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…
Mrs D. Cross- Head Teacher; SENCO; Subject Coordinator - RE, SMEH, Well-being & RSHE, Safeguarding, CPD, Assessment, Educational Visits, Looked After Children, Child Protection, GDPR
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.
|Mr. C. Storey- Opal Learning Zone & Amethyst Learning Zone Teacher; EYFS Coordinator
Hi everyone, I am Mr. Storey and I started teaching at Stanhope Barrington C of E in September 2020. I have been teaching for seven years working across County Durham helping children to flourish in their learning environments. I find teaching extremely rewarding and relish the daily challenges, which make it such a unique career.
Outside of school, I have three children, two little girls and a little boy. We spend our time exploring the local surroundings and enjoying quality time together. In my spare time, I try (sometimes) to keep fit by playing football and cycling.
|Mrs S. Howes-Sapphire Learning Zone Teacher; Subject Coordinator - Literacy; PE; Thrive Practitioner
Hello, I am Mrs. Howes. 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 Head Teachers 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!
|Mr. J. Clarke - Ruby Learning Zone Teacher
Hello everyone, I’m Mr Clarke and I initially came to Stanhope Barrington as a supply teacher but I liked it so much I made it permanent in 2021. I studied English Language at Northumbria University then ever since I have worked in schools across County Durham and Darlington for nearly 10 years. I worked as a teaching assistant and did work with school sports before training to be a teacher. I really enjoy working with children, getting to know all the different characters and getting to see all the impressive progress they make. I like that no two days are ever the same.
I have a son who helps me keep up with what is trending and popular with primary children and enjoy him sharing his hobbies and passions with me. I enjoy watching and playing sports, and try to keep fit playing football and American football.
|Mrs. A. Green- Emerald Learning Zone Teacher; Subject Co-ordinator- Numeracy, Assessment
I am Mrs Green and I currently teach three days per week. I worked at Stanhope Barrington since 2015 and I have taught right across the school. I love planning lessons that are fun and engaging and always enjoy creating an environment where children are happy and enjoy coming to school.
I studied English and History at DeMontfort University in Leicester and then completed my PGCE at Northumbria University after working in London for a number of years.
At home I have two little girls who keep me very busy. We love to go for walks with our little dog Toby and enjoy exploring the amazing countryside we have around us.
|Miss A. Hunter-Purvis- Emerald Learning Zone Teacher; Subject Co-ordinator - Science, Geography
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.
|Miss K. Hepple- Diamond Learning Zone Teacher; Subject Co-ordinator- Computing, History
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. Jayne Humble- EYFS
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. Joanne McArdle- HLTA - EYFS
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!
|Mrs. Corrina Heslop-Stead- HLTA - Class 1 (Y1); 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. Christina Davies - 1:1
I joined the Stanhope Barrington C of E 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.
|Miss Lauren Wilkinson- 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.
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.
|Mrs. Sarah Geraghty - Shewan 1:1|
|Ms. Sarah Ingwersen- Class 1; EYFS
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. Andrea 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. Angela 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.
|Mrs. Dianne 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. Grace 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 Clare 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. Carol 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. Gillian 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. Mary Crosby - Cook
|Mrs. Shirley 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. Joanne Ward - Lunchtime Supervisor|
|Mrs. Catherine 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. Elaine 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 Claire 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.