The Staff

Teaching staff:

Mrs. Faith Tiernan: Headteacher

My name is Mrs. Tiernan and I have the privilege of leading St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School as the Headteacher. I have responsibility for the day to day running of the school along with developing and sharing our vision for the future.

I came into the profession to make a positive impact on children's learning, increase their desire to learn and enable them to become independent life-long learners. Throughout my career I have enjoyed working with colleagues to improve teaching and learning. I have a variety of knowledge and skills, which can be shared and further developed by working alongside others.

I studied at Liverpool Hope University as a mature student and achieved a First Class Honours BA in Theology with Qualified Teaching Status. I am passionate about religious education and am quoted to have said that I ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ competing the CCRS (Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies) whilst at university.

I am an experienced Key Stage 2 teacher, teaching in Year 6 for the majority of my career. I have been English Subject Adviser for last eight years, before handing the ‘book and pen’ to Mrs. Smith. I have also been the Assessment Co-ordinator for many years. I am confident in analysing data, developing school action plans and monitoring teaching and learning.

Mr. Anthony Hurst:

Deputy Headteacher

My name is Mr. Hurst and I attended St. Bede’s as a pupil, before being appointed as Subject Adviser for Mathematics and Physical Education in 1991.  During the intervening years, I worked as a Computer Programmer, Civil Servant and Museum Demonstrator, before studying for my Bachelor of Education degree at Christ’s and Notre Dame Catholic College.  Whilst at College, I also obtained the Catholic Teachers’ Certificate in Religious Education.

I gained my Master of Education degree (Distinction) from the University of Liverpool, in 2007; and completed a Postgraduate Certificate as a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher, at Edge Hill University, in 2012.

I am a qualified Rugby League Coach and Referee, having coached Lancashire Schoolboys, and refereed the curtain-raiser to the 1995 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium.  I ran the first London Marathon, in 1981, and am currently ‘collecting’ Olympic Stadia, having run on the tracks in Athens, Melbourne and London!

In my spare time, I enjoy watching Widnes Vikings and Manchester United.  For many years I have been ‘treading the boards’, in an amateur capacity, taking part in shows and pantomimes, including my now ‘legendary’ performance (at least it is in my house!) as Fagin in ‘Oliver’, at the Brindley Theatre.

I still harbour ambitions to be King of a Popcorn Empire when I get older!

Please click HERE to view my Mathematics Faculty Page

Mrs Ashley Halliday

My name is Mrs. Halliday and I teach Year 3 maths and English groups.  I am Subject Leader for Dance and manage the School’s Dance Festivals and performances. In addition to this, I am a school based mentor for trainee teachers.

I graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree. During my placements I worked at a range of schools across Liverpool, Warrington and Widnes but always dreamt of returning back to the school in which I attended myself as a young student, here at St. Bede’s Junior School.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and love the diversity of school life in that no two days are ever the same! I love teaching dance because I get to be involved in the Dance Festivals which allows us to watch so many talented performers from both our school and others across the Borough. 

Mrs Kate Woods

My name is Mrs. Woods and I teach Class 3 and Year 3 groups. I am Subject Leader for English. I gained my PGCE at Liverpool Hope University and have worked in Halton for over ten years across the primary age range. Prior to attaining my PGCE I graduated from Open University with a Masters Degree in Education and I also worked for 6 years at the National Foundation of Educational Research as a Research Officer focusing on assessment specifically in KS2 English.

I am particularly passionate about the importance of English in schools and especially the power of reading. I am an avid reader and want to ensure that a love of reading spreads across the school and the children of St. Bede’s. If I haven’t read it then it’s not worth reading! Teaching is such a wonderful job to have and I love every day that I spend at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School.

Please click HERE to view my English Faculty Page

 

Mrs. Dawn Barron 

My name is Mrs. Barron and I am Subject Leader for Foreign Modern Languages.  I teach Spanish throughout the whole school.

I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a BEd (Hons) in 2003 and I have been privileged to work at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School since 2004. Recently I have had two beautiful babies and now I work part time. 

