Ruckleigh Teaching Staff

Mr Smith read History at New College Oxford, where he won the Burden Griffith Prize (2005) for his work on the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Mr Smith has worked in both through and preparatory schools. Mr Smith has been Deputy Head of two Preparatory Schools' and has held Senior Leadership positions focused on GCSE aged pupils. Immediately prior to joining Ruckleigh, Mr Smith was Deputy Master at Westminster under School. 

Mrs Slatter BEd (honours) studied Geography at Newman College, Birmingham. She began her teaching career after many years working in a large national company. Since retraining as a teacher she has worked in both local authority and independent schools, teaching in both key stages. She joined Ruckleigh School in 2004 and is responsible for Health and Safety

Mr Whichello has been a class teacher of all 4-year groups across Key Stage 2 in 3 different schools in Birmingham and Solihull since graduating from Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education specialising in PE and Music in 1998. As a keen sports teacher, Level 3 FA qualified coach and Level 1 ECB qualified coach, Mr Whichello has led the PE and Games curriculum in all 3 schools ensuring that good quality physical sport and intra-school competition is high on the agenda. Mr Whichello especially revels in the challenge of taking his school representative teams into competition locally and nationally and watching the enjoyment that success brings the children. Mr Whichello is currently a Year 6 teacher and Sports co-ordinator.

Mrs. Finch holds a BSc.(Hons.) in Urban Estate Management and practised as a Chartered Surveyor for several years in London and Sheffield before relocating to the West Midlands where she attained her PGCE from Newman College.


Mrs. Finch taught in Birmingham's largest Catholic primary school for 14 years before taking up her teaching post at Ruckleigh School in 2004 where she specialised in Upper Years teaching and became Deputy Headmistress in 2006.

Mrs Russell graduated at Worcester Cathedral in 1995. During her 23 years of teaching, she has had the opportunity to undertake a variety of lead roles. In her previous school, she coordinated PE, Humanities and English. Mrs Russell also gained valuable experience as a member of the senior leadership team in which her role focused on teaching, learning and assessment throughout Key Stage 2.


Mrs Russell is now in her 5th year at Ruckleigh as a Year Five teacher and PSHE subject leader.


Prior to attending the University of Warwick, Mrs Draper worked in banking and foreign exchange. Once qualified she worked in state education for a number of years teaching both Key Stage One and Two in Birmingham and Somerset. Mrs Draper also spent a month teaching English in Cambodia for Grace House NGO. Mrs Draper’s roles have included class teacher, literacy lead, NQT and GTP mentor, Assistant Head Teacher and Acting Deputy Head Teacher. As a member of the Ruckleigh team, Mrs Draper is a Year Four class teacher and Religious Education and Geography subject co-ordinator.

Miss Lynch studied Primary Education with English at Newman University. Her dissertation project was focused on boy’s attitudes towards reading.  She has taught across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two in state and preparatory schools. Miss Lynch has taught at Ruckleigh School for several years and is History Coordinator for the school. Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a teaching assistant and an examinations invigilator. 

Mrs. Bullard has a Bachelor of Humanities Honours Degree (English, Theology and Education) and Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Throughout her career, she has been a classroom teacher in both Key Stages 1 and 2; a Learning Support Teacher and an external marker for KS2 SATs in English and Mathematics. Mrs Bullard has been our English Coordinator for many years and now also serves as part of our Senior Leadership Team as Lower School Coordinator.

With a (BEd) degree from the University of Warwick, a diploma in Art and Education and over a 30 years' teaching experience in the primary sector, Miss Reading is extremely passionate about what she does. Starting out as a cabin crew member for British Midland Airways and British Airways, she later joined Ruckleigh School after teaching at Warwick Preparatory School. Miss Reading later moved to Black Heath High School for Girls in London and Torwood House school in Bristol, returning to Ruckleigh School where she has taught for the last 17 years. She is a classroom teacher, the Sports Co-ordinator and a qualified Yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga.

Mrs. Peel worked for many years in the state sector, in three different schools, teaching all age groups within the Junior school. During this time she had responsibility for Mathematics and residential activity weeks. Since joining Ruckleigh school in 1998, Mrs. Peel initially worked for several years in Year Six, and again became responsible for Mathematics throughout the school until stepping down in July 2017. In recent years she has worked in both Years Three and Four, hoping to continue and build upon the foundations for learning established in Nursery, Kindergarten and Lower School.

Miss Dunn graduated from Leeds collage with BA (Hons) QTS and has worked with primary school children of all ages. She worked in The British International School in Istanbul for many years where she was the art lead and coordinator of a small campus before moving back to England to continue her teaching career at Ruckleigh. She has worked at Ruckleigh for many years and is the Schools’ Designated Safeguarding Lead and one of the Years Two teachers. Miss Dunn remembers walking into Ruckleigh for the first time and feeling like she was 'home'.

Mrs Burrell is now entering her 22nd year of teaching. She has a thorough knowledge and understanding of Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and is passionate about delivering high quality teaching and learning in an engaging and creative style.


Prior to joining Ruckleigh, Mrs Burrell worked at another local primary school that was OFSTED rated ‘Outstanding’. There she held a Senior Leadership position coordinating Maths throughout the school. She joined Ruckleigh School four years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed teaching in Lower School. Mrs Burrell is the Schools First Aid co-ordinator.

