Our Staff

Mrs McIntosh – Headteacher

As Headteacher, I am very proud of our school. It is a privilege to be part of such a fantastic community. The staff at this school work extremely hard to provide the children with fantastic learning opportunities which will help them reach their potential. All the staff at Brierley make a difference.


Mrs Wootton – Bursar

Hello, I am Mrs Wootton and I am very excited to join the team here at Brierley as the new School Bursar. I am looking forward to getting to know all the children, parents and staff as I have never worked in a school before.

I have two teenage daughters who are keeping me busy as they are at high school. I also have a dog, a springer spaniel, who has lots of energy. In fact, he is called Bruce Springersteen as he was born to run…. and not return! I love the performing arts, I have even performed at the Lyceum in a dance show.

Miss Baker – Clerical Officer

Hi, I’m Miss Baker, Clerical Officer here at Brierley. I’m from Crewe and Brierley was my primary school when I was younger. A lot has changed since I came here, we didn’t even have toilets inside the building.
I have two children who keep me busy and at home we have two rabbits. My favourite part of my job is when it is leading up to Christmas and we have lots of things going on for the children, such as visiting the panto, Christmas plays and Christmas parties, the children get so excited which is lovely to see.

EYFS: Little Bears Nursery and Reception – Rosen Classes

Miss Gilfoyle

Hi, I’m Miss Gilfoyle and I am a teacher in the EYFS team teaching Nursery, which I am very excited about. I am in my sixth year of teaching after qualifying from the University of Chester in 2014. I love teaching creative subjects like art and I also love technology. I love making learning as creative and hands on as possible for the children. Out of school, I enjoy travelling and my favourite places I have visited so far are New York, Chicago and Niagara Falls. I also love spending time with my two guinea pigs as well as my two Russian Blue cats.

Miss Kershaw

Hi there. My name is Miss Kershaw and I am a teacher in the fabulous EYFS/ Year 1 team. I completed my teacher training in Manchester before moving here to work at Brierley Primary School in 2014.
In school, I have run after school clubs such as ‘Computing Club’, ‘Cookery Club’ and ‘Netball Club’ for children in both KS1 and KS2. I am the proud mother of my beautiful 1 year old daughter and also my pet dog.

Miss Appleby

My name is Miss Appleby and I started at Brierley Primary School as an Apprentice Teaching Assistant in September 2016. I am now a fully qualified teaching assistant and working full time in EYFS. I have previously worked in a nursery setting for 2 years and have had experience in a school before.

Mrs Taylor

Hello, my name is Mrs Taylor and I have been a teaching assistant here at Brierley since December 2018. Before I arrived at Brierley, I was a Deputy Manager of a day nursery where I taught in the pre-school room for over 5 years. Outside of school most of my time is spent with my husband and little girl. We enjoy walking our dog, playing in our garden, visiting parks and farms and any other child friendly places we can find.

Miss Shayne

Hello, I am Miss Shayne and I have been at Brierley Primary School for 3 years. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing in lots of competitions and showcases. I’m not afraid to get messy and love all sorts of arts and crafts, especially baking. I also love spending lots of time going on walks with my two pomsky puppies.

Phase 2: Year 1 – Ahlberg Class

Mrs Bridgett– SENDCo and Safeguarding Co-Lead

Hi, I’m Mrs Bridgett! I was born and raised in Crewe and Nantwich. I trained to be a teacher at Liverpool John Moore’s University but could not resist returning back to Crewe to take on my first teaching post. I have worked at Brierley Primary School for eight years and enjoy every part of it. From dressing up on World Book Day to competing in the teachers’ race on Sports Day. I love my role as SENDCo as it gives me the opportunity to get to know and support many of the children across the school. My adorable and very energetic dogs, Bonnie and Chance keep me active during my free time.

Mr Brazier

My name is Mr Brazier and this will be my fourth year of teaching at Brierley. Before coming here, I undertook teacher training at Durham University and worked in a number of schools in the north of England, Spain and China. I love working with Brierley pupils and enjoy helping them to become curious, diligent and knowledgeable learners. I am particularly interested in outdoor learning and hope to spend as much time as possible with Ahlberg Class in our new outdoor area!

Miss Smith

My name is Miss Smith and I am a TA here at Brierley. I have been working at Brierley for over 11 years. My children also attended Brierley so I feel it’s always been part of a family to me. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family going for meals out and watching films.

Miss Pringle

Hi, my name is Miss Pringle and I joined Brierley in 2018. I did my teacher training at Birmingham City University and graduated in 2015. After moving away for university, I came to Crewe in 2017 to continue my career in teaching. I specialise in SEN teaching and I find it very rewarding. I have a little girl, and I love spending time with her going to the park and soft play. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, socialising with friends and playing the guitar.

