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Bolton Primary School

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Meet the Staff

Ruth Elstone - Headteacher
Debbie Tinkler - Class 1 Teacher
Bianca Cousin - Class 2 Teacher
Kate Walsh - French Teacher
Heather Lowthian - Science Teacher
Claire Rankin - Teaching Assistant
Gail Burns - HLTA
Jane Ullyart - HLTA
Helen McDonald - Business Manager

Ruth Elstone - Headteacher

Hi, I am your child`s headteacher here 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.

Debbie Tinkler - Teacher Class 1

Hi, I’ve been teaching at Bolton since 2012, having graduated from University of Cumbria in 2011. I teach Early Years following the Early Years Curriculum covering all prime and specific areas of learning. Also, I teach Year 1 for English/Phonics, Maths and Science and teach KS1 for Art, Computing, DT, Geography, History, PHSE, RE.

I will be your child’s first teacher in school and look forward to helping them settle into school life.

I am responsible for leading the Early Years in school, including end of reception profiling and have been an Early Years moderator for Cumbria for the past 2 years. I jointly lead an Early Years group within the cluster for all early years teachers and teaching assistants for 12 local schools. Also, I am responsible for Religious Education and PHSE throughout school, including monitoring assemblies.  Out of school, I enjoy spending time with my little boy and family, going for walks and travelling. 


Bianca Cousin - PE TeacherBianca Cousin - Class 2 Teacher

I first qualified from Edge Hill University in 2000. I have taught at Kirkby Stephen Primary school and Warcop Primary School  for four and a half years, whilst balancing bringing up three boys. I have had the opportunity to deliver high-quality PE across five primary schools. This has enabled me to teach a subject that I am very passionate about and developed my teaching skills. My other interests within the curriculum are Maths, Design and Technology and making cross-curricular links with PE. As many of you know, I am a busy mum of three so feel that I`m well equipped to support families and understand the trials and tribulations of family life. My hobbies include Rugby and quality family time.


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

Hi, my name is Heather Lowthian. I studied Microbiology and Environmental
Science at university in London.  I went on to work as a technical
scientist, food and water microbiologist, technical advisor at a cheese farm

and a milk analyst before retraining as a primary school teacher in 2000. I
began my teaching career as a class teacher but then started to specialise;
teaching science and computing to all year groups.  I currently work at
three small primary schools teaching: science, computing,
spelling/punctuation/grammar and music.  I am passionate about science and I
hope I can pass some of that enthusiasm on to the children I teach.  I love
teaching and watching the children grow.  No two days are the same and the
days fly by - it's never boring! I feel very privileged.  Outside of school,
I enjoy: walking the dogs, horse riding, swimming, camping and generally
being outdoors. 



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 Monday - Friday from 8:45-3:45pm. 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. My main role is running the business of the school, including the school budget, staffing, children`s data, Health & Safety and First Aid. I also help run the school council and get involved in many other activities with in school.  One of the best parts of my job, is getting to know and chatting with 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.