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Meet the Staff

Mrs Barnett

Mrs Rebecca Barnett

(Headteacher), BA (Hons), MA, PGCE
Mrs Barnett joined us in September 2016 when she relocated from Kenya having worked as Head at Braeburn Mombassa International School for 3 years. Mrs Barnett lives in the Ribble Valley with her husband, Dan, and their two daughters, Poppy and Willa, both of whom attend Westholme. Mrs Barnett relishes Westholme life with its warm family and community atmosphere and loves being part of a dedicated staff team.

Mrs Judith Dixon

Mrs Judith Dixon

(Deputy Head/Early Years Lead), BA (Hons) QTS in Primary Education with English Language and Literature
Mrs Dixon is delighted to part of a wonderful team of staff at the Nursery and Infant school. She has been lucky enough to have taught in every year group at Westholme Infants and has worked closely with every teacher. As well as being Deputy Head, Mrs Dixon leads the Early Years department, working closely with Mrs Church and the Early Years Team. She teaches phonics and maths to the children who attend ‘Superstars’, our Pre School class, and LAMDA to Year 1 and 2 children as well as teaching Year 5 RE. Mrs Dixon also coordinates SEND within the Early Years and Key Stage 1 and works closely with outside agencies to review the children’s progress. In her spare time Mrs Dixon enjoys spending time with her husband, three young children and Labrador, Nahla. As a family they love the outdoors, walking in the Lake District and camping in the UK and abroad.


Mrs Church

Mrs Joanne Church

Nursery Manager
Mrs Church is delighted to be leading the team at Nursery, especially with the addition of the babies. Her role is to manage the Nursery and work alongside the staff team to ensure that the children have the very best in childcare, learning and development experiences.

Since qualifying in 1985, Mrs Church has gained a wealth of experience in various roles. She was manager of a setting for 16 years and also held roles of Quality Development Officer, Early Years Training Coordinator and Area Childcare Manager, supporting nurseries throughout the North West of England. Continuing her own professional development, Mrs Church achieved an Early Years Specialist Degree in 2000 and more recently updated her knowledge through a Foundation Degree in Early Years Practice. She is passionate about quality childcare and creating the best possible learning opportunities for children.

Mrs Church is married and has 1 son. When not at work, she can often be found in Scotland, where her love of the outdoors is combined with a long-term project to ‘lovingly’ restore a small cottage in preparation for her retirement! Mrs Church is also a keen photographer.

Mrs Wearden

Mrs E Fox

Early Years Teacher, BA (Hons) & EYT- Deputy Nursery Manager (Maternity Leave)
Mrs Fox has worked at the nursery since 2009, starting as a nursery nurse and progressing to Senior Deputy Manager and Early Years Teacher. Mrs Fox is passionate about ensuring the children gain the very most from their nursery experience, planning and leading an exciting and stimulating curriculum. Mrs Fox has recently got married. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and is often kept busy with her two goddaughters.


Miss S Baxter

Level 2 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce – Early Years Educator
I work in both the Shining Stars and Rising Stars rooms which gives me a wealth of experience with children from 3 months to 4 years; this practical experience helps me build on my theoretical knowledge learned in college. I enjoy taking the children to Gym Tots sessions where I assist in their PE lesson. I am also responsible for leading the Mini Einsteins session, where I plan activities for children to develop their interest in all things scientific. I am a very creative person and like nothing better than getting out the art materials and helping the children to create wonderful things for their displays.

Mrs Ghanbari

Mrs A Ghanbari

NVQ3 in Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Mrs Ghanbari comes in every morning with a big smile and individually greets every child with a big cuddle. She enjoys spending time in the imaginary home corner cooking up a culinary storm with the children. Mrs Ghanbari also loves to help children make 3D models out of play dough and the recycling area.

Miss Hitchen

Mrs C Bagot – Deputy Nursery Manager (Maternity Cover)

BA (Hons) in Early Years
Mrs Bagot is a key person within the nursery and will often be found covered from head to toe in flour after getting messy with the children. She loves to work with the children in small groups, carrying out one to one activities to build on skills as well as using group times to share favourite stories and songs.


Mrs D Holland

Mrs Holland works part time at nursery and leads our Forest Friday activities . Before joining the Infant School, Mrs Holland worked at the former Boys’ Junior School for 4 years. She loves being with the early years children and finds each day very different and rewarding. Mrs Holland enjoys craft activities, outside play and of course, most of all loves the cuddles!

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Mrs A Mansoor

Level 3 Diploma in Children an Young People’s Workforce – Early Years and Childcare

I was delighted to join Westholme Early Years Department as an Early Years Practitioner, in 2018.  I am a Key Person based in the Rising stars with my lovely toddlers however I am flexible to work anywhere when needed! Since qualifying as an Early Years practitioner I have worked with all ages giving me extensive experience as well as continuously gaining new experiences within the early years. I enjoy taking part in new challenges and planning exciting and stimulating activities for the children to be creative and extend their learning and development.

