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Ray Beard and Simeron Kaler are our reception classteachersÂ

Ray Beard is the school’s Leader for the Early Years. She leads a reception team of five. Ray Beard teaches Topaz class and works closely with Simeron Kaler, who is the classteacher for Amber. 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.

Ray Beard graduated in Archaeology before starting her teaching career in Bristol. She 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 rejoined the school, working four days a week, as a classteacher in September 2016. Ray’s fascination with movement, child development and creativity meant she was thrilled to be teaching early years pupils. She is now a trained Forest School Leader and loves any excuse to get children outside learning. Ray has taught in our school nursery and is now enjoying teaching one of our reception classes, whilst also being the EYFS lead. An accomplished musician, Ray can often be found playing the piano at school events.

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.

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.