Support Staff

Please click on the name of each member of staff to read what he or she has to say about working at Copthorne.

Asma Parveen - Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Copthorne Primary School for over 10 years now and enjoy working with the friendly pupils and great staff. I have worked in Year Four for 8 years and currently working in Year Six. I have seen children develop, make fantastic progress and become confident within themselves. I look forward to coming to school every day and love the fact that every day is different and nearly every day is fun!

Ayesha Akram - Teaching Assistant

My name is Ayesha Akram. I have been part of the Copthorne family for 5 years and I am proud of working with a dedicated and supportive team . I work in year 2 as a Teaching Assistant. I enjoy coming to work and to teach the children and ensure they get the best start in life by giving my best so they can fulfil their potential. GO Copthorne!

Ayesha Nawaz - Teaching Assistant

Dianne Sharpe - Teaching Assistant

Dianne Sharpe I started working at Copthorne in 2015, I love my role as a TA; I get to work closely with the children in my class, as well as supporting individuals with their reading. I love the Raving Readers’ book scheme as children are actively encouraged to read and are rewarded for the work they do. Copthorne is a remarkable place to work and watching the children flourish is an amazing part of that.

Fozia Ahmed - Teaching Assistant

I started my career with copthorne in 1999 as a voluntary worker with the children in nursery for 6 month. I then was successful in gaining a role as a special needs support assistant. I stayed in this role 12 month until I progressed further as a teaching assistant, which I have been doing for the last 16yrs. I thoroughly enjoy this. I have worked with children from reception, all the way through to year 3. I have 12 months experience as a cover supervisor which I completed in 2011 to cover a staff member maternity. I have excellent people skills and I love working with children. I feel I have accomplished my goal when the children perform, I am extremely motivated by the progress I see made by the children I look after. I have experience of managing a variety of clubs I.e breakfast club, after school school club and I work for an hour in the office as a receptionist. Copthorne is extremely multi cultural and I am proud to be apart of this.

Madiha Shah - Teaching Assistant

I thoroughly enjoy and feel extremely proud to work at Copthorne Primary. I believe it is a superb school, with excellent leadership and teaching staff. The classrooms are lovely learning environment for the pupils. The children are a joy to work with. I love working at Copthorne and feel that as an individual I have gained much knowledge and confidence whilst being here. I love coming to work and wish to be a part of the Copthorne team for many years to come.

Nasrah Hussain - Teaching Assistant

I have been working as support staff for nearly a decade at Copthorne Primary. Over the years I have worked with hardworking members of staff and management. To see children blossom from foundation stage to year six is an amazing feeling and a proud moment for all. The school has a great relationship with parents and in the past visitors have commented on the school as a happy and friendly environment, and I am proud to be a member of it.

Natalie Hamalienko - Teaching Assistant

Pen Portrait – Natalia Hamalienko I have worked at Copthorne Primary School as a teaching assistant for just over two years and can honestly say it the best school I have worked in. The staff and children are very friendly and welcoming from the minute you walk in the door. The children are eager to learn, which is seen throughout all aspects of life at Copthorne. This is reflected via the caring and nurturing environment provided by all the staff. Within my role, I assist, encourage and motivate the children in my class with their day to day learning by challenging and questioning them to ensure they understand and make progress. I also take intervention groups in reading and English for those children who need extra support. My role is so rewarding and I love to see the children develop in not only their learning, but within their personalities and social skills.

Parveen Akhtar - Teaching Assistant/SEN

I started at Copthorne in 2012 and have found every day to be exciting and wonderfully challenging for the staff and children. The children come to school with a positive attitude and eagerness to learn. As part of the SEN team I work with individual children who just need that extra boost to reach their full potential. The staff here are all dedicated and committed to help each and every child reach their full potential and show them that there are NO Limits to learning, which is our school Ethos statement. I am proud to be part of the amazing Copthorne team.

Sadaf Khalil - Teaching Assistant

Saleema Bibi - Teaching Assistant/Librarian

I have only been working here for five years however it feels as though I have been a part of the Copthorne family much longer than this. I am a proud member of the team and enjoy working alongside dedicated members of staff and hardworking students. At Copthorne, no day is the same! We all work extremely hard and strive for excellence.

Samia Akhtar - Teaching Assistant

Samia Akhtar I have been working at Copthorne Primary School for five years. It has been an amazing journey so far and can only get better. Here, we are one big team that works hard around clock. The children are our priority and come first in everything we do. I love my job and look forward every day!