Miss Mitchell

Miss C Mitchell

BA (Hons) Education
Miss Mitchell is a key worker in the rising stars room. After qualifying as a practitioner in 2011 she went onto study a BA Honours degree in Education before joining Westholme in 2016. During the day Miss Mitchell can be found playing in the nursery garden or leading ‘wake up, shake up’ getting the children energised and ready to learn. In her spare time, when not at Ewood Park, Miss Mitchell is still in early years mode planning lots of fun things to do with her four nieces

Miss Nield

Miss C Nield

BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care – Level 3
Miss Nield works in the baby room and is Key Person for the Panda Group, she enjoys getting messy and creative alongside the babies and can often be found singing and reading stories while enjoying lots of cuddle and snuggle time.

Mrs Rasheed

Mrs L Rasheed

Shining Stars Room Leader, Level 3 NVQ, Children’s Care, Learning & Development
Mrs Rasheed joined Westholme in 2015 as Room Leader of our newly established Baby Room. Looking after the “Shining Stars” Koala group Mrs Rasheed has been working with babies and toddlers since qualifying in 2005. Mrs Rasheed enjoys teaching the babies and toddlers sign language in sing and sign sessions and developing the babies’ culinary skills in Baby Baking. Mrs Rasheed has 4 grown up children that still keep her busy when not in Nursery.

Miss Rasheed

Miss J Rasheed

Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young Peoples Workforce – Early Years Educator
Miss Rasheed is a level 3 qualified nursery practitioner who has been working at Westholme for 2 years. Miss Rasheed is a key worker to the Purple Star Key Group and enjoys getting creative. Miss Rasheed also enjoys music at circle times where the children use different ways to make sounds such as musical instruments, body parts and other objects. On Monday afternoons, Miss Rasheed assists in Mini Gym Tots where the children develop their physical skills and gain confidence by challenging themselves.

Miss R Sawer

Level 3 Apprentice in Children and Young People’s Workforce – Early Years Educator

I joined the Westholme Team as a level 3 Apprentice in Early Years Education in April 2018.  Having worked within my family business and then having a family of my own, I decided on a career change.  I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to study again and I am really enjoying using my own experience as a parent to care for and support the children in the Nursery.  I love to organise fun activities for the children and reading with them.  When away from work, I am a keen cook and love getting into the outdoors with my family.

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Miss A Sayed

Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce  – Early Years Educator
Miss Sayed is a qualified Level 3 Early Years practitioner who is currently working towards a degree in in Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons). Miss Sayed supports practitioners in all areas of the foundation stage from Shining Stars to Superstars. She enjoys supporting children through play by following their interests. Miss Sayed loves to read and sing songs to the children as well as receiving cuddles from them. In her spare time, Miss Sayed enjoys spending time with her family.

Miss Whaite

Miss R Whaite

Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator)
Miss Whaite works in the Early Years Department as an Early Years Practitioner level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce ( Early Years Educator). Working in the Shining Stars room Miss Whaite is Key Person for the Blue Stars, Brown Bears. She enjoys creating new experiences for the children to learn and have fun. Miss Whaite leads Discovery Babies sessions, where she enjoys getting anything messy out for the children to explore the different textures. Miss Whaite enjoys singing nursery rhymes to the children whilst having lots of cuddle time.


Mrs Barrett

Mrs Susan Barrett

BEd (Hons)
Mrs Barrett has a long association with Westholme, being an Old Girl, starting school at Billinge House when she was three years old. She has one of her own children at the school and is presently teaching in Year 2. Mrs Barrett loves cooking for her family and friends, and reading a good book!


Mrs Helen Burton

BA (Hons), QTS Edge Hill College
Mrs Burton began her connection with Westholme in 1983 when she joined the school as a Year 7 pupil. After completing her degree she returned as a Year 4 class teacher before taking a break with her two children. Mrs Burton then returned to teach music at the former Boys’ Junior School and then back to the Junior School. She is now also enjoying getting to know the smallest members of the Westholme family whilst teaching music at the Infant School. Mrs Burton lives in Blackburn with her husband, children Charles and Ella and their recent addition to the family, a puppy called Barney.


Mr Dan Barnett

BEd (Hons), Cantab
Mr Barnett enjoys sports, travel and outdoor pursuits. He is enjoying working with the Nursery and Infant School children in his weekly Gym Tots sessions.


Mrs Caroline Carr

BA (Hons), PGCE
Mrs Carr is our Reception teacher. She has an interest in sewing and crafts as well as enjoying sailing, skiing and spending time with her family.

Miss Cole

Miss Stacey Cole

BA (Hons) Early Years and Health
Miss Cole is classroom assistant in Year 2. During the holidays, she is one of the leaders for W Club. She loves going on leisurely bike rides, swimming and attending a Zumba class twice a week. She has a huge collection of wacky and unique earrings (over 1000 at the last count!), many of which she has made herself. She enjoys catching up with friends and family, eating out and trying new places.


