Meet our Teaching Staff
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 were 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 - 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 - Madrid 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 - Barcelona 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 Natalie Welsh - Year 1- Italy 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 Heather Chadwick - Year 1 - France Class
Having taught at Ludworth for several years in Year 5 and 6, I am delighted to now teach Year 1 in the fabulous France Class, this academic year. Over time, I have taught across both Key Stages in Stockport and Surrey schools and feel very much part of the wonderful Ludworth community and all it brings. Providing opportunities for all children remains central to my teaching, aiming 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 chasing my little ones around, then I’m probably pottering in the garden. My weekends wouldn’t be the same without ‘Gardener’s World’, strong coffee and plenty of time outdoors!
Mrs Chrissie Hopwood - Year 2- Costa Rica Class
Hello! I am one of the Year Two class teachers. This is my fourth year teaching at Ludworth and I am so proud to be a member of this fantastic school! I have been a teacher for 13 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 learners. I use ‘Growth Mindset’ and ‘Mindfulness’ techniques a lot in my classroom. Outside of school I enjoy traveling, shopping and spending time with my friends and family.
Miss Sathi - Year 2 - Fiji Class
Hello! I joined the Ludworth community last year and teaching here has been amazing. This is now my second year and I am looking forward to continuing to work with our friendly, enthusiastic children. In my classroom I aim to encourage children’s love of learning and their curiosity about the world around them. I want to help children become confident, happy, resilient learners who aren’t afraid to make mistakes or ask for help when they need it – because this is what helps us learn! My favourite part of teaching is when my lessons lead to children asking more questions or coming to me with research and work they have chosen to do inspired by our topic. Outside of school I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family and reading.
Mrs Emma Reid- Year 3/4- Poland Class
This is my fifth year teaching at Ludworth and I feel very fortunate to be part of this amazing team! This year, I have moved to Year 3/4 having taught in Year 1 for the last four years and I am very excited about teaching in Key Stage 2! Here at Ludworth, I have curriculum responsibility for Outdoor Learning, which I really enjoy and I am Forest School trained. The benefits of outdoor learning on children's wellbeing, self confidence and independence are well documented so I am passionate about our pupils making the most of 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.
Miss Charlotte Sweeney - Year 3 and 4- Nepal Class
This is my fourth year teaching at Ludworth Primary School after qualifying in 2018. I am responsible for the Music curriculum at Ludworth. This is the perfect role for me as I am a very creative teacher and will incorporate creativity 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.
Mrs Emma Lord- Year 3/4 - Jamaica 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. I am so excited to be back teaching in Lower Key Stage 2 as I love to see the excitement and enthusiasm for new things you often see with children at this age. 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 as we develop key skills of: adaptability, determination, independence, problem solving, communication and commitment we will be able to put into practice the wise words of Dolly herself that, "Dreams are of no value if they're not equipped with wings." This year, we aim to grow our wings!
Mrs Joanne Smethurst - Year 5 - Canada Class
This is my third year teaching at Ludworth and I am thoroughly enjoying working with such a wonderful team! I am also the Modern Foreign Languages lead which is a role I thoroughly enjoy. Before beginning my journey at Ludworth, I spent a 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, practising yoga and going for long walks.
Miss Elisha Thomas - Year 5 - South Africa Class and Key Stage 2 Leader
This is my fifth 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). I have curriculum responsibility for "PSHCE and Well being" here at Ludworth. 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 am also the subject leader for Art and DT in school, as well as being Key Stage 2 Leader. In my spare time I enjoy painting and crafting, going to music concerts and visiting new places.
Mrs Sheila Fowell - Year 6 - Ghana Class
Mr Jake Senogles - Year 6 - Thailand Class
This is now my third year at Ludworth and I a have loved every minute of teaching here. 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. I love running and have ran a few marathons including the London Marathon. This year I am hoping to complete my first ultra-marathon.
Mrs Nicola Hankey - SENDCO and Year 1 - Italy Class (on Thursdays)
I have worked in primary education for many years in a range of roles but have always retained my enthusiasm for working with children and am always keen to continue with my own professional development- the saying 'Every day's a school day' applies to teachers too ! My appointment as SENDCo a few years ago also motivated me to further my own educational studies and I successfully achieved the SEN National Award at Masters level at MMU.
Ludworth holds a very special place in my heart as my own children were pupils here before embarking on their secondary journey. In my spare time I enjoy reading, jogging and (like most parents) ferrying my children between various clubs and their many social events!
Mrs Holly Gregg - Bounce Back Teacher (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays)
This is my sixth year at Ludworth and I feel very fortunate to teaching across school.
My role this year is to support children who we believe would benefit from a tailored support to enable them to reach the academic achievements they were capable of prior to the pandemic.
Children will be supported both within their classroom and in the new learning and teaching space that has been created specifically to enable individual and small group work to be carried out.
My aim is to help children to bounce back and beyond to 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. I am one of the Forest School Leaders in school and want to ensure learning is taken outdoors and enjoyed in our beautiful school grounds. We continue to be a Fair Aware school and develop our Fairtrade awareness. Outside of school, I am absolutely loving being a Mummy to Georgia, my baby girl, and being outdoors going to walks with my Border Collie, Marmite. At the weekends I absolutely love playing Hockey alongside my team friends at Manchester Moss Hockey Club.