Support Staff

Anderton has an amazing team of support staff that help make Anderton the most warm and friendly place for children.  They have many different roles and come from many different backgrounds and their knowledge and experiences help to enhance the pupils’ learning and enjoyment.

The support staff that work with the children the most in the classroom are the teaching assistants and their primary role is to assist the teachers during lessons.

The Teaching Assistants  at Anderton are all well qualified and most can deliver 1:1 teaching and teach small groups.  A Teaching Assistant Level 3 (TA3) can deliver focused classes to small groups and provide cover for a whole class in the teacher’s absence.  A Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) is also able to plan and deliver lessons for whole classes whilst the teacher takes their Planning and Preparation and Assessment Time.



Mrs Higginbottom

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Mrs Higginbottom winning North-West HLTA of 2014. She went on to become the National runner up at a ceremony in London.


Current role – HLTA – ” I cover PPA in KS1 and KS2, teaching a range of subjects, although my favourite subjects are art, design technology and PE .”

Background – ” After studying for my (BA) Hons in Librarianship I worked in the Information Centre of an Architectural Design practice before leaving work to stay at home with my children.  Following a break of over 10 years I came to work in school initially as a Parent Helper, then did a Parents as Educators course and have been here ever since!  I have been treasurer of the PTFA and a Parent and Staff Governor.  Anderton to me is a very special school – I was a pupil here myself and my children came here too.”

Interests – “I enjoy all things ‘arty’ but really love sewing and dressmaking.  I am a self-confessed ‘Zumba’ addict and love to read. How lucky am I that I can enjoy and share all these interests whilst working?”

Mrs Stanley

Current role – TA3 – ” I work across Upper Key Stage 2  supporting English and Maths, often taking small groups of pupils to reinforce their learning.”

Background – “I have a background in jewellery retail and have also worked in accounting and customer service before working at Anderton.”

Interests – “I studied art and it still remains a skill I use both at home and within school.  I also love gardening, music and classic vehicles.”

Mrs Devlin

Current role – School Bursar


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Mrs Devlin and Mrs Stanley at the Anderton Centre









Mrs Birch-Lea

Current role – TA3 “I work in Year 4 each day and cover the teacher’s PPA in Reception.”

Background -“I studied 3D Design at university, then spent 13 years running a pub.  I have also worked in marketing and been a travel agent, then gone back to study Garden Design.  I became a TA after helping out at my own children’s school and enjoying it so much.”

Outside interests – “I love being outside, reading, cooking and arts and crafts.  I am also a School Governor at my children’s school.”

Mrs Cross

Current role – TA3 “I currently support pupils in Year 1 during English and Maths lessons. I also teach a phonics group each morning.  I cover Year 1 one afternoon each week. I work in both infants and in juniors in the afternoons.”

Background – “I have worked in many different roles including catering and retail.  I came to work at Anderton almost 10 years ago and was a pupil here myself as were my children.”

Outside interests -“I play for a local rounders team during the summer, enjoy walking and going away in my caravan”.


Miss Tasker

Current role – TA2/Playworker Level 3.  “I am the manager of ‘Cool Kids’, our before and after school club.”

Background -“Before beginning to work with children I trained as a chef and travelled whilst working in the hotel industry.  I then worked in Germany as an au pair.  Later I became a registered childminder which I did for 12 years.  I then returned to study to gain the qualifications I would need to work in education.  I have worked at Anderton for over 12 years and supported pupils from Reception to Year 6.”

Outside interests – “I love to read and enjoy arts and crafts.”

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Mrs J Smith

Current role – TA2 – “I am currently working in Year 2 each morning and in the school office three afternoons each week.  I also work in ‘Cool Kids’ before and after school each day and am a member of the PTFA.”

Background – “I have worked mainly in DIY retail covering many different roles and began working at Anderton almost 10 years ago and have enjoyed every minute!  I have one child who attends the school in KS2.”

Outside interests – “I enjoy walks with my family including our four-legged friend, pub quizzes, cooking and gardening.”