I really enjoy teaching the whole school as it means I get to know and teach everyone.  I think learning other languages and understanding other cultures is very important and I love seeing how proud the children are when they realise they can speak Spanish!

Please click HERE to visit my Faculty Page

Mr. Stuart Cooper

I specialise in PE and Sport and teach all classes at St. Bede's.  I love working with all children and staff and get to take pupils to sports competitions around the county.  I thoroughly enjoy my role at school and really enjoy seeing the children progress in their sporting ability.  

 

 

 

Miss  Kirsty France

My name is Miss France and I teach Class 5 and Year 4 groups.  I am Subject Leader for PSHE and the Arts.

I graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University, where I studied for 4 years before becoming a teacher.  I came to work at St. Bede’s straight from university and can’t imagine working anywhere else!

I love my job and I feel very lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful children and staff.  I play many musical instruments and take great pleasure in taking part in different musical and arts clubs and productions.   

Please click HERE to visit my Faculty Page. 

Mrs. Gill Geoghegan

My name is Mrs. Geoghegan and I teach in Class 8.  I am Subject Advisor for History and I also help to make sure that all our school trips are carefully planned and safe for our children to take part in.

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Chester, after 4 years of study, with a degree in Primary Education. Since then I have worked at schools in Chester, and in other parts of Widnes, before coming to St Bede’s about six years ago for a short time and returning permanently in 2011. I feel very lucky to be able to say that I work in such a wonderful school and I really can’t imagine working anywhere else. The St Bede’s community feels like one big happy family!

Please visit my History and Geography Faculty Page. 

Mr.  S. Stalker

My name is Mr Stalker and I teach Year 6 maths and English groups.  I am Subject Leader for PE and Sport.

I graduated from Liverpool Hope University with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree. During my placements I worked in a range of schools across Liverpool, Widnes and the Wirral including my first placement which was at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and love the diversity of school life - no two days are ever the same! I love teaching PE because I get to be involved in Sports Day and sports clubs after school allowing the children to develop their sporting skills further.

Miss Jasmine Joynson

 

My name is Miss Joynson. I teach Class 9 and Year 6 Maths and English groups. I joined St, Bede’s in September 2016 after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Primary Education.

As well as being a class teacher, I have been the Subject Adviser for Art and Design since 2017. I am both very grateful and proud that I work in a school where the Arts are truly celebrated and where there is such passion for creativity amongst children and staff. I enjoy promoting the Arts through organising the school’s Big Art Days, running Art clubs throughout the academic year, hosting design competitions, working with local and community artists and leading the Speech Choir in our annual Arts Festival. 

Teaching is a wonderful vocation and I feel incredibly privileged to work at St Bede’s and hope that I can continue to inspire the future generation to love learning.

Please click HERE to visit my Faculty Page

Mrs. Joanne Kaye 

My name is Mrs. Kaye and I teach maths and English groups.  I am Subject Leader for Computing and manage the School’s website and social media accounts.

I graduated from the University of Manchester then, following several years of travel, went on to study a PGCE in Primary Education at Liverpool University.  I have worked at schools in Salford, on the Wirral, America, in Yorkshire and now I’m teaching back in my home town of Widnes. 

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I am so privileged to work at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School.  I love managing the website and social media accounts because I get to share all the amazing things our pupils and staff are involved in. 

Please click HERE to view my Faculty Page

Mrs. Stephenie Lloyd-Green: SENCo

My name is Mrs. Lloyd-Green and I have been a teacher at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School for 17 years. I joined the school as a newly-qualified teacher and now I am amongst the longest serving teachers on the staff.  I have recently seen some of my ex-pupils bringing their children into school, which has made me feel very old!

My responsibilities at the school include being the SENDCo, Art and Design Subject Leader, manager of the School Council and one of the Arts Award Leaders.  In my role as SENDCo (which stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator) it is my aim to help children overcome their barriers to learning and achieve their true potential becoming confident, successful and fulfilled learners. I have completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs at Edge Hill University.

After graduating from the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education with a BA Honours degree I began work in retail management.   I soon realised it wasn’t the career for me. It was then that I decided to become a teacher and study for a PGCE.  I have never looked back.

