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Meet the Staff

What a team...

We want to take a moment to thank you for choosing our school as their child's next step in education, you have made a great choice.  We understand that starting school can be a scary and daunting experience for little ones and we are honoured that you have entrusted us with their education and well-being.  Our experienced and dedicated teachers are here to help and support your child every step of the way.  We believe that building strong relationships between our teachers, children and parents is essential for creating a positive and successful learning environment and we are committed to fostering these relationships throughout your child's time with us.


At St Veronica's, we recognise that every child is unique and has their own individual needs and strengths.  We are committed to providing a tailored and holistic approach to education that enables each child to reach their full potential.  Our teachers work closely with parents to create a supportive and nurturing environment where children can feel safe, happy and inspired to learn.  We believe that by working together as a community, we can help your child develop the skills, confidence and love of learning that they need to succeed in their future endeavours.



Life at St Veronica's begins with those first steps into Reception!

Mrs Downey leads the Reception class at our school with Miss Holden and the help of valued volunteers Mrs Dickinson and Mrs O'Malley.  With years of experience working with young children, Mrs Downey has a deep understanding of the importance of providing a welcoming and nurturing environment to promote growth and development in this first year.  Mrs Downey and her team are committed to ensuring that each child feels valued, supported and cared for from the very first day they enter the classroom.  Mrs Downey is subject lead for PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) and EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage). She offers specialist PHSE and EYFS advice throughout the school.


Mrs DowneyMrs DickinsonMrs O'Malley



Year 1

Your child will be welcomed into Year 1 by Mr Richards, a former headteacher with years of experience and who is our subject lead for English, Computing and Assessments.  As children progress from Reception to Year 1, we understand the importance of providing a nurturing and supportive environment to help them adjust to a more formal classroom setting.  Mr Richards and his team are dedicated to providing a smooth transition for your child and ensuring that they feel welcomed and valued in their new classroom.


Mr Richards



Year 2

Mrs Thompson's expertise and passion for teaching have helped create a nurturing environment where children feel comfortable and motivated to learn.  As the subject lead for Science and Art, Mrs Thompson brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom and encourages children to explore and discover the world around them through hands-on activities and experiments.  Children are supported and challenged as they progress through their final year of Key Stage 1 and prepare for the SATs.  With her assistants, they provide a seamless transition for children from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2, empowering them with the skills and confidence they need to succeed in their academic journey.


Mrs Thompson



Year 3

Mrs Rushton is the Year 3 class teacher at St Veronica's.  As the subject lead for Maths and Wellbeing, she ensures that her pupils receive a well-rounded education.  Mrs Rushton is supported by her capable volunteers, Mrs Brennon and Mrs Irwin, who work collaboratively to provide a supportive learning environment for the children in their care.  Under their guidance, the children in Year 3 are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards learning and to strive for more.  Mrs Rushton's nurturing approach helps her pupils to thrive academically and emotionally, providing them with the tools they need to succeed throughout their time at St. Veronica's and beyond.


Mrs RushtonMrs BrennanMrs Irwin



Year 4

Miss Alston is the teacher in Year 4, the second year of Key Stage 2.  She warmly welcomes children into Year 4 and throughout the year, she guides children through more advanced subjects within Maths, English and Science, introducing them to new and challenging concepts.  Miss Alston is the newest member of our team and we know her teaching approach is engaging and inspiring, having worked with us previously in other roles.  We know she will help children to reach their full potential and achieve their goals before they move onto their penultimate year with us.


Miss Alston



Year 5

Miss Walker is the teacher in Year 5 and is the subject lead for History.  She guides children through Year 5 with valued volunteer Mr Downey by incorporating various subjects, including Computing, Art and Design and Geography.  Miss Walker has a passion for history and makes sure that her students are engaged and enthused about the subject.  With her support, the children develop strong research and critical thinking skills that will serve them well throughout their academic careers.


Miss WalkerMr Downey



Year 6

Mrs Cawtherley is the teacher for Year 6 at St Veronica's and she takes on multiple roles, including being our Assistant  Head, the subject lead for Geography, SENDCO and Inclusion as well as Curriculum Leader.  She helps children transition from primary to secondary school by providing them with the best possible learning experience and preparing them for the challenges ahead.  Mrs Cawtherley is passionate about creating a nurturing and inclusive environment that supports the diverse needs of each child in her class, ensuring that every student is given the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.


