Meet the Team

Senior Leadership Team

  • Vanessa McManus, Head of School
  • Gemma Norman, Deputy Head teacher
  • Helen Moorcroft, Assistant Head teacher
  • Claire Kitchen, Learning Manager (SENCO)

Phase Leaders / Teaching and Learning Responsibilities

  • Claire Coleman (Early Years)
  • Rachel Clair (Key Stage 1)
  • Rebecca Catton (Key Stage 2)
  • Jo Marchi (Key Stage 2)
  • Jim Prole (Data Manager)

Teaching Staff

  • Andrea Vaughan, Nursery
  • Claire Coleman, Reception
  • Emily Spivey, Reception
  • Claire Kitchen and Kate Brooks Year 1
  • Rebecca Drury, Year 1
  • Rachel Clair, Year 2
  • Zahra Mohammed, Year 2
  • Rebecca Catton, Year 3
  • Emma Carter, Year 3
  • Claire Mulligan, Year 4
  • Margaret Hopkinson, Year 4
  • Rebekah Renshaw, Year 5
  • Jim Prole, Year 5
  • Gemma Norman, Year 6
  • Jo Marchi, Year 6
  • Helen Moorcroft, Year 6

Higher Level Teaching Assistants

  • Jayne Hudghton
  • Tracey Payton
  • Pauline Platt
  • Caroline Reeve

Teaching Assistants

  • Rhonda Boaler
  • Karen Broad
  • Katy Cole
  • Caroline Conroy
  • John Cotterill
  • Sarah Fenlon
  • Lesley Hughes
  • Adele Jespersen
  • Mel Milward
  • Denise Moulsher
  • Sarah Newton-McElroy
  • Ruth Power
  • Susan Scott
  • Rebecca Stanton

 Other Professional Practitioners 

  • Johnny Woodhams, Artist in Residence
  • Shane Yates, Sports Coach


Lines of Communication

We have an open-door policy with your child's classroom teacher being the first point of contact for any queries and feedback.

How Our Staff Teams Operate

The staff at Gatley Primary School are involved in setting the strategies for improving the teaching and learning across the school.  The following are representative of the provisions made for all staff members:

  • The school has curriculum teams (this includes non-teaching and administration staff also), who write action plans together to form the School Development Plan.
  • Appraisal Targets reflect school priorities for improvement. These targets have common themes to enable joint practice development.
  • Our policy for learning appraisal is shared with all staff which explains how they can access courses / personal development they each have an online account to access professional development opportunities.
  • Bespoke training is encouraged and the school has developed partnerships with universities to ensure accreditation.
  • The school implements an Equal Opportunity Policy and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy which ensures all staff have access to appropriate support to fulfil their role and for them to continue to improve their performance.
  • Joint practice development is part of school life and includes staff meetings, sharing good practice, personal praise and encouragement. 
  • The school ethos also enables all staff to evaluate and support each other’s development.

School Administration & Support

  • Lynda Butterworth, School Administrator
  • Robert Hughes, Site Supervisor
Vision & Values
School Information
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