The Pebsham Staff

Our Leadership Team

Headteacher: Mrs Martin

I have been the Headteacher at Pebsham for the last 3 years and am very proud to be a part of this rapidly improving school.  It is amazing to work with such dedicated staff, who support our school’s Vision and Values and want every child to succeed.  I have been in education for a number of years!  At University, I studied Primary Education specialising in Computing, Design Technology and Health Education.  Following that, I began teaching in Edmonton, North London in a large 3 form entry school.   I then moved to Hastings and taught in different schools, as class teacher and then as Deputy Head and for a period of time as Acting Head.  Finally, I was asked to support Pebsham during its conversion to become a TKAT Academy and I loved it so much – I stayed! 

Deputy Head: Mr Wood

I have taught for most of my career with Upper Key Stage 2 children, especially of Year 6, guiding hundreds of children through their final year. I taught in London schools before 'returning home' to Bexhill. I love all aspects of maths and number, and look for maths involved in all things everyday! In spare time I collect signed books, undertake Ballroom and Latin dancing and Cross Stitch.

Inclusion Leader: Mr Tippett

I started teaching in the last century after completing a Primary Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Bishop Grosseteste College [yes that really exists] in Lincoln. I have taught in Primary and Secondary schools and change from one to the other about every 10 years. I love working in schools because no two days are the same and it is an opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of young people and their families. I am particularly passionate about supporting children who are vulnerable in the education system and find learning difficult - being an Inclusion Leader is my perfect role and I am now in the best primary school too!


Our Teaching Staff:

Year 6: Mr Wood

I have taught for most of my career with Upper Key Stage 2 children, especially of Year 6, guiding hundreds of children through their final year. I taught in London schools before 'returning home' to Bexhill. I love all aspects of maths and number, and look for maths involved in all things everyday! In spare time I collect signed books, undertake Ballroom and Latin dancing and Cross Stitch.

Year 6: Mrs Wood

I studied Music and education at St Johns College in York and then taught in London for many years before relocating to Bexhill when my two sons were grown up.

Year 5: Mrs Claridge

 I am responsible for Reading provision in the school and across the curriculum. I started teaching at Pebsham after completing my teaching degree at the West Sussex Institute of Higher Education in 1991. Since then I have been fortunate enough to work with many wonderful teachers and pupils who have helped me enjoy my career.   I wanted to be a teacher from a very early age and worked hard to achieve my dream. Over the years I have not been disappointed and still love working with children. Children’s resilience, imagination and enthusiasm never cease to impress me and I feel privileged that I am able to share so many of their learning experiences with them.  Although not an avid reader as a child, preferring to climb trees and turn somersaults, I have since developed a true love of reading. In my role as Reading Leader, I am eager to introduce all of our children to the wealth of quality children’s literature available; to ensure they have the skills necessary to appreciate it; and to foster a deep love of reading in them which they can carry throughout their lives.  When I’m not working, I enjoy, swimming, walking, going to the theatre, reading and above all spending time with my family.

Year 5: Mrs Stiles

I can’t ever remember not wanting to be a teacher. I loved setting up schools for my dolls and began teaching in Sunday School when I was 12. I grew up in Essex and trained to be a teacher at Homerton College in Cambridge, where I spent 4 fantastic years. My first job was in a middle school in Lancing, West Sussex and then I taught at All Saints School in Hastings and St Peter and St Pauls School, Bexhill before leaving to bring up my 3 sons, all of whom attended Pebsham School themselves. I have been at Pebsham now for 7 years but my connection goes back over 20 years! I love taking the Year 5 children to Hindleap Warren and seeing them overcoming their fears and getting incredibly muddy! In my spare time I enjoy learning to ring church bells and singing in a choir. It’s a good experience to be a learner as well as a teacher.

Year 4: Miss Walls-Bruck

In addition to being the Year 4 teacher, I am also the Science lead teacher. I am extremely passionate about Science after completing an undergraduate degree in Ocean Science at Plymouth University.  I went on to train to be a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church University and qualified in 2010 to teach Key Stage 2 and Science at Key Stage 3. I hope to encourage children to be more enthusiastic towards making explorations through Science during theme weeks and clubs. If you haven't noticed, I am also a keen follower of Doctor Who and I was very excited to create our Time Travellers topic. Throughout the year, I hope to promote risk taking and the understanding that it is more than ok to make mistakes and it is one of the best ways to learn!     In my spare time I am currently studying British Sign Language. I also love spending time with my family and friends as well as cycling, taking trips on my little motorbike, watching MotoGP, crafts and spending time in the sea.