Mrs Cawtherley




Mrs Haworth is a valuable member of the St Veronica's team and serves as our school bursar, responsible for overseeing a wide range of administrative tasks and beyond.  She works tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of our school, from managing finances to coordinating school events and more.  Her attention to detail, organisation skills and friendly approach make her an essential point of contact for parents, staff and visitors alike.  Mrs Haworth is an integral part of the St Veronica's community and her contributions help ensure that our school continues to provide the highest quality education for all our children.


Mrs Haworth



Teaching Assistants & PPA Teacher

Teaching assistants and our PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) Teacher play a vital role in our primary school, supporting class teachers to create an enriching and engaging learning environment for our children.  We are fortunate to have a dedicated team of teaching assistants who go above and beyond to ensure our children receive the best possible educational experience.  Miss Griffin, Mrs Lord, Mrs McManus, Mrs McDonough, Miss Holden and Mrs Bridge (PPA) are valued members of our school community, working closely with class teachers to provide a range of provision, including individualised support, facilitatation of group activities, one-on-one guidance and a comprehensive planning, preparation and assessment service.  We greatly appreciate their unwavering commitment and the invaluable contributions they make to our school.


Mrs GriffinMrs Lord
Mrs McManusMrs McDonough
Miss HoldenMrs Bridge





Welfare Assistants

St Veronica's has a team of excellent Welfare Assistants who are dedicated to ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of all children at the school.  Mrs McDonough and Mrs Ropiak provide that extra special support and assistance to children when they need it, whether it be helping them with their personal needs, providing first aid, or simply being a friendly face to talk to.  They are an essential part of the school community, providing a nurturing and caring environment where children feel supported with the occasional troublesome topic!  Their hard work and dedication to the wellbeing of the children is greatly appreciated by everyone at St Veronica's.


Mrs McDonoughMrs Ropiak



Site Supervisor and Cleaner

At St Veronica's, we take pride in providing a clean, safe and welcoming environment for our children, staff and visitors.  Our Site Supervisor, Mrs Mills and cleaner, Mrs Griffin, are instrumental in achieving this goal.  Mrs Mills manages the maintenance and security of our school premises, ensuring that the facilities are in good working order and up to date.  Meanwhile, Mrs Griffin works diligently to keep our classrooms, hallways and other areas sparkling clean, making sure that our children can learn and thrive in a hygienic environment.  Together, Mrs Mills and Mrs Griffin are essential members of our team, contributing to the smooth running of our school and the well-being of our community.


Mrs MillsMrs Griffin



Dinner Time!

At St Veronica's, we have a dedicated team of kitchen staff who work hard to provide nutritious meals for our children.  Led by Sam McCombe, our team also includes Karen Nuttall and Christine Berry.  They collaborate with Lancashire County Council to ensure that our school meals are healthy, balanced and enjoyable for our children.  Our kitchen staff are committed to providing high-quality food and they take pride in sourcing ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible.  They also accommodate dietary requirements, such as allergies and cultural preferences, to ensure that all students can enjoy their meals.  We are proud of our kitchen team's hard work and dedication to providing our children with tasty and healthy meals.


Sam McCombeKaren NuttallChristine Berry



Wrap-Around Care

St. Veronica's Wrap-Around care is expertly facilitated by familiar members of our daytime staff.  The morning session, Early Bird Club, is conducted by trusted individuals such as Mrs McDonough and Mrs Griffin.  Similarly, After School Club is guided by recognisable faces including Mrs Lord, Mrs McDonough and Mrs Griffin.


Mrs LordMrs McDonoughMrs Griffin




Mrs White is an experienced Headteacher who is ultimately responsible for all aspects of St Veronica's primary school.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role and is committed to ensuring that every child who attends the school receives the very best education and support possible.  Mrs White is always available to answer any questions you may have and is dedicated to working closely with parents, staff and the wider community to create a positive and inclusive learning environment for all children.


Mrs White



We have a great volunteer community too, to check out more information and also find out about staff vacancies at St Veronica's, you can see our Staff Vacancies and Volunteering page.