Our Staff

Senior Staff

Mrs Midgley
Mrs S. Midgley - Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Park Primary School. I have worked in a wide range of schools across the UK as my husband was in the army, we have now settled in the local area and are very happy here. Seeing the children learn new skills and overcome challenges is the most rewarding part of my job. I have three young boys who keep me busy. At the weekend we enjoy trips to Bolton Woods and Wycollar.

Mrs Greenwood
Mrs G. Greenwood - Deputy Head Teacher

I have had the pleasure of working at Park since I graduated from Chester Teacher Training College. Both my children attended Park Primary and have become successful in their careers. I love my role as Deputy Head teacher and especially enjoy having the opportunity to work in all classes. I am very proud to work at Park Primary and always take an interest in the careers of past pupils. My hobbies are walking, spending time with my friends and family.

Mrs J. Slater
Mrs J. Slater - Assistant Head Teacher
I have a degree in History of Art and Architecture from Manchester University and a PGCE from The University of Cumbria with an Early Years Specialism. I am Assistant Headteacher and in 2016 I became a Leading Foundation Stage Teacher for Lancashire. Outside school, I support Burnley Football Club, enjoy spending time with my family and friends (and pet rabbit!), and love reality TV and shoe shopping!
Mr J Thompson
Mr J. Thompson - Assistant Head Teacher
My name is Mr Thompson and I am a Year Six class teacher as well as the Head of Key Stage Two. This is going to be my fifth year teaching at Park and it is one that I am really looking forward to. Away from the classroom, I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the gym and taking part in a variety of sports.
Mrs J. Turner
Mrs J. Turner - Assistant Head Teacher | SENDCo
Hello, I’m Mrs Turner. I have been teaching at Park for over twenty eight years – I may have taught some of your parents! I have spent many years teaching in Key Stage 1 but more recently in Year 5 and 6, and now Year 3. I am also Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo. This means I manage the Inclusion Team and Special Educational Needs at Park Primary School. I have 2 teenage boys so spend lots of time watching football and cricket. In between marking lots of books, I like to go to the gym.

Reception | Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Miss Reyner - Teacher
Hello, my name is Miss Reyner and I have been teaching at Park since 2013. I began teaching in Year One and have now moved to teaching in Reception. I love how different every day is at Park as well as watching the amazing progress that the children make as individuals. When I am not too busy with school work, I love spending time with my little girl and having lots of family days out.
Mrs J. Slater
Mrs J. Slater - Assistant Head Teacher

I have a degree in History of Art and Architecture from Manchester University and a PGCE from The University of Cumbria with an Early Years Specialism. I am Assistant Headteacher and in 2016 I became a Leading Foundation Stage Teacher for Lancashire.  Outside school, I support Burnley Football Club, enjoy spending time with my family and friends (and pet rabbit!), and love reality TV and shoe shopping!

Miss S. Chatburn
Miss S. Chatburn - Teaching Assistant
I am Mrs Chatburn and I have worked at Park Primary for 7 years in Reception. I am a qualified TA3. I started my career as a nursery nurse and then when I had my son I moved into primary education, where I have stayed to the present day.
Mrs Farr - Teaching Assistant
Since joining Park, I’ve worked across Key Stage One and I’m now enjoying working in Reception. In my spare time, I like to read, complete crosswords and hike in the countryside.
Miss S. Smith
Miss S. Smith - Teaching Assistaant
My name is Miss Smith and I work at Park Primary school as a teaching assistant. I live with my partner, two year old daughter and pet dog Harry. I love to spend time with my family, going on long walks and day trips.

Year 1

Mrs L. Berry
Mrs L. Berry - Teacher
I qualified as a teacher in 1992 with a B’ED (hons) degree from Manchester Polytechnic. Shortly after I joined Park. I have spent most of my career teaching reception class and more recently Year 1. I am currently coordinator for Art and Design & Technology, subjects that I love. I enjoy bringing creativity into my teaching and into the classroom. At the weekends I enjoy spending time with my son and new puppy who keeps me very busy.
Mrs A. Scott
Mrs A. Scott - Teaching Assistant
I have worked at Park Primary School for nine years now. Before that, I worked at another local primary school for four years. During my time here, I have worked in Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3. I was a Staff Governor for three years. In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family and go on holiday with them. I also enjoy cooking and being outside.
Mr D. Bunyan - Teacher

Hi, my name is Mr Bunyan and I am a class teacher in year one. Before joining the key stage one team, I was the year four teacher. In my spare time, I love long walks in the countryside, playing for the staff football team, running, writing, and travelling. I also like making spreadsheets and eating halloumi!

