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Heidi Smith (Teaching Assistant)

Hi, I am Heidi and I am currently a 1:1 teaching assistant at Park Grove. I studied to be a teaching assistant whilst working for time at Thomas the Baker and volunteering on my day off. It was a big decision to leave a job I had been doing for 20 years, but a decision I have...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Steve Symonds (Teaching Assistant)

Hi I’m Steve Symonds. After many years working in the Civil Service I decided to volunteer as a teaching assistant, was subsequently employed and have worked at three schools in the York area. I think Park Grove has a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere, which is very...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Louise Grainger (Teaching Assistant)

Hi everyone, I’m Louise Grainger and I have worked at Park Grove since February 2001 so it has become my second home! Previously I qualified as a Teaching Assistant at Osbaldwick Primary School but chose to leave to devote my working career to Park Grove.  My time here has...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Kildip James (Teaching Assistant)

My name is Mrs James. I  started my Park Grove career as a parent volunteer before becoming a teaching assistant. I love my job, as it’s so varied and interesting. The children are keen to learn, enthusiastic and ensure no two days are the same. In my spare time I am learning to...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Helen Sellers (Teaching Assistant)

Hi I’m Helen and I currently work in class 7. A class I am proud to be a part of.  The children have made a positive start to the year and have impressed me with their hard work and excellent behaviour. Before joining Park Grove in 2005 I worked for 4 years at Archbishop...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Helen Old (Teaching Assistant)

I have enjoyed working at Park Grove for 9 years now and am currently working in class 8. I work 4 days Monday to Thursday and do several different roles. These range from supporting children in the classroom with their Maths and English to working with small groups of children...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Geri Durkin (Teaching Assistant)

Hi everyone, I am Geri Durkin and I am now into my fifth year at Park Grove.  I am working in class 6 as a Teaching Assistant with Miss Land. I support pupils with their English and Maths and work with small groups of children to help them achieve their learning targets. I am a...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Charlotte Platts (Teacher)

Hello everyone, my name is Miss Platts and I’m absolutely thrilled to be teaching Class 9 from September 2015. I have a passion for teaching and learning and enjoy working with young people immensely, as everyday is different and there is always something to make you smile. As a...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Zoe Clayton (Teacher)

Hello! My name is Zoe Clayton and I am the teacher in class 5. I joined Park Grove Primary this year and I am looking forward to working with all of the staff and children at the school. I am originally from Lancashire but I moved to York 3 years ago when I started my teacher...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Giles Mastrelli (Teacher)

My name is Giles Mastrelli and I currently teach in Class 8.  I have worked at Park Grove School since January 2011 and have taught throughout Key Stage 2. I really enjoy working at Park Grove as this school has a lovely welcoming atmosphere with very helpful and enthusiastic...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Amy Land (Teacher)

Hello I am Amy Land and I joined the teaching staff at Park Grove Primary in September 2013 after teaching in Kingston Upon Hull. I teach the children in years 3 and 4 in Class 6. The children at Park Grove are very helpful, creative and well behaved in class. My aim is that...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Jackie Thomas (Teaching Assistant)

Hi, I am Jackie Thomas. This is my second year in Class 2, before that I worked part time in Class 3. I really enjoy being in Class 2 because we have an interesting and diverse mixture of the Early Years curriculum and Key Stage 1. All the children and staff are absolutely lovely...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Catherine Fitzgerald (Teaching Assistant)

Hello, my name is Catherine Fitzgerald and I am a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in Class 9.  I released I had a passion for working  with children and have taken several courses in the subject, including a specialist SEN one which included a placement as St. Wilfrid’s Primary School...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Christine Shelton (Teaching Assistant)

My name is Christine Shelton and I have been a TA at school for many, many years (pre-fire). I have worked in all classes over the years but at present work in Class 3 with  Miss Plews. I went to Joseph  Rowntree’s school with a pupil I was working with and Miss Plews was in the...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Laura Savoia (Teaching Assistant)

Hello, my name is Laura Savoia and I have been working as a teaching assistant at Park Grove for 7 years. I was first introduced to Park Grove when my daughter came to Phoenix playgroup, which is attached to the school. When she started in reception, I began to help out at Park...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Aimee Thomas (Teacher)

My name is Aimee Thomas and I am the Class 4 teacher. I have lived in York all my life but spent three years studying at University in Scarborough. I have always wanted to be a teacher from a young age and I love planning exciting and engaging lessons for my class.The experience...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Will Gardiner (Teacher)

Hi, my name is Will Gardiner and I am the Class 3 teacher. I’m very proud to say that I was born and raised in this brilliant city and have lived here all my life.  I love working at Park Grove because of the overwhelmingly friendly nature and ethos of the school. My aim is to...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Deborah Carr-Brion (Teacher)

My name is Deborah Carr-Brion and I have been teaching at Park Grove for many years. I am originally from Bolton, near Manchester, but have lived in the York area for the past 25 years. I now live in a small town to the north of York with my husband and two teenage daughters. At...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Lynn Bilton (Teacher)

Hi, I’m Lynn Bilton and I have been teaching in Class 2 since 2014.  I really enjoy working with this age group as they are so enthusiastic and we never have a dull day!  I am a great believer in making all lessons as interactive as possible and love to use “Talk for Writing” in...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Valérie Steunou (SENCO)

My name is Valérie Steunou and I am the Special Needs Coordinator for our school. I also teach French to all KS2 children.  I have been working as a teacher at Park Grove for more than 10 years now. I am French, born and bred, hence the strangely spelt name and peculiar accent....
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Natalie Slater (Children and Family Support Worker)

Hi, my name is Natalie Slater and I have worked at Park Grove for the last three years. I have quite a varied role in school – I work as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 2, where I provide in class support mainly to Class 6 but to one or two others, as and when...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Liz Martindale (Children and Family Support Worker)

Hi, my name is Liz Martindale and I work in the Pupil Support Team at Park Grove School. I have worked at the school since 2009 and all my own children attended Park Grove. I used to work as a medical underwriter for an insurance company but left to be at home with m...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Gary Stoner (Business Manager)

Hello, my name is Gary Stoner the Site Manager for the school with responsibility for the day to day maintenance and upkeep of the school and its grounds. I started my working life as a coach builder at the carriage works in York where I did various jobs within the company over...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Claire Dykes (Office Staff)

Hello! My name is Claire Dykes. I work in the School Office two days a week on a Tuesday and Friday. I joined the team in November 2014. The office seems really busy, but I enjoy a challenge and I’m learning more day by day. All the staff are so friendly and helpful and have made...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Sarah Embleton (Office Staff, Librarian, MSA)

Hi, my name is Sarah Embleton and I have worked at Park Grove since 2006. I have 3 roles in school: I work 4 mornings in the office, 2 afternoons in the library and I am also a mid-day supervisor. I have two children: a 21 year old daughter and a 15 year old son. When I am not in...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017

Claire Clarke (Office Manager)

Hi my name is Claire Clarke and I work in the school office. I work 4 days a week, Monday to Thursday. I have worked at Park Grove since September 2006 and in that time have seen the reception children grow up throughout the school, leaving to go to their secondary schools, its...
Posted On 31 Mar 2017