I have been head teacher at Rowan Tree since 2011 and in other special schools before this. In one way or another for over 30 years I have been working in special education. Yes I’m getting on! I do really enjoy my work and spend lots of time thinking, planning and wondering what we can do next. When I’m not working, I love spending time at home with my family and friends. I am at my happiest reading, walking in the countryside or watching a good film.
Lou CurranDeputy Headteacher
I have worked at Rowan Tree Primary School for 12 years prior to this I was the Assistant Headteacher at Tanfield Special School in Hindley.
I love working at Rowan Tree Primary School and being a member of such a fantastic team and it is an absolute pleasure and privilege to be a part of the pupil’s educational journey.
When I am not at work I love spending time with my family and running around after my twin girls. After family and work my third passion is netball which I love playing each week for my beloved Tyldesley Ladies team.
Loretta BrowneAssistant Headteacher
My name is Mrs Browne and I am the class teacher for Rowan B. I love swimming and Starbucks coffee.
Julie CorserClass Teacher
I have the pleasure of working with children in one of the ASC specialist classes and love the sensory fun we have. I am the ASC lead teacher. At home I enjoy being Brown Owl at Brownies and walking my dogs.
Laura DorningClass Teacher
I have been a teacher at Rowan Tree since September 2016. I am an enthusiastic teacher who always tries to bring the fun to the lessons I teach.
Patricia GlennonClass Teacher
I have loved teaching and nurturing the children at Rowan Tree over the last 10 years. I presently work in Key Stage 2 and I am also the PSHE and Life Skills Co-ordinator. I enjoy the outdoors and like camping, walking and kayaking and encourage the children to explore the challenges of outdoor learning whenever possible.
Claire HeatonClass Teacher
I am Miss Heaton and I am a class teacher in KS2. I have been working at Rowan Tree as a teacher since 2016. I am subject leader for Literacy and Computing.
Hannah LeddyClass Teacher
My name is Miss Leddy. I started working at Rowan Tree Primary in September 2017. I enjoy all things active, in my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and travelling. I am a big Leigh Centurions fan!
David OakesClass Teacher
My name is Mr Oakes and I have been a teacher at Rowan Tree for a number of years. I am also an Outreach Teacher and I support children in mainstream schools.
Sarah O’BrienClass Teacher
I am Mrs O’Brien. I have been teaching at Rowan Tree since June 2016 and before that I taught in Oldham for 7 years. I have a young son who takes up most of my time at home.
Jessica RobinsonClass Teacher
I am Miss Robinson and I have been working at Rowan Tree since 2015. I am a class teacher in KS2 and the subject leader for Maths and Art.
Claire RocheClass Teacher
My name is Claire Roche and this is my third year as Early Years Lead at Rowan Tree. I enjoy lots of sensory and messy play and feel privileged to work with your children.
Kristen WalshClass Teacher
Hello! My name is Miss Walsh and I have been at Rowan Tree since September 2017. I love my job as a class teacher.
Janet WilliamsClass Teacher
I’m Janet and I am a class teacher. I’m also the coordinator for religious education in school. In my leisure time I like to read, swim and snorkel and enjoy looking after my pet chickens!
My name is Mrs Alker. I work across school offering Play Therapy and play skills sessions as well as working in various classes around school. I am very passionate about children using play to experience the world around them.
Hi, my name is Miss Bennett and I have worked at Rowan Tree Primary for 20 years. I am a HLTA with a particular interest in supporting pupils in the development of personal and life skills, allowing them to meet their full potential. I work closely with pupils, staff and parents, supporting pupils presenting behaviours that challenge. I am a Team Teach trainer and I am also an Outreach Support Worker
My name is Mrs Fairhurst. I am the HLTA for Sensory Support. I work across school offering Rebound Therapy and sensory circuit sessions. I work in various classes throughout school providing sensory support where needed.
My name is Miss Kaye. I am an HLTA. I also deliver the massage in school programme.
My name is Mrs Low. I am the HLYA in Early Years. I have worked with children with special educational needs for 21 years. I am a warm, nurturing, fun loving lady with a zest for life and learning.
My name is Mrs Wilkinson. I teach outdoor learning sessions. I take pupils from across the school to explore the great outdoors.
Debbie McKiernanTeaching Assistant
I have 24 years’ experience of working in a special school. I have three children; my middle child has complex needs and attends a special school. I love family life.
