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    Meet the Staff

    Senior Leadership Team

    Mrs Taylor-Potts

    Headteacher

    Mrs Taylor-Potts is in her third year of headship at Walton Priory. Before this she was Deputy Head with responsibilities in teaching and learning, standards and assessment.

    Before joining the school Mrs Taylor-Potts worked at the Local Authority as a School Improvement Partner and latterly as Head of School Improvement for Entrust. Her teaching career was in secondary schools in south London and Staffordshire where she taught History up to ‘A’ level. She was also a PGCE tutor at Keele University and gained a Master’s degree in school improvement from there. Away from work Mrs Taylor-Potts enjoys exercise classes as well as trying to train her cocker spaniel dog. She also likes following her tall husband up hills in the Lake District, where they married in 2017.

    Mrs Taylor-Potts has recently completed her Level 2 multi-agency safeguarding training.

    Mrs Gaunt

    Deputy Headteacher

    Before joining the Walton Priory Senior Leadership Team, Mrs Gaunt was Head of English at a secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent, where she worked for 12 years. During her career, Mrs Gaunt has held other leadership positions including Senior Literacy Across the Curriculum Co-ordinator and Second in English and therefore has a wealth of experience in English and Literacy. Mrs Gaunt has also held a number of responsibilities in her teaching career which have been connected to enhancing and improving Teaching and Learning. In particular, she has led CPD training for teachers and trainee teachers in a number of schools across Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. Katie thoroughly enjoys working with others to support them to be the best that they can be!  Mrs Gaunt has recently completed her Level 2 multi-agency safeguarding training.

    On a more personal note, Mrs Gaunt has three children and therefore totally understands the joys and challenges of parenting! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, visiting the theatre and cooking. Coming from a farming background (she grew up locally in Ellenhall) Mrs Gaunt also enjoys spending time outdoors walking and, more recently, has developed a very amateur love of gardening

    NPQ facilitator

    Currently studying for NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship) & Masters degree

    Mr Kemp

    Assistant Headteacher Inclusion (SENCO)

    In a career in education spanning well over a decade, Mr Kemp has worked as an English teacher, middle leader, special educational needs coordinator (NASENCO) and a safeguarding officer. He has taught mainly in secondary, recently moving to middle school, and he has experience of teaching media studies, Japanese and humanities. Throughout his time as a teacher, he has always felt privileged to support and help young people to develop and grow both academically and socially. Mr Kemp has spent time teaching in Japan and has a keen love of the outdoors. His hobbies include reading, cycling and hiking. He also enjoys family life and entertaining friends.

    Mr Kemp completed his NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership) in March 2021.  He is a PGCert Specialist Teacher SpLD (Dyslexia), PGCert SENCo Award and Fresh start spelling trained.

    Mrs Clarkson

    Assistant Headteacher Safeguarding & Wellbeing

    Mrs Clarkson has been a teacher, middle leader and senior leader for almost 30 years in a variety of primary and first schools. She has taught in every year group from nursery to Year 6 and has co-ordinated almost every subject area within the primary curriculum at some point. English, maths, music and French are her curriculum favourites, but early literacy is her particular strength and she has been a leading literacy teacher within Staffordshire.

    She loves to read, can’t help but sing and has led many a children’s choir at all sorts of events from summer fayres to Lichfield Cathedral. She has a passion for the importance of good training for future teachers and enjoys helping them develop their skills. She loves gardening, plays the guitar (only for the ears of children), and likes to get pupils enjoying learning.

    Mrs Clarkson has completed her Level 4 multi-agency safeguarding training.

    Mrs Williamson

    Associate Assistant Headteacher Intervention & Progression

    During the twenty years that Mrs Williamson has been teaching, she has taught mixed aged classes, Year 5 and currently she is progress leader in Y6. She has experience therefore of teaching the whole range of subjects within the primary phase. She particularly enjoys watching children grow with their learning and overcoming problems that they face. This is becoming evident the more she implements ‘Mastery Maths’ which has resulted in greater understanding and independence. With a strong belief in the importance of giving the children a chance to excel out of the classroom as well, she runs many extra- curricular activities. The proudest moment for her was when she watched Joe Clarke pick up his Olympic gold medal in Canoe Slalom, knowing that she was the one who first put him into a boat and started his paddling career. Mrs Williamson's hobbies include regular visits to the theatre, reading a wide selection of books and socialising with friends.

