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Reaching Great Heights

Our Teachers

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  • Mr Harris, Reception Teacher and Deputy Principal

    Mr Harris joined the Greetland Academy in 2007 after training to teach through the Kirklees Graduate teacher programme at Spring Grove School in Huddersfield. He has taught in Reception and as part of our Year 1 team. He uses his knowledge and experience of early education to further develop achievement at the Academy’s Key Stage 1 site. He is a Senior Management Team member and an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Key Stage 1.

    Before training to be a teacher, Mr Harris achieved a BA and then a Masters Degree in Music at the University of Huddersfield, specialising in tuba performance. Mr Harris uses his musical experiences to inspire the children and has been key in the development of the Academy brass band. He is a designated SLiCE (Specialist Leader in Cultural Education) through the Arts Council and has worked on a range of projects, including measuring the impact of high quality drama provision on children’s reading comprehension skills.

    Areas of Expertise include: Leadership and Management of FS/KS1, Phonics, Curriculum development, Arts support and tracking the impact of specialist support bids.

  • Mrs Ashton, Reception Teacher and Director of Teaching and Learning (English Lead)

    Mrs Ashton completed her four year BA Hons Primary Teaching degree in 2010, specialising in Creative Arts. Since then she has taught in KS2 in Halifax and Leeds. In her spare time she loves being creative; her hobbies are crochet, sewing and cake decorating. She enjoy going on long walks with her boxer dog, Brody and visiting new places. She has a passion for English and loves teaching literacy.

  • Miss Shaw, Year 1 Teacher

    Miss Shaw is an NQT beginning her teaching career at The Greetland Academy. She has recently graduated as a teacher from our Teamworks Teaching School Alliance.

    Before becoming a teacher Miss Shaw worked as a Teaching Assistant and also has a degree in Photography and Media.

    During her spare time Miss Shaw enjoys spending time with her family and friends, eating out and shopping.

  • Mrs Read, Year 1 Teacher, Assistant Headteacher ​and NQT/TeachFirst Tutor

    After completing a BA (joint honours) in Early Years Education and Science, Mrs Read joined the Greetland Academy as a Year 3 teacher in 2007. After a successful first year covering a maternity leave, she became a permanent member of staff and has now been with the Academy for eight years.

    Though Mrs Read loved teaching in Year 3, her passion has always been in Early Years Education and in 2009 she moved to the Key Stage 1 site to teach Year 1 and then Year 2. During 2011-2012 Mrs Read gained the responsibility for mentoring Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) at the Academy and in 2012-13 additional responsibility for Initial Teacher Training. She works closely with many local universities to provide student provision and Sheffield Hallam University on the Teach First scheme. Mrs Read is a tutor for Teach First participants working towards their PGCE in Education and takes part in the training of participants lecturing on both the Summer Institute and Primary Leadership Project.

    Mrs Read gained accreditation as a Specialist Leader in Education, specialising in NQT and Initial Teacher Education in 2013. As part of this role she is actively involved in the Teaching School Schools Direct course, both delivering lectures and tutoring students towards meeting the teacher standards.

    As part of her role as Assistant Principal, Mrs Read has responsibility for the co-ordination of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within school. This is an area of personal interest to Mrs Read, she has taken an active part in SEN provision within the school for a number of years before becoming Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator. Mrs Read has gained the Post Graduate Certificate in SEND Co-ordination.

    Outside of school, Mrs Read is actively involved with a local gymnastics club and enjoys taking children to competitions. She also enjoys travelling, recently visiting Mexico, Germany and Norway to see the 'Northern Lights'. She hopes to do a lot more of this in the future!

  • Mrs Figura, Year 1 Teacher

    Some parents might remember the returning Mrs Figura as Miss Sheard! Mrs Figura is delighted to be returning to The Greetland Academy after having some time away to look after her two little girls Bunnie and Flossie. She is really looking forward to returning to the team in September 2018. She cannot wait to get creative with Year 1 and deliver fun and exciting lessons to enable all to reach great heights.

  • Mrs Walker, Year 1 Teacher

    Mrs Walker joined the Greetland Academy in 1991 after gaining a BEd (hons) from Edge Hill University, Lancashire. She has worked as a class teacher in both KS1 and KS2 and currently teaches in several year groups, providing release time for the management team and newly qualified teachers.

