Meet the Staff
This page will introduce you to the staff at Frodsham Manor House Primary School. Many of the staff have written a description of themselves and will tell you about their favourite school event and which books they liked reading as a child. We're a friendly lot, do come and introduce yourself if you are new to our school family.
Mr Ian Devereux-Roberts. Headteacher.
I have had the pleasure of being the Head Teacher here at Frodsham Manor House since September 2007 and it's a role that I adore undertaking. Prior to being the Head Teacher here, I was the Head Teacher at Eaton Primary School - a small rural school not too far from Frodsham. 2021 means that I have been teaching for 34 years which must make me very old!!
Working alongside a dedicated and professional staff team for the benefit of all the pupils here at school makes my position here at school to be such a wonderful one. Each day is very different but what is always constant is the love of learning that each pupil demonstrates and the support and encouragment they show to one another.
When not being a Head Teacher, I am married to Mrs Devereux-Roberts and a dad to three awesome children - Ellie, Meg and Harry who are our world. I also like to act and sing and I have been a member of Ellesmere Port Musical Theatre Company and Ellesmere Port Original Pantomime Company for over thirty years.
Ever since I was very young I wanted to be a teacher. I worked hard at school, went off to university to train to be a teacher and now I am doing what I wanted to be.
'Dream, believe and you will achieve'.
Mr Devereux-Roberts' curriculum responsibility is PE.
Mrs Kate Brook. Rec teacher 0.2 and TA
Hello, I am Mrs Brook. I work in the Reception class as a teaching assistant and their teacher on a Wednesday. I love working with the children, welcoming them into our school family, seeing them grow in confidence and ability.
I live in Frodsham and actually attended the school when it was Manor Junior school. My association with Manor house continued as a parent and volunteer on the PTA and I started working here in January 2014, following a career break to raise my daughters. I previously taught Reception, year one and two for nine years in Widnes and Hale.
As a child my favourite books were by Roald Dahl, especially 'The BFG' and 'The Twits'. I am particularly proud to have met and had my copy of 'Revolting Rhymes' signed by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.
My favourite school events are the Infant Nativity performances and the Junior summer production. When the children sing together it makes my heart swell (and often my eyes leak!).
Mrs Aoife Kelly. Year 2 Teacher.
Hello, I’m Mrs Kelly. I started teaching at Frodsham Manor House in 2015 after finishing my PGCE placement here. I currently teach in Year 3 and I am absolutely loving it! I have always wanted to be a teacher and worked hard at school to ensure I secured this role.
I am originally from Ireland (Derry) and moved over to Chester to become a teacher. I am thoroughly enjoying living in Chester at the moment as there are lots of things to do and see. I love being a teacher as I get to work alongside talented children each day. Any spare time that I do have I enjoy spending it going back home visiting my family (especially my little brother Oisin who is just fifteen). I have a dog Dory who is now 2 and takes up all my time. We love going on long walks and getting muddy! I also like travelling to different cities to experience various cultures, going to the gym and socialising with family and friends.
My favourite annual event at school is ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ as you get to see lots of talented performers try their best to achieve as much as possible as well as demonstrating great courage and confidence in doing so.
When I was at school, my favourite books were by Roald Dahl. I always thought he was such a clever author, and his books always made me laugh especially the Twits. At school I always looked forward to book fairs getting to choose a book of my choice. I enjoy reading when I am on holidays however, I am more drawn into buying children’s books and illustrations always draw me in.
Mrs Kelly is responsible for History, Geography and Rainbow Flag. .You can also ask her for support on any aspects of LGBT+ Education.
Mrs Sheila Deegan. Teaching Assistant.
Hello, I'm Mrs D. I love my job especially at Christmas. The infant nativity play is amazing. I adore the angelic faces and the excitement for when Father Christmas arrives.
As a child I liked to read Secret Seven books and my favourite book was Black Beauty.
When I am not working my family and I like to hike and go to the beach where we can climb sand dunes and jump the waves.
Miss Michelle Hopley. Teaching Assistant.
Hello, I'm Miss Hopley. I have worked at Manor House for 24 years - since Orchard House Infants joined with Manor Juniors to become one school. I have worked with all age groups through out the school but mostly in the Infants and particularly with the Reception class. This year I am working mornings in Year 1. I enjoy my job greatly. It is a delight to build relationships with the children and help to guide them through their school life. I also teach Cross Stitch club for children in Key Stage 2.
I enjoy going to the theatre to see musicals, I do lots of crafts and have meals out with my friends.
My favourite events in school are the infant nativity play and 'Stars in their Eyes' (which is emotional and totally amazing).
