Staff Members

 

Mrs Hainsworth, Headteacher

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Widnes (a Lancashire lass) but came to study in Leeds and loved it.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I had always wanted to teach since high school but decided to pursue my design skills instead. Leaving that to join teaching has been one of the best and most exhausting ideas I have ever made.  

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Headteacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: That's easy - our amazing, creative and inspirational children and staff of course.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Art, closely followed by maths.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: This is tricky. I'm not really a sports person but I do enjoy watching rugby league and playing rounders (without ever hitting the ball).

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I love reading and have also been known to collect paper bags! (designer sort) I'm sure they will come in useful some day! 

 

Mrs Dean, Office Manager

Q: Where do you come from?

A:  I come from Bolton in Lancashire.  I lived in Scunthorpe for a few years, moved to Leeds in 1990 and love living here.

Q: Why did you become an Office Manager?

A: I worked for a bank for many years in different roles and as a project manager for the last 12 years.  I loved the variety of that role and decided that working in a school office would be just as rewarding and varied.

Q: What is the best thing about being an Office Manager at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Every day is different. The staff and pupils at school are so friendly, kind and welcoming. It would be very hard not to feel at home here.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: At school my favourite subject was English although I wish I’d payed more attention in History as I find it really interesting now!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I have played in hockey, rounders and netball teams over the years, through school and work, but nowadays I like to run. I also love to watch a good football match especially when my son is playing.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I go to a Pilates class every week and enjoy camping and long walks with my family.

 

Mrs Ramsden, Admin Assistant

 

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I’m proud to say that I come from the town of Shildon in County Durham, the birthplace of the railways.  Did you know that in 1825, Shildon is where the first passenger train in the world started its journey to Darlington then Stockton? 

 

Q: Why did you become an Admin Assistant?

A: I have a banking background and have undertaken many different and varied roles in this sector.  I wanted to put my skills to good use as well as have the time to spend at home with my children.  This role is just perfect.  I love meeting people and making a difference no matter how small.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being an Admin Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: There are many great things about working in the school office.  One of my favourite things is when I hear the children singing in assembly, it always makes me smile and reminds me of my time at primary school.  I often sing along.   

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: It’s difficult for me to pick a favourite subject as I enjoyed all my subjects at school, I had some great teachers with fantastic personalities.  If I had to choose it would be between Physics, Geography and Technical Drawing.   

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I enjoy watching rugby league although I’ve never played the sport.  I’d be too scared of getting tackled!   

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I love being outdoors and especially like it when there is a chill in the air when the seasons are changing.  I enjoy running outside over the fields and walking in the Dales.  Another favourite pastime of mine is drinking tea and eating homemade cake, I’d never turn down a trip to Bettys!  

 

 

Miss Haden-Grant, Reception

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I come from a place called Knowle, which is in Solihull in the West Midlands.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I became a teacher because I felt that it was the job that I would enjoy the most, and find the most rewarding. Every day is different! I also wanted a challenge, and teaching is definitely that! We have great fun in Reception,  the children are always making me laugh!

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: I love being a teacher at Adel St John the Baptist because I know that I  am amongst very talented staff who care very much about the children and have high expectations of their learning. I feel part of a team who are all working together to reach the same goal. All staff, children and parents are very friendly which has helped me settle in very quickly!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: My favourite subject has always been PE. I liked gymnastics, trampolining and hockey when I was at school. I also like to teach PE. In Reception we learn through play. I very much enjoy learning outside with Reception and also having class discussions. I like to see children using what they have learned in their play, and am always very impressed with their thinking when on the carpet!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: My favourite sport is figure skating. I have been a figure skater since I was six years old and competed, coached and performed for many years before deciding to become a teacher. I don’t have much time to skate since starting school but I like to go as much as possible. I keep my ice skates in my car just in case I happen to need them?!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I like going out and spending time with my friends and family and enjoy going to new places. I like to travel and experience different cultures around the world. Since doing a ‘round-the-world’ trip after university and working in a primary school in China more recently, I am now ready for my next adventure!

 

Miss Griffin, Year 1

Q: Where do you come from? 