Miss Maxine Furness

BSc (Hons), Edge Hill, PGCE
Miss Furness is excited for the forthcoming academic year as she will be teaching Swimming to the Infant School children. In her spare time, she plays netball, runs and goes to the gym.


Mr Phil Harrison

BA (Hons), Manchester, PGCE
Mr Harrison has taught at Westholme since 2006. As well as working with a Year 4 class, he loves the opportunity of teaching computing to all the children in infants and juniors, and is renowned across the school for his sense of humour – so he says! He is fanatical about sport, especially cricket and football, and is a long suffering supporter of Everton FC. Mr Harrison is married with two sons, both of whom thrived during their time at Westholme.

Mrs Kath Martin

Mrs Martin has over 25 years experience of childcare, child minding and running a playgroup before joining Westholme After School staff in 2006, later that year also joining the Nursery team. She is now leader of After School care and also helps with W Club during the holidays. In her spare time she enjoys cookery, hosting dinner parties, and city breaks

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Mrs Vicki Milnes

BA (Hons), QTS Primary Education with Geography
Mrs Milnes is a Year 1 class teacher. She has a son who attended Westholme and a daughter who is a current pupil at the School. In her spare time, Mrs Milnes enjoys skiing, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Miss Shaw

Miss Natalie Shaw

NVQ3 Early Years Care & Education
Miss Shaw works as a classroom assistant in Reception with Mrs Carr


Mrs Deborah Thorpe

Mrs Thorpe is passionate about all things French, especially the food! She teaches French at the Infant, Junior and Senior Schools and finds it particularly satisfying to see the progress the children make as they move through from Reception to Year 7. It is fortunate that she enjoys travelling as apart from moving between the three school sites she has a daughter who lives in Brussels and two sons who both live in London. Whenever she has any free time she enjoys walking with her husband, reading, cooking and visiting friends all over the country.

Mrs Waddicor

Mrs Susan Waddicor

Mrs Waddicor works as a teaching assistant in Year 1. Mrs Waddicor has three daughters; two who have now left Westholme and one who still attends. In her free time, she enjoys travel, watching sport, reading and spending time with her family, especially her new grandson.


Miss Rachel Oliver

Secretary, Level 3 NVQ in Business and Administration
Miss Oliver is our School Secretary and joined us in January 2017. She has a cat called Pippin, 3 giant African land snails and 2 fish. In her spare time, she loves to renovate old furniture, paint, garden and keeps herself active by attending Pilates classes. Miss Oliver is currently busy planning her wedding.

Tony McKenna

Mr Tony McKenna

Maintenance Team
Mr McKenna is a member of the Maintenance Team at Westholme School who works mainly at the Infant School, having previously worked at what was the Boys’ Junior School.

A Hoole

Mr A Hoole

Maintenance Team
Mr Hoole joined us in 2016. He was a self employed joiner by trade and he is making full use of his skills in his new role at the Infant School!


Miss Bibby

Miss A Bibby

BA Hons in Education and Special Educational Needs, Super Stars Room Leader
Miss Bibby qualified as a Nursery Nurse in 2011 and then continued her professional development by achieving a BA Honours in Education and Special Educational Needs in 2015. Miss Bibby takes pride in providing the best care for the children, providing a stimulating environment, encouraging the children to grow and reach their potential. In her spare time, Miss Bibby enjoys baking and is currently busy planning her wedding.


Mrs Amy Jenkins

BA (Hons), Primary PGCE
Mrs Jenkins enjoys spending time with her family. She has two dogs, a Labrador called Trigger and a Jack Russell named Holly. Mrs Jenkins loves being outdoors and being active.


Mrs H Ahmed

Level 3 Childcare NCC, Level 3 Special Education Needs NCC Level 3, Fda in Teaching and Learning Support in Primary Level 5

Mrs Ahmed works in Pre School. She has three children who all attend Westholme. In her spare time, Mrs Ahmed enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Miss Jess Cowgill

Early Years Apprentice
Miss Cowgill has recently joined the Pre School team as an apprentice where she will be focusing on outdoor learning. In her spare time, Miss Cowgill enjoys baking, cooking, DIY, exploring, trampolining and jogging. Her favourite part of her job is seeing the progress the children are making, and the cuddles!


Miss S Patel

Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education
Miss Patel has had many years of experience working with children in a Pre School setting. She joined Westholme in March 2018 and has settled in well. In her spare time she enjoys going on holidays and spending time with her family.


Miss Julia Tudda

Teaching Assistant (Maternity Leave)
Miss Tudda is a qualified Nursery Nurse who is currently based in Pre School.  She has worked at Westholme for 11 years and has recently completed a full time degree, graduating in July 2015. Miss Tudda is now enjoying her assignment free weekends, however, is spending time renovating her new home!