Meet Our Teaching Staff

 

 

Mr M Brennan - Headteacher 

Designated Safeguarding Lead


I have been lucky enough to be Headteacher of our wonderful school since 2009. I have been teaching since 1985 and I have worked in 7 schools altogether - so far! I love spending my days with our pupils and seeing them grow into confident, happy people.  My wife and I have two children (Daniel   & Anna) who are in their early 20's. Anna is a Teacher and Daniel is a Hotel Manager in France. In my spare time I like to go to the gym (honestly!!) and spend time in the garden. I am a member of a Choir called Chordiality. It will probably come as no surprise that I also like my holidays abroad!

Mrs L Foster - Acting Deputy Headteacher 

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead - Y3-4BF Teacher

I qualified in 2003 and have worked in Liverpool, Lancashire and Dubai before settling in Yorkshire. I have enjoyed teaching a range of age groups but I particularly like the indepedence and strength of character that year 6 children display.

I hope to inspire children to be positive, ask pertinent questions and to love life and seek an exciting path for themselves.

Mrs E Smith - Foundation

When I was a student at Leeds Trinity University studying Primary Education I was lucky enough to have my 3rd & 4th year placements at St Mary's Catholic Primary School and I have never left since!  Last year I saw the first class move on to high school which was a very special time for me. I really enjoy working in the Foundation Stage and being part of the special year when children become members of our school community.

Miss G King - EYFS Leader -Foundation 

From a young age I knew I was destined to be a teacher, and I chose York St John University to complete my teaching degree where I specialised in Early Years. I love helping children to grow in confidence and to find their voice as individuals.

 

 

 

 

Mrs H Jannetta - Foundation

I always knew from a young age that I wanted to become a teacher. I made it my ambition to work hard and achieve my dream. After completing my BA Hons in Education, I trained in Bradford and this is where I started my teaching career. I initially taught in KS1 and later moved into Early Years. When a position became available at St Mary’s, I knew it was the school for me and I was honoured to join their wonderful team! I love working in Foundation and helping children begin their journey in education. 

When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my loving family. My husband and I have a beautiful little boy who keeps us very busy! I also really enjoy music (not that I can play an instrument, or sing!) and going to see comedians too. 

Although I am still relatively new to St Mary’s, I already feel like part of the family. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming and I am so happy to be teaching here. 

 

Mrs R Dyson - SEN & Disability Leader -Y1/2D

I graduated from York St John university and I have been teaching at St. Mary's for 21 years. I love working with children in Key Stage 1 and seeing them grow and progress into confident learners. I really enjoy teaching PE and taking children to sports competitions against other schools- whether we win or lose!

 

 

 

 

Mrs E Harrington-Bromwich - KS1 Leader - Y1/2H  

I trained to be a teacher in Scarborough, where I studied Primary teaching with Mathematics for 3 years. I was very lucky as I was able to live by the seaside during this time. After University, I moved to West Yorkshire to be nearer to my family.I love music and spend a lot of my free time going to gigs and concerts with my family and friends. My partner also teaches music in a secondary school – so music is a big part of our lives!My hobbies include playing the piano, reading and swimming. My favourite book is Harry Potter and one day I would love to write a children’s book of my own.

Mr J Morley - Y2M

From a young age I always wanted to become a teacher, I was delighted when I found out I had been accepted onto a teacher training course specialising in early years at Leeds Trinity University. I graduated in July 2015. It was whilst I was on my teaching practise that I underwent a placement at St Mary's in 2012. Since graduating I went on to do supply teaching in a variety of schools in Calderdale and when I saw a job opportunity at St Mary's the place  where I had started my teaching carer I jumped at the chance.


 

 

 

 

 

Mrs R Beevers - Y3/4BF

After studying for a degree in Business Management with French at Humberside University and  L’Université de Lyon in France, I worked in the private sector as a Business Development Manager for a recruitment company for a number of years before completing a PGCE at Bradford university.   I have taught in both the public and private sector in schools in Spain for several years as well as in West Yorkshire. I have taught across all primary phases (Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2). I have also worked as a Link Tutor for Leeds Beckett University.

My subject specialism is in the teaching of MFL. I hope to enthuse and engage children in the learning of languages and cultures in the way I too developed a passion for languages at an early age.

Mrs S Roe - Y3/4R

I graduated with a BA Honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Huddersfield University before training to become a secondary school teacher. I started working in schools in Calderdale and Kirklees before moving over to Lancashire and although most of my teaching experience is in secondary education, I decided that primary teaching was for me. I moved back over the Pennines to Yorkshire and started my next teaching adventure at St. Mary’s in September 2017 with a wonderful year 4 class! I have a real passion for learning, as well as teaching and have gone back to university part time to study a masters degree. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my lovely family and friends. My husband is also a teacher and teaches music in a secondary school. As he is in a band, we spend lots of time listening to music, watching him play and going to concerts – so music is a big part of our lives! 

 

Mrs R Vickers - Y4V

I have been teaching for 10 years and absolutely love it!  I am married; I have a daughter Holly and a step daughter Georgina.  I also have a black Labrador called Charlie!  I love reading, listening to music and spending time with my family.  I am really pleased to be teaching here and everyone has made me feel so welcome!

 

 

 

 

  

Mr J Parkinson - Y5P

 

I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was at school and this will be my first full year with my own class.

I got my teaching degree in 2015 from the University of Cumbria working closely with the schools in the Eden Valley. Prior to this I gained an undergraduate degree from the University of Leeds in The History and Philosophy of Science. I’m from Cumbria originally, but moved to Leeds in 2011.

I have worked in lots of schools around Leeds on a supply basis since 2016, doing long term placements, across both key stages and covering all year groups.

Outside of teaching I enjoy going to gigs, watching football and going to the cinema. I am also a stand-up comedian in my spare time, so be prepared for lots of bad jokes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miss H Goulden - Y5G 

  

Since I was really young, I have always known that I wanted to work with children. As I grew older I decided that becoming a primary school teacher was the career path I wanted to take and was delighted to be accepted into York St John University in 2014 to complete my degree in Primary Education.During university, I spent time in a range of different schools, working with varying age groups and alongside specific subject leads.  This experience led me to making the choice to specialise in Physical Education and Special Educational Needs during my last year at university.  I have recently graduated in November 2017 and can't wait to start my teaching adventure.

When I am not teaching, I love playing netball and have had the opportunity to play for my school, university, Ladies Team and West Yorkshire in the past.  I also love to bake and I hope that I can pass some tips and tricks onto the children that I teach.

 

 

 

Mrs L Land - Y6L

I graduated from the University of Hull in 2007 and was lucky enough to begin teaching at St Mary’s straight away. As a former pupil, it has always held special memories for me and I was delighted at being given the opportunity to be part of the teaching staff. The majority of my teaching experience has been in Year 3 and 4 and it is a pleasure to watch the children I first meet as 7 or 8 year olds mature and develop throughout their time in Key Stage 2. One of the most significant aspects of my job is supporting the children as they prepare to receive the sacraments of Confession and Communion in year 3. It is a privilege to be part of their journey of faith at such a special and memorable time.


Mr D Chapman - Acting Assistant Head & KS2 Leader - Y6C

I graduated from university with a First Class Degree in Music and Music Production. Following this, I trained to be a teacher and commenced working for St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in 2012.  I am currently a member of the Senior Leadership Team with the responsibility of Pupil Premium Ambassador. I am also staff governor for our wonderful school.

I am fortunate to be married to an amazing wife (who is also a primary school teacher) and we are blessed with our beautiful sons Joseph & Oscar. In my spare time I enjoy playing musical instruments, playing and watching football and spending time with my family.