Our Team

Mrs Susannah McShane


It is my privilege and pleasure to be the headteacher of Co-op Academy Woodslee.

mrs mcshaneI have been headteacher for two years having previously worked at schools in Rock Ferry and Norris Green and teaching in settings in Romania, Sri Lanka and America. I grew up in Bromborough which is a small yet thriving community.  There is a sense of belonging here and I am blessed to be given the opportunity to ‘pay back’ the community that prepared me for this stage of my learning journey.

Every day is different in my role. I am always learning and it is never boring! I love leading our academy, challenging and supporting staff, and children to be the best they can be. Every child matters and it is our duty to give our children the best start in life and prepare them for the next phase in their learning journey; in doing so we are giving the future generation the skills, knowledge, expertise and experiences for their future. This empowers the community in which we serve; we have the capacity to be the difference.

We have a great team of teachers and support staff here and we are honoured to be in such a happy, nurturing learning community where parents, carers and governors support us. Being a part of the Co Op Academies Trust means that we are a part of a network that supports and develops us, our values are aligned with those across the academies within the trust and it is empowering to be a part of something bigger that can make a real difference in people’s lives.

And finally… when I am not at school, I enjoy being with my little boy, travelling, reading and spending time with my family.

Mrs Julia Haggett

Acting Deputy Headteacher

It is my great privilege to be part of the Coop Academy Woodslee team! As Assistant Headteacher, Year One class teacher, English subject leader, Early Years Foundation Stage Leader and Key Stage One leader I am kept very busy but extremely fulfilled.  It gives me great pleasure to work within such a thriving school, where the children are at the heart of everything we do. Every day is different; every day is a learning day and most importantly of all; every day is fun! I am committed to giving children the best start possible to their education and thus improving their life chances for the future. Woodslee has always been dear to my heart; my husband attended this school as a child and so did my now adult daughter. They are both flourishing in their chosen careers and I am sure that Woodslee had something to do with this!

Mrs Leanne McGowan

I am passionate in ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities within our academy receive the support they need, so that they can be the best that they can be.  We strongly believe that we can help children achieve their very best and we endeavour to give them the skills they need to fulfil their hopes and dreams.

My role includes:

  • Supporting the identification of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Co-ordinating provision for children with SEND.
  • Liaising with parents of children with SEND.
  • Liaising with other providers, outside agencies, educational psychologists and external agencies.

I am a specialist Base teacher with a keen interest in strategies that support children with Social and Communication difficulties and helping children affected by traumatic experiences.  We have an open door policy and all members of our families are welcome to discuss the needs of their child at any time.

Miss Rachel Kelly

Key Stage Two Co-ordinator

Since January 2019, I have been teaching my wonderful Year 6 class and leading mathematics. I am also
responsible for the Years 3-6 as well as being Staff Governor.

After leaving St Mary’s College, I gained a degree in History and English before undertaking my PGCE
at Edge Hill University. During my time as a teacher, I have gained experience in each year
group and for the past five years have been a Year 6 teacher. Having led English across the school, I’m now responsible for mathematics too.

My role includes:

  • Teaching my incredible Mighty Oaks (Year 6)
  • Being responsible for the pupils and staff of Years 3-6
  • Liaising with parents where necessary
  • Leading mathematics throughout the school
  • Being part of the Attendance Team

I am passionate about both history and English as well as travelling as much as I
possibly can. I truly enjoy my job; it is a passion to me. To me, there is nothing better than when a child realises the true value of the skills they possess.

Respect, co-operate, succeed
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