A: I come from a small town in Lancashire called Chorley but came to study Dance at the University of Leeds and, apart from a Study Abroad year in Australia, have hardly left.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher? 

A: I love to laugh and learn and being a teacher has allowed me to do both everyday.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: The best thing about teaching at our school is the support everybody  gives each other, children and adults alike.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: My favourite subject to teach is probably Mathematics. In Reception, we enjoy using our mathematics skills to solve the problems we come across everyday.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport? 

A: I enjoy practicing yoga, dance, bouldering and I’m currently training to do a 10k run in Lytham St. Anne’s with my mum and dad - hopefully in under an hour (maybe writing it down will make it happen).

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: As well as my sporting hobbies mentioned above, I love to walk with Nell, my Cocker Spaniel (who sadly lives in Chorley), cook and read.

 

Mr Routledge, Year 2

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I am from a town called Thetford in Norfolk but have lived in Leeds for 22 years now.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I was a bit bored with being an accountant and wanted to do something more fun. I enjoy time with children because they see the world in a far more interesting way than many adults.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Everyone is very friendly, staff and children alike.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Maths of course! I love solving puzzles.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: Football. I support Arsenal.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I have 2 young children and so spare time is a bit scarce. But in those precious spare moments I enjoy reading, cinema, theatre and the occasional acting role on stage.

 

 

Miss White, Year 3

Q: Where do you come from?

A: Leeds! I was born and grew up in Alwoodley so not very far from Adel

at all!

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: For the lightbulb moment! I love learning and thoroughly enjoy being able to facilitate those moments when children learn something new or are able to do something they’ve never done before.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: The people. All the children, other staff, parents, volunteers and anyone else that comes in to contact with our school are always so welcoming and friendly. It’s lovely being able to teach somewhere that feels like such a big family.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: It’s impossible to pick just one but, my top 3 would have to be R.E. because that’s what I studied at university; history because I think the past can teach us a lot about the future and art because I love being creative.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: It would have to be tennis both watching and playing when I get chance.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I enjoy cooking when I have time and I particularly like baking. I took a cake decorating course a few years ago and sometimes enjoy using those skills for special occasions. I also find reading and walking good ways to relax at the weekend.

 

Miss Jackson, Year 4

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Leeds and still live here. But I have lived in East Hampton on Long Island, New York and in Vilamoura in Portugal.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I became a teacher because I was inspired by a fantastic teacher called Kathryn Gerrard who I had the pleasure of working with when I was a Nursery Nurse at Chapel Allerton Primary School in Leeds.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School? 

A: There is a warm ethos and feeling when you walk into Adel St John the Baptist. Our school also has great staff who are supportive and friendly. We work well as a team and that is really important in teaching.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: My favourite subject is Literacy and phonics I love watching the children learn to read and write.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I am not really a sporty person!! But I do enjoy watching my son play football on weekends. He’s pretty good!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I enjoy spending time with my two wonderful children, we like having film nights with popcorn and cooking big family dinners together. My most favourite hobby is travelling to hot places far away and sitting on the beach!

 

Mrs Ventress, Year 5

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I come from a small town in the north east called Peterlee but I'm not classed as a real 'Geordie'.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I became a teacher because I really enjoy helping children to love learning.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: That's easy, the friendly staff and children. I knew the moment I stepped through the door I was going to love working at Adel St John as I got such a warm welcome from everyone and I haven't been disappointed.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: That's rather tricky as I like so many but my great passions are Literacy and history but I also love PE and music and if I can I love to throw in a bit of drama no matter what the subject!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: Athletics is my first love as many children at school will know from my monumental British Olympic countdown but I'm not fussy I will watch just about any sport.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Most of my spare time is spent ferrying my own children to various lessons or to see their friends but I do go ballroom dancing once a week, occasionally I can even be seen doing a little cha cha in the classroom.

 

Miss Dakin, Year 5

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I come from Scunthorpe, but I've lived in Leeds for eight years now so it feels like my second home.                 

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: I became a teacher because I believe that education is an enormously powerful tool in our world and can make a huge difference to children's lives. I wanted to be part of it!

