Meet The Staff

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Mrs Amanda Allen

Interim Headteacher

Class 1 Teacher

I have enjoyed teaching at this school for many years. It is a real pleasure to see how the children develop and grow, giving them a great foundation for when they move on to the next stage of their education. Working in such a beautiful location is a true privilege.

Away from school, I enjoy Ballroom and Latin dancing.

. Mr John Bell

Class 2 Teacher


Working in such a beautiful and exciting location is an absolute pleasure. Our children have wonderfully curious minds and with such a rich learning environment all around us, it is always a delight to guide them on their learning journey and help them reach their goals.

In my spare time, I enjoy listening to and playing music, reading, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors with my family.



 Miss Sarah Harrison

General Teaching Assistant with SEN 1:1 

I have worked in education for over 10 years - 7 of those I have had the pleasure of working with children with Special Educational Needs. I find my job extremely rewarding, especially when a child has the 'light bulb' moment. Working in such a lovely school with beautiful surroundings makes coming to work thoroughly enjoyable. Outside of work I enjoy running, walking and travelling. I also spend my time volunteering for Manorlands Hospice - a charity that is very close to my heart.

Mrs Julie Cawood

Advanced Teaching Assistant

Class 1

I have lived in the Dale all my life and have been lucky enough to work at this lovely school for many years.  I am fortunate to be able to work with such wonderful children and to help them progress and achieve. 

I also enjoy cycling, running and walking my dogs.

Mrs Jackie Rushton

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Class 2

Kirkby Malham school children are an absolute joy to teach and make my job particularly rewarding. Working and living in a farming community is a delight.

I am keen on keeping fit in a variety of ways and especially enjoy trekking, both locally and in the Alps. 


Mrs Christine Eccleston

School Administrator 

I enjoy the lovely happy atmosphere at Kirkby Malham school and working with the children and staff.  I also enjoy my drive to and from school – rush hour consisting of half-a-dozen highland cattle ambling along the road.

Outside school I enjoy yoga and walking my dog.  I also have four grandchildren who keep me quite busy.


Mrs Ali Milner

School Administrator

Being the school's administrator is a fantastic job I have enjoyed for many years.  I meet lots of different people who come into our school, but I especially love helping the children when they need it.  In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, cooking and socialising!