Mrs Jeanette Rogers. Lunchtime Team.
Mrs Laura Gorry. Lunchtime Team.
Mrs Nicola Moorcroft. Lunchtime Team.
Mrs Caroline Smith. Lunchtime Team.
I’m Mrs Smith and I live in Frodsham with my husband and my dog Millie. I have been working with children for the last 7 years and l am loving being a mid day assistant at Frodsham Manor House Primary.
I have a daughter Sophie who is 28 and my hobbies include classic cars, cooking and reading
My favourite time in the school year is meeting all the new starters in reception class in September.
My most loved book as a child was Anne of Green Gables
Mrs Debbie Hughes. Reception teacher
Hello, I'm Mrs Hughes one of the reception teachers and SENDCO here at school. I've started teaching at Manor House in 2005, originally in KS 2 where I taught in years 4, 5 and 6. However, I decided to change from teaching the oldest children in school to the youngest! I absolutely love teaching in reception - aged just four and five the children are full of curiosity and motivation, their minds are like sponges as they take in and learn from the environment around them. If you come to visit us you'll probably see that I have my I-Pad permanently attached to me as I'm trying to capture all the wonderful learning that takes place!
I'm also the teacher responsible for ensuring that all the children and staff are alert and awake for school, as it is me who delivers our daily 'wake up shake up' routines. I love to dance and think it's a great way to keep active. My favourite school event is Stars in their Eyes as I get to create an action packed dance routine for the children to entertain the judges with. As a child my favourite book was 'The House that Jack Built' and I still have my original copy- although it looks a bit tatty now! Now I absolutely love to read Julia Donaldson books both to my own children and my class.
As well as being a teacher my other full time job is being a mum and a wife! I now have two beautiful children, Oscar 12 and Sophie who is 8 and we live in Helsby with my husband and the children's daddy, Mike. We love spending time together as a family, we are regular visitors to the Zoo and we love playing games together like monopoly or operation.
Mrs Hughes is responsible for EYFS and SENDCO. She is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Mrs Kerry Pye. Assistant Headteacher.
Hello, I am Mrs Pye and I am the Year 6 teacher at Manor House. Before arriving at Manor House in 2014, I taught Years 5 and 6 at a school in Widnes for five years. Prior to becoming a teacher, I worked as a Learning Mentor for eight years which involved working with primary (and secondary pupils!) to overcome their barriers to learning in order to help them achieve their best. I think it must be clear that I really enjoy working with young people and helping them to achieve their full potential! I am also the Literacy Coordinator at Manor house; a role that I am really enjoying and have lots of experience in. I have always loved reading and writing so it really is the perfect subject for me to lead!
When I was at primary school, my dad always bought me an Enid Blyton book each Friday on his way home from work and my favourite was The Magic Faraway Tree! I would always finish the book by the time the weekend was over and would wait eagerly for the next week’s arrival. Even now, I love buying and receiving new books! Mr Pye insists that I should buy a kindle but I always refuse, there is something amazing about the sight and smell of a crisp, new book! When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family (I have two daughters, Gracie and Rosa and I am the eldest of five children!), sneaking off to the gym when I get the chance, reading and watching documentary programmes. This academic year, I am most looking forward to going to London with my class in June and helping them to approach their SATS exams with confidence, knowing that they have done their best and will succeed!
Mrs Pye is responsible for Literacy.
Miss Alex Fiddler. Year 4 Teacher.
I’m Miss Fiddler, I am currently teaching Year 4. I started at Frodsham Manor House in 2012. I love my job helping children achieve their full potential and sharing my passion for reading, writing and learning. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, swimming, reading and spending time with my friends and family, especially my niece Lottie, taking her to the zoo, baking and reading which make us both smile a lot!
My favourite annual event at school is Star in Their Eyes. Seeing the children perform to an audience with such confidence amazes me. Also, the camping night, even though I wouldn't camp, I thought it was lovely watching all the families spend time together, playing games, dancing, eating barbecue food and taking part in treasure hunts! When I was at school, I enjoyed reading Beatrix Potter books, my favourite character was Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Peter Rabbit, I loved reading their adventures and admiring the beautiful illustrations.
Miss Fiddler is responsible for Computing, the School Council and Dyslexia support.
Miss Ashley Atkin . Year 1 Teacher 0.2
My name is Miss Atkin and I teach Year One on Wednesdays at Frodsham Manor House. I adore my friendly happy school and both of my daughters loved their time here. I live quite close to school with my partner, Ella, Isabel and our little cat, Arthur. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, reading and spending time with my family.
As a child I loved Enid Blyton stories such as The Magic Faraway Tree and The Wishing Chair. Both of my children loved these too.
