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Who’s Who

Rushbury CE Primary School Staff

Headteacher and DSL: Mr Steve Morris


EYFS/KS1 Manager and Deputy DSL: Mrs Sue Manley


Upper Stage 2 Teacher: Miss Kate Reeves


Lower Key Stage 2 Teacher: Mrs Helen Jones


SENDCO: Mrs Helen Reidy


School Administrator and PA to Headteacher: Mrs Sian Mann 


ELSA/ Part-time Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anna Child 


Full-time Teaching Assistant: Miss Sam Carter


Part-time Teaching Assistant: Mrs Val Stanley


Site Manager: Mr Paul Norton


Grounds Maintenance: Mr Mark Stevenson


Let's Dine Cook: Ms Jane Sumnall


School pet dog: Smoo


Shropshire Music Service Teachers: Mrs Beverley Turner and Mr Jerome Auxant


Termly Story-teller: Sal Tonge

About Us


Mr Steve Morris

Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Steve took on the role of headteacher at Rushbury in November 2020 and has twenty-five years primary school teaching experience, including two previous posts as headteacher. The first ten years of his teaching career was based in the north-west of England before relocating to Shropshire a number of years ago, first as a deputy head, then headteacher. Steve graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA (Hons) degree in Consumer Studies, before completing a PGCE at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1998.


Mrs Sue Manley

Foundation/Key Stage 1 Teacher  and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead  

Sue joined Rushbury CE Primary School in September 2016. She teaches the Reception and Key Stage 1 children, who form Ticklerton Class.  Before her career in teaching, Sue worked as a paramedic and a nurse. She has a BSc honours degree in science from the Open University and qualified as a teacher in 2009 with a PGCE from Birmingham University. Sue has taught in other Shropshire primary schools before joining our school. 


Miss Kate Reeves

Upper Key Stage 2 Teacher

Kate joined Rushbury CE Primary School in September 2019. She teaches the Upper Key Stage 2 pupils - known as Stanway Class.  Before her career in teaching, Kate had careers in journalism, television production and global equine tourism before teaching English overseas. Kate graduated from Oxford University with a BA honours degree in politics, philosophy and economics. She qualified as a teacher in 2019 with a PGCE from the University of Cumbria.


Mrs Helen Jones

Lower Key Stage 2 Teacher 

Helen joined Rushbury CE Primary School in May 2022. She teaches the lower Key Stage 2 children who make up Gretton Class. Before her career in teaching, Helen worked as a farm conservation adviser, university agriculture lecturer and primary outreach coordinator.  She has a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography from University of the West of England, Bristol and MSc Sustainable Agriculture from Harper Adams University. She qualified as a teacher in 2020 with a PGCE from the University of Worcester.


Mrs Anna Child

Teaching Assistant

Anna joined Rushbury CE Primary School as a teaching assistant in autumn 2013. Anna has an NVQ in childcare and education. In addition, she has also, more recently, completed an Open University degree in childhood and youth studies. Anna is the school's ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) working from Wednesday to Fridays. As part of her role she also provides catch-up/one-to-one academic support for pupils at Rushbury and is predominantly based in KS2. 


Mrs Val Stanley

Teaching Assistant

Val joined Rushbury CE Primary School as a teaching assistant in autumn 1999. Val works each morning in the Reception and Key Stage 1 class, with a particular focus and expertise in relation to supporting our Reception pupils. In addition to this role, Val is our playtime and lunchtime supervisor in charge and also takes a lead in first aid.


Miss Sam Carter

Teaching Assistant

Sam was a pupil at Rushbury CE Primary School. She gained an NVQ Level 3 in childcare from Ludlow College in 2008. She has since qualified as a higher level teaching assistant and more recently completed a foundation degree in education through Stafford University. Sam works as a teaching assistant at Rushbury School. In addition, she is the teaching-assistant-in-charge of wrap-around-care (pre and after-school) and a lunchtime supervisor. Sam has a particular interest in special educational needs and this was the focus of her foundation degree. She plays a significant role in maintaining the school's vegetable garden and organises many annual events, including the school’s Shrewsbury Flower Show garden design.


Mrs Beverley Turner

Music Teacher, Shropshire Music Service and Long Mynd Music Academy


Mr Jerome Auxant

Guitar Teacher, Shropshire Music Service


Mrs Sian Mann

School Administrator and Personal Assistant to the Headteacher

Sian joined Rushbury CE Primary School in June 2019. She is responsible for all administrative processes and is the headteacher’s personal assistant. Before working at the school, Sian spent many years within administration both at a local care home for the elderly and prior to that at David Austin Roses as a customer service assistant manager. Sian gained a BA honours degree in history from Aberystwyth University in 2006, and has since achieved Level 3 NVQ in business administration.


Mr Paul Norton

Site Manager

Paul joined Rushbury CE Primary School in September 2016 as site manager. Paul works every morning, cleaning and maintaining the school site. He also maintains an overview of health & safety and liaises with contractors.


Before working at Rushbury, Paul previously completed a four-year apprenticeship in mechanical engineering with British Aerospace in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. He also spent time working in plant and site maintenance, which included two large primary schools in West London. 



School Pet Dog













Born 9th July 2023, from Millichope on Wenlock Edge.

Named after  a huge cave on the north coast of Scotland, Smoo Cave,

Father is a Bedlington Terrier; mother a little lurcher - no idea how big she will grow as she is basically a speedy mongrel.

Likes - hugs and cuddles, squeaky toys, running, the sofa, broccoli and other crunchy vegetables and children.

Dislikes - rain, puddles - water in general, loud noises, anyone touching her toes and being brushed.