    Mrs Williamson has completed her NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and is currently studying towards her NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership).

    Mr Ball

    Associate Assistant Headteacher Quality of Provision

    So far in his teaching career, Mr Ball has worked as a PE teacher, head of PE and Faculty Leader of Creative Arts, he is now in his current role of Associate Assistant Head teacher focusing on Pupil Premium and More Able, and Faculty Leader of STEAM’.  He is a secondary trained PE specialist with a wide knowledge of sports science, human biology and PE and sport itself. Having been educated himself in the three-tier system, he appreciates the benefits of middle school education. He believes that providing KS2 students with specialised teaching has a huge impact on the progress these students make, improving their ability and knowledge for the rest of their time at the school. He is an excellent role model with a strong personality who creates an environment where students want to succeed. Enrichment is key to a child’s progress and Mr Ball ensures this happens within the curriculum and during extra-curricular time on a daily basis. He says that the ski courses he leads are amazing learning experiences and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Aside from teaching, Mr Ball plays and coaches cricket to a very high standard within the county. After 5 successful seasons as Head Coach, Club and 1st XI captain at Ashcombe Park Cricket Club, Mr Ball has now decided to step down to focus on his own enjoyment and performances.

    Mr Ball is our Forest School Leader.  He has also completed his NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and is currently studying towards his NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership).

    He is currently working on the development of the mastery approach with the local primary and secondary Maths Hubs.

     

    Miss Smith

    Associate Assistant Headteacher Personal Development

    Since starting her teaching career at Walton Priory 10 years ago, Miss Smith has seen many pupils develop into mature individuals. With a degree in Primary and Secondary Education, specialising in Design Technology, the middle school system is a perfect fit. An enthusiasm for teaching food and textiles has helped to develop pupils’ life skills and confidence in their own ability. Watching pupils grow and achieve high standards is a key part of her career. Alongside her specialist subject, Miss Smith has a passion for pastoral care, leading on this across the KS3 phase. Her key role in pastoral care has more recently seen her take on the responsibilities of whole school behaviour, careers and PSHE. She spends time building relationships with pupils to better understand their needs and support their wellbeing. Her hobbies include; baking, Girl Guiding, watching local bands and socialising with friends.

    Miss Smith has now completed her NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and has completed the Quality in Careers Award.  She has also recently completed her Level 4 multi-agency safeguarding training.

    Teaching Staff

    Mrs Fenton

    KS2 Teacher

    Mrs Fenton, an Edge Hill University graduate, qualified with her teacher status in 2016. Her teaching career began in the outskirts of Liverpool, where she was a Year 3 teacher for two years.

    Aside from her experience in the North, Mrs Fenton has also spent her free time travelling the world to work with children. In 2014 she worked in Thailand for 2 months, where she taught English to a range of age groups. A year later, she went over to New York for 3 months working at a residential camp.

    After travelling here, there and everywhere, Mrs Fenton returned to her hometown and is now focusing on the Walton way of life.  Mrs Fenton flourishes from bringing learning to life through motivation and praise and has a particular passion in ensuring every child reaches their full potential in all that they do.

    Her hobbies include spending time with her friends and family, as well as long walks with her dog, Dennis. She also has a love for Maltesters: usually after she’s spent time in the gym!

    RWI spelling trained

    Mrs Howle

    English & Humanities Teacher

    Mrs Howle has worked in education for two decades, teaching humanities across key stages two, three and four. She has spread her teaching between high school and middle school and held a wide range of positions including Head of Department and SEND teacher.  Rachel also has experience of teaching a range of subjects, including History, Geography, RE and PSHE. She is a very passionate teacher and believes knowledge, skills and fun are key for long life learning, and as a result she enjoys taking pupils out of the classroom on educational visits.

    Mrs Howle has travelled extensively, enjoys new experiences and loves challenges that push her out of her comfort zone, she hopes that this rubs off on her pupils.  Her hobbies include mountain walking, cooking, needle felting and the great outdoors, she in particular loves Wales, owls and cake.

    Miss Hulse

    KS2 & STEAM Teacher

    Miss Hulse is a qualified KS2 teacher who graduated from Keele University with a PGCE in primary education. Before her post graduate studies, Miss Hulse studied Fine Art at De Montfort University; graduating with Bachelor of Arts.

    Miss Hulse enjoys teaching all subjects, however problem solving within Maths is her favourite; encouraging pupils to explore their reasoning creatively throughout the topics. Interestingly, Miss Hulse is not new to Walton Priory, because she is a former student of ours. Outside of school, her hobbies include rock climbing, aerial hoop and any activity which requires being outdoors.

