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Lower Key Stage 2 Team




Mr W Hendy

Lower Key Stage 2 Leader

Y4 Loxley Class Teacher

I have been working in schools for 12 years.

I like it that every day is different.  We work on so many different things, with so many different people: children, parents, colleagues and other adults.  It's always a challenge, so gets your brain thinking about solving problems.  I like working at Valley View because the children and staff are so friendly, willing to learn and progress.

The best thing is watching pupils' confidence in their abilities grow... and the funniest (and scariest) moment was chasing a dog through classrooms, the hall and corridors.  Every day is different!

The word that describes me as a professional?  'Active'.




Mrs D Mallett

Y3 Hebble Class Teacher


I have worked in Valley View since it opened.

I love working in our school because the children are great and we have a lot of fun and the staff work as a team.

The funniest things that have happened are when I got locked in the PE cupboard at a Rainbow Party; I had custard poured on me when my class all teamed up to buy tokens; and when I set the alarm off in the disabled toilet at South Leeds Stadium when at a football competition. (I thought it was the light switch!)

A word to describe me - 'busy'!




Mrs E Riley

Y2 Hebble Class Senior Teaching Assistant


I have been working in schools for about eight years.  If I am honest, I have lost count as the years have gone so fast!

I enjoy working at Valley View because every day is different, it is never boring.  I enjoy helping and watching the children achieve and grow into independent learners.

There have been many funny things happen to me whilst working in a school.  Everyday makes me smile.  As I am the first aider in KS1, lots of the children are sent to me when they have fallen over or have had a minor accident.  Lots of children have asked me, “Are you a doctor?!”  This always makes me smile.

A word to describe me would be 'Enthusiastic'.













Mrs K Longbottom

Y3 Teaching Assistant






















Miss F Poxon

Y3 Humber Class Teacher


I’ve been working in schools for six years, first as a teaching assistant, and for the last five years as a teacher. I’ve worked in schools in both Leeds and Bradford and mostly with Key Stage Two children.

My favourite aspect of working in a school is how varied every day is and that there’s never a dull moment. I love seeing children grow and progress and am proud to be part of their learning journey.


The best moments are the light bulb moments when a child who has been having difficulty comes to me with a big beaming smile on their face after realising they can do it.

My funniest moment was going to read a story to a Year One class while dressed at Boudicca, in blue face paint and an orange wig. The Year One children were dressed as aliens and had been hoping to scare me, the opposite effect may have occurred!

The word that describes me as a professional?  'Conscientious.'



 Mrs J Murphy

Y3 Humber Class Senior Teaching Assistant

I have worked in a school for 24 years.

I like working in a school and being in contact with different children and their personalities. The laughter in the classroom, the hugs in the corridor from children who have moved on into a different class. I love the lightbulb moment when after a struggle an understanding smile spreads across the child’s face.

One of the best things I love is the residential to Lineham Farm. When at Lineham Farm a few years ago I was challenged to climb Jacob’s Ladder. I have to say it is one of the bravest things I have done.  I am so fortunate to have been on all of the Year 4 residentials as well as travelling to the Czech Republic on Valley View's first residential abroad. 

Being part of the unscripted staff Pantomimes was a funny experience where nobody knew what was going on or what to say.

I would describe myself as being a team player, with a caring personality.




Mrs H Dowling

Y3 and Y6 Teacher

& Acting SENCO


I have been working in schools for 13 years.

I like it that every day is different when working in a school. You never know what might happen next!

The best thing was when a Year 1 child said, "You are like the princess in this book!"

The word that describes me as a professional?   'Enthusiastic'.







Mrs J Bedford

Y3 Senior Teaching Assistant


I have worked at Valley View for ten years.

The best thing about my job is that no two days are the same.

I have thought about my funniest moment and there are too many to recall as I laugh every day.

A word to describe me would be 'Determined'.



















Miss A Walsh

Y4 Laver Class Teacher

I have been working in schools for 6 years. 

I like the variety that comes with being a primary school teacher. You can re-enact a Roman battle, write a discussion about refugees, solve a maths puzzle and create a musical all in the space of a day! I have always loved learning and hope to instil this attitude in the children I teach. Seeing a class of children fully engaged in their lesson makes me very proud. 

My funniest moments whilst working in schools are when I've taken part in the 'staff act' at school talent shows. My highlights include a Spice Girls tribute and a dance to 'What does the fox say?'

Which one word describes me as a professional? Whole-hearted.



Mrs A Ramshaw

Y4 Laver Class Teaching Assistant

I like working with children and like to think I am making a positive contribution to their development.10 years – I started working in schools as a lunchtime supervisor, then a classroom volunteer, completed a NVQ and was then employed as a Teaching Assistant.

I find this school friendly and welcoming; the staff are great, as are the children and I am so glad that I am part of the team, and being given the opportunity to work in a great school.

A word to describe me is 'Committed'.













Mr R Lewcock

Y4 Limley Class Teacher













Mrs C Todd

Y4 Limley Class Teaching Assistant

I’ve  worked in schools as a parent helper while my daughter was young, and now for 12 years as a “proper job!”

I love being part of a team that makes a difference.

The best thing is watching children’s confidence grow, having been part of the process.  The funniest thing is the things children write or say eg. spelling mistakes (unrepeatable on a family website!)

A word to describe me? 'Ace' – I checked in a thesaurus!  It does come under professional!





Mrs J Siney

Y4 Loxley Class Senior Teaching Assistant

I love the "awe and wonder" moments when children learn something new.  I've worked in schools for 26 years...started here in January 2012.

I was once mistaken for one of the children on a school trip and was told, "You're a confident little madam, maybe you should wait for your teacher to come and sign you all in!" (at a museum )

A word to describe me is: 'Caring'.














Mrs V Woodward

Spanish Teacher

I have been working at Valley View Primary for 3 years teaching Spanish to children in Years 3,4,5 and 6.

The children are always very keen to learn and enthusiastic, especially when we are singing our favourite songs in Spanish. They always enjoy our role play drama activities.

I enjoyed our Spanish Day last year when in assembly all the children sang our Greeting song – ‘Buenas dias!’

A word to describe me: 'Organised'!