Jade Ward, Nursery Teacher
I completed my PGCE in Primary Education in 2021. Since then, I’ve worked at Scholes (Elmet) Primary, another school in Sphere Federation, as a Teaching Assistant in Reception. I’ve worked in Early Years settings for over ten years and thoroughly enjoy watching the children grow and flourish. In my spare time, I enjoy long family walks in the Yorkshire Dales – Malham is one of my favourite places to visit. I’m quite a creative person and I have a passion for making and decorating cakes.
The teaching assistant in Nursery is Miss Harvey.
Jane Payne, Reception Teacher
I began my teaching adventure in 2012 and have taught in various locations across the UK
and abroad. I feel very proud to be a teacher and to be part of the Sphere Federation team. I enjoy teaching all areas of the curriculum but particularly enjoy English. In my spare time, I
love to do things outside. I enjoy exploring new places and finding a nice place for tea and
The teaching assistants in Reception are Jill Rippon, Olivia Feldman and Gill Walton.
Michaela Palmer, Y1 Teacher (class share)
I’ve always had a passion to work with children. This began with a summer job working in a nursery, and after that I began to volunteer at my local primary school. Knowing that I am helping children to achieve their full potential and to feel happier and better about themselves brings a huge smile to my face. I moved to Leeds in 2008 to do a degree in Psychology and went on to do my teacher training in York. I started teaching in 2016 at Scholes (Elmet) Primary and I’m excited to continue my teaching career at St James’. Outside of school, I love to cook; I often invite my friends and family over to sample new recipes.
Becky Rowley, Y1 Teacher (class share)
I grew up in a small town in the Midlands not too far away from Cadbury World. I started teaching in 2012 at a school in Dudley and joined St James’ CE Primary in 2015 when I moved to Yorkshire. Outside of school, I’m a mum to two young children: Maddison and Zachary. I love nothing more than getting out and about visiting new places, cities and exploring the countryside with my family. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a teacher. It’s lovely to see a child’s face when something that you’ve taught ‘clicks’ in their head.
The teaching assistant in Y1/2 is Lauren Cairnes.
Talia Kay, Y2 Teacher
I’ve wanted to be a teacher since the age of 5. I achieved and believed, making my dream come true working at St James’ CE Primary. I live in York with my family – my Dad was in the army meaning I went to four different primary schools across the country! I always enjoyed school and being a teacher means I can inspire children to love their learning, too. My favourite subjects include Phonics, Maths and PE. My favourite colour is pink – I love it. Before I joined the St James’ family, I was a sports coach at a local gym. In my free time, you’re most likely to find me enjoying a day out with my family and friends, at the gym or at the nail salon (I’m sure you can guess what colour!).