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Bolton Primary School

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Meet the Staff

Picture 1 Ruth Elstone - Headteacher
Picture 2 Anne Jorysz - Class 2 Teacher
Picture 3 Rebecca Strong - Class 1 Teacher
Picture 4 Bianca Cousin - PE Teacher
Picture 5 Kate Walsh - French Teacher
Picture 6 Gail Burns - HLTA
Picture 7 Jane Ullyart - HLTA
Picture 8 Helen McDonald - Business Manager
Picture 9 Claire Rankin - Teaching Assistant
Picture 10 Andrea Moody - Class 1 Teacher
Picture 11 Meg Fynn - Dance Specialist

Ruth Elstone - Headteacher

Hi, I am your child`s headteacher and this is my second year her at Bolton. I was brought up in South Yorkshire,studied at Lancaster University and did my PGCE at Cambridge. I teach Y5 & 6 in the mornings and PE across KS2. I was Senior teacher at Asby Primary for 4 years; before then, I taught in Queensland, Australia. I have experience teaching in different counties and in a range of Primary schools, having mainly taught in rural primary schools. I am always here to help if you have any concerns about your child`s journey through primary and I look forward to playing a crucial part in your child`s education. I have two grown-up children of my own; I enjoy running, walking and cycling as well as spending time with my family.

Anne Jorysz - Teacher Class 2Anne Jorysz - Teacher Class 2

Hello, I have been teaching for `a number of years` and enjoy spending time with the children in the classroom enabling them to reach their full potential. I teach Class 2 in the mornings and work with KS2 in the afternoons. I have responsibilities for end of KS1 moderation and am a moderator for Cumbria. In School I am responsible for children with extra needs,music throughout the School, English and I am part of the Governing Body. I enjoy gardening, walking, singing in choirs and craft activities.

Rebecca Strong - Early Years TeacherRebecca Strong - Teacher Reception/Year 1 (Class One)                      Hi,My Name is Rebecca and I will be working with your little ones in Reception and Year 1. I am the first teacher that your child will meet so I try to create a warm,safe and welcoming environment for them. I began work in Early Years when I was 16 and when I graduated from University of Cumbria in 2013, I began teaching Key Stage 1 in London.I then went on to teach Early Years in Australia, before returning to Carlisle and teaching mostly Key Stage. When I`m not in school, I love spending time with my family and young son. When I have time, I enjoy baking,photography and live music. When the weather is nice, I enjoy exploring the Lake District.

Andrea Moody - Teacher Reception & Year 1 (Class 1)

Hello,some years ago, I used to be Manager of Bolton Primary School, leaving in 2007 to do my Teacher Training. After qualifying, I initially taught a Foundation Stage Class in West Cumbria before moving to Crosby Ravensworth School where I was the Reception/Key Stage 1 teacher. Since then, I`ve taught a Foundation/KS1 class at Penruddock Primary School and I also provide supply cover for schools in the area.

I now have the pleasure of teaching Class 1 at Bolton on Tuesdays and particularly love teaching phonics. I`m a                               member of Penrith Ramblers, I enjoy Yoga and Pilates and spending time with my 3 grown up children.

Bianca Cousin - PE TeacherBianca Cousin - Teacher of PE

Hi, I`ve been teaching since September 2000, having graduated from Edge Hill University with a BA QTS (Hons) and a PE specialism. I taught for 10 years at another school but now teach in five other local schools within the Eden Valley. My job has changed over time from being in the classroom to specialising in the teaching of PE. Having 3 boys and living on a farm keeps me on my toes! Out of school I enjoy playing rugby,going to the gym,doing voluntary work and love to spend time with my family.

Kate Walsh - Teacher of FrenchKate Walsh - Teacher of French

I Love French, having lived in france for a few years earlier in my career. I teach in 6 Primary Schools within The Eden Valley. I began teaching in secondary schools but now thoroughly enjoy introducing language to younger learners. Out of school, I enjoy mountain biking, Ski-ing and running with the rest of my family!


Heather Lowthian - Teacher of Science Years 5&6

Meg Fynn - Dance Specialist

Hi, I am a dance specialist and I will teach your child dance, gymnastics and Swimming during the school year. Since graduating three years ago, from Bath University with a First class Honours in Dance, I have taught dance extensively in the Eden Valley. I am also a qualified PT, I run fitness classes in the local area and have my own dance schools in Kirkby Stephen and Appleby. I am also involved in delivering sessions and working with teachers for U-Dance Cumbria.

Gail Burns - HLTA   Gail Burns HLTA

Hi, I am an HLTA at Bolton Primary School and have worked here for 18 years. In the mornings I help teach literacy in class 2 and numeracy in class 3, I also support class 3 most afternoons. I started my career as a TA after my youngest child started school; previously being a parent helper at Crosby Ravensworth School. Immediately after I finished my training, I joined the staff at Bolton and have been here ever since. When not at school, I enjoy spending my time quizzing,reading,fell walking and spending time with my grandchildren.                         

Jane Ullyart HLTAJane Ullyart - HLTA

My name is Jane, I am an HLTA and have worked for Cumbria County Council for over 40 years, 20 of which have been at Bolton School. I work alongside the teachers in class 1 as well as providing 1:1 & 2:2 provision. In my spare time, I enjoy quizzes, walking, good food and spending time with family and friends, especially my grandchildren.

Claire Rankin - Teaching Assistant

Hi, I joined Bolton Primary School in September 2018, having previously worked at North Lakes School in Penrith. I`m a TA working mainly in Class 2 & 3. I support Literacy in Class 3 and Maths in Class 2, I also provide additional support on a 1:1 basis and with small groups. Before becoming a TA in 2016, I pursued a career in rural development following graduation. I have 3 children and enjoy spending time with my family. In my spare time,I enjoy cycling, kayaking and fell walking.

Helen McDonald - Business Manager                                                         Hi, I am Helen the Business Manager here at Bolton Primary School. You will find me in the School Office on Monday - Thursday. I am usually the first face you will meet at school and the first voice you will hear on the phone. I will deal with any questions, queries or concerns that you may have. I am more than happy to chat with you on the phone, face to face or by email. I love chatting to the children and hearing all their wonderful news and stories and watching their journey and progress through school. I am a Mum of two and enjoy spending my spare time with them both, be it running them about to social events, travelling around the Country watching my son play rugby or scouring the shops for the latest trends and fashions with my daughter. When I can, I enjoy visiting my hometown in Kent, catching up with family and friends.