Mrs Melanie Lawson - Headteacher
I started teaching in Sheffield in 2005 and worked across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Somerset. I have been working as a SENCO since 2012 and I recently completed my master's in education. My passion is Photography and I have exhibited in galleries across Yorkshire and Somerset. Having been encouraged to explore my interests when growing up I was fortunate to follow a path which inspired me and provided an income! I have been the Head teacher at KEPS since January 2022 and I adore the school and love the children enormously. I work hard and strive for children to ensure they are inspired by/enjoying their learning and working towards their own interests and dreams.
BA, BS, M.Ed
Mr Darren Bell - Beech Class Teacher
Following a 23-year career as an army aircraft engineer, I decided that I needed a new challenge. Having previously enjoyed leading STEM activities in schools, football coaching and raising my own three children, I decided to follow in my wife's footsteps and become a teacher. In the 2 years I have been at KEPS, I have enjoyed teaching throughout KS1 and the EYFS. It is amazing seeing the children rapidly grow in confidence and develop into independent learners. Out of work, I love travelling, running (slowly) and swimming.
Mrs Elodie Carson - Willow Class Teacher
Originally from South East London, my love of reading saw me complete a BA in English Literature after my A Levels. I then worked in the events industry for 11 years, travelling around the country, running conferences and exhibitions on a number of themes.
After making the move to Somerset, I was also inspired to make a career move and retrain as a primary school teacher. Not long into my teaching career, I was also given the exciting opportunity to gain the NASENCo award in 2020. I have worked at KEPS for five years and love the supportive and nurturing environment it creates to support all children to flourish. Outside of school I am still a keen reader and try to get up to the Lake District for some hiking at least once a year.
Mrs Liz Meeten - Elm Class Teacher
Before moving to Somerset, I worked in London, in Labroke Grove and Brixton. We moved to Somerset to bring up a young family in the countryside, I have worked in 5 schools in this area but have stayed at KEPS for eleven years because I love it here. It is such a rewarding job working with young people to reach their potential. During my teaching career, I have taught every year group. My passion is all different types of art and being creative. I studied for a BA in Art in London and then went on to do a PGCE. I also love to travel, including living in Australia and have taught in Zimbabwe and Nepal.
Mrs Rebecca Heath Coleman - Ash Class Teacher
My name is Rebecca Heath-Coleman. I have been teaching for 20 years in three different schools in Somerset; 3 years in a school in Bridgwater, 7 years in a school in Yeovil, and 10 years at KEPS. I studied for a BA in Geography at Cambridge University, followed by a Masters, and a PGCE in Primary Education. In my teaching career, I have taught in every year group, but most particularly enjoy teaching in Key Stage 2. I absolutely love teaching and I am so passionate about nurturing children to grow and learn. My favourite subjects to teach are English, History and Geography as I'm a bookworm who loves maps!
Mrs Carly Cleasby - Ash Class Teacher
After completing my A levels in English Language, Law and Sport & PE, I then trained for four years to be a primary school teacher at Rolle, Faculty of Education – University of Plymouth. Throughout my training, I worked in a range of different schools in Somerset, Devon and Dorset including mainstream and special schools, both urban and rural, small and large, covering the full 5-11 age range. I have been teaching at KEPS now for nearly 17 years – I think it’s fair to say I love it here! During this time, I have had lots of experience teaching mixed aged classes and Key Stage 1 children, and more recently teaching in Years 3, 4 and 5. As a class teacher I feel I am dedicated to raising standards and meeting the needs of the whole child. I firmly believe that every child has the capacity to learn, and it is my role as their teacher to develop and nurture this potential so they can achieve their best. I am passionate about my job and I could not imagine doing anything else!
BEd (Hons) Primary Education QTS
Mrs Melissa Lane - Oak Class Teacher
Having gained a BA in Education and a PGCE in Primary Education, I have now been teaching for a number of years. I have worked within several larger schools in and around Bridgwater, and now I am enjoying the smaller rural setting of KEPS. I endeavour to foster an environment where every child feels valued, where their voices are heard, and their ideas are respected. I strive to encourage children to have a passion for learning, igniting a lifelong thirst for knowledge that will accompany them on their journey through life.