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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 Debbie Tinkler - Class 1 Teacher
Picture 4 Bianca Cousin - PE Teacher
Picture 5 Kate Walsh - French Teacher
Picture 6 Heather Lowthian - Science Teacher
Picture 7 Claire Rankin - Teaching Assistant
Picture 8 Gail Burns - HLTA
Picture 9 Jane Ullyart - HLTA
Picture 10 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.

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.

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 - 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

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, childrens 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.