Meet the Staff

Meet the Staff

Mrs Lisa Balderstone
Head Teacher
Mrs Balderstone started her headship with the PRU in September 2013. Previously Mrs Balderstone worked in a Barrow secondary school for 13 years before becoming Head of the West Cumbria PRU in 2009. Mrs Balderstone has been a member of the Management Committee since September 2013.
Miss Kirsty Haldane
Deputy Head Teacher
Miss Haldane has worked at the PRU since 2003 and has been the PRU’s deputy head teacher since September 2010. Miss Haldane deputises in Mrs Balderstone’s absence and is responsible for timetabling, curriculum and staff development.
Mrs Michaela Kemp
Specialist Teacher
Mrs Kemp has worked at the PRU since 2002. She teaches Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education across all key stages. She also teaches GCSE Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, R.E and Wider Key Skills.
Mr Steve Kenny
Specialist Teacher
Mr Kenny recently started working at the PRU after 13 years teaching art in mainstream secondary school. He has worked in a good few other jobs before becoming a teacher and spent a couple of years away travelling the world. Mr Kenny feels Art is a great way to express feelings and is very individual to each person. 'The work we do in Art at the PRU is based on the pupil’s interests and encourages them to explore their ideas in a well equipped and dedicated Art department'.
Mr Paul Stanway
Specialist teacher
Having previous teaching experience in local mainstream secondary education, the Sixth Form College and college of Further Education Paul has joined the staff with specific responsibility for Physical Education and Maths. Mr Stanway has been an 'associate' member of the Management Committee since December 2013.
Mrs Georgina Mawson
Specialist teacher
Mrs Mawson has worked in the PRU since 2012 with a permanent contract issued in June 2013. Mrs Mawson is responsible for the co-ordination of the Key Stage 2 provision in Newbridge House.
Mr Grahame Smith
Specialist teacher
Mr Smith joined the team in September 2014 from a local secondary school prior to which he enjoyed an extensive army career. Mr Smith specialises in community cohesion and partnership working and is an experienced teacher of the ASDAN curriculum
Mr David Smith
Specialist teacher
Mr Smith joined the PRU in September 2014 having previous spent 3 years in a similar role in Lancaster. He teaches Maths and Horticulture.
Mrs Emma Bailey
Specialist teacher
Mrs Bailey was appointed in 2015 and prior to this worked in several local primary schools.
Mrs Valerie Atkinson
Centre teacher HHTS and Kendal PRU
Mrs Atkinson has worked with the Home and Hospital Tuition Service since 2008 and has been responsible for the delivery of education in Kendal Tutorial Centre. Mrs Atkinson’s specialism is ICT and RE and she has completed the NPQH.
Mr Peter Ely
Centre Teacher
Mr Ely has worked for the Hospital and Home Tuition Service since 2010. He is responsible for delivering the Medical Pupil Referral provision in the Furness area. He has taught Science for over 20 years with a specialism in Biology.
Mr Kieran Staunton
Assistant Head / ICT Teacher
Mr Staunton has worked at the PRU since Jan 2010 and is the teacher of ICT and our newly appointed Assistant Head. As Assistant Head Mr Staunton has responsibility for progress and tracking across the service. Mr Staunton has been a member of the Management Committee since December 2013.
Mr Nick Jones
Teacher
Mr.Jones has worked at Newbridge House since 1998. His teaching responsibilities are Science and Outdoor Education. He is the Educational Visits Coordinator.
Mr Andrew Ribchester
Specialist Teacher
Having previous teaching experience in a number of mainstream schools, teaching subjects across the curriculum, Mr Ribchester has joined the staff with responsibility for teaching English from September 2014.
Mr Sam Doyle
Year 10 Key Teacher
Mr Doyle joined the Pupil Referral Service in September 2013. Mr Doyle has previous experience at a local secondary school working with young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. He delivers ICT and PE within the centre.
Mrs. Bridgette Robinson
Senior Teaching Assistant
Ms Robinson is a former Learning Mentor who has worked in mainstream schools for over twenty years. At the PRU, Bridgette mainly supports Art and Textiles.
Mrs Diane Cotton
Senior Teaching Assistant
Mrs Cotton has worked with Special Educational needs students for several years in mainstream settings. Having joined the PRU in 2013 she supports students in subjects across the curriculum and currently undertakes baseline testing with all students.
Mr Shaun Mansell
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mr Mansell has worked at the PRU since 2008. He teaches Food technology and GCSE Practical Catering.
Mrs Lyndsey Croasdale
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Mrs Croasdale has worked at the PRU since 2006. She teaches Textiles and supports pupils in lessons around the centre.
Ms Tracy Oncal
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Ms Oncal has worked for the PRU since 2000, responsible for the delivery of Art and Photography in the Kendal centre and provides one to one student support as well as providing assistance to teachers across the curriculum.
Mrs Caroline Faulkner
Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Hospital and Home Tuition Service
Mrs Faulkner has worked for the Hospital and Home Tuition Service since Jan 2007. Her main role is to support pupils to develop their confidence and self-esteem. She has past experience of working within a mainstream setting supporting pupils with Special Educational Needs and has a specific interest in Dyslexia, ASC and Emotional Wellbeing. Mrs Faulkner has been a member of the Management Committee since September 2011.
Mrs Catherine Blanshard
Higher Level Teaching Assistant
Before starting work at the PRU in January 2014, Mrs Blanshard worked as a PE teacher for 2 years in schools in West Cumbria and in the pupil support department at Walney School. At Walney school she worked with pupils with differing physical , learning and behavioural needs. At the PRU Mrs Blanshard supports PE and PSHEE.
Mrs Caroline Neves
Teaching Assistant
Mrs Neves began working at the PRU in December 2015 and, prior to this, worked for 14 years in primary and secondary settings in the Preston area.
Mr Ian Chatfield
Learning Mentor
Mr Chatfield has been working with young people since 2001 and delivers a wide range of activities including DJ’ing, Sports, Art, Music, and G.C.S.E. Photography.
Mrs Donna Jacobs
School Counsellor
Mrs Jacobs works as a school counsellor across the service for two and a half days per week. Counselling is provided, where appropriate, to those students identified as needing additional support in their lives.
Miss Leeann Evans
School Business Manager
Miss Evans has worked at the PRU in a range of administration positions since 1998. Since 2006 she has been the PRU’s School Business Manager and has responsibility for Health and Safety, and Facilities and Finance, whilst also managing the very efficient Business Support team.
Mrs Kelli-Anne Fisher
Business Support
Mrs Fisher has been working at Newbridge House since 2009 as a part of the school’s Business Support team. Mrs Fisher is responsible for pupil transport, school dinners, general school liaison and the administration of pupil reports and communications.
Mrs Katy Chesworth
Business Support – Exams
Mrs Chesworth started at the PRU in 2016 as part of the school Business Support team, having had a number of years’ administrative experience. Mrs Chesworth has responsibility for management of pupil examinations.
Mr Peter Fell
Sports Technician
Mrs Fell has worked at Newbridge House since January 2003. Mr Fell delivers PE, supports Outdoor Education and is the PRU's Team -teach trainer.
Mrs Julie Evans
Cleaner-in-Charge
Mrs Evans is responsible for the facilities and also supports the lunch-time and breakfast facilities.
Mr Jeremy Mark
Engagement Officer
Mr Mark began work in the PRU in June 2016 and, prior to this, had a background in youth work in both paid and voluntary roles.
Mr Philip Chesworth
Engagement Officer
Phil joined the PRU in September 2017 and prior to this has numerous years background in a childcare setting, working with children with social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties.