Teaching Assistants

Mrs T. Arckless – Pastoral Lead

I’m Tina. I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2002.  I have worked in the Nursery and Rainbow Room as well as Mainstream school.  At present I run the school’s Nurture Intervention programmes such as positive play with Hannah, my special friend in ‘Hannah’s Hideout’,.  My main role is supporting families through various progammes and interventions and offer support for bereavement, separation, benefits, debt and any other difficulties.   I’m married with three children and have lived in the area all my life.

Ms M. Chapman

Hi, I’m Mel Chapman. I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2010. I am a teaching assistant in the Ladybirds class. I have three teenagers and a Yorkshire Terrier called Alfie. I like to go walking and enjoy watching movies. I love my job at this amazing school!

Mrs S. Cotton

I am a special needs teaching assistant and work in Butterflies. I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2010 and love my job. I am married with two lovely daughters who take up most of my spare time. I enjoy reading, listening to music and meeting up with family and friends.

Mrs K. Duggins

Hi, I’m Karen Duggins and I am currently working in the Zebras class. I have been at Elmsleigh since 2007 and I love it! I am married and have a son called Mitchell. I love shopping and going out with my mates.

Mrs J. Fantarrow

I am a Special Needs Teaching Assistant working in the Rainbow Room.  I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2007.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog.

Mrs R. Flatt

Mrs L. Holmes

Hello, I’m Lyndsey Holmes, I work as a Teaching Assistant here at Elmsleigh School.  Ive worked in childcare and special needs settings for over 15 years, I’ve been at Elmsleigh since 2009 and feel proud to be part of such an amazing team.  I live with Mr Holmes and my two lovely little ladies.  I love family time, we enjoy swimming, bike riding, horse riding and holidays.

Mrs L. Hall

Hi, my name is Mrs Laura Hall.  I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2000 and I really do enjoy my job and working at Elmsleigh.  I live with my husband and 2 children.  I enjoy reading, knitting and a lovely cup of tea while chatting.

Mrs S. Irwin

Hi, my name is Sarah Irwin. I’m a special needs teaching assistant in Busy Bees. I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2002. I am married and enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and walking my dog, Ruby.

Mrs J. Keeling

Hi my name is Julie Keeling. I have worked at Elmsleigh since 2000 and before this I did voluntary work at school. At the moment I work in the Rainbow Room. Before school I help to run breakfast club. I enjoy all of the varied jobs and work with some fabulous people. I have been married for thirty years and have three wonderful grown up sons. They all attended Elmsleigh when they were younger. In my spare time I love reading, going out for a meal, taking care of my family and spending time with family and friends.

Mr G. King

My name is Gareth and I support children in Nursery. I like drama and computers. I enjoy coming into school each day as everyone is so happy, helpful and kind.

Mrs K. Newton

My name is Kerry Newton and I am a teaching assistant. I am married with two children. I love watching old black and white films and the Christmas season!

Mrs S. Park

I have been working at Elmsleigh since 2002 and have loved every minute of it. I also work with the children with special needs and find this a wonderful and very rewarding job. I have a great relationship with my colleagues and between us, we feel like we’re one big family making this a happy and safe place for the children.

Miss B. Robson

Mrs R. Stride

I’ve been a TA at Elmsleigh since 2008 and have now completed my HLTA qualification.  I am married with one son.  In my spare time I enjoy keeping fit, meeting friends for coffee, eating out and spending time with my family.

I love my job and am enjoying the rewards of my various roles in school.  The children and staff of Elmsleigh really make it unique.  Our schools is a safe, happy and fun place to learn.

Mrs J. Thompson

Mrs J. Tizzard

Hi, my name is Julie Tizzard. I live with my husband Kev, son Ryan and we have two mischievious Labradors. We like to go caravanning and out for meals with friends. I have worked at Elmsleigh since October 1984 as a special needs teaching assistant. I am presently based in the Tigers Class and I am also the health and safety co-ordinator within school. My job is challenging yet very rewarding and we all work as a great team.

Mrs R. Hodgkins

Hi I’m Mrs Hodgkins and I work in the classrooms as a teaching assistant. I love working at Elmsleigh and wouldn’t want to work or send my children anywhere else! Being a local girl, I have had connections with this special school for eighteen years.

Mrs S. Smith

Hi my name is Sarah Smith. I am a special needs teaching assistant and currently support children in the Zebras Class. I also help to run breakfast club. I have been at Elmsleigh School since 2004 and attended Elmsleigh myself as pupil. I have a beautiful little family. I love spending time with my family and friends.

Miss Coxon