Kay Lowry, Y1 Teacher (class share)
I completed a degree in psychology, which gave me an insight into child development. I found this, as well as seeing my own children grow and develop, fascinating. This led me into a career in schools. I feel very blessed to have a job that allows me to watch children grow and learn every day. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and exploring the countryside with my children.
Natalie Lake, Y1 Teacher (class share)
I’ve lived here in Leeds for many years now, after moving here to go to university. Since gaining my teaching qualification in 2011, I’ve taught in three Leeds primary schools, including Moortown Primary, one of the other schools in Sphere Federation. Outside of school, I’m a busy mum. I enjoy family time, visiting new and exciting places. I’m very proud to be a primary school teacher where I can watch children flourish in their education.
Vicky Latham, Y1/2 Teacher
I was born and bred in Leeds but have also lived and worked in London, Scarborough and Pontefract. I have three children and also lots of pets, which are part of my family, too. Dogs, cats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, a goat, mice and hedgehogs have all been part of the family at some point. I have taught in all year groups, from Nursery to Year 6. I love making learning active and fun, and enjoy seeing children learn with a smile on their faces. Working closely with a colleague, I’m a Health Leader across Sphere Federation. I’m proud to have improved the School Games Mark from bronze to silver, and now gold for both Scholes and St James’ CE Primary (another Sphere Federation school). I worked as a supply teacher and writer when my children were younger; creating content for websites (ranging from insurance to bathrooms and security). The biggest project involved writing a fact file and security report for each country in the world – all 197 of them! I also enjoy wild swimming and have swum in a variety of lakes and rivers including the Thames, Wharfe, Salford Quays and Windermere.
Carl Gathercole, Y2 Teacher
After an enjoyable few years working in the Year 3/4 phase here at Scholes, I’m now enjoying being in Key Stage 1 just as much. The infectious enthusiasm of one of my childhood teachers first inspired me to get into teaching and shapes how I approach each and every day. It always brings a smile to my face when I see children enjoying and taking great pride in their learning. Beyond the classroom, I’m a lifelong Leeds United fan and have recently started writing articles for the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust.