Meet our Leadership Team

Anna Ford

Anna Ford

Role: TA Manager

My key responsibilities at school are: line manage TAs, professional development of TAs, cover supervision.

I love Chapel Street because… it is an amazing school full of amazing children.

Three words to describe me are… calm, adaptable and resourceful.

My greatest strengths are… I’m a good listener.

I’d like to get better at… using the handset when playing on the PlayStation.

At school I am passionate about… mathematics and how much fun it is. 

Someone who inspires me is… Pythagoras (a famous Greek mathematician and philosopher) who is well-known for discovering Pythagorean Theorem, which states that in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides (a2 + b2 = c2). He is also credited for figuring out that the sum of the angles of a triangle is equal to 180o, as well as the discovery of platonic solids and irrational numbers.

When I’m not at work you will find me… spending time with my grandchildren, building their Lego kits and trying to save them on the Play station in a Lego dinosaur world (not successfully!)

Something you might not know about me is… I once did a triathlon in Brighton

A book I would love to recommend to you is… all the Harry Potter books but especially The Philosopher’s Stone.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Role: Assistant Headteacher

My key responsibilities at school are: English Lead, EYFS and KS1 Lead and NQT co-ordinator.

I love Chapel Street because…it feels like one big family. Our amazing children are confident and happy and we are well supported in our local community. My favourite part of the day is greeting the families in the morning as they come to school. 

Three words to describe me are… caring, friendly and committed. 

My greatest strengths are… my ability to bring out the best in others, to make people feel welcome and my strong desire to provide children with the very best.

I’d like to get better at… getting up in the mornings!

At school I am passionate about…helping all children irrespective of background to be the best version of themselves. My motto is ‘be the best that you can be!’

Someone who inspires me is…Rosa Parks because… she was an American activist in the civil rights movement best known for her pivotal role in the Montgomery bus boycott. The United States Congress has called her "the first lady of civil rights" and "the mother of the freedom movement.” I love the fact that our Year 2 children study her and learn in her words - Each person must live their life as a model for others.

When I’m not at work you will find me… on the sidelines at football watching my two sons play – every day! Reading and when I’m lucky, at a spa with a good friend.

Something you might not know about me is…I toured around America and Canada singing with my choir. I have performed at Niagara Falls, the Epcot Centre in Disneyland, Florida and at the top of the Sears building in Chicago.

A book I would love to recommend to you is… Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. I remember my parents reading this book to me and I read this book to my own children too. 

Claire Atherton

Claire Atherton

Role: Teacher and Middle Leader

My key responsibilities at school are: EAL Lead, Behaviour Lead, SEMH and SEND Teacher.

I love Chapel Street because… the amazing, vibrant atmosphere that you feel as soon as you walk into the building. The children, staff and wider school community are amazing and it definitely has that ‘family’ feel to it.   

Three words to describe me are… caring, friendly and a good listener.

My greatest strengths are… my warm, supportive nature. Being there for the children, colleagues and the wider school community.

I’d like to get better at… having more confidence in myself, running and keeping to time schedules.

At school I am passionate about… our children, wider school community and the relational approach, equality for all and serving our school community, the best I can.

Someone who inspires me is… my mum because… she is an amazing woman who works tirelessly to support others, always thinking about how she can help those less fortunate than herself.

When I’m not at work you will find me… walking my two dogs, Molly and Maisie, with my husband, Paul. I also enjoy taking trips away in our motorhome and visiting the beach. Molly loves the water!!

Something you might not know about me is… that my husband and I enjoy making celebration cakes for family and friends. My husband bakes the cakes  and I do the fun part…decorate them.

A book I would love to recommend to you is…  There’s a Monster in Your Book By Tom Fletcher.

Ella Hughes

Ella Hughes

Role: Headteacher

My key responsibilities at school are: Designated Safeguarding Lead, Curriculum, Assessment, Key Stage 2, Leadership development & CPD

I love Chapel Street because… of our children – who have a true magic about them, our staff – who are the most incredibly caring and committed team, and our community – which is diverse, vibrant and inclusive.   

Three words to describe me are… kind, hard-working and resilient.

My greatest strengths are… my empathy, listening to and learning from others, developing others through coaching, being reflective and curious.

I’d like to get better at… being more concise, finishing meetings on time and juggling!

