Alice Needham, Year 3 Teacher
Originally from Manchester, I studied History at Newcastle University from 2014-2017. I then chose to move to Leeds in 2018 and have worked at Moortown Primary School since then as a Teaching Assistant, Student Teacher and now Class Teacher! I feel so lucky to be able to work in such a lovely school that’s full of fantastic children. My favourite subject is Art – any children who know me know I always love an excuse to get the paintbrushes out! I also love exploring new places and have spent time travelling across South America, Australia, and South East Asia. My favourite thing to do when I’m away is to try new foods – I’ve even eaten a scorpion!
The teaching assistants in Year 3 are Asmat Maqbool and Gemma Burgess.
Dani Birch, Year 4 Teacher
I’m originally from Surrey but I lived in London while completing my degree in Motion Graphics from 2017-2020. I then made the move up to Leeds to begin my career in teaching. Even though I still feel rather new to Leeds, it’s great that my first teaching post in such a strong and supportive school. If there’s anything you need to know about me, it’s that I love anything that’s creative… from colouring and painting to animation and DT. I also love cooking and baking, especially sweet treats!
The teaching assistants in Year 4 are Amanda Charlesworth and Hollie Gilliland.
Georgia Goswami, Year 5 Teacher
I’m originally from Leicestershire but I moved to Norwich in 2017 to complete my Chemistry degree and subsequently my teacher training at the University of East Anglia. I then moved to Yorkshire to start my career in teaching. I’ve loved every minute of teaching so far (even the challenges) and my favourite subjects to teach are Art, PE, Maths and of course, Science. Outside of school, I love to bake, travel and paint but most of all I like to spend time with my family pets, Poppy and Belle – two very mischievous Jack Russells.
The teaching assistants in Year 5 are Jacqui Kennedy and Sharron Stewart.
Oli Wain, Year 6 Teacher
Having lived in York for most of my life, I decided to move and study in Sheffield for my undergraduate degree. After this, I completed my teaching qualification at York St John University in 2019. Since then, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at Moortown Primary School where I’m keen to help children be the best they can be! Watching children enjoy their learning is one of the aspects I love most about teaching. My favourite subjects are Science, Geography and PE, having studied Environmental Science. Outside of school, you’ll probably find me on a football pitch, in a gym, or on my mountain bike. Although often leaving me disappointed, I’m a Manchester United fan and go to watch them play as often as I can!
The teaching assistant in Year 6 is Nicky Russell.
Jen Wilson (currently on maternity leave)
I’m originally from Sheffield but came to Leeds to study PE at Leeds Metropolitan University – the city hasn’t been able to get rid of me since! I went on to complete my training to become a teacher which I think is the best job in the world. Outside of school, you’ll find me at some sort of sporting event. I play hockey for Ben Rhydding Hockey Club but I will watch absolutely any sport. I also love animals (dogs in particular) and spending time with my big, crazy family.