Greta Ellis - Head Teacher
My teaching began at Kirkoswald School in 1998 when I worked part time teaching the Y2 children. I then taught in Y5/6 with a brief interlude working for the Local Authority as a numeracy consultant. I became the Head Teacher here in September 2006. I have led the school through three successful Ofsted inspections and with the support of all the staff have managed the change that is an integral part of leading a school in the 21st century. I have recently been designated as a Local Leader In Education through The National College.
I currently teach in Class 1 on Thursday and Friday and find that this helps me to get to know all of the children and families as they come into our school. I feel very lucky to be part of our school community and the extended community around the school. It is a happy place to learn in, grow up in and live in. I have two grown up children, a boy and a girl and now three delightful grandchildren - all boys.
In my spare time I like the outdoors, walking on the fells and being out and about in beautiful places. I am also a keen cook and can often be found immersed in a book.
Catherine Reding - Class 1 Teacher
After studying music at university I trained as a primary school teacher. Since then I have worked in a variety of posts including as a class teacher, music teacher and on professional development projects with Sightlines Initiative. In my spare time I enjoy music, photography and spending time outdoors.
Natalie Tilbe - Class 2 Teacher
Prior to being a teacher I was a civil servant for far too many years, followed by a short stint of self employment working for a regeneration project. When I am not in school I enjoy walking my dog, attending to my allotment and garden, and cycling (but only short rides, and preferably on the flat!)
Helen Starr - Class 2 Teacher
I was born in Liverpool. Before teaching in Cumbria I worked first in Theatre in Education in Liverpool and London, then as a family social worker driving a converted double decker playbus around estates in South London. The bus was 12 tons and had no power assisted steering! After that I lived in Sussex, with my husband, and managed a training centre for teenagers who had been released from detention centres. We then moved to Cumbria where we brought up both our daughters. I taught in several schools in the Eden Valley before working at Kirkoswald School. For the last five years I’ve taught part time at the school combining this with part time mentoring teacher training students at the University of Cumbria. My interests are reading, skiing, theatre, swimming and supporting Everton Football Club.
Carol Lewthwaite - Class 3 Teacher
I’m a ‘sand-grown-un’ from the Lancashire coast where I started my working life as an Analytical Chemist and met a kindred spirit, called Mark. The chemistry was obviously right – we’re still married! Eventually, I ventured into the world of education as a Training Manager developing graduates and managers in industry. Both super jobs, but nowhere near as much fun as the best job anyone ever gets to do – being a parent. I was lucky enough to spend five hedonistic years looking after our son, Theo, before he started school when I retrained as a Primary School Teacher so that, basically, I could continue having fun!
I live and teach in the village but I escape to sing with a local choir in Carlisle and hop off for regular fixes of city ‘n’ sea. I admit to being a bit of a petrol head (still dreaming of owning an E-type); jogging before sensible people are out of bed; going out dancing long after sensible people have gone to bed, but I am equally content to potter around the homestead; cooking, knitting, writing or lounging around with a good read.
Helen Hodgson - Teaching Assistant
I originally trained as a nurse, then got married and now have two grown up boys. I then taught ICT in four different primary schools, before becoming a teaching assistant in Kirkoswald School which I enjoy very much. I love listening to all kinds of music, singing, playing the guitar, cycling, swimming and walking.
Gayle Crollman - Teaching Assistant
I have worked in Kirkoswald School for the last four years. I have many different roles within school such as 1:1 support, supervising at lunchtime, assisting Class 3 on their Adventure Learning days out on the Common and working in After School Club. I enjoy all my roles and my daughter enjoys coming to this school. Prior to living and working in Kirkoswald I completed my NVQ level 3 qualification and worked in a school and nursery in Brampton. I enjoy walking, camping and running the Wildlife Trust children’s group in the village.
Lindsay Little - Teaching Assistant
I am a Kirkoswald girl, born and bred. I attended Kirkoswald Primary School, as did my father and grandfather before me and as my own children do now. Prior to having my children I worked for Specialist Teaching Services in Penrith and Carlisle, teaching children with specific literacy difficulties. I am an active member of the community, organising and taking part in many village events. After 33years, it's great to be back at school!
Ann Little - Classroom Assistant
I originally trained as a teacher but never taught! I got married and had 3 children who are now very grown up and have blessed us with 9 grandchildren 3x3!! I started working as a Classroom Assistant an awfully long time ago and have worked in every class! I have the best job ever, and it's true, you never stop learning.
Jill Thompson - Teaching Assistant
I have been working at Kirkoswald School since September 2016. Prior to that I graduated from University in 2013 with a Psychology degree and my first child on his way - Matthew. I aspire to become a qualified teacher myself one day, but for now I am thoroughly enjoying the experience I am gaining from working in Kirkoswald School.
Within the school I have a few different roles such as midday supervision, class 1 assistant on a Friday and admin on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. When I am not in school I enjoy running my busy household; walking my dog, cooking/baking, being a mum to Matthew and soon to be a mum to baby number 2!
Meg - School Dog
I joined the school in December 2015 as an eight week old puppy. I live with Greta Ellis and like to visit school and meet the children. I am an Apricot Cockerpoo and have been told I'm very good at teaching phonics!