School Staff

The Governors and Staff at St Lawrence CE Primary School believe that it is important to work in close partnership with parents so that each and every child is able to make the best of their time here. It is therefore important that you know who we are! Please follow the links below to find out who's who.

Number of employees with a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more - 0.  (This information must be published as a requirement of the Financial Transparency of Local Authority Maintained Schools and Academy Trusts). 

Office Staff

Mrs Louise Higham - Bursar

Teaching Staff

Mrs Julie Goodwin - Headteacher

I first came to Barton St Lawrence School as Acting Headteacher in September 2007. The intention was that I should return to my own school and my own post as Deputy Headteacher once a permanent headteacher had been appointed. However, I quickly fell in love with the place and applied for the permanent position. I was delighted to be appointed to the substantive post in January 2008 and have been here ever since!

The school was very different then with only three classrooms and 52 pupils. Since then our number on roll has more than tripled, we have seven classrooms, a nursery and breakfast and after school club. The school may be considerably different but I love it just as much today as I did all those years ago!

Though I am largely office-based now, I am still passionate about teaching and I aim to get into class as often as I can. This includes covering lessons for teachers who have appointments or are on a course, accompanying class trips and leading worship. You will find me out on the school yard with the children before school each morning. I also enjoy attending PTFA events and am an active member of the PTFA Committee. 

When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my granddaughters, Annabelle and Bea, and walking my dog. I also enjoy travelling, gardening, playing the flute, knitting and sewing. 


Mrs Kate Rogerson - Reception Class Teacher

I have been teaching Reception here at Barton St Lawrence since 2013 and I love being part of such a fun and vibrant school community. I really enjoy teaching the youngest children in the school and helping them to settle in to their school life. 

I currently co-ordinate Science, Computing and Early Years and often run clubs after school helping the children to develop their skills in these areas. I also run the Barton Beat singing group on a Friday lunchtime. We perform in church every third Sunday of the month and the singers are BRILLIANT.

Please pop over to the EYFS page to see what we have been doing in class recently and for a run down of our recent topics. 


Mrs Lorraine Blackett - Year 1 Class Teacher

I have taught in Key Stage 1 for a number of years and I have been teaching at St Lawrence in Year 1 since September 2014. I thoroughly enjoy teaching at St Lawrence, it is a privilege to work with fantastic children and staff on a daily basis. 

I am Subject Leader for History and Geography.

I also co-ordinate AGT and have successfully met with cluster schools to complete a STEM project for AGT children across Key Stage 2. 

I enjoy teaching all areas of our curriculum and particularly enjoy being creative, setting up the classroom in all areas of provision for the new half term ahead.  

Please take a look at Year 1 class page to see photos of our areas of provision and also current topics. 


Mr Richard Crook - Year 2 Class Teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team

I've been teaching at Barton St. Lawrence since September 2012, working from Year 2 to Year 4. I am currently teaching the children in Year 2.

I am the leader of the outdoor and creative curriculum and am the subject leader for Mathematics and Physical Education.

I currently run the Tag-Rugby club on Tuesday and Thursday and really enjoy taking children to sporting events.

Please take a few moments to take a look at the fantastic work we have been doing in Year 2. 


Mrs Harriet Pilling - Year 3 Class Teacher

I have been a teacher at St Lawrence since 2008 and have taught Years 1 - 3 during that time. I am now the Year 3 teacher and very much enjoy helping children transition from KS1 to KS2. 

I am subject lead for Art and Music, both of which I am passionate about. I love to help children express themselves creatively and am involved in setting up many artistic and musical workshops and activities throughout school. From September 2021, I am also the school Special Needs Coordinator.

Please take the time to look at the Year 3 class page to see what we have been up to recently.


Mr Tom McKnight - Year 4 Class Teacher

I joined Barton St Lawrence School in September 2019 and currently teach in Year 4. I instantly felt attached to the whole school ethos and everything the school has to offer.   
I am the current leader of Geography and Science and I love to see children learn in a creative and inquisitive way.  

Within the classroom, I try to embed an independent approach to learning and allow children to flourish in any way possible. While I enjoy teaching all subjects throughout the curriculum, I especially enjoy teaching PE, Literacy, Science and History.

Outside of school, I’m a keen sportsman and I love football and golf. I also love being in the outdoors and especially the countryside.

Please take a moment to look at Year 4's class page and have a look at the amazing things we have been up to.  


Mr James Davis - Year 5 Class Teacher

I joined Barton St Lawrence School in September 2018 and currently teach Year 5. In previous schools, I have taught Year 3 and Year 4. I lead Computing and History in school. 

Within our classroom I hope to foster a learning environment where the children take independence of their own learning and explore subjects in a way that interests them.

While I enjoy teaching all subjects throughout the curriculum, I especially enjoy teaching Maths, Literacy, Science and History. Outside of school I am interested in sport, especially ones involving cars!

Please take a moment to look at Year 5's class page to see what we have been up to recently.


Mrs Farhana Desai - Year 6 Class Teacher

Before joining Barton St Lawrence in January 2020, I have taught Years 5 and 6 in different schools and have been teaching Year 6 at St Lawrence from September 2021.

During my time here, I have enjoyed working with all the wonderful staff and children and love everything that the school stands for.

I aim to enable children to express themselves independently and creatively in the classroom and help them to prepare for the next stage of their education. While I enjoy teaching all parts of the curriculum, some of my favourite subjects to teach are Literacy, History and Religious Education.

Please take a moment to look at the Year 6 class page to see what we have been doing recently.

Non Teaching Staff

Miss Emily Hopes - Apprentice Teaching Assistant - Reception Class

Mrs Sarah Woodvine - Teaching Assistant - Reception Class

I have been a Teaching Assistant in the Reception class at Barton St Lawrence since January 2020 and love everything about this school. I love spending time in the outdoor area, listening to readers and getting to know all about our youngest children in school. I am very passionate about the EYFS, learning through play and shaping little minds! 

Before coming to Barton, I taught French and Spanish in secondary schools for many years. I am Subject leader for MFL here and you will find me teaching French in Years 1 and 2 every week, as well as supporting the KS2 teachers with their French lessons.

Mrs Rhiannon Regan - Teaching Assistant - Year 1

Before becoming a Teaching Assistant, I worked in retail management for 11 years. I decided on a career change and I have loved working here at Barton St Lawrence for the last 3 years. I have a fantastic working relationship with Mrs Blackett and we share the same ethos in class; to motivate and engage our pupils throughout their time in Year 1 and to provide a fun and caring environment. We enjoy creating an effective learning classroom with role play, small world and investigation areas. I also work with the other Teaching Assistants with welfare duties at lunchtimes. At home I enjoy being outside, whether that is walking the dog, riding my bike or just being in the garden.

Mrs Jane Smith - Teaching Assistant - Year 2

 Mrs Kate O'Neill - Teaching Assistant - Year 3

Mr Andrew Ponde - Teaching Assistant - Year 4

Mrs Michaela Wilkinson - Teaching Assistant - Year 5

Miss Alice Crosby - Teaching Assistant - Year 6

Miss Kim Hindle - Whole school support assistant



Mrs Anne Dewhurst

Mrs Donna McLoughlin

Miss Dorotea Mitrovic

Mrs Natalie Rutlidge - School Cook


Pupils at St Lawrence Church of England Primary School are easy to distinguish by the personal qualities they present.They are happy, confident, articulate children with a love of learning.


St Lawrence CE Primary School
Jepps Ave, Barton, Preston
Louise Higham
01772 862664

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