Team Lanesend

Our staff are known as "Team Lanesend" and as a team we are all here to help every child develop their learning potential.

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Meet our team:

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Headteacher and Deputy - Premises - Lunch team and Kitchen team - Teachers - LSAs - Office team - Inclusion Team - Additional Teaching Staff - Music Tuition

Headteacher and Deputy


Caroline Sice

Headteacher
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I have been Headteacher here at Lanesend for nine years, previous to this I was Headteacher at another local school on the Island and before that I spent 10 years in schools in Kent. Teaching has always been my first passion although upon leaving school I moved to London, to Kent, to Hong Kong, back to England, with a bit of travelling in between, experiencing a range of jobs from secretary to teaching English
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Dave Cooper

Deputy Headteacher
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I arrived on the Isle of Wight 12 years ago after taking a year off travelling around the world. I spent one year at a local primary school before moving to the world’s greatest primary school Lanesend. My teachers instilled in me the belief that you should take risks, try anything once and experience as much as you can, that's why I went bungee jumping in New Zealand! When I was at school I got the opportunity to
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Premises


Darren Attrill

Site Manager
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Lunch team and kitchen team


Teachers


Tara Hopkinson

Early Years Foundation Stage Lead
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Unbelievably, this is my ninth year working in Reception at Lanesend Primary School; my first teaching post having completed my PGCE at Bath Spa University. Prior to this, I studied at the University of Southampton and gained my degree in English Language and Literature. I am Early Years Lead and a member of the Progression Team, with responsibility for Early Years and Transition, supporting children and their
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Tabitha Wren

Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher
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This is my second year as a teacher at Lanesend Primary School, where I was lucky enough to get my first teaching post in Reception. I studied in Bristol, obtaining a degree in Early Childhood Education, followed by a PGCE in Primary Education at the University of Brighton, where I specialised in Early Years and Key Stage 1. Early Years has always been an interest of mine, as I find it incredibly rewarding setting
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Jessica McQueen

Year R Teacher
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This is my fifth year teaching at Lanesend Primary School, where I was lucky enough to get my first teaching post. I have been fortunate to have taught in Year 2, Reception and now in Year 1. I studied at Winchester University and have fulfilled placements in a range of schools across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I was part of The University of Winchester Netball Team and I now play in the Isle of Wight Netball
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Maryann Price

Year 1 Teacher
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Since joining Lanesend Primary I have had the pleasure of working with so many lovely families.  I am currently teaching Year Two and I am thrilled to be part of such an amazing and unique team. Over the last fifteen years I have worked in four other Island schools as class teacher, teaching assistant and as a support for individual children.   I am a mother of two children and enjoy spending my
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Dawn Gilbert

Year 4 Teacher
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This is now my ninth year at Lanesend Primary and I feel very privileged to be working with such an amazing team, in an amazing school with amazing children. Prior to Lanesend I taught Year 5 in a Middle School which was a very interesting, challenging and exciting time for me and before this I was a teaching assistant where I was inspired and enthused by many amazing teachers that I worked with. I have taught
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Sylvie Poulton

Year 2 Teacher
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My path to a career in teaching has taken me all over the country on a route through lots of different jobs; my favourite role was managing a huge bookshop. I trained as a teacher over in Portsmouth at the same time as my now teenage daughter was starting school and we came back to the Island a few years ago. Teaching is definitely in my blood and guiding and nurturing children through their early years in school
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Katie Barton

Year 3 Teacher
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I am the passionate and lively teacher of Year 3, Hogsmeade class.Prior to Lanesend Primary, I travelled around Australia for 5 months before beginning my teacher training at Chichester University. During my degree I did 1-1 work for Brain Injury Services and before my degree I was a senior carer at a dementia home and an auxiliary nurse at St Marys hospital. Over the past 5 years I have worked with some incredible
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Graham Andre

Year 4 Teacher and Leader of Learning Year 3 & 4
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I have worked in Education for over two decades, with roles ranging from school cleaner and secretary to teaching assistant and most recently class teacher. After several years of indecision and fear of paperwork I finally bit the bullet, completing a part time degree in Education and Training Studies and became qualified through the GTP route. I have experience in teaching all year groups, from Reception to Year 6
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Georgia Dyer

Year 5 Teacher
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2015 – 2016 is my 23rd year as a teacher! Before starting at Lanesend in September 2010, I worked at a local primary school teaching a variety of subjects to the full age range of 9-13 year olds. When it was decided that middle schools were to close, I was lucky enough to get a job a Lanesend teaching the first year 5’s to stay in primary school.It was particularly special to me to begin working at Lanesend having
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Ruth Gangonells

