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Here you can discover a little about the staff at Meltham CE Primary School.

Alex Beaumont, Headteacher & Safeguarding Lead

24th May 2017 Currently Acting Headteacher at Helme CE Junior & Infant School.

I have been working at Meltham CE Primary School since January 2008. I am the headteacher and this is my third headship. I was previously head at Hepworth J&I and Upperthong J & I schools. The job of headteacher is very varied; one minute I can be working in the sand in Foundation Stage, the next managing a million pound budget and then helping the caretaker to clear the drains.

I have a BSc in Biochemistry and a PGCE. I’m not sure how much use Biochemistry is in Primary Schools but I still have a love of science. I used to be a morris dancer and enjoy teaching folk and morris dance in school. I love all kinds of music and enjoy sharing my passion with children. I am a very keen cyclist, cycling to work most days. I am a Level 2 cycling coach which I use to train children in cycling.

I have two grown up children, both of whom are teachers-as is my wife! When not out on my bike or listening to music, I enjoy camping in my VW van and looking at the natural world.

Phil Gibbins, Acting Headteacher, Year 6 Teacher & Safeguarding Lead

I began working at Meltham in September 2011, but when I’m not here working with your children, I have a wife (Maria, who is also a teacher) and three children (Elliot – a girl, Sam and Daniel) who keep me very busy and also very happy indeed. 

Since moving across Huddersfield from Netherhall Learning Campus, I have worked as a class teacher in Year 6.  As well as my class teaching – where I try my best to make Key Stage 2 SATs year as exciting as it possibly can be - I am now also the deputy headteacher, so I must have done something right over the past few years! This part of my job is very varied, but one of the perks is that I get the chance to wander right across the school – from Foundation Stage up into Key Stage One, and onward through Key Stage Two.  This is a part of my job that I especially enjoy as it lets me learn a thing or two from our fantastic teachers, and gives me the opportunity to interact with all of the children in school (not just my own bunch).

I haven’t always been a teacher though.  Before following my wife into education, I worked unsuccessfully in the banking industry; tried (on more than one occasion) to write a book – it turned out I wasn’t as good as I thought I was; and before that, I studied to earn my undergraduate degree in Geography, my Masters degree in Hydrology and my PGCE to enter teaching.  When I do get the occasional spare minute, I enjoy reading, doodling, travelling, playing a little electric guitar (in private of course), running (when the weather’s fine and I can find my shoes), swimming and spending time with friends.

Gill Turner, Year 2 Teacher, Deputy Headteacher & Safeguarding Contact

I’ve now worked at Meltham CE for 7 years, after teaching in Rochdale for 13!  I currently work in year 2 as a class teacher whilst being Assistant Head Teacher. I love to teach all subjects but my preference is definitely maths – I love a challenge!

Out of school I enjoy taking part in amateur dramatics and am currently rehearsing for ‘Betty Blue Eyes’ with Spot On Theatre Company.  I now live in Holmfirth with my husband and 2 girls and we enjoy holidaying abroad.

Rachel Taylor, Foundation Stage Teacher

I have worked at Meltham C of E school for most of my teaching career. I have always taught in KS1 and, as having a degree in music, found myself becoming the schools music co-ordinator.

I live in Skelmanthorpe and have two grown up children who both attended Meltham C of E. My daughter, Charlotte, is currently living in Manchester and working for Ryan Air and Daniel is hoping to become a junior doctor aftyer studying at Leicester University.

I am a playing member of Skelmanthorpe Prospect Brass and I am also secretary for the whole organisation. I also enjoy line dancing. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love animals and now that my children are grown up I have acquired a stray cat as well as two rabbits, one of which, Ben, lives at school during term time and comes home with me for weekends and holidays.

Liz Miles, Foundation Stage Teacher

I have worked at Meltham School since 2011 and am currently teaching in Foundation Stage. I have taught across all the year groups in KS1, although started my teaching career teaching science to children aged 11-16!
 
I spent many years living in Basingstoke and moved to Holmfirth with my husband and four children. Our children are grown up now and are either at University or have jobs of their own.
 
I have always enjoyed music and used to play the trumpet when I was younger. I have recently started playing again and now play with some local bands in my spare time.

Emma Wimpenny, Year 1 Teacher

I’ve been a teacher for 8 years and a Mummy for just over 1 – both of which occupations I love! My son, Danny, entertains most of my waking hours, but when I have chance, I love playing my flute, listening to music (particularly Bob Marley), yoga, running and watching films.

