Grace Clifford, Year 3 Teacher
I moved to Moortown Primary, and to Yorkshire, in 2018. I absolutely love teaching Art and Maths and look for any excuse to get creative and use the children’s imaginations within lessons. Outside school, I love swimming, walking my dog and watching true crime documentaries. I like to think I’m a forensic scientist at heart! I would love to say that I like the great outdoors, yoga and regularly going to health retreats but in reality all I want to do is shop, talk about my dog and eat good food! In my previous life, I lived and worked in London, selling mascara and lipstick in Harrods. As a teacher, I love seeing my class learn something new and seeing life from a child’s point of view. It’s an extremely rewarding job!
Ben Freeman, Year 3 Teacher (from 20.04.20)
Having grown up in Leeds, I moved to Sheffield to study Sport and Business at university. After returning to Leeds, I began my teaching career and I’ve never looked back! Seeing children flourish and enjoying school is the most rewarding feeling – it reminds me of how my teachers made school so enjoyable for me growing up. Outside of school, I play football for Shire Academics in the Yorkshire Amateur Premier League. I’m a keen Leeds United fan and I enjoy going to watch them play – it’s a rollercoaster of emotions! I enjoy other sports such as bouldering, squash and table tennis. I thoroughly enjoy my job, and look forward to something new, exciting and different every day.
Maria Rushbrooke, Year 4 Teacher
Having grown up in Rotherham, I moved to Liverpool to study Ocean and Earth Sciences ay university. I loved my degree and I’m still very interested in all things ocean and environmental – something the children are only too aware of! While in Liverpool, I worked with children visiting the university and, once I left there, I worked at Sheffield College for a year, supporting students there with what they would do once they left. I then moved to York to complete my PGCE and, after a year working in a school in York, I moved to Moortown Primary. When I’m not in school, I enjoy being average at a range of sporting endeavours and often head into the Yorkshire Dales for an unnecessarily long walk. After many happy years at Moortown, I still love my job.
Oli Wain, Year 5 Teacher
Having qualified at York St John University, I’m thrilled to have starting my teaching career 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 at Sheffield Hallam University. 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 am a Manchester United fan and go to watch them play as often as I can!
Jen Wilson, Year 6 Teacher
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.