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Mrs Denise Sheldon - Teaching Assistant

I have been a Teaching Assistant at Ludworth for twelve 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 love working with the older children in Year 5 and 6; 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 grown-up children, both of whom are ex-Ludworth pupils.  I enjoy sewing, cycling, watching documentaries, films and enthralling dramas, looking after our cat and three chickens and I am a member of a semi-successful quiz team. 


Mrs Alex Knibb - Teaching Assistant

I am currently working in key stage 1 on a 1:1 basis. I have been a Teaching Assistant for 20 years working across all the year groups and I have had the pleasure of watching many children progress through the school. 


Ms Sarah Sofla - SEND Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am the HLTA for SEND and very much enjoy being part of the SEND Team, I primarily working with the Key Stage 2 children at Ludworth. I joined Ludworth in 2002 having moved to Marple from the Lake District. I have worked in both KS1 and KS2, supporting children with special educational needs, on a one to one basis.

In September 2009 I was lucky enough to be offered a job, working with the SENDCO, Nicola Hankey. This role has enabled me to work with individuals and groups of children across KS2. I thoroughly enjoy this position, the children are a delight to teach and my colleagues are friendly, supportive and good fun! In 2016 I gained my HLTA status, which means that I am able to teach classes in both Key Stages; mostly covering teachers PPA time.

When I'm  not at Ludworth I occupy my time playing tennis at Brabyns Tennis Club (where I am the club secretary) walking, reading and gardening. 


Miss Clare Spink - Teaching Assistant

My job is very varied at Ludworth and I love it. I work supporting a child on a one to one basis  during the morning and then in the afternoon I work as the School Learning Mentor, supporting children from all over the school remove barriers to their learning.


Mrs Lynne Taylor - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I am a HLTA which involves teaching classes all across the years. I am currently based in year 2 in the mornings running intervention groups which is a pleasure and a privilege to do.

I have worked at Ludworth for ten years and love every minute.

I am also a Mid Day Supervisor and work lunchtime with a fabulous team ( I am also very talented at singing 'Happy Birthday').

I love being part of the Ludworth Team and look forward to working here for many more years!


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 Lorraine Wilkinson - Teaching Assistant

Having worked throughout all year groups at Ludworth for many years. I am now a very happy member of the KS2 team . I’m currently working in Indigo class.  However you will probably meet me across the year group doing whatever I can to support our lovely children and teaching staff. At home I’m always singing (often to the annoyance of my teenage children) pottering in the garden or being taken for walks by my lovely big Labrador retriever Alfie!


Mrs Janette Gichero -  Teaching Assistant

I've worked at Ludworth for just over 3 years now.  I am currently working as a TA in year 1.  Although over the years I have worked across the school as a TA and on a 1:1 basis.  I love being part of the Ludworth team. When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, keeping my 2 children entertained and going to the gym. 

Mrs Leanne Hall - Teaching Assistant

I joined Ludworth in September 2021. I have been in early years for over 15 years, and I am currently working in reception. I have settled in nicely and look forward to my future at Ludworth. In my spare time I love to spend every minute with my husband and two children who are 7 and 3. 


Miss Emily Milner - Teaching Assistant 

Hello! I am Miss Milner and I am a teaching assistant working in reception across both Rose and Ruby classes. I am in my fourth year now working at Ludworth and have worked all across key stage 1 and EYFS. I love the busy life of reception, and watching the children progress so much from the very start really is so rewarding! 

Out of school I also love photography, watching films and spending time with my family and my little cat Crumpet.


Miss Georgia Clarke - Teaching Assistant


Hi I am Miss Clarke. I currently work in year 3 as a 1-1 TA, I also work in Year 2 as a general TA and doing interventions with small groups of children. I have been at Ludworth for just over one year and really enjoy working here.

In my spare time I enjoy walking and spending time with my family.


Miss Rose Arthur - Teaching Assistant

This is my first year at Ludworth and I already feel like part of the Ludworth family! I work across both Year 2 classes and it is an absolute pleasure to support such super children and work alongside such wonderful colleagues. I have over 10 years experience as a Teaching Assistant, having worked at schools in Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire. I am passionate about promoting and supporting a positive sense of Wellbeing and Mental Health and as such, I am studying for a Counselling qualification.


Miss Amy Sanders - Teaching Assistant


Mrs Paula Clayton - Teaching Assistant


Hi. I'm Paula. I have been at Ludworth since 2023. I'm currently working as a 1-1 in year 2 & 3. I've previously worked as a TA and 1-1 for 8 years at a secondary school. In my spare time I enjoy the outdoors. Spending time with my grandchildren or out walking the dog.

I'm looking forward to the year ahead here at school.


Miss Lynette Yarwood - Teaching Assistant

Hello, I'm a 1:1 in year 6 and joined Ludworth in September 2023. I've worked in schools for over 8 years and thoroughly enjoy it . I enjoy sport in and outside of school . In my spare time you will find me with my daughter, 10, enjoying the great outdoors. I'm looking forward to what the rest of the school year has to bring.



Mrs Julie Brennan - School Business Manager

I joined Ludworth Primary School in June 2022 and have worked in Stockport Schools for 23 years now in similar roles.  I  absolutely love working at Ludworth and feel very lucky to be part of such an amazing team.  I am a member of the Senior Leadership Team and am the person who deals with school budget, HR and contracts amongst many other things.  I also manage the Office Team and support them in any way I can.  It is a pleasure to work at Ludworth. 

I am a mum of 4 (age 30, 28, 27 and 12!) and also, soon to be, Nanny.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, Zumba and doing cross stitch.  My husband is the Site Manager, Simon Brennan.


Mrs Rachel Skirvin - Admin Assistant 

I joined the school just before Easter 2022 and have enjoyed getting to know the staff, parents and children. I work in the office to help with the smooth running of the school and I am also the first port of call if you have any questions, so please feel free to ask! I have lived in Marple Bridge for nearly 10 years and have a young family. I have worked in schools across Manchester, but have found Ludworth to be a wonderful and exciting place to work so far and look forward to meeting you all!


Mrs Jenny Findlow - Finance Assistant

I have been at Ludworth since 2017, working as a Teaching Assistant. Over the last few years I have also been working afternoons in the office and have just become a full time member of the Admin team. I deal with the admin and finance side of Stay and Play as well as many other things!
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family - I am Mum to two boys age 20 & 12- and socialising with our friends. I also enjoy getting crafty, making cards and gifts for special occasions, but can also be found with my head in a good book! 

Mr Simon Brennan - Site Manager

I am the Site Manager at Ludworth Primary and ensure the whole site is kept safe for all children, staff and families.  I have worked at Ludworth forever (since 2006!).  I have been involved with a lot of expansion programmes during my time here, and have managed the lastest buidling works.  In my spare time I enjoy watching football and am a Manchester United fan.  I also enjoy spending time with my grown up children and my 12 year old daughter.