Meet Our Staff
Mrs Bernadette Hunter - Headteacher
I have been a headteacher for 23 years, 16 at William Shrewsbury Primary School, and I think it is the best job in the world! Our very large school is an exciting, lively and busy place to work but we still maintain a strong caring, family ethos. I really enjoy working here with our great team of staff and pupils and there is certainly never a dull moment!
In my spare time I like to go to go walking, visit National Trust properties and spend time with family and friends. I am also closely involved with the National Association of Headteachers and I enjoy working with a range of different people who help to support schools and their leaders.
Mrs Elaine Curtis - Deputy Headteacher
I have been a Deputy Headteacher for fourteen years, eleven of which have been at William Shrewsbury. I am Leader of the Year 3 and 4 department and I am responsible for assessment and tracking the progress of all of the children. I enjoy teaching all subjects but I particularly like maths, art and history. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, reading, going to the gym and visiting historical places of interest and art galleries.
Mrs Angela Cloves-Hayden - Assistant Headteacher
I am the Department Leader for Key Stage 1 with responbility for parents and community. I have been teaching for over 20 years and have experience of working in several different schools, including one overseas. I love teaching in Key Stage 1 and really enjoy helping young children become independent learners with a thirst for finding out about the world.
I run the Parent Forum Group, I am a committee member of AFWS and I organise trips for families. I also organise all the family learning that happens in school. I also try to plan new activities for families in school throughout the year.
I am a busy Mum and have two grown up boys and a stepdaughter but find time to sing with a choir which I enjoy. I love walking in Derbyshire with my dog at the weekends.
Mr Matt Runacus - Assistant Headteacher
I have been teaching for over 15 years, five of which have been as Assistant Headteacher at William Shrewsbury. My role at school is extremely varied and it keeps me very busy. I am Leader of the Year 5 and 6 Department and I really enjoy seeing the children learn and achieve in all areas of their school life. I am a huge football fan and my favourite team is Liverpool (the place that I come from). The best Liverpool player of all time is Kenny Dalglish, although Steven Gerrard comes a close second. I also play football myself and run an U11s football team. My other interests include running, cycling and going to the gym, although a lot of my time is now taken up by my two young children!
Mrs Jackie Pearson - Early Years Lead
I have been teaching at William Shrewsbury for 26 years. I have had experience of all year groups in Key Stage one but feel Early Years is where I belong. Early childhood is the foundation on which children build the rest of their lives and it is a real privilege to watch them begin to develop and grow into confident, creative and independent thinkers and learners. In my spare time I enjoy reading, swimming, cycling and going to the cinema. Theatre is my passion and you may even see me treading the boards myself at The Brewhouse now and then!
Mrs Heidi Elsmore - Inclusion Lead
I have worked at William Shrewsbury for 11 years now. I am the Science subject leader and have recently been appointed as ‘Inclusion Lead’. I really enjoy my job and having qualifications in Psychology, specialising in additional needs, it allows me to put all my training to good use. As well as supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities, I also work very closely with children and families to provide emotional support and guidance. Being a mummy to two young children, I am not sure I remember what spare time is! When not in work, I am always out and about with my children; enjoying walks or just going to the park. We don’t sit still often!
Mr Mike Randles - Teaching and Learning Lead
I have been teaching for over 25 years, all of which have been at William Shrewsbury. My role at school is different and challenging. I am the PE subject leader, and many of you will have seen me urging your children to run faster or jump higher at sporting events. I also have school responsibilities for learning and teaching. This role takes me into every classroom in the school to help students and teachers be the best they possible can be. I am a huge fan of all sports, but football is my absolute favourite. (There’s only one team in Liverpool and it’s not Everton I’m afraid!) My other interests include DIY, gardening and cycling, but my real passion in life is my family. Among many other things, they bring me much joy, laughter and warmth.
Staff Department Lists:
- AM – Teacher - Mrs Patrick
- Teaching Assistants - Mrs Dexter and Miss Martin
- PM - Teacher - Mrs Cullen
- Teaching Assistants - Miss Martin and Mrs Fox
- Miss E Jay – Teacher
- Mrs S Cartwright and Mrs Beckwith - Teaching Assistants
- Mrs J Pearson –Teacher and EYFS lead
- Mrs C Smith – Teaching Assistant
- Mrs S Rawlings – Teacher
- Miss L Smith – Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Nattrass- Teacher
- Mrs L Salt and Mrs Herbert - Teaching Assistants
- Mrs Peach - Teacher
- Mrs Martin - Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Asghar - Teacher
- Mrs Russell - Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Wright - Teacher
- Mrs Milton - Teaching Assistant
- Miss Perry - Teacher
- Mrs Burke - Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Hayden, Mrs Love - Teachers
- Mrs Tricker - Teaching Assistant
- Mrs Water - Teacher
- Mr Doherty - Teacher
- Mrs Hardwick - Teacher
Year 3 are helped by: Mrs Abberley and Mrs Warburton.
- Mrs Brampton / Dr Welchman - Teachers
- Mr A Riley - Teacher
- Miss Hunt - Teacher
Year 4 are helped by Mrs Beckwith, Mrs Brabbin and Mrs Warburton
- Mrs Dagnall - Teacher
- Mr Randles - Teacher / Teaching & Learning Lead
- Miss Berry - Teacher
Year 5 are helped by: Mrs Herbert, Mrs Keen, Mrs Mee, Mrs Hunt and Mrs Stanyon.
- Mr Runacus - Teacher
- Mrs Crowden - Teacher
- Mrs Shuker - Teacher
- Mrs Poynton - Teacher
Year 6 are helped by: Mrs Stanyon, Mrs Mee, and Mrs Herbert.
- Mrs Salt
School Business Manager:
- Mrs Nicholls
- Mrs Morrall
- Mrs Bassett
- Ms Tye
- Mrs S Clarke
- Mrs J Clarke
- Mrs Garner