    Miss Bartlett

    English Teacher

    Miss Bartlett is an experienced teacher with over 18 years experience, speicalising in English and English Literature.  Miss Bartlett has had the benefit of teaching students in KS2 (Y6), to A Level (Y13) in several institutions, across the counties. 

    Miss Bartlett has had the pleasure of being an International Schools and EAL Coordinator at a college for 6 years, working with students and staff from numerous cultures and liaising with contacts both at the British Council and in Tanzania.

    She was Head of Department for 5 years at an independent school in Staffordshire, and has recently been a Director of Learning in Shropshire.  In this post, she saw how educational research can keep staff motivated and focused upon finding resources and ideologies to best help the students.

    Miss Bartlett started working at Walton Priory in January 2020, and says that she has rarely met such welcoming and enthusiastic staff, parents, and management team. 

    Mr Oxley

    Art & DT Teacher

    Following 13 years of teaching; with extensive experience of working for children with emotional and social difficulties, Mr Oxley took the opportunity to move into school improvement as a Learning and Behaviour Consultant for entrust. This allowed him to experience a broad number of roles including; 1 to 1 working with pupils close to permanent exclusion, whole staff and individual teacher training on classroom management and attachment disorder, through to undertaking commissioned school improvement work with Secondary, Primary and Special schools. 

    Mr Oxley has taught in three local authorities and held Senior Leadership roles in a Secondary and a Special (EBD) school at Assistant Head (Inclusion and Guidance) and Deputy Head Level. Other responsibilities prior to these include Faculty Leader for Creative Medias (Art, Design & Technology) and Head of Year.

    Mr Oxley is a qualified Art Psychotherapist and balances this with a return to teaching part time at WPMS.

    PGCE Art & Design           Manchester Metropolitan University

    MA Art Psychotherapy   University of Derby

    Miss Woolliscroft

    Head of PE

    Miss Woolliscroft graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA Hons in Business in 2002.  After a number of years working in banking and for the local government, she followed her passion in fitness and became a successful Personal Trainer.  Wanting to bring the importance of health and fitness into schools, Miss Wolliscroft went back to Staffordshire University and completed her PGCE in Physical Education.  Her first teaching placement was here at Walton Priory before moving onto Haywood Academy where she completed her training.  Miss Woolliscroft secured her first teaching post at the Coop Academy of Stoke On Trent where she spent a year teaching PE and PSHE across KS3 and KS4.

    Miss Woolliscroft's specialism is Healthy Active Lifestyles with a keen interest in team sports; Miss Woolliscroft is very much looking forward to getting a buzz in the school for girls’ sports and getting the girls out to as many fixtures as possible.  Some of the clubs she will be running throughout the year will be netball, football, rounders, athletics and fitness.

    Outside of school, she spends time with her daughter Sienna, family and friends.  Her hobbies other than the gym and circuit classes are cooking, reading and shopping.

    Mrs Messenger

    French Teacher

    Mrs Messenger graduated from Leicester University and moved to Germany to learn a new language. There she taught English, travelled around Europe and learnt to love the outdoors. Since then Mrs Messenger has worked in High schools in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent, teaching French and German.

    Out of school Mrs Messenger loves to keep fit - walking with her family, playing badminton, netball, cycling and swimming. She also loves gardening and growing veg on her allotment.

    Mr Parke

    ICT & DT Teacher

    Mr Parke graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a degree in Industrial Design. During his 18 year teaching career, he has developed his subject knowledge and specialism of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.

    Mr Parke is new to Walton Priory and as a member of the STEAM faculty he will be teaching STEAM, Design Technology and ICT.  He’s looking forward to having a positive impact on what is already a fantastic faculty and school.

    Outside the school, his interest include restoring his Volkswagen Camper van, Kick Boxing, Travelling and supporting his 2 teenaged sons with their football careers.

    Mrs Moore

    Science & STEAM Teacher

    Mrs Moore graduated from De Montfort University with a BA hons in Drama in 2009. Danielle then spent time in various residential homes with young people suffering from various disabilities, which lead her to study at Surrey University and become a qualified staff nurse in 2011. Having spent time mentoring and teaching student nurses, Mrs Moore loved teaching the science behind the medicine so took the plunge and decided to take a career change to teaching.  Mrs Moore completed her PGCE in Science at Wolverhampton University and is now thrilled to be able to start her teaching journey here at Walton Priory, she will be teaching science and STEAM.

