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Mrs Heather Newby

I am the teacher governor at Christ Church in addition to being the Year 6 teacher and maths co-ordinator.

I was born and raised in Wigan and in answer to the inevitable question, yes, I do eat lots of pies (sweet or savoury – they’re equally delicious to me!). After graduating from Manchester University with a first class honours degree in economics and econometrics, I joined Barclays Bank on their management training scheme. I spent the first three years of my banking career at night school after work studying for my Associate Of The Chartered Institute Of Bankers examinations. During the fourteen years I spent at Barclays, I helped to set up and to manage the Regional Debt Recovery Unit in Manchester before being promoted to the role of Corporate Manager. During my banking career, I had the opportunity to lead some training events, which I thoroughly enjoyed, so in 2004 I took a leap of faith when I resigned from Barclays and went to study for a PGCE to qualify me to teach at primary school at Manchester Metropolitan University in Didsbury. 

My first teaching position was Year 5 teacher at Furrow Primary School on the Langley Estate in Middleton which was very challenging, especially as we were inspected by Ofsted very early in my teaching career! I moved to Christ Church in January 2008 where I have taught Year 5 for two years and Year 6 for the rest of the time, although I am hoping to have the opportunity to teach a different year group in the next academic year. 

Planning, preparation and marking keeps me very busy – and my two teenage daughters often need my taxi-driving services, too! – but whenever I have some spare time I enjoy reading, watching films at the cinema and walking my two dogs, particularly around Ambleside in The Lake District.