Miss Fiona Close

Teacher (Ladybirds)

My interests: I love spending time with my friends, family and my dog Archie. I enjoy taking Archie for long walks along the beach, lots of people say that he looks like a wolf or a polar bear when we are out walking! I have been teaching for over 10 years now, I love being a teacher as I love helping children to learn and most importantly we all have fun in school every day and I always go home smiling.

A fun fact about me: When I was in primary school I played the part of Cinderella in a school play - I think that my princess days are over now (unless you catch me with a wand in my hand in Foundation!)

Miss R Holman

Teacher (Butterflies)

My interests: I enjoy spending time relaxing with my friends and my family. At the weekend I enjoy playing sports including: hockey, netball and tennis. For the last 2 years I have lived and worked as a teacher in Abu Dhabi which was an amazing experience and now I am living back on our family farm in Cheshire.

A fun fact about me: I have completed the 'Three Peaks Challenge' in 24 hours twice for charity!

Miss J Hair

Teaching Assistant

My interests: I am a fan of lots of different music (grew up dancing to Top of the Pops on Thursday nights). I love my weekend 'kitchen discos', as I can dance, sing and cook along to all my favourite tunes.

I have 3 beautiful, crazy sons, who, of course, I love spending time with. We like watching films together, especially the Marvel and Star Wars Universes. We like to watch documentaries on TV, in particular Science and Space ones.

Finally I have been a TA in Foundation stage for 7 years and have so much fun, I think I have the best job in the world!

Mrs A Selby

Teaching Assistant

My Interests: I enjoy spending time with family and my friends, I love to cook and to travel!

My husband and I love to take our children Alice and Sebastian on adventures and to try new things, paddle boarding is our latest love!

I spend lots of time cheering on my children at jujitsu and horse riding as well as taking my dog Molly for long walks especially on the beach.

Fact about me: I have sponsored a little boy in Uganda for three years. I love to keep in touch with him and his family.

Mrs Paula Hendry

Teaching Assistant

My Interests: I love spending time with my family! I have a son called Conor, a daughter called Ellie and a very lazy cat named Liquorice!

My favourite hobby is eating, I enjoy cooking, trying out new recipes and secretly helping myself to Ellie's chocolate stash!

To jazz up doing household chores, I like to have a good boogie and a sing-a-long to the current chart music and old throwback classics.

Chill time is curling up on the sofa with a cuppa reading a good book.

A fun fact about me: When I was a child I attended dance classes, tap and ballet. Dancing in pantomimes, competitions and exams. Today I keep fit by doing Zumba to burn off all those chocolate calories!

Last year I did a zumbathon for charity so I hope to do more of these in the future.

My interest: I love to spend time with my family doing lots of fun stuff!

Mrs S-J Wharton

Teaching Assistant

I have two children, a girl who goes to Whitby High and a boy who goes to Meadow. I have been a teaching assistant for 5 years and absolutely love it!

I decided to be a teaching assistant after having my own children and taking them to lots of play groups, where I often helped out and we loved going. It was so much fun and so lovely meeting lots of new people and their children.

Fun fact about me : I always wanted to be a singer or a dancer when I was a little girl and was always singing and dancing (still do). I did lots of shows on stage which I loved and even got to do a dance show in Disney Land Paris! My all time favourite song is “Proud Mary” and when it comes on there is just no stopping me.

Mrs M Flint

Teaching Assistant

I have been a Teaching Assistant for nearly 10 years and have always enjoyed working with children. I have been married for 19 years and have two children: My eldest, Ben, is in year 13 and my youngest, Hannah, is in year 10. I also have a 1 year old puppy called Chloe, who is very cute and we love taking her on long walks in the forest.

My interests include, Knitting, Crochet, Painting and more recently, Diamond Art. I am very creative and am never happy unless I am making something.

I love experiencing different cultures and love to travel when I can, especially to Greece (my favourite place!). I also love to bake and cook things with my daughter. Our current favourite thing is ‘Greek Orzo Pasta with Feta Cheese’ and ‘Lemon drizzle cake’ – Yum!

Although a little rusty these days, I enjoy playing music on the violin and piano. We have just bought a piano for my daughter to learn which is also helping me to pick it up again. For fitness, I like swimming and cycling. However, my favourite sport to watch is Tennis.

A fun fact about me is that I won a bungee jump from a karaoke competition when I was 14 years old in Cyprus. I dived off a 150ft crane into the sea, what was I thinking!

Miss C Bebbington

Teaching Assistant

My interests : I enjoy spending time with my friends and family I have a son Harry who is 5 and a daughter Freya who is 3 and they both keep me on my toes. We enjoy swimming , holidays , walks and crafts . I have worked with children for 8 years and enjoy every minute of it . I enjoy exploring and listening to music

Fun fact about me : I always took part in dance shows when growing up and I still like to think I have the moves when I’m in the kitchen.

Mrs K Castell

Teaching Assistant

I have been a teaching assistant for 6 years. I have experience working with all year groups but have a little soft spot for EYFS.

I have 5 children. My eldest is 20 and at university and my youngest is 15 months. As you can imagine there is never a dull moment in our house.

Fun facts about me - I have completed a floristy course and I am a keen cake maker. My skills will be put to the test next year as I will be creating my sisters wedding cake and wedding flowers.