Samina Bhatti - Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Copthorne Primary school for 11 years, our aim is to provide the best learning environment for all our children. We strive for the best at all times. I am proud to be a part of committed, hardworking efficient and friendly team.

Sarin Bibi - Teaching Assistant

Pen Portrait I have been working at Copthorne for almost 2 years. I have been working in year 3 and currently working in Nursery. I enjoy coming to work every day, I believe it is an excellent school with excellent leadership and staff.

Sharon Fuller - Teaching Assistant

Shirley Ludbrook - Teaching Assistant/SEN

I am a valid member of Copthorne my role in school is one of the SEN Teaching Assistant staff. I thoroughly enjoy my job and I feel that as an individual I have gained much knowledge and confidence whilst being here. I feel extremely proud to work at Copthorne Primary is has a lovely learning environment for the pupils the children are a joy to work with. I love coming to work every day and I wish to continue until I retire.

Sohail Hussain - Teaching Assistant

My name is Sohail Hussain I have been a member of the Copthorne team for almost two years now and have loved every minute of it. During my time at Copthorne I have developed my understanding of the primary education sector and have also evolved to become a better teaching assistant. I have worked alongside many inspiring and influential teachers, teaching assistants and other staff. At Copthorne we believe that ‘Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork’ therefore as a team we are always helping one another as well as learning from, supporting and encouraging each other to make sure we are all performing to the best of our abilities.

Zeenat Gulzar - Teaching Assistant


Amer Khan - Learning Mentor/Extended Schools Co-ordinator

Since joining Copthorne Primary school in 2008, I have enjoyed every moment and I am proud to be part of a fantastic team who strive to give our children the best education and opportunities in life. As a learning mentor I feel I am in a unique position, as my role allows me to work with children from year 1 right up until they leave us in year 6. With the flexibility in my role I am able to support our children’s progress and attainment through one to one mentoring, offering them specialised clubs such as barebow archery, ensuring they are involved in initiatives through local partnerships and projects, and by providing them with life skills and opportunities they wouldn’t normally experience.

Alongside my role as learning mentor, I also manage the extended schools activities at Copthorne. I work with the Exceed Alliance and Copthorne Association to provide activities for our children in the holidays, on weekends and after school. As if all this was not enough, I am also a staff governor at Copthorne with two of my own children attending our school. I dedicate a lot of my time and effort into my role because the reward of seeing our children progress and grow in confidence is second to none and to top it off I feel like a valued member of the team.

Haris Khan - Learning Mentor

I joined Copthorne Primary school as a new Learning Mentor in the Year 2000. My background is in Youth & Community work and i have been working with young people since 1989. I have been at Copthorne Primary for over 18 years now and enjoy working with the great staff and friendly pupils. My Youngest child attends the school. He loves coming to school to learn.

As a Learning Mentor i am personally committed in supporting and helping all the pupils in my care and throughout the school. Every day is a busy one and each day is different as i am involved in lots of activities such as; running and managing my clubs, liaisoning with teachers, staff and parents, supervising pupils during play/lunchtimes, managing school projects and reward systems, listening to pupils read, helping with school events, trips, visits, residentials and lots more.

My main role as a learning mentor involves working with children experiencing barriers to learning which could be related to social, emotional, health or personal reasons. I help these pupils by providing them with my time and support until they build their confidence and are able to continue with their goals and targets. I find it very rewarding when pupils learn to deal with their feelings in a positive way. Overall i enjoy working at the school and hope to continue to be a positive role model for our pupils.


Amber Butt - Cover Supervisor

At Copthorne, we have high standards of teaching and learning at all times. We work together as a team to provide the best educational, emotional and physical support to all our children. Respect, care, co-operation and hard work is our moto.

Fameda Akhtar - HLTA

I am proud to say that I have been a member of the Copthorne team for over 12 years as a Teaching assistant and gradually worked towards my current role as a HLTA. During this time I have had the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and members of staff, who have always gone above and beyond to ensure children reach their full potential. Being a parent as well as a member of staff, I can see the amazing progress my children make every day at this outstanding school. It makes me smile to know my children are under the care of such great practitioners and this is evident in the enthusiasm they show to go to school every day! I enjoy working with my colleagues as part of a team to share ideas and good practice to ensure all our children reach beyond their full potential. Fameda Akhtar

Ifra Yaseen - Apprentice TA

Hello my name is Ifra Yaseen. I started working at Copthorne primary school in January 2017 as an apprentice nursery assistant of saplings 2 year old provision. My role is to help around the room with our terrific team and to help the children learn as they play to develop their skills to move up to nursery.

