Great Sankey Primary School

Meet the Team





Lisa Wilding BEd (Hons), NPQSL, NPQH

Lisa joined Team GSP as the school's Deputy Headteacher in September 2016 having taught at another Warrington primary school for 20 years. She has vast experience in teaching children across the primary range and honestly could not imagine doing anything else - she thinks it's the best job in the world!

After two years serving as GSP's Head of School, Lisa now has the privilege of being the Headteacher and will continue to lead the school on its journey of excellence working alongside the staff, governors, pupils and parents to provide the very best.

Lisa enjoys working in partnership with our other Challenge Academy Trust schools and sits on various Teaching and Learning Hubs for the Trust as well as leading on the TCAT Reads initiative.

When she's not at GSP, she loves to spend time with her family and dogs; she is the very proud mum to 3 grown-up girls and to her beautiful 3-year old grandson who definitely keeps her on her toes!

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Deputy Headteacher

Tom Gawne BA (Hons) QTS, NPQML, NPQSL

Tom joined Great Sankey Primary in 2014 as class teacher from a school in Liverpool, before being promoted to the senior leadership team in 2017. He has lots of experience in teaching children across the primary age range alongside some experience in Secondary education; focusing on the transition between KS2 and 3. In school, Tom is responsibe for leading out on English, pupil premium, transition and teaching & learning practices; as well as the development of the curriculum, ECTs and assessment across the school. Over recent years, Tom has helped to establish the OXNET project alongside Oxford and Cambridge University and is currently studying for his National Professional Qualification for Headship. He is a local authority moderator for KS2 and leads the TCAT Primary English Hub – also sitting on the TCAT Transition Hub and Primary DHT group. In his free time, Tom has been a school governor and enjoys travelling & spending time with his family and friends. Tom is also Deputy DSL in school supporting the school Safeguarding Team. 


Senior Leader: SENDco and Inclusion Lead

Nia Williams BA (Hons) PGCE

Nia joined Great Sankey Primary in 2017 having taught in 3 different primary schools for 24 years at that point and been KS2 lead, Acting Assistant Head and Acting Deputy Head in her most recent school. Since joining Great Sankey Primary, Nia has taught in UKS2, as she has predominantly throughout her career, although she does have experience teaching across the full primary age range. Nia has been responsible for leading many primary subjects throughout her career and currently acts as Science leader within GSP. From September 2020, Nia will be the school’s SENDCo and will be working closely in partnership with parents and carers to ensure that all children, regardless of any additional needs and disability, develop the attitudes, behaviours and skills to enable them to learn. As well as co-ordinating SEND across the school, Nia is a member of the safeguarding team. Furthermore, Nia has a real passion for music and enjoys running the school choir -  particularly enjoying giving children to opportunity to develop their confidence through performances. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching films, going to the gym and spending time with friends and family.


Senior Leader: Early Years, Personal Development & Mental Health

Jayne Wrangles BEd (Hons)

Jayne was lucky enough to secure a post at Great Sankey Primary School in 1999 having previously taught KS1 for Wigan LEA. Jayne is extremely passionate about all things Early Years. She is a Specialist Leader in EYFS and has supported a number of other schools on their development of EYFS. Jayne also provides School Direct training and Moderation for the Local Authority. As well as teaching in Reception, Jayne leads EYFS, PSHE, Personal Development and Mental Health across school. Jayne is a Mental Health First Aider and has recently completed the Senior Mental Health lead qualification through Leeds Beckett University. 

Outside of school Jayne loves to spend time travelling and having fun with her 2 amazing daughters, her husband and her little dog Dottie.


