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Julie Clayton BEd ( Hons)
Head Of School

Julie is an experienced teacher, who has taught for over 20 years across the whole primary age range. She has been a leading Year Six and Maths teacher for Cheshire. Before becoming Head of School Julie has been an SENDCO, Assistant and Deputy Head Teacher. Julie currently teaches part-time in Linmere.


 Linmere Class

 Gemma Prince BA (Hons)

Class Teacher/ Key Stage Leader 

Gemma completed a three year BA Hons degree in Primary and Secondary Education with Design and Technology, undertaking placements across the primary and secondary age range (ks2-a level). Gemma worked as a lead associate in retail whilst completing her degree. After taking her final placement at Delamere she got a job teaching Year 4 but is currently teaching Year 6. 

 Natalie Inskip 

 Class Teacher (Mon, Tue, Wed) 


Natalie has been a member of the team since 2015, originally teaching in Key Stage 2 before going on maternity leave to have her son last year. This year, Natalie is looking forward to joining the EYFS team and teaching part-time in Hatchmere class.  

Jayne Lloyd
Teaching Assistant

Jayne has previously had a successful career in the corporate industry before moving into Health and Fitness, where she managed two specialised fitness clubs. After taking a career break raising her family, Jayne achieved her aspiration of becoming a Teaching Assistant in 2012. Jayne joined Delamere Academy in 2013 where she has had experience working within key stage 2 and is currently working as a Teaching Assistant in Sandymere class.


  Pickmere Class 


Clare Wild 
Pickmere Class Teacher  

Prior to becoming a primary school teacher, Clare worked overseas managing a range of activity and sports programmes. Clare returned to the UK and studied at the University of Chester, where she gained her BA Hons degree in Primary Education. She has gained experience working in a range of placements from reception to year six, for her final placement she was based within the North West Academies Trust.




Jo Law
Teaching Assistant

Having worked for a number of years as the children's book buyer for WH Smith and then becoming actively involved as a parent at Delamere, Jo started working as a TA in October 2008 with Years 5/6. She subsequently spent time across all year groups gaining experience and 'in-house training' as well as attending some external accredited courses. In particular, the Elklan Speech and Language Programme has been of great interest to Jo. She also has a great passion for swimming so enjoyed gaining the ASA Swimming Teachers Certificate too. 

 Nunsmere Class 

Lucy Bate 
Class Teacher

Lucy completed a 3 year BSc (Hons) degree in Geography before going on to compete her Primary PGCE at Liverpool John Moores University. Since completing her PGCE she has worked as a teaching assistant gaining further experience teaching across KS1 and KS2. Lucy is excited to continue her teaching journey with Nunsmere. 


Karen Dodd 
Teaching Assistant (1:1 support) 

 Karen has been working as a TA for 6 years, most of that time has been spent working as a 1:1 with children with additional needs. Karen has a foundation Degree in Teaching Assistance and after taking a year out of study and work due to having her second child, she is currently finishing a BA Hons in Childhood and youth professional studies, at the University of Chester. Karen has a keen interest in Makaton (child sign language) and is aiming to achieve a teaching qualification for Makaton to teach it within school.

Laura Evans
Teaching Assistant


Laura has been working as a teaching assistant for 13 years, with most of this time spent as a 1:1. She has recently completed a BA (honours) degree in Primary Education studies. She has a sound knowledge of SEN, with a great understanding of autism. Laura has worked at Delamere Academy since February 2016 and has supported classes across key stage 2. Laura has also further developed her knowledge and understanding of children's mental health and well-being this year, completing a variety of courses and training. Laura also helps support the school with sporting events, working alongside Mr Freeman and helps to coach the key stage 2 netball team.


  Blakemere Class


 Ricky Huddart BA (Hons)  

Assistant Headteacher/ Key stage leader

 Class Teacher 

Ricky is an experienced class teacher with over 10 years in the profession. He has worked across a range of schools in the Chester area, working mainly in Key Stage 2. He has experience of consulting on a mixed age curriculum in South Africa and has also worked collaboratively with an assessment company to create a tailor made software for schools.     


Lorrae Campbell 
Teaching Assistant

Lorrae is a teaching assistant in Year 5. She qualified as a TA  after a successful career as an Army Captain in the Royal Logistic Corps, and Contract Manager in industry. Lorrae's special interests are in the whole school reading programme and archaeology. She is currently studying for a Masters Degree in the subject, and runs a popular Archaeology Club at the school.


 Sandymere Class


Bethany Hume

 Class Teacher and SENCO

Bethany completed a three year BA Hons degree in Early Childhood education in Leeds, where she gained experience working in a range of placements from nursery to year three. Bethany started at Delamere in 2015 and worked in Hatchmere (our EYFS classroom) for 4 years and has now moved to year 2 to gain experience of working in Key Stage 1. This year Bethany is also taking on the role of SENCO in school and is completing the national qualification through the University of Chester. 



