Staff

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Mr Wilkins – Head Teacher

My name is Mr Wilkins and I am the Headteacher.

I have worked in various schools across Blackburn and Chorley and I love my job.

The children of Eccleston Primary School are a delight to work with and bring so much enjoyment to my work. It’s richly rewarding to see children grow and develop in so many ways and to be part of that process.

Away from school I am an avid fan of Blackburn Rovers and enjoy taking part in sport such as football, badminton and tennis. I like films and enjoy visiting the cinema and have been known to watch three movies in succession. I enjoy meeting new people and visiting new places.

I recognise the integral role the school plays within the community and welcome parents and friends into school to be part of the wonderful community we have here at Eccleston Primary School.

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Mrs Cranage – Deputy Head Teacher

My name is Kate Cranage and I’m the Deputy Headteacher here at Eccleston Primary School.

I’m also the Year 6 class teacher and I feel very lucky to teach our oldest pupils in their final year at this incredible primary school. I’m passionate about teaching and ensuring we provide the very best for the children of today.

Away from school, I love to travel and visit as many different countries as possible!
I also love music and going to see different artists and bands perform live.

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Miss Phillips – Year 1

Hi I am Miss Phillips and I am lucky enough to teach in Year 1 with the children of Willow Class.

Since joining Eccleston Primary School I have taught in both Year 3, Year 4, Year 2 and am now enjoying the opportunity to work in lower KS1.

I am part of the SLT in school and work alongside Mr Wilkins and Mrs Cranage with responsibility for a number of whole school issues, including writing and the wider curriculum.

The best thing about being a teacher here is the enthusiasm and love of learning the children bring day to day, they make sure I always leave with a smile on my face!

Miss Grimes – Reception

Hi, I’m Miss Grimes and I am currently teaching in Reception at Eccleston Primary School. I love teaching Sycamore class as it is my job to help all the children feel happy and settled into their School life.

Teaching Reception is highly rewarding for me on a daily basis and it is wonderful to see the achievements and progressions all of the children make.

 
 

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Mrs Thomas – Reception

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Mrs Airey – Teaching Assistant

Hello, I am Mrs Airey.

I started work as a Teaching Assistant at Eccleston Primary School in 2015. I have worked in Year 4 and Year 1.

I currently work in Reception which I really enjoy. We have a great time helping the children to learn in lots of fun, interesting and exciting ways.

I particularly like helping the children to become confident in Phonics. I have a special interest in Speech, Language and Communication within the School.

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Mrs Rimmer – Teaching Assistant

Hello, I am Mrs Rimmer.

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Mrs Allen – Year 1

Hello,
I am Helen Allen, class teacher for Year 1. I have worked at Eccleston Primary for the last fifteen years, teaching in a range of year groups from Year 1 to Year 6. I am at present, working alongside Ms Phillips and Ms Sanders in Willow Class on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Seeing children progress is the most rewarding part of my job and I love it when children get that ‘light-bulb moment’!

I am the curriculum co-ordinator for Geography and History, as well as the leader of the Eco-Team. I have a passion for caring for the environment and work hard with the Eco-Team to reduce, reuse and recycle within school, setting challenges and arranging competitions.

I also organise the FairTrade stall to help raise awareness of the need to pay farmers a fair wage. Come and see the team at Family assemblies and school fairs!

 

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Mrs Holden – Year 1

Hello,
I am Kate Holden, class teacher for Year 1.

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Miss Sanders – Teaching Assistant

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Miss Duong – Year 1 Teaching Assistant

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Miss Williams – Year 2

Hi, I am Miss Williams. I am currently in my third year at Eccleston Primary School.

I really enjoy helping children learn new things and I myself enjoy learning new things too! This year I will be co-ordinating science, running the school council and continuing my existing role of publishing news and events with my journalism club for the School newspaper. I have an English language degree and enjoy languages.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to yoga, reading and mountain climbing.

