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Y3/Y4 Teacher/ Music Lead
I am currently in my third year at Chiddingly, having completed a PCGE at Brighton uni in 2015. I completed my undergraduate degree in Primary Education studies at the University of Wales before moving back to Sussex.
I have obviously inherited my parents’ and grandparents’ love of teaching – especially teaching maths as it’s great to see the children get excited to see quick progression in their learning. I currently lead Music and Forest School across the Federation, both of which give the children great opportunities to take part in activities that involve range of skills very different to ones involved with learning other core subjects. Forest School is a particular highlight of my week as it gives me chance to escape the classroom for a few hours and help the children get active in the outdoor environment.
Outside of school, I enjoy playing music, helping out in my local church and have just begun running, with the aim to complete a marathon…at some point! I am one of 7 children with lots of nieces and nephews ranging from a few months to 18yrs old, who I love spending time with!
School: St. Mary's
Assistant Headteacher/ Y1/Y2 Teacher
My teaching career began in Kent in 1998 where I taught Year 4 and Year 6 for a number of years before moving to East Sussex. After working part time in local schools around maternity breaks, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to become deputy manager of a large nursery in Eastbourne. This was where my love of teaching Early Years began! Following a further three years teaching Year 1 at my local school, I moved to Chiddingly in 2012. I am so proud to have been a part of the amazing journey that this school has been on. Chiddingly School is a very special place.
I feel very privileged to be able to start children on their journey into school life and always strive to do this with professionalism, warmth and encouragement. Early Years is where the magic happens! Children further develop their love of learning and then use their new skills and independence as they grow. I love working with the youngest children, sharing their experiences, smiles and funny comments and facilitating their learning in our beautiful setting.
When I’m not at school, I try to spend as much time as possible with my two children, as well as socialising with my family, friends and the wonderful Pioneer staff team! And if there is any time left after this, I love swimming whenever I can and one day I will finally take up running!
I trained as a nursery assistant in East Sussex and worked in several different nurseries and then as a nanny before having my own children. I returned to child care after a gap of eight years, to work in Children’s Centres, particularly working with vulnerable families. I not only worked with the children but also the parents, building relationships and gaining their trust. This was very difficult and challenging at times but also very rewarding to see the families achieve their goals. ‘Baby Time’ was one of my personal favourite sessions to deliver, as I was supporting parents to build better attachments with their babies, then able to watch them grow and develop skills for the first time. I have worked at East Hoathly Nursery for a year now and have been involved with the journey the nursery has had. I get real pleasure in seeing the children thrive and developing their skills, in their enabling environment. I very much enjoy working alongside the school because I can see the benefits it brings to the children. I think the transition into reception class is much easier for the children here. I work with a great team who are committed to getting the best from the children.
I am always keen to gain new qualifications and I’m currently working towards my level 4. I have two children and when I am not supporting their activities such as horse-riding, I’m always on the go – if I’m not decorating cakes, I’m decorating around the house!
School: East Hoathly
I am currently in my second year at Chiddingly Primary School having worked at East Hoathly School for 4 years previously. At East Hoathly, I taught the year 5 and 6 class and am now teaching the year 3 and 4 class at Chiddingly. I thoroughly enjoy the wide variety of topics taught in Key Stage 2! Currently, I am the subject leader of ICT across the Pioneer Federation. This subject area is critical for the development of the children’s skills and safety online to equip them for future jobs.
I completed a Graduate Teacher Programme with Brighton University based in a Year 6 class at Parkland Junior School in Eastbourne. My introduction to teaching through this course was brilliant – I loved every minute!
In my spare time, I enjoy active hobbies like netball and long walks in countryside! I am part of a netball club and am currently team captain. I love the club spirit and community!
I have worked in Primary Schools in both Lincolnshire and East Sussex and have taught all year groups. I have been a Leading County Teacher, Senior Teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School and now Executive Headteacher. I love seeing the amazing children in our Federation finding their learning irresistible, particularly where the children actively explore concepts, apply skills, ask questions and are motivated by independent discovery. I enjoy working alongside the great staff team and supportive parents and governors.
My vision and values for The Pioneer Federation: An outstanding federation with a central focus on creative, innovative and engaging teaching that develops a love and interest in learning. My vision is for our children to value learning as a creative endeavour that underpins their aspirations for great futures and to ensure that we are all focused on seeing opportunities and believing that anything is possible. We craft meaningful contexts for learning and tasks that develop key skills for independence, confidence and resilience, which actively engage children. The federation will have outstanding schools where every child is provided with a toolkit for life-long learning through the highest quality teaching.
I am a very active person who enjoys challenges. I run regularly and have fundraised for developments in all the schools I have worked in, taking part in half marathons and more recently, the Brighton marathon. I also enjoy socialising with friends and family, surfing, snowboarding, gardening and am hoping to take up kite surfing in the near future. I have a young family and I enjoy going away on adventures with them!
Y5/Y6 Teacher/ Assistant Head of School
I began teaching in 2005 and in my first school I taught Year 6, Year 4, Year 2 and Year 1. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to move to East Hoathly. It has been amazing to see all the improvements and the school moving from strength to strength. I have loved being part of the fantastic team of people who all support each other. I have been privileged to able to develop my career here and taken on the role of Senior Teacher.
I love teaching children in KS1 and enjoy seeing them progress and develop over the year. Every day is different and this is part of what makes working with children so exciting and interesting. I really enjoy teaching in the village as it is a friendly community and special place to be.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, which include the Pioneer staff team! I have recently joined Ubends the local amateur dramatic society which has been a fantastic experience. I enjoy going to Bokwa and travelling to new places in the school holidays!
School: East Hoathly
Caretaker at East Hoathly
I was born and brought up in Surrey and graduated from Kingston University with a BA with honours in History in 2005. I then moved to Lewes in 2006 to study further and graduated from the University of Sussex in 2007 with a Masters in History. As you can tell history is a passion of mine and my specialist subject is the Napoleonic Wars. I worked for Waitrose up until 2012 and worked my way up to Team Leader. Then one day I met Zoe my partner who is a Caretaker of a school in Lewes. She asked me to help her sweep her school car park and that was it… I made my mind up I wanted to be a Caretaker like her and we have been together ever since! I started out as Zoe’s Assistant Caretaker at both St Pancras and Western Road Schools in Lewes. There I learnt about the wide variety that makes up a Caretaker’s day and how to find solutions to any problem! After a year I was ready to go out on my own and was appointed Caretaker to Laughton School in July 2013. Just over a year later in October 2014 I was lucky enough to be offered a second school at Chiddingly. Now in 2016 obviously not feeling as I have enough to do I have taken up the opportunity to also become Caretaker of East Hoathly School. I love my job as every day is different and I love the difference I can make through my role. I am looking forward to seeing all three schools looking their best and driving them forwards as each day brings its challenges and rewards. My ambition is to be the East Sussex Caretaker of the Year, an award bestowed upon only the best Caretakers and which is presented each February at the Caretaker Conference.
I have been working at East Hoathly as the Reception Teacher for almost three years now. My passion and enthusiasm for working with children started from a very young age and I always knew I wanted to work with younger children.
I started my teaching journey as a teaching assistant and midday supervisor in a central Brighton school. I then went onto do my Early Years Teaching degree at Brighton University, where I learnt and experienced many things and also made some incredible friends!
The community, team and pupils at East Hoathly make it a great school to work in, with something new and exciting every day. I am really enjoying my current role of leading the Early Years and Nursery team over the past year and look forward to continuing this in the future.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also enjoy seeing new places and spend a lot of holidays visiting new countries and being active.
School: East Hoathly
Deputy Headteacher/ Head of School
I graduated from Winchester University in 2009 and began my teaching career at St John’s Meads Primary School in Eastbourne. I moved to East Hoathly Primary School in 2013 where I took on Senior Teacher role and then began as Deputy Head at Chiddingly in 2015. I have been a class teacher for children from Year 2 to Year 6.
Teaching has been a passion of mine for a long time – with a mother and two grandmothers as teachers, I was always destined to follow in their footsteps! I love teaching literacy and really enjoy seeing children make leaps in their learning! I took on the role of singing and choir teacher when at East Hoathly and brought that over to Chiddingly when I moved. The enjoyment and passion that the children can show when singing makes it all worthwhile!
I have a young son and a large extended family who all live locally so family-based weekends are often planned.
I look forward to the future of the, already successful, Pioneer Federation and feel proud to be part of such a successful and supportive team of staff, children, governors, parents and extended community members. My vision for the Federation is to continue to build on the outstanding teaching and learning that already occurs and to create environments for all children to succeed; whatever their ability, background or needs.
Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor