Support Staff

Mrs. Briggs – Assistant Head / SENCO / Wellbeing Lead

Hi, I’m Mrs Briggs, I started at Medlock Valley in 2007 and have had the pleasure of working with many children and their families during my time here. I have been a teacher for 25 years and have worked in Rochdale and Dukinfield but I have enjoyed my time at Medlock Valley the most, which is why I’m still here!

I am the Director of Inclusion, the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and the Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead. Although I do not currently have my own class I have taught many children from Nursery up to Year 2, and can sometimes end up back in the classroom covering for any year group.

When I’m not in school I enjoy spending time with my two teenage boys and husband, meeting up with my friends and going on skiing and sunbathing holidays. I love Christmas time, particularly watching Christmas films, going shopping and eating lots of chocolate!

Mrs. Brierley – Pastoral, Behaviour and Attendance Lead / PSHE Lead 

Hi, I’m Mrs Brierley and I’ve been here at Medlock for around 6 years now. I started as a Teaching Assistant and loved it so much that I’m still here and am now the Pastoral Lead. The best part of my job is working with the children to support their physical and emotional wellbeing and sharing the children’s own life experiences in their PSHE lessons. 

At home, I enjoy spending time with my family and walking my dog. I’m a keen reader and will often be found curled up with a good book. 

My favourite event at school is the Year 6 residential, where I am more competitive than the children! I love seeing them conquer their fears and having fun with their friends. 

Mrs. Winterbottom – Early Intervention Lead / Communication Lead

Hi, I’m Mrs. Winterbottom and currently my role in school is Early Intervention Lead and Communication Lead, Wednesday to Friday. On Mondays and Tuesdays I am seconded to the Local Authority to work as part of the Early Years Better Communication Team.

Before joining Medlock Valley Primary in January 2020, I worked in a similar role at two other primary schools in Oldham.

For a few years now, I’ve been fortunate to have been involved with the REAL Project, which allows me to work with amazing children and their families, helping them to develop their early literacy skills.

At home, I particularly love spending time with my family and friends. I also love the outdoors and enjoy walking, cycling and gardening.

My favourite events in school are French Day (because I love learning about new languages and other countries) and World Book Day when the children come dressed up as different words (It’s such a great way to learn new vocabulary and everyone has fantastic ideas for dressing up!).

Mrs. White – EAL and Language Intervention Lead

Hi, I’m Ms. White and I have been part of the Medlock family for nearly 20 years. As some of you will remember, I started out in the nursey, volunteering, and am now the EAL and Language Lead. I now find myself teaching children and grandchildren of pupils who were here at school when I first started! I am often found working across all three key stages, supporting the learning of children with English as an additional language, which I thoroughly enjoy. At home, I have a loving family who love to explore the great outdoors.

Mrs. Blackwood – HLTA / MFL Lead

Hi, my name is Mrs. Blackwood. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for almost 33 years.

Mr. Barton – HLTA / DT Lead

My name is Adam Barton.  I have worked at Medlock Valley since April 2015 and I am currently a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Year 5/6.  I have a degree in Primary Education and previously worked as a teacher in a Pupil Referral Unit.

My hobbies include: Blacksmithing ,woodworking, fishing, gardening, DIY, collecting trading cards and miniature wargames

Mrs. Shalliker – HLTA / REAL Lead

My name is Joanne Shalliker. I have worked at Medlock Valley for 36 years! I am now teaching the grandchildren of former pupils who still remember my magic bag full of puppets. Over the years I have worked across all of Key Stage One, but nursery and reception are my favourite year groups. My job is very varied, a really enjoyable part of my job is delivering the REAL Project (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy). This project enables me to work with families in their homes. It’s a very rewarding part of my role in school.

In my spare time, I have a craft room that I spend hours in. The activity that gives me the most joy of all is singing and performing in a ladies choir called Saddleworth Singers.

Mrs. Noble – Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs. Noble. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for twenty years.

Mrs. Ogden – Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Michelle Ogden and I have been a Teaching Assistant at Medlock Valley for the past 20 years. In my spare time I enjoy hunting around local charity shops and upcycling my finds!

Mr. Wright – Apprentice Teacher

Hi, my name is Mr Wright. I am currently an apprentice teacher in year 5/6Br. Before this, I worked as a teaching assistant in year 3. I recently graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science and in my spare time I enjoy playing football and golf. I also like to spend time walking with my family and dog, Claude.

Mrs. Routledge – Teaching Assistant

I have been a learning support assistant at Medlock valley for 7 years. I’m mainly based in early years and Key Stage 1.

I really enjoy working with the children and find it such a rewarding experience as I get to see them learn and grow over each year.

In my spare time I like to walk my dog. At the moment he is only a puppy so he needs lots of exercise!

I also enjoy cooking and obviously eating all of the delicious food I make!

Miss Henderson – Teaching Assistant

My name is Ellen Henderson and I have been a Teaching Assistant for a very long time. I really enjoy working with all of the children at Medlock Valley as they put a smile on my face each and every day. Out of school I love reading, listening to music and gardening.

Mrs. Hamilton – Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Morris – Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Morris and I have been working at Medlock Valley for almost two years.

I love being a Teaching Assistant – I believe that I have the best job and I look forward to going to work. Seeing the children learn something new every day is such a lovely thing to be a part of.

My spare time is mostly spent having fun with my three daughters and friends. We especially enjoy dancing together and going out for magical, mystery walks.

Mrs. Coskun – Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Coskun and I’m a Teaching Assistant based in Key Stage One. I came to Medlock in 2014 after completing my degree in Primary Education. I have recently been away on Maternity Leave, spending lots of precious time with my beautiful little girl. I have a passion for reading and love to share books with my daughter and encourage the children at Medlock to read in and outside of school. My favourite event at school is World Book Day as I love seeing all the creative costumes and watching others enjoying reading!

I am from Yorkshire so you may notice my accent is slightly different! I love the peaceful countryside and enjoy going for long walks. I also like to bake and dig into a tasty meal I’ve made from scratch! Most of all I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting my husband’s family in Turkey during the holidays.

Mr. Gilder – Site Manager

Mrs. Walters – Business Manager

Mrs. Shaw – Senior Administrator

Miss Javed – Teaching Assistant

Hello, I’m Miss Javed. I joined the wonderful team at Medlock Valley in 2020 as a teaching assistant. Before pursuing my career as a TA, I studied Interior Design at Bolton University with a focus on designing spaces for children with educational needs and integrating sensory learning for younger years.

My interests outside of school include; cooking, baking and generally fattening up my loved ones. The various lockdowns have made me value the outdoors and I try to get walks in regularly and I plan to pursue cycling. I’ve recently started playing for my local rounders team and after a slow start I’m now getting into the swing of things…

I also have two cats.

Miss Chowdhury – Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Chowdhury. I started work at Medlock Valley in September 2021 as a Reception Teaching Assistant and spend my evenings and weekends working with older children, the younger children definitely brighten my day!

I have a passion for Early Years and was very lucky to be given the opportunity to work with the Reception children.

When I’m not in school I manage and organise events and youth sessions at my institute where I have been working since 2015. I started as a teacher and worked my way up to being the head of the organisation.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling. I’m hoping to do more of it this year so any recommendations are welcome!

Sally Thornley – Play Therapist

Sally Thornley is a Play Therapist. Play therapy uses play and the therapeutic relationship to provide a safe and consistent environment in which a child can experience full acceptance, empathy, and understanding. Play therapy is child led, children are given support and a safe environment to work through their issues themselves at their own speed in a safe and constructive way. Often those children referred to play therapy do not have the words to describe their thoughts, feelings and experiences. As children use play as a form of communication, play therapy can help children to find healthier ways of communicating their difficulties. Play Therapy enables children to express, explore and make sense of their difficult and painful experiences as well as to develop their ability to process their inner thoughts, feelings and experiences and integrate these in order to move forward. A play therapist works using a wide range of play and creative arts techniques, responding individually to the child’s wishes. They work taking into account the social environment of the child for example peers, siblings, family and school. Play therapists work with children suffering from a range of mild to moderate psychological difficulties such as low mood, anxiety and aggression as well as complex life experiences including abuse, grief, family breakdown, domestic violence and trauma.