Our Teachers

Mr Brown

Mr Brown grew up in Chelmsford, where he was a member of football, rugby and martial arts clubs from the age of 6 to 20. He played football for Chelmsford City, Baddow Spartak and Tiptree U18s. He also became one of the youngest qualified referees at his secondary passing when he was 15 and took charge of many matches. Mr Brown has a level 2 qualified outfield coach (football) and a level 1 goalkeeper coach (football) and he has enjoyed managing boy’s teams to numerous promotions and success; however, he now manages an all-girls team.   Mr Brown enjoys coaching and helping others which influenced his career choice. Mr Brown achieved brown belt in Ju-jit-su and won national and international medals for his performances at competitions.

Mr Brown went to the University of Colchester where he gained a 1st class degree in business management. In 2014-15, he completed his PGCE qualification with Billericay Education Consortium and has been a full time teacher ever since.

Outside of school, Mr Brown loves football and most sports; he continues to coach football and helps other coaches in his role at the football club; he likes being active and meeting up with his old school friends and going on holiday.

Mrs Clohosy

Mrs Clohosy grew up on Mersea Island. She studied the piano and cello from the age of 9 and at the age of 13, attended The Royal Academy Of Music every Saturday as a junior. She moved to the Scottish Borders at the age of 15 to attend a music school and returned to Colchester to complete her A levels. From here, she attended Trinnity Music College in London where she gained her BA degree in music. Following that, she gained here PGCE teaching qualification at Middlesex University and began her teaching career in 1992. Mrs Clohosy taught in secondary schools until 2013 when she made the move into primary teaching. 

Mrs Clohosy loves all things music and drama and is also a keen twitcher (bird watcher).

 

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!

 

Miss Mason

Miss Mason graduated from the Open University in 2012 and then completed the Graduate Teacher Programme in 2013. She taught across KS2 in Ipswich until moving to MJS in September 2020.

Miss Mason grew up in Wivenhoe and Dovercourt.  She is very familiar with the local area as she used to live in Alamein Road before moving to Cyprus as a military wife.  Recently, Miss Mason moved from Ipswich to Colchester. She lives with her partner and their five children.

Outside of school, Miss Mason enjoys walking in Highwoods Country Park and travelling to European cities to sight-see and try local foods.

 

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.

 

 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!

 

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. 

 

She lives with her husband and two teenage children who are all very active and she enjoys running short distances to keep fit and keep up! To relax, she enjoys reading and painting rocks which she either hides in the local community or gives to friends and family.

 

Mrs Russell

Mrs Russell grew up in Harlow where she was a keen sprinter and represented Essex in district sports events during her time at secondary school. Mrs Russell has played netball throughout her life, representing her school, university and most recently the military dependents team; she particularly enjoys teaching netball during P.E.

Mrs Russell went to the University of Hertfordshire where she studied English literature and history before she began teaching at a pupil referral unit in Kent, alongside raising her family. Mrs Russell moved to Colchester in 2016 with her husband, who was serving in the military, and her two young children. Shortly after moving, she began working at Montgomery Junior School as a learning support assistant. She qualified as a teacher in summer 2020 and is currently undertaking her NQT year within year 3.

Outside of school, Mrs Russell enjoys walking her Labrador and loves long bike rides with her family. She likes taking part in fundraising and organising charitable events but admits she avoids cake sales as baking isn’t a particular talent of hers!   

 

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. 

Mrs Summers

Mrs Summers was born and raised in Colchester. When she was young, she enjoyed school and took part in lots of after school clubs such as netball and brownies. Mrs Summers played the flute and was a member of the county orchestras and wind band. This took her to different countries when they toured abroad which she now sees as some of the best times of her life so far! She studied Music at the University of Sheffield and then completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

She lives with her husband and daughter and they all enjoy playing board games and going on walks together. In her spare time, Mrs Summers likes to play the piano and reads a lot. She can also play the cello a little bit.

 

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 Witt

Mrs Witt has been teaching Year 5 at Montgomery since 2017.  She grew up and went to school in Braintree and Colchester, before moving to Canterbury to study English Literature, as she is a keen reader and loves poetry. Later, she moved to Great Yarmouth, where she was a youth worker and a teaching assistant whilst studying part time for an MA in theology. She finally returned home to Essex to teach, and currently lives in Colchester with her husband, their two guinea pigs, and a local cat who chose to move in last year. 

In her spare time, Mrs Witt enjoys reading, painting, and writing (she has been published in Guinea Pig Magazine!) and can usually be found with a cup of tea very close at hand. She also loves watching the birds and squirrels out of her classroom window when the school is quiet, or pottering around the school garden watching what is growing. 

Mrs Wyatt

Mrs Wyatt began teaching Year 5 at Montgomery Junior School in January 2018 but qualified as a teacher in 2009 at the University of Cumbria in Lancaster. She has five grown up children and two granddaughters. 

In October2020, Mrs Richter became Mrs Wyatt when she got married in a tiny lockdown wedding with just two other people. She now lives in the Norfolk countryside and enjoys walking her dog Buddy - but not when he rolls in something smelly.