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  • Elisabeth Mellor - Executive Head Teacher

    I have been the Executive Head Teacher across the TIG Federation since September 2016. In my previous professional life, I have worked as a School Improvement Adviser with schools across Leeds and as a Head Teacher in Wakefield, Oxfordshire and Wales.

    I live fairly locally to the two schools with my children and my cat. In my spare time, I like to spend time outside, running, walking, gardening and swimming.

  • Lisa Appleton - Teacher in Class 3 (Year 4, 5 and 6) and Assistant Head Teacher

    I joined Kirk Hammerton C of E Primary school team in September 2016 as the Assistant Headteacher across our TIG Federation. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges of leading Literacy and Religious Education and feel passionately about pupil voice and children leading their own learning where possible, making for independent learners. 

    Out of school, I love spending time with my family and three children and walking my dog. I also love the chance to bake cakes and experiment with new recipes. I love to go running and take part in the occasional 10K races, and if the opportunity arises, love to get my nose into a good book! 

  • Annie Maguire - Teacher in Class 2 (Year 2 and 3)

    After gaining my PGCE at the Institute of Education in London, I worked in South East London as a Primary School Teacher. I moved to Yorkshire two years ago and did Supply work across the county in a variety of schools. I have been working at Kirk Hammerton CE Primary School since January 2016 and now work full-time as the Class 2 Teacher. I enjoy encouraging a love of learning through teaching a creative and varied curriculum.

    I am a mother of two girls and we all enjoy spending time in the countryside walking our crazy dog, Buddy. In my spare time I enjoy reading, crafts and going swimming.

  • Enelise Pyle - Teacher in Class 2 (Year 2 and 3)

      I completed a BA Hons in Key Stage 2 and 3 education with English in 2009. After which, I spent some fantastic and precious years being a    stay-at-home mum to my 3 girls. Once all were at school, I went back into teaching and completed a PGCE with All Saints Primary School in Ilkley.

      I am a believer in growth mindset and that children learn and develop best when they believe that they ‘can’. As such, I aim to foster an environment that values learning and encourages independence and the motivation to keep trying. I am excited to be teaching Class 2 part-time and look forward to the challenges and fun that will ensue.

                      In my spare time I like to go for walks or play games with my family. I love music, dance and drama and try to go to the theatre as often as I can.

  • Brogan Fraser - Teacher in Class 1 (Reception and Year 1)

    I studied a BA Hons in Primary Teaching with Advanced Specialsim in Physical Education at the Univeristy of Cumbria. I have experience of working in a large inner city multicultural school and started my post at Kirk Hammerton in September 2016.

    I feel strongly about ensuring there are strong foundations in place from the onset, I love all practical elements of learning; especially getting outdoors! I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenges ahead as I embark on my new role as EYFS lead and my continued role as PE Co-ordinator across the TIG Federation.

    In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, exploring the countryside and finding a quiet spot to bury my head in a good novel!

  • Sharon Gill - Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Teaching Assistant and Club Manager

    I have worked at Kirk Hammerton CE Primary for the last 7 years. I am Level 5 trained and have a Foundation Degree in Young Children's Learning and Development. I run the Breakfast and 3.30 Club at Kirk Hammerton Primary and am a HLTA/TA across the TIG Federation. In my spare time I am a Worship Leader and I help run a charity for children in York. I love any sort of craft, singing, music, photography, playing my guitar and spending time with my family.


  • Debbie Byrnes - General Teaching Assistant

    I joined Staveley and Kirk Hammerton in September 2017, having nine years previous experience as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School in Harrogate. I enjoy working in a classroom environment, making learning as fun, enjoyable and creative as possible.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, walking our border terrier in the Yorkshire Dales and surrounding areas as well as swimming and reading.

  • Ann Sturdy - General Teaching Assistant
    I qualified in 2005 at  Liverpool Hope University with a BA QTS (Hons) which led me into teaching in local Primary Schools in North Yorkshire for a couple of years. In 2008, I decided I wanted to see abit of the world and went travelling for a year to Thailand and Australia. On arriving back, I took up a position at a nursery in Harrogate leading the Pre-school for 7 years. 
    I recently made the decision that I would like to get back to working in a school setting and have worked across the TIG Federation since September 2017. I am really looking forward to my new role and being part of a happy team! 
  • Vikki Fox - General Teaching Assistant

    I first joined Staveley in September 2012 as a volunteer to gain practical experience whilst completing my CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.  This led to a permanent position as GTA/MSA, working initially at Staveley and more recently across both Staveley and Kirk Hammerton where I work with children across all year groups at some stage of my working week.

    I have gained invaluable experience over the last five years, enabling me to help and support the learning of all children and encourage them to achieve their potential - a job I really enjoy. Outside of work, family life keeps me busy with my own boys who are both at High School now.
  • Ali Dickinson - Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator across the TIG Federation

    I studied Music and trained to be a teacher at Ripon and York St. John's University.  After qualifying as a teacher I moved to Nottingham where I taught in a Special School for 8 years. I moved to North Yorkshire in 2013 and joined Staveley in 2014. I teach in the Ash and Sapling Class at Staveley Primary.  I am also the Special Needs Co-ordinator across the TIG federation. 

     I enjoy being the mother of 3 boys and we spend alot of time playing football! Together as a family, we enjoy walking and hunting for geocaches. 

  • Becki Whittemore - School Administrator

     I graduated from Lancaster University in 2000 with BA (Hons) Criminology and Applied Social Science and worked as Probation Service Officer in West Yorkshire for 8 years before having a career break to start a family.  

    I have been the School Administrator at Kirk Hammerton CE Primary for the past 2 years and my two children attend the school. Kirk Hammerton Primary is a wonderful place to work and I enjoy the variety of tasks involved as an Administrator in a small rural school. The school has a very family-friendly feel and we are lucky to receive alot of support from our parents/carers and the local community.

    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cycling, walking and playing the flute.