At Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School we have an excellent, highly-skilled team that works diligently every day to put our children at the heart of everything we do. Each member of the team takes on a variety of roles in school to ensure each pupil benefits from:
- a varied, robust and challenging curriculum,
- a variety of extra-curricular opportunities,
- wellbeing support,
- SEND support,
- opportunities to use their pupil voice
- access to dedicated paediatric first aiders, and
- access to reading opportunities and homework support.
Meet our team to learn more about them and about their roles and responsibilities in school…
Mr S. Myers - Headteacher; Subject Coordinator- Numeracy
I have worked at Stanhope Barrington for nine years as Deputy Headteacher and now as Headteacher. I am committed to raising standards and believe that the child should be at the heart of everything we do.
My proudest moment was when our school was awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in an inspection led by myself in May 2013. I always knew I was working with quality staff and together it was recognised that our children learn in a fantastic environment.
Although I’m Headteacher, I still enjoy teaching in a classroom environment, particularly in numeracy and see my role as facilitating children to reach their full potential.
Mrs D. Cross- Deputy Headteacher; Class 5 (Y5/Y6) Teacher; SENCO; Subject Coordinator - R.E. & PHSCE; Subject Coordinator- Modern Foreign Languages; Subject Coordinator- Music
I love my job because I love to plan interesting and motivational lessons which are fun. I enjoy the opportunity to support our team and share best practise across the school, sharing ideas and helping individual teachers to be the best that they can be for our children.
Outside of school, I also love animals and spend my time with my collection of animals at home. My biggest passion is horse riding and I am currently re-training my ex-racehorse (Morgan) to do dressage. I love walking in the Dales with (Meghan) my Labrador. Another passion is gardening and I spend hours designing and developing not only my own garden but also the school garden.
|Mrs C. Stidwell -Reception Teacher; EYFS Coordinator; Subject Coordinator - Humanities (History and Geography)
I came to Stanhope in 2002, challenged with the task of creating and developing a new and exciting approach to teaching 3 to 5 year olds. We know this today as the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am as passionate today as I was then in ensuring that every child has the best possible start in school life. With the support of an excellent team, I continually strive to provide a happy and stimulating environment in which our young children flourish.
After a three year stint teaching year 1 and 2 children, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I moved back into our Early Years Unit. My role as an Early Years educator is of the utmost importance to me. In my spare time I love to go on long country walks with my little dog, Millie. I’m also an avid reader.
|Miss S. Elsdon- Class 1 (Y1) Teacher; Subject Coordinator - Art & Design
I live in Durham and I qualified as a teacher four years ago. Before I started my NQT year, I went to America and worked in New York where I taught at a summer camp, which I absolutely loved. I started my first year of teaching in a school in Durham and taught the Reception Class for nearly 2 years and a mixed Year 1 & 2 class for 6 months. I started at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in September 2017 and I’m really enjoying working in Year 1. I am looking forward to seeing the children progress over the year and see their reactions to exciting things I have planned!
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, going to concerts, cuddling my two cats Spock and Kirk, shopping, running, roller skating and having fun socialising with friends.
|Mrs S. Howes-Class 2 (Y2) Teacher; Subject Coordinator - Literacy; Subject Coordinator- P.E.; Thrive Practitioner
Hello, I am Mrs. Howes and I currently teach year 2. I have worked at Stanhope Barrington since 2006 and have worked across the school. I am enthusiastic about my job and getting all children engaged into learning. I am lively and energetic and get enjoyment from seeing the children happy and loving coming to school.
I studied for a degree in Sociology and Criminology at Northumbria and then completed my PGCE in primary education at Newcastle. Both my parents were Headteachers so I have teaching in my blood!