At school I am passionate about… our relational approach, equality for all and serving our community the best I can. 

Someone who inspires me is… Michelle Obama because… she is an authentic leader who shows compassion and strength. She has also written honestly about her experiences of being a working mum and juggling a demanding job with being a parent!

When I’m not at work you will find me… playing with my son (usually Lego and trains!), reading, swimming, reading, running and reading!!

Something you might not know about me is… I swam the English Channel in 2014. It took me 14 hours and 5 minutes. When I had finished, I ate a sweet and sour pot noodle on the boat back!

A book I would love to recommend to you is… Ravi’s Roar by Tom Percival

Kirsten Ward

Kirsten Ward

Role: EYFS Phase Lead and Reception Class Teacher

My key responsibilities at school are: working with and supporting the EYFS team, supporting on the science curriculum team, teaching my class.

I love Chapel Street because… of what we are able to offer our amazing children! I believe as a school we offer a safe, supportive nurturing and happy environment for all of our children, enabling them to achieve and blossom.

Three words to describe me are… happy, calm and flexible.

My greatest strengths are… I am very practical and passionate about my job. I love being part of a team working together, learning from and supporting others. 

I’d like to get better at… relaxing and embracing modern technology… mainly mobile phones!

At school I am passionate about…creating a happy and inspiring learning environment, being approachable and always happy to talk and listen. 

Someone who inspires me is… anyone who is fluently multi-lingual because… it is something I cannot do and desperately wish I could. If I could choose a ‘superpower’ it would be to be able to understand, read, write and speak in all languages. 

When I’m not at work you will find me… at the gym, spinning (which I can now do at home) cooking for my family.

Something you might not know about me is… I have been at Chapel Street for 24 years and I am now teaching the children of children that I taught many years ago! Oh and I have a black Pot Bellied pig as a pet!

A book I would love to recommend to you is… To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.  This was a book that I read (because I had to) when I was at school, it had a huge impact on me. I loved it because it made me think and want to read it. I thought because it was a classic ‘school text’ that more people would have actually read it, but many people have not… although this could be my age!

Michelle Cartledge

Michelle Cartledge

Role: Business Manager

My key responsibilities at school are: Finance, HR, Health and Safety, staff well-being lead, Mental Health First Aider and I manage the Admin, Premises and Lunchtime teams.

I love Chapel Street because…everyone goes above and beyond to do their best for the children, in a caring and nurturing way. There is a friendly and welcoming atmosphere from the moment you enter the school. 

Three words to describe me are… organised, determined and caring. 

My greatest strengths are… my resilience and ability to be objective in all situations. 

I’d like to get better at… dance videos with my daughter!

At school I am passionate about…ensuring that the well-being of all is at the core of everything we do. I am proud to lead the well-being team on our journey to achieve a staff well-being award.

Someone who inspires me is…Malala Yousafzai because… she is an activist for education for females. She is the youngest Nobel prize laureate. She is working towards every girl being able to attend school during her lifetime.

When I’m not at work you will find me… spending time with my family, in the gym, studying, reading or cooking. I also love travelling so you might find me planning my next trip.

Something you might not know about me is…my daughter and I were lucky enough to swim with dolphins in Mexico.

A book I would love to recommend to you is… The magic faraway tree by Enid Blyton, I have very happy memories of reading this book when I was a child.

Kelly Slater

Kelly Slater

Role: LKS2 Phase Lead (Y3 and 4), Year 3 teacher and Science Lead

My key responsibilities at school are: Leading and supporting the LKS2 team, teaching 3C, supporting the delivery of Science across school.

I love Chapel Street because… it truly feels like one great big family. There is a real sense of community here which is incredibly diverse and unique.   

Three words to describe me are… thoughtful, organised and honest.

My greatest strengths are… listening to others, being passionate about teaching and making a great cup of tea! 

I’d like to get better at… keeping my desk tidy and not sweating the small stuff. My husband would also suggest cooking!

At school I am passionate about… building relationships, providing the children with amazing opportunities and creating a happy, safe environment. 

Someone who inspires me is… my mum because… she is a strong, independent woman! 

When I’m not at work you will find me… taking long walks with my dog, running, shopping or enjoying time with my friends and family. 

Something you might not know about me is… I achieved my black belt in Karate when I was 15! 

