Kay Lowry, 1A Teacher
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.
Vicky Latham, 1/2B 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. I’m the Early Reading and Phonics Leader across Sphere Federation, working closely with other reading and writing leaders to promote the highest standards of literacy. Working closely with a colleague, I’m also a Health Leader: 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.
Kate Young, 2C Teacher
I was born in the north east but moved to Leeds in 2014 for university and I’ve stayed ever since! I’m a keen traveller and have so far visited 22 different countries across the globe. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog, Pablo, getting stuck into a good book, or spending time with my niece and nephew. I’m also a qualified gymnastics coach and spent my childhood competing for the North of England. I did my teacher training at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School and I feel extremely privileged that I now work here, in a school and job that I love.
Lydia Wilkins, 1,2B Teacher (one day)
As a child, two of my ambitions were to teach and be a mother. I’m privileged that both those ambitions are now my reality. I joined Scholes (Elmet) Primary in 2006 and I’ve enjoyed teaching every year group from Reception to Year 5. I’m often asked which is my favourite age to teach and my honest answer is: ‘There’s magic to every year group!’ In my spare time, I enjoy pilates, body combat and eating apple flapjack!