Mayfield School is run by a
Sam trained at the Institute of Education and went on to teach in a number of schools in Oldham and then Cumbria, in that time she led many subjects.
Sam has been Headteacher of four schools in Cumbria prior to taking up post at Mayfield. For four years, she also worked for the Local Authority as a General Advisor supporting 28 schools and was County Lead for Early Years. Sam is also a National Leader of Education.
In her spare time Sam loves to travel, she has spent much of her travel time helping in the slum schools of Mumbai.
Sam is delighted to be Headteacher of Mayfield and relishes the challenges and rewards that each day brings.
Deputy Head Teacher
Rachel trained at St Martin's, Lancaster gaining BA Honours with QTS in 2001. She taught at Bransty Primary School for 13 years, which has strategic resources for children with hearing impairments. She had responsibility for SEN, PE and was School Champion for Achievement 4 All. She has vast experience of teaching and supporting parents and children with a wide range of SEN. In 2014 she was
Rachel had responsibility for coordinating PE for 12 years and in that time
Rachel has a passion for performing arts. In 2004 she was selected to be part of a small community chorus in the professional production of Melvyn Braggs "The Hired Man" at the Theatre by the Lake. She has also been a member of MAODS and WAOS. In 2003 she was nominated for a NODA in her role of Nancy in Oliver and in 2005 won the
In June 2014 Rachel was appointed Deputy Head at Mayfield School.
Assistant Head - Mountains
Stephen came into teaching as a mature student beginning his training at Charlotte Mason College in 1995 and graduating in 1999. This year is his 20th anniversary of being a teacher. He gained a 2:1 BA Honours degree with Qualified Teacher Status in PE and Dance with English as my second subject.
He has always has a passion for PE having previously worked for 12 years in the leisure industry. He has played lots of sports all his life with a particular love of cricket which he still plays.
He is married to Elaine and has a daughter Alexandra who has just gained her MA in Contempary Fine Art from the University of Cumbria.
He started teaching in Mayfield in 2012 after he was appointed as Assistant Head of Lakes Department. The following year he became Assistant Head of what was then Planets Department, which is now Mountains.
Assistant Head - Lakes
Carolyn has worked at Mayfield School for 18 years. Originally qualifying as a nursery nurse in 2000 and completing her first year at Westfield Infant school and lead roles in SEN playschemes for social services.
In 2001 she began work at Mayfield School and has had many roles in the school including STA, HLTA and then qualifying as a teacher in 2012.
In 2013 Carolyn was awarded the ‘Golden Apple Award’ for ‘Outstanding New Teacher’ a huge achievement which she is immensely proud of.
Carolyn has had the privilege of teaching across all stages of the Lakes Department and KS3 developing skills in all areas before taking on her most challenging role as EYFS lead- a challenge she embraced and loved developing, eventually being rewarded with an outstanding grade from OFSTED.
In 2018 Carolyn was successful in securing the post of Assistant Head Teacher of Lakes Department (EYFS & Primary) a role which she thoroughly enjoys.
Carolyn’s other passions are developing communication for non- verbal students through a variety of high and low tech communication aids, watching how these students develop and progress. She also has a huge love of theatre and everything it entails, Carolyn is involved in most of our productions and now we have the new school theatre, sound and lighting system the sky is the limit!
Liz has been working at Mayfield for over 25 years in a variety of roles including music specialist, class teacher across various Keystages, Inclusion Co-ordinator, Assistant Headteacher and now SENCO. She has seen the school grow from strength to strength and her main role now is using her skills, experience and knowledge to co-ordinate the whole transition of new pupils to our school. This starts with the very first visit that parents make when choosing the right school for their child and includes consultation and support for the parents, current school or nursery and staff plus discussions for appropriate placing of pupils and their needs with the Local Authority. She also monitors the whole Annual Review process of EHCPs from setting appropriate outcomes for pupils and IEP target setting to quality reviews for all.
When not at work, she enjoys taking her dog Barclay for long walks and being involved in music. She is a keyboard player in a local rock band and is Musical Director for Workington Amateur Operatic Society and has either conducted or played for over 30 musicals and shows. Her proudest performance to date is being MD for Les Miserables and winning Best Show in the North West at the NODA awards.
She still enjoys bringing her musical skills back to Mayfield and has a long history of co-producing Rock Challenge, Christmas Shows, Musical Extravaganzas, Pantomimes, Mayfield Festivals and MOVE days.