Quick links: James Procter | Vicky Lewis | Frances Taylor | Abbie Banks | Alison Lawrence | April Dutton | Becca Hare | Carly Dann | Cheryl Trengove | Claire Winchester | Dan Mackarness | Dawn Poulton | Dominic Patry | Elisabeth Riddall | Elizabeth Hillier | Ellie King | Emma Knight | Emma Pattenden | Emma Waterman | Erin Mackarness | Hannah Barrow | Hannah Brooks | Harriet Axell | Hayley Ursell | Janette Wicks | Joe Gray | Julia Eldridge | Julie Thompson | Karen Filkin | Katy Norris | Kelly Langridge | Laura Paflin | Lisa Purcell | Liza Smith | Louise Sanders | Maxime Dudeney | Michelle Neville | Natalie Bews | Paul Dolton | Paul Herdman | Rachael Tufo | Rolanda Weller | Sally McGinty | Sarah Benkel | Sarah Lowry | Sarah Taylor | Sheridan Denney | Sian Leahy | Sophie Levey | Sue Parsons | Sylvie Ockenden | Tracey Cleaver | Verity Morris | Wendy Burns | Yvonna Yates

James Procter

Executive Headteacher

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!

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly, St Mary's

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Vicky Lewis

Chiddingly & East Hoathly 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 became the Deputy Head of both East Hoathly and Chiddingly in 2016 and Head of School across both schools in 2018. 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.

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly

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Frances Taylor

St Mary’s Head of School & RE, PSHCE and Collective worship Lead

Hello! I am Frances Taylor and I am the Head of School at St.Mary’s Hartfield. I joined the school in January 2017, having previously worked as a class teacher, deputy head and acting head teacher in West Sussex. I love working with people – with the children, the staff, the parents and the community to  help provide the very best we can. When I joined Hartfield someone described it as ‘the small school with the big heart’ which is exactly how I feel about it this wonderful little school where children and adults work together so well.

School: St Mary's

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Becca Hare

Y3/Y4 Teacher/ Music Lead

I am in my fourth year of teaching and joined St Mary’s from Chiddingly Primary school in September 2018. I have always taught Key Stage two and really enjoy helping the children implement the skills they learn in Key Stage one to more comprehensive and detailed learning. I love working in small schools as the sense of community is always proud and strong and St Mary’s certainly has that atmosphere.

I studied Primary Education at University in South West Wales and then completed a PGCE at Brighton University – which I loved and led me right into my first year’s teaching at Chiddingly.

In my spare time, I see a lot of my family (as I have 10 nephews and 5 nieces!) and friends, and enjoy travelling as much as I can.

School: St Mary's

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Claire Winchester

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!

School: Chiddingly

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Dan Mackarness

Y3/Y4 Teacher

My name is Dan Mackarness. I have been teaching for 10 years, and my working week is spread across 3 schools in East Sussex, giving me a lot of variety! I have worked at Chiddingly School for the past year, and really enjoy the day I teach Year 3/4 each week.

School: Chiddingly

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Dawn Poulton

Nursery Lead

I have worked in EYFS since I left full time education. Before I came to East Hoathly I worked in the Children’s Centre with under privilege and vulnerable families and although this could be challenging it was also very rewarding.

I now lead East Hoathly Nursery and it is thriving. I enjoying seeing the the children developing with the opportunities that are available to them. It makes me very proud of what we have achieved in the Nursery!

School: East Hoathly

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Dominic Patry

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor

My name is Dominic Patry and I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at St Mary’s since September 2016. Everyday, as I set foot in these hallways I am overwhelmed by emotion at the prospect of how we are changing these young lives for the better, moulding them into fine members of the community. I really enjoy working in an environment where we not just focus on the academic, but the cultivating of a mind that is not afraid of any challenge and knows only perseverance when faced with adversity. What else can I say about working at St Mary’s other than every day is an absolute joy thanks to the amazing staff, spirited children, and the inspiring members of the community.

School: St Mary's

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Harriet Axell

Y3/Y4 Teacher

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!

School: Chiddingly

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Janette Wicks

Bursar

I was born in Bromley and my father was in the RAF so I have lived in Ireland, Cyprus, Germany, Wales and of course England! I think this must be where I get my love of travelling and visiting different countries from!

When I left school I worked in a bank from 1980-2001. I am the Bursar at Chiddingly Primary School and East Hoathly CE Primary School. I have worked at East Hoathly CE Primary School since 1st October 2001 and worked at both schools since 1st September 2017.

I enjoy working for the Pioneer Federation and watching the children learn and grow through their years at Primary School as they get ready for Secondary School. I am married to my husband Ian and have two grown up sons, Thomas and Toby. I also have a stepson Ryan and stepdaughter Chloe and lovely grandchildren who call me ‘Nanette’. I love spending quality time with my family and love family holidays. My hobbies are travelling/holidays/sightseeing, socialising (with family, friends and the Pioneer staff), reading, card-making, swimming, walking and I love a bit of bingo!