Najma Khan - Nursery Nurse

I have worked with children for most of my life and like working with young children the most. For me early years are very important as they set the foundation for later life. For the last six years I have been in Nursery. My degree was in education and it taught me a lot about theories but I have learnt far more here. I enjoy working in school and love the challenges and changes and hope that I will continue to do for a long time!

Raheela Bhatti - Nursery Nurse

After qualifying as a Nursery Nurse 25 years ago, I came to work at Copthorne Primary School. I have vast experience of working in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and have experienced many changes through the years. This year I am very excited about working in Year 2 and supporting the new staff as they embark on their teaching journey. I love and enjoy coming to work every day because Copthorne is like a big family, consisting of dedicated caring staff, wonderful, hardworking children, with a lovely, supportive, caring community and parents. I feel very proud to be part of Copthorne.

Riva Ljimani - Nursery Nurse

Hi my name is Riva Ljimani. I have worked at Copthorne Primary School for almost 26 years. The furniture has gone but I am still here. I love working at C.P.S because all of the staff work extremely hard and we, as a school, set ourselves high standards so that children can reach and exceed their goals. We all work as a team. I really appreciate the praise that is given to both staff and children to acknowledge progress both big and small.

Safina Shafiq - Cover Supervisor

My name is Safina Shafiq and I have been working at Copthorne Primary School for over 12 years. I look forward to coming to work every day and working with such a dedicated team. Copthorne is a huge and important part of my life not only because I work here but also my own children attend this school and love it! I am mainly based in Foundation and Key Stage 1 and work alongside a variety of staff. I plan and run intervention groups for children in Year 1 and cover staff on a daily basis. I am proud to be part of a school which has received an outstanding recognition as well as the Challenge Award. We encourage and support our children to fulfil their potential and go beyond. No limits on learning definitely!

Sue Frazer - Nursery Nurse

I am a nursery nurse and work in Foundation Stage, Reception. I feel very proud when I tell people I work at Copthorne Primary School when asked. I feel we are a very positive, welcoming school and as a team, we all work together very well to make this the wonderful school that it is. I am very happy to have been working at Copthorne for the past fifteen years. I love my job!


Abida Parveen - Nursery Nurse

I have been working at Copthorne Primary School for 21 years, I have seen many changes taken place. I have worked with children from Nursery to year 2 and I have seen them develop into confident and able children. I am a Nursery Nurse currently working in Reception with a new team, we are highly motivated and enthusiastic to help each child to reach their potential. With the support of the parents we are able to achieve this. I feel we are a team at Copthorne, we are dedicated and I am proud to be a member of staff, its like my second family!!!

Alia Zafar - Business Manager

Bernadette Kelly - Speech and Language and First Aid

Elaine Dooley - House Keeper

Ghazala Bibi - General Kitchen Assistant and Cleaner

Ghazala Butt - General Kitchen Assistant

Godson Nwachukwu - General Kitchen Assistant

Humira Nisar - Home School Liaison Officer

I joined Copthorne primary in 2006 .I love working here as I consider this as my second home. The amount of love and support I get from my staff and community is indescribable. We all care about each other and children in our school are really good and respectful towards adults .I love my job and I always try my level best to do it right and according to what been expected The office staff is really friendly that’s why I feel really comfortable working here .Our seniors are always helpful Generally am happy with everybody.

Iram Ahmed - Apprentice TA

Hello my name is Iram Ahmed. I have recently just started working at Copthorne Primary school as an apprentice in January 2017 in Saplings as a Nursery assistant. My role is to assist around the room with our supportive and reassuring team to help children learn in numerous ways in order for them to develop their skills and have a better understanding of when they move into nursery.

Joanne Rice - PA to SLT

My name is Joanne Rice and I am Personal Assistant to the Senior Leadership Team. I have been working at Copthorne Primary School for over 16 years. I feel very proud to work amongst such a dedicated, caring and hardworking team. Copthorne is a very special place to work and I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every day, we are like one big family. The children are a pleasure to be around and are so eager to learn and take part in activities.

