Meet the Staff at St Mary's
Senior Management Team
Mrs Fiona Robertson, Headteacher
Life at St. Mary’s is always exciting and interesting. Having taught every age range and taken on a variety of responsibilities I now find myself in the privileged position of being Headteacher. It is a pleasure to be able to take on this challenging role to provide the best possible learning experiences for our pupils. Although I am not in the classroom as much as in previous years, the children remain the delight of this job. Spare time?..........well, when I get some, horse riding is my choice of activity.
Mrs Michelle Mabley, Deputy Headteacher
Although this is my 11th year as a teacher at St Mary's my first contact with the school was when I stood nervously outside the Reception class door 20 years ago with my four year old daughter. After getting to know the place I loved it so much that eight years after this I retrained as a primary school teacher and was lucky enough to be offered a job! Since then I have taught in every year group in school apart from one. I am currently having a wonderful time teaching in Reception. Outside school I enjoy socialising with friends and family. I also run to keep fit - and help cut down the impact of the socialising!
Miss Laura Clancy, SENCO
I have worked at St Mary's for many years now and I have had the opportunity to teach in both KS1 and KS2. This year I am enjoying my role in teaching Year 5 with Mrs Jellett and Mrs NcNeill. I love being a teacher and it is great to be back at St Mary's after my maternity leave, we are like a school family here. My role as SENCO is very important to me and this means I co-ordinate with many external agencies to ensure that our pupils get the best support available to help them progress through school. Outside of school I am kept very busy by my one year old daughter, who has bundles of energy! We like swimming and going to lots of fun classes like Baby sensory and Baby ballet. I still love running and going to the gym, when I can fit this into my busy family and work life!
Mrs Linda Gouldsbrough, Class Teacher
I have worked at St. Mary’s School since 2010 and am currently the year 6 teacher. I am also the subject leader for mathematics and modern foreign languages and staff representative on the board of Governors. I have a joint honours degree in English Language and Humanities.
I am married with two children and I enjoy spending time with my family and travelling. My other interests include cats, art and chocolate!
Mrs Emma Beech, Class Teacher
I come from a family of teachers and have wanted to teach from a young age. I loved school as a child and hoped to help others learn and to enjoy school as I did myself. I have worked at St Mary's since I qualified from Reading University in 2001. Initially I taught in Reception and Year 1 for 6 years. Moving to teach Years 2, 3 and 4 was a new challenge which has exceeded my expectations in many ways. Currently I am enjoying the new challenges of working with Year 1 in our fabulous classroom with an added bonus of the wonderful outdoor area. Art is a passion and I enjoy all creative learning activities with my class (which can sometimes end up a little messy!). Out of school my time is spent with my family. My husband, two children and our energetic dog Red, keep me busy out of school hours. Usually we can be found outdoors or swimming, regularly spending time with our families.
Miss Laura Henderson, Class Teacher
I am passionate about teaching. Seeing the children's personalities shine and helping them to progress and develop is a great part of my role in the classroom. I trained at York St John University, completing a four year BSc Hons in Primary Teaching with ICT. Currently I am teaching Year 2 and I am the subject leader for Computing. I enjoy teaching practical activities and PE. In my spare time I like to read and spend time with my friends and family.
Mrs Andrea Martland, Class Teacher
My teaching career started in a Y4 class, in Doncaster, in 2002. Previous to this I had worked as a Social Worker in Leeds. I started working here at St Mary’s in January 2005, initially supporting Y6 with their SATS preparation. Since then I have worked across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I certainly hope that children enjoy being taught by me.
Mrs Amanda Bottomley, Class Teacher
This is my first year at St Marys and I am very excited to be here. I am really enthusiastic and want to make sure the children have lots of fun while they are learning. I love being outdoors and particularly enjoy going on long walks with my family and our dog Buster!
Mrs Sandra Riley, Class Teacher
I started my teaching career in 1985 in Cambridge. Since then I have taught in Liverpool, Warrington, Blackpool and now the Selby area. Some of you may remember I taught at St Mary's many years ago and now return in my role of supply teacher. I teach both key stages at St Mary's and also other local schools. It is exciting working in a variety of classes and across different ages ranges.
