The Pebsham Staff

Our Leadership Team

Headteacher: Mrs Martin

I have been the Headteacher at Pebsham for the last 5 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 joined the Pebsham team in 2013, with the responsibility for mathematics and Key Stage 2. It has been a pleasure to work with the children of the school each and every year since. In 2015 the position of Deputy Head became vacant and I did not think twice about having the opportunity to become even more involved with the direction and history of such a great school. Alongside the maths I am responsible for the wider curriculum and especially with our beach learning; which is an integral part of the school vision. With groups of children learning on the beach, it's not like a 'normal' job and I love impacting on the lives of so many.

Inclusion Leader: Mrs Clement

After working in London until the birth of my two daughters, I began my career in Education as a Teaching Assistant until achieving a BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Brighton University. I have traditionally been an upper Key Stage 2 teacher until I became SENCo/Assistant Head at a mainstream school and Nursery with a specialist resourced provision for physically disabled and medical needs children in Tunbridge Wells. I then moved to Sutton Valence as their Inclusion Leader and then Deputy Head.

Inclusion is my passion and I am so pleased to return to this as Inclusion Leader at Pebsham Primary Academy. I love my role which is made all the more enjoyable with passionate, dedicated staff and happy, hard-working and polite children. I hope to focus on the whole school's well-being and believe mental health is such an important part of daily life. I keep many animals and would love the school to have some furry or feathered friends!

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 gained my BA (Hons) in History with Religious Studies, in Chichester, West Sussex before completing a PGCE to enable me teach children across the Middle School age range. 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 Reilly

I have taught for a number of years at different schools in East Sussex.  At University, I studied Communication, Language and Writing Development as well as Education. I specialised in teaching the younger age group but find that I am more suited to teaching older children in Key Stage 2 – this has helped me with understanding the progress children make. I have taught every age group from Nursery to Year 6.   After I qualified in North Wales, I moved down to Hastings where I had my family.  In my spare time I love to go walking with my three badly behaved Jack Russell Terriers!

Year 4: Miss Harris

I started a teaching degree over thirty years ago, but switched to Law & History.  Leaving the idea of teaching behind, I headed off into what can only be called a rich tapestry of life experience, but it is funny how life sometimes reveals it has a plan.

I moved on to a narrowboat in Oxford in my twenties and loved it so much that I stayed for fifteen years.  

In my thirties I travelled to India extensively and became a mother for the first time.  Both of which changed my life.  My love of history, art, architecture and the Indian cultural richness are passions of mine.  I also started to develop my artistic skills and have taken part in many exhibitions selling my work over the last twenty years.

It was only after returning from a trip to India with my children, when I was asked to talk to my son’s Year 4 class about our experiences, that I heard the call of teaching again.  Despite running a successful business, I felt compelled to volunteer in his class.  Before I knew it, I was working as a TA3.  During this time, I qualified as a Forest School Leader and I love to encourage children to build their self-esteem by trying challenging activities and watching them grow in confidence.

After seven years, I decided to take a PGCE, where I gained MA Credits for my research and here I am now working at Pebsham School as an NQT.  It is wonderful to be working in such a lovely spacious new classroom.  I was attracted by the Beach School and I absolutely love heading down to the beach with my class, taking the opportunity to extend our learning.  We have created cave paintings on the rocks, performed yoga in the sand, re-enacted the Roman Invasion by Julius Caesar facing angry Celts and practiced our spelling with stones.  I am sure as the weather gets warmer there will be no stopping us.  After all, the outdoor environment is the best teacher of all!  If only we had a forest too... 

Year 3: 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. ng, taking trips on my little motorbike, watching MotoGP, crafts and spending time in the sea.

Year 2: Miss Manlow

After completing my BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, I acquired my first teaching post at the International French School of Kathmandu, Nepal. There I taught children aged 5-7 the French curriculum, in English, for five months. It was fascinating to see the workings of a different curriculum and also to be immersed within such an amazing country and culture.

I have since taught children from reception to Year two and in September 2018 I was thrilled to become a part of the Pebsham Academy team and everything their curriculum has to offer. I enjoy allowing children to become as independent as possible through enquiry-based learning and I very much look forward to creating some exciting learning experiences on the beach! After all, the best learning happens when we are happy and relaxed – and what better place is there for this than the seaside right on our doorstep?

Year 1: 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 1 and I am the Physical Education Lead.

EYFS: Mrs Small

I have been teaching for a number of years and have worked in different schools in different year groups in Hastings. I studied to become a teacher at Roehampton University and completed my BA (hon) degree in Primary Education specialising in early childhood in 2009.I feel I am very lucky to be working with some great children and staff at Pebsham Primary School. 

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 three. 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 2, 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. 

Mrs 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.