    Mrs Walker has successfully managed a number of areas during her time at Greetland, including PSHCE, Health Education and Art. She is currently an active member of the Arts Faculty and is a respected Arts specialist, providing guidance and support to other colleagues in this area.

    Mrs Walker has contributed greatly to the running of our PTA for a number of years having previously been the staff representative with the Friends of Greetland School (FOGS).

    During her spare time Mrs Walker enjoys days out with her family and friends, pilates, reading and cycling.

  • Miss Austwick, Year 2 Teacher

    Miss Austwick started work as a class teacher at the KS1 site of The Greetland Academy in September 2013. Some of you may recognise her as she completed her final years of teacher training at the KS1 site over the previous two years. Miss Austwick has also had experience of teaching English in Poland and the Czech Republic.

    During her spare time Miss Austwick enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, spending time outdoors and her favourite thing of all; shopping! She also loves to visit and explore new places and countries.

    Miss Austwick always likes seeing familiar faces around school and enjoys getting to know new ones too.

  • Mrs Emmerson, Year 2 Teacher

    Mrs Emmerson joined The Greetland Academy in September 2011 after completing the Graduate Teaching Programme. She is currently a Year 3 teacher and the Faculty of Science leader.  Prior to teaching she was a store manager for Next Retail Ltd and managed various branches around the country. After almost 15 years there she changed careers and trained to be a teacher. Mrs Emmerson has worked at St John’s Primary Academy in Clifton and trained at Almondbury Junior School and Birkby Infants School.  She attended Crossley Heath Grammar school and studied a Business Administration degree at Hull University.

    Mrs Emmerson has two children who keep her very busy. She also enjoys running, playing netball and travelling to cities around Europe.

  • Miss McLaren, Year 3 Teacher

    My name is Miss McLaren and I joined the KS1 site in September. Some of you may recognise me as I completed my final year placement in year 1 at The Greetland Academy in 2014. As well as this, I also came to The Greetland Academy as a child so I’m looking forward to returning to where my education started.

    During my spare time I enjoy playing netball, walking and spending time with my friends and family. I look forward to meeting lots of new faces in the Autumn term. 

  • Miss Bailes, Year 3 Teacher

    Miss Bailes started working at The Greetland Academy in September 2014 as a Year 2 class teacher. She already knew her class well as she had done her third and final teaching student placements at the Academy, studying a Primary Education degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. She also knew the school very well as she came to Greetland as a child herself! Before this, she taught English at a summer camp in Romania, which was an amazing experience.

    Miss Bailes loves working at The Greetland Academy as every day is a new and exciting challenge. 

  • Mr Morris, Year 4 Teacher

    Mr Morris did his Initial Teacher Training with Greetland’s Teamworks SCITT, undertaking placements in two local Calderdale primary schools. Mr Morris has a passion for maths and foreign languages. Outside of school, Mr Morris enjoys walking with his two dogs, cooking and gardening.

  • Miss Booth, Year 4 Teacher and Director of Teaching and Learning (Maths Lead)

    Miss Booth began work as year five class teacher at the Greetland Academy after completing a Primary education degree at Leeds Metropolitan University where she specialised in History.

    Miss Booth has loved teaching in both Year 5 and 6, running the book club with Mrs Lynch and the school cooking and gardening club with Mrs Sykes. This involved teaching the children about where their food comes from and the value of good nutrition.

    In her role as maths co-ordinator, Miss Booth is working to enhance our existing excellent teaching of Maths by ensuring children across the school are offered exciting and engaging learning opportunities to challenge and extend their understanding of mathematical concepts.

    Miss Booth’s role as curriculum director gives her the opportunity to make a difference to standards and attainment throughout the Greetland Academy. 

    In her free time Miss Booth enjoys travelling, skiing, swimming and days out with her family, especially her two children, Jacob and Isla.

  • Mr Price, Year 5 Teacher

    Mr Price and joined the Greetland Academy as a year 5 teacher in September 2017, having completed his teacher training with our Teamworks Teaching School Alliance, (spending the majority of his training teaching year 3 at The Greetland Academy).

