Paula Lowry is Head of School at Saint Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary School. She works closely with an Executive Head teacher to strategically plan key development priorities, the role is varied, rewarding and challenging on a daily basis. Paula’s passion within school lies in the development of computing, to both teach the children key skills as well as enhancing learning across the curriculum. In September 2013 she became computing coordinator. Saint Joseph’s is part of a formal collaboration with Bolsover Church of England Junior School, therefore Paula has experience of working collaboratively across different school environments and age phases.
In July 2015 Paula graduated as a CAS master teacher and has undergone training within the new computing curriculum and implementing ‘unplugged’ learning to enhance children’s understanding. More recently, in October 2015, she has also been awarded the status of a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, which will open up further development of the use of Microsoft Office 365 as a learning tool within schools.
Saint Joseph’s Primary School has a passion for technology and has one-to-one pupil iPads in Key Stage 2 which are embedded within daily practice to enhance children’s learning, this includes the use of OneNote as part of Office 365. In Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage the children use technology to support and enhance learning and this is embedded within continuous provision to support independent learning.
Tracy Armstrong is a teacher at Buxton Junior School. Tracy studied Chemistry and French at Hull University, and then went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Food Manufacture and Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. This provided her with an opportunity to use and apply the Science knowledge she had acquired within many settings in the food industry, for 5 years after graduating.
A complete career change bought Tracy to teaching, and after completing a PGCE, she started teaching in the city centre of Manchester in 2001. Tracy has worked in Cheshire East and Derbyshire, leading Science and ICT in the schools she has worked in. She has a passion for Science and believes it is important for children to acquire not only the key skills laid out in the National Curriculum, but also to gain an understanding of Science and its relevance to their everyday life. Tracy believes that delivering Science with passion will allow this crucial subject area to thrive and prosper.
Kristie Parkinson is a Year 6 teacher and English Coordinator at Hasland Junior School. As English lead, Kristie has led staff meetings and inset days including: deploying training, teaching staff key skills in all areas of English and addressing issues within school.
Over the years, Kristie has become knowledgeable in the teaching and learning of grammar and has sound knowledge of the terminology and how to teach grammar in an interactive way.
Since becoming English lead at Hasland in 2016, the results from 2017 onwards have improved in grammar for age-related pupils and the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged has closed every year.
Kristie has also been appointed Library Coordinator and this has allowed her to make Reading a high-profile subject in school. Managing a budget, she completely revamped the library and appointed a school librarian.