Meet our staff

Every single member of staff at Heald Place play a pivotal role in the education of your children. They are passionate not only about their academic achievements but also about their wellbeing. Providing outstanding teaching, leadership and pastoral care in a safe and happy learning environment.

Relationships between staff and pupils are warm and positive. Ofsted

Our School Leadership Team

Hatim Kapacee Head Teacher
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Hatim began his headship of Heald Place in January 2010, having previously worked at schools in Openshaw, Clayton, Burnage, Collyhurst, Crumpsall, Blackely and Cheetham Hill. The transformation of the school in the last ten years has been an incredible journey. ‘Reaching for the stars’ and high expectations for everyone at the school is Hatim’s continual aspiration.

It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela



Anne Zaidi Deputy Head Teacher

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Anne Joined Heald Place as Deputy Headteacher in 2010. She became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2004 and through weekly outreach, developed Manchester teachers and supported leaders with school improvement. Anne remains passionate about improving teaching and building leadership capacity.

It is a privilege working with the amazing children and fantastic staff that make up the Heald Place family.



Nikki Sellers Designated Safeguarding Lead

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Nikki joined Heald Place in 2006 having previously worked within Children’s Services Homeless Families Team, Behaviour Improvement Programme (BIP) and Manchester Royal Infirmary. She is passionate about working with children and their families and her aim is always to support the community to be successful, confident and engender trust in the school so that families know that the team is there when they need support.

Working with complex needs can be challenging at times - but it is definitely the most rewarding!



Julia Crossley Assistant Headteacher
(Based in Early Year Foundation Stage)

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Julia joined the senior leadership team in 2013, having previously worked at schools in Sale and Openshaw, as well as an international school in Italy. She is passionate that children learn best through play and first-hand experiences and she supports the Foundation Stage team in providing our children with a strong start to their educational career at Heald Place.

There is nothing better than seeing children enjoying their learning, whether that be indoors or outdoors.



Tom Denton  Assistant Headteacher
(Lower School)

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Tom has taught at Heald Place Primary since 2009 and joined the Senior Leadership team 5 years ago. Tom has taught in both KS1 and KS2 and has led core areas of the curriculum. Along with managing Teaching Assistants and heading Lower School, he has recently taken over the role of Inclusion Lead having gained the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-ordination.

All children take a different journey in their Education and I hope my guidance enables them to choose the right path in achieving their goals.



Alison Jackson Teaching and Learning Support Lead
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Alison has been working at Heald Place for 8 years. Previously, she worked for a private nursery where she found she had a passion for teaching children. She is dedicated to the high-quality delivery of reading and phonics.

I find it incredibly rewarding when the pupils achieve their goals.



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Nicola has 15 years of experience in educational finance. She joined the Senior Leadership Team at Heald Place 3 years ago having previously worked at One Education as a School Budget Officer. Nicola is passionate about providing a quality, safe and enriching learning environment to meet the needs and aspirations of the pupils and all stakeholders, including the governors.

Seeing children thriving inspires me every day.


Our Teaching Staff


Class Teacher

Teacher & Learning Support



Julia Crossley
Kelly-Anne Marsden

Liz Nieto
Eunice Wong
Minaxi Bhoi
Elizabeth Kirrane



Abigail Healy
Leigh Muldoon
Cristina Santos

Hosneara Begum
Amal Nouh
Amina Iqbal
Samaya Keane
Astau Neboh

Year 1


Andrew Cunliffe
Mia McGrath
Joanne Caldeira

Rona Kirwan
Alison Farrell
Sadia Siddiqi

Year 2


Adam Jackson
Niamh Marshall
Nathan Corbett

Mehwish Karim
Caroline Flannery
Hala Al-Ayoubi

Year 3


Amy Holbrook/Tom Denton
Charlotte Roberts
Evie Morgan

Jabeen Iqbal
Tasleem Ahmad
Laura Roberts

Year 4


Ben Simpson
Sakeena Baden
Eleanor Reynolds

Jennetta McLeod
Houria Ghidaoui
Mitra Khorrami

Year 5


Sylvie Edwards
Mike Irvine
Rosie Hannan

Nazish Mohammed
Yassar Raja

Courtney Nash

Year 6


Mike Tate
Nina Carey
Sam Bishop

Liz O’Connell
Alison Jackson
Abigail Glass

Targeted Teaching & Learning Support

Ambreen Shafiq  Clecia Burton  Lina Valantina  Jeannie Shawcross  James Rogers  Zanib Hourston  Rani Kaur 


Reading Champion

Nausheen Choudhury

Pastoral Support

Lucette Henderson  Ellen Fitzgerald, Turn the Page Counselling

Admin Team

Nicola Evans, Helen Brown, Jade Ward, Tayiba Naeem, Alice Dalton-McBain


Heald Place Primary School

About Us

Heald Place is a very successful primary school situated roughly 2 miles from the centre of Manchester. It serves a rich and diverse community. At its heart are vibrant local businesses with the universities, Manchester Museum, and the Whitworth Art Gallery all within walking distance of the school.

Contact Us

Heald Place, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 7PN

School Reception

0161 224 7079



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