In my role as Headteacher of Our Lady and St Anselm's R.C. Primary I work closely with all children, families and our parish. Our mission is to ensure all children are recognised as unique individuals in a caring, nurturing environment with Christ at the Centre. I strongly believe that the children are here to have memorable experiences, build on what they know and can do and help them to become confident life-long learners. Through their time at St Anselm's I hope to ensure each child is supported in their personal journey of faith. I am very proud of all the young people and the staff at St Anselm's and I am sure everyone who visits our school will receive a warm welcome by all.
I have worked at Our Lady & St. Anselm's since March 2009 and I probably don't need to do much of an introduction as you will see me sat in my office on a daily basis carrying out my duties as School Business Manager. I studied at The National College of Teaching and Leadership and gained my Certificate in School Business Management in May 2014. I can honestly say that I enjoy working as part of a team, in a school where staff are extremely dedicated and the pupils are an absolute credit. I am married to Bruno who is Italian (hence the strange surname) and have two children, Gianluca and Gabriella. I enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of time with my family at our caravan in Wales.
I have worked at Our Lady & St. Anselm's for seven years as a Teaching Assistant in both key stages and enjoy working in a small, friendly school where everybody counts. I love teaching children skills in cooking, which I have done for many years through my cookery club. You never know, I may have inspired the next Jamie Oliver in running this fun after school club. I thoroughly enjoy creating displays and doing craft activities with our children; seeing their faces when they have finished is very satisfying and worthwhile. I have three girls who all attended Our Lady & St. Anselm's. My eldest daughter is now at University completing her masters degree, gosh how time flies! I am currently working in Class 2 and am looking forward to my year with them. Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, reading and cooking (surprise, surprise!!)
My name is Anne Brown, I have worked at Our Lady and St. Anselm's for the past 15 years. During this time, I have worked in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Currently, I am the teaching assistant in Inspire Class. I find it particularly rewarding doing pastoral work throughout the school. When not at home in Whitworth, I enjoy spending time at my caravan in Heysham. I am proud to be part of a successful team who encourage every child to reach their full potential.
I have enjoyed teaching at Our Lady and St Anselm's for seven years now and I have been the Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 1 for the last 2 years. In my seven years here, I have had the opportunity to teach the breadth of Key Stage One and I am currently enjoying my fifth year in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Alongside my other roles, I am also EYFS, Music and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
Hello. I am Mrs Howarth and this is my fourth year at Our Lady and St Anselm’s. In my first year here I worked with Year Two and had the pleasure to follow those children into KS2. I now teach Year Four and I co-ordinate RE and Music throughout the school. I have achieved my PGCE at the University of Cumbria, at the Lancaster campus. I also have a degree in Architecture, which I obtained at the University of Huddersfield.
Hello, I am Mrs Gartside. I work as a Teaching Assistant in Class One. I have been at Our Lady and St. Anselm's since 1997 which included time when I worked towards my Teaching Assistant qualifications. Over the years I have helped in all the classes thoughout the school I particutarly enjoy working with small groups of children and enjoy the craft activities we run during the year, as this is a hobby of mine.
I work in the school office, alongside Mrs Abbondandolo as the Office Administrator and have done for the last ten years. I am married to Sam and I am a mum to three boys, all of whom attended Our Lady & St. Anselm's. My eldest son is now an apprentice but it doesn't seem that long ago since he was running around in our Reception Class! My job at Our Lady & St. Anselm's fits in really well with my youngest son who is at High School and my middle son who is at college as I can be at home with them during the school holidays. In my spare time I enjoy baking and generally spending time with my family.
I have been teaching here since 2012 and became assistant head for KS2 in 2014 I currently teach Yr 6 and co-ordinate Maths and Computing throughout school I also have responsibility for Educational Visits and mentoring NQT's and Students. I have an MA in Education, focussing on linguistics. I have been lucky enough to live and work in many places both in the UK and abroad including 'down south' in Essex and Wiltshire, as well as Germany and Brunei. It was an amazing experience living in the Borneo rainforest, and I still get the 'travelling bug' from time to time! My competitive side comes out playing games and quizzes, and I love a good film!
I have worked within school for a number of years and have had various roles. Currently, I manage the Extended Services Clubs (Breakfast & Afterschool) I am also a part time teaching assistant. I first came to the school as a volunteer when I was seventeen. When a position within school as a Teaching Assistant became available I applied and was successful in obtaining the job. I enjoy my role as extended services leader and find working in such a small and friendly school very rewarding. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking and baking and spending time with my family and friends.
