St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School is comprised of 15 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 and Early Years Lead Teacher
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.
Ms MacLennan is the teacher of Elm class
Gerard Iredale - Maths Lead and Year 3/4 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.
Mr Iredale is the teacher of Chestnut class
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.
Mr Foster is the teacher of Eucalyptus class
Hannah Stone - Year 1/2 Teacher
Hannah joined us as a 1:1 support worker whilst completing her degree. Hannah qualified in 2021.
Hannah is also a staff governor and has served on the governing body for three years.
Miss Stone is the teacher of 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.
Michelle Cornick - 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.
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 Chestnut Class as a teaching assistant as well as lunch time and Breakfast Club.
Ami Archer - 1:1 Support Assistant
Ami joined us in 2020 as a 1:1 support assistant. She works closely with the class teacher in Eucalyptus. Ami has children who attend our school.
Sarah Pratley - Nurture Support/Classroom Support/Kidz Care Club Assistant
Sarah works in Eucalyptus 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.
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.
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 Chestnut Class supporting pupils and the class teacher.
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.
Angela Willoughby - Chef
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 in Maple Class.
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!
Clare Neller - Classroom Support/Kidz Care Club Manager
Clare works as our Kidz Care Club manager and enjoys supporting pupils in Maple classroom.
Clare is famous at school for her fantastic Lemon Drizzle Cake!