Our Team

Jessica Fitton
Pre-School Manager
  • Primary PGCE with QTS

  • BA (Hons) Religious Studies

  • Paediatric First Aid

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • SENCo

I have worked in education for 17 years, and have been involved with St Thomas' Pre-School for the past 10 years, as both a parent and a member of staff.  It is a privilege to work with such a committed and passionate staff team who care deeply not just for every one of our children but for all their families too.


It is difficult to pin point what makes our pre-school so unique, so you are more than welcome to come and see for yourself!

Sarah Gilder
Deputy Manager
  •  BA (Hons) Working with Children and Families

  • NNEB Nursery Nursing

  • Paediatric First Aid

  • Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Health and Safety Officer


I have worked with children and families for more than 20 years working in various early years settings and children’s centres.

At Preschool I am the deputy manager - I have responsibility for all aspects of health and safety in preschool, and I am one of the designated safeguarding officers.


I love to see how much the children enjoy their time at pre-school, and I enjoy being a part of helping them to develop as they learn and grow in confidence.

Viv McCracken
Curriculum Leader
  • PGCE Early Years Education with Art Specialism

  • BSc Hons Textile Design and Manufacture

  • Foundation Course in Art and Design

  • First Aider 


I have been an Early Years Teacher for over 24 years, starting at the International School of Bilbao in Spain teaching the First Grade. Among my previous work experience in this country are 22 years at local primary schools including Morecambe Road School and 19 years teaching in Reception and Year One.

I believe first and foremost to respect and appreciate each child’s uniqueness and learning style and that my role as Curriculum Leader is to provide learning opportunities that will engage the children in active learning.

Naomi Accialini
Early Years Practitioner
  • Early Years Teacher Status

  • Community Specialist Practitioner - District Nursing BSc

  • Paediatric First Aid

  • BA Hons English


I studied at Lancaster University for my English degree and subsequently went on to become a general nurse at Lancaster Infirmary. After working for a while as a District nurse, I had children and began working at St Thomas’ Preschool.  I have since gained my qualification as an Early Years Teacher. I enjoy working at St Thomas' Preschool, and my specialism is 2-3 year olds.  I am also the Health Champion for preschool and you can talk to me about any concerns regarding your child's health and development.

Claire Colclough
Chair of Committee
  • BSc Hons Applied Psychology

  • PGCE Primary


As well as being the Chair of the Preschool Committee I also work as an assistant educational psychologist.  Prior to this I was a teacher for 15 years and taught in the Early Years Foundation Stage for 7 of those.


I love the caring atmosphere at St Thomas' Pre-School  and the home from home feel.

Jane Nicholds
  • QTS with Early Years Professional Status


I have worked in a number of school nursery and reception classes, as a children's centre teacher and in private day care. I have a passion for high quality early years provision. I love being part of the preschool at St Thomas' where I experience committed staff and happy little ones who thrive in the caring environment provided for them.