Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants

Please click on each section to find out more about us.

 

Reception

Miss Kidd


All about me


I am a positive person and passionate about encouraging all children to believe in themselves. My favourite quote is “If you can dream it, you can do it” by Walt Disney and I love all things Disney! I enjoy being creative, making new things and particularly enjoy pottery painting. I love to go shopping and for long walks with my little dog called Betsy.


 My favourite book


The Smeds and The Smoos – Julia Donaldson


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to learn sign language

Miss Devine


All about me


I have worked at Newton Westpark for over 25 years and really enjoy my job. I have a 13 year old son who also attended this school. In my spare time I love going to the gym, reading and socialising with my friends.


 My favourite book


The Twits by Roald Dahl


 What I’d like to learn


To get better at long distance running

Mrs Wooding


All about me


I have worked at Newton Westpark now for for 5 years and have loved every single second of it.   In my free time I enjoy walking and love visiting Scotland in the holidays  with my husband and son. I  really do like reading books on my kindle too. I  love making people happy and making people smile.


My favourite book


The Gruffalo


What I’d like to learn


I would like to learn how to speak French.


 

Mr Riley


All about me


Hi, I’m Mr Riley. I enjoy helping others and watching young people achieve their very best. I love music, drama, creative writing, maths, cycling, and being outdoors. I also love computers and retro gaming. I have two dogs called Poppy and Bo. Poppy is a Labrador and Bo is a Zuchon. I love all kinds of music from classical to euro-dance, and I love to practice the piano in my spare time. I adore passing my knowledge on to others. Music is the amazing universal language that we all share. We should always aim to help one another in the best way we can.


My favourite animal


A sea lion 


What I’d like to learn


I would like to get better at playing the Ukulele.

Miss Kelly


All about me


I am a graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University, with a great enthusiasm for working with children from different areas and places. I have worked within the childcare sector for 6 years where I have developed my passion for supporting and helping children. I am a proud auntie to 3 boys and 1 little girl. I enjoy baking, beauty and fashion. I am looking forward to starting in reception class at Newton Westpark to enjoy messy and creative play with the children.


My favourite book


Five Minutes Peace


 What I’d like to learn


Sign language

Year 1

Mrs Eckersley


All about me


I have worked in Reception at Newton Westpark since Autumn 2018. I am going to be the Year 1 teacher and I am very excited about the move up! I have one little boy. I love walking and the outdoors and we go for long walks every weekend. We often have picnics in the rain! I also love reading, tap dancing and speaking other languages. I really love French!


My favourite book


Pumpkin Soup


What I’d like to learn


I’d love to get better at playing the piano.

Mrs O'Dwyer-Smith


All about me


I have worked at Newton Westpark for 22 years. I have spent a lot of those years working in year 1. I have three children 2 boys and a girl. I enjoy taking my dog Molly for a walk. At the weekend I love to spend time with my two grandchildren. My favourite band is Westlife and I do enjoy singing along to all of their songs.


 My favourite book


We're Going on a Bear Hunt


 What I’d like to learn


I would like to learn how to speak Spanish

Mrs Sehorn


All about me


I have worked at Newton Westpark since January this year and I have loved every minute. My previous job was a nursery practitioner. I got married in August last year and moved to Leigh so that I could be closer to work. I love my friends and family and I enjoy travelling around the country with them. I also enjoy singing.

My favourite book


The Secret Seven Series by Enid Blyton

What Id like to learn


I'd like to learn to drive and I am starting lessons soon.

Miss Hall


All About Me:


My name is Miss Hall and I will be the new associate teacher in Year 1.  I am very excited to start at Newton Westpark in September.  My favourite activities are painting, going on long walks and spending time with my friends and family.  I also watching lots of Disney films, may favourite is Moana or Mulan.    


My favourite book:


My favourite book is Michael Morpurgo’s Born to run.


What I’d like to learn:


I would like to learn a different language, maybe French or Spanish!

Year 2 

Miss Jones


All about me


I am very excited to be a new teacher at Newton Westpark and I am very much looking forward to meeting you all. I have a dog called Sherlock who loves going on adventures with me. In my spare time I love baking, dancing and musical theatre. You will often find me singing Disney songs! I love to travel and I spent a year living in a castle, just like Hogwarts!


 My favourite book


The Jolly Postman


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to learn how to play the piano.


Miss Attwood


All about me


I have worked at Newton Westpark for 6 years and really enjoy my job. Before starting work at Newton Westpark I trained to become a Beauty Therapist and managed a beauty salon. In my spare time I enjoy socialising and spending time with my friends and family. I love planning and going on holidays to different places.


 My favourite book


The worst witch


 What I’d like to learn


Another language

Miss Pownall


All about me


I have always loved Newton Westpark since I was a pupil here from Reception to Year 6. I have worked here since October 2019, before that I worked at Newton Westpark Nursery. I love baking, listening to music, socialising with my friends and having family film nights. One of my favourite animated films is The Trolls; Poppy is my favourite character!


 My favourite book


We’re Going On A Bear Hunt


 What I’d like to learn


Sign language.  

Key Stage 1 Support

Mrs Podesta


All about me


I started as a volunteer at Newton Westpark almost 27 years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I never left! I live with my husband, grown up daughter and our dog, Doli. My hobbies include going to the gym, reading, card making and making cakes.


