Teacher Profiles

Hello, I’m Mrs Pether and I’m the Headteacher here at Dean Field Community Primary School. I started my teaching career in 2005 in a school not far from here so I am pleased to be back where my career started and to once again be working in the community of North Halifax. I have been working in education for 20 years and have had many different roles in that time, ranging from a teaching assistant before completing my teacher training, right up to becoming a Headteacher; which has been a life long goal of mine!

I have been a senior leader for the past 13 years and have worked mainly in schools in challenging circumstances and find these roles the most rewarding. I have a proven track record of school improvement and believe in constantly challenging myself to improve. I have completed various leadership courses; the most recent being the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

I have worked for The Family of Learning Trust for 11 years, as a Deputy Head at our lead school Beech Hill and now as Headteacher here at Dean Field.
I am grateful to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic team of colleagues, who together will ensure that the pupils of Dean Field receive the best quality education.

My name is Miss E. Clay and I currently teach in Poland class (Year 2). This is my fourth year of teaching at Dean Field as I began my career here in 2016 as a Newly Qualified Teacher teaching in Year 4. My teaching degree specialised in Early Years and Key Stage 1, therefore I am happy to be teaching Year 2 again this year and supporting pupils through such an important time.

This year I am taking on the role of shadow SENDCo and I will be working closely with Mrs Bowling, the Deputy Head for Inclusion at our partner school Beech Hill to fully understand the role of the school’s SENDCo. This is something I am proud to have been asked to do, SEND is an area I am extremely passionate about. I am also lucky to lead ‘The Arts’ again this year at Dean Field, which encompasses art, music, dance and drama.

I feel lucky that we have our partners from Beech Hill school who we continue to work collaboratively with and I hope to be able to gain the school our ‘Arts Mark’ accredited status. I am looking forward to planning many Arts related theme days in the coming academic year that the children will love and parents/carers can get involved in too.

Aside from teaching, a passion of mine is animals, which I enjoy bringing to the classroom where possible hence recent trips to conservation parks and aquariums in line with the children’s learning. I have 3 guinea pigs at home named Autumn, Ruby and Pearl. A cat named Willow and a tropical fish tank. All of my pets are really special to me.

Hello, my name is Miss Fitzpatrick and I am an Early Years Practitioner in Nursery – Antarctica Class. I have worked at Dean Field since April 2018.
Before joining the team at Dean Field, I was the Deputy Manager and Safeguarding Lead at a Pre-School/Afterschool Club, working with children between 2-11.

My childcare career began in 2010 and I have enjoyed every minute, it is the most rewarding job – knowing I am helping children achieve their full potential. Each child is unique and has their own personality. Every day is different with lots of fun and learning! I take pride in the children’s accomplishments, as they master new concepts (when they said “I can’t do it”) and their inquiring minds expand with new information and experiences.

I am currently studying Early Years BA (Hons) at Huddersfield University, I attend university once a month on a Saturday. When I’m not studying, and my head isn’t in a book, I enjoy keeping fit and exercising. I am a member of a running club, we meet up and run twice a week, its great getting to know new people and also great for well-being!

I enjoy working here at Dean Field whilst beginning my teaching career. It’s amazing to work alongside supportive staff and also teachers who are passionate about their work!

My name is Miss Hussain and I currently teach Year 4. This is my fourth year working as a teacher at Dean Field School. I trained at the University of Huddersfield and I knew I wanted to be a teacher when I was just eight years old! So here I am at Dean Field, living the dream!

The amazing children, families and staff make Dean Field a brilliant place to work. I enjoy every minute of the day, as there is no better feeling than knowing I have made a difference!

At Dean Field, I have a teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) for the personal development of our pupils. I ensure RE, PSHE, RSE and SMSC are taught well and are fully embedded in our curriculum. I also lead reading and it’s one if my favourite subjects to teach! As a school, we are working together to achieve the Rights Respecting School Award to show that we place the rights of a child at the heart of everything we do. Therefore, I work with our School Council to actively promote children’s rights to ensure that all of our pupils are aware of their rights and that we have an active pupil voice at Dean Field.

Outside of school, I enjoy going to see films (especially Disney films), taking long walks and some retail therapy! I also enjoy reading mystery novels and other stories based on real life events.

I am Miss Lopuszniak and I am the year 6 teacher (Ireland Class). I have been teaching for five years and this will be my fourth year at Dean Field. I enjoy being the year 6 teacher and ensuring our pupils achieve their full potential as well as supporting them during their transition to secondary school.

I lead Science & Technologies here at Dean Field, which means I love to hear all about the Science and Design Technology we are all learning within school or at home. If you have any facts to share or questions, please come and ask me.

I have worked at different schools within Calderdale, but Dean Field has been my favourite school to work for because of the lovely children I get to see every day. I enjoy watching them grow and become more independent.

Out of school, I enjoy going bowling, going to see films at the cinema and seeing different live bands. I love all animals and visiting zoos. My favourite animal would be a fishing cat or a red panda (they are very cute). I am fortunate enough to have a cat called Honey who is a European Short Hair. During the holidays, I love to visit Cornwall and me and my family stay in a town called Polzeath, which is famous for surfing.