    Outside of school Mr Price enjoys watching football, films and spending time with his family. Prior to completing his teacher training Mr Price worked in Learning and Development and TV Production.

  • Miss Whiteley, Year 5 Teacher

    Miss Whiteley has been teaching for the last 5 years and works hard to provide exciting and engaging lessons which enhance each individual child’s learning experiences. Joining the Academy in September 2018, she hopes to be able to share her skills and ideas to enhance the already great experiences the children are having. She has a particular interest in dance and is really keen to set up a dance club who would have the experience of taking part in a national event called ‘The Great Big Dance Off!’. In her spare time, she loves socialising with her family and friends, reading and you’ll usually find her chasing after her little boy! 

  • Miss Wild, Year 6 Teacher

    Miss Wild joined the team at the Greetland Academy as a year 5 teacher in September 2015. She had finished her initial teacher training with the Teamworks teaching school. Miss Wild teaches gymnastics at Halifax Sports Acro.

  • Mrs Hollingsworth, Y6 Teacher, Asst. Headteacher/Director of School Improvement

    Mrs Hollingsworth graduated as a teacher in 2001 gaining PGCE and QTS. She had the opportunity to work in different schools in Halifax for four years before she joined Whitehill Academy in September 2005 where she worked for thirteen years. Mrs Hollingsworth gained valuable experience, knowledge and skills during her time at Whitehill, not only as a teacher but also as a member of the senior leadership team. She started her career as a teacher in year 1 where she worked for four years. She then became a lead teacher moving to year 2 and taking responsibility for KS1 SATs. After completing her NPQML and NPQSL (National qualifications for middle and senior leaders), she was promoted to the post of Assistant Vice Principal at Whitehill Academy.

    Mrs Hollingsworth lives in Halifax with her husband John and her two children Harry and Louise. Harry is currently at university in Newcastle, Louise is in year 10 and working very hard at school. During her spare time, Mrs Hollingsworth likes cooking, walking and travelling and enjoys travelling to countries where she can practise her fluency in other languages.

  • Miss Summers, Teacher

    Miss Summers has worked as a teacher for 16 years, gaining her degree in Biology and Sports Science while living in Chester. After working as a care worker she decided to go back to college to do a PGCE in Key Stage 2/3 Science.

    Miss Summers first job at Greetland School was teaching Year 5, then later Year 2. She went on to extend her knowledge and skills of teaching when she taught at Brooksbank and also became the School's Sports Co-ordinator. She organised sports tournaments and training opportunities for the teachers of the 11 feeder schools at the time. She also taught Maths and R.E up to and including Year 9.

    Miss Summers then decided that she would like to experience another age range and organised her own training in order to open her own Child minding Service where she was awarded the standard of 'Good' by Ofsted. She had her children during this time, after which she continued to do supply work, experiencing many different kinds of school, before eventually having the opportunity to return to her original place of work, here at Greetland, with more experience.

    Miss Summers loves keeping fit and reading suspense novels, but most of all spending time with her family.

  • Mr Pascall, Teacher, ICT Co-ordinator and e-Safety Leader

    Mr Pascall has taught at the Academy since 2012, providing release time for the management team and other teachers. He supports the teaching of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG) and Computing to Years 4 and 6. He is affectionately known as the Academy 'Spagmeister' by both pupils and staff!

    Mr Pascall first came to Greetland Primary school as a pupil in the 1970s. Following a degree at Oriel College, Oxford University, he took a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds University. Part of this PGCE was spent learning best teaching practice at Greetland Primary School in 1993 - thank you Mr Thompson! He then spent seven years teaching year 5 and year 6 classes at Northowram and West Vale Primary Schools.

    Ten years as an educational ICT Consultant for Calderdale Council then followed. During this time Mr Pascall worked in most of Calderdale’s schools, both Primary and Secondary. He also worked with the DfES supporting the roll-out of interactive whiteboards in schools, producing teaching resources for both the National Numeracy and Literacy Strategies.

    Mr Pascall is our Computing/ICT Co-ordinator. He supports staff and teaches pupils to help make the most of the opportunities that this key aspect of the modern world presents.

    Mr Pascall is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for Computing and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. As part of the Teamworks Teaching School Alliance he delivers support to other schools in both these areas.


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