Our Teachers

Mr Crees

Mr Crees was born in Chelmsford and has lived in Essex for most of his life. Mr Crees and his wife have just had their first baby, and are enjoying being awake at all hours of the night with baby Emmett. Mr Crees enjoys sailing in his free time and playing most sports when he gets the chance.

He has been a teacher for over 15 years and has taught in Clacton, Colchester, Chelmsford and Australia. During his time teaching he has taught children from Reception to Year 10, but has mainly taught lower Key Stage 2. Mr Crees moved to Montgomery Junior School to be closer to home and to be part of the hardworking Montgomery team.

Mrs Summers

Mrs Summers was born and raised in Colchester. She lives with her husband, daughter and a fish. In her spare time, she loves to read books and play music. Mrs Summers plays the flute, piano and cello.

Mrs Summers went to school in Colchester and attended the universities of Sheffield and Canterbury. At university she studied music and completed her teaching degree.

Mrs Perry

Mrs Perry graduated from Essex University in 2015 with a first class BSc Hons degree in Psychology. She then completed her initial teacher training and graduated in June 2016. After that she secured her first teaching job in our school.

Mrs Perry was born and grew up in Colchester, but has recently moved to Suffolk with her husband. Her hobbies include sports and music. She plays tennis with her husband as well as playing netball and hockey. Mrs Perry can play the flute and saxophone and likes to play duets with members of her family.

 

Miss Staines

Miss Staines graduated from Anglia Ruskin university in 2009 with a BA Hons in Primary Education with initial teacher training. After 2 years she became English Co-ordinator and then in 2012 she studied to become a SENCO. She been teaching now 7 years. 

Miss Staines grew up in Chelmsford and worked in a small Catholic Primary school in Braintree at the start of her career. She has taught all age groups from Year 1-6, her favourite year group being Year 6. She currently lives on Mersea Island. 

Miss Staines hobbies include singing- she enjoys writing and recording music with her brother and sister as well as being the lead singer in a functions band. She also enjoys baking and walking her two dogs, Bobby and Franklin along the beach in the evenings. 

 

Mrs Planting

Mrs Planting grew up in Tiptree, where she was a member of the artistic rollerskating club from the ages of nine to seventeen. The group did everything that you see of professional ice skaters, just on four wheels! The sport took Mrs Planting to competitions across the county and as she progressed she got involved in training, which had a huge influence on her ultimate career choice.

Mrs Planting really enjoyed school and went to the UEA in Norwich where she got a first class degree in Psychological Sciences before completing her PGCE in 2009. She was lucky to get her first job in a small village school where she had trained, before meeting her husband and deciding to move back to Colchester.

Outside of school, Mrs Planting loves travelling and taking photos.  Two of her favourite countries are Iceland and Australia. She enjoys skiing and recently learnt to scuba dive but needs to get a bit more proficient in this sport!

 

Miss Oxley

Miss Oxley has just begun her 5th year of teaching after studying in Birmingham, spending one year at Great Bentley Primary, two years in Sheffield until arriving at Montgomery Junior in September 2017. She absolutely loves dogs and has a 2 year old labrador of her own called Milo.

Miss Oxley also loves spending time with he family as well as going on holiday. She spent some of the summer in Thailand where she worked closely with elephants (her favourite animal).

Her favourtie hobby is singing to music in her clasroom after school when the pupils have gone home.

Mrs Rattray

Mrs Rattray grew up in a military family and lived most of her early childhood abroad. Her only time in the UK was spent in Colchester and her older sister attended Montgomery Infants!  She has been teaching since 1994 and started work at Montgomery in 2008. Ofsted visiting made her first day memorable! 

She lives with her husband and two children who are all very sporty so she works hard at the gym to keep up. Other hobbies include reading and she also loves playing the game ‘Articulate’.

Mrs Dignum

On leaving Middlesex University in 1996, Mrs Dignum moved to Colchester and started her teaching career at Montgomery Junior School. She has been responsible for many aspects of the curriculum since joining. However, science and maths are her passion.

At home, she enjoys making and doing activities. Baking, sewing, DIY, gardening and origami occupy her time when not working.

Mrs Dignum's cocker spaniel, Holly, is a lively dog who keeps her busy walking every day. Holly particularly likes catching balls and wading through muddy puddles.

Mrs Dignum enjoys trying out new things. When in her '30s she attended an adult dance class and even passed 3 exams on the way. Also, her mother originates from the Isle of Man, which makes her ¼ Viking!

Mrs Talbot

Mrs Talbot was born in South Africa and enjoyed the Durban sunshine until she was 20 and moved to the UK.  Although the weather was not quite as good, she enjoyed living and working in London and travelling all over the world with her job.   When she moved to Colchester in 2003 she immediately felt at home and has lived here ever since with her two daughters, dad, husband, cat and fish.

Mrs Talbot loves reading even more than chocolate (which is a lot) and likes to recommend books to everyone she meets.  She also enjoys eating in interesting restaurants and going for walks on the beach with her family.  

Miss Smith

Miss Smith moved to Essex from Scotland when she was 10 years old, only briefly leaving Essex to study at university in Manchester. She has been teaching for 6 years  and she is now a Specialist Leader in Education. 

When she isn't teaching, Miss Smith is an Explorer Scout Leader. This means she spends most of her free time sailing, hiking, camping or generally having an adventure. She is happiest when she is outdoors! Miss Smith also thoroughly enjoys going to the theatre and loves to sing and dance. She has led children's choirs and taken part in adult choirs and musical theatre groups.