Mrs L Calthorpe
Throughout my career I have chosen to specialise in the Early Years of children’s learning and development. Having worked in a range of roles with different responsibilities, I feel extremely privileged and excited to embark upon the next chapter of my career with Laurus Trust and the team at Cheadle Hulme Primary School, as one of the Reception Class teachers.
I obtained my degree in Early Childhood Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. I then continued to study for my Early Years Professional Certificate while working as an Early Years Consultant in a number of Stockport children’s centres and private day nurseries.
Following this, I completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Early Years Education at Edge Hill University and began working as a Reception teacher at a local Manchester primary school. As a teacher, I place utmost importance on creating a learning environment where children feel safe, valued and their individual interests are treasured and embraced.
I have spent the last two years teaching in Year 1, and have been able to develop a good understanding of how to facilitate the transition between play-based and more formalised learning.
At my previous school I led in the delivery of Literacy and the implementation of Phonics within the Early years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One Curriculum. Sharing stories with children is one of my favourite things about being a teacher and I place great importance on instilling children’s love of reading from a young age.
I have also been able to study and lead on the delivery of Formative Assessment Strategies and developing children’s positive attitudes towards learning through different Growth Mindset concepts. As a result of this, I am passionate about developing an environment conducive to collaborative learning where pupils are given opportunities to share in the process of assessment and target setting, thus taking ownership of their own learning. I am excited to develop this within our new school.
I enjoy taking an active role in the community, and as a resident of Cheadle Hulme I am delighted to embark upon this journey, working with the families, children and team at Cheadle Hulme Primary School to make it the best it can be!
EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs S Smith
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.
EYFS Teaching Assistant
Mrs K Swindells
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.