Administration, Technical and Site Team

Office Secretary: 

Finance Officer: Mrs Louise Bolan

Site Manager: Mr Rob Cresswell

Maintenance Officer: Mr Don Hurst

IT Technician: Abtec

Children's Champion Team (Safeguarding, SEN, Mental Health)

Safeguarding Team: Mrs Lisa Wilding (DSL), Mrs Nia Williams (SENDco & LAC), Miss Sarah Leah (Dep DSL), Mr Tom Gawne (Dep DSL), Mrs Jayne Wrangles (Mental Health, PSHE and RSE Lead)

Safeguarding, Pastoral and Early Help Lead: Miss Sarah Leah

Mental Health and Well-being Lead: Mrs Jayne Wrangles 

Mental Health First Aid Trained: Mrs Jayne Wrangles

SENDco: Mrs Nia Williams

Speech and Language: Mrs Julie Pearson


Early Years Foundation Stage Team

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Head of Early Years
Reception Teacher (Cherry Tree class)
Mrs Jayne Wrangles
Nursery Teacher (Seedlings class)
Mrs Sharon Johnson

Nursery Teacher (Seedlings class)
Mrs Liz Mayers

Reception Teacher (Lime Tree class)
Mrs Gow

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Reception Teacher (Cherry Tree class)
Mrs Jane Foy
Reception Assistant 
Mrs Rachel Kerridge
Reception Assistant
Mrs Janet Mahony
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Nursery Assistant
Mrs Ange McVey

Nursery Assistant
Miss Abbi Williams

Key Stage One Team

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Willow Tree class (Y1)
Mrs Steph Bani
Sycamore Tree class (Y1/2)
Miss Abbi Hewitson
Maple Tree class (Y2)
Mrs Claire Garvey
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Key Stage One Assistant
Miss Rachel Fellows
Key Stage One Assistant
Mrs Paula Wilks
Key Stage One Assistant
Mrs Julie Pearson


Lower Key Stage Two Team (Years 3&4)

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Elm Tree class (Y3)
Miss Katie Humphreys
Hazel Tree class (Y3/4)
Mr Stuart Johnson
Beech Tree class (Y4)
Mrs Stacie Rowlands
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Beech Tree class (Y4)
Mrs Rebecca Blackburn (maternity cover)

Beech Tree class (Y4)
Miss Jessica Heywood (maternity leave)
Lower Key Stage 2 Assistant
Mrs Victoria Holden

Upper Key Stage Two Team (Years 5&6)

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Pine Tree class (Y5)
Mrs Helen Owen
Oak Tree class (Y5/6)
Mrs Nia Williams 
Oak Tree class (Y5/6)
Mrs Franklin
Elder Tree class (Y6)
Mr David Ellis
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Year 6 Strategic Intervention Support
Mr Tom Gawne  

Upper Key Stage 2 Assistant 
Mrs Michelle Gibson

School Tutor for Key Stage 2
Mrs Natalie Green

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Mrs Jo Al-Moukhtar

Learning Support Team



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Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Sharon King

Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Neesha Culverwell

 Learning Support Assistant

Miss Chloe Ellis



Safeguarding and Pastoral Lead 

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Miss Sarah Leah

Curriculum Subject Specialist Team

Specialist Leader in Reading (Appointed TCAT) Mrs Lisa Wilding

Specialist Leader in EYFS (Appointed GSTS) Mrs Jayne Wrangles

Local Authority Moderator for KS2: Mr Tom Gawne

Sports Coach: Matt Cann in partnership with Progressive Sports


Mid-day Assistants

Mrs Lynn Alden

Mrs Rachel Frangleton

Mrs Debbie Soens

Mrs Jen Addley

Mrs Mandy Sheridan

Mrs Dawn Beggs

Mrs Angela Coleman

Miss Laura Fleming

Mrs Sarah Foulkes

Mrs Clare Hawthorn

Mrs Vicky Addison


Catering Team

Ms Vicky Burrows

Mrs Lisa Challoner

Mrs Karen Brocklehurst

Mrs Faye Lawton


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Great Sankey Primary School
Liverpool Road, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 1SB
Mrs Lisa Wilding | Headteacher 01925728176
Mr Phil McEwan | Chair of Governors
Mrs Nia Williams | SENDCo
Great Sankey Primary School

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The Challenge Academy Trust