Rebecca Myers, Year 1 Teacher

I graduated in 2002 with a BA Hons degree in English and History; I then went on to gain a PGCE in Primary Education in 2004. After working as a supply teacher for a short while, I began working at Meltham CE in October 2004. I began my time at Meltham by completing my NQT year in Year 4 then moved down to Year One, where I have been since 2007! I love the variety every day in key stage 1 brings, the children make my job rewarding every day! 

I returned to full time work in 2016, after working part time whilst looking after my two children. Outside of work my two children, Neve and Poppy, keep me very busy! Climbing, walking and cycling are some of the activities we pursue as a family – anything to burn off energy! I also enjoy running, reading and travelling.

Bethany Varley, Year 2 Teacher

I made my return to Meltham CE School in September 2015 after coming to school here myself from 1998 – 2005, I just couldn’t stay away!

I am a Year 2 teacher in Class 6 – which I love! Every day is different within the classroom and the school, but ensuring the children receive a broad and balanced curriculum whilst having fun is my favourite part. I graduated in July 2015 with a First Class Honours degree in Primary Education from the University of Huddersfield after studying there for 3 years. I have a passion for getting young children into PE and sport and started coordinating Dance and Gymnastics within the school in September 2016. I danced 4 times a week up until the age of 16 and taught lessons here and there, I loved every minute of it but due to starting college I had to make extra time to study!

I am a very creative person and I love anything to do with art and crafts which I use within my teaching when suitable. I have two young nephews who I love spending my free time with and exploring for bugs and grubs and even the Gruffalo in the woods! In October 2016 I adopted two kittens, Jelly and Bean who keep me busy and entertained every day and my class love to see pictures of them and hear stories about their mischievous ways. 

Kate Watson, Year 3 Teacher

I have been working at Meltham CE Primary School since October 2009. I teach in Year 3 on a Monday and Tuesday. I am responsible for Design and Technology in school, a role that I particularly enjoy because I get to see such a wide range of creative and inventive design work.  

I have a BA in Classics from Warwick University; this degree choice was fuelled by my love of history and travel. I also have a PGCE qualification from Sheffield Hallam University.

I am married with two grown up children. In my spare time I enjoy walking our cocker spaniel over the hills and beaches of Northumberland.   

Vicky Taithe, Year 3 Teacher

I joined Meltham CE Primary School in September 2007 as a Year 4 teacher. Now I teach French throughout Key Stage 2 and share a Year 3 class with Kate Watson. I am subject leader for English and foreign languages. To help me in this role, I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of English (NATE) and I use school’s membership of the Association of Language Learning (ALL) to keep up to date with developments in each of the subjects.

After completing the Graduate Teacher Programme with a specialism in primary language learning at Bradford College, Holmfirth JI&N and l’Ecole de Beyne in France, I taught at RM Grylls and Gomersal Middle Schools from Year 5 to Year 8 before coming to Meltham. Before that, I worked in universities, for a French hotel group and for a Yorkshire textile company. In all my jobs, my language skills have been invaluable.

I have a BA (Hons) in French from the University of Birmingham and MA in Education and Professional Enquiry from the University of Leeds and have written a primary French book published by Hodder Education. I love books, film and theatre - especially Shakespeare. It has been a great honour to work with the Royal Shakespeare Company through the Honley Shakespeare Festival since the Learning and Performance Network was first set up. It is fantastic to see our young actors grow in confidence through this experience. One boy told me, “Once you’ve been out on that Honley stage in front of hundreds of people, you know you don’t ever need to be nervous again.”

My children are both former pupils of Meltham CE Primary School and have gone on to study Drama and Film Studies & English Literature at university. They are also bilingual, as my husband is French, and we still enjoy family time in France.

Tom Mosley, Year 3 Teacher currently on Secondment at Denby First School

I'm now in my seventh year at Meltham CE and have loved every minute! It is a wonderful school with fantastic children and staff. I teach in Year 3 and also coordinate P.E and the school hens!
Outside of school I am a keen sportsman and also enjoy all things to do with music.

Tracy Walker, Year 4 Teacher

 

 

Carl Aspey, Year 4 Teacher

I started at Meltham C.E Primary school in January 1995 when Mr Middleton was head teacher. Following my Art degree at Derby University, I was the Art and display coordinator to begin with. A few years later I was asked what I thought of computers, my answer “I like them”….that was it, I was now ICT coordinator. At the time we had chalk boards, a few old BBC computers and one dusty PC in the office. So I didn’t have a lot to coordinate to start with, but it wasn’t long before we had a computer suite, in the former library and now the front office.

