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18th - Year 6 Puberty Talk.

18th - Phonics Workshop for parents/carers of children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2.

20th - Year Reception, 1 & 2 + Young Leaders Sports Festival at Sowerby Primary School.

21st - Year 6 Leavers Service at St Columba's Church, Topcliffe, 10am

21st - School Closes for Summer holidays at 2pm.

23rd - Class 2 sharing in Collective Worship.

30th - Class 3 sharing in Collective Worship.

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Music Collective Worship will be on Friday, 7th July at 8.55am.

Meet the Staff


Mrs Abigail Clay - Headteacher
Ba hons, AST, NPQH

Abigail became head at Topcliffe C of E primary in September 2015. Prior to becoming a headteacher she was an assistant head at an outstanding school where she taught across the primary age range from reception to year 6. Abigail has also worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher supporting modern foreign language development across the county. Abigail has written a book to support teachers in delivering languages to young children. Abigail enjoys sport, reading and spending time with her husband and three children.



Mrs Nicky Hartley - School & Finance Administrator

Nicky became School & Finance Administartor at Topcliffe C of E Primary School in September 2009.  Prior to starting a family, she worked in the publishing industry first in Battle, near her home town of Hastings, East Sussex and then for a publishing company in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire after she married her husband and moved to Yorkshire.  During her years in publishing, she has gained experience in Marketing Management, Circulation & Distribution and Sales. Nicky has 2 children who are now at High School but both enjoyed their primary school years at Topcliffe School.  


Miss Alison Somerville - Class 1 Teacher

 Alison joined Topcliffe School in September 2015 after her first year of teaching at Carlton Miniott. Prior to becoming a teacher, Alison trained to teach at the University of Chester, gaining a First Class Honours Degree and worked as a Nursery Assistant across York during University holidays. Alison enjoys spending her weekends and holidays visiting family and friends around the country, going to music concerts and to the theatre. 




Mrs Rachel Whatley - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Class 1

Rachel left university with a Joint Honours Degree in Biology and French and worked in logistics and then sales in the wine industry in London. After getting married and starting a family she returned North and had a change of career. For the past 14 years Rachel has worked in Early Years in both Nursery and Primary school settings. Rachel has gained her Early Years Professional Status qualification. Rachel joined Topcliffe Primary in 2014 and is currently enjoying working as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant with children in Reception and Year 1.



Mrs Hannah Parsons -Teaching Assistant Class 1, 2 & 3

After a successful 13 year career in Financial Services, she joined Topcliffe School as a Teaching Assistant in September 2015.  She spends time in all the classes in school.  Her interests are literature and writing.  She is currently studying an Honours Degree in English Literature and Creative Writing and she would like to inspire children to develop a passion for reading. 




Mrs Maureen Kildin - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Class 1, 2 & 3

Maureen has been a Teaching Assistant since 2009 and qualified as a HLTA in 2012 whilst working at Topcliffe Primary School. At present she is studying for her Early Years and Family Foundation Degree at Leeds Trinity University and will go on to complete for her Honours in 2018. Maureen’s strengths lie within her HLTA experiences and pastoral support, enhanced by her ELSA training which was completed this year.





Miss Emily Shaw - Class 2 Teacher

Emily studied Primary Education at York St John University gaining a 1st class honours degree. She started working at Topcliffe C of E in March 2012. Since starting teaching Emily has taught Years 1-6 so has a good knowledge across the primary curriculum. More recently Emily has taken on the role of Senior Teacher at Topcliffe. This role involves close work with the headteacher. She is also our subject leader for; maths, reading, phonics, science and ICT. Outside of school Emily enjoys spending time with her family and dogs: often going for walks and taking the dogs to shows. She also helps her fiancé on their farm and has recently started riding lessons again. 


Mrs Cathy Mousette - Advanced Teaching Assistant Class 2









Mrs Helen Trueman - Advanced Teaching Assistant Class 2









Mrs Josie Johnson - Class 3 Teacher

Josie Johnson is in her 3rd year of teaching. She has worked in several schools in North Yorkshire. Before becoming a teacher, she had a successful career in Public Relations, running media campaigns for large companies.  Josie has also enjoyed spending time at home with her two children while they were growing up, getting involved in various community projects and helping out in their primary school.




Mrs Rebecca Kaufman - Class 4 Teacher








Mrs Gillian Weightman - Higher Level Teaching Assistant Class 4


Gillian Weightman works as HLTA in class 4, her son Sam is seven and is in class 3. Prior to having her son she graduated from Leeds University and worked in PR and Marketing. After having her son she changed her career and started working with Early Years until joining the school in September 2015. Gillian loves to run and is currently training for the Manchester Marathon in April.



Mrs Marie McHarg - Advanced Teaching Assistant Class 4

 Marie is 34 and has worked in childcare for over 16 years and holds a level 4 in Childcare and Education.  Marie has worked in Scotland, England and Northern Ireland and has gained various and valuable experience working with children and in particular children with Special Educational Needs.






Miss Carol Adams - Midday Supervisory Assistant









Mrs Jackie Hemingway - Cook









Mrs Cari Parker - Kitchen Assistant and Caretaker





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