Please see below our teaching staff for 2016-17.
Mr D Whittle - Headteacher
I feel enormously privileged to have become headteacher at the school where I began my teaching career in 2001. Teaching was not always an ambition of mine, but with both my parents baving been teachers, my dad a college principal, I suppose there was an inevitability about my career path. It turned out that I love teaching and have proved to be not too bad at it!
I have served St Margaret's as a newly qualified teacher, subject leader, TLR middle leader, assistant headteacher, deputy headteacher and now headteacher. In serving this community for so long I feel I have become part of it, and within it have developed strong bonds and a mutual respect. I love my school - it is a special, happy place which the children are proud of and it is they that make the job so rewarding for all who work here. The school's ethos, grounded in Christian values, is very often commented on positively by visitors and staff new to the school. The strong link with S. Margaret's church and its priest, Father David Hawthorn, benefit school enormously in maintaining and developing this vital element of any school - the 'feel' of it.
Mrs R Whittle - Acting Deputy Headteacher
I started at St Margaret’s as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2006 in the Reception class and have known from that moment that St Margaret’s is blessed with something magical about it. Throughout my time here I have taken every opportunity to develop myself as both a teacher, and leader: I have held an increasing range of roles in the school, taught across all key stages and studied for a number of postgraduate qualifications. I was delighted to take up the post of Acting Deputy Headteacher in September 2016 and look forward to serving the church, school and wider community in this role. I am deeply committed to strengthening links with parents, S. Margaret’s Church and the wider community; have lead on initiatives such as FAST (Families and Schools Together) and in November 2016, in collaboration with S. Margaret’s Church, have set up a ‘Messy Church’ which is held monthly at school. In addition to leading on English and maths, I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and have responsibilities for further developing Religious Education, collective worship and the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of the school. I worship at St Chad’s church in Saddleworth, where I live with my husband and two children.
Mrs K Jones - Assistant Headteacher and Reception 1 Teacher
I am Assistant Headteacher at St Margaret’s with leadership over the Early Years department. I have been teaching for 18 years and have worked in two Oldham primary schools. I have a love for Early Years and this is where I have spent most of my career. I have been teaching here for 6 years, the children are amazing and I love supporting them through their learning journey. I have been married for 12 years and have two children. I spend my weekends watching my children play netball and rugby. I am a rugby league fan and long-time supporter of the Leeds Rhinos.
Mrs C Turner - Brook Class Teacher
Since qualifying as a teacher in 2000 I have worked as a class teacher in reception, year 1 and year 2. I arrived at St Margaret’s on secondment from Coppice Primary School six years ago and immediately loved both the staff and children. The first class I taught when I arrived here have just left to begin high school and it has been fantastic seeing the progress all the children have made. No day is ever the same and every child has their own unique qualities. I especially like teaching in KS1 watching their school journey begin and reading and writing skills flourish. St Margaret’s continues to play an important part in shaping our children’s future and one which I can say I am proud to be part of.
Outside of school I really enjoy walking and socialising with friends. I am a very proud mum to my two children and have been happily married for 15 years.
Mrs S Ferris - Fox Class Teacher and SENCo
I have worked at St Margaret’s for 15 years. I am the School SENCO and teach in Fox Class 2 days a week. I enjoy coming to school to help the children make progress in all areas of their learning and to help them to succeed. I have been married for 10 years and have 3 children – 2 boys and 1 girl. When I am not at St Margaret’s I enjoy going on holiday, supporting my children in their sporting activities and nice meals out. St Margaret’s is my perfect second home.
Mrs C Campbell - Durban Class Teacher
I am the class teacher in Durban Class, which is a KS2 mixed class of Year 4 and Year 5 children. I have worked at St Margaret’s for 12 years and in that time have taught across all phases. I love being a part of the St Margaret’s team, the challenges and the varied role that teaching provides! When I am not teaching I enjoy reading, music and travel during the school holidays!
Mrs V Thompson - Fox Class Teacher
I teach in Fox class for 3 days a week and am the subject leader for History. After studying a 4 year Primary Education degree in my late twenties I began working at St Margaret’s in 2012. The children here are hardworking and love to learn and I really enjoy the community spirit at St Margaret’s. I enjoy running and take part in park runs at the weekends. When I am not teaching my 2 year old likes to keep me busy! We like to go swimming and dancing.
Miss H Jackson - Reception 2 Teacher
I have worked at St Margaret’s since September 2012 and currently teach a Reception Class. Before starting here I was a supply teacher, working in lots of different schools across Greater Manchester. I enjoy working at St Margaret’s because it is a friendly and enjoyable place to be. In my spare time I like to watch most sports and am a massive Manchester United fan. My favourite food is spaghetti Bolognese with cheese!
Miss G Dunks - Devon Class Teacher
I started teaching at St Margaret’s in September 2013 and am actually a former pupil! I currently teach in Devon Class, which is a mixed class of Year 3 and Year 4 children. I enjoy working with a supportive team and the new challenges and experiences that each day at St Margaret’s brings. In the school holidays I love to travel and visit new places!
Georgina Allen - Oak Class Teacher
I am the class teacher in Oak Class, which is a KS2 class of Year 6 children. This is my second year teaching Year 6 at St Margaret’s and so far I have really enjoyed watching the children develop emotionally through activities that I have led, such as the Castleshaw trip and the Year 6 leaver’s production at the end of the year. I am proud of the connection that I have made with the St Margaret’s staff, children and parents. I have a love of maths and hold a maths degree.
Ms J Warren - Heron Class Teacher
I am the class teacher in Oak Class which is a KS2 class of mixed Year 5 and Year 6 children. I am originally from New York and began teaching US History in 2002. I have been at St Margaret’s since September 2016. I am enjoying working with the children and amazing friendly staff. It is lovely to see the children grow and achieve their goals. I enjoy planning lessons, cooking, skiing, playing basketball and watching Liverpool Football Club win their matches!
Mrs L Deighton - Nursery Teacher
I am the Nursery Class teacher and also the PE Co-ordinator. I have taught at St Margaret’s for 8 years, either in Early Years or KS1. I enjoy working with the children at St Margaret’s and helping them prepare for full time education. I am married, have a cat called Freddie and have been a season ticket holder at Oldham Athletic Football Club for 22 years.
Mr J Ferguson - Twist Class Teacher
I am the class teacher in Twist Class, which is a class of Year Three children. I have worked at St Margaret's for 7 years and in that time have taught mostly in Key Stage One and Year Three. St Margaret's is a wonderful place to work where everyone is kind, caring and supportive. When I am not teaching I enjoy watching Oldham Athletic and I am also a Level 1 netball coach, coaching my daughter's team at Chadderton Park Netball Club. I am married and have 3 daughters aged 5, 11 and 13.
Mr A Darling - Chamber Class Teacher
I am the class teacher in Chamber Class and this is my 3rd year working at St Margaret’s. I especially enjoy working with the children in Chamber Class and love seeing the flash of understanding in their eyes when they learn something new! I am married with two boys – my eldest has just started high school. Before going into teaching I worked as a media journalist and have also worked in the software industry. When I have spare time I like to go running, walking and bell ringing. I also love reading!
Mrs L Van Houplines - Computing
I currently teach computing to the children from nursery through to Year 6. I have worked at St Margaret’s for 7 years (since being an NQT). I have also taught as a class teacher in Years 3/4 and 5/6. I enjoy working with our wonderful children and seeing them develop and grow. I have a 3 year old daughter, a husband and a guinea pig!