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Tricky question - it is hard work but there is lots to love! I'd probably have to say the children - their energy, enthusiasm and effort often amazes me. It is also brilliant to be part of such a supportive staff team!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Literacy is my favourite subject of course! I am a big fan of books and reading and I love playing with words.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: My favourite sport to take part in is swimming and I try to have a swim every week. I'm not very fast but I like to think it's good for me anyway! As for watching sport, I enjoy the odd football match - especially if the mighty Scunthorpe United are playing! 

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: In my spare time I like to swim, read and cook. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family - it's always lovely to have a laugh and a chat.

 

 

Mrs Fountain, Year 6

Q: Where do you come from?

A: Originally, I come from the Wirral, which is between Liverpool and North Wales. However, I moved to Leeds to study for my degree and subsequently moved to Harrogate.

 

Q: Why did you become a teacher?

A: Having grown up around my mum, who was a secondary teacher, and my aunty, who was a primary headteacher, I always felt that I was destined for the same career, but to be sure, after graduating, I went to try out the 'business world' for a short time, before realising teaching  was definitely  what I wanted to do.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Primary Teacher at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Being around so many children who are brimming with enthusiasm to learn and a staff who want to make that learning as fun and imaginative as possible makes Adel St John a great place to work.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Having studied French and Linguistics at university, I'm definitely a literacy lover, no matter what the language!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: Although I have enjoyed various sports in the past, I prefer the gym now, running, circuit training or swinging a kettle bell! I do love to watch gymnastics and athletics on the television though, secretly wishing I could have a go on the pole vault!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: As well as the gym, I love to spend time with my dog, Humphrey, go for a country walk or play my flute. 

 

Mrs Baylis, Learning Mentor

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Essex and moved to Hampshire when I was 3. My family and I moved to Leeds when I was 12.

 

Q: Why did you become a Learning Mentor?

A:I became a Learning Mentor after being a teaching assistant for a number of years. I have always enjoyed supporting children in small groups and on a 1 to 1 basis .I wanted to focus on the pastoral needs of children as well as their academic needs and being a Learning Mentor gives me the opportunity and privilege to do both.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Learning Mentor at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: My role as Learning Mentor at Adel St John The Baptist Primary School is so very varied and diverse. I love working with the groups of children such as Peer Mentors and Racial Harmony Group. 

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: I really love Literacy and Art.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I enjoy tennis. I used to play it a lot but now it’s more about watching!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I have lots of hobbies but not so much time to do them. When there is some time I love to cook and be creative with different crafts. I really enjoy going to the theatre too.

 

Miss Smith, HLTA and Teaching Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Leeds and have lived in Leeds all my life.

 

Q: Why did you become a HLTA and Teaching Assistant?

A: I always wanted to work with children. I started off in a children’s centre, but moved here to work with a child 1-1 in Reception. I’ve been in there ever since!

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a HLTA and Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Adel St John is a lovely school to be a part of! It’s great to get involved with the children and things we have going on at school. The staff are great too and lunchtimes in the staffroom is always a good laugh!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Although I’m not very good at Art, I always enjoy creative activities. I also always enjoy getting involved with phonics and music too!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I’m not a very sporty person and don’t play any sport. However, I enjoy watching most sports. Rugby is my favourite and I often go to Headingley to watch Leeds Rhinos.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I fill most of my spare time up with shopping!! I enjoy going to the rugby and socialising too.

 

Mrs Whitehead, HLTA and Learning Mentor

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in York and spent the first 9 years of my life living in an idyllic little village 10 miles north of York. I then moved to Leeds where I have lived ever since.

 

Q: Why did you become a HLTA and Teaching Assistant?

A: I have a regret that I never trained to be a teacher when I was younger, so becoming a teaching assistant has been the next best choice for me! Put simply, I love children and I thrive on seeing them learn.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a HLTA and Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Being part of a truly brilliant school, where the teaching staff deliver a varied and exciting curriculum incorporating inclusion and diversity, from which the children thrive and excel.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Literacy and art – subjects where your imagination and creativity can run wild!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: After completing my 6 laps of the football pitch with Year 6, perhaps athletics!! I do enjoy rugby, as I spend many a Sunday on the touch line supporting my son.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: I love cooking, experimenting and trying out new recipes. I’ve never been very good at baking though, although with a recent year 6 baking lesson, the syrup loaf turned out pretty good! Mrs Starkey though still holds the baking crown!

