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Who's Who

We are very proud of our fantastic staff team.

Executive Headteacher

Hello! My name is Claire Coates and I am the Executive Headteacher at Moira Primary School. I spend part of my week here and the other part of the week at Griffydam Primary School. I have been teaching for 20 years and have worked in inner city as well as rural schools. I am passionate about children's books, so you can always ask me about great things to read! I live in Ashby with my husband and two children. I've also got a lovely beagle called Bella.


Acting Head of School

My name is Vicky Santy and I am Acting Head of School at Moira.  Over the years I have developed a love of reading and writing. There is nothing better than to share a good book with children so you will often find me reading a story or talking about books! I also love to teach writing and I am passionate about sharing this with children across the school. Out of school, I spend as much time as possible with my family, often walking our puppy, Winnie. I am excited about my new role within the school and I am proud to be a part of the Moira team.


Deputy Headteacher

My name is Danielle Lewis and I teach in year 4. I live with my husband and 2 children and we have a few pets - Ted the dog, Fluffy the cat, Ernie the tortoise, four chickens (Deirdre, Priscilla, Hyacinth and Flower) and Mr & Mrs Fish. My favourite colour is pink and my favourite foods are Cadbury's chocolate and baked beans (not at the same time).





My name is Lydia Leeson and I am the SENCo here at Moira Primary School. I live with my husband Andrew and our gorgeous little boy James. I love going on holiday to our home in Scotland and visiting my many cousins there! in my spare time I enjoy cooking (although I'm not very good at it!) and meeting up with friends in Costa!






I'm Claire Wilsher and I teach in EYFS. In my free time I'm love to be outdoors on walks in the countryside or in my garden. I also like to bake cakes, trying out different recipes. I certainly have a sweet tooth! I have two children and you may well see me out and about exploring the local area with them.  




Hi, my name is Miss Meer and I teach in Reception.

I love reading and my favourite books are the Harry Potter series and Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

I love the outdoors and my favourite times are spent walking, especially in the Peak District.

I am a huge Elvis Presley fan. I love all of his songs and my ambition is to visit his home, Graceland one day!



My name is Mandy Bourne and I teach in Year 1. At the weekend I travel across the Midlands, supporting my three girls play hockey. I stand on the side lines wrapped up in three tops, two pairs of trousers, two jumpers, two pairs of socks, a woolly hat, a pair of gloves and a very warm coat. Secretly, I am crossing my fingers and hoping there will be no broken bones.




Hello, I am Deb Johnson and I teach in Year 2.  At the weekend, I love to watch Leicester City play some magnificent football or walk my slightly naughty dog. She is called Daisy.  I love eating flying saucers and ice gems but I'm not fond of cheese or spicy food. If you listen really carefully you may hear me shouting "YIPPEE!" when my class have been superstars.




My name is Miss Knott and I teach the Amazing Minions (Team 3). I am originally from Warrington, and spent 4 years studying in Leeds. I have moved into the area to join this very special school for a new adventure. My hobbies include, swimming, running and cycling but most importantly my passion is handball; having represented England and Great Britain Women’s National teams. In school, I enjoy teaching all subjects, but my favourite subjects when I was at school were Maths, Geography and PE, I also loved going on trips and being in the outdoors.  


My name is Carly Butterworth and I am currently the Year 4 class teacher and the team leader for French and PE. I am a little bit obsessed with penguins so will never turn down a trip to the zoo! At home, I live with my daughter and our two guinea-pigs: Choc and Chip. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have pet penguins otherwise I would have two of those instead!

P.E and French are my favourite subjects. I enjoy playing netball, badminton and going to the gym. I also love baking, making crafts and going for walks. I sometimes watch LCFC play too!


Hi, I'm Craig Mousley, and I teach in different year groups. I am a local lad, Swadlincote born and raised, and currently live in Overseal with my lovely wife and our lovely daughter Ella. Our beautiful family expanded by one on the 23rd July 2019 when we welcomed Anaya Mai into our lives. I started teaching in 2008, at a nearby village school. It was a small school (65 children) and taught both the Reception/Year 1 class initially and then the Year 2/3/4 class. I had a short break from school life in 2014, when I worked at the nursery in which my daughter attended. This allowed me to gain experience and understanding of the teaching and                       learning of pre-school children, as well as appreciate the importance and learning that play can bring. 


My name is Annie Lindsay and I teach in year 5. I enjoy going travelling to new destinations. My favourite place I have been to so far is New York City. One day I would love to travel around the USA on a big adventure. I have so much fun teaching in Team 5, especially during our topic weeks!