Miss Barker - Teaching Assistant
Hi, I am Miss Barker and I am a TA in Year One. I have always loved working with young children and watching how they develop over the years. I have spent the last two years completing my Teaching Assistant qualifications to Levels 2 and 3. Out of school, I like to socialise with my friends, keep fit by going to the gym and spend time with my loved ones.

Year 2

Miss Warbrick - Teacher
Hi I’m Miss Warbrick and I joined Park Primary straight after completing university at Manchester Metropolitan. When I am not at school, I like to travel and love snowboarding! I am always up for a challenge, recently I have completed the Yorkshire three peaks and the Tough Mudder, and I’m hoping to do a marathon one day!
Mrs K. Wildman
Mrs K. Wildman - Teaching Assistant
I started at Park Primary School as a voluntary helper about ten years ago. I then became a member of staff working as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 2. For the last four years I have worked in Key Stage 1 with both Year 1 and Year 2 children. I love working with the children and thoroughly enjoy teaching sign language at lunchtimes. I have three children who also attended Park Primary and who I am very proud of. I have recently become a grandma, and I love spending time with my beautiful grandson. At the weekend, I enjoy going to my caravan, socialising with my family and friends and walking my dog – Misty.
Mrs S. Hargreaves
Mrs S. Hargreaves - Teacher
After graduating, I was lucky enough to travel the world working for an airline. I came to Park Primary School over 20 years ago and am still thoroughly enjoying teaching here. I have taught across both Key Stages. My passion is English and I love teaching the children to write interesting stories. For relaxation, I enjoy walking, holidays and socialising with my friends.
Mrs L. Preston
Mrs L. Preston - Teaching Assistant
I’m Mrs Preston, I have worked at Park Primary for more than twenty years. I have worked across school in all years groups and currently enjoy working in KS1. I’ve done lots of craft activities for school, such as card making, cross stitching and producing creative displays. Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family and my four grandchildren.

Year 3

Mr D. Farry
Mr D. Farry - Teacher
Hi, my name is Mr Farry and I’m a Year 3 teacher. After spending a few years at Park, I consider myself very much part of a great team in a great school. I am now the P.E coordinator, which is great as I am a very active person and love sport. This is reflected in my class, whereby I ensure the children receive lots of physical activity in a week. I’m still the jovial and humorous person I was 4 years ago, simply four years older and ‘hopefully’ a little wiser! My classroom is a relaxed environment, due to my soft and nurturing nature, and because of this children feel comfortable in their learning environment. Away from the classroom I still exercise (I will be doing my second ‘Half Marathon’ in Manchester in October 2019) frequently in order to keep my body and mind stimulated, therefore leaving me with high energy levels for the classroom!
Mr Benson - Teaching Assistant
Hi, my name is Mr Benson and I am a teaching assistant in Year Three. I came to Park straight after leaving school and I’m currently completing my level three TA apprenticeship. Outside of school, I attend the gym, play football (not very well) and enjoy socialising with my friends and girlfriend.
 Mr J. Swarbrick
Mr J. Swarbrick - Teacher
Since I graduated from university in 2012 I have worked in several schools and year groups including Park Primary’s Year 6, where I aided them with the lead up to their SATs. In September 2015, I began teaching in Year 2 and am now a teacher in Year 3. Within the curriculum, I have a personal passion for Maths, History and Art. Outside of school, my main passion is cricket where I’m the captain of the 2nd XI.
Mrs C. Lucas
Mrs C. Lucas - Teaching Assistant
After qualifying with an NNEB in childcare in 1996, I have worked in secondary and primary education supporting pupils of all abilities. I love to paint and draw, and during my time at Park Primary, I have painted the various murals around school. I am a very proud mum of three, who enjoys spending time in the ‘great outdoors.’

Year 4

Mrs J. Turner
Mrs J. Turner - Teacher
Hello, I’m Mrs Turner. I have been teaching at Park for over twenty eight years – I may have taught some of your parents! I have spent many years teaching in Key Stage 1 but more recently in Year 5 and 6, and now Year 3. I am also Assistant Headteacher and SENDCo. This means I manage the Inclusion Team and Special Educational Needs at Park Primary School. I have 2 teenage boys so spend lots of time watching football and cricket. In between marking lots of books, I like to go to the gym.
Mrs Wiseman - Teacher
My name is Mrs Wiseman, and I have been a teacher here at Park Primary since September 2015. I love teaching and helping children to find a love of learning. I run the school choir and enjoy taking the choir out to perform in the community. My favorite subjects are maths and music. In my spare time I love spending time with my family, especially going for walks along the canal.
Mr D. Strachan
Mr D. Strachan - Teaching Assistant
Hi, I’m Mr Strachan. I have been a teaching assistant for almost eighteen years with the majority of those at Park Primary School. I currently work with Year 4 children and I enjoy the challenges that each day brings. Outside of work, I enjoy arts and crafts and I also fly light aircraft. I am a qualified bus driver as well as a qualified HGV driver. My philosophy in life is to spread a smile every day.
Miss C. Moore
Miss C. Moore - Teacher
Hi my name is Miss Moore and I have enjoyed teaching at Park Primary School for the last five years. In total, I have been teaching for fourteen years. I can’t say which age group is my favourite because the children bring many delightful qualities and attributes to the classroom, depending on what stage they are at: there is never a dull moment in teaching and that is the reason I love it!
My favourite subjects are Literacy, Science and Art because there are so many opportunities for self-expression and creativity and the children often astound me with their amazing, individual work.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time in the countryside, mountain biking and walking.
Mrs Latham
Mrs J. Latham - Teaching Assistant
My connection to this school began before I was born as my granddad was the caretaker and my dad came here as a boy. I joined year 4 in 1966 before attending Park High School until 1972 when I began work for Colne Borough Council. I qualified in Business Studies before leaving in 1979 to have the first of my three children. I then studied ‘Supporting children with a Special Educational Need’ on Lancashire County Council training and have worked here since 1997.

