School Staff - Who's who


Mrs Deborah Bertram 


I have worked in the Primary sector for the last 26 years having worked in a wide variety of schools across the country and abroad and have been a Deputy Head in 3 different schools for a total of 10 years as well as serving as Acting Head in 2 school settings. I have worked successfully in two Multi-Academy Trusts and am very much looking forward to working collaboratively with the Create Learning Trust.  

I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be appointed the Headteacher at Sandiway and will continue to build upon the success of the school. I am very much looking forward to working with the whole school community to achieve the very best outcomes for our children through our vision of 'Growing and achieving Together'.

Outside of school I love spending time with my family, reading the latest children's book and travelling as much as possible. I am passionate about mental health and wellbeing and regularly practise yoga and pilates.


Mrs Susan Walters


Susan is an experienced senior leader and consultant within primary education, with a wealth of experience in school improvement.  As headteacher, Susan was described by Ofsted as ‘a highly inspirational and exemplary leader with an unrelenting approach to making the school the very best it can be.’ Whilst headteacher at Mill View Primary School for eleven years she led the school from a ‘satisfactory’ judgment to achieving three ‘outstanding judgements.’ Her belief is every child should be given the best opportunities to develop a love of learning and achieve highly through engaging leaders to be self-critical, reflective, and evaluative. Her leadership experience includes 11 years as a Primary school headteacher, Inspector of schools, local authority school improvement partner,  Lead education adviser, Local authority disadvantaged pupil lead, Lead facilitator for national trainers, Strategic leader of national school improvement, Primary mathematics strategy consultant, Mathematics and Early Years local authority lead teacher, Governor of a primary school, Trustee of a multi-academy trust, Professional development trainer and writer of professional development materials for schools, local authorities and nationally. Susan has worked for Chester Diocese for 5 years and feels very privileged to work with the school leaders.

Deputy Headteacher

Mrs K Harvey 

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Welcome to Sandiway Primary School.  I am Mrs Harvey and I have worked at this school since 2012.  I can't believe how fast this time has gone and that I am starting my 12th year here.  I have been teaching now for 22 years and have been fortunate to work with so many wonderful children, staff and parents.  Each year provides new challenges and many great memories.  I particularly enjoy teaching the creative aspects of the curriculum, with art and design being my passion.  Outside of school, I love going on adventures with my family.  We love being by the sea: rockpooling, building sand sculptures, swimming and surfing on our body boards are all high up  on our list of favourite things to do.


Reception:   Mrs C Forsyth

Clare Forsyth

Hello, my name is Mrs Forsyth and I teach in Reception. I have been teaching for 26 years and absolutely love the Early years. I started teaching at Sandiway Primary School in 2014. I am delighted to be teaching in Reception again this year and I love working alongside Mrs Tucker, Mrs Elliot and Mrs Penney. We are a strong team and work very closely with parents so that each child feels safe and secure in their first year at school. Outside of school, I love spending time with family and friends. I have two children who keep me very busy and a rather cute guinea pig called Chewie!

Reception & Year 1: Mrs G Gotting

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Hello! My name is Mrs. Gotting and I teach Reception and Year 1. This is my 17th year of teaching. I have taught in Manchester, London, Worthing and most recently, Vietnam where my two sons were born. I am very excited to be working at Sandiway helping Year 1 children grow and achieve together! My favourite subject to teach is English and I love reading stories to my class. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends, travelling to new, exciting destinations, learning new dishes to cook and getting stuck into craft projects!

Year 2: Mrs K Sparks 

Katie Sparks

Hello! My name is Mrs Sparks and I am moving up with my lovely Year 1's into Year 2. I have been teaching in KS1 for 10 years and moved back to Cheshire from Dorset in 2018. This is my 5th year teaching at Sandiway. This year, I will be working alongside Mrs Carter during shared reading sessions. Outside of school, I have two gorgeous sausage dogs called Kali and River, who are the cutest! I love spending time with my family and friends (especially my 5 nieces/nephews), reading, travelling and hiking.

Year 3: Mrs Sue Atkinson 

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Hello! My name is Mrs Atkinson and I have loved teaching at Sandiway Primary since 2006, I have taught every year from Reception to Year 4. This year I am teaching Year 3 and I am really looking forward to it. In Year 3 we have our class pet, Ivy the guinea pig and she loves to listen to the children read. Outside school, I love to spend time with my family and friends, travelling and hiking in The Lake District.

Year 4: Mr Ash Graham 

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Hello! My name is Mr Graham I have a range of experience teaching across both KS1 and KS2. I am extremely excited to be returning to year 4 this year and teaching at Sandiway Primary School. My philosophy for teaching is based around the growth mindset and positivity. I am a great believer in the importance of learning from our mistakes and embracing challenge. I am also extremely passionate about Computing, PE and Reading. Outside of school I love spending time exploring new places with my family. I have many hobbies and interest such as; SCUBA diving, Running, Crown Green Bowling and DIY projects including my van conversion. 

Year 5: Miss Burns

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Hello! I am Miss Burns and I teach our wonderful Year 5 class. I love being part of the Sandiway team and feel very lucky to work with such brilliant staff, children and families. My favourite subjects are Maths and Science and I love reading too. My favourite children's author is Katherine Rundell. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, visiting new places and baking cakes.

Year 6: Miss Lauren-Selby Hughes 

Lauren Selby-Hughes

Hello! My name is Miss Selby-Hughes and I teach Year 6. As an ECT, this is my second year of teaching and I’m excited to get started with the year ahead. I am passionate about music and performing and love to inject these passions into the children’s learning. Outside of school I often spend time singing with my sister and enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews.

Teaching assistants

Mrs Tucker 

Shraon Tucker(1)

Hello everyone! My name is Mrs Tucker and I have been teaching at Sandiway since 2003. I am one of the longest serving members of staff and proud of it. I will be teaching music across the school along with PE and RE. Outside school, I love to visit my husband's farm with my nephew Albie. We help milk the cows and sing as we go!

Mrs Whitney, Mrs Broadbent, Mrs Elliott, Mrs McCann,  Mrs Carter, Mrs Molyneux, Mrs Penney and Miss Dalton.

Admin team

Mrs Segrott (Admin Officer & Club Leader) 

Liz Segrott

Hi!  I am Liz Segrott and I work in the school office so I am usually the person at the end of the phone or email!  I feel very privileged to work at Sandiway Primary School and it is an honour to work with so many fabulous children and young people.  I have worked within schools for 18 months, previously I worked within the banking sector.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband Steve and my four beautiful children.  I have two very playful cats who keep us busy!  I love to travel and often visit Greece and Dubai where I have friends and family to visit.

Mrs Sawicki (Admin Officer)

Kitchen Staff

Mark Pierce (Catering Supervisor), supported by Tracy Kreissl

Midday Assistants

Mrs Clarke, Miss Joshua, Mrs Scarisbrick, Miss Waite, Mrs Yadollahi, Mrs Boylan, Mrs Murray, Mrs Sherwin and Mrs Tideswell.

The Club (holiday, before and after-school)

Mrs Segrott (Manager), Mrs Boylan, Mrs Yadollahi, Mrs Clarke (Deputy Manager), Mrs Green,  Mrs Murray, Miss Sherwin, Mrs Dowdall, Mrs McNair

Site Manager

Mr Craig Blackwell


Sandiway Primary School

Weaverham Road, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2ND