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Meet the Staff

Gillian McElvogue - Headteacher, SENCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Finance Manager and Class Teacher

Gillian has been in education for over 30 years, teaching and managing across nursery, primary and secondary settings both in Shetland and overseas.  Before moving to Fellview, Gillian was working in post-conflict zones as Education and Training Manager for the charity United World Schools. She says that setting up a Secondary and Early Years department in the primary school she managed in Sri Lanka, and training teachers in the remote villages of North Eastern Cambodia, enabled her to share her passion for creative, outdoor learning and children’s rights to an education, which she has continued as Headteacher at Fellview. 

When not at Fellview you’ll find Gillian in her allotment, garden or kitchen, laughing with family and friends, planning her next travels, and, as a qualified children and adult yoga teacher, finding time to immerse herself in a practice she has loved for over 30 years.

Josh Slade - KS2 teacher

Josh Slade teaches in KS2. He has a first-class degree in Psychology and retains a keen interest in the neurological, cognitive and developmental areas of the subject. Before he started working in teaching, he worked in an opticians.

Mr Slade enjoys playing and supporting football (Carlisle United, Tottenham Hotspur and England). His true sporting passion though is golf, though unfortunately for him his son - at just eight years old -is already better than he is!

Alex Irving - Reception and Key Stage 1 Teacher

Alex has been a teacher for over fifteen years. Most of her experience has been in Cumbrian primary schools, with additional training in Spain and France. She holds a BSc from Aston University, Birmingham, and a PGCE with French specialism from St Martin’s College, Lancaster. She joined Fellview as a peripatetic French teacher before starting her general teaching role in September 2021. Outside school, Alex's two children keep her very busy. She also loves to run and dance as well as read, cook and paint. 


Ellen Jardine - Music Teacher

Ellen has a History degree from the University of Edinburgh and a PGCE from the University of Cumbria. Ellen started her teaching career at Fellview in November 2020. She teaches music in school and runs the school choir ‘Songsters’.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis and she has recently taken up paddle boarding. 

Mike Dunne - Outdoor, Creative Arts Leader and School Caretaker


Mike is an artist and writer who bases a lot of his work in the mountainous and coastal environments of Cumbria. At Fellview he aims to teach the pupils a variety of artistic techniques not traditionally found in the classroom such as larger-scale sculpture and stone-carving.

He has a degree in Outdoor Leadership from the University of Cumbria and a background in abstract painting and sculpture. He climbs, kayaks and surfs; with a focus on the latter. The bigger the waves, the better. Mike has a wife and son and a blind rescue dog called Pepper. 

Nicola Francis - Key Stage 2 (Year 3,4) class teacher

Lucy Clark - Nursery Leader

Liuda Konovalenko - Teaching Assistant

Anne Smith - Teaching Assistant

Heather Benson - Teaching Assistant and Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Fawn Chastney - Office Administrator and cover teacher

Pattie Hogg - School Cook