Gayle Beesley, Early Years Leader
I grew up in a small seaside town called Redcar that is the home of the famous lemon top ice-cream. I began teaching way back in 1992 in Cleveland and moved to Leeds in 1995 when I started teaching at Scholes (Elmet) Primary School. I’ve worked at Scholes for a long time now and know many of the families really well. I love teaching in Early Years and seeing where the learning journey begins. I’m part of the school’s safeguarding team. Out of school, I enjoy going back home to visits my parents for walks along the beach and spending time with my family and friends, going to the cinema and concerts.
Caroline Allen-Kelly, Foundation 2 (Reception) Teacher (class share)
Hi, I’m Mrs Allen-Kelly. During my teacher training, I specialised in Early Years – I love teaching Foundation! Every day I see something new from the children and something that makes me say ‘Wow!’ It’s really special to be a part of those important first years of school life. I moved to Leeds with my family in 2016 and have never looked back. Yorkshire is so beautiful. Our weekends are often filled with visiting the many wonderful parks, museums and landmarks around the city. I started teaching at St James’, one of the other Sphere Federation schools, in 2017.
Lydia Wilkins, Foundation 2 (Reception) Teacher (class share)
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!
Katie Parling, Foundation 2 (Reception) Teacher
I started teaching here at Scholes (Elmet) Primary way back in 2015. I love working in an environment where every day is a new adventure for the children – and me, too! When I’m not at school, I enjoy baking – particularly cakes. I also like playing netball and spending time with my friends and family.
Lisa Long, Foundation 1 (Nursery) Teacher
I graduated from university in 2004 with a Masters degree in Neuroscience. However, coming from a family of teachers, I soon decided that teaching was the career for me. Since completing my PGCE in 2006, I’ve worked across both Key Stage 1 and 2 and, most recently, in the Early Years Foundation Stage. I’ve grown to love the busy, exciting and changing nature of an Early Years classroom. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I have two young sons who keep me busy; we love to be outside and exploring.
Lucy Valentine, additional Early Years Teacher
I started teaching at Scholes (Elmet) Primary in 2020 and have now completed the Federation hat trick having begun my teaching career at Moortown Primary in 2013, and moved to St James’ CE Primary in 2019. I’ve taught across both Key Stage 1 and 2 and also in the Early Years Foundation Stage and I’m part of the safeguarding team here at Scholes. If you see me around school, you’ll probably see me smiling because being a teacher means I get to see the world through children’s eyes and it’s much more fun than being an adult! I’m known around the schools for my enthusiasm and love of weird and wonderful computer fonts!