Martin Ashworth
Teaching Assistant

Martin was a motorcycle rider training instructor for 10 years, then worked for 6 years in children's homes looking after children between the ages of 12 and 18. After realising the 24-hour shifts were incompatible with a young family and volunteering as a parent helper on days off, Martin decided to pursue a career as a Teaching Assistant. He worked in two other schools before joining Delamere in September 2011.


 Oakmere Class


Demi Lewis 
Class teacher 

Demi completed a three year BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education at Chester University, where she gained experience working in both KS1 and KS2. Demi joined our team last year and completed her NQT year in Blakemere class. This year, Demi is looking forward to joining the KS1 team and teaching in Oakmere class.  



Loraine Garner 
Assistant SENDCo and Higher Level Teaching Assistant  

A qualified NNEB and experienced Teaching Assistant, with a successful career in Local Government spanning 38 years across Finance and Education. Joining Delamere in 1997, her significant achievements have been gaining her HLTA status in 2008 along with her Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs in 2013 with Leeds Metropolitan University. Loraine's strengths lie in Additional Educational Needs and Pastoral Support (medical conditions and procedures). 


 Hatchmere Class 

    Siân Birks  BA (Hons), EYPS, QTS

 Class Teacher (Mon, Tues, Wed and Thurs) and KS1 French 

Siân has been a member of the team since 2013, originally teaching in Early Years before going on maternity leave to have her son.  Since returning, Siân has taught in KS1 and KS2 as well as being the Languages Teacher for Early Years and KS1. Siân has several years of experience in Schools, Nurseries and Children’s Centres, working with children and families.   



Judith Lathaen
Teaching Assistant

Judith previously trained and worked as a nurse before taking a career break to bring up her three children. Judith then joined Delamere Academy in 2013 and completed her TA training. Since working at Delamere Academy Judith has worked as a 1:1 support and as the part-time Teaching Assistant in Hatchmere.  In her spare time Judith is the Cub Leader for her local Scout group. 

Kate Carroll 
Teaching Assistant


After working as cabin crew travelling the world for British Airways, for many years, Kate took a career break to raise her family. She then discovered a passion for baking and turned this into a successful small business. As a parent of two children attending Delamere Academy,  Kate has taken an active part in school life for a number of years both as a volunteer and a member of the PTA, eventually becoming Chair. Her enthusiasm for children and education led her to train as a classroom assistant and in the last year she worked with Oakmere class while gaining her Level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification.



School Counsellor 


Lia Roberts

Lia is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and holds and Masters Degree in Integrative Counselling. She has been running counselling services in primary and secondary school settings since 2003 working in settings such as the NSPCC; the YMCA; University of Leeds and Barnsley Academy.

Lia works on a Tuesday morning each week and is available at break times for the children to have drop-in sessions. 


PE Teacher

Tom Freeman (BA Hons)
PE Teacher/ Designated Safeguarding Lead

Tom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Development and PE at Liverpool John Moores University, before going on to successfully gain Qualified Teacher Status on a Physical Education PGCE at Edge Hill University. Tom has been teaching PE at Delamere Academy since 2013 and also works one day per week at the Academy Trust secondary school - Rudheath Senior Academy.

Tom is the English Schools FA Primary Representative for Chester whose role is to organise football leagues/ tournaments and cup competitions for all schools in the local area. 

Outside of teaching, Tom works as an Academy Recruitment Scout for Everton Football Club. 




Carolyn Oliver BSC (Hons) CSBM

Carolyn is a qualified experienced Bursar with a Certificate in School Business Management gained in 2008 from the National College of School Leadership. Carolyn is responsible for all aspects of school administration including budget management and health and safety. She previously worked in industry for several years, having gained a BSC (Hons) in Animal Nutrition from Newcastle University.



Administration Assistant


Tara Venables
Administration Assistant


Following 13 years based in central London pursuing a career in Business Travel, Tara moved north to Delamere to start a family with her husband. With both her children now in full-time education, she took the opportunity to join the team in September 2012 on a part-time basis, assisting the Bursar and formerly acting as Clerk to the Trustees and Governing Body.




Site Manager

Gordon Burdell
Site Manager

Gordon has had an extensive career at ICI working as a Health and Safety Manager up until early retirement in 2011. Gordon works five hours each day and makes sure our site is safe and secure for your children.



Mike Huntbatch


Mike worked as a self employed builder for 46 years. He then worked for Henkle in technical services up to retiring in 2016. 




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