that I teach too.

Mrs Hannah Veasey

Miss Walker was born and raised in Chelmsford. She originally wanted to be a paradmedic but realised she fainted at the sight of blood, thankfully at age 7 she realised she loved school so much she decided to never leave and trained to become a teacher.  Miss Walker has lots of sisters and spends a lot of time with her family. She enjoys going to the gym and swimming, as well as singing and dancing and regularly performs in shows with her drama group.

Mr Leeding

I was born and raised in Northamptonshire. When I was growing up, I dreamed of travelling the world and writing for newspapers. I studied Media at Coventry University and wrote for a number of local newspapers before I decided to see more of the world. I taught English as a foreign language in South Korea for two years which was where I discovered my love of teaching and decided that I wanted to pursue a career in education. I came home to the UK and studied for my PGCE at Leicester University before teaching for two years in Northamptonshire. I am delighted to be teaching Year 4 at St Michaels and particularly enjoy my role as subject leader for PE. In my spare time, I love to do yoga, badminton and, when I get the chance, travelling with my wife to explore even more of the world!

Miss Rhianna McManus

Coming soon!

Teaching Assistants

Catherine Cullen (HLTA) – Pastoral Care Manager

Marian Fletcher (HLTA) – Assistant SENCo

Lorraine Maxwell (HLTA)

Helen Scott (HLTA)

Jemima Hanberger (HLTA)

Bev Hockey (HLTA)


Learning Support Assistants

Sally Bangs

Sarah Bensusan

Colette Newman

Natalia Lack

Louise Wilson

Shireen Taverner

Florence Rumsey

Claire Tachauer

Emma Brown


Kitchen Staff

Carol Chatfield

Sharon Stagg


Midday Assistants

Shirley Brown

Donna Francis

Kim Faure

Suzanne Wynn


Office Staff

Andrea Wolahan – School Business Manager

Admin Assistants

Catherine Abercromby

Krissie Thomson

Claire Mackintosh


Support Staff

Jonathan Tee – Site Manager


Shirley Brown

Wendy Martyn

Jackie Pearson