    Outside of school Mrs Moore has four children of her own, which keep her very busy. Mrs Moore is a member of Staffordshire search and rescue, and loves all things outdoors. Mrs Moore loves sports and exercising especially running, kayaking and climbing; however she is also good at baking and more importantly eating cakes!

    Mrs Braddock

    Music Specialist - Currently on Maternity Leave

    After graduating from university with a B.Music degree in 2009, Mrs Braddock has been a member of the Walton Priory staff team since October 2019 having previously taught in multiple schools across Staffordshire and Cheshire as a supply and Music Specialist.

    Music, teaching and enthusing young people is her greatest passion and takes inspiration from her own experiences of music at school. Having the opportunity to play for the Welsh National Opera, National Youth Orchestra of Wales and Bangor Symphony Orchestra has opened up so many opportunities to travel to different locations around the world, however now Mrs Braddock spends more time at home with her husband and son rather than in the orchestra pit!

    When she is not singing or playing the viola she enjoys a good hike up a mountain reminiscing about her Duke of Edinburgh award days and spending quality time with family. (Always with a silly song in the background!)

    Mrs Woods

    Teacher

    Mrs Woods has enjoyed teaching at Walton Priory for the last 7 years across the school. Recently,she had the privilege to teach at an international school in Beijing. During 2008 – 2010, she supported Emirate teachers in UAE develop a British curriculum with their schools.

    Mrs Woods graduated from Roehampton University in 1999 and holds a degree in teaching and English language and linguistics. She enjoys teaching all aspects of school life, especially English and PE.

    Miss Antinoro

    Faculty Leader of English/Humanities & French

    Before coming to Walton Priory Middle School, Miss Antinoro was the Literacy Lead and Assistant Faculty Leader for English and Media Studies at a secondary school in Stoke-on-Trent, where she worked for 6 years. During her career thus far, Miss Antinoro has held other responsibilities such as: mentoring teacher trainees, presenting Teaching and Learning sessions at Staffordshire University and has been the Literacy lead at whole school level. 

    Miss Antinoro decided to pursue a career in teaching because she believes that teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops. Whilst growing up, her own personal experience at school was a happy and memorable one - whereby without the support of incredible teachers, and her own parents, she wouldn't be resilient and determined to succeed in the way that she is today. 

    Outside of school, Miss Antinoro loves spending time with her family and friends; going to the gym; walking and snuggling her gorgeous, little Bichon Frise, Charlie Bear; reading (a lot and always with a good, strong cup of tea!); drawing and painting, and playing the guitar. 

     

    Edge Hill University - B/A Hons Key Stage 2/3 Education with English with QTS*

    Mrs Dudley

    Science Teacher

    Mrs Dudley has worked in education for nine years, teaching science across key stages two, three and four. She has taught mainly in middle schools and has experience of teaching a range of subjects, including STEM, ICT, RE and PSHE. Mrs Dudley is a very enthusiastic teacher willing to try alternative teaching and learning styles to improve pupils’ performance, engagement and motivation. She aims to include short, hands-on activities in almost all her lessons in order to meet the needs of all learners. Mrs Dudley also runs an extra-curricular STEAM club after school and organises outside learning opportunities, such as The Big Bang Fair and The Salters Chemistry Festival. A recent STEAM club success has been winning a national competition, the BP Ultimate STEAM Challenge, with their waterwheel project.

    Her hobbies include running, craft activities (such as quilting and crochet) and baking some rather yummy chocolate orange brownies, among other things.

    Enthuse Project Lead and Level 3 accredited Forect School Leader.

    Miss Houlton

    KS2 Teacher

    Miss Houlton has been teaching for thirteen years. She has taught in all key stages over her career and has had a number of different roles in schools including heading a preparatory school in the Wirral before joining Walton Priory last year. She has taught in Year 6 for most of her teaching career. At Walton she teaches in Year 5. Last year, Miss Houlton spoke at the Education Show about new developments in Mathematics, an area about which she is very passionate. 

    Away from school, she enjoys running and has completed several marathons.