I have a little boy who also attends Stanhope Barrington. On a weekend I like to go running, shopping and socialising with my friends. I love to make people laugh and smile!
|Miss K. Heppel- Class 3 (Y3) Teacher (Maternity Leave Cover); Subject Co-ordinator- Science; Subject Coordinator- Computing
My name is Kimberley Hepple and I started working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in September 2018 as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). Whilst studying at University, I visited Uganda to help teach various subjects in an African school. In primary school, I really enjoyed sports and was scouted for Sunderland Academy Girls Football Team. As a result of this, I enjoy leading Stanhope Barrington's school football team and work to encourage both boys and girls to participate.
|Mrs. A. Green- Class 4 (Y4/Y5 ) Teacher
My name is Amy Green. I qualified as a teacher in 2014 and started my career as a Year 4 teacher in a school near Durham. Prior to completing my PGCE, at Northumbria University, I worked in London as Project Manager in an Engineering Team. I moved to Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in March 2015.
|Miss A. Hunter-Purvis- Class 4 (Y4/Y5) Teacher
My name is Annabel Hunter-Purvis and I started working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in 2014 as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). I originally studied Sports Science at Northumbria University then went on to study my PGCE.
Outside school I compete in Jiu-Jitsu and recently achieved my brown belt.
|Mrs D. Cross- Class 5 (Y5/Y6) Teacher; Deputy Headteacher; SENCO; Subject Coordinator - R.E. & PHSCE; Subject Coordinator- Modern Foreign Languages; Subject Coordinator- Music
I love my job as Deputy Headteacher and Year 5&6 Class Teacher and love to plan interesting and motivational lessons which are fun. I enjoy the opportunity to support our team and share best practise across the school, sharing ideas and helping individual teachers to be the best that they can be for our children.
As well as loving my job as a Teacher, I also love animals and spend my time with my collection of animals at home. My biggest passion is horse riding and I am currently re-training my ex-racehorse (Morgan) to do dressage. I love walking in the Dales with (Meghan) my Labrador. Another passion is gardening and I spend hours designing and developing not only my own garden but also the school garden.
|Mrs J. Humble- Early Years Unit
I was born in Weardale and now live in Cowshill with my husband and two daughters. In addition to my work at Stanhope Barrington, I help to run the family haulage business. Previously, I worked as a Lunchtime Supervisor. I also worked in Scamps for two years while training for my level 3 in Childcare.
|Mrs C. Heslop-Stead- HLTA - Early Years Unit; Class 1 (Y2); Class 2 (Y2)
I live in Weardale with my husband and two children. I have wanted to work with children since the age of seven. With this in mind, when I left school I attended college where I obtained my NNEB (Nursery Nurse) certificate. I have since obtained my HLTA qualification.
After leaving college, I went to work abroad for two years with an English holiday company where I worked as a Head Nanny in the hotel crèche. On returning to the UK, I worked in a Day Nursery. I then achieved my lifetime ambition of working with primary/nursery aged children. I have worked with all age groups whilst at Stanhope Barrington, from nursery to Year 6 and have enjoyed them all.
Outside of school, I enjoy reading, singing, swimming and spending time with my family.
|Mrs J. McArdle- HLTA - Early Years Unit; Class 1
My name is Joanne McArdle and I have worked at Stanhope Barrington for over 10 years. I began in nursery and worked as part of the team for ten years. To progress my career further I then took on the challenge of working in Year 1/2 where my knowledge and skills have grown for the last two years. To enhance my qualifications to a higher level, I am a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) which will be beneficial to me and the school.
I am married with two children and my hobbies include walking, reading and being creative. I love laughing and smiling, too!
|Miss L. Wilkinson- Early Years Unit 1:1
I have recently joined Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School as a Teaching Assistant but previous to this I worked in Scamps Nursery for two years.
I have just finished completing my Foundation Degree and I am now studying towards my top-up degree in Education and Training.
Outside of school, I enjoy swimming, socialising with friends and shopping.
|Miss G. Werber- Class 2 1:1|
|Ms. S. Ingwersen- Class 3; Class 2
I have had the privilege of working with both children and young people over the course of my working life including as a summer camp counsellor and camp director; as a wetland conservation coordinator at a major zoo; as a tutor, and in other school-based educational roles both in the UK and Canada. I enjoy working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School because the entire team shares one focus: to help every child to reach their full potential.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, sculpting, felting, painting, swimming and hiking.
|Mrs A. Parvin- HLTA - Class 4; Class 3; Class 5
My name is Andrea Parvin. I originally began working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in 1992. My career then took me down a different path, supporting children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. I returned to Stanhope Barrington in 2013 and trained as a higher Level Teaching Assistant. I enjoy supporting pupils across the school and working in Class 3, 4 and 5.
|Mrs A. Peoples-Class 5
I was brought up in Wolsingham and attended Wolsingham Grammar School. I then went to Chesterfield College of Art and Design before establishing a pottery business with two fellow students. Returning to Stanhope, I started working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School as a Teaching Assistant and working with children with special needs. I have been at the school for 15 years and am currently working in Key Stage 2.
|Christina Davies- Early Years Unit 1:1
I joined the Stanhope Barrington Church of England Primary School as a Teaching Assistant in September 2019. I find working with children very rewarding.