 My favourite book


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to learn modern calligraphy.

Year 3

Mrs Evans


All about me


I am so proud to be the new Year 3 Teacher at Newton Westpark Primary. I am looking forward to being part of a wonderful school and community. I have 1 lovely daughter and a dog called Mia. I love reading, watching movies and visiting different countries around the world. I love everything about animals, especially learning about new species!


 My favourite book


The Snail and the Whale


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to be able to play a musical instrument confidently.


 

Mrs Shaw


All about me


I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 3 at Newton Westpark. I love spending time with my family, going for long walks and baking.


My favourite book


Charlie and the chocolate factory.


What I’d like to learn


A new language

Mrs Jackson


All about me


I am Teaching Assistant at Newton Westpark. I am a very proud mum to 5 amazing children. I have worked at Newton Westpark now for nearly 3 years and love everything about my job. I love being part of a fantastic community. I love Reading and History and I enjoy learning about all the different cultures of the world.


My favourite book


I have loved the  Beatrix Potter Collection ever since I was little girl.


 What I’d like to learn


I would really love to learn photography


 

Year 4

Mr Collier


All about me


I have worked in our school for more than 10 years and I am very proud to see it grow and develop into the fantastic school it is now. I have a wonderful family and we love travelling and going on holidays. I enjoys most sports, especially rugby, and I also have a passion for painting and drawing.


My favourite book


The Lonesome Dove


What I’d like to learn


How to sing like a rock star.

Mrs Wimbleton


All about me


I am so proud to be a teacher at Newton Westpark and to be a part of the Newton Westpark family. I have a lovely daughter who I love spending time with and experiencing new and exciting things together. I love reading, going for long family walks at the weekend and going to the theatre to watch musicals - I love to sing along to all the songs!


 My favourite book


Giraffes Can’t Dance


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to be able to play the piano

Mrs Grundy


All about me


I am Teaching Assistant at Newton Westpark. I also work as part of the  amazing team in the school kitchen. I am a proud Mum of two boys who have also attended the Primary School. I love working with the amazing children at Newton Westpark.


My favourite book


The Magic Far Away Tree


What I’d like to learn


I would really love to learn Sign Language


 

Miss Maher


All about me


I am in my 8th year at Newton Westpark. I have worked in key stage 1 and now I am in key stage 2. I have 2 sons who are my world. In my spare time I love to draw Disney characters, I also like to go on long walks. I like Manchester City football club.


 My favourite book


Gangsta Granny


 What I’d like to learn


How to cook exotic meals

Year 5

Mr Anderson


All about me


I am very excited to be starting my teaching career at Newton Westpark! I have just finished my Primary Education degree at Edge Hill University, specialising in mathematics and the Early Years Foundation Stage. I am originally from Salford and I knew I wanted to be a teacher from an early age. I love reading, baking and drama. I am excited to get to know this fabulous community.


My favourite book


Awful Auntie by David Walliams


 What I’d like to learn


I would love to learn more British Sign Language


 

Miss Ross


All about me


I have worked at NWP for 6 years now and am proud to be a part of such an amazing school. At home, I live with my two daughters and we enjoy spending time together out walking. I love singing (even though I’ve been told I’m not very good) and my favourite food is chocolate!


 My favourite book


Kensuke’s Kingdom


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to learn sign language and am teaching myself slowly at home.

Mrs Pemberton


All About Me


I have been working at Newton Westpark for 25 years. I have worked in most classes and I enjoy supporting and helping children with their learning. I have 5 children of my own and they attended Newton Westpark when they were little. Now some of my grandchildren come to NWP. When I’m not in school I enjoy family time, holidays by the sea and my garden.

Year 6

Miss Corrigan


All about me


I am going into my 3rd year at school, I am very excited to be teaching you in your final year at primary school. I am looking forward to sharing your final memories of Newton Westpark with you. I enjoy watching football, especially Wigan. In my spare time, I like to catch up with family and friends. I enjoy going for walks and going on holiday to new places.


My favourite book


The Boy in the Dress


What I’d like to learn


I’d like to learn how to speak another language.

Miss Cliff


All about me


I have had the privilege of teaching at Newton Westpark since I qualified as a teacher 6 years ago and I now have a Teaching and Learning Responsibility for the wider curriculum.  I love learning about different places around the world and geography is one of my favourite subjects to teach. When I am not in school, I love reading, spending time with my family and going on long walks with my dog Max.


 My favourite book


Holes by Louis Sachar


 What I’d like to learn


I’d love to be able to play the piano.

Mr Mahon


All about me


I am going into my 8th year at school, I enjoy helping you learn and I am looking forward to preparing you for high school. I love watching and playing football and unfortunately support Arsenal. I like to watch T.V; my favourite programme is the Impractical Jokers. 


My favourite book


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


What I’d like to learn


I’d like to learn how to play the drums.

Miss Thompson


All about me


I am very proud  to work as a teaching assistant at Newton Westpark. I have worked here since 2009 and love the ethos of our school. I have a daughter, a son and also a granddaughter. When I’m not in school, I like doing puzzles, singing the few lines I know of every song on the radio and sleeping. I also enjoy art and watching television programmes that are a little bit mysterious.                                                                          


My favourite book                                         


 Lord of the Flies


What I’d like to learn                                                     


I’d like to learn to paint like a professional artist.