Meet Your Teacher

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 Calthorpe

Class Teacher

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!

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

EYFS 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.

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