Our staff are our most important asset and we seek the best staff for our school who are aligned to our vision, support the school's child centred approach to school and who are excited and innovative about trying new ideas to inspire children to learn. We have high expectations of ourselves as staff, and try and balance the constantly increasing demands of school life, with plenty of opportunities to celebrate the strongest practice in school. We are proud not to use supply teachers, and exceptionally proud that we have outstanding support staff in every class across school. Our regular staff surveys tell us that staff agree that we offer the best professional development opportunities and we link with local and national networks for our staff to be trained.
Below you can meet some of the staff in school.
My passion is for every child at our school to feel valued, their individual strengths to be celebrated and for them to be able to read fluently, write creatively and calculate with confidence when they leave our school. However I also think it’s just as important for them to know how to cook, how to think about helping others less fortunate than themselves and how to know how to be resourceful with money. Critical events on my journey to headship have included becoming a parent, understanding the value and self esteem that school life gave me as a child, and understanding the importance of making every day at school really count towards making a difference in children’s learning.
Today life is busy for many families and as a working Mum I really know what impact it has on my children when their schools focus on their individual needs and interests, both in their learning, in their play and in their relationships with others. After teaching in a Cramlington first school for a few years, I left to open the first of 4 hugely successful childcare settings, known locally as Little Angels where 5 out of 6 of the last inspections across the 4 sites have achieved the Ofsted outstanding judgement. More recently I have inspected other schools and settings outside of our area as a contracted school inspector.
I have worked with Northumberland County Council as an early years consultant, working in schools and early years settings, and I have sat as a governor at an outstanding school in a large innovative North Tyneside Primary School. In 2011 after achieving the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers I was successfully interviewed for the role of the Principal at Cramlington Village Primary School and it has been a privilege to be part of the team that launched our school to bring innovative child centred learning to the heart of the town.
My three children, our dog Jesse and my husband fill most of my free time with fun, frenzy and responsibility and our favourite place to go is Beadnell on the North Northumberland coast.
Before I qualified as a teacher, I had a successful career as a Human Resource Advisor working for Microsoft and a variety of Engineering companies. I feel that this experience has given me an excellent insight into the essentials of supporting a successful team and ensuring people are supported appropriately to feel fulfilled and motivated in their role. I am extremely passionate about the provision we provide for the children at CVPS and love nothing more than engaging children in their learning through the use of the immersive room, iPads and using the outdoor environment to support learning wherever possible.
I’m a big believer in supporting a growth mindset classroom to ensure children feel comfortable to make mistakes and controlled risks to allow them to reach their full potential. One of my key aims for KS2 is to ensure that we continue to engage children in their learning through a range of practical and innovative approaches whilst also preparing them for the inevitable end of key stage SATs.
Lisa Brown, B Ed
I qualified as a teacher 15 years ago, which was the same year that I got married in the Dominican Republic. I worked in Carr Hill Primary School in Gateshead for seven years before moving to Little Angels Nursery in Cramlington. I supported Little Angels to achieve their first and a further two consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports. I am now a mother of a twelve year old and seven year old. I am very excited to have the privilege of teaching at CVPS as I am very passionate about the ethos and holistic approach to teaching that it offers. I want to make a difference to children and ensure that everyone achieves their potential as well as an outstanding education.
Abigail Leaver, (EYFS)
I am the Reception class teacher in the Early Years. Since completing my university degree in Early Primary Education I have taught in Reception at CVPS.
My daily teaching involves learning using both the indoor and outdoor environments to provide learning opportunities across all areas of the EYFS curriculum. I am truly passionate about promoting a love of learning to all children in my class and throughout school. I feel privileged to be part of the teaching team at CVPS and to be a part of a team that strives to ensure that every child achieves to their fullest potential.
Outside of school I love to spend time with my family. We very often enjoy long walks in the Northumberland countryside with our dog and extended family.