It is an honour teaching at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School as the school community is like a great big family.  The staff and children are a joy to work with and ensure that I spring into work every day with a smile on my face and a song in my heart!

Miss Annie McCann

My  name  is  Miss McCann  and  I  am  proud  to  say  that  I  am  a  Year  3   teacher  at  our  wonderful  school ,  St.  Bede’s.  

I have the privilege of leading Religious Education at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School – a role which my mum so led admirably for 32 years.  I feel extremely lucky to work in a school which truly embodies the Gospel values and educates children in light of the Catholic Faith.

I am passionate about my role and hope to inspire children on their faith journey with my love for music and art – Rejoice in Song and Bible Journaling Club are definitely highlights of my week in school!

I strive to support and guide our school as we fulfil our mission to celebrate life and learning.  Through Religious Education Collective Worship and RSE, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that the experiences encountered by the children enable them to enjoy life, life in all its fullness – John 10:10.

Please click HERE to visit my Faculty Page and HERE to visit 'Our Catholic Ethos' page.

  

Miss Hayes

My name is Miss Hayes and I teach Class 7 and Year 5 maths and English groups.

I graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS degree in 2018, specialising in English.

During my three years at university I had the opportunity to attend a range of schools across Widnes and St Helens as a trainee teacher. The first school I had the pleasure of training at was St. Bede's, and this is where I developed my love and passion for teaching and I haven’t looked back since.

 After completing my NQT year, I was elated to return to St. Bede's as the Year 5 teacher and I have had a warm welcome back. I am excited to be part of the St. Bede's family once again.

Miss C Jones

Mrs. J Wainwright

My name is Miss Jones and I am a Year 4 teacher at St. Bede’s. I was fortunate enough to complete my teacher training here last year and I am incredibly honoured to begin my career as a teacher at this wonderful school.

I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Law and started work as a Paralegal. I realised that this wasn’t the career for me and went on to study a PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Chester. This was the best decision I made and I have never looked back.

I thoroughly enjoy teaching at St. Bede’s! The staff and pupils have made me feel extremely welcome and part of the family. I am excited to immerse myself into the St. Bede’s community and take every opportunity which comes my way! I hope that I can inspire all the children that I teach this year and for many more years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Mrs Wainwright and I teach Class 6 and Year 5 maths and English groups. I am also Subject Leader for Science.

I graduated from Chester University in 2002 with a B.Ed (Hons) degree and specialism in mathematics. My training involved teaching children from Reception to Year six in a variety of Warrington and Halton schools. Once qualified, I secured a teaching position in a Runcorn school and remained there for 15 years. I spent 10 years of this time as a Year 6 class teacher and held responsibilities for mathematics, PSHE and gifted and talented – I have thoroughly enjoyed every role.

I love the mantra ‘A mistake is a learning opportunity’ and therefore always strive to help children feel confident in a lesson – unafraid to make mistakes and willing to ‘give things a go.’ I have a particular passion for instilling confidence in maths – wanting to make all children see maths as ‘fun’; however, I also love being active (sports, outdoor adventure), practical science and generally any subject in which I can be creative.

Please click HERE to view my Faculty Page

Mrs. V Faulkner

My name is Mrs. Faulkner and I teach Year 3. I really enjoy teaching and especially love being creative in class with the children. I always help out with school displays and the scenery for the Christmas production (which is my favourite time of year!)

St. Bede's is a wonderful school and I am so proud to be part of such an amazing team!


Office Staff

Mrs. Jackie Ryan: Office Manager

Miss Kathryn Glover: Administrative Officer

Maintenance Officer

Mr. Nick Ortiz

Mid-day Assistants:

Mrs. A. Bate

Mrs. G. Luter

Mrs. P. Smith

Mrs. S. Warner

Mrs. E. Haydock

Cleaning Staff:

Mrs. M. Farmer

Mrs. J. Farrell

Mrs. G. Luter

Catering Supervisor:

Mrs. K. Gallimore

Get In Touch

Address

Appleton Village, Widnes

Cheshire, WA8 6EL


Telephone

0151 424 3386