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The team at Dean Gibson will go above and beyond to help your child achieve their full potential both academically and emotionally.

  • Teaching Staff

    • Mrs Sarah Tansey - Head Teacher and on the Staffing and Cirriculum Committee and Community and Welfare Committee

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        all through my early professional life, when I had worked in a merchant bank, in an antiquarian bookshop and in the Head Office of the Burton Goup, I still had a nagging feeling that what I really wanted to do was teach. My first teaching practice, in a tiny church school, was exhilarating and gave me that light bulb moment when I knew teaching was for me!

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Rough, my English teacher, who brought her lessons to life by using artefacts and whose teaching was mesmerising in its delivery. She was a great role model and lived and breathed literature. Her performance in The Shadow of a Gunman at the Neptune Theatre in Liverpool remains etched on my memory.

    • Mrs Clare Ritchie

      Mrs Clare Ritchie - Reception Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I'm proud to say that my interest in, and love of, working with children comes from my Mum. She showed me that you can make a difference in the life of all children by nurturing their enthusiasm for learning.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        As a proud past pupil of DG, my favourite teacher was Miss Dobson, she inspired a love of reading and books in me.

    • Mrs Emily Martin

      Mrs Emily Martin - Year 1 Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I love spending time with children and want to help educate and mold the next generation.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Vaughan - she really inspired me to have a love of learning.

    • Mr Mark Ashburn

      Mr Mark Ashburn - Year 2 Class Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        During year eleven work experience I was placed in a primary school and enjoyed every minute of it so decided to pursue a career in teaching. Having some great teachers during my school years inspired me to become a teacher.

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        “Mr Ashburn, watch out it’s going to fall….!”
        (seconds before a Science experiment went wrong.)

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        My primary school teacher Mrs Bates was my favourite teacher because she brought topics to life and inspired a love of learning. She was also cheerful and caring, two key attributes a teacher must have.

    • Miss Kerry Fisher

      Miss Kerry Fisher - Year 3 Class teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        While in Year 11 and sixth form I helped out in maths and literacy lessons lower down the school. I loved creating those ‘lightbulb’ moments for the children and was inspired by their thirst for knowledge.

         

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        I overheard a child conversation when I was on a visit day, at a university teaching placement... "Yeah she seems nice now, but I bet she's dead strict!"

         

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mr Gwinnett was my GCSE and A Level history teacher, who had an infectious enthusiasm for his subject. He opened my mind to new ways of thinking and helped make me the person I am today.

    • Mrs Janet Thorn

      Mrs Janet Thorn - Year 4 Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I found school hard. I couldn't read and that made everything difficult. When I went into Junior 2 (Year 4) I had Mrs Bamber as a teacher. She diagnosed me with dyslexia. After that I was given special teacher who helped me develop strategies so I could learn to read. All of a sudden things started to become clear to me. School became easier and I caught up with those around me. I want to be like Mrs Bamber, to help all children enjoy school.

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        I thought Year 6 would be hard, but it's also quite fun.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Bamber

    • Mr James Duffin - Year 5 Class Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        My teachers at primary school really inspired me. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember and I think it is because of their enthusiasm and how much I enjoyed being at school.

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        At the end of one of my teaching practises, I told the children I would be going home to spend Christmas with my family.

        Child A: Do you have a wife Mr Duffin?
        Me: No I don’t.
        Child B: Aww. You just need to find somebody to love

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mr Prescott. He was my Head teacher and my teacher in year 6. He was always really energetic and made all my lessons really fun to be in.

    • Miss Louise Mahon - Year 6 Class Teacher and on the Staffing and Curriculum Committee

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I enjoy the company of children, they are miniature walking miracles, full of thoughts and ideas and laughter and, at times sadness; and all of that deserves attention, nurture and peace to grow. How amazing to be able to be the facilitator of that

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        I don't have one, although I do know the kind of teacher I don't want to be. Effective teachers put the whole child first, whatever their strengths, whatever their challenges.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Too numerous from which to choose just one. The most recent involved a discussion about the book 'Northern Lights' by Phillip Pullman.

