Our Staff

Every year we send out a questionnaire asking parents what they think of our school and our teaching. While the results are overwhelming positive, some parents felt that they only "partly" knew the staff working with their children. With this in mind we have decided to change this page, showing the school structure in more detail and including brief details about all our staff. We welcome feedback on this site and if you feel you would like more information please let us know in school or by emailing bursar@garstang-st-thomas.lancs.sch.uk


Mrs Stewart - Deputy Head

Mrs Stewart has worked at St Thomas' since 1997. She has been deputy head since ??? and currently teaches our Year 5 class. She is also the school's English co-ordinator and is trained as a child protection officer.
 She lives in Longton with her husband, two children and pet dog.

Year One 

Mrs Westwood

Miss Merifield

Mrs Burke

Mr Baker

 Year Three

Mrs Bosson

Mrs Batan

Mr Baker

 Year Five

Mrs Stewart

Mrs Ife

Mrs Hocking

Mr Baker

Office Staff 

Mrs Hodge

Mrs Hodge first came to the school as a parent but has worked in the school office since 2007 firstly as school secretary before becoming the bursar in 2010. Her daughter attended the school before moving on to High School and her son is still a pupil here. Mrs Hodge lives in Garstang and is very involved with two charities that support children with Cerebral Palsy. She was lucky enough to carry the Paralympic Torch in London 2012!

Mrs Williams

Mrs Williams is the newest member of the office team joining the school in September 2010. Before this she worked part time at another school in Lancaster where she gained the Certificate in School Business Administration. She lives in Catterall with her husband and two young daughters.

Mrs Taylor

Mrs Taylor works for two hours each day providing general admin support and photocopying to the office team and teachers. A trained TA, Mrs Taylor ocassionally supports children in class. Mrs Taylor lives in Garstang with her husband and two sons, who attended the school before moving on to bigger things!

 Site Staff

Mrs Hayton

Mrs Daw

Mrs Porter

 Breakfast Club &

 Tommy's Time

Miss Shepherd

Ms Wood

Mrs Burke

Mrs Russell

Mrs Dugdale

Mrs Cross


Mrs Ife -  Headteacher

Mrs Ife has been head teacher at St Thomas' since 2006. Prior to this she worked at schools in Blackpool and Preston where she started her career as an infant class teacher. She lives in Preston with her husband and has two daughters in their 20s.



Mrs Wilson

Mrs Wilson has been our Reception Class teacher since 2007 having worked in other year groups in the school prior to this. Early in 2012 she became a "Leading Foundation Stage Teacher" and often hosts teachers from other schools.

Mrs Dugdale

Mrs Hart

Ms Wood

Mrs Czerczak

Year Two 

Mrs Reynolds

Mrs Gaughan

Mrs Hart

 Year Four

Miss Alston

Miss Shepherd

Miss Shepherd first came to the school in 2008 as a student on placement. She became a member of staff in 2010 and now works in Year 4 as a teaching assistant. Miss Shepherd is very sporty and has coached the netball and football teams to many trophies! Miss Shepherd is Garstang born and bred, living on the family farm with her twin and younger sister.

Mrs Batan

Mr Baker

Year Six

Mr Marle:Year 6 Class Teacher

Mr Marle has worked at St Thomas' since September 2005. He is the ICT and PE coordinator and is also a Staff Governor. He loves walking and climbing and plays tennis and golf regularly. In addition he loves to travel and experience different cultures which is often reflected in his teaching.

Mrs Pearson: Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Mrs Pearson has been very involved in school for nearly 15 years. Her children attended the school and her husband is vice chairman of the Governing Body. Mrs Pearson has been largely responsible for the development of the school's garden areas and is very involved in Garstang in Bloom. In 2011 Mrs Pearson was nominated for the "Unsung Hero" award at the Blackpool Gazette School's Awards.

 Lunchtime Staff

Mrs Daw

Mrs Willshaw

Mrs Tyson

Mrs Fricker

Mrs Daw

Mrs Williams

Mrs Geddert

Mrs Blood