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly

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Katy Norris

Y1/2 Teacher/ Literacy Lead

My name is Katy Norris and I have been at St Mary the Virgin since September 2017. I have taught Year 1/2 for 6 years and previously worked at Cross-in- Hand near Heathfield. I wanted to work at St Mary’s because it is a small and friendly school where we know all the children really well and get to know all the families. There is a great team spirit at the school which makes it a very happy place to be. Outside of school I love going to the theatre, reading books and if time, I walk my chocolate Labrador Wilson on the beautiful Ashdown Forest.

School: St Mary's

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Lisa Purcell

Y5/Y6 Teacher/ Assistant Head of School

My name is Lisa Purcell and I am Year 5 and 6 teacher and Assistant Head teacher at East Hoathly Church of England Primary School. I have been teaching for over 10 years. It is a very rewarding job and the best thing about it is seeing children learn and develop each year. I absolutely love working as a team to create productions at Christmas and Summer. I think that I am really lucky to work in such a great community of children, staff, parents and governors at East Hoathly. In my free time, I love singing, acting, walking, swimming and spending time with my friends and family.

School: East Hoathly

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Paul Herdman

Caretaker

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 took 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. I was awarded East Sussex caretaker of the Year in 2017, the highest accolade a caretaker can be awarded, and was again awarded it in 2018, becoming the first caretaker to do so.

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly

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Sheridan Denney

Reception Teacher

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

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Verity Morris

Lead Nursery Assistant

I originally grew up and lived in Sidcup, Kent but relocated to East Sussex 2 Years ago with my 5 year old daughter Indiya to be closer to my parents. I have been working in childcare for over 12 years now and have a real passion for working with children.

I started out at college when I was 17 gaining my BTEC National Diploma in Early Years Level 3 and have worked in a variety of childcare settings. I have been a creche worker, worked in private nurseries, a nanny working closely in the home with families, as an INA with children with autism and a teaching assistant to reception, Years 1 and year 3 aged children.

I had the pleasure of joining East Hoathly School 2 years ago and originally started as a Nursery Assistant. I have been very fortunate to progress in my career within Pioneer to become the Lead Nursery Assistant working alongside the manager and am currently completing my Level 4 qualification in Early Years.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, family and friends. I also like to go to the gym and chill out at home with a good box set.

School: East Hoathly

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Abbie Banks

Y5/Y6 Teacher/ Maths Lead

School: Chiddingly

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Alison Lawrence

SEN Teaching Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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April Dutton

PPA/Secretary

School: East Hoathly

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Carly Dann

School Secretary

School: Chiddingly

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Cheryl Trengove

Teaching Assistant/ Thrive Practitioner

School: St Mary's

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Elisabeth Riddall

Y3/Y4 Teacher

School: East Hoathly

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Elizabeth Hillier

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor

School: East Hoathly

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Ellie King

Y1/Y2 Teacher

School: East Hoathly

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Emma Knight

Individual Needs Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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Emma Pattenden

PPG Teacher

School: East Hoathly

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Emma Waterman

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor

School: Chiddingly

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Erin Mackarness

Y5/Y6 Teacher

School: Chiddingly

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Hannah Barrow

PPG Tutor

School: Chiddingly

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Hannah Brooks

Y5/Y6 Teacher

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly

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Hayley Ursell

Individual Needs Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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Joe Gray

Caretaker

School: St Mary's

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Julia Eldridge

Teaching Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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Julie Thompson

Teaching Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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Karen Filkin

Teaching Assistant

School: Chiddingly, East Hoathly

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Kelly Langridge

Assistant Cook (Chartwells)

School: St Mary's

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Laura Paflin

Nursery Assistant

School: East Hoathly

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Liza Smith

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor/ Thrive Practitioner

School: East Hoathly

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Louise Sanders

Reception Teacher, Forest School Lead

School: St Mary's

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Maxime Dudeney

Reception Class Teacher

School: Chiddingly

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Michelle Neville

Teaching Assistant/ Midday

School: St Mary's

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Natalie Bews

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor

School: St Mary's

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Paul Dolton

PE Teacher

School: St Mary's

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Rachael Tufo

School Secretary

School: St Mary's

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Rolanda Weller

Nursery Assistant

School: East Hoathly

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Sally McGinty

SENCo

School: Chiddingly

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Sarah Benkel

Teaching Assistant

School: East Hoathly

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Sarah Lowry

Cook (Chartwells)

School: St Mary's

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Sarah Taylor

Individual Needs Assistant

School: Chiddingly

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Sian Leahy

Inclusion Manager, Thrive Lead

School: Chiddingly, St Mary's

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Sophie Levey

Inclusion Manager

School: East Hoathly

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Sue Parsons

School Business Manager & Bursar

School: St Mary's

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Sylvie Ockenden

Lead MDSA

School: Chiddingly

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Tracey Cleaver

Nursery Assistant

School: East Hoathly

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Wendy Burns

Teaching Assistant/ Midday Supervisor

School: East Hoathly

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Yvonna Yates

Learning Support Assistant

School: East Hoathly

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