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Mrs Shepherd

Current role – TA2 – (From September Mrs Shepherd will be on maternity leave.)

Background – “After I achieved two AS levels at college I began working as a playworker in a childrens’ centre, then worked in a nursery for a further four years – achieving NVQs 2 and 3 in Child Care. Once I began at Anderton I studied for my Foundation degree and achieved HLTA status.”

Outside interests – “I love shopping, walks with my dog Meg and spending as much quality time as I can with my little girl and my family.”

Miss Haddon

Current role – TA2 – (Currently Miss Haddon is on maternity leave)

Background – “I have just completed my NVQ3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development at college.”

Outside interests – “I like to walk my two labradors and I also like to sing and am a member of a youth group choir.”

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Mrs Miller

Current role – TA2 – “I am currently working full-time supporting a pupil in Year 3.”

Background – ” I have been working in early years care and education for the past 17 years.  I decided to start studying child development in 1998 as I have always been passionate about working with children.  To further my knowledge I studied for a BA(Hons) in Childhood Studies.”

Interests – “I enjoy walking with my husband and two Staffordshire Bull terriers and also love therapy shopping with my daughter!”

Mrs Wignall

Current role -TA2 – “I am currently supporting a Year 6 pupil.  I also help a number of pupils with Speech and Language.”

Background – “I have always worked in childcare since leaving college.  I qualified in Speech and Language in 2004.”

Interests – I enjoy music – both listening to popular music and playing the piano.”


Miss Duddle

Current role – TA2 – “I am supporting pupils in KS1 and KS2.”

Background – “I have just completed and graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Children, Schools and Families.  I also have a BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.  I have experience in working in nurseries, primary and secondary schools.

Interests – “I love horse riding, shopping and spending as much time as possible with my little girl and family.”

Mrs Saint-Simmons

Current role – TA2 – “I work full time supporting the teacher and pupils in Reception.”

Mrs Ashcroft

Current role – TA2 – “I support pupils in Year 3.”


Mrs Devlin

Current role – Administration Officer. ” I run the School Office which involves the school finances, record keeping, meeting parents and a Personal Assistant to many of the pupils and many, many other jobs!”

Background – “After leaving school I worked for a short time in an accountancy office before moving into the banking sector and progressed to management level.  I left full time work to bring up my four children all of which attended Anderton.  Whilst the children were young I went back to banking before coming to work at Anderton voluntarily.  This led to the full time position I hold now.  I have been Chair of the PTFA and although my job is interesting the best part is working in an environment with children”.

Outside interests – “I am another “Zumba” and shoe addict!”


Mrs Horne

Current role – Kitchen Manager/Head cook

Background – “After travelling and working around Australia for two years I returned and completed a NVQ3 in Hospitality and Catering at Runshaw College.  I then opened my own restaurant in Chorley which kept me very busy for 8 years.  I then became a full time mum to my two daughters who have both attended Anderton.  I have now been cooking at the school for five years and I am the kitchen manager and head cook.”

Outside interests – “I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and if we aren’t getting away somewhere nice for the weekend, we really enjoy cooking and socialising at home.”

Mrs Cording

Current role – Kitchen staff

Background – ” I qualified as a beautician after leaving school and then became a full time mum for eleven years.  My son currently attends Anderton as did my daughter before she went to high school.  I volunteered at a local nursery for many years where I became a qualified childcare assistant, before beginning to work at Anderton in September 2011.”

Outside interests – “I enjoy spending time with my family, shopping and eating out.”

Mrs Marsden

Current role – Kitchen staff

Background – “Before coming to work at Anderton I was a full time mum to my three children.”

Outside interests – “I enjoy horse riding.”

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Mr Bevis

Current role – Site Supervisor

Background – “After leaving school and college I worked for Bolton Housing Department for 25 years in housing maintenance which has provided me with a good background for working at Anderton.  I am married with a teenage daughter.”

Outside interests – “My main interest is music.  I like to listen to all kinds and play guitar when I can.  My other hobbies include water sports and I enjoy watching winter sports and motor racing.”