Staff

Head of Academy – Miss S Taylor

I am extremely fortunate to be the Head of Academy at The Vale Primary Academy. I thoroughly enjoy working here and love the positive environment the team have created for the children to thrive in. I qualified as a teacher ten years ago after working as a teaching assistant, whilst doing my degree. I have since worked in various different schools across both Key Stages as a teacher, helping children make rapid progress and achieve their full potential. I have also worked with both staff and students to develop their practice and have recently been recognised for my skills as an experienced mentor by Delta. 

Foundation Stage Teacher/EYFS Lead and Associate Assistant Principal – Mrs Oats

I am an enthusiastic Early Years Practitioner with 5 years experience across EYFS and KS1. I am passionate about giving children the best possible start to their education and love watching them grow in confidence and develop their independent skills as they progress across the foundation stage.

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching Castleford Tigers and keeping fit by playing squash and badminton.

Foundation Stage Teacher – Miss H Davis

I am incredibly excited about joining The Vale and completing my first year of teaching here. I graduated from York St John University after studying 3 years of primary education and specialising in 5-11. Working in EYFS is a new journey which I look forward to embarking on. 

Year 1 Teacher/SENCo – Mrs S Rowse

I am delighted to be joining the fantastic team here at The Vale. After teaching in KS1 for four years I have developed a deep understanding of this fundamental stage of our children’s education. As the SEN Co-ordinator for the Vale I feel incredibly passionate about breaking down the barriers for our children and making sure they’re fully supported so they achieve their utmost potential. My ongoing goal as a teacher is to inspire and nurture children so they can see their own brilliance and believe in themselves, allowing them to become the best they can be. In my free time I like to take my little dog for countryside walks, finishing in a cafe for coffee and cake.

Year 1 Teacher - Miss K Grainger

I feel very privileged to have worked across the Academy both in Key Stages 1 and 2 and am very excited to be now part of the Year 1 team. Prior to entering the teaching profession, I obtained a BSc degree in Psychology where I developed a strong interest in child development. My studies inspired me to work both in educational and childhood research roles with children ages 0 – 18, giving me a solid understanding of the education system as a whole. My true passion and enthusiasm lies with inspiring children to learn and enjoy education. I aim to be a positive role model, supporting children in fulfilling their potential of becoming confident, happy and successful people.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to learn about other cultures, especially trying out new cuisines. I try to balance this out with an active lifestyle and enjoy going to my local gym.

Year 2 Teacher - Miss K Smith

I am so happy to be joining the Vale Primary Academy this year. I am super excited to be working with year 2 and getting to know all the wonderful children in my class! I have just come back from travelling Australia, New Zealand and Bali and I am ready for a fantastic year here at The Vale. I love sports and play football for Barnsley Ladies FC. I am also a qualified football coach- a qualification that I will be putting to use in our after-school clubs! I also enjoy being outdoors and discovering new things. If you see me in the playground or around school, be sure to say hello!

Year 3 Teacher - Mrs K Burnell

In my spare time it's all about the family. Soft play areas, reading and playing are my particular favourites. I love walking, this year I took part in the three peaks challenge for charity. My best friend and I raised over £1000 in honour of her disabled son, jack. 

Year 4 Teacher - Mr J Hope

I am originally from Sunderland but moved to Leeds for University. After qualifying with a 2:1 in Primary Education I remained in Leeds to teach. Even though I have only been teaching a year I am very eager to learn. I am extremely passionate about teaching and making a difference in a child's life. My aim is to ensure that all children enjoy school and enjoyiong comign to school and being in my classroom. I am very fun and enthusiastic and this shows in my teaching style. I am very happy to be part of The Vale Primary Academy! 

Outside of school I enjoy being active and out and about with friends and family. My favourite sport is football and I support Sunderland FC.

Year 5 Teacher – Mr L Goodman

I have worked in educational institutes for over ten years, first as a Teaching Assistant and then as a Teacher.  This has given me experience in all year groups across primary and secondary education, including supporting children with varied special educational needs. I am extremely passionate in making sure all children are happy and successful.

Out of school, I enjoy socialising and keeping fit, along with spending time with my family.

Year 6 Teacher - Miss Z Bowkett

After qualifying as a teacher in Leeds three years ago, I have thoroughly enjoyed providing children with the opportunity to have fun whilst learning. I have worked with children across both Key Stages and love seeing children learn. Giving children the best end to their primary education is something I am passionate about providing, ensuring all of our children at The Vale are equipped with the skills they need for their future. Out of school I thoroughly enjoy dancing, yoga and socialising with friends and family. 

Lead Teaching Assistant – Mrs A Craft

Support Staff: Mrs S Brain, Mrs L Brown, Miss T Glasby, Mrs R Jackson, Mrs L Keetley, Mrs C McNally, Miss L Tucker, Mrs E Wallis, Mrs C Murphy

Lunchtime Support Assistants: Mrs A Craft, Mrs E Wallis, Mrs T Glasby, Mrs B Kemp, Mrs J Fisher, Miss A Clough

Inclusion Team Manager - Mrs S Rowse 

Administration Team – Mrs D Grainger (Office Manager),   Mrs S Dunwell (Admin Officer), Mrs V Meadows (Admin Officer)

Caretaker - Mr D Williams

Executive Principal - Mrs J Snead