Meet the Staff

Headteacher – Claire Tjaveondja

Hello. I am very proud to be the head teacher of Pinfold Primary school, ( to quote one of our children),

"The place where you can safely be yourself".

I love teaching and have been teaching for over twenty years (since I was about 12!) I love children. I am priviledged in this job to share in their joy and laughter every single day. I am passionate about outdoor learning, equality and our environment and beleive it is my responsibility to ensure every child has an equal opportunity to develop and evolve in the best surroundings we can provide for them. It is my intent that all our children enjoy fantastic, inspiring opportunities and that they feel safe, welcome, nurtured loved and valued. Here at Pinfold the children receive just that quality of care. 

I have high expectations for all and I beleive, as an educator, it is not only essential children succeed academically but that they also find themselves as people. They will develop and become content, happy and proud of who they are. We need to give our children the skills and knowledge to stay safe and strive to do their best but also to inspire them and empower them to want to be lifelong learners, to want to be the people who make a difference. Here at Pinfold I intend to do my best to ensure every child receives the nurturing, quality of education, experiences the opportunities they need to go on to lead happy, healthy lives, adding something good to our world.

I began my career in the Arts and wanted to then work with traveller children so I studied for a PGCE in the Lake District. I went on to teach in London, moved to an International School in Spain then returned to the UK and have taught in a variety of primary and nursery schools  'up north', here in Lancashire. I love learning, always wanting to know more. I specialised in the early years and carried out research into the Impact of Outdoor Education on Children's Learning. I have gained a Masters Degree in Education, a Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification, PSHE Certification, the National SENCo Award and a 'National, Professional, Qualification for Headteachers' (NPQH).

EYFS/KS1 (Ash) teacher – Miss. Caroline Whiteside

KS2 teacher (Oak) and SENCo – Mrs. Nicola. Cumiskey

Teaching Assistants
Ash Class
Mrs. A. Sherratt, (HLTA)

Mr Wilson (TA3)

Oak Class
Mrs. J. Lawrenson (TA3)
Mr. L. Phillips (TA2)
Mrs M. Donnelly (TA2)

Mr Wilson (TA3)

Bursar / School Secretary
Mrs. R. Halstead

Midday Supervisor
Miss. L. Lloyd
Mrs J. Blacklin
Mrs M. Donnelly
Mr. L Phillips

Site Supervisor

IT Technician
Mr. B. Wilson

Mr. L. Phillips (HLTA)


Nursery Manager
Mrs. S. Wilson

Miss Lloyd


Mrs. A. Parry

Breakfast Club

Club Manager

After School Club

Club Manager
Mrs. M. Donnelly

Miss L. Lloyd

Miss S. Moss

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