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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 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

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. Most recently, I have joined the admin team in the school office. . 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 or playing my Ukulele.


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 am now the proud mummy to Ida who, along with my husband, I enjoy spending valuable time with.


Mrs C Howarth

Hello. I am Mrs Howarth and I have been teaching at OLSA since September 2013. As well as being class teacher to Year Five, I co-ordinate PSHE and MFL throughout the school. I am responsible for maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of the children and staff at OLSA and I enjoy my recent role as mentor to ECT'S and student teachers. It is a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful team here.


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

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.


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.




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 dog with my two younger twin sisters who both attended OLSA.



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 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.


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 also running 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 to work in KS1. 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. Alongside teaching year 2, I am also subject coordinator of Science and Design Technology. I love helping children with their science by asking questions and exploring new skills. I also enjoy designing and creating things in design technology and helping children do the same. I work alongside my TA Mrs Gartside. In my free time, I enjoy taking my two dogs, Schnitzel and Rolfy, on long walks and reading a variety of different books as part of a book club.


Mrs L Dobson

I'm a mum of two boys. I try to do lots of running, but I would much rather be reading, so sometimes I just curl up on the sofa and do that instead! I go on lots of big walks with my boys, I walk all around the hills near my house, we love to explore new paths.


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.  


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.

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 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 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. 


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.