Vicky PattersonTeaching Assistant
Hi I’m Miss Patterson. I have worked at Rowan Tree Primary for four years. With my eldest son previously attending the school, I was inspired to work here. I am a very committed team member and love family time.
Reanne LoweTeaching Assistant
My name is Miss Lowe. I have been privileged to do my training in Rowan Tree. I love my job because every day is different.
Gill RoundTeaching Assistant
I am Miss Round. I have been working as a teaching assistant at Rowan Tree for nine years now. I really enjoy my job and I thrive at helping children learn every day.
Sophie AthertonTeaching Assistant
My name is Miss Atherton and I have worked at Rowan Tree since 2015. I enjoy working with the children and watching them progress over the years.
Linda JonesTeaching Assistant
My name is Linda Jones and I am a teaching assistant in one of our specialist classes for children with ASC. I love my job and feel privileged to be able to support our wonderful children to achieve the best they can.
Ann NolanTeaching Assistant
My name is Miss Nolan. I have worked at Rowan Tree Primary for 10 years and really enjoy my job.
Jill BlaxterTeaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Blaxter and I am a Level 2 Teaching Assistant in Early Years. I am in my third year at Rowan Tree and I have previously had over 30 years’ experience of working with young children.
Sharon Taylor GittinsTeaching Assistant
Sharon Taylor Gittins
My name is Sharon Taylor Gittins. I work as a Teaching Assistant. I enjoy my job very much and find it very rewarding. I like all outdoor pursuits.
Samantha HolbrookTeaching Assistant
My name is Sam Holbrook. I have worked at Rowan Tree since September 2015. I’m currently in 1L and very lucky to work with a very supportive team and fantastic children. In my free time I enjoy reading.
Alison DarcyTeaching Assistant
I’m Mrs Darcy. I’ve been a teaching assistant at Rowan Tree for 8-9 years. In that time I’ve worked in many classes with many wonderful children. I love reading, music and crafts. Outside of school I volunteer with a local parents group. We run lots of activities and events in our local community.
Donna WilsonTeaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Wilson. I am a teaching assistant and I have worked at Rowan Tree for 4 years. I like to see your children laugh, learn and grow.
Karen WardTeaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Ward and I am a teaching assistant. I like creative activities. At home I enjoy reading and walking my dog, Alfie.
Kathryn HiltonTeaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Hilton. My name sign is a teddy bear. I have had the pleasure of working at Rowan Tree for the past 11 years. I enjoy going for long walks with my dog, Murphy and reading in my spare time.
Becky HelmeTeaching Assistant
My name is Mrs Helme and I am a teaching assistant at Rowan Tree Primary. I am currently working in KS2 with 2W. I enjoy my job and find it very rewarding.
Diane WeavingTeaching Assistant
My name is Diane Weaving. I have an interest in ICT, particularly teaching pupils to use switches to operate computers and other equioment. I enjoy lots of holidays, exploring the UK.
Denise OakesTeaching Assistant
My name is Denise Oakes. I am a teaching assistant. I have worked in the special sector in Wigan and Bolton for almost 30 years. I love spending time with my family at our caravan in Wales at the weekend.
Yvonne MellingTeaching Assistant
My name is Yvonne Melling. I have worked at Rowan Tree for years. I have worked in many classes around school. I am now working part time with a fantastic team and wonderful pupils. In my spare time I enjoy a number of things, being creative and spending quality time with my son.
Maureen DoughertyPastoral Support Worker
I work closely with parent/carers and all pupils to provide support and advice on a wide range of topics, including accessing support agencies outside of school. I work closely with professionals from other agencies to obtain the best possible outcome for families. I also have a role within the safeguarding procedure within school. I have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. I am from a non-British background and love to visit my family overseas.
My name is Mrs Oliver and I work in the school office. I have loved working here for the past year and being part of the Rowan Tree family.
I have worked at Rowan Tree Primary School since February 2016. I love music and you will often hear it playing in my office. Away from school I play with a brass band and when I get the chance I enjoy watching my beloved Manchester City!
I started working in the office at Rowan Tree in September 2017 and I thoroughly enjoy working here. I have one child and I also volunteer for a Greyhound Rescue Charity.
I joined the school as an office apprentice in Dec 2017…