The Governors and Staff at Newton Bluecoat C of E Primary School believe that it is important to work in close partnership with parents so that each and every child is able to make the best of their time here. It is therefore important that you know who we are! Please see below to find out who’s who.
Headteacher and Teaching Staff
Jim Bird – Headteacher
I came to Newton Bluecoat in 2004 after working for 7 years as head teacher at another Lancashire school. I want the school to be a happy place for children and staff, where everyone can achieve all that they are capable of.
Jill Mansfield – Deputy Headteacher and Year 2 Teacher
I have worked at Newton Bluecoat School for many years! I have taught most year groups from Year One upwards, but for the last few years I have taught Year Two. I am extremely proud to belong to such an amazing school team.
As Deputy Head Teacher my role is very varied, from supporting the Head Teacher in his duties to being English co-lead. My other responsibilities in school include Key Stage One Leader, Pupil Premium, Worship, Curriculum and Support Staff lead. In my spare time I have a keen interest in sport and also enjoy Pilates, walking and reading.
Sarah Watson – Assistant Headteacher, SENCO and Year 3 Teacher
I have been teaching at Newton Bluecoat since 2000 and the time has flown by! I have taught most year groups from Reception to Year 5 but have taught year 3 for the past two years. I am extremely proud to teach at such a wonderful school with amazing children and supportive staff. My role in school is very varied from supporting the headteacher as assistant headteacher, to being Special Educational Needs Coordinator. My responsibilities in school include Key Stage 2 team leader, PSHE and pastoral lead and designated safeguarding lead. I have a keen interest in reading, enjoy teaching all subjects, especially maths, and spend my weekends watching my sons play football and cricket.
Lucy Mansfield – Year 6 Teacher
I started working at Newton Bluecoat in September 2018 as the Year 6 Class Teacher after having previously taught a Year 5/6 class at a smaller school. I am so proud to be working at this incredible school and I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to get the children ready for their move to high school.
In school, my responsibilities include leading English and Assessment, whilst also being Educational Visits Co-Ordinator and responsible for the More Able children. I am extremely passionate about ensuring that all children reach their full potential throughout their time at our school.
Outside of school, I love going to the gym and walking in the Lake District.
Louise Dawson – Year 5 Teacher
I started working at Newton Bluecoat in September 2010 as the Year 1 Class Teacher. Since then, I have gone on to teach Year 3 , Year 4 and currently I am the Class Teacher in Year 5. I love my job and I am very proud to be part of the Newton Bluecoat family.
My responsibilities in school are – Maths and PE Subject Leader. I enjoy leading these subjects as I believe understanding number and being able to problem solve is fundamental to prepare children for the future.
I am very passionate about sport and enjoy seeing children achieve their full potential through a varied PE Curriculum and delivering extra-curricular sporting activities along with some of my colleagues.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming and going on long walks with my family.
Ruth Bird – Year 5 Teacher and Intervention Teacher
I came to Newton Bluecoat in 2018 as a supply teacher to help support learning in Year 5 and year 6. I want to encourage all of the pupils to have high aspirations – and I will do my best to help the children achieve them.
Rebecca Varszegi – Year 4 Teacher
After I graduated from University, I was lucky enough to join Newton Bluecoat! I was so happy to become part of such a wonderful school! I taught Year 3 for two years, and then moved into Year 4, where I am still the class teacher. I love working here, helping the children to flourish into independent learners, who can achieve to the best of their individual abilities.
My responsibilities in school include being Subject Leader for Religious Education and Computing. I am very passionate about technology as it is such a large part of society and is ever changing. As for Religious Education, I studied this as my specialism at University and I like encouraging the children to share their beliefs, and to respectfully learn those of others.
In my spare time, I enjoy Zumba, swimming, spending time with my family and reading.
Claire Short – Year 1 Teacher
Before becoming a teacher, I qualified as a Nursery Nurse and worked as a Nanny in the North East and London. I thoroughly enjoy working at Newton Bluecoat School as part of a team and during my career here I have worked with Nursery, KS 1 & KS 2 children.
I am passionate about both children & teaching and believe that every child can achieve at school. I encourage the children to always do their very best in every area and strive to make learning fun.
Out of school I enjoy doing a variety of crafts, including embroidery, rock painting & decoupage. I love the outdoors and enjoy walking & gardening.
Harriet Watson – Reception Class Teacher
I have worked at Newton Bluecoat School for the past 5 years recently moving to Reception. Since joining Reception I have recently enjoyed working on the development of the Nursery outdoor area with Mrs Seed and we are now working together to develop the Reception outdoor area to enhance the schools outdoor learning; an exciting development! I have thoroughly enjoyed implementing the new Floppy’s phonics scheme within key stage 1 as well as the introduction of home readers online through eBooks. This year I have loved overseeing both Nursery and Reception as a whole unit and working as a team to develop the best EYFS Unit to go alongside the most incredible school and teaching team!
Before joining Newton I studied Biomedical sciences at University in Leeds and went on to do my PGCE with a specialism in Early years at Lancaster! I am very enthusiastic about Early Years and believe that learning through play is key, that each child is unique and should be the leaders of learning. I am currently Subject leader for both History and Geography, my favourite part of this role is the opportunity to interact with the rest of school and get to know children throughout the school and have an influence on their learning. In my spare time I enjoy lots of walking in the Lake District usually with my new puppy, spending time with my family, several holidays and I LOVE to eat out!