        Me: Let's look at some images of the actual Northern Lights.

        Child: oooo! Aren't they in Blackpool?

        Me: No, not quite.

        Or;

        Me: I used to play this game when I was small.

        Child: Oh, it must be really old then.

        Me: Sigh.

    • Mrs Laura Marshall - PPA Cover Teacher

      I have been at Dean Gibson since 2008 and I taught in Year 5 and Year 2 before taking on the role as a ppa cover teacher.

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I have always been interested in teaching and spent a lot of time volunteering in primary schools when I was doing my GCSE’s and A-levels. At university I was asked to help design and run workshops for the Liverpool children’s library service linking with ancient history for primary schools. I loved it so much I instantly knew that that was what I wanted to do.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Kirk who by coincidence did teach at Dean Gibson in the past. She was energetic, passionate and I am still in contact with her now.

    • Miss Stacey Hodgson - PPA cover teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        My insiration for teaching came from my own primary schooling and the teachers who taught me. I was lucky enough to be taught in a small, rural primary school where our love of teaching was inspired and nurtured and where our teachers shared their passion for teaching us new things.

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        "I've got it!" A lightbulb moment from a child after persevering with something they found a bit tricky.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Hendersdon, she taught us to always believe in ourselves and brought our learning to life through her creativity. She was a real inspiration.

  • School Management

    • Mrs Sarah Tansey - Head Teacher and on the Staffing and Cirriculum Committee and Community and Welfare Committee

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        all through my early professional life, when I had worked in a merchant bank, in an antiquarian bookshop and in the Head Office of the Burton Goup, I still had a nagging feeling that what I really wanted to do was teach. My first teaching practice, in a tiny church school, was exhilarating and gave me that light bulb moment when I knew teaching was for me!

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Rough, my English teacher, who brought her lessons to life by using artefacts and whose teaching was mesmerising in its delivery. She was a great role model and lived and breathed literature. Her performance in The Shadow of a Gunman at the Neptune Theatre in Liverpool remains etched on my memory.

    • Mrs Clare Ritchie

      Mrs Clare Ritchie - Reception Teacher

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I'm proud to say that my interest in, and love of, working with children comes from my Mum. She showed me that you can make a difference in the life of all children by nurturing their enthusiasm for learning.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        As a proud past pupil of DG, my favourite teacher was Miss Dobson, she inspired a love of reading and books in me.

  • School Governors

    • Mrs Sarah Tansey - Head Teacher and on the Staffing and Cirriculum Committee and Community and Welfare Committee

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        all through my early professional life, when I had worked in a merchant bank, in an antiquarian bookshop and in the Head Office of the Burton Goup, I still had a nagging feeling that what I really wanted to do was teach. My first teaching practice, in a tiny church school, was exhilarating and gave me that light bulb moment when I knew teaching was for me!

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Mrs Rough, my English teacher, who brought her lessons to life by using artefacts and whose teaching was mesmerising in its delivery. She was a great role model and lived and breathed literature. Her performance in The Shadow of a Gunman at the Neptune Theatre in Liverpool remains etched on my memory.

    • Mrs Maureen Calnan - Chair Person and also a member of the Staffing Curriculum Committee

      I have been a school governor for approximately 20 years. At the present time I am Chair person of Dean Gibson as well as serving on the staffing and curriculum committee.

      As a retired head Teacher one would suppose that I had had enough of education and all the political changes that go with it, but I am passionate about Catholic schools and the ethos that they pass on to each generation of children. My children and grand children have had and have the privilege of attending Roman Catholic schools.

      I continue to keep up to date with educational change and trend by working for the Diocese ( when they call me)! On a voluntary basis. I have recently been appointed as a National Leader of Governance.

    • Mrs Gill Scanlan - Parent Governor, Community and Welfare Committee

      I was born and brought up in Central Scotland and moved south of the border back in 1996. Soon after, I met my husband and after a few years back in my homeland we settled with our 2 (at the time) children in Kendal, Des’s territory.

