Meet our Teaching Staff
Portraits of staff were drawn by the children in Year 5.
Mrs Victoria Walker - Headteacher
I have worked in schools for 25 years, starting my journey in Liverpool over a 4 year Bachelor of Education with Honours Degree. I spent the next 20 years working in 6 different schools across Tameside in many different roles. I have led most subject areas across school and progressed from class teacher to working in management roles. These have included phase leader, deputy head teacher, associate head teacher and headteacher. Each new school and experience has enriched my life and I have always enjoyed the variety of challenges each setting brings.
I took up my second headship at Ludworth, in January 2015 and have loved every minute getting to know this lovely community. I look forward to many exciting and stimulating years continuing to make Ludworth as successful school as possible !
Miss Laura Vose - Year 5 and 6- Brazil Class and Deputy Headteacher
My name is Laura Vose and I am the Deputy Headteacher at Ludworth Primary School. As well as teaching Year 5 and 6 I look after the English curriculum. I also work with the staff to ensure Ludworth offers the best education for all the pupils and make it an incredibly exciting place to be. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my little boy Jude and being outdoors- we love camping!
Miss Vicky Morten - Reception- North Pole Class
My name is Vicky Morten, I am one of the Reception Teachers at Ludworth Primary School. I have worked in schools for 15 years since completing a Bachelor of Education with Honours Degree. Although I have taught across all primary years throughout my career my passion is for Early Years.
In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym. More recently I have taken up running and now regularly take part in the Buxton 5km park run. I am training for my first 10km next year!
Mrs Holly Gregg - Reception- South Pole Class
I feel very fortunate to be spending my week teaching such enthusiastic, energetic and eager young people and I am thankful that I love my role as Reception class teacher.
Sharing the awe and wonder of discovering something new and capturing children’s early learning encounters is a privilege. My aim is to instil a love for learning early on and help our youngest children develop to become confident, happy and independent learners. With a first class (BA) honours degree in Early Education I graduated from Edge Hill University. My favourite moments are those that are normally not planned; through our creative and child-led EYFS curriculum our children, in part, lead their own learning amidst the playdough, gloop, glitter and mud kitchen both within the indoor and outdoor learning provision.
Keen to develop our School’s Fairtrade awareness I am hoping, with our Ambassadors, to work towards achieving a Fair Trade Achiever Award now we are a FairAware School - the award we earned in less than a year !!!!
Outside of school, I can be found on the side-line of a rugby pitch supporting the local team, Marple Rugby Club. When time permits, I love walking with my Border Collie, Marmite, and being a member of the Wilmslow Wild Dogs Flyball team where I have competed at Crufts!
Mrs Emma Reid- Year 1- Tanzania Class
Since completing my P.G.C.E. at The University of Manchester in 2016, I have been fortunate enough to teach in several schools across Stockport and South Manchester and have taught children from Reception right through to Year 6.
Supporting children to become confident, happy and independent young people is what motivates me as a teacher and I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the team at Ludworth and teaching in Year 1. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, cycling and reading and spending time in the great outdoors with my husband and twin boys - who have recently started at school!
Mrs Chrissie Hopwood - Year 1- Botswana Class
My name is Mrs Hopwood and I am the Botswana Class Teacher. This will be my first year teaching at Ludworth and I am very excited to be a part of the Year One team. I have been a teacher for 10 years and taught in schools across Derby and Staffordshire. I love teaching and I try to give the children the skills they need to grow in independence and become confident, resilient, lifelong learners. I use ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Mindfulness’ techniques a lot in my classroom and I will be running a mindfulness afterschool club too. Outside of school I enjoy city breaks, shopping sprees and spending time with my husband and my little girl, Harriet.
Mrs Natalie Welsh - Year 2- Australia Class
I have been teaching at Ludworth since 2006 in a variety of roles. During my time here, I have taught children from Reception through to Year 4. I have also been actively involved in the PTA as a parent, as both of my children spent their primary years here which they thoroughly enjoyed! I have previously taught in Marple, Bramhall and Cheadle Hulme. I enjoy teaching children at Ludworth and being able to help them grow into confident, caring young people.
Outside school my family life keeps me very busy but in my spare time I enjoy walks with my family, Yoga and keeping fit in the gym. I am interested in History and have been awarded a National Trust badge for 10 years voluntary service at Lyme Park.
Mrs Pamela Floyd- Year 2- New Zealand Class and Key Stage 1 Leader
I currently teach in Year 2 at Ludworth Primary. I also lead and support the Reception and Key Stage One team. Being a former Ludworth pupil, I feel privileged to have recently had the opportunity to return as a class teacher. I have been fortunate enough to gain teaching experience across all age groups. This academic year I am looking forward to running a new Outdoor education club, encouraging exploration, learning and fun through our beautiful school grounds.