Year 5

Mr Ainsworth - Teacher

Hi, my name is Mr. Ainsworth and I am a Year 5 teacher and Science subject leader. I love teaching and preparing children for life beyond the classroom. Outside school, I enjoy spending time with friends, family and watching sports. I also love spending time mountain biking, playing quash and walking in the Lake District.

Miss N. Bartlett
Miss N. Bartlett - Teaching Assistant
My name is Miss Bartlett and I am the teaching assistant in 5A. I have been working at Park for eight years and have experience right across school. I have three children, all of whom attended Park Primary. My eldest daughter is now a teacher and works at Nelson and Colne College. I am proud of all my children. Outside of school, I enjoy long walks in the countryside with my dog Fletcher.
Miss De Curtis - Teacher

My name is Miss De Curtis and this is my first year as a permanent class teacher at Park Primary. However, I have worked at the school as supply teacher for a number of years. Away from the classroom, I enjoy fell running and spending time with my friends and family.

Mrs Barry
Mrs Barry - Teaching Assistant

Since joining Park Primary, I have worked in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Originally from Hampshire, I came to Lancashire over 25 years ago. I am currently the Year 5 Teaching Assistant. I enjoy music and cryptic crosswords. I dislike northern weather but the scenery is beautiful.

Mrs L. Foat
Mrs L. Foat - Teaching Assistant
Hi, I am Mrs Foat and I am a teaching assistant at Park Primary and have been for nine years. I work in KS2 and am currently working in Year 5. I enjoy working with this age group very much.
All my own children are grown and have flown the nest so this gives me time to enjoy my hobby which is anything to do with arts and crafts such as painting pictures to knitting. Currently, I am making ribbon roses.

Year 6

Mr J Thompson
Mr J. Thompson - Assistant Head Teacher

My name is Mr Thompson and I am a Year Six class teacher as well as the Head of Key Stage Two. This is going to be my fifth year teaching at Park and it is one that I am really looking forward to. Away from the classroom, I enjoy socialising with friends, going to the gym and taking part in a variety of sports.

Mrs N. Whittaker
Miss N. Whittaker - Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Park Primary School for the last few years in a part time role as a volunteer aiding with booster Math and English groups for Year 3 and 4.I have also worked in a welfare capacity and been a Parent Governor. This year after qualifying as a Teaching Assistant I have worked in Year 2 and also have worked within Nurture and Inclusion groups. I am a mother of three children who all attended Park Primary School. My passions are reading and spending time with my family.

Mrs J Sinclair
Mrs J Sinclair - PPA and delivers Speech and Language sessions
My name is Mrs Sinclair and I am a teaching assistant and I have worked at Park for many years now, right across school, and love helping children fulfil their potential. In my spare time, I like to do oil paintings of the local landscapes and exercise at the gym.
Mrs S. Byrom
Mrs S. Byrom - Teacher
Hi, my name is Mrs Byrom and I have taught at Park for the last sixteen years. Originally from the north-east, I graduated from the University of Hull and then worked in the insurance industry for several years. Having raised my family, I decided to follow my dream and completed my PGCE at Hope University in Liverpool. During my time at Park, I have taught across KS2. Outside of work, I enjoy swimming and walking in our beautiful countryside.
Mrs F. Mitchell - Teaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Mitchell and I am the teaching assistant in 6B. I have worked at Park Primary for eleven years in most year groups. I have just returned to work after having twins (boy & girl).
Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, walking and having lots of family time. Most weekends, I travel the United Kingdom to support my husband who races formula two stock cars – the twins obviously come along too.
Mrs Zhao - Teaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Zhao and I am the teaching assistant of class 6B. I taught English for eight years in China, and working with children has always been my passion. I take great pleasure in seeing the students in my care succeed. In my spare time, I love traveling with my family, doing snorkeling in Thailand, going ice-skating and walking in nature. I also enjoy learning about nutrition as well as computing.