I spent a short while away from Meltham C.E School when I worked for two terms as a seconded ICT Advisor for Kirklees in 2001, coming back as a so called ‘floating’ Yr2 teacher for a term, an interesting title for an interesting term! The rest of my time has been spent in either Yr5 or as currently in Yr4.

I am a governor and enjoy being an active part of the PSA.  When I first came, someone (who had been at the school a while) told me I was very lucky to be starting my career at a school where people tend to stay. I didn’t understand what they meant at the time, I think I do now, and I understand why!

Sarah Drake, Year 5 Teacher & SENdco

I originally trained as a secondary ICT teacher at Edge Hill University. I was a supply teacher for 1 year all over Calderdale and Kirklees during this time I made the decision to pursue my career in Primary Schools as I enjoyed it so much. I have had an exciting 3 years at Meltham, where I have become part of such a fab team and taught such vibrant children.

During my time outside of school I enjoy reading fiction, walking and spending time with my family and friends.

Naomi Ellis, Tear 5 Teacher

I have been a teacher at Meltham CE Primary School for two years after graduating from the University of Hull in 2014.  Having loved being at the school as a pupil I was very excited to start my teaching career here.  In my downtime (when I'm not jetting around the World!) I enjoy listening to music, shopping and watching films.  My ambition is to continue exploring the different continents.

Joanna Mitchell, Year 6 Teacher

 

 

Shirley Harrison, Art & Dance PPA Teacher

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I have been associated with Meltham C of E  primary school since around 2001. I teach art and dance to Key Stage two children.  I did my training in Leicestershire and began my teaching career in secondary education.

In my spare time I enjoy machine embroidery, walking my dog, reading crime novels and going to the theatre.  I especially love modern jive dancing and can often be found on various dance floors throughout Yorkshire.

I have recently become an Independent Stylist for MyShowcase, an online beauty/health/wellbeing business. I have two grown up children and two granddaughters.

Stephanie Bartholet, Art & Dance PPA Teacher

I have worked within education for over 20 years. Happily, as a class teacher and then specialising in art as the Advanced Skilled Teacher of Art for Kirklees, a role involving advising, supporting colleagues, providing model lessons and supporting induction of new teachers and leading professional development.I have also enjoyed working as a freelance artist- creating art, painting landscapes for private commissions, exhibiting in local galleries – leading art and dance workshops.

I later went on to work as a freelance Art consultant for Cape UK, Huddersfield Art gallery and later Kirklees Learning Service- I have managed and led art projects in schools, galleries and the local community, carried out action research into community cohesion, carried out neighborhood housing projects, planned artists in schools visits, supported Inset training and organized art network meetings for primary and secondary teachers in the Arts. I am passionate about the arts and am presently enjoying working at Meltham C of E delivering an Art and Dance curriculum to the pupils.I have a love for all things vintage and run Bubzi – a place where I trade in handpicked retro clothing and homewares.Born in Huddersfield – now living in Holmfirth. Family life consists of my husband, step- daughter, son and daughter and of course Bobby the yorkie!

Alison Moran, RE PPA Teacher

I began working at Meltham CE School in September 2005. I previously lived and taught in Bexley, South-East London, before moving to Huddersfield just before our son was born.

 

My role in the school is PPA teacher which means that I work in several classes to enable the teachers to have planning and assessment time. I work mainly in Foundation Stage and KS1, but have also taught in KS2. I work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

I work closely with Mrs Haynes and we are the RE coordinators for the school. I teach RE in KS1 along with other subjects.

 

When I’m not working I enjoy crochet and other creative pursuits, walking my two dogs and taxiing my son to his many activities! I am a Christian and am actively involved in the life of my church.

Wendy Haynes, RE PPA Teacher

I have been teaching at Meltham CE Primary School since September 2014. I have been teaching since 1996 and have taught in primary schools in Manchester, Stockport and Oldham. I have spent the majority of time teaching Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 but I also spent a year teaching Year 5 and two years teaching in Year 3 and 4. During my teaching career I have been a Literacy Key Skills teacher, a KS1 leader and have also been the coordinator of ICT, Literacy, Music, PSHE and RE. 