 

Mrs Haley, HLTA and Teaching Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A: Yorkshire born and bred!

 

Q: Why did you become a HLTA and Teaching Assistant?

A: A wish to engage in the development and education at primary level.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a HLTA and Teaching Assistant at  Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Everyone strives for a common goal, works as a team (staff and children alike) and leaves the school each day richer for sharing each others company!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Religious Education because I have always loved the stories from the Bible and I have an interest in learning about the values of other faiths.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: Rounders, especially when the teachers beat the Year 6 2014!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Weekend walks in North Yorkshire with my family and two wire haired foxies.  Baking and sharing recipes, reading recommended novels, Zumba - usually spend most of the class laughing at my lack of rhythm and socializing with my friends.

 

Mrs Bolton, Lunchtime Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I have always lived in Leeds. I am originally from Adel but moved away in my late teens. After having my daughter I moved back to the area and have been here since.

 

Q: Why did you become a Teaching Assistant?

A: I worked in the childcare field since the age of 18 and felt that becoming a teaching assistant was a natural progression. I have always wanted to work in a school and feel lucky that I am now in such a fantastic one!

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: The best thing is being able to help the children to learn and develop. It is so rewarding and I laugh everyday!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: I like all subjects but my favourite is art. I like to be able to create something from nothing.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and have been to quite a few live events. My husband works in the field and is a fanatic and is turning me into one!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: My spare time is spent with my daughter and we enjoy going to the park, family bike rides and girly shopping trips. I enjoy making birthday and celebration cakes for family and friends.

 

Mrs Williams, Teaching Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Dewsbury but moved to Adel when I was about 18 months old. I lived in Adel until I was 12 and then moved to Bramhope.

 

Q: Why did you become a Teaching Assistant?

A: I hadn't worked for 12 years since starting a family so going back to work was quite a big thing. I wanted a job that gave me job satisfaction and helping children to learn gives me that. 

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Adel St John's has always had a special place in my heart as I went there myself as a child and had no hesitation in sending my own children there. The children and staff are fantastic and I feel very priveliged to work in such a happy, positive place. 

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: Probably maths I think. I enjoy working things out and like having a definite right or wrong answer!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I really enjoy watching my boys play football but for myself I would rather play tennis or go to the gym.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: My children keep me incredibly busy in ,y spare time so I don't always get very much time for my own hobbies! I watch the boys' football matches, play tennis with them, occasionaly go for a run but most of all enjoy having a meal out with friends and family.

 

Mrs Lawrenson, Teaching Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A: I was born in Leeds and have lived there ever since.

 

Q: Why did you become a Teaching Assistant?

A: I became a teaching assistant as I love being around children and watching them progress.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: Being part of the team at Adel St John is fantastic, we all pull together and encourage each other to do our best! It’s great!

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: I love Maths!

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I love swimming, walking and golf!

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: Golf is my hobby….I have to beat my husband! I also love to cook interesting food.

 

Mrs Pullan, Teaching Assistant

Q: Where do you come from?

A:I was born in our family home at Woodhouse, Leeds, and I'm very proud to be from Yorkshire. I have never lived anywhere else, just different districts of Leeds.

 

Q: Why did you become a Teaching Assistant?

A: I began coming into school when my youngest son started at his school, and I really enjoyed being with the children. I then came to Adel St John and  I continued to listen to readers and I became a dinner time assistant. I decided I enjoyed working more with children and made it a career.

 

Q: What is the best thing about being a Teaching Assistant at Adel St John the Baptist Primary School?

A: The best thing is feeling part of an extended family as we all care and support each other whether you're a member of staff or a pupil.

 

Q: What is your favourite subject?

A: My favourite subject at school was English, but I also enjoy music at Adel St John.

 

Q: What is your favourite sport?

A: I'm not a 'sporty' person myself, but I attend a gym and enjoy swimming, but I'm not very fast. My family have a long history with the sport of cycling.

 

Q: Do you have any hobbies or what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

A: In my spare time I enjoy watching TV, listening to music and generally relaxing. I used to do cross-stitch as well as reading.