Mrs Proudman

Hello, I am Mrs Proudman. I am a teaching assistant here at Brierley. I have worked at Brierley for many years and I feel like it is part of my family. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my two daughters and partner; we enjoy long dog walks with our extremely crazy dog. We have recently brought a new addition in to our family,gorgeous Willow the kitten.

Phase 2: Years 2 and 3 – Mini Grey Classes

Mrs Cunningham – Assistant Headteacher and Maths Lead

Hi, I’m Mrs Cunningham and I have taught at Brierley for many years now (it’s my second home.). I really enjoy teaching maths and this is a subject I lead across the school. I will also be leading History and Geography this year alongside Mr Brazier. I live with my husband in Wales and we enjoy going out for meals and spending time with extended family and friends.

Mrs Walker – Deputy Safeguarding Leader

Hi, I’m Mrs Walker and I have been teaching at Brierley for over 4 years now across lots of different year groups, although I have been teaching for a lot longer than that. This year, I will be teaching Year 2/3 alongside Mr Lomas and I’m really looking forward to it. I love teaching all of the subjects, however my favourite has to be English and Guided Reading – I love nothing more than getting into a good book. In my spare time, I like to go for walks on the beach with my family and my dog. My favourite place to visit is Anglesey!

Miss Goodier

Hi, my name is Miss Goodier. This is my first year at Brierley and I am very excited to get to know as many of you as possible. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2019 after being a teaching assistant for five years. My favourite subjects are math, science and art. When I’m not enjoying long walks with my dog or spending time with my family you can find me driving my vintage tractors.

Mr Lomas

My name is Mr Lomas. I gained a BA in Music Technology in 2014 and completed my PGCE four years later after working in secondary education.I feel very happy in the classroom and enjoy teaching all subjects but Maths and Music are my favourite subjects. They are very different subjects, which is why it’s so hard to pick just one!
In my spare time I love to train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, hike and play cricket. Although I do not live locally, I have been coming to Crewe all my life – my grandma even did some of her teacher training here in the 1960s!

Miss Byford

My name is Miss Byford and I am extremely excited to join the Phase 2 team this year! I have a degree in Early Childhood Studies and have recently completed a PGCE in Primary Education with QTS.
I enjoy teaching all subjects, but my favourites have to be History and Guided Reading. I have a passion for reading and discovering new and thrilling novels. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and cooking new dishes (sometimes unsuccessfully).

Mr Coombs

My name is Mr Coombs, I was born in Nantwich and attended primary and secondary schools there. In the past I have had various jobs: a postman, a cheese maker and a greens man on a golf course to name a few, before training to be a TA here at Brierley in 2005. During that time, I have worked in nearly every year group. I have many favourite subjects but I am especially passionate about maths and computing. I have three children, two who have flown the nest and a grandson. In my spare time my wife and I enjoy being outdoors – enjoying long walks and camping. We have also started attending music festivals, where even through mud and rain, we can really let our hair down and relive the 80s.

Mrs Causton

My name is Mrs Causton and I started at Brierley in September 2015 as a Welfare Assistant in Year 1. In the morning, I support children in class and in the afternoon I lead speech and language interventions and reading and writing interventions. Having been a former student at Brierley, my daughter now attends the school. I really enjoy being creative during Art and DT. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and watching the Great British Bake off.

Phase 3: Years 4 and 5 – Neil Gaiman Classes

Miss O’Leary

My name is Miss O’Leary. I started my teaching journey here at Brierley and have loved every minute. I enjoy teaching all subjects but two of my favourites are Computing and Modern Foreign Languages. I also love reading and sharing new books with my class. Another passion of mine is science and I really enjoy planning new, crazy experiments. Outside of school I love exploring new places and spending time with friends and family (and my dogs).

Mr Saville

Hi, my name is Mr Saville and I am excited to be joining the Brierley family this year. I am an experienced teacher who has spent the last decade teaching in Qatar! It was an incredible experience. My family and I have recently relocated to Cheshire and we are eager to start a new life here. I enjoy teaching all subjects but have a particular passion for English and Art. In my spare time, I love spending time with my wife and two children. I also like to relax by playing guitar, writing stories and reading fiction.

Mr Draper

My name is Mr Draper and I’m really excited to be joining the Brierley team this year. I have been teaching for nearly ten years and recently moved to the area from Devon. I enjoy teaching all subjects but some of my favourites are History and Science. When I am not teaching, you’ll find me playing football, hitting the road running or more often than not practicing a few cricket shots.

