Meet the Staff

//Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff 2018-10-05T11:41:06+00:00

Our Headteacher: Mrs Zoe Anderson


Originally from Nottingham, I studied at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.  I am passionate about early childhood education and have spent most of my career working with younger children in a variety of different roles including Leading Teacher, Advanced Skills Teacher, Deputy and Headteacher.

I started at Oatlands in 2018 and look forward to working in this wonderful school at the heart of the community.

In my spare time I live with my partner, three cats and our fish.  I enjoy singing, walking and exploring the country on the back of my partner’s motorbike!


Our Foundation Team

Miss Jane Raymont

Foundation Stage Class Teacher – Donkeys

Jane Raymont

I have been teaching at Oatlands since 2001 which was my first teaching job following studying for a PGCE at York St Johns. I have a degree in environmental science and have studied for an HND in agriculture which probably explains my love for the outdoors.

Out of school I have 3 daughters, I have a small menagerie at home including a pony, a cat, a dog, a pig and chickens which keep me busy in my spare time!

Miss Harriet Walker

Foundation Stage Class Teacher – Turtles


Miss Vikki Ross

Foundation Stage Class Teacher – Pandas

Vikki Ross

I became a teacher at Oatlands in 2014. I am originally from Newcastle, but have been living in West Yorkshire for the past 9 years.I currently teach in the Panda class.

Out of school I enjoy thrifting, cross stitch and travelling.

Mrs Diane Warhurst

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant

Dianne Warhurst

I started working at Oatlands in 2001 and throughout my time in school I have supported all year(s) groups. I am currently supporting the Turtles Class and now running the Creative Caterpillar room.

Out of school I am married with 3 lovely children and my hobbies are walking the family dog and every girl’s dream… shopping!

Mrs Tania Prole

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant – Donkeys

Ms Sara Rodham

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant – Pandas


Our KS1 Team

Mrs Angela Curran

Year 1 Class Teacher – Koalas

I started working at Oatlands Infants in 2015 and I am currently teaching in year 1. I have a degree in European Business Studies with French and then chose a change of career in 2013 when I completed a PGCE primary course.

Out of school I am kept very busy with my two children, husband and two rabbits. I enjoy running and spending lots of time outdoors with my family.

Mrs Ann Hunt

Year 1 Class Teacher – Hedgehogs

(Mrs Hunt is class teacher Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday and Friday)

Having completed my final teaching placement here, I became a teacher at Oatlands Infant School in 2005.  I am originally from Harrogate but moved away to study for my degree in Fine Art at the University of Kingston-Upon-Thames, before returning to study for my PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Leeds.  In amongst my studies, I spent a Gap Year in Dominican Republic and then, in 2010, took a year’s leave to work in a primary school in Nicaragua.

I love to sing and really enjoy my Wednesday afternoons leading Singing Assembly, as well as Thursday lunchtimes running Singing Club.  I currently work with Mrs. Halsall to teach Hedgehogs Class, as part of a job-share, and I also coordinate Music throughout the school.

My husband and I live in Starbeck with our little boy.  Our favourite family pastimes are gardening, DIY and filling the house with our friends.  I also help run a toddler group at church, to keep me busy when I’m not at school.

Mrs Helen Halsall

Year 1 Class Teacher – Hedgehogs

(Mrs Halsall is class teacher all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning)

Helen Halsall

In September 2007, I became a Reception teacher at Oatlands Infant School. I taught in Reception for three years and I currently teach in Year One. My degree is in Sociology, which I studied at The University of Sheffield. I then completed my PGCE at York St John University. I have completed a Masters in Educational Research, which I  found very interesting.

I live in Harrogate with my husband and son and daughter. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis for a local team. Oatlands is a fantastic school to work in, with such supportive parents, children and staff.

Miss Megan Foy

Year 1 Class Teacher – Otters

I studied to become a teacher at Leeds Metropolitan University after taking an undergraduate degree in Journalism. Once qualified, I taught at a small rural school where I trained to become SENDCo and took the National Award for SEND Co-ordination. I moved to Oatlands Infants in 2017.

I am the teacher of Otters Class in Year 1 and love to see the children grow in confidence and progress in their learning. I find both my roles of Class Teacher and SENDCo highly rewarding.

Outside of school, I live with my boyfriend in our first home where we spend our time working on the house and going for walks. I also enjoy going to the gym and out for dinner!

Miss Kathryn Haddon

Deputy Headteacher and Year 2 Class Teacher – Penguins

Mr Alex Straughan

Year 2 Class Teacher – Red Kites

Alex Straughan

I currently teach in Year 2. I am subject leader for mathematics.

In my spare time I like to take photographs and I am a member of a local camera club.  I have a season ticket to Sunderland A.F.C. Sadly more lows than highs being a Sunderland supporter!

Mrs Abby Shaw

Year 2 Class Teacher – Dolphins

Abby Shaw

I became a teacher at Oatlands Infant School in September 2015 having completed my final teaching placement here in the Ducklings Class.

I live in Harrogate with my husband, two daughters and cat. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors and with my family.