Hello, I am Lee Waugh and you will often see me clearing leaves, snow or generally 'pottering around' in the playground carrying out my duties as Site Supervisor. I have three children who all attended this school and thoroughly enjoyed their time here.
I joined OLSA in 2007 as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage Two. Since then, I have gained a great deal of experience supporting children across each key stage. While working here, I have completed my degree in Children's and Young People's Integrated Practice. I then went on to achieve my PGCE through the School Direct programme. I am now a busy Key Stage 2 teacher and also a mum to two children. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and taking my two dogs on long walks.
My name is Miss McNeill I currently teach in Key Stage 1 I currently lead Art and DT subjects throughout the school. I am a very creative person and particularly enjoy this side of teaching. I successfully completed a degree in English before gaining my PGCE in Primary teaching.
My name is Miss Fleming and I currently teach Year 5. I am the PE and French co-coordinator across school and love organising and attending competitions with the children. This is my 3rd year now at OLSA after having trained in Law at Nottingham Law School. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my children and competing at horse competitions.
Hello my name is Miss Lord and I have been at OLSA since 2014. I have been lucky enough to complete both my level 2 ans 3 TA qualifications at OLSA. After my apprenticeship I was delighted to gain a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant here at OLSA. I am currently the Teaching Assistant in Sparkle Class. Outside of school i enjoy walking my dog with my two younger twin sisters who both attend OLSA.
Hello, my name is Mrs C Steele and this is my first year of teaching here at Our Lady & St Anselm’s, although I have been teaching for nearly four years. I currently teach Class two and I co-ordinate Geography and History throughout the school. I gained my degree at The University of Central Lancashire in Performing Arts. Then I completed a PGCE in Education at The University of Cumbria. I was born in Preston and have lived in Whitworth for three years. I adore the countryside and love taking my dog for long walks. I also enjoy the theatre and any film with Audrey Hepburn, so I hope that I will see some of you in my next drama class!
Hello, my name is Miss Timperley and i am really happy to have the opportunity to complete my NQT year here to OLSA. I am currently teaching year 4 during Mrs Howarth's maternity leave and I am really enjoying the faithful, welcoming atmosphere that greets me everyday. I completed my teacher training with the TES Institute in summer 2016 following a 12 year career managing a LA nursery school during which i gained my BA Degree in Early Years Education with Edge Hill University. In my spare time I love spending quality family time with my Fiance and 3 year old daughter, taking lots of day trips to places of natural beauty. I also love curling up with a good book and shall be starting an after school book club after the half term where reading will become much more than just reading! So i hope to see lots of friendly faces there.
My name is Mrs King and I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at OLSA since September 2015, I feel very lucky to work in the village where I have lived my whole life. I have been working as a Teaching Assistant since the year 2000 and I have worked in both mainstream schools and schools for children with special educational needs. I am a huge Ice Hockey fan and in my spare time I try to make it to as many Manchester Storm games as I can with my husband and twin boys. My sons are in Key Stage 2 at OLSA and love coming to school here.
I joined school in 2015 after volunteering in Year Two. I have worked throughout Key Stage One but this year I have joined the Reception Class. I enjoy being creative and the outdoors so we have lots of fun in class. I have two children at the school and in my spare time I am a keen rounders player.
In 2017, I joined OLSA working in the Reception Class. I have previous experience in a local nursery so my passion has always been with the Early Years. I have two children so I spend all my spare time looking after them and taking them to new places. I enjoy running and watching box sets.
I have just joined OLSA this year and I am working towards my Level 2 teaching assistant apprenticeship. I am really enjoying my work with the children so far. Outside of school I enjoy walking my dog and dancing.
My name is Miss Ashworth and I am proud to be part of the fantastic team here at St Anselm’s. From the age of 16, I thoroughly enjoyed teaching children to swim at Whitworth Leisure. I went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Law but realised that my passion was to work with children, hence completing my PGCE in primary education at the University of Cumbria in 2018. I have managed plenty of holiday clubs throughout the north and in my free time I enjoy skiing and playing netball for my local team.
I have joined the OLSA team this year for just one day per week. I am working in the Year six class supporting a small group and then with other groups around school. I have recently completed my degree in Psychology and I am also working at Nurture Psychology. I have never left OLSA as I was a student here myself - in fact Mrs Rainey was my Reception teacher!