Mrs Potts

My name is Mrs Potts and I am a teaching assistant. This year will be my 10th year here at Brierley and I am proud of how the school has evolved into the wonderful and happy place it is today. Over the years, I have worked across all the key stages and I have had the pleasure of being amongst nearly all the children at some point during my time here. In 2014, I graduated at Manchester Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) Degree in Education. I provide class cover, undertake interventions and I am very enthusiastic in supporting all children to reach their full potential and to be happy.

Miss Campbell

My name is Miss Campbell, I have worked in all key stages here at Brierley since 2010 and it is a privilege to see the children I work with grow and learn. I am passionate about delivering quality pastoral care to children, whether that be by simply talking to them about their day or helping them with their worries. My favourite time during the school day is reading with children as I have a love of reading myself and I read anything from historical novels to cheesy romantic fiction. I aspire to be an author one day too. I earned a BA (Hons) in Education from MMU Crewe and keep learning every day from the children at Brierley. I have 5 cats and a dog and my daughter is at university studying Game Design. Hopefully, in the near future, I will attempt a 5K run – wish me luck.

Phase 4: Year 6 – Philip Pullman Class

Mrs Faddes – Assistant Headteacher and English Lead

My name is Mrs Faddes and I teach in Years 2, 3 and 6. I am the English subject leader which I love as English is my favourite subject. I particularly enjoy teaching reading and writing and I especially love finding an exciting book to share in class. This will be my sixth year at Brierley and I wouldn’t want to teach anywhere else.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family (my husband and my children, not to mention our dog). I also enjoy reading, going for long walks and family holidays.

Mrs Wolstencroft

Hi, I am Mrs Wolstencroft – most children know me as Miss Mac! I have been working at Brierley for three years now but have popped in many times before with the Brierley dog visitor, Albie. I absolutely love books, so much so I studied English Literature at university and specialised in children’s literature for my Masters.
Outside of school,  I like to spend my time in the countryside with my dog, going to dance and circus classes, travelling and reading. I especially like photography, which is why I run the social media for the school and taking pictures of the children on Sports Day, trips or in Little Bears.

Mr Fletcher

My name is Mr Fletcher; I studied a maths degree and PGCE at Keele University and taught briefly in a secondary school environment before starting at Brierley in 2013. I am a Maths Specialist and support maths across Years 3 to 6 as well as running “Superstar Maths” club which helps to build children’s confidence in maths. In my spare time, I enjoy going for long forest walks with my sprocker spaniel.

Mr Foulkes – PE Subject Leader

My name is Mr Foulkes and I teach PE and Forest Schools across all year groups. I came to Brierley in September 2013 with the aim to make our school the best we can be at sport and to give pupils the chance to enjoy a wide range of sports. I enjoy taking pupils out of school to represent the school in different competitions and seeing them enjoy sport. I have a degree in Sports Science from the University of Salford and trained to be a teacher at MMU Crewe. I am a huge Manchester United fan and go to Old Trafford as much as I can. I enjoy watching any sports on TV and I play football, golf, badminton and tennis in my spare time. My favourite band is Oasis and my favourite food is a spicy curry. I have a little boy and I am training him to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

School Staff

Mid-day Team:
John Stephenson, Sara Roberts, Sharon Hunt, Wendy Brereton & Vicky Garratt

The mid-day team are a happy, active crew – football, rounders, skipping and team games to name just a few of the activities you may see them participating in over lunchtime. All have, or have had members of their family at Brierley.

Mrs Jones – School Cook

Hello, my name is Karen. I am the cook at Brierley Primary School. I am married, with 2 children and 2 dogs. I like Formula One and Rugby. I also like going to bingo with Wendy the midday assistant.

Mrs Jones
Mrs Brereton

Mrs Brereton – Kitchen Assistant

I am Mrs Brereton. I am a Midday Assistant and a Kitchen Assistant here at Brierley. I have worked at the school for many years and have seen the school change into the warm and friendly place it is today. I enjoy going to bingo with Mrs Jones the cook and I’ve just started swimming once a week.

Mr Vickers – Site Maintenance Officer

Hello! I am Mr Vickers and I joined Brierley in October 2020. I am the Site Maintenance Officer meaning I am often found putting parts of the school back together! In the past, I have worked in schools and university across Cheshire and Staffordshire but have come back home to Crewe.
Outside of Brierley, I can be found doing a variety of things: watching football (Man City), playing video games, playing pool or spending time with my fiancee and dog, Allen.

Cleaning Team:

Anna Godlewska, Erika Tkacova and Julie Cartwright

Our cheerful and friendly cleaners are often found dotted around the school once the children have left, making sure that the rooms are clean for the next day. They have been part of the Brierley family for some time as they even have/had some of their children attend here!