     

    Miss McClarence

    KS2 Teacher

    Miss McClarence completed a Dual Honours degree in Psychology and Politics at Keele University before realising her true calling was in teaching. Remaining at Keele University for a fourth year, she completed a Primary PGCE with a focus on Science. Miss McClarence joined  Walton Priory for her NQT year and hasn’t looked back since! Miss McClarence has a background in dance and cheerleading and has enjoyed coaching these sports as both PE subjects and extra-curricular activities. She brings an upbeat and energetic enthusiasm to her teaching and aims to engage pupils in their own learning experiences. Miss McClarence values her pupils as unique and individual learners and strives to nurture an environment rooted in mutual respect. Miss McClarence enjoys Art and encourages children to explore different creative skills. She also has a brilliant sense of humour- although her pupils might disagree. Outside of school Miss McClarence is a keen skier (regardless of recent injuries…), an avid reader and a member of a nationally competitive all-star cheerleading team.

    Fresh start spelling trained

    Ms Clowes

    French Teacher

    Ms Clowes started her teaching career at Westwood High School in Leek where she taught French, German and Spanish. Ms Clowes has taught GCSE, A-Level and GNVQ and was a lower school and 6th Form tutor during her time there.  

    Ms Clowes has travelled the world with her sister and has a passion for travelling visiting Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Peru, Chile and the USA. Whilst on her travels Ms Clowes had the opportunity to teach in a selection of schools in Western Australia as part of her adventures. 

    After travelling, she worked at Endon High School and became the Head of French. Ms Clowes has always loved languages.and enjoys teaching French, German and Spanish GCSE.

    Ms Clowes held the role of Primary Modern Foreign Languages Co-ordinator for Clayton Hall Academy and enjoyed having the opportunity to visit different primary schools in Newcastle encouraging a love of language learning amongst children from reception through to year 6. 

    In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and enjoys sports, music, travel and has always been a Port Vale fan despite their rocky history! Ms Clowes plays both the piano and the saxophone.  She enjoys watching her son play football at the weekends and watching my daughter dancing in her lessons and local theatre shows.

     

    Miss Patel

    KS2 Teacher & Assistant Faculty Leader English & Humanities

    Miss Patel graduated from Edge Hill University in 2018 with a degree in primary education, specialising in Mathematics. This will be her second year teaching Year 6. She is passionate about helping children to achieve their full potential and believe in their own ability. Miss Patel is enthusiastic about encouraging children to develop a love of learning and tries to use technology where possible to make lessons more interesting and exciting. Her hobbies include spending time with family and friends, travelling and reading.

    Mrs Stringer

    KS2 Teacher

    Mrs Stringer qualified as a Primary School teacher in 2011 following previous incarnations as a horse trainer and working in Children’s Services with Staffordshire County Council. Her first teaching job was here at Walton Priory and as with many teachers, she has fallen in love with the place!

    Mrs Stinger is a keen believer in life-long learning and since starting here, has completed her MA in Education with a focus on self-esteem and self-efficacy in children facing Key Stage 2 testing. This is something that she is aware of in her own teaching as she strives to raise pupils’ self-belief and confidence whenever she can. Mrs Stringer has had two beautiful children in her time with us and loves to spend time at home with them, indulging in their shared love of the great outdoors. She remains a keen horse rider, having competed at various county shows and counts a win at the Horse of the Year Show as her biggest horsey achievement.

    Mrs Murray

    Teacher

    As a primary trained teacher with a specialism in food technology, Mrs Murray teaches STEAM at Walton Priory amongst other subjects. She also organises and runs family learning events in school, encouraging family members to join with their children to work on exciting projects. Since qualifying with a PGCE in 2004, she has taught in middle and primary schools in Staffordshire; in her previous roles, she co-ordinated design and technology and science. She has also spent one year teaching English as a second language in a British school in Gran Canaria and since then has also taught ESL to students in the UK. 

    Mrs Bowen

    Early Interventions Manager

    After spending twenty years teaching in primary schools, Mrs Bowen moved to Walton Priory Middle seeking a new challenge. She has, throughout her career, taught all year groups from years 2 to 5 but most of this time has been spent in year 6. Mrs Bowen has been the inclusion leader in all schools in which she has worked (at one point, in three schools at the same time!) Mrs Bowen has particular skills in teaching English as a second language as her first teaching role was in one of the most multi-cultural primary schools in Staffordshire. Mrs Bowen has also worked for the local authority as a lead English teacher, supporting colleagues in their classrooms.

    Mrs Bowen loves singing and can often be found helping pupils to learn spellings by singing them. Spending quality time with her two children, either in the park or other places of interest, means that she is never still. Her oldest child is severely autistic and so she can empathise with families of children who have additional needs.  Reading is her secret hobby and she grabs five minutes whenever she can at home to indulge this passion.

