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 28 years, starting my journey in Liverpool over a 4-year Bachelor of Education with Honours Degree. I spent the next 24 years working in 7 different schools across Tameside and Stockport in many different roles. I have been a manager and a head teacher for 19 of those years. I have led most subject areas across school and developed a passion for sport and a creative curriculum. Each experience has enriched my life and I have always enjoyed the variety of challenges each setting and role has brought. I enjoy many interests including travelling, music, reading and sport. Much of these where sparked in school when I was a child and have shaped me into the person I am today. This is why I am so passionate about the depth and breadth of the curriculum experiences we offer our children at Ludworth. We strive to ensure we are developing their skills and talents for generation to come making be feel proud and privileged to be part of their journey.
Miss Laura Vose - Year 5 and 6 - Gorilla Class and Deputy Headteacher
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!
Mrs Pamela Floyd- Reception - Elephant Class and Key Stage 1 Leader
I teach in Reception Class at Ludworth. I am passionate about Early Years and lead the Eyfs and Key Stage One team at Ludworth. The first year of schooling is critical to their future development and I feel privileged to be part of this special year at Ludworth. I like to teach outdoors at much as possible and make full use of our beautiful school grounds. At Ludworth we have a wonderful choir and I enjoy supporting choir and musical events throughout the year. In my spare time I like to go running and spend time with my daughter.
Miss Vicky Morten - Reception - Tiger Class
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 and can be regularly found out and about running in the local area. I do my best to avoid any hills! I would really like to run a 10km race soon.
Mrs Emma Reid- Year 1- Jaguar Class
This is my third year teaching at Ludworth and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team! I currently teach in Year 1 but since graduating from The University of Manchester in 2016, have taught children from Reception right through to Year 6. Here at Ludworth, I have curriculum responsibility for Outdoor Learning, which I really enjoy. The benefits of outdoor learning on children's wellbeing, self confidence and independence are well documented so I am passionate about our children exploring our extensive grounds, connecting with nature and developing their environmental awareness. In my spare time I enjoy swimming, cycling and playing tennis, as well as spending time in the great outdoors with my husband and twin boys.
Mrs Natalie Welsh - Year 1- Rhino 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 Chrissie Hopwood - Year 2- Panda Class
I am the Panda Class Teacher. This is my second year teaching at Ludworth and I am so proud to be a member of this fantastic school! I have been a teacher for 11 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 after-school club too. Outside of school I enjoy city breaks, shopping sprees and spending time with my husband and my little girl, Harriet.
Mrs Holly Gregg - Year 2- Lion Class
This is my fourth year teaching at Ludworth and I feel very fortunate to be spending my week teaching such enthusiastic, energetic and eager young people. I am delighted to be a member of the Year Two team. My aim is to help children continue their love for learning and for them to become confident, happy and independent learners. It is a privilege to be part of the P.E. and Outdoor Learning curriculum team and I am passionate in encouraging our children to be as physically active as possible. I am ever-keen to ensure our sporting calendar is full of as many sporting competitions and new opportunities as possible. Currently, I am completing my Forest School Level 3 qualification and we are hoping to continue to be a Fair Aware school and develop our Fairtrade awareness. Outside of school, I enjoy being outdoors and going to walks with my Border Collie, Marmite. Last year, I have joined a hockey club and I absolutely love playing alongside my team friends at Manchester Moss Hockey Club.
Miss Charlotte Sweeney - Year 3 and 4- Leopard 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- Turtle Class and Key Stage 2 Leader
This is my fourth 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.
Mrs Sheila Fowell - Year 3 and 4- Penguin Class
Mrs Vanessa Simmonds - Year 5 and 6- Gorilla 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.
Mrs Emma Lord- Year 5 and 6- Dolphin 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 super 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!”
Mr Jake Senogles - Year 5 and 6 - Orangutan Class
This is my first year at Ludworth and I am very excited to be a part of this very special school. I am now in my fifth year of teaching and in the past I have taught many different year groups. I began my teaching career at Sheffield Hallam University where I studied Primary Education. I then moved to my first school in Rochdale. I love teaching Year 6 and I am very excited for the year ahead which will be full of exciting and memorable experiences. In Year 6, I try to give children the independence and life skills that they need when moving on to high school and beyond. This year, I am particularly looking forward to our residential as I love being outdoors. In my spare time I love to play all kinds of sports such as golf, boxing and football. I often go for long walks with my Bernese Mountain Dog called Rory, named after Rory McIlroy.
Mrs Joanne Smethurst - Year 5 (mornings only)
This is my first year teaching at Ludworth Primary and I am excited to become part of such a warm and welcoming team. I have spent the last year supply teaching across many schools in the Stockport and Manchester area, teaching a variety of different year groups from Reception to Year 6. My degree specialism is Mathematics, which I have tutored to GCSE level for many years. In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, yoga and going for long walks with my two boys and my dog ‘Chase’.
Mrs Nicola Hankey - SENDCO and Year 1 - Rhino Class (on Thursdays)
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!