Our Early Years Team
We are looking forward to meeting you…
Assistant Executive Principle – Heather Martin (PPA Cover)
Early Years Foundation Stage Leader – Mrs Anne-Marie Schofield
Nursery Teacher – Mrs Beth Nagy
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Shelly Uttley, Miss Gaynor Reid
I moved from my hometown of Liverpool to spend 4 years at the University of Cumbria staying for a BA Honours in History with Qualified Teacher Status.Following my degree, I decided to stay in Lancaster and I was lucky enough to secure a teaching role at Devonshire Primary, where I spent 6 years teaching years 2,3 and 6. I had no plans to leave Devonshire but I was offered a 2 year secondment to the Local Authority as a Maths Consultant, supporting schools across Blackpool to teach maths. It was in this role, I met Mrs Smith and my BEBCMAT journey began. I came to Christ the King 10 years ago as SENDCO and since then have had many different roles, Assistant Head, Trust lead for maths and current Executive Assistant Principle across both Primary schools. I also work one day a week in the maths department at St Mary’s. My favourite part of my job is teaching maths and watching children develop into confident mathematicians. This begins in Early Years! In my spare time, I love travelling as much as possible and spending time with my family and friends.
I spent 4 years studying at the University of Cumbria, where I completed my teaching degree (Bachelor of Arts with QTS). I happened to have my final placement at Christ the King Catholic Academy. From the first day that I walked through the doors, I felt such a warmth and sense of belonging. I really did feel part of a family. Just as my final placement was ending, there was a class teacher vacancy so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and secured the position.During my early career, I spent 3 years working in Year 4. I was asked to move down to KS1, where I spent 2 years in Year 1. After returning from maternity leave and with a change in staffing structure, a position had become available in our Early Years team. In September 2021, I became Early Years and Key Stage 1 lead here at Christ the King. Being a teacher takes dedication and passion but being an Early Years teacher takes patience, warmth and understanding. Early Years is fundamental to a child’s development. It builds the foundations of knowledge and ignites a spark for learning. I absolutely love working with the youngest children in our school. My goal each day is to ensure every child leaves my classroom with a little bit more curiosity, more knowledge and a sense of happiness about their day. At Christ the King, we pride ourselves in creating a safe, warm environment for our children and families. We encourage our children to be independent learners but also encourage them to ask for guidance along the way. At the weekend, I spend the majority of my time being a mummy. I have 2 young children of my own who love being outdoors so we enjoy many trips to the local park and the farm. We do love a good adventure and exploring new places together. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you into our school and nursery.
I have been working in Early Years for over 13 years now and have never looked back!After completing my BA honours degree in Teaching and Early Education at Lancaster University, I started my journey here in Blackpool at our sister school, St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy. I began teaching children from 2 to 4 years old. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to gain a Special Educational Needs award during my teaching career and feel this has broadened my skills. I was welcomed into a great team at St Cuthbert’s. My passion for teaching grew along with my love of Early Years. I have always been very interested in the minds of littles ones; how they think, feel and see the world has always fascinated me. In 2018, I moved across to Christ the King Catholic Academy and instantly loved it. Staff share the same passion and work as a team to achieve the best for all of the children in their care. Having two children of my own has been my biggest achievement and has helped me within my role to become the person I am today. In my spare time, I love walking my dog, running, reading, good food and most of all, family time, just enjoying the simple things in life!
Prior to starting my journey at Christ the King, I worked at a social services nursery. Almost 28 years ago, I moved to Christ the King Catholic Academy. It has been wonderful to see generations of families move through the school.I love working in Early Years. My favourite part of the job is interacting with the children through talking. Speaking and listening is key to early education and the foundation for children’s development. Learning through play provides the children with so many wonderful opportunities to develop their communication skills. We pride ourselves in creating a stimulating environment with plenty of opportunities for language development. Most of my free time is spent with my husband Mick and my daughters; Lucy 32 and Becky 24. Even though my daughters are older now, I still enjoy family time as much as I did when they were young. I particularly like long walks on Herons Reach and Stanley Park.
I have always had a passion for working with little ones. From 2007 to 2011, I was a 1:1 support for an Autistic child. As much as I enjoyed working as a 1:1 support, after I had my third daughter, I decided that I wanted change of direction and joined Poppy and Jacks nursery in 2012.An opportunity to work in Christ the King’s Early Years team became available and working in a school community was something that I had always wanted to do. For the past 4 years, I have been working with reception children. At the weekend, I enjoy spending time with my youngest daughter and my dog.
My professional career as a teacher of English as a foreign language started in Poland when I completed a BA teaching degree in 2001 and then followed through with a MA in English Philology in 2007. After teaching English as a foreign language for 8 years, my family and I made the decision to move to the UK. Soon after, I began my career at Christ the King as an English as an Additional Language (EAL) support assistant nearly 13 years ago.Teaching EAL has always been my passion. It is hard to describe how rewarding my job is. It is amazing to watch children as young as 3 years old settling into a school environment, growing in confidence, developing independence and becoming competent English speakers. In my spare time, I love gardening, growing my own vegetables, cooking, walking and cycling with my family. We are also keen to keep up with environmental problems and are passionate in taking the small steps to help our planet.