    Currently studying for NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership)

    Fresh start reading trained

    Mr Cayzer

    KS2 Teacher & KS2 Science Lead

    Mr Cayzer graduated from the University of Chester with a degree in Computer Science before obtaining his teaching degree from the University of Derby with an English specialism. During his time at Walton he has shifted his field of focus to the development of excellence in Science pedagogy and enhancing the children’s ability to work scientifically. 

    As well as being a keen advocate for championing reading in boys, Mr Cayzer is also a member of the STEAM faculty with responsibility for teaching computer aided design. His extra curricular clubs include Dungeons and Dragons and Minecraft.  

    Mrs Wallace

    Teacher

    Mrs Wallace has been a teacher for over 18 years and has always loved inspiring young minds to achieve their best.  She began her teaching career as a year three class teacher in a lower school.  Mrs Wallace has been at Walton Priory for fifteen years and loves the beautiful grounds. 

    Mrs Wallace is a versatile teacher who currently enjoys teaching PE, Humanities and RE.  She has a particular passion for Maths and hopes that she helps pupils see the wonder and feel the sense of satisfaction with every tick or new problem solved.  Mrs Wallace aspires to motivate pupils to travel the world, understand the importance of honesty and hard work as well as to value and seize the opportunities available for them. 

    Her hobbies include being a mum, playing hockey, travel and skiing.  

    Currently on Maths Mastery Programme

     

    Mrs Cole

    English & Humanities Teacher

    During the past six years of teaching, Mrs Cole has worked as an English teacher across Staffordshire middle schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges. She has taught English to pupils at Key Stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 and draws on this experience as Head of English and Humanities at Walton Priory Middle School.

    Throughout her time as a teacher, Mrs Cole has aspired to instil a passion for reading and creative writing in her subject delivery and curriculum planning. Having studied English Literature at the University of Birmingham, she aims to encourage students to think critically and imaginatively about texts and their composition. As a teacher, she endeavours to ensure that each pupil feels valued, challenged and interested in each lesson. Mrs Cole's main hobbies are reading, socialising, spending time with her family and shopping for unnecessary items of clothing!

     

    Mr Chandler

    Senior Teacher - & Data Lead

    Mr Chandler originally took a degree in Mechanical Engineering before following in the footsteps of both his parents and becoming a secondary trained teacher of Mathematics.  He is currently the equal longest serving teacher having started teaching at Walton Priory in 2001 directly after his PGCE.  He has taught Maths in all year groups but mainly to KS3 pupils and has been Maths coordinator for much of his time at Walton Priory, although he is currently progress lead for Y8.  Throughout his time as a teacher, he has endeavoured to improve pupils’ enjoyment and aptitude for learning especially in mathematics.  He particularly enjoys problem solving and mathematical puzzles.  He has also taught games for much of his time at Walton Priory and likes being active and enjoys participating in or watching most sports.  He particularly likes running and playing football having played 684 games for local team, Brocton FC.  He also enjoys watching films and reading many different genres including crime, science fiction and fantasy novels. 

    Maths Mastery Trained

    Miss Kent

    Y5 Teacher

    Before joining the school, Mis Kent studied at Staffordshire University and graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to work as a classroom assistant at a foundation school in Wales, and worked with children from nursery age through to Year six. In order to communicate with all pupils, she spent two years learning Welsh and can proudly pronounce the longest place name in Europe. As inclusion support, she works closely with students in and out of the classroom and endeavours to make their time at Walton as enjoyable as possible. She is eager to share her passion for literature and assists children with their comprehension and writing skills, both in lesson and also during homework club, which she supervises. Outside of school, her hobbies include reading, writing fiction, visiting the theatre and baking. 

    Fresh start reading trained

    Level 2 Safeguarding Trained

    Miss Matthews

    KS2 Teacher & Assistant Faculty Leader KS2 STEAM

    Miss Matthews completed her BSc Honours degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in 2013. She then completed her PGCE in primary education prior to starting at Walton Priory Middle School. She is an enthusiastic teacher and loves being in the classroom encouraging and motivating children to achieve to the best of their ability.

    As Assistant Faculty Leader for STEAM Miss Matthews has the opportunity to create exciting lessons so the children can explore the curriculum through new and challenging opportunities.

