Meet The Staff

Mrs Woolley 

Executive Head Teacher  for Primary

Lisa’s track record of school leadership, honed over nearly 20 years, reflects her commitment to providing a first class education for all pupils regardless of their background or circumstance.

Lisa studied English Literature at the University of Lancaster graduating with a BA (Hons) before completing her MA in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. She successfully gained her National Professional Qualification for Headship and is currently participating in the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leaders whilst also studying for an MBA. Lisa is a Local Leader of Education, serves on a Department for Education Head Teacher Reference Group, co-leads a Women in Education Leadership Huband is Chair of the Wilmslow Education Partnership.

Lisa has taught in a range of Local Authorities, in a variety of socio-economic settings. In 2001, after successfully completing her first year as a teacher in Blackpool, Lisa relocated to South Manchester and took up a teaching post at Pownall Green Primary, an outstanding school in Stockport. Three years later, Lisa was promoted to Assistant Head Teacher at Pownall where she remained until 2007 before taking up the position of Deputy Head Teacher at Gorsey Bank Primary School.  Lisa was promoted to Head Teacher at Gorsey in 2012 and to Executive Head in 2018 when Cheadle Hulme Primary School opened its doors for the first time.

Lisa is married with a nine-year old son.

Mrs Drake 

Head of School 

Elise has spent the last 15 years in primary teaching mainly focused in Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), working across three different county councils. She has secured sustained high standard in KS1 results and was also responsible for training other teachers.

Elise undertook her PGCE at Bath Spa University graduating in 2003. In 2003 she achieved her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and is a Specialist Leader of Education for Key Stage 1. Elise has recently completed masters-level national Award for Special Educational Needs.

In 2003, Elise began her career at Shirley Infant School, Southampton as a Year 1 and 2 class teacher, rapidly progressing to become Leader for Year 1 and 2 as part of the Senior Management Team. During her five years with the school, she also undertook the roles of Physical Education Coordinator, Primary Link Teacher, Special Educational Needs Coordinator and Information Communication Technology Coordinator.

After a brief spell working on the Isle of Man as an Early Years Foundation Stage Leader, while teaching Year 1 and Reception pupils, Elise joined Gorsey Bank Primary School in January 2010 as a Year 2 teacher. Here she became Assistant Head Teacher and Specialist Leader of Education for Key Stage 1 & Behaviour and was the Senior Leadership Team member responsible for Behaviour & Safety. Elise also held the roles Maths Leader, More Able, Gifted & Talented Leader, Phonics Leader, Key Stage 1 Leader and Special Educational Needs & Disability Coordinator.

She has two young daughters and thoroughly enjoys sharing her love of teaching as a parent.

Mrs Illidge

Class Teacher 

I am passionate about teaching and strive to inspire children in my care to build a life-long love of learning. With the children I teach at the heart of everything I do, I aspire to create personalised, fun and memorable learning experiences that allow each and every individual child to shine in their own special way.

Joining the Year 1 team at Cheadle Hulme Primary School is an exciting new step in my career and I look forward to taking the schools’ first reception class on their adventure into Key Stage 1.

Since qualifying from Manchester Metropolitan University 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education, I have taught in year 3 and for the past 9 years, across Key Stage 1. Throughout my career I have worked under both Trafford and Stockport Local Authorities, as Key Stage 1 Phase Leader and Assistant Headteacher. I have also led English in both Authorities and delivered support to different schools across Trafford in this role.

I have worked as a PGCE and SCITT student mentor as well as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) mentor. I look forward to continuing in this role and within the Laurus Trust, at Cheadle Hulme Primary School.

Having grown up in Cheadle Hulme, and now living near, raising my two boys alongside my husband, Andy, I am looking forward to working within the community they are growing up in.

Mrs Jones

Class Teacher 

I joined the Laurus Trust in January 2019 as class teacher at Cheadle Hulme Primary School. Teaching the founding pupils in reception has been a privilege and a joy and I am excited for what the future holds.

Throughout my teaching career I have been interested in the early years of children’s learning and development. Completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a PGCE with a 3-7 year specialism at Manchester Metropolitan University has helped me to develop an excellent understanding of the Early Years.

I have previously taught within Manchester, Tameside and Stockport Boroughs throughout Nursery, Reception and KS1. Within these roles I have been able to study and develop the role of phonics and guided reading within the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Instilling a love of reading from a young age is important to me. Living locally, I love to visit Cheadle Hulme Library and independent bookshops with my two sons and look forward to sharing stories and poetry with my class.

As a teacher I am passionate about creating an enabling classroom environment that instills independence, creativity and a love of learning. Bringing the magic of play and to encourage children to become engaged happy learners.

Mr Ince

Class Teacher 

I joined the Laurus Trust in 2019, as a Class Teacher at Cheadle Hulme Primary School. I studied Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating with a first-class BA (Hons) degree, along with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During my training, I have previously taught across three distinctive primary schools throughout Greater Manchester: covering the Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception), Key stage One (Year 1) and Key Stage Two (Year 5/6). I am currently studying for a Master’s degree in Education, and look forward to bringing these skills and attributes back to my teaching within Cheadle Hulme Primary.

