Miss S Pope - Headteacher
My name is Miss Pope and I’m incredibly proud to say I am the Headteacher here at Westfield Primary School. I have 2 children, a son in the RAF and a daughter who works for the Rugby League Foundation. I also have a very lively dog called Oscar who acts like a third child!
I joined the Westfield Primary on secondment as an interim, acting Headteacher in September 2019, quickly realised that this was the school for me and became substantive Headteacher in December 2020.
From an early age, inspired by my childhood reception teacher, I knew I was going to be a teacher. I mapped out a path, completing a BA in fine art with qualified teaching status and starting my teaching career in a school in Warrington. I remained at the school for 23 years with the last 8 years as Deputy Headteacher. I was also seconded to two primary schools during this time supporting school improvement.
I find the headship role to be fulfilling, thought provoking and enjoyable, with naturally some challenges here and there. Most importantly, I want everyday to have a sparkle moment in it! My desire is that every child in our school leaves with the greatest knowledge, skills and personal attributes to succeed in life beyond Westfield Primary.
Mrs C Havard - Assistant Headteacher (SENCo)/Willow Class Teacher (EYFS/Y1)
Hi. My name is Mrs. Havard and I am one of the two Assistant Headteachers at Westfield. I have worked at this wonderful school since September 2005 and have taught almost all year groups, but have spent most of my time teaching Key Stage 2.
I have been the subject lead teacher for Computing for a number of years and I thoroughly enjoy both teaching, leading and learning about this subject. I also lead PSHE which is a real passion of mine, including mental health and the skills we need to develop as individuals. During my time at Westfield I have also led Science, since this was my background degree before I entered teaching, and I am still passionate about championing Science in the school.
My other roles include two years as acting SENCo, school council lead and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.
Away from school, I have two primary-aged daughters and enjoy films, camping and cycling. I also have a real love of animals, love going to the zoo and have two guinea pigs who I adore!
Mrs K Crook - Cherry Class Teacher (Y2/Y3)
My name is Mrs Crook and I have been a teacher at Westfield since 2014. I love the feeling of community at Westfield that comes from the staff, children and parents! I have taught in Year 2 and in Year 3 and I am the subject leader for Reading and P.E. Luckily, this is also where my main personal interests lie.
I studied my undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores Univeristy and gained a BSc in Sports Science before going onto complete my teaching degree (PGCE) at Edge Hill University.
I thoroughly enjoy my subject roles at school as I love the inquisitiveness that Science brings out in our children. I find it fascinating and humbling that we are equipping our children with the skills for jobs that don't even exist yet! My passion over the years has truly been P.E as almost every positive memory I have from my own school days involves P.E. I have a strong belief that every child should enjoy and understand the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle as the physical and mental health benefits as they grow into adults are vital.
Mr J Parker - Assistant Headteacher/Larch Class Teacher (Y4/Y5)
My name is Mr Parker and I teach Year 6. I am one of two Assistant Headteachers, and I lead maths, behaviour, English as an additional language, modern foreign languages and music. In addition to this, I am also joint lead for British Values and am co-ordinator for educational visits.
I graduated from Bangor University with a degree in History and Welsh History. I then completed my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University in 2009, including completing two placements at Westfield!
I became a father in 2018 to my beautiful little boy Kit, and that gives me a brand new perspective on teaching and working in a school, fully understanding how all you parents feel now! I am expecting my second child at Christmas-any ideas what to name them?
Teaching is great fun, as you simply never know what will happen on a day-to-day basis. The days simply fly by and the laughs and fun you get from working with the children is fantastic. My favourite type of Music is Heavy Metal (although my concert going days are now far behind me) and I am a Manchester City fanatic!
Mrs E Cieslar - Oak Class Teacher (Y5/Y6)
My name is Mrs Cieslar and I am the joint Class Teacher for Year 5/6 Oak Class at Westfield Primary School. I joined Westfield as a newly qualified teacher in 2010. The subjects that I lead are Geography, History and Children's University. Since being at Westfield I have taught EYFS right through to Year 4, but I am really enjoying teaching Year 5/6 this year.
I am a mum to three young children, Noah, Isaac and Evie. I feel as though I can always see things from a teacher and parent persepcitive.
I love working at Westfield and it has been really special to teach many children from the same families.
Mrs V McIlroy - Oak Class Teacher (Y5/Y6)
My name is Mrs McIlroy and I am the joint Class Teacher for Year 5/6 Oak Class at Westfield Primary School. I have worked at the school since 2011 and started off as a trainee teacher on my final placement. I am also the subject leader for History, Geography, French and Outdoor Learning (including Forest Schools). I am a proud mum to my own two children and we enjoy long walks in the forest and at the beach with our two dogs.
I studied Law at the University of Central Lancashire but felt as though it was not the career for me. After periods of volunteering and working with children, I realised that I had a passion for working with children and subsequently went on to study a PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Cumbria.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching at Westfield Primary School and feel a great sense of community from the staff, children and parents, like one big happy family! I strive to ensure that all of the children that I teach have a positive experience in school and gain the skills and confidence that they need to challenge themselves to become independent and inquisitive individuals. I fully believe that school should be a place where children make progress in their academic knowledge, but also in their social and emotional development.
Ms E Powell - PPA Teacher/Cherry Class Teacher (Y2/Y3)
My name is Ms Powell and I’ve recently joined the team at Westfield. I teach most of the classes every week as I cover the teachers so they can have some planning time (PPA).
I will be taking the lead in Design Technology and Religious education, two subjects that involve creativity and thinking of the needs and aspirations of others.
I’m Welsh and live in Warrington with my two daughters. I love reading, baking, crafting and can be mostly persuaded to do Zumba a couple of times a week!
I’m delighted to be part of the community in Westfield where we all want to help our pupils achieve their potential.
Mrs J Berry - Teaching Assistant/Breakfast Club
Mrs V Thompson - Teaching Assistant/Breakfast Club
Miss J McGreal - Teaching Assistant
Miss L Woods - Teaching Assistant
Mrs L Jones - Teaching Assistant
Other Support Staff
Mrs N Shepherd - School Business Manager
Mrs E Kochan - Secretary
Mr S Dillon - Site Manager
Mrs D Gough - Cleaner
Mrs Y Stokes - Catering Assistant/Cleaner
Miss M Walker - Cook
Miss L Howard - Midday Assistant
Miss J Fisher - Midday Assistant