Introducing our Staff 4

My connection to St James’ began in 1974 when I started school. I left St James’ in 1982 when my family emigrated to South Africa. I returned to the UK in January 2000 and was fortunate enough to gain employment here in April 2004. My role at St James’ is office manager and consists of various duties … too many to mention! :) I am also staff governor and have held this role since 2014. St James’ is, and always has been, a wonderful community to be part of. Mrs Boyce

After leaving school I went on to work in private day nurseries whilst studying for my NVQ III in Early Years Care and Education and a HNC in childhood studies. In 2008 I decided to take my learning journey and career to the next level and went to work as a teaching assistant full time and study for my BA(Hons) in Childhood Studies two evenings a week. In 2012 I left my job as a Teaching Assistant and enrolled on a PGCE course with Liverpool John Moores University. I qualified in July 2013 with a PGCE in Early Years. I then went on to work in three different schools to gain more experience. I came to join the wonderful team at St James’ in September 2015 and work in Class 4 with Mrs Collins. I am joint ICT Coordinator with Mrs Clark and have a great passion for Art and Music. Mrs O’Flaherty

I qualified as a teacher in 2002, after completing a degree in Primary Education at Edge Hill University. I have been teaching now for over 17 years…and still love my job!  I spent my first 14 years at Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Primary School, teaching Year 5 and 6. In 2016, I became the deputy headteacher and class 3 teacher, here at St James’. I now teach in Year 5 (my favourite age group) alongside Mrs Clark. I am also the Key Stage 2 co-ordinator and work with Miss Eustace to co-ordinate RE. I have set up a running club, along with Mrs Collins and Miss Clark. Every Wednesday  lunchtime, we run around the estate with about 20 pupils. Our running continues to go from strength to strength and in 2020, we had two of our pupils representing Tameside at the the Greater Manchester Cross-Country Championships. We are a fantastic team here at St James’. We all work hard but have lots fun too! Mr Woolley