I live in Witton-le-Wear with my husband, daughter and little dog called Peanut.
Outside of school I love spending time running and walking, visiting the Lake District and have a passion for reading.
|Mrs D. Wilson – School Secretary
I have worked at Stanhope Barrington for 16 years. I love my job and although I don't have direct contact with the children all the time, I love to help out whenever I am asked. I have always loved children and to see them grow from first coming to nursery to the end of Year 6 is amazing. Stanhope Barrington has been a big part of my life as this was my school as a child. My two children came here and I was working here before my youngest left. So you can say I've been coming here my whole life.
I have a lot of contact with parents and it is nice to get to know new people when they come to live in the dale. We have a great team at our school and that makes it much easier for me to do my job.
|Mrs G. Hutchings – Caretaker
I have worked at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School for many years. I started working as a cleaner in 1991 and I have worked as a lunchtime assistant during that time, too. I loved being outside with the children in the summer playing skipping games and rounders. I became the school caretaker in 2000. I especially enjoy my work as caretaker as I keep our school safe, warm and clean for both students and staff.
Outside school I take pleasure in my family and my pet collie, Zeus.
|Miss C. Witton - Cleaner
Hello, I am Miss Witton. I started working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School in 2011 as a cleaner and a Lunchtime Supervisor. I have lived in Stanhope all of my life and I have two daughters.
|Mrs C. Lyons - Cleaner
I started working at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary in 2017. My hobbies include baking, gardening and walking my border collie, Skye.
|Mrs G. Craig - Cleaner and Lunchtime Supervisor
My name is Gillian and I'm a Lunchtime Supervisor and Cleaner at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School. I live in Stanhope and I have a son that attends this school.
|Mrs. J. Wilson - Cook
Hello, my name is Mrs. J. Wilson and I have been the cook at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School since 1996. The company I work for is Taylor Shaw and we aim to give children good and healthy meals.
I am married with two children and two grandchildren. My hobbies include walking, cooking, knitting and playing with my grandchildren. I also enjoy foreign holidays.
|Mrs S. Snowdon - Kitchen Assistant
I have worked at Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School for four years. I love my job and getting to know the children, which is great fun. They are always very polite and well behaved when asking for their lunch.
Outside of school I like to go walking with my husband and daughter and our family pet, Cassie the Border Collie.
|Mrs A. Readshaw - Kitchen Assistant
My name is Mrs. Readshaw. I was born and have lived all my life in Weardale.
I work as a Kitchen Assistant in Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School. My job in the kitchen started as casual then became a permanent position in 2004. I enjoy my work within the kitchen and serving dinner to the children.
In my free time I enjoy baking and reading.
|Mrs J. Ward - Lunchtime Supervisor|
|Mrs C. Porter - Lunchtime Supervisor
I have always lived in the Dale and I am pleased to be working in the same school that I attended many years ago. I enjoy looking after the children both as a Lunchtime Supervisor and at Breakfast Club.
|Mrs E. Hunt - Lunchtime Supervisor
I moved to Stanhope when I was 10 and attended Stanhope Barrington. I am married with four children, all former pupils of Stanhope Barrington.
I have worked in a variety of roles and am currently a Lunchtime Supervisor. In my spare time I enjoy making Christmas crafts to sell at local markets.
Together with my family, we care for many animals including: chickens, pigeons, a rabbit, guinea pig, fish and a dog. We have an allotment and enjoy growing fruit, vegetables and flowers.
|Mrs C. Emerson - Lunchtime Supervisor
Hello, my name is Claire and I am a Lunchtime Supervisor and Admin Support worker. I live in Stanhope with my husband and two children. Previously, both of my children have attended Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School.
In my spare time I love to go for walks with my dog, Dexter.