Meet The Team

Mrs Albion

Headteacher, SENDCO

Although I am the Headteacher of St. James, I consider myself to be a teacher too. I trained at Edge Hill College back in the 1980s and have since taught at five schools, including St. James.

My passion for teaching is based on the joy that comes from the challenge of nurturing each child to be the best person they can be and to enable them to reach their academic potential. I value a broad and balanced curriculum as I believe that each child should experience the widest range of opportunities as possible. Generally in life, the tallest towers have the widest bases with firm foundations.

Over the years, I’ve seen a continual stream of changes in teaching, many of which I support and applaud. The rapid developments in I.T. are altering the structure of teaching somewhat where the teacher is the trainer who sets out the task and related skills but then has to allow the children to take off and work at their own fast pace! Teachers are becoming facilitators.

I am lucky to be in a job that I love.

I have many hobbies:
Nurturing children, supporting adults, skiing, running, painting, gardening, salsa dancing and sewing.


Mrs Gardner

Ladybirds' and Butterflies' Class Teacher

Hello.  My name is Mrs Gardner and I teach the youngest children in our school – Ladybirds and Butterflies.

I have BA (Hons) in Primary Education with a specialism in Early Years and PSHE.  My hobbies include Cross-Fit and the great outdoors.

Mrs Cusick

Busy Bees' Class Teacher

Hello. My name is Mrs Cusick and I teach the children in Years 1 and 2 – Busy Bees. I started teaching in 2011 after having been an NNEB. It made me want to become a teacher so that I could make a difference to children's lives.

Miss Tither

Eager Beavers' Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Tither and I teach the children in Years 3 and 4, Eager Beavers.

I will begin my NQT year in September 2019 following graduating in BA (Hons) in Primary Education with specialisms in English and SEND.

I cannot wait to begin teaching and nurturing the children in my first classroom. I have lots of fun and exciting things planned for them.

Outside of school, I enjoy yoga, reading, theatre and travel.

Mr Peetoom, Senior Teacher

Wise Owls' Class Teacher

Hello.  My name is Mr. Peetoom and I teach the older children in our school – Wise Owls.

I graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education with a specialism in Mathematics.  I have a passion for teaching and enjoy leading sport and English in our school.  My hobbies include buying records, DJing and reading books about science and nature.

The Team 


Mrs A Albion

Ladybird and Butterflies

Teacher: Mrs J Gardner
EYFS Teaching Assistant Forestry School Leader: Mrs C Glover

Busy Bees (Y1 & Y2)

Teacher: Mrs S Cusick 
Eager Beavers (Y3 &Y4)

Teacher: Miss K Tither 

Wise Owls (Y5 & Y6)

Senior Teacher: Mr D Peetoom
Office Manager Mrs L Tither
Office Assistant  Mrs J Wilde 
Teaching Assistants  Mrs J Showering (HLTA)
Mrs M Jones
Mrs S Taylor
Miss M Duffy (HLTA)
Mrs L Wood
Miss L Canavan
Welfare Assistants  Mrs C Walmsley 
Mrs A Tarplee
Miss L Canavan 
Mrs J Whalley-Smith 
Miss S Jones
Meals Service  Mrs D McDougall 
Caretaker  Mr B Morton 
Cleaner Mrs L Wright
School Crossing Patrol  Mrs A Tarplee
Breakfast & After School Club
Club Co-ordinator  Mrs M Jones 
Club Assistant  Miss S Jones 
Mrs C Walmsley 



Contact Us

Westhead Lathom St James

C of E Primary School

School Lane




L40 6HL

Phone: 01695 574 078