      I now have 3 children all at Dean Gibson and lead, as many of us do, a busy life juggling work, school and play! When not in either ‘work’ or ‘mum’ mode, I enjoy a good run, a good book and a good glass of wine (although not all at the same time!).

      My role is as a Parent Governor and so I understand the concerns that other parents might have. As my children all attend the school I have a vested interest in helping to make the school run well and offer my enthusiasm and commitment to the team. I’m well suited to my position on the Community and Welfare committee as I work in a healthcare profession which gives me insight and empathy when people need help and I try to always offer a balanced viewpoint.

    • Mr Fr Hugh Pollock - Parish Priest and on the Finance and Premises Committee

      I am a relatively new member of the Governing Body as I only arrived in the parish in September 2012. This is also my first experience of Primary School for many years and has been very interesting in the fast-changing life of education at the moment.

      So much is happening at the moment that it is an exciting time to be in education, perhaps that should be challenging. I have certainly come to see what a dedicated staff we have, and how very dedicated they are to the children.

    • Mrs Lindsey Stephenson - Parent Governor, Community and Welfare Committee

      I joined the Governing body in September 2012, so I am also a newcomer, however I was a governor at Kendal Nursery for 4 years, so had a good idea of what I was letting myself in for! About me - I am married to Dan and we have 2 children at Dean Gibson, we also have a cat, 2 goldfish and a hamster (not at Dean Gibson!).

      I currently work as a Commissioning officer for Children's services with a focus on Emotional Health and Wellbeing and previously have been involved in Healthy Schools. I have a strong belief that a happy, healthy child is an achieving child in every sense. I obviously have a vested interest as a Parent Governor as my children are here, but think that every child has the right to a nurturing and positive school experience that builds a their self esteem and a belief in themselves, enabling them to be the best they can be. As a parent governor and as a member of the community and welfare committee I see my role as ensuring that we look at the whole child and work in partnership with the whole school community to make a difference to all the children and families in our school.

    • Miss Louise Mahon - Year 6 Class Teacher and on the Staffing and Curriculum Committee

      • I was Inspired to become a teacher because ...

        I enjoy the company of children, they are miniature walking miracles, full of thoughts and ideas and laughter and, at times sadness; and all of that deserves attention, nurture and peace to grow. How amazing to be able to be the facilitator of that

      • My favourite quote from a child ...

        I don't have one, although I do know the kind of teacher I don't want to be. Effective teachers put the whole child first, whatever their strengths, whatever their challenges.

      • My favourite teacher was ...

        Too numerous from which to choose just one. The most recent involved a discussion about the book 'Northern Lights' by Phillip Pullman.

        Me: Let's look at some images of the actual Northern Lights.

        Child: oooo! Aren't they in Blackpool?

        Me: No, not quite.

        Or;

        Me: I used to play this game when I was small.

        Child: Oh, it must be really old then.

        Me: Sigh.

    • Mrs Stella Kerrigan - Foundation Governor, Staffing and Cirriculum Committee

    • Mr Shane Tickell - Foundation Governor, Finance and Premises

    • Mr Scott Cormack - Foundation Governor, Finance and Premises

    • Mrs Ann-Marie White - Foundation Governor, Community and Welfare Committee

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Mr James Duffin - Year 5 Class Teacher

Emily Martin

Mrs Emily Martin - Year 1 Teacher

Janet Thorn

Mrs Janet Thorn - Year 4 Teacher

Clare Ritchie

Mrs Clare Ritchie - Reception Teacher

Mark Ashburn

Mr Mark Ashburn - Year 2 Class Teacher

Mrs Sarah Tansey - Head Teacher and on the Staffing and Cirriculum Committee and Community and Welfare Committee

Mrs Maureen Calnan - Chair Person and also a member of the Staffing Curriculum Committee

Miss Louise Mahon - Year 6 Class Teacher and on the Staffing and Curriculum Committee

Kerry Fisher

Miss Kerry Fisher - Year 3 Class teacher

Miss Stacey Hodgson - PPA cover teacher

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