Meet the teachers

Jane Lawler and Simeron Kaler are our reception classteachers 

Sue Jepson is the school’s Leader for the Early Years. She leads a reception team of five. Simeron Kaler teaches Amber class and works closely with Jane Lawler, who is the classteacher for Topaz. Pip Borrett and Amy Smith job share the post of leader of learning in Amber Class. Nathalie Vallade is the leader of learning for Topaz class. All five members of staff work, at different points in the week, with all pupils in the reception cohort.

Jane Lawler joined Barnes Primary School on a one year schools direct initial teacher training programme in September 2015. She performed extremely well, enjoying a highly successful initial teacher training experience. At the end of this she was appointed to a permanent post at the school as  reception classteacher. Previous to her joining Barnes Jane taught English for three years in a school in Istanbul, Turkey. Jane has a degree in English literature from Durham University.

Simeron Kaler studied Graphic Design at Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She is delighted to be continuing her journey at Barnes as a newly qualified teacher, after completing her initial teachers training last year with us within the Early Years. Simeron enjoys working with children from a variety of backgrounds. She has volunteered overseas in Bali and Cambodia, as well as back home for three years with a charity supporting vulnerable children. She also currently volunteers at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, visiting the children on the wards, engaging them through art and play.

In her spare time, Simeron likes to keep busy with her art practice. She is passionate about using her artistic background within the Early Years to continue to create an outstanding environment and to help children use the arts to explore the world. She also enjoys both yoga and meditation, and is excited to introduce the benefits of mindfulness into the classroom at an early age.