St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School

Walking hand in hand with Jesus

Lawton Avenue, Carterton, Oxfordshire OX18 3JY

01993 841240


St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Primary School is comprised of 20 staff including a Senior Leadership Team, teachers, teaching assistants, nurture assistants and administrators.  Because we are a small staff, we are able to work closely together in order to ensure a well-rounded primary school experience for our children that takes into account both their academic and emotional needs.  

Our aim is to provide the children a safe environment where they can grow and change to become proud of the person they were meant to be by sharing their gifts and talents with all those they meet.

Lisa Smith - Principal

Lisa was appointed Principal of St Joseph's in 2017 however before becoming principal she was part of SLT which included leading in head of teaching and learning, leading the SENCo role, Science subject lead as well as many other roles.


Cheryl MacLennan - Vice Principal

Cheryl was appointed as Vice Principal of St Joseph's in 2017 however before becoming Vice Principal she was part of SLT which included leading Literacy.  She is also a consultant supporting other schools and specialising in English.  

Gerard Iredale - Maths Lead and Year 1/2 Teacher

Gerard joined St Joseph's in 2003 where he has taught from Reception to Year 5.  He specialises in maths and is keen to develop strong foundations in understanding as well as delivering an inspirational mastery curriculum.

Katie Goodwin

Katie joined us in October 2020, she is an NQT and is the class teacher of Oak Class.

Liz Henderson - Science Lead and Year 4/5 teacher

Liz qualified as a primary school teacher in 1998, specialising in Art. She then completed her Bachelor of Education Honors in 2002 at the Cape Town University in South Africa. 

She joined St Joseph's in 2016 and from September 2020 will be teaching year 4/5 and is the Head of Science. 

Roland Foster - IT Lead and Year 5/6 teacher

Roland qualified to be a teacher in 2010 and taught RE in a comprehensive until 2015 before switching to teach in a primary school.  He loves teaching art, history and RE as he is able to make things with the children and inspire them to be creative and imaginative.

Roland joined St Joseph's in 2018 teaching in year 4/5 and is now specialising in IT and inspiring children using 3D printing.

Michelle Howes - Office Manager

Shellie joined us at St Joseph's in September 2016  as an apprentice. In April 2019  she was appointed as a school administrator.  She was appointed as our Office Manager in January 2020 

Hannah Stone - Associate Teacher

Hannah joined us as a 1:1 support worker whilst completing her degree.  Hannah covers PPA in school and has joined us this academic year as an associate teacher.

Hannah is also a staff governor and has served on the governing body for three years.

Amanda Cross - Office Administrator 

Amanda joined the team in July 2020. She is very familiar with the school, as both her children attend/ed St Joseph's and she spent two years being a Parent Governor. 

Donna Kibble - Classroom Support/Lunchtime Supervisor

Donna works in Maple Class and supports teaching and learning in the classroom.  Donna also covers lunchtimes.  Donna has been with us since 2015 and in 2019 she was appointed as a teaching assistant.  She currently works with Mr Iredale in Maple Class.

Louise Griffiths - EYFS and Nursery Manager

Louise works in our early years department and manages our nursery setting - Little Joey's.  Louise joined us in September 2018.

She enjoys running and keeping active.

Kim Quinn - Breakfast Club/Classroom Support/Lunchtime Supervisor

Kim was appointed in 2015 as a teaching assistant.  Kim manages Breakfast Club and also teaches cooking with the children.   

Kim currently supports Eucalyptus Class as a teaching assistant as well as lunch time and Breakfast Club.

Nicky Hegarty - 1:1 Support/Classroom Support/Lunchtime Supervisor

Nicky is our longest serving member of staff, she was appointed in 1998.

During her time at St Joseph's Nicky has worked in our wrap-around provision as well as lunch time supervisor.  Nicky currently works in Maple Class supporting pupils and the class teacher.

Debi Davis - Classroom Support

Debi joined St Joseph's in 2000. Debi has worked in our wrap-around provision and as a cover supervisor.  Debi currently supports Chestnut Class as a teaching assistant.

Debi is very 'arty' and is responsible for our wonderful backdrops at Christmas time!

Hannah Adams - Nursery Assistant/Classroom Support

Hannah joined St Joseph's in 2018 after volunteering full time.  Hannah supports in Little Joey's Nursery in the mornings and then works in Maple Classroom in the afternoons.

Danielle Batty - Catch Up Provision/PPA Cover

Danielle is our newest member of staff and is delivering catch up provision to pupils as part of our endeavours to narrow the gaps created by lockdown this year. 

Danielle completed her QTS in July 2020.

Ami Archer - 1:1 Support Assistant 

Ami joined us in 2020 as a 1:1 support assistant.  She works closely with the class teacher. Ami has children who attend our school.

Mr 'Angus'- Caretaker

Mr 'Angus' is our caretaker and handyman - We don't know how we would survive without him!  He is a man of many skills and enjoys the outdoors, he has led an 'outdoor skills and adventure' day with some of our pupils.

Clare Neller - Classroom Support/Kidz Care Club Manager

 Clare works as our Kidz Care Club manager and enjoys supporting pupils in Oak classroom.  

Clare is famous at school for her fantastic Lemon Drizzle Cake!

Sarah Pratley - Nurture Support/Classroom Support/Kidz Care Club Assistant

 Sarah works in Chestnut Class in the afternoons and in Kidz Care Club in the evenings.  

Sarah is currently working towards her ELSA training (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant).  Sarah is our nurture lead and has supported many pupils through difficult and challenging times.

Angela Willoughby - Chef

Nick Davids - 1:1 Support Assistant

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