Mrs Zoë Phillips, Headteacher
I have been a teacher for over 20 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.
For over 7 years I have been a Hertfordshire Improvement Partner (HIP) for Herts for Learning, supporting good and outstanding schools with school improvement.
I have been a Headteacher for over 14 years, first at Weston Primary and now at Round Diamond since 2011. I can’t quite believe I am now in my 11th year at Round Diamond; there have been many changes in my time here and it has been my pleasure to lead this school from less than good to Outstanding.
Three years ago I was successful in my application to be a National Leader in Education (NLE). As an NLE I have supported a number of schools who have been in the Ofsted category of ‘requiring improvement’ with leadership and quality of education.
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 Janani Figueiredo, Deputy Headteacher
I have been a teacher at Round Diamond for over seven years, having previously trained and worked in an inner-city London primary School. During my time here, I have taught across the Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. I joined the SLT in 2016 and have enjoyed how my role as Deputy Head has changed as new opportunities have arisen.
Having studied English and Linguistics as part of my undergraduate degree, I have been able to use these skills to lead the English Faculty and introduce curriculum changes across the school.
Most recently, I have undertaken training on the importance and impact of prioritising wellbeing. Alongside making changes to our current practise based on staff voice, I took part in the Department of Education’s workload reduction project. It is my hope that Round Diamond’s contribution to the study will positively impact the teaching profession whilst maintaining high standards of outcomes for our pupils.
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.
Mrs Ruth Kramer, Assistant Head (RD Outreach)
Before working at Round Diamond, I spent a year working in China teaching English to pupils from aged three to eighteen. I trained as a teacher in a very large primary school in Luton, during my four years there, I moved into leadership roles in the Early Years and Year 1.
I joined Round Diamond in 2007 as a Year 2 teacher and then after two years I took on the role of Key Stage One Team Leader.
In 2017, I became an Assistant Head, with my focus being on teaching. In my first year in this role, we successfully applied to the Department for Education to become a Teaching School.
I work alongside a range of outside agencies and individuals to coordinate training and development for staff working in schools across North Hertfordshire. I also work with the University of Hertfordshire to recruit trainee teachers into PGCE programme.
My passion is to strive for high quality teaching and learning in my own practise, my commitment to this principle relates to my belief in high quality inclusive education as an entitlement for all.
Mrs Hannah Taylor, Assistant Head (Curriculum)
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 2 years as a Team Leader, I was keen to enhance my leadership skills further, so when the opportunity arose of an Assistant Headship I eagerly applied and was successful. My role as an Assistant Head started with a focus on Public Relations. 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 Anna Owen, Assistant Head (Public Relations)
I started my teacher career straight from school by attending Canterbury Christ Church University where I got 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 of 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 Assistant Head for Public Relations.
I am originally from Wales so love going back to visit the beaches and mountains and spending time with my family.
Mr Ben Longland, Assistant Head (Personal Development)
I am now entering my 8th year of teaching. My career began back at my old primary school in WGC, where I taught in KS1 and KS2. My career progressed, taking the lead in Maths and PE. Both of these subjects are passions of mine that have been with me since my time at school as a child. I was then rewarded with a place on the Senior Leadership Team where I was particularly keen to put children's personal development at the front of our school's agenda.
At the weekend I like watching a variety of sports including football, cricket and golf. I am also a proud father of a little girl who has just turned 1 and, as you can imagine, she takes up the majority of my spare time now.
Although I have only been at Round Diamond since September 2021, I have been warmly welcomed by staff, children and parents and I look forward to being a part of every child's primary school journey.
Miss Leanne Murphy, Upper Key Stage 2 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. I was appointed Year 5/6 Team Leader and I also lead the Maths Faculty. I am also our Staff Governor.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking and reading. I also love going back to visit family in Newquay.
Mrs Laura Downie, Lower Key Stage 2 Team Leader
I completed my teacher training at Derby University where I was able to travel and teach for a few weeks in New Zealand. I spent the first five years of my teaching career working at a school in Welwyn Garden City before joining Round Diamond in 2017. I have taught in most year groups across Key Stages 1 and 2 and was delighted to be appointed as Year 3/4 Team Leader in 2020.
In my spare time, I enjoy walking and cooking. I live with my husband, who is also a teacher, and our little girl who was born in 2021.
Miss Ashley Johnston, Key Stage 1 Team Leader
I completed my teacher training in my old primary school, located in my hometown of Bishop’s Stortford. Interestingly, my old Headteacher was still there when I was training. I went on to teach in Year 3 for three years at a different primary school in Bishop’s Stortford. Wanting to spread my wings, I moved to North London and taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 4. Whilst there I progressed from class teacher to middle leader and helped train new teachers. I joined Round Diamond in Sept 2019 to become a class teacher in Year 5. Since joining Round Diamond, becoming a senior leader has been one of my proudest achievements. In my spare time I enjoy running and going to the gym. I have played football since I was 6 years old and captained my university team.
Miss Ellie Conroy, 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 fourth year at Round Diamond. I taught Year 1 for one year and this is my third year in Reception.
Last year I became lead Inclusion teacher of Early Years, working with Miss Jewitt and outside specialist professionals. I am also head of the English Faculty.
In 2021 I was proud to become Early Years Team Leader.
In my spare time I like cuddling my tiny dog and spending time looking after my horse.
Mr Rob Paice, Attendance 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 seventh 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 became an SLE within our teaching school allowing me to pursue my own interests in training and developing teachers.