Miss Charlotte Sweeney - Year 3 and 4- Japan Class
After completing my P.G.C.E at Bath Spa University in Summer 2018 I am fortunate enough to be teaching at Ludworth. I have never felt more welcomed by the staff, parents and children. Before my P.G.C.E I was lucky to have many placements in a range of schools and with a variety of ages, from year one to year six. During my Education Studies degree I also went to Australia to teach, I found this experience helped me to develop my aims as a teacher. One of which is that I aim to use the outdoor environment throughout the curriculum to develop the children’s learning. I am also a very creative teacher and will incorporate this into my lessons whenever I can. What I love most about teaching is when I see a child really engage in the lesson planned, their eyes widen and you can just see their imagination running wild. These little things are the reasons I am here today. In my spare time I love to dance, this is something I have done since I was just five years old. I also love photography and spend a lot of my time with a camera in my hand capturing the beautiful and ever changing nature around us.
Miss Elisha Thomas - Year 3 and 4- India Class and Key Stage 2 Leader
This is my third year at Ludworth. Previously, I lived in Germany for 8 years where I taught children whose mum or dad were in the British Army and before that I taught for 5 years in Shropshire (where I am originally from). In the three schools I worked at before Ludworth I have been Key Stage 2 Leader and English Leader. Here at Ludworth, I have curriculum responsibility for "PSHCE and Well being". I really enjoy this role because it's about ensuring every person in our school feels respected, appreciated and can express their beliefs, opinions and thoughts without judgement or prejudice - this is something I am very passionate about. I very much enjoy being Key Stage 2 Leader too as it means I get to work with lots of different children and staff in different ways throughout the year. My favourite subject is Art and I am always trying out new crafts at home - I share my love of creativity with the Art Club that I run, and I also get to help the other teachers as I lead Art and DT across the school.
Mr Jonathan Tennant- Year 3 and 4- China Class
My name is Mr Tennant and I teach China Class which is made up of Year 3 and 4 children. This is my second year of teaching at Ludworth Primary School. Before joining Ludworth, I taught at a school in Manchester for four years, where I taught across the Key Stage 2 classes. I was born in Glossop and still live there now - along with my energetic Cocker Spaniel, Rolo. I come from a very sporty family and enjoy the outdoors as well as anything physically active but my passion is rugby. For as long as I can remember, I have been a part of my local rugby club - it is fair to say, I held a rugby ball before I could walk! I am responsible for Computing here at Ludworth. Being creative with multimedia has always enriched my own learning and I enjoy sharing this with the rest of the school, especially those who take part in Computing Club - which I am helping to run.
Mrs Vanessa Simmonds - Year 5 and 6- Brazil Class
I have been working at Ludworth for over 10 years and have taught children from Year 6 right through to Reception. I am currently working alongside the Year 5/6 team for the second half of the week. During my career I have taught in many schools in different parts of the country and worked in North Carolina for a year. In my spare time I enjoy reading, watching cookery programmes to find new recipes to try and spending time out and about with my husband and little boy, Jamie.
Ms Emma Lord- Year 5 and 6- USA Class
Football follower, travel lover, confirmed chocoholic and probably the biggest Dolly Parton fan in the northern hemisphere! I have worked in a variety of schools across Tameside and Derbyshire within all year groups. Recently, I have taught Year 6; seeing the children through the highs of residential sleep overs, pantomime performances and su[per SAT’s- each one a leap of faith and an incredible experience. I love teaching and enjoy seeing the excitement of a child when they grasp a new concept and are engaged in their learning. Each child is special and getting to know them as a person is a real privilege of the profession. I am looking forward to discovering each new child in my class this year and in encouraging them to follow the fabulous words of Dolly herself, “Find out who you are and do it on purpose!”
Mrs Heather Chadwick- Year 5 and 6- Mexico Class
Supporting children’s development holistically, at a time as crucial as the primary years are, is a privilege. Having taught across Key Stages, I have been fortunate to facilitate children’s learning experiences by offering rich, creative and apt environments where children are empowered to actively learn whilst developing their curiosity and resilience. Providing opportunities for all children remains central to my teaching to nurture and inspire happy, confident, life-long learners. Outside of school life, if I’m not looking for a new recipe to try out, engrossed in a book or catching up with friends over a coffee, then I’m probably pottering in the garden. My weekends wouldn’t be the same without ‘Gardener’s World’!
Mrs Nicola Hankey - SENDCO
I have worked in primary education for over twenty-five years in a range of teaching roles including Deputy Headteacher and Headteacher. I also thoroughly enjoyed my role as a Primary Strategy Consultant for Oldham Local Authority which involved delivering English, Maths and Social/Emotional training to teachers.
The arrival of my own children (currently in Year 6 and Year 8) augmented my passion for inspiring young minds and I feel privileged to be teaching as part of the Ludworth Team. My appointment as SENDCo in 2014 also motivated me to further my own educational studies and I successfully achieved the SEN National Award at Masters level at MMU.
In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming and (like most parents) ferrying my children between various clubs and their many social events!