My name is Mrs Hobbs and I am class teacher in Year 6. I love sport, which is why I am always getting children involved in different clubs and competitions, but my favourite is running. I have completed 7 marathons with my best time in 3 hours 24 minutes. You will normally find me running around trying to get different jobs done or outside whenever possible. I am now also a Forest School trained leader so now take different classes and groups into our woods. I love taking learning outside whenever I can. At home, I have a little boy called Eric and a little girl called Millie. They are both very cheeky and smiley. I love spending my free time with them - normally going on walks and feeding the ducks.


Support Staff


I am Miss Smith and I am the teaching assistant in Year 6. I also look after the school library. Having worked at Moira Primary School for the last 5 years I think I  know my way around by now and love working with all of the pupils here. I have 2 boys of my own -Harry and Ethan-  plus a cocker spaniel dog who is called Villa (as in Aston Villa!) I like watching my 2 sons when they play football as well.  Before I came to Moira I was a nurse, working in hospitals and in the local community. I love to read and doing arts and crafts at school is one of my favourite things to do.


My name is Carolyn Wigstead. and I work in Year 4. I love travelling and exploring new places, relaxing at home with my family, spending time with friends and walking my dog.






Hi, my name is Sally Rees and I like to spend my free time with family and friends. I love walking, swimming and enjoy travelling to other countries to learn about their culture and traditions. At home there is nothing better than whiling away a few hours in the garden or on a dreary day, baking. To relax I enjoy films and listening to music, mainly dance music and it's not unheard of for my children to tell me to, "turn that music down!" One of my ambitions is to learn how to scuba dive and travel to Australia and dive off the Great Barrier Reef.


Hi, I'm Mandy Smith and I love spending quality time with my close family and friends. we meet as often as possible and enjoy eating out, playing pool and going on activity days out together. Recently we went on a Segway ride together through the Forest at Cannock Chase. I also enjoy gardening, walking, sightseeing, holidays abroad, listening to music and going to concerts.



I'm Pam Burgess and I deliver the music across the school. When I'm not singing in school, or eating ice-cream, I may be singing in church or with a small group of friends.






I am Kathy van Heezik and I work with the reception children. I love being in the company of my family and friends and going on holidays. I enjoy many simple pleasures in life - cooking and baking; gardening and growing my own fruit and vegetables; arts and crafts and just creating in general.





My name is Mrs Goodey and I work in Team 2.   I am happily married to Marc with 4 beautiful children; Charlotte, Nicola, Eleanor and William.  My World!

Moira School has been a big part of my life for many years and I would describe myself as fun, loving and caring.   My favourite things are; Michael Buble, cruise holidays, spaghetti bolognaise and buying handbags.  I can't eat lamb!



I am Mrs Wainwright and I currently work 3 afternoons per week supporting Year 3 and helping Mrs Marriott in the office. I have 3 boys at home who are the best! In my spare time I spend a lot of it attending motor cross races with my boys. If I am not doing that I enjoy spending time with family and friends.





My name is Miss Whitehurst and I am the Teaching Assistant for Team 2. I have been working here since August 2014 and really enjoy my time here in school. I like keeping busy and am a member of our PTFA.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My favourite film of all time is the Lion King and my favourite things to eat are sweets!




My name is Gemma Gadsby and you will find me mainly supporting in Team 1 and Team 5, although I have worked with most of the classes at some point supporting in different ways. I live at home with my husband, 2 children and our cat Creeeky! I love animals and we are hoping to have a dog soon! In my spare time I love being with my family going on walks and having picnics. I also love practicing yoga and going swimming. 




Office Staff



My name is Sarah Marriott and I work in the school office. I spend most of my time at school on the computer, answering the telephone, writing letters and looking after visitors. At home I love spending time with my family, meeting friends and eating chocolate. My favourite film is The Wizard of Oz!  



Premises Officer


Mr Mick Nixon







Lunchtime Supervisors


Hi, My name is Ann Guest and I'm part of the lunchtime team. When I'm not at school I like to go walking and listening to music, which I dance around the house to. I have 2 cats that are crazy just  like me ...... I also like anything unicorn themed.





My name is Jodie Stewart. I am a lunchtime supervisor. I love having fun with all the kids at lunch time and making them smile. At home I have 3 boys and we all love going on walks and playing/watching football.






Hi, I'm Tracey Guest. I'm part of the lunchtime team. I love listening to music, reading and doing some crocheting. I love animals and have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 rabbits and a parrot that talks more than me., but my favourite animal is an owl. I love anything magical and mystical especially fairies.