Leadership Team

Sara Wild : Principal

Sara Wild

Principal

sara.wild@castle.ncea.org.uk
Jo Easton : Assistant Principal (Primary)

Jo Easton

Assistant Principal (Primary)

joanne.easton@castle.ncea.org.uk
Caroline Vardy : Assistant Principal (Secondary)

Caroline Vardy

Assistant Principal (Secondary)

"I am 4 foot 11 1/2 inches - don't forget the 1/2! My brother has learning difficulties so he was my inspiration to work in education. My first job was in a special school on the Isle of Man overlooking the grandstand for the TT races."

caroline.vardy@castle.ncea.org.uk

 

Primary Teaching Staff

Vicky Box : Teacher - Primary

Vicky Box

Teacher - Primary

Jack Davis : Teacher - Primary

Jack Davis

Teacher - Primary

"Outside of school, I run a rock climbing group."

Fiona Nellist : Teacher - Primary

Fiona Nellist

Teacher - Primary

"I enjoy cleaning and organising - step aside Mrs Hinch!"

Gillian Robinson : Teacher - Primary

Gillian Robinson

Teacher - Primary

"I have been hypnotised by Paul McKenna."

Elaine Todd : Teacher - Primary

Elaine Todd

Teacher - Primary

"I met some learners with learning difficulties when I was 13 and I knew from then it was my destiny to work in SEND education."

Louise Washer : Teacher - Primary

Louise Washer

Teacher - Primary

"Many, many moons ago I was on the Eurovision judging panel for Britain."


 

Secondary Teaching Staff

Jane Bransfield : Teacher - Secondary

Jane Bransfield

Teacher - Secondary

Storm Knight : Teacher - Secondary

Storm Knight

Teacher - Secondary

"I once appeared in a McDonald’s advert with Alan Shearer."

Jenifer Lee : Teacher - Secondary

Jenifer Lee

Teacher - Secondary

"As I am from Yorkshire I eat my Yorkshire puddings with gravy as a starter and I eat cheese with my Christmas cake!"

Dawn Watson : Teacher - Secondary

Dawn Watson

Teacher - Secondary

"I make the most of any opportunity to wear a hat and I love playing the ukulele. In fact, I try as much as possible to play the ukulele whilst wearing a hat - the perfect combo!"

Kim Zafer : Teacher - Secondary

Kim Zafer

Teacher - Secondary


 

Higher Level Teaching Assistants

Mike Banks : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Mike Banks

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"I am known to make a mean brownie and I am quite partial to the occasional fishing trip."

Lucy Cook : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Lucy Cook

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"I am a Makaton Local Tutor and also run the Castle School Makaton Choir!"

Michelle Milne : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Michelle Milne

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"My favourite thing about working at Castle School is without a doubt, the children. They are amazing."

Lindsey Foster : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Lindsey Foster

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"I was on Razzamatazz with Adam Ant and had my photo published in a 'Look-in' annual."

Alyson Ramsden : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Alyson Ramsden

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"I knew I wanted to work in education after doing work experience in a nursery. I did also try a career as a singer!"

Anne Thompson : Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Anne Thompson

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

"I love all things scented. Some people say I have way too many wax melts, I would say you can never have enough!"


 

Teaching Assistants – Primary

Julie Clark : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Julie Clark

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I’m absolutely Disney mad and my favourite place is Disneyworld."

Nicola Cummings : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Nicola Cummings

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"If I was stranded on a desert island, I'd want to have water with me to keep hydrated, a photo of my family to make me feel happy and sun cream to stay safe in the sun!"

Rachel Dawson : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Rachel Dawson

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I am obsessed with George Michael, my husband is even called George!"

Clare Douglas : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Clare Douglas

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"Runner, knitter, nature-loving vegan who skips and juggles!"

Vic Evans – PT : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Vic Evans – PT

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I love helping children to fulfil their potential."

Sarah Higginbottom : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Sarah Higginbottom

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I literally walked in to Frank Bruno coming out of Foot Locker in Tenerife, it was like walking in to a brick wall! He laughed and signed my trainer box, it was all I had to use!"

