Meet the teachers

Kelly Thomas and Jane Lawler are our reception classteachers 

Kelly Thomas is the school’s Leader for the Early Years. She leads a reception team of five. Kelly 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. Joolia Dove 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.


Kelly joined the school in September 2011 having previously worked for two years as a nursery teacher in the city of London. Prior to this she studied for a degree in sports science at Roehampton University and went on to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, specialising in early years education, at Bath Spa University. Kelly worked at Barnes for 2 years as part of the nursery team, before joining the reception team in 2013-14.In December 2014 she took on the role of Early Years Foundation Stage Leader. Kelly is a member of the school’s Leadership Team.


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.