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 Australia class (Year 2). This is my fifth 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 SENDCo after spending last year shadowing our highly experienced trust SENDCo Mrs Bowling. I will still be working closely with Mrs Bowling to support our pupils with additional needs to the very best of our ability. This is something I am proud 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 after a year of being unable to do this!
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 4 guinea pigs at home named Autumn, Winter, 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 5. This is my fifth 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 from a young age!

Over the course of my teacher training, I worked in a few schools around Huddersfield but I spent most of my time working in schools in North Halifax. I have worked in schools in Illingworth and Bradshaw but Dean Field has been the best by far. 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 am on the leadership time and I am the upper school phase leader. I have a teaching and learning responsibility for the personal development of our pupils. I ensure RE, PSHE, RSE and SMSC are taught well and are fully imbedded 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. So, I work with our School Council to actively promote children’s rights to ensure that all of our pupils are aware of their rights.

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 six years and this will be my fifth year at Dean Field. I have worked in various others schools around the Halifax area including, Sowerby Village, St Mary’s and Todmorden C of E.

I have loved every year being a teacher and I have taught in every year except year 4, lucky me! 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. 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 each day. 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. If you see me around school be sure to come and say hello! Miss Lopuszniak

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

As well as being the year one class teacher, I am also the lower school phase leader and maths coordinator which is great for me as maths is one of my passions.
I am currently nearing the end of my NPQML qualification which has 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. Finally, a new role for me this year is leading MFL which I am very excited to get started with.

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.

Hello, I am Miss Jagger and I am the Year 4 teacher. I am a recently qualified teacher, and this will be my second year of teaching at Dean Field School.
As well as being the year four class teacher, I am also the sport and health coordinator which is great for me as PE is one of my passions. Prior to being a teacher, I completed a degree in Secondary Physical Education and Sports Development which led me to my love of sports and health. I have worked for The Family of Learning Trust for many years and I enjoy working for such an amazing and supportive trust and 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 and Marvel fan. My favourite Disney character and film is Mulan.

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.

Hello! I am Miss Lees and I am the teacher in Poland (Year 3). I am an Early Career Teacher which means that I am newly qualified, and this is my first year of teaching.

I completed my PGCE through Trinity Teaching School Alliance and the University of Huddersfield. I thoroughly enjoyed my teacher training year especially as most of my year was spent teaching the wonderful children in Year 5 and Year 2 at Dean Field. The school has always been supportive and helpful, and I am excited to continue teaching here at Dean Field.

Before becoming aI completed a degree in Psychology as I enjoy learning about the science of the mind and behaviour. My favourite subjects are science, maths and music. I love to see children learn new things and share their excitement along the learning journey.

Outside of school, I love travelling, spending time in the outdoors and walking my dog. I also enjoy playing the piano and going to see live music.