I attended Sheffield University where I gained a Bed Hons in Mathematics. After university I spent time travelling through Australia.  I gained a love of travelling and have had many wonderful experiences such as teaching English in Poland, building paths and dry stone walls in Croatia and researching the teaching of steel pans in Trinidad. My last teaching post was at St Mary’s Primary School in Greenfield which is where my children attend. I live in Greenfield with my husband, 2 daughters and 2 cats.

Adele Ingham, Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

In 2013 I started working at Meltham CE School as a lunchtime supervisor. I quickly started volunteering my free time working with the children in the classroom. In 2015 I was offered the role as year 3 Educational Teaching Assistant, later also working with Year 4. I now work as Foundation Stage Educational Teaching Assistant. It is a truly rewarding role, working with the youngest in the school and seeing them grow. I am also trained as a paediatric first aider. 
 
I have a son who is the 3rd generation of my family to attend Meltham CE School. We have 3 cats named Clooney, April and Gus. As a family we enjoy going to the cinema, cooking Caribbean food and walking the scenic walks of Meltham. In my spare time I love to release my creativity through drawing and painting.
 

Donna Robb, Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Meltham CE since 2012. I am currently working in Foundation stage as a teaching assistant but have also briefly worked in years 2 and 3, having started my time at the school as a lunchtime supervisor.
 
I live in Meltham with my husband, 2 children and our dog Tilly. As a family we enjoy spending as much time as possible outside walking the dog and geocaching along the way!

Sian Parker, Year 1 Teaching Assistant

In 2008 I decided to volunteer as a parent helper at Meltham CE as I had a few free hours to offer. I discovered I loved working with the children so decided on a career change (I had previously worked in admin) and completed a course to qualify as a teaching assistant.  I also trained as a paediatric first aider.  I was lucky enough to be offered the role of teaching assistant in Reception in 2010.
 
I now work in Year One and find my role very varied and very satisfying. It is wonderful to watch the children learn and grow so much over the course of a year!
 
I am married with two sons and most weekends find me at various kart tracks, cheering on my youngest son who takes part in a number of karting championships. On a rare free weekend I enjoy, baking, reading, eating out and indulging in my love of photography.

Linda McNeil, Year 1 Teaching Assistant

At present I work as a teaching assistant in year 1 which I have done since 2007. I started at Meltham C of E over twenty years ago as a lunchtime supervisor alongside working with various children throughout the school on a 1 to 1 basis. I enjoy my job and interacting with the children.

I used to work as a secretary for a solicitor before I had my children.  I have two grown up children both of whom attended this school and one Grandchild. I love visiting London where my Son lives and I enjoy going to the theatre. I also enjoy walking in the Lakes with my husband Alan and golden retriever Maizie. 

Hayley Taylor, Year 1 Teaching Assistant

I started working at Meltham C of E primary school in September 2015. Never did I think I would work at the school I attended as a child!!

Prior to working here I was on the psa and a voluntary parent at Meltham C of E. I worked for Huddersfield and Calderdale NHS trust for over 20 years working with sick children. I loved my time working on the children's ward and the rest of the time in the community.

I am married and a mum to two lovely children who also attend the school. So far I am loving working here and extremely grateful this opportunity arose. The children here are a pleasure to work with and give you so much to smile about! . In my spare time I like to tread the boards and perform in musicals and plays locally.

Jayne Holroyd, Year 2 Teaching Assistant

I have lived in Meltham since 2001 and started volunteering at Meltham C of E in 2007 when my daughter, Amy, started school.  At this time I worked as a sale team manager for NatWest. I took voluntary redundancy in 2011 and in 2012 I was appointed as year 2 classroom assistant which I love.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends particularly over a good meal and a bottle of wine! I also love reading, going to the theatre and travelling. It is my ambition to travel around the world.

Natalie Bushby, Year 2 Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Meltham CE Primary School since September 2012 as a teaching assistant.

Previously I worked in New Zealand as a teaching assistant for 6 years across all years in a school. I have a cache Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification and I was awarded a distinction.

In my leisure time I am a keen photographer. I also enjoy painting, drawing and pressing flowers. For 6 years I was a self employed floral artist preserving, pressing and framing wedding bouquets.

Caroline Booth, Year 2 Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Meltham C of E since June 2014. My role is a teaching assistant. I currently support pupils in year 2, although in the past I have worked in year 1 and foundation stage. I also work as a lunchtime supervisor. I have a level 3 Diploma in supporting teaching and learning in school.

