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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. 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.


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 RE, PSHE and MFL throughout the school. I am also responsible for maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of the children and staff at OLSA. 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.


Miss E Wadsworth

Hello, I’m Miss Wadsworth! Some of you may recognise me from last year as I had the privilege of completing my teacher training at OLSA. I am extremely excited to be joining the wonderful team again this year and can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for the Blossom class! During my free time I like to explore our lovely countryside with my dog Chip and bake delicious cakes. 


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

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.



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.


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 Computing and Design Technology. I love helping children with their computing 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 dog, Schnitzel, 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 have joined OLSA this year and teach Religion across the whole school, I enjoy going into every class and teaching all the children.  I have 2 children both of who attend OLSA.  In my spare time I enjoy running and exploring the lake district with my family.



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 E Mitchell


Hello, I am Mr Mitchell, the new Extended Services Manager here at Our Lady & St. Anselm's. I started in October and I am looking forward to making our extended services the best they can be. Before joining OLSA, I worked at Robinwood Activity Centre for almost 10 years. I have two young children who keep my wife and I on our toes. In my spare time, I am a keen runner and injuries aside I am aiming for a good marathon time.

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.