Year 5 Teacher
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I am very lucky to have joined the Lanesend team this September as a PPA cover teacher in Years 1 & 2. I am not only new to this exciting school but also to the Isle of Wight as my family and I only arrived in August!Before this, we lived in beautiful Girona, in Catalonia, Spain where I taught in an English immersion school after having started my teaching career in a school in Kent.In my free time, I enjoy
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Laura Mayes

Year 6 Teacher
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This is now my second year at Lanesend. Before this I was working in Sandown and before that London. I have also been working in the same school as my sister, Miss Haynes, for almost five years, which has been very special. My favourite subject is Art, and before working in primary school I trained to be an art teacher at Goldsmiths University. I love getting messy and my classroom in generally full of PVA glue,
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LSAs


Nicky Domoney

Learning Support Assistant

I have worked at Lanesend Primary School for six years, during which time I have undertaken a range of varied and rewarding roles within the Inclusion and Family Support Team. In January 2016, I began a new role working as a Learning Support Assistant within the Early Years Team. I feel proud and privileged to be a part of ‘Team Lanesend’ and in keeping with the school ethos – I enjoy and ‘love learning’ with our
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Mandy Holbrook

Learning Support Assistant

I have been a member of Team Lanesend for five years. Prior to that I have spent many years in the early year sector and now currently working with the lovely Reception team.
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Hayley Gadsby

Learning Support Assistant

This is my fourth year being a part of ‘Team Lanesend’. I am currently working as an LSA in reception. My job is so rewarding and I love to watch the children blossom in their own unique ways, it’s such a special moment. Prior to working at Lanesend, I was a nanny and then a childminder for nine years. Throughout those years I have gained many childcare qualifications and have a great knowledge and understanding of
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Nikky Westmore

​Learning Support Assistant

I started working at Lanesend Primary School in September 2015 as a 1:1 Learning Support Assistant.I feel privileged and very proud to be working with such an amazing team of both staff and children.Working with children and helping them reach their full potential has always been my passion.My previous experience is within the Early Years where I worked for 9 years at a local playgroup.I became Deputy Manager in
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Jane Richmond

Early Years Teaching Assistant

Every day is a surprise. The spontaneity of children can be exciting, challenging, noisy, messy, fun and many other things, but never dull and always very rewarding. I love it when the children go that bit further and surprise themselves. I started here when my daughter was in year 1, she’s twenty six now so I’ll let you work out how long I’ve been lucky enough to spend my days with these amazing little people (the
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Kathryn Brett

Learning Support Assistant

I have been working and volunteering in Reception for just over a year now supporting children and staff. I feel very lucky to be part of such a wonderful community at Lanesend, and be not only supported, but also inspired by such an experienced and encouraging team.I feel privileged I have the opportunity to interact with such special and amazing children each and every day, I get to see them learn, grow and
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Charlotte Rothwell

Learning Support Assistant

I’m Charlotte Rothwell and I’m in my 3rd year working at Lanesend Primary. I’ve worked 2 years in year 1 and now this year I’m working in Reception. I love my job and the job satisfaction it brings with it. I love how we as a school are always going over and above for the children in the school.  My expertise lie in key stage 1 having had lots of experience as a child minder for 12 years previous to my job
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Rachel Clark

Learning Support Assistant

I spent many years hair dressing and eight years ago decided to have a complete career change and have never looked back. I am currently working in year 1 for the second year running. I qualified as a higher level teaching assistant earlier this year so I am lucky enough to actually teach on a occasion. I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs and love cooking. I am fortunate to do the gate every morning and
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Kelly Wheeler

Learning Support Assistant 

I have been here at Lanesend Primary since June 2016 as an LSA in Year 2. During my time here I have seen what the term 'school community' actually means. I have been welcomed by staff, children and parents which has made me feel part of the team.Before Lanesend I worked at another island primary school as a teaching assistant. I am a mother of 3 boys and enjoy spending time with them and my partner.
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Tracey Crews

​Learning Support Assistant

I am a LSA in Year 3. I have worked at Lanesend for 18 years and now work with children of the children I supported many years ago!Lanesend is a wonderful school to work at, I love seeing how the children grow and develop over their time here.I love in Cowes and have two grown up daughters who now live on the mainland. My eldest daughter is an artist and enjoys travelling the world; my youngest is a primary school
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Michelle Miller

​Learning Support Assistant

I have worked at Lanesend Primary for just over a year. I am currently working in Year 3 as a LSA and I love supporting them in their learning. Each day is different here, with exciting and challenging events for the children to participate in. Over the past year I have been very fortunate to watch their confident grow, as well as two of my own children who attend Lanesend Primary.Since starting at Lanesend I have
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Penny Mills