Fay Thompson, (EYFS)
Having worked with children as a Nursery Nurse/Teaching Assistant for 18 years I went on to qualify as a teacher 3 years ago. After completing my final teaching practice at CVPS and getting to know the school and its importance on every child as an individual. I have been lucky to teach here ever since. I am currently the Nursery teacher and also have responsibility for
PSCHE across the school.
I have a 9 year old son who likes to be active so any spare time is spent with the family on days out across the North east, visiting other family members and socialising with friends.
Charlotte Armitage, (Year 1/2)
I’m Charlotte Armitage and I teach in Year 1/2. I am on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, which was set up with the mission statement that no child’s educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background. I am originally from West Yorkshire, and went to the University of Edinburgh. Outside of school I love animals, cooking, history, and nature walks.
Claire Knox, (Year 2)
I qualified as a teacher four years ago. Prior to completing my PGCE in Liverpool I studied Textile design in Belfast. During my degree I delivered Art workshops in special educational schools and after school clubs. It was these experiences which led me into teaching.
I started my teaching career in Manchester where I taught in Year 2 for two years. I relocated to Newcastle in 2015 and taught in Year 4 in Wallsend. I feel very privileged to be part of the CVPS team. I believe our innovative approach to learning captures children’s curiosity and provides them with a variety of experiences to develop both life long learning and skills.
Outside of school, I enjoy running, yoga and anything creative. I love to travel and seize any opportunity to visit a new city or country.
Nicole Weatheritt, (Year 3)
(Teacher and PE coordinator)
Before I joined the staff team at CVPS I studied English Language at Northumbria University for 3 years, then I joined the Northumbria PGCE programme to train as a Primary School Teacher. During my training I visited many schools in the North East and completed my final placement at CVPS, as well as my NQT year in 2016. I value the innovative and creative approaches that are offered at CVPS, ultimately offering a broad and balanced curriculum for all children.
In my spare time I enjoy dancing, in particular ballet and tap, which I have done since I was 3 years old. In 2015 I qualified as a primary tap teacher.
Leah Thirwall, (Year 4)
Prior to starting my time here I attended the University of Sunderland for 3 years on a full-time Primary Education course. It’s funny really – I actually came to CVPS on my final teaching placement in September 2016, and worked within Year 4 for 8 weeks in the Autumn term. Once I qualified in December I was lucky enough to be offered a more permanent position so now the children are stuck with me!
Emma O’Donnell, (Year 5)
Prior to joining the CVPS team, I studied Psychology at the University of Sheffield which led me to joining the charity Teach First as part of their Leadership Development Programme. I strongly believe in the empowerment of children within the classroom to allow all children to succeed through life, and the creative and innovative teaching at CVPS facilitates exactly that. Outside of the classroom I enjoy exploring the many sights of the North East and spending time with my pet.
(School Business Manager)
I joined CVPS in May 2016 as School Business Manager and became a staff Governor in December 2016. I am an AAT qualified accountant and previously worked for Balfour Beatty Investments as a Company Accountant across their PFI portfolio.
On a daily basis I support the running of the school, helping to create a safe and stimulating environment for the children. I also provide support to the staff and pupils as well as building relationships with parents, carers and the local community. I fully support the unique ethos here at CVPS and believe it provides an excellent environment for children to achieve their fullest potential.
I have a daughter at University and my son is currently in Year 1. In my spare time myself and my family enjoy country and woodland walks with our three dogs. I am also a keen movie fan and love nothing more than staying up all night watching the Oscars!
I joined the admin team at CVPS in May 2013, prior to that I worked on the service desk in the Education IT Admin Support team at Newcastle City Council providing support to schools admin staff on the use of their MIS system.
I work three days a week as the Admin Assistant and as I am on the Reception desk I am first port of call for all visitors to school. I provide admin support to all the staff.
I moved to the UK from Ireland with my family in 1989 and love nothing better at the weekend than a walk on the beach at Tynemouth