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Who’s Who

Rushbury CE Primary School Staff

Headteacher and DSL: Mr Steve Morris


Assistant Headteacher/EYFS and KS1 Manager and DSL: Mrs Sue Manley


Key Stage 2 Teacher: Miss Kate Reeves


SENCO: Mrs Helen Reidy


School Administrator and PA to Headteacher: Mrs Sian Mann / Mr James Hamilton (maternity cover for Sian)


Full-time Teaching Assistant: Mrs Anna Child 


Full-time Teaching Assistant: Miss Sam Carter


Part-time Teaching Assistant: Mrs Val Stanley


Part-time Teaching Assistant: Ms Mairi Dugdale


Site Manager: Mr Paul Norton


Grounds Maintenance: Mr Mark Stevenson


Let's Dine Cook: Ms Jane Sumnall


Violin Teacher: Mrs Jo Giles


Guitar Teacher: Mr Jerome Auxant 


Keyboard Teacher: Mrs Alison Dodd


Termly Story-teller: Sal Tonge

About Us


Mr Steve Morris


Steve is the newest addition to the Rushbury team; with twenty-three years primary school experience, including two previous posts as headteacher. The first half 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

Assistant Headteacher, Foundation/Key Stage 1 Teacher  and Designated Safeguarding Lead  

Sue joined Rushbury CE Primary School in September 2016. She teaches the Reception and Key Stage 1 children.  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. Sue is a trained Forest School leader and believes passionately in child-led and outdoor learning.


Miss Kate Reeves

Key Stage 2 Teacher

Kate joined Rushbury CE Primary School in September 2019. She teaches the Key Stage 2 children.  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 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 is doing an Open University degree in childhood and youth studies. Anna is based in Key Stage 2. She works in class and is also responsible for catch-up and one-to-one support. Her special interests are special educational needs, mental health and welfare.


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. In addition to this role, Val is our playtime and lunchtime supervisor in charge and 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 is doing 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 and a lunchtime supervisor. Sam has a particular interest in special educational needs and this is a focus of her foundation degree. She plays a significant role in maintaining the school vegetable garden and organises the school’s annual Shrewsbury Flower Show garden design.


Ms Mairi Dugdale

Teaching Assistant

Mairi joined Rushbury CE Primary School in January 2009 as a Forest School assistant and lunchtime supervisor. Mairi has worked in publishing, the music industry, fine art sales and restoration.  She has an NVQ qualification in childcare and education. Mairi believes in teaching life skills and encourages hands-on learning. 


Mrs Jo Giles

Violin Teacher

After graduating from Exeter University with a BA(Ed) Honours Degree Jo began her teaching career in Suffolk as Head of Music in a 9-13 middle school. After a family move to Shropshire she gained experience teaching younger pupils before accepting a post with Shropshire Music Service. Jo now teaches individual/small group and whole class Violin, Piano, Brass, Ukulele and Woodwind lessons alongside curriculum music teaching. She has taught pupils from Nursery age to Sixth Form. Jo is currently the String Team coordinator and co-director of the newly formed Shropshire Music Service ensemble- Stompers.


Jerome Auxant

Percussion, guitar and ukulele Teacher

Having passed the teacher diploma in Tours, France Jerome started teaching for the Shropshire Music Service in 1998. Jerome's work and enthusiasm made him a highly rated teacher with praise from ofstead inspectors.

Jerome is still playing in bands as a drummer or guitarist.

Jerome has conducted different samba bands and percussion ensembles and is currently recording some guitar tutorial materials.


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 James Hamilton

School Administrator and Personal Assistant to the Headteacher (maternity cover)

James joined Rushbury CE Primary School in April 2022 as maternity cover for Mrs Mann.

He is responsible for the school's admin processes and providing personal assistance to the headteacher of Rushbury School. Before working at Rushbury, James worked in Care as a Bursar.

James is currently working towards the ACCA accounting qualification. 


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.