School Staff

On this page we would like to introduce you to all the friendly people who work here at St Joseph’s.

As well as our teaching staff, our school functions with the help of classroom assistants, integration assistants, administration staff, cooks, building and lunchtime supervisors.
 
Meet the Teachers and support who look after and educate your child:
 

St Joseph’s Staff this Academic year 2021-2022
 
Mr O'Hara

Principal

I am the Principal at St Josephs and have been since 2008. During this time the school has doubled in size thanks to an expansion programme that has enabled us to move from 210 pupils to 420. I take real satisfaction in seeing children grow and develop from the age of 4 years old to when they leave here aged 11 years.
I am proud Yorkshireman and am a life long Leeds Utd supporter.

Mrs Hill

Vice Principal

I am Vice-Principal at St Joseph's. I love supporting children with their learning, particularly helping them find new and exciting books to read! I have two young children and two cats and I love spending time with my family. We enjoy visits to the beach (even when it's freezing), bike rides in the park, cooking and playing Mario Kart!

Mrs Chambers

Assistant Principal (seconded to Holy Cross)

Mr Lynch

Y6 Teacher / Acting Assistant Principal

I have been teaching since 2010 and have been at St Joseph’s since 2016. I have taught across most Year groups from Year 1 to Year 6 in three different schools. I particularly enjoy getting to know the different personalities of the children that I teach and seeing them progress with their learning.
In my spare time I enjoy going to see live music and playing football. I am also an avid Aston Villa fan.

Miss Harris

Y6 Teacher

This is my 9th year at St Joseph's. I was inspired to become a teacher through my own experiences at primary school: I loved learning about new topics (especially ancient History) and always felt supported and encouraged by my teachers. I hope that the children in my class leave St. Joseph's inspired to take on new challenges and to be the best versions of themselves. It has been a privilege to see the children grow in confidence each year, trying their best, ready to embrace their next chapter at secondary school.
When I am not in my classroom, you might see me running around the streets of Sutton or in the park.

Mrs Leahy

Y5 Teacher

I have enjoyed teaching in many different year groups across school and I love to see children progress and build their confidence. I love challenging children, especially with their maths work. In my spare time, I enjoy reading and going to the park with my family.

Miss Round

Y5 Teacher

I have been teaching since 2016 and find it to be a most rewarding experience. I enjoy
exploring new places and can often be found camping around the UK in my spare time. I
love to sketch and I read my Kindle every single night. Watching live music is something my
partner and I enjoy whenever we can. I enjoy trying new foods and going to eat in different
restaurants.

Miss Fraser

Y4 Teacher

I am a teacher at St Josephs who loves to create a happy learning environment. I studied Psychology at Loughborough University and thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the brain! My favourite subject to teach is Maths (especially if it involves a Maths song). I absolutely love class assemblies and watching everybody share their unique talents.

Miss Evans

Y4 Teacher

I am a class teacher at St Joseph’s and I love watching children grow in confidence across all areas of the Curriculum. I particularly enjoy teaching English and exploring different texts through drama! I have three small children of my own who are my absolute world. Whenever they are not forcing me to play on the Nintendo switch, I can be found reading on My Kindle or watching something on Netflix.

Miss Birch

Y3 Teacher

Hello, I’m Miss Birch :)
When I’m not in school, my favourite thing to do is to travel! I’ve climbed the Great Wall of China, swam with manta-rays in Bali and visited Harry Potter studios in California. If I’m not jetting off to somewhere new, I also enjoy swimming, going to music concerts and walking my mischievous dog, Oscar! My favourite subjects to teach are history and geography!

Miss Gamlen

Y3 Teacher

Since 2019, I have been an enthusiastic class teacher at St Joseph’s. My favourite subject is (and always has been) maths. I love learning new facts and seeing my class make progress everyday. On the weekend, I enjoy being outdoors climbing mountains, baking and singing. Currently, I lead the Young Voices School choir who are to perform Resorts World Birmingham in Summer 2022.

Miss Gavin

Y2 Teacher

I have been teaching at St Josephs for 9 years. My favourite subjects to teach are Phonics and Maths. I love seeing the children progress and grow in confidence and independence throughout the year. Outside of school, I really enjoy cycling, travelling and exploring the great outdoors. I also enjoy watching football and I am a Liverpool supporter

Miss Miller

Y2 Teacher

Ms Shiels

Y1 Teacher

My name is Ms. Shiels. My Favourite subjects at school are singing, art and reading. One of my favourite authors is Julia Donaldson, I love reading her stories to the children in my class. After school I like to walk my dog Louis in Sutton park and stop off for an ice cream!

Miss Glass

Y1 Teacher

I have been teaching since 2021 at St Joseph's, and love to watch children's confidence grow throughout the year. My favourite subjects to teach are phonics and P.E. Outside of school, I play the flute, and am part of a gymnastics club. My favourite food is pizza!

Miss Wood

FY Teacher

I have been teaching at St Joseph's for 4 years. I enjoy teaching Phonics and I find it so rewarding teaching children how to read! I am a keen sportsperson, playing netball for a local club. I enjoy spending time with my little dog Louie and taking him for long walks with my partner. My family and friends are very special to me. My favourite season is Summer as I love having BBQs in the garden. My favourite restaurant is TGI Fridays!

Mrs Terry

FY Teacher and SENDCO

I have been working with children since 2000, with a focus on children with special educational needs. I qualified as a teacher in 2010 having gained a degree in Special Needs and inclusion. I have been a teacher at St Joseph's since 2015. I love teaching Early Years and Y1, as they learn to read and write and become independent little learners.
In my spare time I enjoy going on country walks, reading and cooking. Family time is very important to me too.

Mrs Bates

FY Teacher

I obtained my teaching degree from Newman University as an early years specialist and I have been teaching at St Joseph’s for 6 years. I love teaching phonics and watching the children grasp their early reading skills. I am also staff governor here at school. Outside of work I enjoy taking my daughter on days out, seeing friends and family as well as spending time at our cottage in Devon.

The Children are so lucky to also have many wonderful  Support Staff  who assist their learning daily 
Mrs Bowkett

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Mahoney

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pritchard

Teaching Assistant

Mrs McGrath

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Reilley

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Podraza

Teaching Assistant

Miss Georgiou

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Oldham

Teaching Assistant

I have worked at St Josephs for 4 years. I love seeing children progess throughout the year. I enjoy reading, singing hymns and my favourite television programme is 'Friends'.

Mrs Laskowska

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Holmes

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Vickers

Teaching Assistant

I have been a Teaching Assistant at St Joseph’s since 2014 and I love it!! I enjoy talking to and getting to know the children and am amazed by their development and progress throughout the year!
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my husband and three children and our extended families and friends. At university I studied Spanish and Italian, so I love having the opportunity to travel and use my languages.

Miss Robotham

Teaching Assistant

I’ve been working at St Joseph’s since graduating from my Psychology and Education degree in 2021! I have always loved learning so I find it extremely rewarding to be a part of children’s learning journey, watching them grow and succeed. I love to read and my favourite books are Harry Potter and the Hunger Games series. In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, baking and going for walks with my bulldog!

Mrs Ford

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Purchase

Teaching Assistant

We have a happy office at the front of the school to greet you at the door and answer all your telephone and email enquiries.
Mrs Pritchard

Office

Mrs Mitchell

Office

Ms Green

Office / PA