Mrs Zoë Phillips, Executive Headteacher
I have been a teacher for over 25 years and worked in a number of Stevenage schools including Bedwell Primary, The Leys Primary and Lodge Farm Primary. I have taught a range of year groups from Nursery to Year 6.
I am a School Effectiveness Advisor (SEA) for Herts for Learning, supporting good and outstanding schools with school improvement.
I have been a Headteacher since 2007, first at Weston Primary and now at Round Diamond since 2011. I became Executive Headteacher across Round Diamond and Martins Wood in September 2022, and supported the school before that in a consultant role.
In my spare time, I enjoy running and playing the piano. I live with my husband and our two girls near Woburn in Bedfordshire.
Mrs Hannah Taylor, Deputy Headteacher
I have worked at Round Diamond since 2010, I have worked across numerous year groups gaining a wealth of knowledge and skills. In addition to this, I have welcomed opportunities to further develop at leadership level. After spending 7 years as an Assistant Head, I was keen to enhance my leadership skills further, so when the opportunity arose of a Deputy Headship I eagerly applied and was successful, starting in January 2023. My role as an Assistant Head started with a focus on Public Relations and throughout the years I have been responsible for many initiatives such as our family fun events, cross-curricular days and the ‘Race for Life' event. Within school I have helped to embed the teaching of British Values, enhance the children’s understanding of our school values (Responsible Determined Successful) and worked with teachers and children to further understand our PRIDE learning behaviours. My focus is on English and supporting leaders with trainee and newly qualified teachers. Within this role I am able to work with other schools, supporting their staff and leaders in a variety of ways including 1:1 coaching and mentoring, liaising with teams of leaders and offering training to larger groups. I am proud to be part of Round Diamond and feel privileged that I get to come to work every day and be part of such an outstanding community.
Miss Helen Jewitt, Head of Inclusion
I started at Round Diamond Primary School in 2012 as an Assistant Head, previously I worked in two other Stevenage schools teaching in a variety of year groups including a mixed age special provision unit. Throughout my career, I have taught in every year group in the Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, my last post before joining Round Diamond was as a Nursery Teacher and Early Years Leader. In 2017, I took on the position of Head of Inclusion at Round Diamond, this means I am responsible for looking after our most vulnerable children, I organise, monitor and manage all of the provision for our disadvantaged, looked after, our highly able pupils as well as those with English as an additional language. As part of my role I am the school’s SENCo, I was very proud to complete my accreditation course for this position after completing a course, which included training days, writing assignments, working with staff on team teaching and an action research project on supporting pupils with visual stress in reading. Being SENCo is my biggest role within school, in this remit I work with all of our children with special needs and disabilities. I am very passionate about my work as SENCo and ensuring the best possible outcomes for all of our children.
Miss Anna Owen, Assistant Headteacher
I started my teacher career straight from school by attending Canterbury Christ Church University where I had the chance to teach for a month in Fiji!
After graduating I taught for 5 years at Hammond Academy in Hemel Hempstead, teaching Year 1 and Reception and a year in a team leader position for Early Years.
I joined Round Diamond in 2017 and have been leading the Early Years since that time until 2021, at which time I was appointed as Assistant Head.
I am originally from Wales so love going back to visit the beaches and mountains and spending time with my family.
Miss Leanne Murphy, Assistant Headteacher/Upper KS2 Team Leader
I trained to be a teacher at Plymouth University, which was close to where I grew up in Newquay, Cornwall. After completing my degree, I moved to Stevenage to begin my teaching career. I taught Year 6 for one year at a primary school in Welwyn before moving to Round Diamond in 2017.
At Round Diamond, I taught my first year in Year 4, before moving to Year 6 and then to Year 1.
I am currently the Attendance Lead and I lead the Maths Faculty. I am also Upper Key Stage 2 Team Leader.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking and reading. I also love going back to visit family in Newquay.
Mr Rob Paice, Assistant Headteacher/Lower KS2 Team Leader
Round Diamond will always hold a special place in my heart. This school was my primary school when I was younger, also my first school as a teacher. I am now in my tenth year and have already had wonderful opportunities here to progress. I am faculty leader for Science and Computing, a co-opted member of the governing body and I have the opportunity with Round Diamond Outreach to pursue my own interests in training and developing teachers. I am also the Lower Key Stage 2 Team Leader. I started my new role as Assistant Head in January 2023, leading on behaviour.
Miss Ellie Conroy, Assistant Headteacher/Early Years Foundation Stage Team Leader
Before I joined Round Diamond School, I taught in Year 1 for 3 years in a one form entry Catholic school. This is now my seventh year at Round Diamond. I taught Year 1 for one year and since that time have taught in Reception.
I am head of the English Faculty, EYFS Team Leader and in January 2023 I was proud to take on the role of Assistant Head.
In my spare time I like cuddling my tiny dog and spending time looking after my horse.
Mrs Cassie Clark, Assistant Headteacher
Prior to working at Round Diamond, I was the Pastoral Assistant Headteacher at a five-form-entry primary school in Luton; this is a role I had been in since 2018, following 10 years teaching at the school. I am passionate about promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in schools as I believe these are closely linked to children’s ability to thrive and achieve their potential at school. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading and walks with my family.
Miss Keely Causton, Assistant Headteacher
I trained to be a teacher at Northampton University and have been teaching for 6 years. Before joining Round Diamond School in 2023, I was the Behaviour and Curriculum Lead at a local school in Stevenage. Since 2018, I have been a qualified STEPS Tutor and I began the NPQSL Qualification in 2022. In my current role as Assistant Headteacher, I support with behaviour and lead the R.E, P.E and RHSE Faculty.
In my spare time, I enjoy lots of cuddles with my puppy and spending time with friends and family.
Mrs Katrina Hooper, Lower Key Stage 2 Team Leader
(currently on maternity leave)
I have been a teacher for 9 years and joined Round Diamond in 2018. I have had opportunities to work within Year 4 and Year 2 whilst being at Round Diamond, however, I have also gained experience in Upper KS2 from other schools I have worked in. I am very excited to be a part of the SLT and continue to develop further in my career with the very strong, supportive team that is already in place. I love spending time with my friends and family and my lovely little sausage dog. I enjoy reading and writing and I am a published author for a children's book about food!
Miss Nicola McGregor, Key Stage 1 Team Leader
I joined Round Diamond School in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1. In 2012, I decided to become a teacher, I studied at the University of Bedfordshire and trained at Round Diamond through the Schools Direct programme with the Shire Foundation.
I am now in my eighth year of teaching, previously teaching in Year 1 and Reception. In the Summer term 2022 I moved to Key Stage 1 where I am currently teaching Year 2 and I am also Key Stage 1 Team Leader.
I am very proud to be from Scotland and in my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog.