Fran Hurdle

Y2 Teacher – Gade Class
Fran began her teaching career in September 2007. In 2012, Fran achieved her MA in Education. Her final dissertation focussed on transition between Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Also in 2012, Fran was promoted to Science and ICT Leader. Fran is experienced in teaching phonics, and considers this to be one of her areas of expertise. Fran enjoyed maths at school, and says that her maths teacher inspired her to continue with the subject to A level. Conscious that girls are often not encouraged with maths as a subject, Fran’s first Masters dissertation was about girls’ play preferences and their maths learning. She enjoys teaching maths today and engaging children who might not initially take to the subject. Outside of the classroom, Fran enjoys Zumba and socialises with friends. She enjoys spending time walking in Devon.


Michelle Morris

Y2 Teacher – Gade Class
Michelle’s first experience of education was during her travels of the world, when she found herself teaching between two primary schools in Uganda.  The experience really inspired her love of education and her desire to teach which set her off on her teaching career path. After qualifying she worked in several primary schools before joining Evendons. As well as an academic background in Geography and Modern History, Michelle has experience of teaching PE to young children. Michelle is very active, and loves to spend time in the natural environment, walking, climbing and cycling. She has family living all over the country so in her spare time enjoys visiting relatives and exploring some of the most beautiful areas of the country. Michelle also has a love of Ballroom and Latin dancing, taking this to competition level (although, unfortunately never winning anything!!) She does however continue to dance as a hobby in order to keep fit and have fun!


Sam Cracknell

Y2 Teacher – Goodall Class
Sam gained Qualified Teacher Status in July 2014, having completed the University of Reading PGCE course with an Early Years specialism. Specialising in Early Years allowed Sam to spend her school placements in Year 1 and Reception classes in local Wokingham schools, which she thoroughly enjoyed and learnt a tremendous amount from. Sam’s expertise is in Phonics, Literacy and Languages, having completed an undergraduate degree in Linguistic Science at the University of York. She enjoys learning about the English language and different languages, and hopes to inspire her class to share this enthusiasm. Sam sees the STEM focus at Evendons as an exciting prospect, and believes it gives lessons a meaningful, memorable context which will inspire children to discover learning more independently. Sam enjoys spending her spare time socialising with family and friends, visiting the theatre, reading and a range of creative activities such as drawing, singing and cooking.

Caroline Hamblin

Y2 Teacher – Dyson Class

Caroline began teaching in 2004 after qualifying with BA (Hons) in Primary Education. She has joined Evendons after teaching at a large primary school in Reading where she worked in several different year groups, enhancing her understanding of child development and how children learn best. Caroline is passionate about using a variety of experiences in her teaching to develop children’s learning and their enjoyment of school. In particular, Caroline enjoys using the outdoor environment and is looking forward to using the grounds at Evendons in her teaching.

Outside of school, Caroline enjoys having days out with her family including her young daughter by going on woodland walks, going to the seaside and exploring new towns and cities.


Emily Ronney

Y3 Teacher – Peake Class
Emily joined Evendons September 2016 after completing a BA in Primary Education with a specialism of science. She thoroughly enjoys learning and teaching science and wrote her dissertation on the impact outdoor learning can have on the teaching of science. She has undertaken a lot of research on the positive impact outdoor learning can have on children and is excited to have the opportunity to work in a school with the facilities to do this. During her degree, Emily had the opportunity to work with a range of different schools and age groups which gave a broad experience across the year groups. This included a 2 week extended project which she undertook in a primary school in Australia. Emily found it very interesting to compare the similarities and differences to how we teach in the UK. Emily has also been to The Gambia where she had the opportunity to spend some time in a school which was a very eye opening experience. In her spare time, Emily enjoys catching up with her friends and family, visiting new countries, reading a good book, going swimming and baking yummy cakes.


 Helen Brewis

Class Teacher – Eahart Class
Helen has recently joined us after undertaking her PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Reading in 2017. She also has a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Portsmouth. This shows Helen’s keen interest in science which she is looking forward to sharing with her class. Although this is Helen’s first teaching post, she has previously worked as a teaching assistant in a local primary schools and helped out in various pre-schools. She is delighted to be part of the Evendons team and looks forward to working with the children and parents of Evendons.


Holly Wright

Class Teacher – Brunel Class
Holly has recently joined us after undertaking her PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Reading in 2018. She is really happy to be joining Evendons and looks forward to working everyone.



Rosalind Absolon

Teaching Assistant – Earhart Class
Rosalind joined the school in September 2017 as a teaching assistant in year 2.





Anna Tomlin

Teaching Assistant – Brunel Class

Anna joined the school in September 2017 as a Teaching Assistant and from September 2018 also works as a 1:1 in Reception.
Having previously undertaken a 12 year career in HR, Anna decided to take time out for family after which she was keen to utilise her transferable skills in training and mentoring within an educational setting.
Anna is passionate about Art and regularly attends tutorials to improve her drawing and painting talents.



Sarah Nimmey

Y1 Teaching Assistant – Goodall Class 

Sarah joined the team at Evendons in September 2016 as a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and is thoroughly enjoying her time here. She originally studied French and Italian at Glasgow University, followed by a PGCE in Modern Languages and more recently has spent 4 years as a childcare practitioner working with 2-4 year old children at Emmbrook Preschool in Wokingham.

Sarah is kept busy being a mum to 3 children, aged 15, 13 and 9 and was a Governor at Emmbrook Infant School for 6 years but has now ended her term.


Ness Buchanan

Teaching Assistant  

Ness has been a Teaching Assistant in Reception since September 2018. Prior to this she spent time in Year 2 as a volunteer and also has several years experience as a Children’s Worker. Having moved from Spain to England as a young child, Ness has a particular interest in working alongside children for whom English is not their first language. Outside of school Ness is kept busy looking after her three children aged 10, 8 and 5.



Nicky Robinson

Teaching Assistant – Gade Class
Nicky joined us during 2015 as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year one, and is now working as a class teaching assistant.




Sam Smit

Teaching Assistant – Peake and Newton Classes
Sam joined the school in September 2015 as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year 1. She is mum to a daughter who joined the reception class in September 2014. Sam is a founder of the school and was an elected Parent Governor from September 2014-2018. Sam is a Chartered Architect and has been a member of the ARB for 18 years. She retrained in 2011 completing a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce and held the Deputy Manager role for 2 years at a charity specialising in supporting children, from birth to five with SEND in Wokingham, prior to joining Evendons.



Lizzie Johnston

Teaching Assistant – Brunel Class
Lizzie Johnston joined Evendons in September 2017 as a TA and works in Yr 3 Brunel Class. She’ll be working Friday mornings with Brunel class. Lizzie has 2 children, one starting in reception this year and another at nursery.



Rachel Kilby

Teaching Assistant – Dyson Class
Rachel joined the team as a teaching assistant, with a real passion to support children in all aspects of school life. She is excited to be a part of Evendons primary school.