Sports Development – All Years

Mr Burton

Sports Development

My name is Mr Burton and I have been working at Park Primary School for 1 year now as the Sports Coordinator. During term time, I teach the children of Park Primary school P.E, extra-curricular sports and take them to competitions/events. Out of term time, I work for FUNDA, running the Burnley college holiday camp. I am very passionate about my job and the benefits it has on the children. I also love sports and, most importantly, I enjoy teaching and representing a healthy active lifestyle! Out of work, I enjoy going to the gym and travelling!

Inclusion Team

Mrs Turner
Mrs J. Turner - Assistant Head Teacher | SENDCo

Hello, I’m Mrs Turner. I have been teaching at Park for over twenty six years – I may have taught some of your parents! I have spent many years teaching in Key Stage 1 but more recently in Year 5 and 6, and now Year 3. I am also Assistant Head Teacher and SENDCo. This means I manage the Inclusion Team and Special Educational Needs at Park Primary School. I have 2 teenage boys so spend lots of time watching football and cricket. In between marking lots of books, I like to go to the gym.

Mrs L. Rigby
Mrs L. Rigby - Family Liaison Officer

My name is Leanne Rigby and I am the school’s Family Support Worker. I have been in post here at Park Primary since 2015, but have worked in and around Colne for six years with families. My role in school is to provide support, advice and information to the families within our school community.  I can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's education, behaviour and well-being.  I am also here as someone to talk to if you need it!  I am married and have a son that I enjoy spending time with either at kick-boxing training or out walking our dog.

Miss S. Smith
Miss S. Smith - Teaching Assistaant

My name is Miss Smith and I work at Park Primary school as a teaching assistant. I live with my partner, two year old daughter and pet dog Harry. I love to spend time with my family, going on long walks and day trips.

Miss S. Thompson-Craig - Oak Room
Hi, I’m Miss Thompson-Craig. I have worked in Early Years since 2010 but this year I am in charge of running the forest school. My specialisms are creating a stimulating and challenging continuous provision, both indoors and outdoors. I have training in speech and language and work with children who need extra support in class. I am the deputy manager of the Out Of School Club and manage the breakfast club in school. Outside school, I enjoy spending time with my children and my rabbits!
Mrs Sheriden
Mrs N. Sheridan - Learning Mentor, Attendance Monitor

I am the school learning mentor, my role includes removing barriers to learning, so that our pupils can achieve their full potential. I work with a range of children in school, either in 1:1 or small group sessions. I support and give them the skills they need so they are equipped with the correct behaviour for learning tools. I support pupils during transitions from KS1 – KS2 and to secondary schools. I also work closely with our families and other agencies in order to improve school attendance
I am the listening ear for our children and parents and will deal with any problems as they arise. I have been in post here at Park since 2012. I am married with two daughters and I enjoy going to the gym and walking my two dogs.

Mrs T. Graham
Mrs T. Graham HLTA Rainbow

I'm Mrs Graham and I am married with two grown up children. I have worked at Park Primary school for twenty one years. I began working in Reception class and after eight years I moved to Rainbow, working in the nurture group. I enjoy working in Key Stage 1, watching the children develop and grow. I am going to be in Reception again this year, which I look forward to. I enjoy spending time socialising with my friends and family. I love to go walking and I am a member of the local sailing club.

Mr Benson - Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Mr Benson and I am a teaching assistant in Year Three. I came to Park straight after leaving school and I'm currently completing my level three TA apprenticeship. Outside of school, I attend the gym, play football (not very well) and enjoy socialising with my friends and girlfriend.

Admin & Estates Staff

Mr C. Weir
Mrs Brown - Site Supervisor
Mrs M. Slater
Mrs M. Slater - Bursar
Miss R. Whalley
Miss R. Whalley - Admin Assistant

Kitchen Team

Mrs T. Strickland
Mrs T. Strickland - School Cook
M Bond
M Bond - Kitchen Team
A. Hawkins
A. Hawkins - Kitchen Team
Z Broadbent
Z Broadbent - Kitchen Team
L Brown
L Brown - Kitchen Team

Welfare Staff

Mrs M. Kendall
Mrs M. Kendall - Mid-day Supervisor
Mrs T. Taylor
Mrs T. Taylor - Welfare
Mrs S. Burke
Mrs S. Burke - Welfare
Miss C. Duffy
Miss C. Duffy - Welfare
Mrs L. Colbeck
Mrs L. Colbeck - Welfare
Mrs K. Knight
Mrs K. Knight - Welfare
Mrs C. Petty
Mrs C. Petty - Welfare

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