    She has a passion for sport in particular; Miss Matthews is a qualified gymnastics coach and competed nationally a number of times when she was younger.

    Miss Matthews has completed her NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and is a Level 3 accredited Forect School Leader.

    Trained in RWI Fresh start writing

    Miss Castree

    Intervention Teacher

    Miss Castree has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies. She has been a Teaching Assistant for many years and worked in both Primary and High Schools.  She has a strong passion for supporting SEN pupils and a wealth of experience supporting one to one pupils. She provides specialist support to Hearing Impaired and Vision Impaired pupils at Walton Priory.

    Miss Castree is trained in 'Better Reading' and Fresh Start Literacy.  Miss Castree joined Walton Priory in 2016 and runs the KS2 gardening club at lunchtimes.

    Miss Castree joined Walton Priory in 2016 and runs the KS2 gardening club at lunchtimes.  Outside of school interests include cycling, swimming, badminton, cooking and gardening.

    Teaching Assistants

    Mrs Last

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Rigg

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Rigg was one of the first pupils to attend Walton Priory Middle School.  Many years later her son Joseph also attended the school. Joseph, as the result of a good education and hard work, has gone on to study for a degree at The Solent University in Southampton.  Whilst Joseph attended Walton Priory, Miss Rigg was an active member of the PSA eventually going on to Chair the group.  

    Miss Rigg is a very keen cook and loves gardening and crafting.

    Miss Rigg has a Cache Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health and is a trained HOPE (Help Our Pupils Emotions) counsellor.

    Mrs Manning

    Pastoral Teacher

    Mrs Manning has worked within multiple educational settings including schools and colleges. As a member of pastoral support she enjoys supporting learners in all aspects of their learning journey and continually develops her skills and knowledge through study and training. She is a qualified lecturer specialising in employability skills, English and Business Studies with a degree in Advertising, Brand Management and Marketing.

    Mrs Manning's Hobbies are spending time with her family, cooking, reading, exercising, studying, exploring and travelling.

     

    Mr Coughlan

    Teaching Assistant

    Mr Coughlan graduated from York St John University in 2014 with a degree in Sports Science. 

    He has since spent time working for various sports coaching companies and has undertook professional qualifications in coaching a number of sports. He also manages his own school holiday club in his home town of Eccleshall. 

    Most recently Mr Coughlan worked for Staffordshire Cricket, where he was responsible for the growth of cricket in the county and was awarded the National “Chance to Shine” coach of the year award. He is also responsible for the counties U17 girls and women’s teams. 

    Outside of school, Mr Coughlan likes to spend time with his wife and family. His other hobbies include playing cricket, cycling, hiking and time with friends. 

     

    Mrs Flackett

    Teaching Assistant

    Miss Flackett has a MA (Hons) degree in Economics from Edinburgh University.  After many years working in advertising, she requalified as a KS2 teacher after completing her PGCE in 2012.

    She has taught in London and Spain and moved to Switzerland for four years to focus on raising her family.

    Since recently returning to the UK she has gone back to her passion for children’s learning and works as a Teaching Assistant, where her main focus is on supporting children with their reading skills and providing Maths interventions in Year 5.

    Outside of school Miss Flackett enjoys travelling, cooking and running.

    Mr Brookes

    Pastoral Teacher

    Mr Brookes has a degree in outdoor education and photography, he is a qualified Level 3 Teaching Assistant. He has worked here at Walton for 6 years. His strengths are all subjects associated with our STEAM curriculum as well as Physical Education.  He has a passion for photography and the great outdoors, both of which he puts in to practice when he attends the annual ski course. His hobbies include hiking and camping. Family holidays are often spent under canvas looking at the stars with his daughters. The one place he would love to visit and complete is the Inca trail in Peru.

    Forest School Leader

    Mrs Tinsley

    Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Tinsley has worked at Walton for nine years. She originally came to Walton on lunch time duties and was then given the opportunity to become a teaching assistant at the school. Her first few years were spent entirely working with a pupil with cerebral palsy; this role gave her great job satisfaction as she was in a position to have a varied structure to her day and to enjoy the added responsibilities of the role.

    During her time at Walton Priory Mrs Tinsley has become very compassionate towards supporting pupils who are struggling to come to terms with their Autistic traits and has always taken up any training to run alongside these individuals.  Prior to working at Walton Priory, she was dedicated to raising her own three children as well as being a childminder for five years. She also worked voluntary at Christ Church First School as a classroom helper while her own children were growing up.

