Mr Tarry – Class Teacher
I am delighted to be starting my first year at St Matthew’s, following seven years as a class teacher at my old school. Year 6 is a fantastic year and is an opportunity to end our journey through primary school on a high. During the year, we will be challenged in our learning time, especially leading up to our SATs, but we will also have the chance to shine in other areas of the curriculum and embrace our outdoor space. We will have the opportunity to attend our Year 6 residential together at the start of the year, as well as take part in other team building activities throughout the year – this is something I am extremely excited about because these are great opportunities to push ourselves out of our comfort zone.
Just a couple of facts about me. I am a season ticket holder at Manchester City and I am an ex-competitive swimmer. Sport is a big part of my life and I have worked and trained with Olympic athletes. I enjoy seeing and travelling to new places with my family and learning about different countries and exploring them. This year is also a special year for me as I will be getting married in the summer!
St Matthew’s is a great school to be a part of and we are lucky to be at the final stage of our journey together before we get ready for our transition to secondary school. I am looking forward to challenging you this year in all subjects, especially in History and Geography! I know you are going to have a great time in Year 6 and I can’t wait to get started!
Mrs Brooks – Teaching Assistant
I am so excited to be going into Year 6 with such a fantastic class. You were my first class when I joined the St Matthew’s family and I feel so lucky to be with you in your final year!
Year 6 is such a special time in your school life and my aim is to make sure your last year at St Matthew’s is as positive and fun-filled as possible. I can’t wait to support you all on your learning adventure and watch you all develop your knowledge and skills. This will be my fourth year as part of the St Matthew’s family and I have been extremely lucky to have been part of so many of the classes over the last three years. The fun experiences I have been part of makes coming to school an absolute joy! The nurturing atmosphere throughout the whole school and the fun experiences we are so lucky to enjoy together makes every single day special.
When I am not in school, I love spending my time with my own two children, Kadie and Mackenzie, and you will often hear me talking about my three crazy cats, Ralph, Dave and Stanley. I am really looking forward to us sharing the next school year together. Let’s work together to make it as special as possible and create some fantastic memories!
Class governor friend
All of our classes have ‘Class governor friends’. Your class governor friend is a member of the governing body, who will remain linked to your class throughout their time as a governor, moving through the school with you. They are looking forward to getting to know you all over the coming year!
I’m Emma Nichol, a parent governor here at St Matthew’s Primary School, and lead governor for safeguarding and maths. I became a governor when my son was in Nursery because I wanted to use my skills and experience to support the school and help keep our children safe and happy. In my career I have worked in schools across Greater Manchester delivering work-skills and work experience, led on youth engagement at the Fire Service, managed the safeguarding boards at Manchester City Council and now love my job working at Wigan Council bringing communities and public services together. Equality and every child having the same access to education is incredibly important to me.
What I like best about our brilliant school is that, as well as providing children with an excellent education, there is an equal emphasis on teaching them how to be caring and considerate citizens and you can feel this the moment you step over the threshold. The school values, respect, aspiration, perseverance and kindness are understood by children and teachers and are celebrated at every opportunity.
Being a governor is extremely rewarding and I really enjoy working as a team, supporting the Headteacher and staff to provide the best possible educational experience for all the children at St Matthew’s.
My name is David, and I moved to Stretford in 2017. I wanted to get involved in the local community and it was soon clear that St Matthew’s was a really passionate, important part of it and I was keen to support it.
My background is in local government, strategic planning, and partnerships, and I am currently a senior official working with Government and local leaders to make the case for investment in the North of England. I want to use this experience to help ensure St Mathew’s has a sustainable long-term future, with the right priorities, finances, and relationships to do right by its students, parents, staff, and Stretford.