Hello. My name is Mrs Oakes and this is my second year of teaching at Dean Field and sixth year of teaching overall. This year, I will be teaching year one, which I am very excited about.

As well as being the year one class teacher, I am also the maths coordinator which is great for me as maths is one of my passions.  I am currently working towards completing my NPQML qualification with a focus on improving outcomes for children in mathematics at Dean Field through the successful implementation of Same Day Intervention in maths. Another responsibility of mine is supporting the student teachers that we have placed at Dean Field each year. I enjoy working closely with Trinity Teaching Alliance to ensure our students are fully supported and get the most out of their time with us.

As well as my love of teaching, I also enjoy spending as much time with my family as I possibly can. I enjoy watching sports, reading and travelling.

Hello! My name is Miss Fudge and I am the Deputy Headteacher at Dean Field Community Primary School. My role has lots of different responsibilities, including leading EYFS, phonics and the curriculum, being the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and of course assisting Mrs Pether in the running of the school. Alongside this role, I also have lots of fun being the Reception teacher in Mexico class.

My career has always involved caring for and teaching young children. Before completing my teaching degree at York St John’s University I completed my Level 3 Childcare Diploma. This granted me the privilege to work as a teaching assistant in different schools and also as a nursery assistant with ages 0-3 years, I had so much fun doing this! After completing my teaching degree, I secured a job teaching Reception at a two-form entry school in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Here I spent 7 fabulous years developing the EYFS area and curriculum. Within the last couple of years at Swallowdale I had the whole-school responsibility of improving ICT and Phonics.

I myself am a lifelong learning and have completed my Masters Degree in Childhood Studies and Early Years with a great focus on the importance of outdoor learning and exploring the benefits of teaching mathematics in a mastery style within the EYFS.

I am very passionate about creating a culture which provides all children with equal opportunities and experiences so they have a foundation for a successful future. Currently, I am working towards completing my NPQSL qualification with a focus on further improving vocabulary, speech and language for the children at Dean Field.

As well as my love for my career, I also enjoy listening to music and travelling. If you happen to see me around Dean Field please introduce yourself and say hello.

My name is Mr. J. Sutcliffe and I currently teach in USA class (Year 5). This is my 18th year of teaching and my second year at Dean Field. I began my teaching career in Bradford before moving to a Calderdale school. I decided to become a Supply teacher when my children were young and have been doing so for the last 9 years.

During my teaching career I have taught all years, from Reception to Year 6 and I have even taught Year 7. My teaching degree specialises in Science and Key Stage 2 but I have another degree in History. Along with these subjects, my favourite subjects are Mathematics and P.E.

This year I will be the lead practitioner for French at Dean Field. I aim to build on our successful French programme of study and raise the subject’s profile.

Hello, I am Miss Jagger and I am the Year 3 teacher in Kenya class. I am a newly qualified teacher and this will be my first year of teaching.

Prior to this I completed my degree in Secondary Physical Education and Sports Development, which has led me to be the shadow of Health and Sport this year at Dean Field. After my degree, I worked for The Family of Learning Trust for 2 years as a Cover Supervisor/Teaching Assistant at our partner school Beech Hill. This lead me to strive to become a teacher and I completed my PGCE Primary Education at Huddersfield University in 2020. Dean Field was my main placement during my PGCE year and I am privileged to be working for such a wonderful and supportive school.

Out of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, playing netball and exercising. I come from a rugby supporting family and I have enjoyed watching live games in the past. I am a huge Disney fan.
My favourite Disney character and film is Mulan.


Hello, I am Mrs Myles and am currently the year 5 teacher in USA class.  Although I am a new teacher to Dean Field, I have been teaching for 3 years and I am excited to be working with such amazing children.

I have worked in a variety of primary schools across Calderdale and taught in Nursery, year 1 and years 3 to 5.
I have a degree in Recreation and Leisure Management and then completed my PGCE through the SCITT programme in 2017.

Prior to teaching I was a tennis coach for 15 years but always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, so once my youngest child started school it was time to change my career.  I worked at Brooksbank school for several years as the community tennis coach, and through the outreach work, I visited the majority of schools in Calderdale, including Dean Field.

Out of school, I obviously play tennis and represent Yorkshire in the county vets team.  I also run, raising money for charities, completing the Great North Run and I am also a keen hockey player.

Hello, I am Mrs McKnight and I teach computing to all year groups alongside teaching some mornings in reception class. I joined Dean Field in 2010 as a newly qualified teacher so I have worked here for ten years. I have taught in EYFS, key stage one and two and gained a wealth of experience in many different roles across the years.

I currently work part time which allows me to spend time at home with my young children. Having worked here for eight years, I am team Dean Field through and through! I love working with such wonderful, creative children and their kind families. I am lucky enough to have taught many siblings and cousins here over the years and have always felt very welcomed by the local community.

Outside of school, I love spending time with my family. We enjoy visiting the park, walking in the countryside and day trips especially to the farm. I am passionate about travelling and seeing new places so I especially enjoy our holidays together.