Lataben Rana - General Kitchen Assistant/ Cleaner

Louise Bostock - Deputy Manager 2 Year Olds

Hello, my name is Louise Bostock. I started working at Copthorne Primary school in September 2016 as Deputy Manager of Saplings 2 year old provision. My role is to help run the room as part of a fantastic team, and provide our 2 year old children with opportunities to learn and develop through play and a wide range of activities. I really enjoy watching the children grow and develop, and when they are ready, move through into nursery.

Louise Stratford - Business Support Manager

I joined Copthorne in 2011 and was immediately overwhelmed by the strong sense of family and friendliness of all the staff. The children are among the best behaved that I have come across and are incredibly lucky to be taught by some of the hardest working and dedicated teachers I know. Our children are polite, courteous, hardworking and always willing to lend a hand, we even have ‘office assistants’ to help out in the school office.

Mrs Ghazala Bibi - Kitchen Assistant & Cleaner

Naila Jabeen - Lunchtime Supervisor

Nicola Thorpe - Deputy Manager 2 Year Olds

Hello my name is Nicola Thorpe. I started working at Copthorne Primary school in September 2016 as the Deputy Manager of Saplings 2 year old provision. My role is to help run the room along with an amazing team and to provide our 2 year olds with opportunities to play, learn and develop in as many ways as possible.

Nikio Bob-Manuel - ICT Technician

It is a pleasure to be part of such a great team; I enjoy working here and I’m grateful for the opportunity.

Nikol Rainbank - Room Manager 2 Year Olds

Hello my name is Nikol Rainbank I am the Early Years Room Manager for Saplings, our 2 year old provision. This school has a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout where I am made to feel like part of the Copthorne family. I started at the school in May 2016 to help create and develop provision for 2 year olds. I have over 14 years of outstanding early year’s child care and education experience which has enabled me to support the development of an outstanding environment.

Noreen Akhtar - Classroom and Admin Support Assistant

I have been working at Copthorne for 9 years. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Working at Copthorne has helped me to develop skills and learn new things.

Nusrat Bibi Hussain - Lunchtime Supervisor

Nusrat Rafiq - Lunchtime Supervisor

Paul Butler - Head of Teaching School

Paul leads the Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools on behalf of Copthorne and Horton Grange primary schools. Paul facilitates support between schools, in Bradford and beyond, in order to train the next generation of teachers, to provide professional development for experienced teachers, and to establish leadership development programmes for governors and school leaders. Schools supporting each other to improve is an essential feature of the current education system: with our great teachers and leaders helping their peers from other school to enhance teaching, learning and leadership.

Paula Lear - Catering Manager

Raheela Ali - Lunchtime Supervisor and Cleaner

Robina Kosar - Classroom Assistant

I have been working at Copthorne for more than 25 years. Staff and children are so friendly and helpful and it's a pleasure to be part of a supportive team.

Sabara Bibi - Kitchen Assistant (Food Prep) and Cleaner

Sadia Hussain - Lunchtime Supervisor and Cleaner

Shabana Khan - Office Administrator

My name is Shabana Khan, I have worked at Copthorne for 16 years. I love coming to work because there is a real family feel about the work place. We have a very strong, loving and dedicated team in the office, which makes it a pleasure to come to work every morning. Our management team and rest of staff are equally as dedicated. I feel the children at Copthorne are very well behaved and very respectful, we also have very caring and supportive parents. Copthorne is in the heart of my own community where I grew up and all of my three children attended or are attending Copthorne.

Shabbir Khan - General Kitchen Assistant/ Cleaner

Shaheen Hamid - Lunchtime Supervisor

Shamim Sharif - Lunchtime Supervisor

Shamsa Ramzan - Apprentice TA

Hello my name is Shamsa Ramzan and I work at Copthorne primary school. My work journey at Copthorne primary school began in September 2016 in Saplings as a Nursery nurse. I am working towards a level 2 qualification in CYPW which I will eventually achieve in July. I have a supportive team who help you me and my role is to provide education to children in variety of ways under the early years foundation stage framework.

Shazia Shoukat - Lunchtime Supervisor

Stephen Bailey - Site Manager

My name is Steve Bailey, and I am the caretaker at Copthorne. I have worked here since March the 17th 2014, and have enjoyed every minute.( Seems longer.) The thing I like most is the friendliness of both the staff and the pupils. I feel proud when you hear visitors say what a great school this appears to be.

Yasmeen Akhtar - Lunchtime Supervisor

Zeenat Ahmed - Apprentice TA