    Mrs Tinsley is a trained HOPE (Help Our Pupils Emotions) counsellor.

    Ms Webster

    Teaching Assistant

    Ms Webster holds a BSc honours degree in Social Sciences as well as a Chartered membership for the Institute of Personnel & Development. Initially her work involved working within private industry in the Manufacturing sector of Human Resources.  Having always had a passion and care for working within schools to support young people in their learning, her career brought her to Walton Priory Middle School in 2016.  Working as a Teaching Assistant, she works to provide support one to one support for SEN children, together with supporting the learning of other children as needed in and out of the classroom.   She works to ensure her SEN knowledge is updated through her own continuous personal development in order to provide the best support to the children.

    Mr Taylor

    Technician/STEAM

    Mr Taylor is the school’s STEM Technician. His role is to support staff and pupils across Science and DT, ensuring that the kit is ready so that we can do as many practical lessons as possible. A Glasgow University mechanical engineering graduate, he worked as a transport engineer for Tarmac Roadstone and Staffordshire Fire Brigade, among others, before retraining in 1990 to be a teacher. Mr Taylor has worked in county schools for thirty years, mostly teaching maths but also taking every opportunity to engage and enthuse young people in every aspect of the STEM subjects.

    In March 2020, to our delight, Mr Taylor was awarded the ERA Foundation “Engineering Teacher of the Year.” Nominated by a parent, this £8,000 award was in recognition of his commitment to demonstrating to young people that engineering can be a satisfying and rewarding career. Mr Taylor coaches our numerous STEM competition teams. Those pupils have achieved several national prizes and had a massive amount of fun on the way.

    Mr Taylor has cycled-toured in many countries, including from Stone to Russia, once across Australia and twice across the USA. But he’s much more sensible these days…

    Admin Team

    Mrs Hickling

    Library, Reprographics and Resources Technician

    Mrs Hickling joined the school in November 2020 and has 21 years admin experience working in Higher Education.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the theatre and cinema and going on long walks with her family and their dog Pepper.

     

    Mrs Galloghly

    Finance Assistant

    Mrs Galloghly joined the school in 2019 and has a vested interest in its success as both of her children have attended Walton Priory and enjoyed their time here. Mrs Galloghly has a wide range of of experience in admin and financial roles across a variety of backgrounds including IT and recruitment.

    Outside of work Mrs Galloghly enjoys spending time with her family, reading, going to the theatre and cake decorating.

    Mrs Wiles

    Office Manager/PA to Headteacher

    Mrs Wiles joined Walton Priory in February 2020. She has previously worked in Higher and Secondary education settings. Mrs Wiles is looking forward to using her skills and experience to enhance the role.

    Outside of school Mrs Wiles enjoys spending time with her family travelling and exploring France.  She has a keen interest in history especially Henry VIII and the tudors.

    Miss Richardson

    Clerical Assistant/First Aid

    Mr McNaught

    Site Supervisor

    Mrs Wilson

    Business Manager

    With an academic background in law and business, Mrs Wilson worked in higher education for sixteen years before joining the school in 2010. She enjoys the variety the role of Business Manager brings and out of school her hobbies include reading, history, learning Spanish and computer games.

    Mrs Barker

    SIMS & Reports Co-ordinator

    Mrs Barker joined Walton Priory in 2012 after having a five year break in her career to raise her young sons. Prior to this, she worked for nine years in the Areospace Industry working in the Planning and Sales sector. She is an avid reader and enjoys leisurely long walks with her family and dog.

    Mrs Warrilow

    First Aider/Clerical Assistant

    Mrs Warrilow started working at Walton Priory in 2010 as a clerical assistant and lunchtime supervisor.  She took up the full time position of clerical assistant and first aider in 2012. Out of the office, she enjoys walking her two springer spaniels, Louis and Gem, and she is also an obsessive decorator! 

    Ms Reardon

    Admin Officer

    Ms Reardon joined the school in 2017, her previous role was HR and payroll Administrator for Staffordshire County Council.   Her role in school involves HR, recruitment, payroll and support to the Business Manager and her office colleagues.  She has two young children that keep her busy, when she gets some free time she enjoys any gym classes, and city breaks.

    Lunchtime Supervisors

    Mrs Parr

    Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs Walker

    Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs Dyke

    Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs Hooton

    Lunchtime Supervisor

    Miss Falconer

    Lunchtime Supervisor

    Mrs Paine

    Lunchtime Supervisor