Rachel (Ray) Beard and Lily Martirosian are our nursery class teachers

There are 78 places in our school nursery: thirty-nine in the morning session and another thirty-nine in the afternoon. Ray Beard and Lily Martirosian, the two trained teachers, lead a talented team. Working alongside Ray and Lily are Sara Byrne, our leader of learning.


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 our 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 was thrilled and delighted to be teaching nursery aged pupils.

Lily Martirossian gained a first in her BA Honours Primary Education degree from Durham University and was delighted to be joining Barnes as a newly qualified teacher in September 2017. After graduating in 2016, Lily travelled to Australia where she worked as an au pair and volunteered at a local kindergarten. She has experience working as a supply teacher in London and has previously volunteered in rural India and Bali, where she taught English as a second language. Lily has a strong interest in mathematics, which she channelled into her final year dissertation. She is keen to apply characteristics of mastery mathematics to the classroom after recently attending an insightful professional development course.