I began my role supporting children in education at St James's Church and Meltham Community Pre-school. Many children that I work with now are those that I have supported since my days at pre-school. It is wonderful to see how they have progressed with their learning since their early years. I feel that I am constantly learning and my role is very rewarding.

I have three fantastic boys who keep me extremely busy with all the different activities they do and one very helpful husband! When I have time for myself I enjoy pottering around the garden, cooking, walking and shopping.

Gilly Peace, Year 3 & Year 5 Teaching Assistant

I started working as a teaching assistant at Meltham CE Primary School in 2013 working five mornings in year 3 and three afternoons in year 5. I am also a lunchtime supervisor. I have two boys who both came to the school. I am a level 2 teaching assistant and I'm trained in first aid. I also run a lunchtime colouring club once a week.

My husband and I enjoy taking our dog out walking, the boys aren't quite as interested in muddy treks anymore! As a family we love spending time with friends, playing video and board games, watching films and relaxing together.

Vicky Clay, Year 4 Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Meltham Cof E School since June 2015. I work as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in year 4 and I stay with that year group as they move up through school. 
 
I have a Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification and I am currently studying to gain a special educational needs qualification to further my knowledge about how to help children with special educational needs.
 
I love arts and crafts and try to bring my artistic side into school whenever I can.
I have 2 children who keep me very busy. I love my job here at Meltham, the staff and children are fantastic. 

Louise Bull, Year 4 Teaching Assistant

My association with Meltham C of E began around 17 years ago when the first of our three girls started school here. I first came into school as a parent helper helping with swimming in the school pool, reading and accompanying many school trips. I currently work as a lunchtime supervisor and teaching assistant in year 4, run an after school sports club with a friend and am involved with the organisation and training of teams representing the school at many sporting events.

Outside school I enjoy playing/umpiring hockey, holidays, theatre trips ,eating out and socialising with family and friends.

Dawn Wimpenny, Year 5 & Year 6 Teaching Assistant & SENd Administration

I have been at Meltham CE School since 2014, currently working with Year 5 & 6 as well as helping with admin and SEN duties. Aside from spells as a play worker at Meltham (St James’ Church) and Slaithwaite pre-schools, I spent many years of my life in accounting / book-keeping and before Meltham CE as Business Manager at Golcar Junior Infant & Nursery School.  I am now doing what I truly love, working with children and seeing them progress. My two children attended the school (and husband) and are currently studying at Honley High. Out of school I enjoy family time and walking our dog Millie. 

Sharon Mellor, Year 5 Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Meltham School since 2011 as a Teaching Assistant in Year 5.   My 4 children attended this school and during this time I worked voluntarily in the Library, Cooking Club  and Knitting Club.  When not in school, I love spending time with my family and friends and walking my two dogs.

Dawn Stier, Year 6 Teaching Assistant

I started at Meltham CE Primary school as a year 3 teaching assistant in 2007 and current support year 6.  I look forward to the annual residential trip to Robinwood as it's great to share the children's achievements outside of the classroom. I am also a cover supervisor leading the class which sees me interacting with children across the whole school.

I hold a PGCE in Further Education, a degree in Business & Finance and am first aid trained.  I previously worked as a lecturer at a sixth form college before starting a family. My husband and I have two beautiful girls and a crazy dog who we enjoy walking with and spending time with family and friends.

Margaret Widdop, HTLA

After starting work at Meltham CE in 1997 as a parent helper I have had many different roles, - such as lunchtime supervisor, classroom support and cover supervisor.  I have a love of maths and in 2007 decided to go to night school and do my A level in pure maths and mechanics which I passed with high grades. The main aspect of my current role of HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) sees me working alongside teachers to improve maths in KS2. When necessary I still cover for absent teachers in all other year groups, however a lot of my time is spent in year 6 primarily leading up to SATs.

Outside of school I enjoy going to the gym - particularly Zumba classes - this I do to counteract the fact that I also enjoy cooking and eating out. I also love the sun and my summer holiday abroad is something I particularly look forward.

Family is important to me and my husband Peter and I have 3 grown up children and four beautiful (I am biased of course) granddaughters who we spend many a happy hour playing with at weekends and often staying over!

Caroline Pearson, Cover, Support, Speech & Language

I have been working at Meltham CE since September 2008, where I started as the ETA for both year 4 classes. Since then my role has changed, initially supporting maths throughout the school, to my current role of supporting reading in Key Stage 1. My other duties include; cover supervisor, speech and language support, cooking and gardening in the curriculum and finally running the out of school Let's Get Cooking Club.

