Mrs Kelsey Mort- Headteacher
I began my teaching career in 1999 after gaining a BEd (Hons) degree at Nottingham Trent University in Combined Arts. I have taught for the past 19 years in a range of schools across four different counties and have taught across the primary age range, from nursery to year 6. In 2008 I qualified as a Special Needs Coordinator and developed a passion for supporting pupils with additional needs. I further developed my knowledge and achieved a PGCert in SpLD Dyslexia. In 2018 I joined Tilston Primary School as Headteacher. I feel very proud and privileged to lead our team and work together to 'Bring out the best in everyone.' My husband is a keen and competitive motorcycle racer so many weekends are spent at circuits around the country. In my spare time I enjoy cycling and spending time with my family.
Jill Farmer- Bursar
I have worked as Bursar at Tilston School since November 2009 and am proud to be part of the Tilston team. I was a pupil here many years ago, following in the footsteps of both my parents and my maternal grandfather, and both my children attended the school. Over the years I have seen many changes, but I believe that the school remains an important part of the village community and maintains its friendly and welcoming family feel. Away from school, I am a member of several village organisations including the Hall Committee, the Wine Club and the church bell ringers and I enjoy time with family and friends, walking, gardening and visiting my children who live in Devon and Aberdeen.
Amy Winter: Kestrel's Classteacher (Y5&6)
My name is Amy Winter and I teach in the Kestrels class. I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015 with a degree in Human Geography and have since gone on to complete my PGCE at Chester University. Throughout my time as an associate teacher with Chester, I have taught across Key Stage 1 and 2 in both England and Wales. Since joining Tilston in September 2018, I already feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful school filled with happy children and fantastic staff. I live in Malpas and attended Bishop Heber High School before going to university. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and friends and walking my dog, Henry.
Jo Huxtable- Teaching Assistant & ELSA Specialist
My name is Jo Huxtable and I currently work in the Kestrels and Housemartins. I have been at Tilston for 14 years and am lucky enough to work across the school with children of all age groups. My responsibilities include supporting Mrs Bryan with the P.E curriculum and arranging the many sports events that are held at Bishop Heber High School. I am also involved with road safety and e-safety. Over the past few years I have been trained as an ELSA (emotional literacy support assistant); I thoroughly enjoy this part of my job and I have had the privilege to work individually with many children helping them with the challenges they face.
I have two children, both at university; Andrew is studying Business at Edinburgh and Emma has started a teaching degree at Chester. I live just outside Malpas with my husband Richard, two black Labradors, a cockapoo and two horses! I love to cook, especially baking and I enjoy watching rugby, netball and listening to music.
Lucy Kehoe- SEN Teaching Assistant
I thoroughly enjoy supporting the children in both the House Martins and Kestrels classes at Tilston School. Working as part of the team at Tilston School is such an exciting and rewarding role; every day is different and I feel lucky to be part of such a great team.
I also love spending time with my family, letting our dog take us for walks and looking after our guinea pigs!
Jo Callister- House Martin's Classteacher Y3&4 (KS2 Manager)
My name is Jo Callister, I work with the House Martins (our year three and four class). I have worked at Tilston School for fifteen years; initially with year 5 and 6 and more recently with 3 and 4. I thoroughly enjoying working with the House Martins, who have a love of learning and a sense of fun. I am part of the Senior Leadership Team as Key Stage Two Leader. I have worked for Cheshire West and Chester for many years as a class teacher and as a deputy head teacher in two schools.
A role I particularly enjoy at Tilston is Literacy Subject Leader as I have the opportunity to spend time working with each age group and keep up to date with the latest changes. It is a joy and a privilege to work with the wonderful children and staff at Tilston School.
I have two boys who are currently at Bath and Newcastle Universities. I love art, walking my dog Poppy and spending time with friends and family, especially my lovely husband and my boys.
Michelle Hughes - House Martin's Classteacher Y3&4
I currently teach Year 3 and 4 in the House Martin's class. I returned to Tilston in september 2017 having first taught in the school in 2015 as an Associate Teacher. In between, I have taught in both KS1 and in Year 5 inlarger primary schools in England and Wales. I was delighted to return to Tilston where I believe passionately in ensuring we 'Bring out the best in everyone.' Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family and three children.
Christy Bryan- Robin's Classteacher Y1&2
I graduated at Chester University as a teacher back in 2003 and have thoroughly enjoyed my career ever since. I have worked at Tilston for 18 years and over the years have worked with many wonderful children and their supportive families in both key stage 1 and 2. I currently teach the Robins class (Year 1/2) 4 days a week and I am responsible for developing Science, Phonics, PE, Global and Design and Technology throughout the school.
When I am not working, I love nothing more than spending my time with my husband, Rob, and our son, Zachary. We enjoy family days out and lazy days in.
Mrs Emily Berry- Robin's Class Teacher (Friday) & Outdoor Exploring Lead Teacher
I've loved working at Tilston since qualifying in 2012. I particularly enjoy nurturing the children's interest in the wider world, especially through History and Geography. Both at school and at home, I love being outdoors.
