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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Nicki Napier

Assistant Head

 



I am very happy to have recently joined Team Lanesend as the new Assistant Head Teacher! Before starting at this amazing school, I was working in Slough in a 8 form entry school. I was responsible for looking children who needed a bit more help as well as working with the LSAs. I have been teaching since 2008 and have taught in most year groups. My favourite subject to teach is English as I love creating
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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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Jessica McQueen

Early Years Foundation Stage 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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Gemma Hinkley

Early Years Foundation Stage Teacher
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This is my first year at Lanesend Primary and I feel very lucky to have been given the opportunity to join such a friendly and unique team. Before joining Lanesend I worked for 16 years at another island primary school.Since the age of five I was determined I wanted to be a teacher and 17 years later here I am doing my dream job and loving every day. I completed my teaching degree at St Mark and St John’s in
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Tabitha Wren

Year 1 Teacher
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I have been a member of Lanesend Primary School for six years where I was lucky enough to join the team as a Newly Qualified Teacher.  I am currently teaching in Year One after having the exciting opportunity to travel up with the 2018-19 cohort from Reception and join them on their learning journey at Lanesend for another year. My teacher training took place in Bristol, where I studied a degree in Early
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Tayler Skinner

Year 1 Teacher

I am excited to now be a part of the Lanesend family in my first year of teaching after completing my PGCE with schools direct through Winchester University. I am currently teaching year one, and the class of Clouds Hill. I have a background degree in Theatre Design, where I specialised in children’s theatre, which I studied at Nottingham Trent University. I have a passion for creativity and like to add that
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Lucy Wyld

Year 1 Teacher
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I am a year 3 teacher, in my second year of teaching, loving the variety and excitement that the role brings everyday. At university, I completed my degree in History and this is still one of my favourite subjects to teach, encouraging the children to investigate and question. I really enjoy the variety that our whole school topics offer, and love planning and teaching the curriculum through
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Maryann Price

Year 2 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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Katie Lewis

Year 2 Teacher
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I feel very lucky to be a member of Team Lanesend and have been part of the school for about eight years now.When I left school I trained to be a teacher and once I had qualified I worked at an infant school in Northamptonshire. Living away from the Island was fun, but having been spoilt with a childhood of sunshine, walks and beaches we decided to return. Moving back after ten years away was exciting! I
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Sally Coppen

Year 2 Teacher
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I am a teacher in Year 1 Gruffalo Class where we love learning and have lots of fun. When I started teaching it was teaching Science in a High School to students up to eighteen years old but I have also taught in Reception and all Primary year groups. I love learning new things and being with the wonderful children.  
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Ruth Gangonells

Year 4 Teacher
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I was very lucky to have joined the Lanesend team in September 2016 as a PPA cover teacher in Years 1 & 2. I then covered a maternity leave in Year 5 and I haven't left since.Before this, my family and I 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 being
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Jeremy Robinson

Teacher

Teaching is my second career after spending more than 20 years in the manufacturing and charity sectors. Although this is my first year at Lanesend, I have been connected to the school for more than 4 years as a parent, volunteer and trustee. It seemed natural therefore to apply for a job here after my teacher training and become a fully-fledged member of Team Lanesend! I am passionate about the outdoors and sports
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Dan Owen

Teacher

I am delighted to have joined the team at Lanesend and feel very fortunate to be able to work with all the fantastic children, families and adults in the school.   Before qualifying as a teacher, I travelled, lived and worked in several countries around the world. I taught English in schools below the slopes of Mount Fuji in Japan; worked at an international school in one of the most hazardous cities in the
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Shelly Bailey

Year 4 Teacher



This is my first year teaching at Lanesend Primary and I feel really lucky to have joined such an amazing team. I have worked in education for nearly 20 years, working in pre-schools, holiday clubs, and working as a TA in several schools before completing my teacher training. Over my 10 year teaching career I have taught in Early Years, Year 1, 2 and 3 and I am currently really enjoying teaching Year 4! Although I
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Graham Andre

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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Lizzie Westbrook

Year 3 Teacher
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I am in my fifth year of working in year 3 since joining Lanesend. I have responsibility  for PE and sport across the school. We have some amazing sports people in our school which also helps my love of winning!Out of school I play for Gurnard netball club with my sister Karen. I also have a Shetland pony called Dave who my nieces love to to ride and take for walks! He even came into school for show and tell
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Vanessa Weightman

Teacher

I am excited to now be a part of the Lanesend family in my first year of teaching after completing my PGCE. I have been very fortunate in my life to have travelled and worked across the world following my passion of dance and sharing this with others. I trained on a professional BA dance course at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona before jetting off to work in Greece. Once completing my contract I travelled to
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Elisa Jones

