Meet the Staff

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Mrs McGibbon

SENCo

I’ve taught English here at Penwortham Girls’ since 2007 and have been a member of the Learning Support Department since 2011. I have thoroughly enjoyed my role within the Learning Support Department and feel a great sense of pride in being appointed as SENCo from September 2016. We are a lively, enthusiastic department of highly qualified staff and are committed to making sure that all pupils with SEND have a fulfilling and meaningful education with equal opportunity to achieve and participate whilst at PGHS.

Outside of work my interests include reading (naturally), walking the dog and spending time with my family.

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Miss Parker

Deputy SENCo and HLTA

Since graduating with a Mathematics degree in 2014 I have been lucky enough to work in the Learning Support department at PGHS where I started out as a teaching assistant specialising in Mathematics. I am now about to embark on a new journey as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant which I am thoroughly looking forward to. Within school, as well as supporting in lessons, I work with small groups and individual pupils providing intervention unique to their needs. Not only does the extra support consolidate the subject knowledge from class, it also allows them to build on key skills used in everyday life which is vital to their self-development. Additionally, I help Mrs Embley with Breakfast Club which runs before school for some year 7s. We practise reading, build social skills by playing educational games and use the IDL computer programme to improve spelling. Every day is different at PGHS which keeps my job fun and exciting. I look forward to coming to school knowing that my time and support for the pupils is really making a difference.

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Mrs Embley

I have worked at Penwortham Girls since 2007, first as a cover supervisor then later joining the very welcoming Learning Support Department.

My role as a teaching assistant varies from supporting pupils in the classroom to working with small groups on core subject catchup sessions.

For many years I’ve been involved in running our Breakfast Club for year 7’s early risers. Here girls aim to improve their Maths and English skills using various computer programmes. Breakfast Club girls also enjoy a fun start to their day challenging each other at board games.

At lunchtimes I lead circle time groups where pupils can work on their social skills, whilst having discussions and making new friends.

I love helping to run our department’s Craft Club assisting girls to use their creativity and flair to produce a wide array of art pieces often made from recyclable materials.

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Mrs Hardie

Hello, my name is Mrs Hardie and I am a Teaching Assistant within the Learning Support Department, specialising in Mathematics. During my time at Penwortham Girls’, I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting pupils with their learning. Working alongside dedicated teachers, I provide in-class support as well as teaching small groups to consolidate subject knowledge. Additionally, I assist students on a one-to-one basis where I target the specific areas required for the pupil’s academic progress. I particularly enjoy creating songs and rhymes to help pupils retain the subject content for certain topics, which is especially useful for their revision. In the mornings, I am available to support students with completing their homework or simply refocusing before the school day begins. Furthermore, I run Film Club which is one of the popular lunchtime activities the Learning Support Department provides, where we watch a variety of films to accommodate for everyone’s preferences.

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Mrs Lucas

Hello, I’m Mrs Lucas and I have recently started as a Teaching Assistant at Penwortham Girls. I am a qualified Art Teacher, however, I have predominantly worked as a SEN HLTA and Teaching Assistant in my previous roles. In the couple of years before coming to Penwortham, I have been raising my daughter. I enjoy providing 1-1 and group support to students and really gaining a full understanding of their learning needs and how I can best support them. I love how every day is different working in a school environment and it is evident from my time so far at Penwortham, that the girls are all very enthusiastic and they look forward to learning.

Outside of school, I have a huge passion for interior design and can be regularly found with a paintbrush or roll of wallpaper in my hand! Recently I also completed a Masters qualification in Textiles where I learnt many techniques such as weaving; which I now enjoy doing in my spare time. Basically, I enjoy doing anything creative!

Miss Mansoor

Hello im Miss Mansoor. I recently started at Penwortham Girls in September 2020 working for the Learning and Support Team. Ever since i completed my Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Childrens learning & development in 2011 I started working in a nursery and thoroughly enjoyed working with young children. Whilst working I also studied for my degree in BA Honours Positive Practice with Children & Young People at the University Centre of Blackburn and graduated in 2014. I also took on the role as Deputy Manager and Assistant SENCO. I worked at the nursery til September 2019 and then started a role in an office doing a computer job and eventually changed back into education as this is what I love to do. Outside of school I love to do baking and I will always be busy baking cakes,brownies and cookies! I also enjoy going on scenic walks and taking photographs!

Miss Dobson

  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider
  • Arts Council England - Artsmark Gold
  • Lancashire Socio-economic Equality Badge
  • SMART
  • UNICEF
  • School Mental Health Award
  • Ofsted - Outstanding Provider