Who’s Who

This is the list of Bassenthwaite School’s staff and their many roles.

Mrs Sara Royle 
Head Teacher, Child Protection Officer, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Staff Development Officer, Literacy Leader, Maths Leader, Computing Leader, PE Leader, MFL leader, EVC, Y5/6 Teacher (mornings), EYFS/KS1 teacher

“Mrs Sara Royle has been our head teacher at Bassenthwaite School for 13 years and thoroughly enjoys coming to school each day. Mrs Royle’s hobbies are reading, acting, dog walking and going to the theatre. Her favourite holiday spot is the Isle of Harris in Scotland. She has three daughters called Abbie, Lois and Emily who are all away at university! Mrs Royle teaches the junior children. She is kind and helpful.”
By Jack


Mrs Anneli Pickering
SENDCO, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Science Leader, Creative Arts Leader (Art, D/T,Music),  KS2 Teacher

Mrs Pickering currently teaches in KS2. She has taught here and nowhere else for a long time. She loves the small friendly classes and enjoys the sporty playtimes were she sits on her bench enjoying the countryside view of Skiddaw. In her free time she goes to lots of places with her four boys and she enjoys shopping for clothes or cooks different foods at home. She likes writing emails to her friends and loves reading. Her favourite holiday resort is her caravan with all her boys. She has had some funny moments back at school like when she trialled the new slide she said it was fast!!!! An embarrassing moment was when she kissed Santa in front of all the children.




Miss Rebecca Lyle
Part-time  EYFS teacher, History and Geography Leader, RE Leader and KS1 teacher .

Miss Lyle works at Bassenthwaite School as a part time teacher and Teaching assistant in our Ducklings Nursery. She is a qualified Early Years teacher and has worked here since our Nursery opened in 2014.


 Miss Donna Hook


Part time Teaching Assistant

Miss Hook is a part time teaching assistant. She will work with children of all age groups and will support children in small groups and individuals, as well as working alongside the class teachers in curriculum work. Miss Hook also runs after school club.


Mrs Louise Lord-Proud
Office Administrator

“Mrs Lord-Proud is our school secretary. She has worked at Bassenthwaite school for over ten years. Her work consists of keeping the school records up to date, school  finances, and all other administration issues, using the latest forms of technology.

This is her first school she has worked in since being a full time mum.

Away from school she spends many hours relaxing, doing DIY tasks which her sister got her into.

One of her  favourite holiday memories was diving in Australia. She saw sharks, ray fish and sting-rays.

Her funniest moment is coming to school singing Scotty and Lulu songs to the teachers.”



Mrs Ruth Barnes
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Mrs Barnes has lived in Bassenthwaite for all her life and has worked at the school for quite a while now.  Mrs Barnes is our cleaner/caretaker.


Her favourite holiday spot is in Wales and she is a farmer as well.