Year 5 Teacher
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I am Miss Jones, I am the teacher for Mary Poppins class, in year five. This is my first year as a ‘real teacher’ and I am loving every minute. My class are gorgeous, and luckily, are on board with my passion of all of things theatre. I have been a member of the Wight Strollers and have been since I was 5, I have been on their committee for almost two years a lead the carnival side of things too.
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Sam Read

Year 6 Teacher
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‘I joined Team Lanesend in September 2017 after working through all 3 tiers of education over the last 12 years. Initially I taught at Solent Middle School and then after 3 enjoyable years I moved to Cowes High School. During this time I taught a range of year groups and subjects, but my particularly specialism is in Geography. During this time I became Head of Year 7, working with children and families to support
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Becky Brailsford

Year 6 Teacher
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Although I am new to Team Lanesend, I have been teaching for over 20 years.  Initially I taught on the mainland, in a junior school in Glastonbury.  After nine years there I moved to the island and have since taught in a middle school and two primary schools before arriving here in September.  During my career I have taught across the whole of Key Stage 2 and also in Years 7 and 8 (though I much
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Georgia Dyer

Year 6 Teacher

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2019-2020 is my tenth year at Lanesend. I first joined the team in 2010 when we were still known as Love Lane. Having been a pupil at Love Lane myself it truly felt like ‘coming home’ and it has been great to see the school evolve and grow so incredibly during my time here.   Before I joined Lanesend, I worked at Sandham Middle School for sixteen years. It was during this time that I really developed a love
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Sylvie Poulton

Year 1 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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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 Assistant
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I work in the AEN department and I am have completed 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 achievement was 4th place at the Irish Dance
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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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Maddie Dyer

Family Support Apprentice

 I have recently joined the team, however have been a familiar face for a few years now. I have volunteered to help with the schools JRock over previous years and have now joined the team as a Family Support Apprentice doing a business administration course. I enjoy working closely with families and supporting the children as best as I can. I like how varied my job is and love being a part of team Lanesend.
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LSAs


Emily Fallick

Learning Support Assistant.

After studying youth work at university and then working as a youth worker for 3 years, I decided to have a change and went abroad to teach English as a second language. After 1 year in Asia and 3 years in Spain, I decided it was time to come back home to the IOW. I started working at Lanesend in June 2019 and am really enjoying being here. This year I am working in year 4 and year 6 as well a few days after school in The Den.




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Charlotte Clare

Learning Support Assistant

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At university I studied English Language and Linguistics; at that point I didn’t have a grand plan but knew I absolutely wanted to keep learning, the English language is a real passion of mine. I then worked for a long time as an administrator and it wasn’t until I had my own daughter that I realised I wanted a change of career. How could I encourage my daughter to follow her passion if I wasn’t doing it myself?! I
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Natasha Mumford

Learning Support Assistant

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Hello, my name is Natasha. I have worked at Lanesend Primary since April 2019. I am currently working in year four as a LSA supporting children from across the year in various activities. I moved to the Isle of Wight when I was three years old. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and my two border collies Roxy and Bailey. I have always wanted to work in a school and I am very pleased to be apart of team Lanesend. 



Hello, my name is Natasha. I have worked at Lanesend Primary since April 2019. I am currently working in year four as a LSA supporting children from across the year in various activities. I moved to the Isle of Wight when I was three years old. Outside of school I love to spend time with my family and my two border collies Roxy and Bailey. I have always wanted to work in a school and I am very pleased to be apart
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Lucy Reeves

Learning Support Assistant

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Amanda Holbrook

Learning Support Assistant
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Angie Jennings

Learning Support Assistant
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April Downie

 



Learning Support Assistantemail me hereHi I'm April, I joined team Lanesend in January 2018 as a Learning support assistant in year 6, having volunteered for some time before then. I can honestly say it has been an amazing experience. I have been made to feel so welcome, like part of a big family.Working with children is something I have always wanted to do and after sending my son here, I knew that it was the
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Bonnie McBride

Learning Support Assistant
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Cariad Downer

Trainee Play Therapist and Learning Support Assistant
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I started my teaching journey in 2001, specialising in Early years. I worked for two years in a 3 form entry Primary School in London. I then taught in an International School in Gran Canaria and experienced a different type of education. In 2005, I returned to the Island and started working at Shanklin C of E. I became Head of Early years and then undertook leadership courses including NPQH. I was then appointed
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Emma Crawley

Learning Support Assistant
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I joined the Lanesend Family last year as an MSA. It was then I realised that I loved working with children and when an LSA position came up I was lucky enough to get the job. I now work with the year 5 team.




