Young England Kindergarten

Young England Kindergarten Team

Kay King | Principal

Miss Kay holds a Montessori Diploma and joined Young England Kindergarten in 1973.

After working as a teacher at the school for six years, Miss Kay then became a joint Principal for twelve years and took over the running of the school in 1989. Miss Kay believes passionately in supporting children and parents through this exciting chapter of their lives.

Lucinda Byron Evans | Head Teacher (Manager)

Miss Lucinda began her teaching career doing work experience at Young England Kindergarten in 2000.

She then continued her training and gained a degree in Early Childhood studies, followed by a PGCE in Primary Education specialising in Early Years. Miss Lucinda obtained her QTS in June 2008 whilst teaching a reception class at Eaton House, The Manor School. Miss Lucinda re-joined Young England in 2009 and became Head Teacher in September 2011.

Lucy Oldman | Deputy Head Teacher

Miss Lucy started at Young England in September 2018 as Deputy Head Teacher.

She gained a PGCE in Early Years from Goldsmiths University in 2012 and has five years’ experience as an Early Years teacher. Miss Lucy also holds a BA Hons degree in Drama and Film Studies from the University of the West of England.

Isabella af Petersens | Asst. Deputy Head Teacher

Miss Issy graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Hons degree in History. 

She is a Montessori trained nursery teacher and has worked at two other nurseries prior to starting at Young England in September 2013. She teaches both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Henry King | School Business Manager

Mr Henry has a BA Hons degree in Geography from Newcastle University and has previously worked within the PR and Marketing sector.

He worked for four years as a project manager at a firm that specialised in developing renewable energy projects until joining Young England in 2013 as School Business Manager. 

C-J Strudwick | Group Teacher

Miss C-J is a Montessori trained nursery teacher with extensive experience in nursery school teaching and childcare.

She has worked as a nursery teacher with Young England Kindergarten since September 1991 and teaches both the lower and upper groups. Miss C-J obtained a First Aid at Work qualification in March 2002 and is our designated First Aid official.  

Esha Dhokia | Group Teacher


Miss Esha holds a PGCE in Early Years Teacher Training and a BA degree in Social Anthropology.

Prior to joining Young England in April 2019, Miss Esha spent six years teaching in two nursery schools. Miss Esha is a Group Teacher for the younger groups in our morning session. 

Polly Hewlett | Group Teacher 

Miss Polly joined Young England in January 2020 as a Group Teacher.

She has previously worked at Young England for 6 years before taking some time off to travel.

Esther Chalk | Group Teacher & SENDCO

Miss Esther started at Young England in September 2018 as a Group Teacher and our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator ‘SENDCO’.

Prior to Young England, she worked at Hedon Primary School for two years, as well as a variety of placements. Miss Esther completed a Masters in Education from the University of Cambridge in August 2018 and holds a degree in Classics from Exeter University. 

Savannah Speke | Group Teacher

Miss Savannah joined the team in September 2020 as a Group Teacher.

Miss Savannah previously worked as a volunteer with Young England for one year whilst studying for her Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education. She obtained her qualification in June '20 and has worked at one other setting prior to us. 

Agne Geniene | Teaching Assistant

Miss Agne started at Young England in September 2019 as a Nursery Assistant.

Miss Agne has a passion for working with the Early Years age group.  

Joe Morris

Mr Joe is part of 'Little Kickers' and comes into the kindergarten once every week for the hugely popular sports and fitness session. 

The sessions use football as a fun forum to instil our growing squad with a little extra confidence, co-ordination, control and sense of camaraderie.

Pippa Cleary

Miss Pippa runs our wonderful Pippa’s Poppet’s music classes which take place throughout the week. The classes introduce children to the joy of music with specially written, original songs by West End composer, Pippa Cleary.

Francesca White

Miss Frankie helps to run the Pippa's Poppet's music classes every week.

Josefina Garcia

Miss Josefina from Nanos Spanish teaches Spanish in our morning session.

A well structured Spanish course for toddlers and pre school children, perfect to start learning a new language!