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William Shrewsbury Primary School
William Shrewsbury
Primary School
Learning and Growing Together

Meet Our Staff

Mrs Elaine Curtis

I have been at William Shrewsbury for 17 years as Deputy Headteacher and I am now proud to be the Headteacher of such a wonderful school community.  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.  I have recently started to have keyboard lessons and I am using all of the Building Learning Power skills that we teach the children to do this!



Mr Matt Runacus - Deputy Headteacher


I have been teaching for over 17 years, seven of which have been as Assistant Headteacher and now Deputy Headteacher at William Shrewsbury. My role at school is extremely varied and it keeps me very busy. I am Leader of the Year 3 and 4 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 my other interests include running and going to the gym, although a lot of my time is taken up by my two 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 - Assistant Headteacher/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 three 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 - Assistant Headteacher

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. 


Mr Jon Heald - Assistant Headteacher

I have been a teacher for 11 years now, and have recently joined the amazing team here at William Shrewsbury.  Although this is my first year as a teacher at the school, I am no stranger to these parts having been a pupil here myself 20(odd) years ago! I attended the University of Warwick, and lived and taught in Warwickshire and Oxfordshire for the large part of my career before heading 'back home'. I'm a passionate teacher, dedicated to providing the best care and teaching for each individual child by having high expectations and by making learning fun!  Outside of school, I am a huge sports fan. I am the school's token Forest fan - having had a season ticket for countless disappointing seasons with my Dad. As well as this, I love cricket, NFL and baseball. I also enjoy travelling, and have been fortunate enough to have visited over 50 countries so far. I once even drove a car to Mongolia for charity, and taught in a school in Ghana!  However, the thing I enjoy most is spending time with my family. I have twin girls who attend the school too, and there's nothing I enjoy more than spending quality time with them.


Staff Department Lists:



  • AM – Teacher - Mrs Patrick
  • Teaching Assistant - Mrs Dexter
  • PM - Teacher - Mrs Cullen
  • Teaching Assistant - Miss Martin


Reception Blue:

  • Mrs E Hardwick  – Teacher

Reception Green:

  • Mrs J Pearson –Teacher and EYFS lead

Reception Red

  • Mrs S Rawlings – Teacher

Reception are helped by: Mrs Smith, Mrs Cartwright, Miss Smith, Miss Martin and Mrs Beckwith. 


Year 1:

1B:  Mr Heald  - Teacher

1G: Mr O'Sullivan - Teacher

1R: Miss Hayes - Teacher

Year 1 are helped by: Mrs Kirk, Mrs Brittain and Miss Goodwin.


Year 2:

2B: Miss Perry - Teacher

2G: Mrs Wright - Teacher

2R: Mrs Bell - Teacher

Year 2 are helped by: Mrs Milton and Mrs Tricker.


Year 3:

3B: Miss Berry - Teacher

3G: Mrs Asghar - Teacher

3R: Mrs Peach - Teacher

Year 3 are helped by:  Mrs Considine and Mrs Lindsey.


Year 4:

4B: Miss Bartram - Teacher

4G: Mrs Waters - Teacher

4R: Miss Hunt - Teacher

Year 4 are helped by: Mrs Warburton and Mrs Abberley. 


Year 5:

5B: Mrs Brampton/Mrs Griffiths  - Teacher

5G: Mrs Dagnall - Teacher

5R: -Mr Randles Teacher                           

Year 5 are helped by:  Miss Jesson, Mrs J Salt and Miss Fortin-Tobin.


Year 6:

6B: Mrs R Wellman - Teacher

6G:  Mr Riley - Teacher

6R: Mrs Poynton and Dr Welchman - Teachers

Year 6 are helped by: Mrs Stanyon,  Mrs Herbert and Mrs Beckwith.


Inclusion Officer:

  • Mrs Sue Salt

Assistant SENCO Officer

  • Mrs Louise Salt

Finance/HR Manager:

  • Mrs J Clarke

Office Manager:

  • Ms B Tye

Admin Staff:

  • Mrs S Bassett
  • Mrs S Clarke
  • Mrs L Garner
  • Mrs L Allen 
  • Mrs R Childs