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Emma Gallagher

Learning Support Assistant
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My name is Emma Gallagher, this is my third year at Lanesend, I am very lucky to be part of such an amazing team. Prior to Lanesend I worked at Preschool for 14 years which I enjoyed very much but felt it was time to move up in age group, a decision I most certainly do not regret. I am a mum to two amazing children and spend my weekends at the side line cheering on my son, rain or shine.
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Georgia Caws

Learning Support Assistant
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Jackie Thornett

Learning Support Assistant
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After working as an LSA and HLTA in a mainland school for 20 years, I moved to the island nearly 3 years ago and I was delighted when Lanesend offered me a job. I have worked mainly with year 2's but I do step now and again into other year groups.I have a passion for art and enjoy nothing more than getting covered in paint and glue. I can be found painting faces at the school fete's and JRock.In my free time, I
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Louise Stone

Learning Support Assistant

I joined Lanesend in November 2018 and love being part of Year 2. I am currently studying a Level 3 Diploma in Learning Support and Teaching Assistant and I have a degree in Psychology.
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Nicky Domoney

Learning Support Assistant
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This is my tenth year working at Lanesend Primary School. During this time I have undertaken a range of varied and rewarding roles, initially working within the Additional Educational Need and Family Support Teams and then in January 2016, I began a new role working within the Early Years Team and in 2018 was awarded HLTA status whilst continuing to work within the Early Years Team. I feel proud and privileged to
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Ruth McDonough

Learning Support Assistant
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Vonnie Jupe

Learning Support Assistant
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Leanne Hyde

Learning Support Assistant

I have recently joined the Lanesend team as an LSA in reception. I feel really pleased to be part of an amazing team. I have lived on the Island all my life and spent my early adult years travelling around America. I now have two teenage boys so I spend most of my time on a football pitch as a football mum. I'm looking forward to learning with the children, everyday has been different and I'm excited for
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Mai Trang

Learning Support Assistant

I am an LSA in year 4. Supporting and learning with children is always my passion. Both academic and social skills are essential for child development, which can be approached in various ways of teaching and learning. I am positive about every aspect of life, therefore I encourage children to walk out of their comfort zone and widen their knowledge by exploring each day. At my leisure time I love reading, cooking,
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Gemma Mackinnon

Learning Support Assistant

I joined Lanesend Primary School in September 2018, I am currently working in Year 4 as an LSA.  I absolutely love my job being able to watch the children learn and grow in confidence, and being part of a wonderful team.I have two children who also attend Lanesend and I couldn’t wish for a nicer place for them to learn and make friends.I am very fortunate to have moved to the Island 11 years ago from Kent
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Hayley Gadsby

Learning Support Assistant

This is my fifth 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

Learning Support 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 thirty 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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Lisa Cooper

Learning Support Assistant
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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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Maria Revert-West

Learning Support Assistant
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I have worked at Lanesend Primary School since September 2017.  I am currently working as a Learning Support Assistant in year Six. During my own years at school, my ambition was to work in a primary school. However, I decided to take on different challenges on my career path and enjoyed being a full time mother too.  My love of working with children shone through therefore I felt It was time to get
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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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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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Nat Finch

Learning Support Assistant
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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

This is my 9th year at Lanesend. I have had many years working in Year 6 but this year I have moved down to Year 2 which is a big change but a great experience. During my time at Lanesend I have completed my Higher Level Teaching Assistant course which means I have the pleasure of whole class teaching now and again. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, going for walks, to the cinema and out
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Office team


Sarah Poulton-Williams

School Development Manager (Maternity Cover)

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Amber Maidment

Admin Assistant

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I started at Lanesend since the beginning of 2019 as an Admin Assistant. My main roles include the website, social media and mostly creative tasks! My background is in fashion. I did my degree at Arts University Bournemouth, graduating in 2016 with a first class honours and my collection on the catwalk at Graduate Fashion Week. I am so passionate about the creative industries and I hope that I bring a lot of my
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Cloe Denham

Admin Assistant
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Gemma Thomas

Admin Assistant
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Jo Munt

Admin Assistant Apprentice
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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, arrange school trips and activities, input the assessment data and produce the Pupil Progress Reports. This will be
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Premises


Claire Phillips

Cleaner


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Janet Hawkewell

Cleaner


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Mark O'Halloran

Caretaker/Maintenance


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Lisa Donkersley

Cleaner


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Darren Attrill

Site Manager
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Zoe Burge

Cleaner
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Nikki Baker

Cleaner
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Ellen Proctor

Cleaner
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Lunch team and kitchen team


Rachel Herd

Mid Day Supervisor


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Ellen Proctor

Mid Day Supervisor


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Samantha Parris

Mid-Day Supervisor
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Zoe Burge

Mid-day Supervisor
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Sam Ironman

Mid-day Supervisor
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Tracey Attrill

Mid-day Supervisor
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Rachel Clark

Mid-day Supervisor
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Leanne Gould

Mid-day Supervisor
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Lisa Donkersley

Mid-day Supervisor
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Susan Hustler

Mid-day Supervisor
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