Senior Leadership Team

Vanessa McManus Executive Headteacher
Gemma Norman Associate Headteacher
Joanna Marchi Acting Deputy Headteacher
Rachel Clair Acting Assistant Headteacher
Claire Coleman Acting Assistant Headteacher
Kath Chow Learning Manager (SENCO)

School Administration & Support

Iain Huck Finance Director
Hannah Fitzsimmons School Administrator
Yvonne Wilson School Administrator
Andy Bagnall Premises and Facilities Manager

Phase Leaders / Teaching and Learning Responsibilities

Chris Dunn Teacher Development Lead
Colette Lowe Pupil Research Lead
Rebekah Lyall Curriculum Lead and Key Stage 2 Phase Leader
Emily Spivey Key Stage 1 Phase Leader
Rebecca Stanton EYFS Phase Leader

Teaching Staff

Andrea Vaughan Nursery
Kate Brooks Nursery
Rachel Clair Reception
Jessica Foster Reception
Charlotte McDevitt Reception
Rebecca Stanton Reception
Kath Chow Year 1/Learning Manager (SENCO)
Karina Khan Year 1
Emily Spivey Year 1
Dylan Guinnane Year 2
Colette Lowe Year 2
Erin O'Neill Year 2
Rebekah Lyall Year 3
Claire Mulligan Year 3
Toby Butt Year 4
Emma Carter Year 4
Chris Dunn Year 5
Rosie Halligan Year 5
Claire Coleman Year 6
Claire Kitchen Year 6
Joanna Marchi Year 6
Joe Knighton PE and Forest School

Higher Level Teaching Assistants

Tracey Payton Support Staff Lead
Suzanne Phoenix LSA Lead
Amy Gibbons  
Mel Milward  
Sarah Newton-McElroy  

Teaching Assistants

Farzana Ali

Karen Broad

Katy Cole

Jazz Dikgoz

Aisha Khan

Kate Massey

Charlotte McDevitt

Rachael Robertson

Clive Scott

Susan Scott

Rachael Shkurko

Charlotte Smithurst

Karen Sutcliffe

Liv Thomas

Tilly Towsey

Other Professional Practitioners

Rob Curran 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. Go to: to see how the teams work.
  • 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.

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