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Ms Denise Ambery - Teaching Assistant

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Ludworth for approximately six years both on a one to one basis and classroom based.  Previously I was employed by Granada Television for twenty-seven years working in Accounts, World in Action, Sport and Regional Affairs. 


I work with Year 6 in the mornings and most afternoons in Lower KS2.  I run Homework Club for Years 5/6.  This has grown from six rather reluctant members to over 50 very enthusiastic children today.  I love working with the older children; their sense of humour, stories and commitment to being their very best is so inspiring.


Away from Ludworth I have a partner who still works in TV and two children, both of whom are ex-Ludworth pupils.  I enjoy documentaries, current affairs, films and enthralling dramas and I am a member of a semi-successful quiz team. 


Mrs Patricia Buckley - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Mrs Ann Dean - Teaching Assistant

I started working at Ludworth Primary School in September 2016.

I have a wonderful job as a Teaching Assistant working with the youngest members of the school in Reception.

I live locally in Marple with my husband and two children.


  • Mrs Wendy Flanagan - Teaching Assistant

  • Mrs Carol Gillingham - Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Catherine Hargreaves - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Alex Knibb - Teaching Assistant

I started helping out at Ludworth in 1998 when my son started in reception, then in 2000 my daughter started and I became a mid day assistant.  I loved being part of Ludworth as I came to this school and my mum and gran did too, so we had alot of history.  I then became a supply T.A. helping children in different years and working on a one to one basis with children.  A few years later I had the chance to become a T.A. in the KS1 department, where I am very happy.  I have a family and a dog who all need looking after and I also look after my sisters little boy who is adorable.


Miss Abigail Mather - Teaching Assistant


Ms Carol Mercer - Teaching Assistant

I work in Reception and Year 1. I have previously worked in Years 2-6 assisting children with a range of activities from cooking to phonics.


Mrs Dawn Nuttall - Teaching Assistant

Following a career as a secondary school English teacher, I came to Ludworth as SEN support staff and immediately loved working here. I already knew the school well as my two children were lucky enough to attend Ludworth and, during that time, I had been the PTA secretary and a member of The Leading Parent Partnership Team.


I now work with a child in year 5 as well as teaching advanced reading skills to a group of year 6s.  The children at Ludworth are fantastic and a pleasure to work with.


In my free time I enjoy visiting my family home in Southern Italy and travelling to new and interesting places with my two boys. I also love training in fitness and Martial Arts.


Mrs Sarah Sofla - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am a Special Needs Teaching Assistant working with the junior children at Ludworth. I joined Ludworth in 2002 having moved to Marple from the Lake District. I have worked in both the KS1 and KS2 departments supporting children with special needs on a one to one basis. 


In September 2009 I was lucky enough to be offered a job enabling me to work with individuals and groups of children across years 3 to 6. This has been a challenging but rewarding move and one that I am thoroughly enjoying.  I have found the children a delight to work with and my colleagues to be friendly, supportive and good fun!! Earlier this year I gained my HLTA status resulting in opportunities to work right across the school.

When not at Ludworth I occupy my time playing tennis at Brabyns, reading and walking with my Labrador; a girl called Archie!


  • Miss Clare Spink - Teaching Assistant


Mr Martin Stamper - Teaching Assistant

Ludworth has a great reputation for helping all children to develop their best achievements and  grow into friendly, confident and valuable members of the community.   It is a pleasure to be associated with the school.

I live in Marple Bridge with my wife, who is a teacher and our two daughters. I retired from Greater Manchester Police in early 2010, after having completed 30 years as a Detective investigating serious crime.


Soon after I retired I started to volunteer at Ludworth Primary, as at that time my daughters were in Year One and Two at the school. I gradually built experience working in a classroom setting, supporting the teachers, and engaging with the children, as well as relaunching the previously dormant Gardening Club.


When a position became available to work as a Teaching Assistant at the school, I successfully applied. I have been working in this capacity since. I still run the Gardening Club which goes from strength to strength, and also assist with the KS2 Homework Club. I try to make myself as useful as I can around school, managing the library, working with the Eco Group and providing ICT support. I have just qualified as  an accredited Level 3 Forest Schools Leader, with a view to broadening our Forest Schools provision across the school.


Mrs Lynne Taylor - Higher Level Teaching Assistant


Mr Jonathan Templar - Teaching Assistant

I've been a TA at Ludworth since 2014, working with key stage one children. I started coming into the school as one of Ludworth's dedicated army of parent volunteers, an experience I found so rewarding that I jumped at the opportunity to join the team at the school. It's a pleasure working with such a dedicated and motivated team in supporting Ludworth's wonderful children. No day at school is ever the same! In my spare time I enjoy running, martial arts, reading and, on the very odd occasion, resting.


Mrs Joan Walker - Teaching Assistant

Hi I’m Joan Walker. I have been married to John for 42 years. We have been fortunate to have four wonderful boys. I have been at Ludworth Primary for around nine years working as a Teaching Assistant. These have been happy and interesting years mostly spent working with children who have a special need. I have worked alongside different teaching staff who have always been supportive. I love singing in my local church choir and go to Mottram Church. I organise and help run an energetic walking group in Mottram. Art is an absolute pleasure which allows my creative juices to flow, I am a member of Kalos a local art group. I enjoy sewing, knitting and caravanning with my family.


  • Mrs Lorraine Wilkinson - Teaching Assistant
  • Sarah Yuill - Mid-day Assistant




Mrs Lynne Tate - Business Manager

I joined Ludworth in January 2016 as the School Business Manager. Prior to joining the school I worked for a neighbouring authority in the same role for 11 years at a Secondary School followed by  3+ years at a Primary School. My previous experience includes Finance, Human Resources,  Project Management and Income Generation.  I have also served as a school governor for 22 years –learning that the only consistent thing in education is that there is constant change!


Mrs Sarah Burn - Admin Manager

I was warmly welcomed as the new Admin Officer at Ludworth in April 2009 by both the staff and the children and as a result I settled into the school very quickly.  It is an incredibly busy and varied role and there are definitely no moments of boredom!   I have two children, both are at University now and I miss them very much!  To fill my newly found spare time, I spend even more time than I used to walking locally and in Derbyshire, playing badminton, socialising and reading.


Mrs Christel Brice - Admin Assistant

I first started work at Ludworth, in the office, as “temporary School Secretary” and nine years later I’m still here, now in a permanent role!  I enjoy working as part of a team in a friendly and stimulating environment where the staff and children alike are lovely and talented.  My work is busy and varied and ranges from recording attendance and collecting payments to answering the telephone and dealing with poorly children.  Alongside working at Ludworth, I have watched my own three children grow and become independent allowing me more time to pursue my interests mainly, walking, reading and keeping fit.


  • Mr Simon Brennan - Caretaker