Miss Randhawa studied Molecular and Cellular Biology and achieved a Bsc Hons. Miss Randhawa gained her QTS after studying for Primary PGCE at the University of Manchester. She has worked in four different primary schools. Her previous roles have included Head of Key Stage One and Early Years.


At Ruckleigh, Miss Randhawa is the Head of Art and Design Technology and is developing the subjects across the whole school in order to create a relevant and exciting learning experience for our pupils. She aims to ensure that her pupils become independent learners and develop a love and curiosity for learning.

Mrs Coleman joined Ruckleigh School in January 2018 as the Kindergarten Teacher and Early Years Coordinator having taught since 2001 in both Solihull and Wiltshire. Mrs Coleman was the Early Years Coordinator in a local school raising the Ofsted standard in Early Years to Outstanding and she has taught across all classes in Early Years and Lower School. Mrs Coleman graduated from the University of Liverpool with a science degree and, prior to teaching, worked as a Business Development Manager in WH Smith. Mrs Coleman completed a Diploma in Business Studies before retraining as a teacher at the University of Bath with an Early Years specialism.

Mrs Freeth is an experienced Teaching Assisant who joined Ruckleigh School as an Early Years Practitioner in 2001. Prior to joining Ruckleigh Mrs Freeth spent 7 years in North Solihull working as both a Teaching Assistant and Specialist Support Assistant across all Key stages in Primary Education. Mrs Freeth holds a Specialist Teaching Assistant (STA) qualification gained through Worcester University.

Miss Lutwyche came to Ruckleigh School in 2012 with Early Years Professional Status and NCFE Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualifications. Having previously worked as a early years practitioner for 4 years at St Andrews RC Primary School where she supported children in the early years. Miss Lutwyche comes from a fine art background with a First Class Degree in Design she worked as a freelance designer and community artist prior to her teaching career.

Mrs Chandler joined Ruckleigh in 2015 as the specialist Nursery teacher. Mrs Chandler previously taught in Year 2 and Nursery in a Birmingham Preparatory School. Mrs Chandler gained her primary teaching degree at the University of Worcester and is a qualified Paediatric first-aider. Mrs Chandler has competed in archery across the country and now teaches an introductory extra curricular archery club.

Mrs Green joined Ruckleigh School as a level 3 teaching assistant in October 2014, having trained at Solihull college and successfully achieved NCFE level 2 and level 3 diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools.


Prior to joining Ruckleigh School, Mrs Green undertook her training at Our Lady of the Wayside school in Shirley, Solihull.

Miss Ashmore attended University College Birmingham to complete her Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. She also achieved her Level 1 and 2 in NCFE Creative Craft. Miss Ashmore is a former pupil of the School.

Mrs Wilson has taught in the independent sector since 1984 as a class teacher and since joining Ruckleigh in 2002 has taught music and more recently computing to all year groups. Mrs Wilson is an accomplished musician and plays Piano, violin, viola and timpani. Prior to teaching she worked as a session musician for orchestras and bands.


Mrs Brown gained an Honorary Bachelor of Science Degree with Qualified Teaching Status and has taught at Ruckleigh School since qualifying in 1998, firstly as a class teacher in Lower School, then Middle School before moving on to teach Science through years one to six.

I have many years experience of teaching sport and am in fact the longest serving member of staff at Ruckleigh! Nothing pleases me more than seeing children develop an enthusiasm and passion for sport irrespective of their level of ability. 

I am a FA registered Level 2 coach and in recent years as part of my CPD I have completed the separate modules of the FA Youth Award, a new initiative from the Football Association for coaches working within specific age groups, in my case 'The Foundation Stage' for 5-11 year olds.  I also hold FA qualifications in Futsal, coaching disabled footballers plus additional qualifications from the governing bodies in hockey and cricket.

Since graduating in 2000 from the University of Reading with BA (Hons) History QTS, Mrs Harrison has taught across all years of Primary education within schools in Solihull. Prior to starting at Ruckleigh in 2015, she led the subjects of Maths and History. Mrs Harrison has also been a member of the Senior Leadership Team with a variety of roles which include Assessment Leader, Key Stage One Leader and Assistant Head Teacher.

After completing her BEd Hons degree in Primary Education at Northampton University, Rachael initially taught in the state sector before taking a career break and working with pre-school children in France and then Southern Spain. Upon her return to the UK, Rachael wanted to widen her experience of teaching and taught in a number of schools in the Warwickshire area as a supply teacher. Rachael joined Ruckleigh in January 2004 as a year 5 class teacher, she now works part-time teaching maths intervention lessons for Key Stage 2 and delivering the nationally recognised Maths Catch-up programme, offering 1:1 lessons for children that require maths support. Rachael became Maths Co-ordinator at Ruckleigh in April 2017.

I am the Drama and Speech tutor here at Ruckleigh. I have been teaching Drama and English to all year groups and abilities since leaving university in 2008. I also teach group LAMDA sessions, specialising in speaking verse and prose, which I believe builds confidence in both public speaking and articulation. Outside of work, Mrs Banks loves all things retro and vintage, she says the children often comment on her inspired vintage outfits!

Mrs Lynch is the Ruckleigh School Librarian. Mrs Lynch graduated from University of North Wales Bangor with a degree in Linguistics and the English Language. She went on to complete her TESOL Certificate and taught English to speakers of other languages in China and Greece. Following this, Victoria completed qualifications in both Mentoring and Learning Support and has worked with pupils from Nursery up to Year 11.