Kayleigh Hindhaugh : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Kayleigh Hindhaugh

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I can sing and touch my nose with my tongue (not at the same time!)"

Stephen Justice : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Stephen Justice

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I am a singer and play guitar in a band!"

Emma Lavery : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Emma Lavery

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I love looking for and collecting bugs and insects. I also enjoy practicing taxidermy and I have just joined the guild of taxidermists."

Linda Lee – PT : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Linda Lee – PT

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I like going for walks with my grandchildren and taking them to the park."

Victoria Marshall : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Victoria Marshall

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"My favourite thing about working at Castle School is the children. Working with them and getting to make a difference every day is what made me want to work in education in the first place."

Caroline Middleton : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Caroline Middleton

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I love going for walks with my dog Toby and sometimes, the husband!"

Rachel Reay : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Rachel Reay

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I play Darts in my spare time and I have won the league and doubles competition numerous times. I can also move my eyebrows up and down one at a time!"

Ann Short : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Ann Short

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I have an obsession with butterflies."

Suzannah Stevenson : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Suzannah Stevenson

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I have 2 dogs that love to go swimming in the sea."

Catherine Stodart : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Catherine Stodart

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I love being part of the amazing team at Castle School helping our unique students to fulfill their potential."

Sharon Tait : Teaching Assistant - Primary

Sharon Tait

Teaching Assistant - Primary

"I have been to see the boyband Westlife live 27 times - they are my favourite group!"


 

Teaching Assistants – Secondary

Susan Lowe : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Susan Lowe

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"My claim to fame is I have met David Walliams!"

Pat Baker : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Pat Baker

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Claire Carter : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Claire Carter

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Debbie Eastlake : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Debbie Eastlake

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I have a German Shepherd called Bandit who is a gentle giant."

Melanie Elliott : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Melanie Elliott

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"If I was stranded on a desert island, my three luxury items would be a good book, music and sun lotion!"

Sarah Gray – PT : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Sarah Gray – PT

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I recently found out I am in Hufflepuff house and I am awaiting my letter from Hogwarts."

Caitlin Hall : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Caitlin Hall

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I love working at Castle School because of all of the friendly staff and students. I also love feeling like I can impact a child's life in a positive way."

Cath Maley : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Cath Maley

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I love working with children. I love how every day is different."

Gillian McLean : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Gillian McLean

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I love to bake... and hoover!"

Lynn McPherson : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Lynn McPherson

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I love working in Castle School because I get to meet all of the brilliant young people in our care, also I work alongside some lovely people."

Katy Mole – PT : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Katy Mole – PT

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I absolutely love superhero movies!"

Leigh Mole : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Leigh Mole

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Stefanie Price : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Stefanie Price

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I won a trophy in a Darts doubles league and I've met Ant McPartlin's dad!"

Kate Richardson : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Kate Richardson

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I am always smiling, especially in my job!"

Hazel Simms : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Hazel Simms

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"One of my favourite things to do is go to fancy dress parties!"

Lyndsey Stanwix : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Lyndsey Stanwix

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"In my spare time, I teach tap and ballet classes to children, I've also got a strange claim to fame in that I once had cocktails with Tyrone and Kirk from Coronation Street!"

Brenda Stone : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Brenda Stone

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Sam Stuart : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Sam Stuart

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I was Hotel Calypso's (Salou) hula hoop champion in the summer of 1988!"

Aimee Tweedy : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Aimee Tweedy

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"In year 3, the whole class had to write a letter to someone. I chose Tony Blair and he wrote back! Claim to fame right?!"

Debbie Wilkins : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Debbie Wilkins

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Margaret Wood : Teaching Assistant - Secondary

Margaret Wood

Teaching Assistant - Secondary

"I am the oldest member of staff at Castle School, and proud of it!"


 

Admin Team

Karen Lilley : Office Manager

Karen Lilley

Office Manager

"My claim to fame is I have sang with Sting!"

karen.lilley@castle.ncea.org.uk
Sam Scott : Admin Assistant

Sam Scott

Admin Assistant

"I have two pet bunny rabbits called Max and Marshall."

Rita Johnson : Receptionist

Rita Johnson

Receptionist

"I love to dance!"