There are so many events at Manor House to look forward to during the year, however my favourites would have to be the nativity and "Stars in their eyes". It is so lovely to watch the children shine on stage and see their pride in themselves. My job means the world to me and I feel very fortunate to be able to do it.
Mrs Annette Wilkinson-Dean. Teaching Assistant.
Mrs Nadine Read. School Administrator.
I'm Nadine Read and I am the Clerical Officer here at Frodsham Manor House. On a day to day basis my job involves taking telephone calls, keeping attendance records, recording dinner money and many more, there is never a dull moment ! I have two daughters who both attended Manor House. I really enjoy my work and love to see the children develop and to hear them sing, especially at Christmas time. Frodsham Manor House is a really special place.
My favourite book as a child was 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.
Mr Bart Kompier.
Site Maintenance Officer.
I’m Bart Kompier, I joined Frodsham Manor House in November 2021. I am responsible for the general day to day maintenance of the school. I have always been interested in how things work and how to build stuff, although I still have to fix the alarm clock my gran gave me for my 8th birthday that I took apart….
I have a daughter who attended Manor House and is now at Helsby High School. Most of my family lives in the Netherlands where I come from. I moved to England in 2008 and live in Frodsham since 2011. I love the space (Netherlands is very cramped) and spend much of my free time walking and cycling in England and Wales. I still need to discover Scotland. My favourite book as a child was Crusade in Jeans from Thea Beckman. Nowadays I love Audiobooks and enjoy listening to Rivers of London series over and over again.
Mrs Sue Morgan. Catering Team.
I'm Mrs Morgan and am responsible for all the school dinners and snacks in school. I have three daughters who all attended Manor House called Michelle, Sarah and Sam and have a grandson here.
My favourite events in school are the ones where the kitchen staff can get involved easily. We liked dressing up as Pirates and joining in with theme days. I also really enjoy the annual KS1 wedding when we make a cake, decorate the dining room and have a top table for the wedding party.
I can remember reading the Noddy books as a child and I enjoyed reading them to my own children.
Mrs Kristy Lang. Catering Team.
Hello, I'm Mrs Lang and I am a member of the catering team here at Frodsham Manor House Primary.
I live with my husband,my two daughters ared 10 and 11, my rabbit Rocky and dpg Bonnie.
My hobbies include reading and cooking and I enjoy tring new foods.
My favourite season is Autumn as everywhere looks pretty as the leaves change colours on the trees.
When I was a little girl my favourite book was 'Each Peach Pear Plum' by the Ahlbergs. I was a big Jacqueline Wilson fan and my favourite as the 'Bed and Breakfast Star'.
Mrs Sally Bedford. Deputy Headteacher Year 3
Having worked at Manor House for an incredibly long time (starting in 1997), I think that it is very clear that I consider it a wonderful place to be. The children here really are a very special group of young people, as are the staff that make up our school team. I still find teaching and working with our children as exciting and challenging as I did all those years ago!
My favourite event is 'Stars in their Eyes' but I also love our infant nativity productions. I am currently teaching a lovely Year Three Class who I also taught in Year Two. I have taught all infant ages. Alongside my role as a class teacher, I am also privileged to be Deputy Headteacher within school, which is an immense pleasure and allows me to keep up to date with all children in school and not just my own class.
As a child, my favourite book was 'The Faraway Tree' by Enid Blyton, but a close second was 'Charlotte's Web' which I enjoy sharing with my class.
Outside of school, life is pretty busy and packed full of Mummy jobs! I have a little boy called Joe who is also a pupil at Manor House. At home we love building with Lego, reading books, visiting the zoo and finding out the answers to the many questions his curious mind has to ask! Spending time in the outdoors is also a firm favourite and we spend lots of time walking on Frodsham Hill and in Delamere Forest with our dog.
Mrs Bedford is responsible for assessment and is subject leader for maths
Mrs Naomi Anstice. Assistant Headteacher 0.8
I'm Naomi Anstice, Mum to Esme (18) and Iona (15). Wife to Ian and Tummy Rubber to Gusto the Schnoodle and Miffy the Schnauzer. I have taught at Manor House School since 1999, and before that at two schools in Crewe. I have even been Director of Music at a private school which makes me sound very posh! I have a lovely job in the school as I get to teach all the classes for a few hours each every week. I deliver all the Music and Religious Education. I play the piano and clarinet and do my best on the saxophone and flute in Wider Opps with Year 5.
I like going to the cinema and theatre to see musicals. I am one of the organisers for the Frodsham Christmas Festival. One day a week I am an educational consultant working with teachers across the country as well as being a Consultant for Cheshire West. I am the Vice Chair of NATRE and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teachers.
