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: Miss Mellor

I have come into teaching, having had a long-held interest in education.  In recent years I have worked closely with foster carers, including supporting them and the children they cared for with all issues around their education and learning.  When my own daughters were younger I was a parent-governor at their secondary school for four years.  They are now all young adults but I became a co-opted governor at an innovative and creative East Sussex primary school instead for another 3 years.  I knew the first moment I visited Pebsham that it was the school I wanted to work at; to be a part of the warm, welcoming environment, friendly staff and happy children that I saw on my visits.  I am delighted that it has more than lived up to this and it is a delight to teach in Year 5 here!  

Year 4: Mr Brown

I joined Pebsham Primary Academy in September 2017. I completed my NQT year in Kent, after studying BA (hons) Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have spent a few years in education working my way up from a midday supervisory assistant, through to being a teaching assistant to then completing my degree.
I have many interests; sport being a big interest of mine, I love spending time with my friends and family and cooking. I am also passionate about fostering a love for learning and hope I can do this for the children I teach. I am currently teaching Year 4 and I am the Physical Education Lead.

Year 3: Miss Walls-Bruck

In addition to being the Year 3 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: Mrs Brett

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: Mrs Small



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 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

In 2006 I became Pebsham’s lollipop lady, a role that I held for just over 5 years. It was then I decided I wanted to work with children. I became a volunteer/parent helper, and went on to complete an NVQ at Bexhill College.   In 2008 I was really lucky to be offered a position at Pebsham. The rest, as they say, is history!   This year I am working with a fantastic team in Year 2.  In my spare time you can usually find me spending time with my 3 daughters and granddaughter.

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.

Mrs Simpson

My daughter went to Pebsham and I started as a parent helper, I loved being a part of the school. I was fortunate to be offered the job of After School Club and Breakfast Club Assistant. I then went onto being an INA which was a very rewarding role and now I am a TA in Year 1. I love being with the children each day and being a part of their learning. 


After School Club

Karen Bassett:

I have always wanted to work with children, so when I left school I went to Hastings College and got my certificate in Childcare and Education. I then went on to get my NVQ Level 3 in Child Care. I have been working at Pebsham for a year now as a Breakfast and After School Club Assistant and also have recently been working in the School Office.


Clare Holman-Hobbs:

I began working with children when I started volunteering for Dragonflies, which aims to support children and families through bereavement. Dragonflies are affiliated with the Fellowship of St Nicholas, and it was through them that I obtained a Level 2 in Work with Parents. I have been an After School Club Assistant at Pebsham since September and also work as a Midday Supervisory Assistant at Little Common School. In my spare time, I aim to be the next JK Rowling and have a BA in Creative Writing!