Katie Dyrda and Rachel (Ray) Beard- Nursery class

There are 78 places in our school nursery: thirty-nine in the morning session and another thirty-nine in the afternoon. Katie Dyrda and Ray Beard, the two trained teachers, lead a talented team. Working alongside Katie and Alice are Christine Moss (leader of learning in the morning) and Esther Rendell (leader of learning in the afternoon).

Katie Dy

Katie Dyrda joined Barnes Primary in September 2013 after spending two years as a reception teacher in an independent school in the city of London. She attended ballet school at age eleven and then went on to gain a foundation degree in Theatre Dance. Afterwards Katie began dance teaching and obtained a first class degree in Drama and Early Childhood Studies from the University of the West of England. Following this, she completed her Early Years Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Bristol. Katie is firmly committed to ongoing professional development and finished a Masters in Education in 2014, gaining a distinction. Her dissertation was on ways of using popular culture to support the development of young children’s writing. Katie worked for two years as a reception teacher before moving to the nursery in September 2015.


Ray Beard originally joined our school in 2005. At that time she worked as a Key Stage 2 teacher. A few years later she started a family and she now has three children – all of whom attend Barnes. During the time when her children were very young Ray kept close contact with the school. She did some cover work and also supported at a number of musical events. An accomplished musician, Ray can be found playing the piano at The Harvest Festival or the Christmas Carol Concert. Ray rejoined the school, working four days a week, as a classteacher in September 2016. She is thrilled and delighted to be teaching nursery aged pupils.