​Learning Support Assistant

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant at local primary schools for the past 17 years, and have recently joined the Lanesend team in April 2016, which I feel really pleased to be a part of.I really enjoy working in my role and being very arty. I am looking forward to sharing myskills with the children and staff.In my spare time, my favourite place to be is at the beach, walking, painting and spending time with my
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John Clark

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, my name is John Clark. I have been at Lanesend Primary for nearly three years. Before I came to this school, I spent eleven years in the prison service. Before that I worked for the Ministry of Defence. I have also served in the Army for nine years. The time spent in this school has been one of my happiest, this is mainly due to the staff and the amazing children that I get to work with everyday.
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Anna-Marie Wilson

​Learning Support Assistant

I am a very bubbly and enthusiastic Support Assistant. I have always wanted to work with children from my childhood. I love working in a school with children whilst watching them grow; listening to them share their ideas and seeing them progress in their learning.I have been working at Lanesend for almost 3 years and enjoy being with a team where we all work together to make the school and our community a better
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Simone Smith

Learning Support Assistant

I am 50 years old and have worked at Lanesend for 4 years, firstly as a MSA then I trained to become a LSA. I have 3 children aged 32, 30 and 11! My youngest attended Lanesend and I feel the school prepared her well for secondary school. I have two grand-daughters (and one honorary), one of which is in Year 1 at Lanesend. She has additional education needs and our AEN department is amazing at the things they do for
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Kat Norcutt

Learning Support Assistant

I came here 6 years ago after previously working at a local primary school.I started off in year 3 and worked my way through to year 6. This is my 3rd year in year 6 and even though there is always lots going on, it definitely brings the best out in me. I love supporting the children in their transition to secondary school and our residential to France is always a fantastic end to the year.Before working in a
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Office team


Carrie Almond

School Development Manager
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This is my 7th year here at Lanesend Primary and I love it. Everyday is different, from preparing the finances, setting up the new website, running the social media, to organising a visit from Shadow the dinosaur, no day is the same here in school and I wouldn't have it any other way. Previous to my role here at Lanesend I have had a range of jobs. For 5 years I was a Bank Manager, I have also worked in retail,
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Charli Reading

Admin Support to the Headteacher
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My main role is to provide admin support to the Headteacher. Alongside these duties I am also responsible for the weekly newsletter and the majority of all other letters that are sent to our families. I create the school prospectus each year, control the stock and ordering of our school uniform, input the assessment data and produce the Pupil Progress Reports. This will be my ninth year working with this amazing
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Inclusion Team


Vicki Thomas

Inclusion Officer
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I started working at Lanesend Primary School as Inclusion Officer in September 2013.  I love working with all of the children and their families, each day is filled with lots of fun, learning and happiness and I am pleased to be part of this amazing family. I have had a varied career, which began on the Isle of Wight as an entertainer for Haven Holidays in 1993.  Moving back to Kent, to become a lecturer
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Jessi Holmes

​AEN Apprentice
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This is my first year at Lanesend Primary I work in the AEN department and I am currently completing a Business Administration Apprenticeship. I love being part of such a wonderful team and every day is full of lots of fun, learning and laughter.In my spare time I do Irish dancing which I have done for almost 15 years. I teach the younger children and also take part in regular competitions myself. My biggest
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Chloe Johnson

Additional Educational Needs Assistant
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I started at Lanesend in 2012 and I couldn’t be happier in my role!My journey started at Lanesend by enrolling on a Business and Administration Apprenticeship for two years learning about Additional Educational Needs. Since then, my role has developed and grown and I now support the children emotionally, develop projects for the children and support them to find their full potential! During my time at Lanesend, I
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Hannah Holmes

​Family Support and Safeguarding Lead
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I started working at Lanesend in January 2016 within the Family Support Team and I am loving every minute! My job is never the same on any given day and this makes makes my work very interesting. I work with a huge variety of families and this is really rewarding. Children say the funniest things and every day I am walking around school with a big smile on my face. I am extremely proud to be able to support
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Andrea Flux

Family Liaison Officer
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I started working at Lanesend in January 2013 as the Family Liaison officer. My aim is to make a positive difference to children and their families every day. This includes promoting outstanding levels of attendance, sharing strategies and supporting wellbeing in our community. I support the School’s anti bullying ambassadors and organise events in school through LEAF with our parents.  Before joining
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Louisa Burt

Family Support Assistant

I started working at Lanesend Primary school in June 2016 as an apprentice in the Family Support Team and I have loved every minute since joining team Lanesend. My job role as Family Support Assistant allows me to work in a crazy, fun filled office with Andrea and Hannah where I provide admin support.I am lucky enough to work with our Pupil Council and Anti-bullying Ambassadors on different projects to make
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Additional Teaching Staff


Music Tuition