A book I would love to recommend to you is… The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

David Thompson

David Thompson

Role: KS1 Phase Leader and Y2 Teacher (2C)

My key responsibilities at school are: Leading the KS1 team (Year 1 and 2), teaching my Y2 class, NQT Mentor, English Team Leader for the school. 

I love Chapel Street because… everyone is so friendly and fore coming. Ever since I started at Chapel Street I felt a warmth and happiness that filters through the school. I also love the diversity that Chapel Street brings.   

Three words to describe me are… helpful, dedicated and kind.

My greatest strengths are… Listening and helping others, my willingness to try new things and my drive to do my best. 

I’d like to get better at… sign language (I’m starting to learn this) and cooking (I could burn a salad!)

At school I am passionate about… making sure that everyone has an equal opportunity, supporting others and developing talk and reading through the school.   

Someone who inspires me is… My Nan because… she is one of the most caring people I have ever met. She is also very funny and at times a little cheeky too. Plus her hugs always make everyone feel better. Everyone should have a Nan like mine. 

When I’m not at work you will find me… spinning, swimming and reading. I also like going to concerts and travelling to different places in the world. I also will be sorting out my new house and garden.

Something you might not know about me is… I have swam with sharks to raise money for charity (£850). The smallest one in the tank was 8.5 feet and I still have a shark tooth I found in the tank. I completed my Scuba Diver training level 1 to do this as well. 

A book I would love to recommend to you is… Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman

Jon Heath

Jon Heath

Role: Phase Lead Upper KS2 (Y5-6)

My key responsibilities at school are: Overseeing Year 5-6, Maths Lead, Year 6 Teacher

I love Chapel Street because… I feel like it has a real sense of belonging – we are all one big team working together to help each other out. The children especially are fantastic – and everyday I look forward to coming into work and seeing what new and exciting experiences await me.   

Three words to describe me are… ambitious, enthusiastic and confident.

My greatest strengths are… my love of learning, working hard, being reflective, my subject knowledge (especially in Maths).

I’d like to get better at… managing my team to ensure I get the best out of everyone.

At school I am passionate about… giving all children the best possible learning to allow them to achieve their full potential. 

Someone who inspires me is… Charles Darwin because… he showed incredible bravery travelling around the world on his dangerous, five year voyage. He then showed even more bravery and courage to publish his findings which went against what most people at the time believed. Nowadays, his theories form the basis for modern biology.

When I’m not at work you will find me… spending time with my two dogs, eating out, playing computer games, watching football or planning holidays!

Something you might not know about me is… Several years ago an iPad game called ‘Draw Something’ became quite popular – I got really into it and one of my drawings was featured on the American news site CNN (you can probably still find it if you google well enough! It was of the Titanic).

A book I would love to recommend to you is… The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman. An excellent trilogy which combines science-fiction and fantasy and has an excellent TV series recently created. Please read the book first though!

Karen Pilling

Karen Pilling

Role: Acting Deputy Headteacher

My key responsibilities at school are: SENCO, Inclusion, Pupil Premium, EAL, LAC, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead, Medical Needs, Behaviour and Community.

I love Chapel Street because… I was brought up in Levenshulme and attended Chapel Street Primary School in the early 80’s. Chapel Street has always been a big part of the Levenshulme community and I have many happy memories of playing in the field during the summer and trying to catch spiders! 

Three words to describe me are… caring, direct, happy.

My greatest strengths are… My ability to stay calm in a crisis, as well as my knowledge of how to meet the needs of children with additional needs. 

I’d like to get better at… I would like to run the Manchester 10k in under an hour. 

At school I am passionate about… Ensuring that all of our children are the ‘best they can be’ and have happy memories of Chapel Street when they become successful adults. 

Someone who inspires me is… Jacinda Ardern – Prime Minister of New Zealand because… She has shown the world how to be a ‘moral’ leader and when asked to describe her leadership style, she called it simply - kindness. 

When I’m not at work you will find me… Reading, running, playing guitar (badly) and going to see live music.

Something you might not know about me is… I was once an extra on the film 24 Hour Party People, dressed as a Goth and wearing a purple wig. 

A book I would love to recommend to you is… The Little Vampire by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg – my favourite series of books as a child. About a boy that wakes up one night to find a vampire in his bedroom!

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