Mrs Helen Jellett
I have been teaching for many years, although this is my first year at St Mary's. I am currently working alongside Miss Clancy in Year 5 which I am really enjoying. I have recently returned to Yorkshire after living and working in Hertfordshire for 20 years. I have three children aged 4, 7 and 9 who like to keep me on my toes!
Mrs Caroline Russell, Higher Level Teaching Assistant
I have worked at St Mary’s since 2003 as a GTA and an ATA. I gained HLTA status in 2010. I now work as a HLTA throughout the school, covering teachers PPA and management time. I teach part of the Bike-ability Scheme for year 6. I am a mum of 3 sons. I enjoy gardening, reading and crafts.
Mrs Clare Rogerson, General Teaching Assistant and Mid-day Supervisor
I joined St Mary's in January 2013 during which time I have had the opportunity to assist teaching in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I am currently working in St David's Class (Year 6), which I am thoroughly enjoying. I feel very proud to be part of St Mary's School, encouraging children to try their best and succeed. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and baking and have recently started lessons in campanology at my local Minster, which is very challenging but great fun at the same time.
Mrs Elizabeth Bean, Advanced Teaching Assistant
I have worked as an ATA at St. Mary’s since 2005, initially with a special needs pupil. I am currently working in the reception class. I have 1 child. I enjoy gardening and walking.
Miss Natalie Pickles, General Teaching Assistant and Advanced Teaching Assistant
I have worked at St. Mary’s as a GTA since April 2012, across the year groups. As of September 2013 I also work as an ATA in the afternoons.
I have 2 children. I enjoy bike rides and family holidays.
Miss Melanie Craven, General Teaching Assistant
I started working at St Mary's in 2008, initially as a midday supervisory assistant, I am now a general teaching assistant supporting a child with special needs on a 1 to 1 basis. I enjoy all aspects of my job. Outside of work I like to spend time with my family.
Mrs Jacqui Sykes, Advanced Teaching Assistant
I have lots of experience working as a teaching assistant in schools. I started doing this job many, many years ago in a school in Leeds. I am now employed at St Marys as an ATA and enjoy being part of the St Mary's family. My hobbies include gardening, DIY, cooking, listening to music and lying in the sun.
Linda Whyte, Advanced Teaching Assistant
I enjoy working as an Advanced Teaching Assistant and have done various intervention programmes over the years, all have been very successful. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoy gardening and baking.
Mrs Rebecca McNeil, General Teaching Assistant
After having a great year in St Francis class, I am delighted to be able to move up to St Nicholas'. It's been a few years since I've worked in upper KS2, but I'm really looking forward to it! I am continuing to work as a MSA too as I enjoy spending time with the children in the playground. I love spending time with my family and walking my dog. My main hobby is music.
Miss Chloe Grundy - General Teaching Assistant
My name is Chloe Grundy. After volunteering at St Mary's for almost a year in Year 1 I am now working in Year 6 while doing a Foundation Degree in Supporting Learning. I also work as a mid-day supervisor at St Mary's on a lunch time. In my spare time I enjoy dog walking, cycling and photography.
Mrs Julie Maddison - General Teaching Assistant
I'm Mrs Maddison. I am joining the team at St Mary's after being a Special Educations Needs Teaching Assistant at another school in Selby. I have three daughters, one of which is the reigning regional and national karate champion. In my spare time I undertake the role of Assistant Leader (Tawny Owl) at Selby 8th pack, Barwick Parade Brownies: a role that I thoroughly enjoy. I love to learn. I'm currently studying "How hearing impaired children learn."
Mrs Denise Land, School Bursar
I have worked at St Mary’s for over 10 years and have 3 grown up children who all attended the school. My main duties are to manage the school budgets and premises. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing in the garden and going out walking. I thoroughly enjoy my work and ensure all visitors receive a warm welcome.
Mrs Janette Moore, School Secretary
I joined St Mary’s in September 2007 but have had connections with the school for many years as I am a past pupil and my children are also pupils. I really enjoy working in the school office and enjoy meeting all the children and parents. I am also a qualified swimming teacher and help coach the local swim squad, Selby Tiger Sharks. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and trying to keep fit by running and going to the gym.