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Meet the Staff

Meet the staff



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

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 L Ashworth

My name is Miss Ashworth and I joined OLSA in 2018. 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, a PGCE in primary education and an NPQ in Early Years. I am OLSA's PE co-ordinator and I dedicate lots of time to training children for upcoming sports events and planning inter school competitions. In my free time I enjoy skiing and playing netball for my local team.


Mrs C Davies

Hello, I am Mrs Davies. I am a busy mum of four children. I have a very large extended family and I really enjoy getting together with them. I love being out with my two dogs – Chester and Billy- Bob. (I also have a cat named Jasper). I enjoy getting lost in a good book and reading with my youngest son. A couple of our favourites are ‘Varjak Paw’ and ‘The boy at the back of the class’. I love arts and crafts and enjoy getting stuck into creative projects. I am a teacher and SENCo at OLSA and proud to be a part of the OLSA family. 


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. I now have two daughters Ida and Hettie who, along with my husband, I enjoy spending time with.


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 Howarth

I am proud to be part of a fantastic team at OLSA and have been teaching here since September 2013. During this time, I have had the privilege to teach within KS1 and KS2. As well as being class teacher to Year Two, I enjoy my roles coordinating PSHE and MFL throughout the school. 



Miss K Ward

My name is Miss Ward. I am pleased to say that i have been part of the OLSA family for over 14 years now. I have worked across both key stages but recently i have moved from key stage two to key stage one, supporting and assisting within the year one classroom. My role in school also includes running and managing nurture groups that help and support children with social and emotional skills. I grew up in Whitworth and enjoy working within my local community. I am a very proud mum of two children - Indie and Jax. My eldest is a pupil at OLSA. Myself, my partner and my children all enjoy spending our weekends together at our family caravan.


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 am Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 2. I currently teach within Year 6. I feel very privileged to have taught at  OLSA since 2014, after having trained in Law at Nottingham Law School. I am also responsible for co-ordinating English and History throughout the school, and I particularly love organising and developing reading challenges to inspire and enthuse all classes. I have two children, both whom attended OLSA, and in my spare time, I enjoy spending time with them and going horse riding.


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 dogs and socialising with my partner and friends.


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.


Miss V Milner

Hi, I'm Miss Milner and I've been here at OLSA since 2018. I enjoy working with the children over in KS2 and assisting in our Breakfast Club each morning! In my spare time, I love to write, read, watch films and go on walks with my dog.


Miss E Rothwell

My name is Miss Rothwell and I have worked as a TA in local schools since 2014. I joined OLSA in September 2019. I really enjoy working with such a close team and with children who make me smile every day. I enjoy walking with my family and dog Albert.


Miss E LeVardi

Hello. I am Miss LeVardi and I have worked at OLSA since September 2019. During my time at OLSA, I have spent time being a class teacher and I am currently a teaching assistant and help in after-school club. I am also subject coordinator of Design Technology. I love helping the children to design and create things. In my free time, I enjoy taking my two dogs, Schnitzel and Rolfy, on long walks, going to the gym and reading a variety of different books.


Mrs K Twist

Hello, my name is Mrs Twist.  I joined OLSA in 2021.  I am a mum of two boys who also attend OLSA.  I currently teach in Year 3 and also lead Religion and Music across the school.  As part of these roles I also lead the GIFT Team and the school choir.  I have a music degree myself and enjoy playing my piano, flute and saxophone in my spare time as well as encouraging children to take up and learn an instrument themselves.  I love running and in my spare time I enjoy going out for long runs around Rossendale, give me a wave if you see me! I also enjoy walking and when the weather is warm enough going out on my paddleboard.


Miss C Dunleavy

Hi, I am Miss Dunleavy. I joined OLSA in 2021. Previous to this I worked within local nurseries. In my spare time I enjoy days out with my son Rowan; we particularly like visiting aquariums.

Mr G Abbondandolo

Hi, My name is Mr Abbondandolo (Mr A to the pupils)! I moved to Brighton in 2017 to study music and song writing at BIMM (the British and Irish Modern Music Institute). After graduating, I stayed in Brighton to work in pastoral support at a local high school and then at BIMM working with college students. At Christmas, I moved back home and started working at OLSA in January. Music is a great passion of mine and I love nothing more than playing on my piano or my guitar and performing at gigs when I get the opportunity.

Miss M Bebb

Hi, my name is Maizie and I started volunteering at OLSA when I finished my A Levels last year. After Christmas I joined the OLSA team as a Teaching Assistant in the Reception Class. I love working with children who are just starting their school journey and watching them grow. In my spare time I love watching Disney Movies.

Mrs S Beeson

My name is Mrs Beeson, before starting at OLSA in Sept 2022, I completed both a degree and masters in Early Years Education. As well as my passion for Early Years, I am a mother of 3 girls. We enjoy pamper days and film nights together. Additionally as a family, we enjoy exploring and walking with our dog, Kooper. 

Miss A. Briggs

Hello, I am Miss Briggs. I joined OLSA in September 23 and I am currently teaching Year 4.  My favourite subject to teach is English as I love the children's imaginations shining through into their writing.  I have a PE degree and I have taught children on both high school and primary school.  In my spare time I like to stay active by walking my dog Teddy and taking part in rounders, netball and lacrosse leagues. 

Mrs A. Burgess

Hello, I am Mrs Burgess and I joined OLSA in June 2023. Previously, I worked as a Nurse in the NHS and also the private sector for 23 years. However, I decided that I would like a career change. I love my new role and the children at Our Lady & St. Anselm's never fail to make me smile. 

Mrs V King

Hi, I’m Mrs King and I’ve worked at OLSA, in different roles, for 6 years. I am currently the extended services manager which I really enjoy. I am also a Governor in the school, help run the School Council and I am part of the Friends Committee. I have lived in the Whitworth area all my life and my twin sons were educated at OLSA. In my spare time, I spend most weekends watching my children play football. I love watching ice hockey and my family are season ticket holders for Manchester Storm.

Mrs A. Lord

Hello, I am Mrs Lord and I joined OLSA in 2022. I qualified as a teacher in 2011 and enjoy inspiring children to reach their goals. I teach in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1.  I like to be creative. I have a husband, two children and enjoy spending time with my family. We like to ride our bikes and explore new places.

Mrs A Marsden

My name is Mrs Marsden and I joined Our Lady & St. Anselm's in 2020 to work as a welfare assistant.  Prior to joining OLSA I worked as a nursery practitioner and have a BTEC National Diploma in childcare. I am a mother of three girls who I love spending time with. I also enjoy reading a variety of books.

Miss N Murphy

Hi, my name is Miss Murphy. I joined OLSA in June 2023. Previously, I have worked in an SEN Primary School and Mainstream High Schools. In my spare time I enjoy days out with my family. We particularly like to go on scenic walks and visit family who don’t live nearby. 

Miss C O'Donovan

Hi, my name is Miss 'ODonovan. I started my role as School Admin Officer in November 2023. I really enjoy my job, especially seeing the children on a daily basis. I have a little boy called George who is 5 years old, so in my spare time I love to spend time with my family.


Woof! I'm Bonnie the school dog. I was born in lockdown, 2020 and live with Mrs Rainey and her family. I am a pampered pooch but I also work hard in school. I enjoy being with the children. This is usually through one to one reading, being taken for walks and within nurture groups. You will often see me sat in Mrs Abbondandolo's office window protecting our children in the playground. My favourite dinner is poached salmon fillet, chicken and sweet potato and I love a good tummy rub.