I love a challenge and have throughout the years at Meltham, organized large scale events such as the farmers’ market, breakfast, healthy eating weeks and enabling the school to be awarded the bronze and silver awards for Food for Life.

In 2009 I gained a Foundation degree in supporting learning and in 2011 gained Higher Level Teaching Assistant status (HLTA). I have attended a number of courses for teaching cookery in school through the Children Food Trust and hold a current Health and Hygiene qualification and first aid.

Outside school, I am a Brownie leader, which I have been for over 30 years, and hold the important role of the treasurer for Huddersfield Dartmouth Division guides. Finally in my spare time I enjoy taking my labrador for walks and both my husband and myself love to cook, eating out and going to the theatre.

Sharon Price, SENd Support

I have worked at Meltham C of E Primary School since 2011 as a SEN teaching assistant and playleader. Areas which I specialise in include dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism. I developed my interest in working with special needs children while on maternity leave, studied hard and had placements in schools around Wakefield.


I previously worked for Yell for 18 years as a national account manager selling and promoting print, voice and internet advertising to major UK companies. I started my sales and marketing career at Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group as a advertising representative, where I went on to be a manager for 6 years.


On leaving school, I worked in a bank which bored the socks off me and decided to look for something new.

Jackie Oldham, School Business Manager

I began working at Meltham CE School as Admin. Officer in 2008 and gained the position of Business Manager in 2013.  Previously I had the role of Admin. Officer at Cowlersley Primary School, where I worked for 4 years.

Prior to having my two children I worked in the textile industry.  I held several positions, my first role was as a Production Manager for a cloth finishing company and latterly I had a career selling textile machinery.  This allowed me to travel extensively around the world.  It was very enjoyable but also very demanding.  I continued to study whilst working gaining qualifications in Business, Finance, Marketing and Management which was of great benefit in helping me gain the role I now have in School.

Nicola Kinsey, Senior Business Support Officer

I have lived in Meltham since 2007 after relocating from West Sussex - hence the funny accent!. Both my children came to the school and I first helped out in school listening to children read. I officially joined the fantastic staffing team here as Business Support Officer at the end of 2013 carrying out the most varied and enjoyable role I have ever experienced including monitoring pupil attendance, maintaining ParentPay, keeping the staff and pupils topped up with books and stationery, booking coaches, welcoming parents and visitors into the school, answering telephone queries, updating the school website, producing all sorts of lists and reports... the list goes on! As a trained paediatric first aider I also get to patch up scraped knees and cut fingers and any other ailments that crop up during the day.

Having spent over 15 years working as an analyst programmer for a large insurance company I am naturally organised and methodical which enables me to juggle the ever changing demands of the school office. No two days are the same as I aim to keep children, parents and staff happy.

Outside school I like to bake, cycle and read and like nothing more than big cup of tea, a new book and a cosy blanket.

Hazel Sixsmith, Business Support Officer

I am a business support assistant in the school office and started working at Meltham CE Primary school in October 2014....where has the time gone! I work Thursday and Friday mornings at the school and when I'm not here you will find me at Huddersfield Registry Office in the world of births, marriages and deaths where I have been since August 2013. I love my jobs at both the Registry Office and here at Meltham CE Primary School. I recently bought my first house and I am enjoying furnishing and making it my own and am the proud owner of two cats and a hamster!
 
Although work takes up much of my time, I enjoy any free time with friends and family and being creative. I love baking, cooking, knitting and sewing. My current knitting project is a steam engine!! 

Steve Scotland-Judd, IT Technician

I settled ‘up north’ in 1998 following 22 years in the RAF, where I travelled the UK, Germany and the Falkland Islands. I specialised in airfield navigation aids, radar and communications.

Looking for a change, I retrained as an accountant and free-lanced for small businesses in the Huddersfield area. After 10 years and due to a change in personal circumstances I thought I’d take early retirement.

Then Mr Beaumont asked me to provide cover as the ITC technician, just for a few weeks, as a stop gap. That was in 2012 and I’m still here.  I look after and maintain the schools IT equipment, ranging from PC’s and laptops to projectors and sound systems. It’s a challenging job, being only part-time, but I enjoy the work especially the interaction with the children. I quite expect to still be here until I either retire or my brain finally fails to compute the increasing progress in IT technology.

Pete Nicholaides, Caretaker

 

 

 

Sian Allen, Senior Cover Supervisor