Meet the Staff

We are so proud of our experienced and nurturing staff, we only employ the brightest and best for our talented team.

Each member of staff brings passion and expertise in different skills including Forest School, Special Needs and Speech and Language.

Head Teacher – Emma Gagen

Our Head Teacher, Emma, has overall responsibility for Pre-School and the team. As well as being a qualified teacher, Emma is used to a life full of fun and energy. She loves being kept on her toes by her triplet boys and two gorgeous dogs.

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Deputy Head Teacher: Trish Pridding

Our Deputy Head Teacher, Trish, steps in for Emma as required and heads up the planning aspect of Pre-School life. Trish is also a qualified teacher, and has recently decided to bring her skills and knowledge from School to Pre-School, having returned to work after the birth of her second child. She is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

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Lisa Smith: Pre-School Practitioner

As well as being our 2 year old Specialist and a Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner, Lisa has combined her love of the outdoors with developing children. She is now a qualified Forest teacher. Lisa ensures everyone’s ideas and passion for outdoor learning forms part of every day life and learning at Ramsbury Pre-School.

Cheryl Orford: Pre-School Practitioner

Cheryl is our longest standing member of staff at Ramsbury Pre-School. She is naturally interested in how children learn behaviour and respond to different relationships. She is a qualified Early Years Childcare Practitioner and our Behaviour Management Lead at Ramsbury Pre-School.

Astrid Hall: Pre-School Practitioner

Astrid’s background in education spans home schooling her own children, working as teaching assistant at Ramsbury Primary and a Spanish tutor. Now at Ramsbury Pre-School, she shares her native tongue and vibrant personality with the children through Spanish singing, dancing, food, culture and language.

Ella Cooper: After School Club Lead

Ella is qualified as a level 3 Early Years Practitioner, and has experience in leading teams in childcare settings. She brings her can do attitude and active approach of fun and adventure to this new role.

Diane Choules: After School Club Assistant

Diane brings experience of many roles supporting children with a variety of needs in schools, including After School clubs. These roles, together with the learning she has gathered in bringing up her own children means she knows just how to create that home from home feel in a Pre-School After School Club.

Rhona Edwards: Pre-School Bursar

Rhona brings her professional experience in managing accounts, working with customers and creating efficient systems to support our staff and enable them to focus on the work of developing children. She takes on a new role combining accounts, admissions, administration and systems as well as marketing. Contact Rhona on