I teach the Robins class every Friday and lead Outdoor exploring every Wednesday afternoon. We work on developing resilience, team work and communication as we learn more about our local area and all it has to offer us and wildlife.
Donna Griffin- KS1 Teaching Assistant
I work in the Robins class as a Teaching assistant. I have lots of experience in KS1 and have worked in a variety of schools as a supply TA. When I arrived at Tilston in September 2017 to cover I knew that I wouldn't want to leave. I immediately loved the happy, family feel to the school and nurturing environment created for the children. I was delighted to be offered a permanent position alongside the exsisting team. The children are brilliant and funny and keep me laughing all day long! I really enjoy how unpredicatble each day can be with young children and how incredibly rewarding it can be on a daily basis helping children to grow academically, socially and emotionally.
Aside from work, I live with my husband and my little boy Frankie, who is 6 and loves football and BMX. I ove spending time with my family, reading, going for long walks and creating memories for Frankie.
Maree Hegarty- KS1 Class Teaching Assistant
Originally from New Zealand, I have lived in the U.K for 28 years and have loved working as a T.A. at Tilston Primary School for the past 11 years. As a proud single parent I have brought my only son Tait up who also came to Tilston and is currently at Bishop Heber High School, Malpas. I enjoy new family time with partner and son swimming, mountain biking and working outdoors.
Pam Edwards- EYFS Classteacher (EYFS & KS1 Manager & SENCO)
I began my teaching career in 1990 after gaining a BEd (Hons) at a university in London where I studied performing arts. Over the years I have taught from Nursery to year 6, in a range of schools, across lots of different education authorities in London, Yorkshire, Wiltshire and Cheshire. Over the years I have continued to develop my passion for education by extending my knowledge of special educational needs. I completed the SENCO award and took on the role of special needs coordinator at Tilston School. I have also successfully completed several leadership courses through my time in schools and I am very proud to be a member of our senior leadership team. I have a special devotion to Early Years education and feel that this is where I can make a difference and start to build the foundations for life. I have been at Tilston School for over 16 years and I feel very privileged to be a part of such a wonderful community school. I have 2 children, Carys who has just graduated from university and Luis who has just started his second year at university. In my spare time I love reading, walking and going to the gym. I am a huge Liverpool Football fan and enjoy attending matches with my husband and children.
Jo Hewitt- EYFS Teaching Assistant
My name is Jo Hewitt, I work alongside Mrs.Edwards in the Wrens and Bluebell nursery class. I joined the team at Tilston in 2010 and along with working in the early years I have had the pleasure of working in each of the other year groups at different times. have worked with each of the year groups but I do love working with the early years children, seeing them progress through the first year or two of their learning journey and being part of that is very special.
Before I began working at Tilston I had been running my own business as a childminder, delivering the EYFS to small groups of children, whilst raising my own children, Charlie,14 and Isabelle,11.
Over the last few years I have completed Elklan Unclear Speech courses, qualifying at a level 3, and now alongside my work in the early years I work with children throughout the school requiring speech and language support. I feel extremely lucky to be able to support the children on their speech and language journey, and it is fantastic to see the progression they make over time.
Both of my children have a massive passion for football so a lot of my spare time outside school is spent supporting them. When we do get some free family time though my husband and myself enjoy spending days at the coast with the children, whatever the weather.
I have 2 children, Charlie is an apprentice agricultural engineer and Isabelle is taking her GCSE’s. They both have a huge passion for football so a lot of my spare time is spent supporting them. When we do get some free family time we like to walk at the coast, whatever the weather. I have also just started volunteering and am hoping that I can help to make a difference to the family I am supporting.
Carol Toan- EYFS Teaching Assistant
My name is Carol Toan. I joined the Tilston team back in May 2003 and I have been lucky enough to work with all classes across the school during my time here. Currently I work with the Wrens and Bluebell Nursery alongside Pam Edwards on Mondays and Fridays as a teaching assistant. I help with the day to day running of the EYFS and I also enjoy planning and delivering the RE curriculum every Friday morning, opening the children minds to the wider world of faith and community.
Over the years I have completed a variety of training including my HLTA (Higher level teaching assistants’ qualification), a dyslexia course but more recently I have completed the Wellcomm training. This provides a toolkit designed to identify early speech and language delays so we can put early interventions in place. I love working in Early years because no day is ever the same, there is never a dull moment or a day that goes by where we don’t laugh or smile.
When I’m not working, I enjoy going for bike rides or walks along the sea front with my husband Ben, my 2 children Ella and Jacob. I also love to bake and if I get the chance, I love to sit down relaxing with a good puzzle book.
Anne Harrison- SEN Teaching Assistant
I've been enjoying my role as Teaching Assistant for 10 years now, working with children of all ages, needs and abilities. Luckily, I have used my own interests in arts, crafts, music, literature and history to inspire and enthuse children to unlock their potential and to appreciate achievement and success.