Oatlands is a great school to work in and I have had a lovely warm welcome to the school from staff, parents and children.

Mrs Jacqueline Allen


Jacquie Allen

I joined Oatlands Infants School in September 1992 as a qualified N.N.E.B to support the reception class. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to support all our year groups.  I now support our Year 1 classes. Throughout my time at Oatlands I have built upon my qualifications, qualifying as an H.L.T.A in 1994. My other duties within school are the school website and I set up the Eco-Council.

Out of school I have 3 daughters, a dog, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs and some fish!  I enjoy long walks with our dog and gardening. I have an interest in nature and environmental issues.

Mrs Liz Mason


Liz Mason

I began working at Oatlands in  2001 as a H.L.T.A but my association with the school began when my son started his education here.

I support the year 2 classes up on the mezzanine and also deliver the E.L.S and SEAL programs for year 2 children.

I was also a  staff governor for 9 years.

Before joining Oatlands Infants I was in hotel/restaurant management and out of school I still enjoy organising events alongside gardening, furniture restoration and travelling.

Miss Emily Wilkinson

Teaching Assistant

Our Support Team

Mrs Carol Whitehouse

Modern Foreign Languages Teacher/HLTA

Carol Whitehouse

I have a long association with Oatlands School having seen my six children attend here. We all have lots of happy memories.

I am passionate about teaching languages to children from an early age. I was originally trained as a secondary teacher and taught german, french and spanish at St Aidans for 5 years before taking a very long break to bring up my large family.

Out of school I love outdoors and love fell walking with the family and long cycle rides with my husband. I also enjoy baking bread.

Mrs Tracey Sparks


Tracey Sparks

I qualified as an HLTA in 2009 and I work closely with the children in Years 1 and 2. Additionally I specialise in teaching the S.E.A.L. curriculum (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning).

My two children both have very fond memories of their time spent at Oatlands Infants. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, wildlife and Salsa dancing!

Mrs Lynn Kennell

Teacher’s Assistant/ATA

Lynn Kennell

I am currently supporting children in foundation stage.

Out of school I have 3 children who keep me very busy. In my spare time I enjoy walking and running.

Mrs Jane Parr


Jane Parr

I joined Oatlands Infants in 2000 as an ATA qualifying as HLTA in 2009. I run the Reading Intervention Programme working with children in Years 1 and 2. I also work across the year groups supporting individual classes.

Out of school I have 3 grown-up children and my hobbies are dancing and walking.

Mrs Tracy Reffitt

Teacher’s Assistant/ATA

Tracy Reffitt

I have worked at Oatlands Infants since 1998. After qualifying as a primary teacher, I taught in an infant school in London for a number of years and then returned to Harrogate to set up and run a small nursery school while my three children were growing up.  I have worked in a variety of roles within school and at present I am a classroom assistant working with foundation stage. I was a governor at Oatlands for 8 years.


Mrs Deborah Sheppard

Teacher’s Assistant


Mrs Lorraine Barker

School Secretary

I am the School Administrator and Clerk to Governors and have worked in the school office since 2013.

I ran the ECO Council for two years with Miss Ross and achieved Silver Award in summer term 2017. I also ran a gardening after-school club in the summer term 2017 and the children became finalists in the Grow a Herb Garden Competition at the Great Yorkshire Show and were awarded a third place certificate. In my spare time I grow and show Fuchsias and Pelargoniums. At home I have two cats and a dog who also keep me busy.

Mr Steve Gill

School Bursar

Steve Gill

I have worked in school since 2000. My role as School Business Manager is shared between Oatlands Infants and Pannal Primary. I previously worked as a bank manager.

Out of school I am married with one son and enjoy cycling, walking and running.

Mrs Tina Gibson

Administrative Assistant

Mrs Gibson

I joined the team of Oatlands Infants as Admin assistant but I have had 3 children who have all been through the school and we all have very happy memories of their time here. We have 3 hens!

Our Lunchtime Team

Miss Taryn Agar

Catering Manager


I began working at Oatlands Infant School in May 2018.  I am Catering Manager for Mellors.

Mrs Angela Irvine

Teaching Assistant and Senior Mid-Day Supervisor

Angela Irvine

I started working with children when my 1st child was old enough to go to Pre-School. I was at Woodlands Methodist Church for 3 years, and went on to work with a special needs pupil at Oatlands Pre-School. In September 2001 I moved to Oatlands Infant School as an MSA, at the same time as my youngest son started at the school, progressing to SMDS in May 2003. I have had great personal satisfaction from seeing very many pupils develop over the 3 years they are at the school in terms of personalities, attitudes and outlook.

In my spare time I love playing netball and supporting my boys play rugby.


Mrs Janet Bussey

Kitchen Assistant

I work as a kitchen assistant Monday to Friday.

Out of school I have 2 daughters. We have a dog which we enjoy going on long walks with.

Mrs Tina Gibson

Mid-Day Supervisor

(For information on Mrs Gibson please see admin assistant.)

Mrs Kirsty Henry



Mrs Gemma Lamb