School Team

  • Mrs Robinne Lowrey


    Mrs Lowrey joined Holywell in January 2023 as the full time Headteacher for the school. Mrs Lowrey has been teaching for 19 years and has had various roles in school leadership. Her responsibilities include Designated Safeguarding Lead as well as the overall running and development of Holywell school. Mrs Lowrey is passionate about Early Years, reading and the wellbeing of all children. She is an advocate for the benefits of outdoor learning, play and has high expectations in all areas of learning.

    Mrs Lowrey says, "Since joining the school, I have been made to feel extremely welcome into the school community and feel fortunate every morning as I drive through our beautiful countryside. I wish to continue the excellent work that was at the heart of the school for many years, focussing on celebrating each and every individual child. I will strive to make sure that I continue to nurture the unique individual as well as encourage every child to reach their full potential.

    As well as being a Headteacher, I am also a working mother to two wonderful children and have a very supportive husband and family. I have lived in North Devon for 16 years and would not choose to raise my family anywhere else. My passions are around bring joy into school, whether that be through nature, outdoors, singing together or just good old-fashioned hard work! I delight in the everyday achievements that children make and cherish sharing those moments with their own families. I am open and honest and would welcome any family to always come and talk to us, no matter how big or small a problem may seem.

  • Mrs Coulam

    Teacher - Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

    Mrs Coulam teaches in the Robins Class. She is responsible for Design Technology and Art and Design and Humanities. She loves to teach our younger pupils and has a wonderful way to make learning a fun and exciting time. She has a lovely big classroom in the old thatched part of the school and she has developed a super outdoor play area for our pupils.

  • Ms Benstead

    Pre School Leader

    Ms Benstead is the much loved teacher of our Pre School children, who are based in Robins class.

  • Mrs Bellew

    Teacher - Years 3 & 4

    Since joining Holywell in 2017, I have worked across what was the Gateway Federation at both Holywell and Bratton before the schools became a part of the Ventrus Academy Trust. I began my teaching journey in Early Years. During my time at Bratton and Holywell I have taught in Years 1/2 and 3/4. I love teaching at Holywell, the children and staff make this beautiful school a very special place to work and learn.

    Currently on Maternity Leave.

  • Miss Boundy

    Teacher - 5 & 6

    I started my teaching journey in early years and have been working within Ventrus Academy Trust since 2016. I enjoy working at Holywell, the staff and children are a joy to work with and make everyday a fun filled adventure.

  • Mr Day

    PE Teacher

    I have worked at Bratton since 2010, qualifying as a teacher in 2012. Currently I teach across 3 Ventrus schools. In my spare time I love to take part in a variety of sports especially running & football. I believe I can bring passion, enthusiasm, fun and energy to teaching and my goal is to ensure every child’s learning experience will become one of their fondest memories!

  • Miss Challacombe

    SENDCo & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

    I started teaching in North Devon 10 years ago and have always had a passion for supporting children with SEN. This is my fourth year working as a SENDCo after completing my training. During my time working as a SENDCo, I have loved having the opportunity to support children across the school to get the help they need and to reach their full potential, working closely with their families in the process. I joined the team at Holywell in September 2023, and am really enjoying being part of such a great team in such an inclusive and supportive school.

  • Mrs Palmer


    Mrs Palmer has many skills. She has worked at Holywell since September 1999 in various roles. She is available in the school office every morning and afternoon. If you need any information about the school, Mrs Palmer is the person to speak to in the first instance.

  • Mr Coles


  • Ms Emma Dart

    Kitchen Manager

  • Mr Garrett


    Mr Garrett works mainly in Squirrel's class and provides 1:1 support. He occasionally supports other classes across the school. He has a history of working in mental health and has a degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice studies.

  • Mrs Carlyon

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Carlyon works as a teaching assistant in Foxes class.

    She strives to make learning fun and try's to balance providing support and encouraging independence to make every day in school a happy one. She loves the outdoors and regularly runs Wild Tribe in the school's hollow.

  • Mrs Huckstep

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Huckstep has been at Holywell for over 10 years and works part-time. She started as a 1:1 teaching assistant. She now works with Foxes class.
    She loves to read and encourage Foxes class to read and enjoy books as much as possible.

  • Mrs Langdon Rolfe

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Rolfe works part time in Robins class with our younger children. She has been working with children aged 0-8 for many years.
    She loves to enable children to learn through play and children who need encouragement and support are taught in a fun and safe environment.
    As a mum of three herself, Mrs Rolfe understands the importance of a good relationship between children and herself. She believes a warm and loving relationship develops your child's confidence whilst at Holywell school.

  • Mrs Jemma Lowin

    Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Charlotte Mullen

    Teaching Assistant

  • Ms Scott

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Scott works mainly in Fox's class as a Teaching Assistant, though she also spends time at the other end of the school with the younger children in Robins!

  • Mrs Webber

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Webber has worked as a Teaching Assistant since 2018 and have been working here at Holywell since Spring 2021. She really enjoys working here, "every day is different and every day makes me smile!" She really loves the challenges and rewards that come with the role!
    Outside of school, she loves spending time with her family and also really enjoys photography so you may well see her out and about with her camera!