Sophie Blackburn – Temporary Nursery Teacher (Summer Term 2021)
June Seed – Business Manager
I have worked at Newton Bluecoat School for 21 years. I attended Newton Bluecoat School as a pupil, along with my mum, my own children and currently my granddaughter and Grandson. I enjoy my time at school, helping to maintain the school’s high quality provision. I am responsible for Human Resources, Finance, Health and Safety and Staff Wellbeing at the school. I recently successfully organised the refurbishment of our fantastic new Nursery area and am currently looking for funding to have the Reception area refurbished. I am generally involved with school life and love what I do and I work with a great team of people. In my spare time you will see my around the village walking my dog and I have an interest in crafts, I crochet, knit, sew, bake, and do cake decorating to name a few.
Janette Kirby – Office Assistant
Debbie Gornall – Office Assistant
Ginny Needham – Family Learning Mentor
I am proud to have worked at Newton Bluecoat School for 22 years and my own family came to this school. My role as Family Learning Mentor varies from working with children experiencing behavioural and emotional difficulties to supporting families and supporting children’s wellbeing.
My other role is to provide PPA cover for teachers in several year groups, teaching Art, RE and PSHE. I have a keen interest in Art and love to see how proud the children are with their art achievements.
I love drawing and sewing in my spare time and enjoy spending weekends outdoors walking and cycling.
Tracey Stock – Year 6
I started working at Newton Bluecoat in 2010 as a 1:1 support assistance and since then I have gone on to be a Teaching Assistant in every year group and I am currently working in Year 6 alongside Miss Mansfield. I absolutely love working at Newton Bluecoat and I am so proud to be part of this fabulous team. I am very passionate about ensuring every child reaches their full potential and I always do all I can to help the children during their time at our school.
My responsibilities in school vary from supporting Mrs Dawson in her role as P.E lead, to working very closely with Year 6 children to provide specific and targeted intervention work and to deliver Speech and Language support for several children. One of favourite roles is to make sure all the displays in school are looking vibrant and fresh.
In my spare time, I love to go on long walks with my family and go to the gym.
Sophie Burton – Year 5
Lisa Hargreaves – Year 4
I have worked at school for over 20 years, and have worked in all Key Stages. I currently work in the Year 4 Class as a teaching assistant. My other role in school is working alongside Mrs Watson (SENco) delivering 1:1 special needs provision. Helping the children to develop and achieve their full potential and personal goals is something truly special and make my job extremely worthwhile and fulfilling.
I have lived in Newton for over 30 years and love our amazing village and it’s fantastic community spirit.
Jessica Manton – Year 3
I attended Newton Bluecoats as a child and made many memories that will stay with me forever. I always knew I wanted to work in education from a young age. After completing my A-Levels, I took up an apprenticeship here at Newton Bluecoat, where I am now the Year 3 Teaching Assistant, coach for various school sport clubs and the bank staff for Out of School Club. Due to having a strong passion for sport, you can often finding me playing and watching it in my spare time. A fun fact about me, is I once played at Wembley representing Preston North End.
Wendy Cartwright – Year 2
I first started working in a school providing support for a child with additional needs in 2002. I then moved to Newton Bluecoat in 2005 as a 1:1, where I carried on supporting various children with additional needs through to High School. My current role is working alongside Mrs Mansfield in Year 2 as a Teaching Assistant. I am also the Out of School Club Manager which I have done since 2016.
Both my children attended Newton Bluecoat and I thoroughly enjoy being part of the school’s family.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog and going on holidays. I also enjoy going to watch AFC Fylde at the weekends.
Amy Madden- Year 1
Matthew Jackson – Reception
I started working at Newton Bluecoat School as an apprentice in 2016. I was fortunate enough to complete two teaching and learning qualifications through school and I am now the Reception Class Teaching assistant and I have experience In Years 3, 4 and the Little Blues nursery. I am the play worker at the Out of school club and have worked there since I began working at Newton. I have a keen interest in Early Years SEN and spend a lot of my time working with children who require extra support.
I really enjoy working at school because I love seeing how the children progress as the year goes on and I love that I have the ability to give children the confidence to try their best in all aspects of life.
I have two dogs at home and I love taking them for walks with friends and family in my spare time. I also keep very busy by taking my two nieces on days out.
Louise Wareing – Nursery
I started work at Newton Bluecoat School in 2002 as a teaching assistant in Little Blues nursery. Previously I had worked as a nursery nurse from babies up to pre-school. I currently work within the Little Blues nursery and have experience of working with the reception class. I am very passionate about forest school activities, enjoying getting the children outdoors and having fun in the woods. Another role I have is delivering additional phonics intervention for children who need a little extra help to reach their full potential. I am a committed member of staff and love working here and being part of the Newton Bluecoat family. I enjoy watching the children grow and learn as they progress through the school.
I have twin teenage boys and as a family we like to have many outdoor adventures together and I enjoy watching my boys play for their local football team. In my spare time I stay motivated by taking part in Zumba classes and enjoy a quite few minutes reading!
Sarah Cameron – Nursery
Newton Bluecoat School has always held a special place in my heart, as this is where my passion for working with children all began. Having attended the school as a pupil, I returned in 2006 to work in the Out of School Club. After 2 years of working in the Out of School club I left to further develop my skills and knowledge, gaining a degree in Early Years Education whilst working as a Room Leader at an Independent School and Nursery. I was thrilled return to Newton Bluecoat in 2016 and I have been working in the Little Blues nursery since. I absolutely adore helping children to reach their potential and ensuring their early years education is full of happy memories. I am a huge advocate of outdoor education and will be outside with the children at every opportunity!
Lucas Killgallon – Apprentice
We currently have a great team who support our children during the school lunch break whilst the teachers and other staff have a well deserved break. They have a wealth of experience on organising lunchtime activities and keeping the children safe.
Our kitchen staff are employed by Lancashire Catering Services and provided us with high quality, affordable meals.
Anneka van der Veen
Caretaking Staff – Contract Cleaners
Our caretaking and cleaning staff are employed by Maxim Cleaning Services. They keep our school clean and tidy and are valuable members of our school team.