Year 2: Miss Rogers

As well as being the Year 2 teacher at Pebsham, I am also the Writing Leader. This is proving to be a very exciting opportunity. I am looking forward to inspiring the children to write by promoting visits from authors and theme weeks. I studied to become a teacher at Brighton University and completed my BA honours degree in Primary Education in 2011. I love teaching at Pebsham and believe that every child deserves to shine!

Year 1: Mr Coleman

I was born and raised in 'sunny' Bournemouth, brought up to love the sea and the beach. Due to this I have never ventured far from the south coast and went to the University of Brighton to study Sports Journalism. Being an avid fan of sport and following the fairy tale story of Bournemouth reaching the dizzy heights of the Premier League I have continued to write in my spare time. After working various jobs I then completed my PGCE at the end of the last academic year. It is a real pleasure to be part of Pebsham Primary Academy where I love teaching year 1 as the ideas, intelligence and imagination from the children makes me realise how lucky I am to be their teacher. 

EYFS: Miss Payne

I have always worked with young children. When I left school I attended Bexhill College where I qualified as a Nursery Nurse and became a Nanny, looking after two very young children. As part of my training I worked in many different settings and found that I thoroughly enjoyed working in a school environment so later I got a job as a TA. In this position I gained much experience working in all year groups, in many different roles and felt inspired to go on to do my teacher training. I attended Brighton University and studied Primary Education Studies whilst still working full time. I have been teaching in Foundation Stage for 10 years now and I still love working with this age group. When I am not at work I enjoy spending quality time with my own young family.

EYFS: Mrs Latter



Our Support Staff:

Mrs Barr

I first started at Pebsham in 2003 as a parent helper and then in 2007 worked as a Midday Supervisor.  In 2011 I started working in Year 6.  Although I have worked in all classes throughout the school I enjoy working in Year 6 helping the children to become more independent and ready to move to secondary school.   In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband and two children who both went to Pebsham and with my sisters and their children.

Mrs Willis

I have worked at Pebsham since 2004 in different roles across most of the year groups. Prior to this I worked at Glyne Gap special school for three years and a local pre-school nursery. I have always enjoyed working with children and the challenges and rewards that it brings. As a child and young adult I spent a lot of my time on stage dancing and have continued this interest through my job by running an after school dance club. I also enjoy going for walks, theatre trips, gardening and eating chocolate!

Mrs Miles

I joined Pebsham when my son was in Year 2, as a volunteer, when I left Barclays Bank 9 years ago. I trained at Bexhill College evening classes to get my NVQ. I have worked as a TA in many classes, and currently in Year 5 as and INA (individual needs assistant).  I have thoroughly enjoyed working here, the children definitely make each day a different one.

Mrs Lopez

I started at Pebsham  in 2003, I have progressed to a TA3 after achieving more qualifications and attending many courses. I work every morning in Breakfast Club a brilliant start to the day. I have a fantastic family and love spending time with them.

Mrs Horscroft 

I have been working in the school for ten years .I took a TA course at Bexhill College where I gained an NVQ which has enabled me to progress to a TA 3. I enjoy working with children and I'm currently working with year two. I like spending the weekends with my family and friends.

Mrs Slatcher

I always knew I wanted to work with children, I started as a lunchtime supervisor at Little Common School and quickly moved on to be a TA, I came to Pebsham in 2012 and have worked in both Key Stages, I have progressed to a TA3 and currently work in Year 1, I am enthusiastic and passionate about supporting the children of Pebsham.

Miss Ward

I have worked in Foundation for the past 12 years as a Teaching Assistant, I love the curriculum Learning through play, setting the foundation for every child to develop, grow, learn and shine in every thing they do. I also work in after school club, another role where we get to play, have fun and share what we have learnt each day. Outside of school I enjoy swimming and circuit training but most of all spending time with my family.

Mrs Lawrence

As my own children began to grow and move into education, I realised how I enjoy helping and encouraging children to learn and become independent. I volunteered at Pebsham and was fortunate enough to be offered a teaching assistant position. It wasn't long before I discovered that I enjoy working in Early Years within a fantastic team. Out of school I love spending time with my family, baking and often out and about.

Miss Whittaker

Miss Wittaker has been with us for the last few years and is currently working in Year1.

Mrs Carey

My current role is to offer Speech & Language interventions throughout the school. I also run the nurture class which is available to both key stages. When I left school I attended Hastings College and completed my BTEC Diploma followed by NVQ's levels 2 & 3. I then went on to study childhood and Early Years education with the Open University. I began my professional career in a nursery working up to the position of Deputy Manager. I then went on to work as a Community Nursery Nurse. Following this I have gained experience working in both mainstream and special needs schools. I have 2 wonderful children of my own who currently attend Pebsham Primary Academy.