As part of my teaching degree, I specialised in Mathematics. This allowed me to teach maths across the primary age range whilst also being able to research a range of effective subject specific pedagogy. I intend to utilise this within my teaching at Cheadle Hulme Primary: developing confident and competent young mathematicians, whilst encouraging a love of maths and positive attitude towards learning within the subject.

My teaching ethos is centred around strong relationships. I believe that this is fundamental to a child’s development, both in terms of academic achievement along with their personal, social and emotional growth. I work to create an environment in which children feel comfortable and confident to explore and engage in their learning; all children should feel valued, noticed and supported. If a visitor walked into my classroom, I would wish for them to hear laughter: laughter from the children and laugher from staff alike. I believe that enjoyment, for both staff and children, is key to sustaining a high performing environment.

As a former elite gymnast, competing for the City of Manchester Institute of Gymnastics, I have competed both regionally and nationally in the North West, English and British Championships. As a qualified gymnastics coach, I have worked as Lead Coach in Trafford, Head Coach in Didsbury and Gymnastics Specialist for an international club in Shanghai, China. I am excited to bring these skills to our school, developing Cheadle Hulme Primary’s young gymnasts!

Miss Shaw

Class Teacher 

I am delighted to have joined the Laurus Trust in 2019 and to be part of such a dedicated and talented team.

I obtained my PGCE with distinction from Manchester Metropolitan University and have enjoyed working across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in North Manchester prior to joining Cheadle Hulme Primary School as a Reception Teacher. The Early Years is a magical time of a child’s development, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share and shape this journey with our Reception children.

With a first class BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism and a passion for English, I place great value on advancing children’s communication skills and love helping children develop their language skills and imagination through creative, cross-curricular teaching and learning. Creating an environment where children feel safe, respected and valued is an essential part of achieving this and my classroom is a nurturing place where children can explore, develop and grow.

I am also looking forward to putting my interest in music and drama into practise; whether in the classroom, through extra-curricular activities or getting stuck into school productions!

Mrs Smith

EYFS Teaching Assistant 

I have been part of the Laurus Trust since joining Gorsey Bank Primary School in September 2016. My role as a mainstream Teaching Assistant within the Early Years Foundation Stage has allowed me to develop my passion for everything Early Years. I enjoy the challenge of tailoring the curriculum to meet the children’s needs and, more importantly, their interests, as well as keeping them excited and engaged in their learning. I also relish developing and creating a safe, supportive learning environment, both indoors and outdoors, and consider this to be essential to a child’s learning and development. Reception is a truly magical place where children begin their learning adventure and I believe it is both an honour and a privilege to be part of a child’s educational journey from the very start, laying the foundations to help develop independent, resilient children with a lifelong love of learning.

Prior to joining Gorsey Bank Primary School, I spent nine years as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant supporting numerous children with various needs including autism, speech and language disorders, behavioural, emotional and physical difficulties. I have a thorough understanding of the SEND Code of Practice and excellent practical knowledge on how to cater for such needs. I have wide-ranging experience of identifying needs and removing barriers to learning through the use of varied interventions. I am committed to an inclusive vision of education where equality of opportunity is present for all.

Throughout my career I have worked across all Primary Key Stages and I hope I have developed a real understanding of both the Primary and Early Years Curriculum. I have enjoyed being a School Governor and working with staff and parents as the chair of a PTA. I am firm in the belief that children learn best when home and school work together and that parents, as well as staff, have a fundamental part to play in the success of a school.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to have joined Cheadle Hulme Primary School at the start of this amazing adventure.

Mrs Swindells

Teaching Assistant 

I was very excited and privileged to begin a new chapter in my life with the Laurus Trust and my colleagues at Cheadle Hulme Primary School.

I previously worked in a Secondary school setting, supporting children with special educational needs.

Three years ago I left the world of retail to pursue my dream as a teaching assistant. I have worked with children in Reception, KS1 and KS2, in both state and independent schools.

I am passionate about my job and I am committed to providing every child with a memorable school experience. I love to inspire and encourage children to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world they live in and the world that they have yet to discover.

It is important to remember that every child is different and I will support them every step of the way by removing any barriers to learning that they may have.

I am embracing my new role and excited to go on this learning journey together with you and your child.

Mrs Velasco

EYFS Teaching Assistant

Mrs Facer

SEND Teacher 

My 20 years of experience is divided almost equally between mainstream education and children with special educational needs. 


I began my career as a qualified teaching assistant before gaining a BA (Hons) Primary Education and PGCE, from Manchester Metropolitan University.  As a qualified teacher I worked across the primary age range, teaching children with a wide range of individual needs.


My specialist knowledge has developed through my work as a special educational needs teacher, SENDCo and Learning Mentor, as well as continuing my professional development to gain a post graduate qualification in identifying and teaching children with specific learning difficulties. 


I believe in the importance of identifying each individual child’s strengths and difficulties, to work out what support they need to help them to reach their potential at school. My experience has taught me the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child, so that they are happy, confident in school and ready to learn.  

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