My favourite annual event at Manor House is the Key Stage One Wedding as I love how we all get so involved dressing up for the occasion. I also love it when we are on the float for the Frodsham Christmas Festival.
My favourite books to read when I was at primary school were 'The Wizard of Oz' series, 'The Ordinary Princess' and 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.' I read very similar style books now although adults call them 'Fantasy' and am a big Harry Potter fan.
Mrs Anstice is responsible for Healthy Schools, International, RE, Music, PSHE, School Productions and Community Links (including the website and twitter as well as face to face!) You can also ask her for support on any aspects of LGBT+ Education.
Mrs Harry McGrath. Year 1 Teacher.
Hello, I am Mrs McGrath and I am the Year 1 teacher. I started at Frodsham Manor House in April 2014 covering for Mrs Hughes whilst she had her little girl. Teaching is my passion and I feel lucky every day to work with such wonderful children and staff.
My favourite annual event at school is the Infant Nativity. It is fantastic to see the children all dressed up and performing on stage. When all the hard work is done, the final performance definitely puts you in the Christmas spirit.
Choosing my favourite book is a very hard decision as I seem to change my mind every time I read a new one and see how much the children enjoy it. After much deliberation I have to go for ‘The Snail and Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.
I live in North Wales so naturally I am a big rugby fan. It would be a crime if I wasn’t! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I spend weekends walking, riding my bike or trying not to spend too much money in the shops!
Most of the staff here would agree that there is never a dull moment back in North Wales!
Mrs McGrath is responsible for Science.
Mrs Cassie Levey. Year 5 Teacher.
Hello, I'm Mrs Levey and I am the Year 5 teacher here at Manor house. I am also responsible for French and Art in school. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and friends, walk, run, read, bake and travel to new countries.
My favourite events here at school have to be the wonderful residentials that we go on with the children. Taking Year 5 to Menai in Anglesey and Year 5 and 6 to France and Belgium are wonderful experiences. It is very difficult to pick my favourite childhood book as I can often be caught with my head in a book. I always found 'The Secret Garden' enchanting and have fantastic memories of reading 'The Worst Witch' and 'Milly Molly Mandy' stories with my parents.
Mrs Levey is responsible for French and Art.
Miss Linda Hall . Teaching Assistant.
I have worked at school for 22 years and still cry at every leaver's assembly ! I enjoy singing and particularly look forward to our annual ` Stars in Their Eyes`. It amazes me to see the confidence of the children.
As a child I attended this school and remember reading Heidi and dreaming of living in the Alps . My favourite book now is probably The Whales`Song by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe. The illustrations are fantastic!
Mrs Lynne Roberts. Teaching Assistant.
Hi, my name is Mrs Roberts and I am a teaching assistant working in Reception, Year 2 and Year 5. I live in Frodsham with my husband and two children who both attend Manor House School. It is an absolute pleasure to work in such a wonderful school.
There are so many events at Manor House to look forward to during the year, however my favourite would have to be the Infant Nativity. My favourite books when I was growing up were ‘The Worst Witch’ series, full of fun, mischief and magic.
During my spare time I enjoy walks with my family and Sasha our dog, reading, watching movies, going to the theatre and eating delicious food.
Mrs Julie Cain. Bursar.
I'm Julie Cain and I work in the office Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I am responsible for all of the school finances. I have been working here for 21 years. My son, Ben was a pupil here, he is now an RAF engineering technician. My husband is a train driver and we enjoy travelling by rail around Europe. I like to exercise and spend time with friends.
My favourite school event is 'Stars in their Eyes' and I have often enjoyed being one of the judges on the night. It s lovely to see children coming out of their shell, performing so well to a packed audience.
My favourite book was Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree.
Mrs Zoe Leighton. Catering & Lunchtime Team.
Hello I’m Mrs Leighton. I have been a Midday assistant at Frodsham Manor since 2014. I also work in the kitchen before my midday duties helping to prepare lunches for our busy school. I have 2 children, Nancy (13) attends Helsby high and Jack (9) is in Year 5. We have 1 dog and 5 cats so ours is a busy household! I love working in our vibrant school, every day is different and it is a privilege to watch the children grow throughout their school journey.
My favourite part of the school year is Christmas and the end of year productions. It is such a treat to see all of the work and effort the staff and children put in behind the scenes to make their shows so spectacular.
I love to read and my favourite books as a child were The Magic Faraway Tree and My Naughty little sister.
Mrs Debbie Whittaker. Lunchtime Team.
Mrs Jennie Han. Lunchtime Team.