 

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Mrs Ashcroft – Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Responsibility: SEN

Hello, my name is Mrs. Ashcroft and I currently work in year two and year three as TA and HLTA. I am coming up to my eleventh year at Eccleston Primary School, which I think proves I love working here.

I have worked with all the year groups in my time here but I particularly enjoy year two. I also enjoy lots of other roles in the school and these include working with fostered and adopted children and their families, working alongside Mrs Ashworth in the office and updating our exciting events so far board at the front of school.

It’s safe to safe life at Eccleston Primary is never boring, and to top it all off I work alongside a fabulous team.

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Mrs Mansfield – Year 3

Hi, I’m Mrs Mansfield and I currently teach in Year 3 at Eccleston Primary School. I love teaching children new skills and I am determined to make learning challenging yet fun. I coordinate PE throughout the school; it’s always fantastic to see so many children enjoying the huge variety of lessons, activities, clubs and competitions that we provide and organise – I’m excited about working with the staff and children this year to make our school even more active. I have also just become the RE coordinator in school which I’m looking forward to developing further as well.
Away from school, my passions involve travel – learning about other people, places and cultures – as well as singing, (I’m part of a local choir) Salsa dancing, music and movies.

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Mr Walker – Teaching Assistant

Hello! I’m Mr Walker and I am currently working in Year 3 with Maple class. I have worked as a teaching assistant for 4 years working across KS1 and reception along with working in Year 6 last year.

Within school I have the roles of keeping children fit and healthy through organised team games at lunch times and working through all years planning and delivering sport specific P.E sessions. At the moment I am teaching Year 2 tennis skills. I also have the role of keeping the school website up to date.

I have a passion for playing lots of different sports and I love teaching new skills to children for them to improve and gain motivation, self esteem and confidence.

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Mrs Hartle – Year 4 Teacher

Hello! I’m Mrs Hartle.

 

Mr Frost – Teaching Assistant
Subject Area: Science

My name is Mr Frost and I have worked at Eccleston Primary since April 2017.

I first qualified as a teacher in 2001 after working many years at Preston College. After teaching in schools in East Lancashire and Preston and achieving the post of Deputy Head Teacher I decided to leave the profession for family reasons and worked for three years at a local childrens’ home whilst also volunteering at my son’s new primary school. It was here that I realised I wished to return to a school environment and so was very pleased to be given the opportunity to begin my role at Eccleston Primary. At present I work as a Teaching Assistant in Year 4 in the mornings and teach Year 6 in the afternoons.

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Miss Hartley – Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Hartley and I have worked at Eccleston Primary School for the past 4 years. I am the classroom teaching assistant for year 4.

At lunch times I run a nurture group called Rainbow Club to support children. I also lead a group called PALS which teaches our older children to run and organise fun games to help and support our younger children at lunch times.

I love working at Eccleston Primary School and enjoy the different challenges each day brings to the role.

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Mr Brindle – Year 5 Teacher

Hi, I’m Mr Brindle

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Mrs Whitcombe – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Whitcombe and I have been at Eccleston Primary School since 2000 and have worked in Reception for 15 years and i am now supporting in Year 5 and one afternoon in Reception.

I am very interested in music and support the whole School singing and running the chior. I love working with the children and seeing their confidence growing daily.

Overall, it is a very rewarding job and each day is full of new challenges I look forward too.

 

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Mrs Catterall – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Ashworth – bursar

Hi I’m Joanne Ashworth and I joined Eccleston Primary School in April 2017 as the school bursar. I look after all aspects of the office and really enjoy meeting the parents and children each day. My role is extremely varied and this makes it very interesting as no two days are ever the same.

Away from school I love spending time with my family, going for long walks with my dog, reading and of course shopping.

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Mrs Sunter – Beechbuds Leader

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Mrs Miller – Beechbuds Deputy Leader

 

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Mrs Button – Welfare Assistant

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Mrs Garner – Welfare Assistant

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Mrs Fletcher – Welfare Assistant

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Mrs McKenna – Welfare Assistant

 

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Mrs Mansfield – Welfare Assistant