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Meet the Staff

Meet the staff

 

 

Mrs J Rainey

Mrs J Rainey

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.

 

 

Mrs M Abbondandolo

Mrs M Abbondandolo

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 travelling but most of all I love spending time with my family and friends.

 

 

Miss A Barlow

Miss A Barlow

I have been at Our Lady & St. Anselm's since 2008 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 inspire the next Jamie Oliver!! 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 has now completed her masters degree, gosh how time flies! Away from school, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking, reading and cooking (surprise, surprise!!)

 

 

Miss A Brown

Miss A Brown

My name is Anne Brown, I have worked at Our Lady and St. Anselm's since 2001 as a Teaching Assistant in both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. I find it particularly rewarding doing pastoral work throughout the school and I am proud to work with the children who attend Rainbows on a weekly basis. I am proud to be part of a successful team who encourage every child to reach their full potential. When not at home in Whitworth, I enjoy spending time at my caravan in Heysham.

 

 

Miss E Coldman

Mrs E Helliwell

I have been a teacher at Our Lady and St Anselm's since September 2009 and the Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 1 since 2014. I have had the opportunity to teach the breadth of Key Stage One but predominantly have worked closely in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Alongside my other roles, I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. I am now the proud mummy to Ida who, along with my husband, I enjoy spending valuable time with.

 

 

Miss C Forsyth

Mrs C Howarth

Hello. I am Mrs Howarth and I have been teaching at OLSA since September 2015. In my first year I worked with Year Two and had the pleasure to follow those children into KS2. I co-ordinate RE and Music throughout the school and I am now working closely with the mental health and wellbeing of both pupils and staff alike.  I achieved my PGCE at the University of Cumbria, at the Lancaster campus and I also have a degree in Architecture, which I obtained at the University of Huddersfield.

 

 

Mrs R Gartside

Mrs R Gartside

Hello, I am Mrs Gartside and 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, had the pleasure of helping in all the classes throughout the school. I particularly enjoy working with small groups of children and I love working alongside Miss Brown at our weekly Rainbow sessions. I thoroughly enjoy the craft activities we run during the year, as this is a hobby of mine.

 

 

Mrs L Hewitt

Mrs L Hewitt

I have been working at OLSA since 2006 and have worked in the school office, alongside Mrs Abbondandolo, as the Office Administrator since 2009. I am married to Sam and am a mum to three boys, all of whom attended Our Lady & St. Anselm's. All of my sons are now working full time but it doesn't seem that long ago since they were running around in our Reception Class! In my spare time I enjoy baking and generally spending time with my family.

 

Mrs C Mills

Mrs C Mills

I have been teaching here since 2012 and became Assistant Head 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, focusing 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!

 

Miss K Ward

Miss K Ward

I first came to Our Lady & St. Anselm's as a volunteer when I was seventeen. When the position of a Teaching Assistant became available I applied and was successful in obtaining the job. Since 2012 I have had various roles in school including the role of Extended Services Manager.  I am now a teaching assistant in KS2 and I 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 daughter, Indie and my family and friends.

 

Mr L Waugh

Mr L Waugh

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.

 

Mrs S Whittaker

Mrs S Whittaker

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.

Miss N Fleming

My name is Miss Fleming and I currently teach Year 5. I am the English and History Co-ordinator across school and love organising reading challenges. I have been at OLSA since 2014 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.

 

Miss E Lord

Miss E Lord

Hello my name is Miss Lord and I began my career as an apprentice at OLSA in 2014. I was very lucky to complete both my level 2 and 3 TA qualifications and at the end of my apprenticeship I was delighted to gain a permanent position as a Teaching Assistant. Outside of school I enjoy walking my dog with my two younger twin sisters who both attended OLSA.

 

Mrs V King

My name is Mrs King and I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at OLSA since September 2015 and 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.

 

Miss J Rawlinson

I joined school in 2015 after volunteering in Year Two and gaining my qualifications as a Teaching Assistant. I have worked throughout Key Stage One but predominantly in EYFS. I enjoy being creative and love the outdoors so we have lots of fun in class. I have two children and in my spare time I am a keen rounders player.

Mrs C Horridge

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.

 

Miss Ashworth

My name is Miss Ashworth and I am proud to be part of the fantastic team here at OLSA. Previous to working at OLSA, I enjoyed teaching children to swim at Whitworth Leisure. I went on to gain a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and then a PGCE in primary education at the University of Cumbria in 2018. I am the EYFS, Science and PE coordinator and I dedicate lots of time to training children for upcoming sports events. In my free time I enjoy skiing and playing netball for my local team.

 

 

 

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