Asby Endowed School

Who's who

'Asby Endowed School is a very welcoming school, all staff are very friendly and easy to approach, if there are ever any worries all aspects are always dealt with in a professional manner. Everyone knows each other well which makes the school a lovely place to be part of.'  


'The personal dedication to the pupils, the interest it shows to them, and the varied activities provided. The school has a definite village and family feel to it and is warm and welcoming.'

 Parent & Carers Questionnaire January 2023


Meet our dedicated teachers and staff, who are committed to providing the highest quality educational experience for all the children at Asby Endowed School.


Michelle Clark



In 2008, I successfully completed my PGCE teaching training following my graduation from Bournemouth University with a degree in Archaeology. Over the years, I've had the privilege of teaching in diverse educational settings, ranging from both large and small schools in locations such as Coventry, Cyprus, Italy, and North Yorkshire.


In 2016, my journey led me to Cumbria, where, following a period of maternity leave, I reimmersed myself in the world of education at Long Marton Community School. It was in September 2017 that I joined Asby Endowed School as the Senior Teacher responsible for teaching Key Stage 2. Fast forward to September 2019, and I proudly assumed the role of Headteacher at the school.


I strongly believe the most important part of my role is setting the conditions for everyone in the school community to ‘be the best they can be'. Crucially, this means providing the right support and challenge, directly and indirectly, to children, staff and parents. Success is then secured when this principle is replicated throughout the community by children, staff and parents providing each other with support and challenge, acting as one high performing team so individually and collectively all children achieve – beyond everyone’s expectations. When this happens the whole school community enjoys an exciting ‘buzz’ – a ‘buzz’ that indicates children are engaged in purposeful learning; a ‘buzz’ all headteachers strive to build in their school; and finally a ‘buzz’ you will find when visiting Asby! I very much look forward to welcoming you to Asby Endowed School in the near future.


Jack Davis
Class 2 Teacher & SENCo


In 2015, following the successful completion of a BA in International Relations at the University of Leeds, I spent some time teaching English as a foreign language in Shanghai. This was a hugely positive experience and pushed me to pursue a career in education. In 2019 I completed my PGCE course at the University of Sussex and, prior to joining Asby Endowed School, I worked at Chesswood Junior School in Worthing.


Fiona Harrison

Class 1/2 teacher


I qualified as a teacher in 1996  and began my teaching career at Scotby School in Carlisle. I took a break from teaching to become a full time mum to my three children, who all attended Asby Endowed School, and to help out on our family farm. Before returning to the classroom I completed a Return to Teaching course at the University of Cumbria.  



Rosie Slack
Teaching Assistant


My name is Rosalie Slack, however everyone calls me 'Rosie'.  I have been a parent of pupils at Asby Endowed School, and for several years I have also been a teaching assistant in the KS2 classroom.






Joyce Law

Teaching Assistant


After leaving school and completing a NVQ 3 in Hotel and Catering & working in the catering trade for 7 years, I had a complete career change!  I trained at Biggins Nursery while studying and completing my NVQ Level 3 in Childcare  and Education as well as also completing a Teaching Assistant Course.  I then worked as a Teaching Assistant at Ravenstonedale Primary School for 12 years before joining Asby Endowed School in 2015.



Kate Walsh

French Teacher


I love French having lived in France for a couple of years! I teach in 7 primary schools within the Eden Valley.  I began teaching in secondary schools but now thoroughly enjoy introducing the language to younger learners.  Out of school, I enjoy mountain biking, skiing and running with the rest of my family and dog!




Emma Capstick

Class Teacher


After qualifying as a teacher in 2005 I worked in a small Cumbrian school before moving to Asby Endowed School in 2006. After 15 years at the school, I went on to pursue other challenges in a large city school. When I was given the opportunity to return to Asby in September 2023, I jumped at the chance to return to such a special school close to my heart. 


Louise Ryan
Small School Business Manager & Clerk to the Governors


I moved to the Appleby area in 2000 and live on a farm near to Appleby.  I have two children - my son works in agriculture and my daughter as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school. I have over 20 years experience of working in educational settings.  During my spare time I love to garden and read.



Dianne Maughan

Cleaner in Charge


I live on the outskirts of the village of Great Asby, and I have one son, who attended the school.  I started working at the school on October 2003.