Sheddingdean Community Primary School

Sheddingdean Community Primary School

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Ofsted 2016: Teachers value the contribution that pupils make to lessons. They use questions skilfully to engage pupils and encourage discussion.
Ofsted 2016: The entire staff team is committed to ensuring that the school is a happy place for pupils.
Ofsted 2016: The values of the school, ‘reflective, resourceful, reciprocal and resilient’, are well embedded in the school’s culture and regularly referred to in assemblies and lessons.
Ofsted 2016: In the Early Years, adults support children well by listening to responses and asking questions that extend thinking, using appropriate vocabulary to support learning.

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Team Sheddingdean

 

Meet The Staff

Yasmin Ashraf

Co-Headteacher

Hello and welcome to Sheddingdean! Our school is a diverse, vibrant learning community where expectations and standards are high. I am very proud to be the Co-Headteacher at Sheddingdean Primary School, its ethos and the strength of our school community.  I am lucky to work alongside a fantastic team of teachers, learning support assistants and support staff. I am immensely proud of all our achievements and the great progress our children make in terms of learning, creativity and their understanding of themselves and others. More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding one.

 

Catherine Gent

Co-Headteacher

Hello,  I joined the team here in January 2018, and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic group of people. The children at Sheddingdean are a credit to the school with their positive attitudes to learning and their excellent behaviour. I particularly enjoy seeing the caring and supportive way that the children look out for and support each other.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, and spending time with my family.

 

Sarah Watson

Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion

This is my first year at Sheddingdean and I am excited at being part of an incredible team who strive for the best for every member of the school community. I believe inclusion is at the heart of the Sheddingdean vision and am looking forward to supporting children and staff in their learning journeys from whatever starting points they are at. I have trained as a SENDCo at my previous school, taught year groups across the primary age (my last class being Year 3) during my career and led a number of curriculum areas from PSHE to IT. So I have lots of experience to share. My passion is for children to be happy and enjoy their learning so that they can make maximum progress and be ready for the next stage of their education journey.

Outside of school, my husband, son and daughter plus the two dogs take up most of my time but I do fit in a little yoga, some running and organising a Cub pack.

Julie Taylor

Class Teacher

Dee Islam

Class Teacher

'I am so excited to be joining the team at Sheddingdean this year, making the jump from Year 1 to Year 5. I am very much looking forward to working with the amazing team at Sheddingdean. My favourite subjects are definitely Maths, Science and History, especially anything about Ancient Rome!

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs. As well as this I am a very keen baker and love making cakes and cupcakes! You might also see me on top of a pyramid as a competitive cheerleader for Casablanca Cheer. 

Alan Ridgewell

Class Teacher 

I am pleased to be back at Sheddingdean and working in Year 4 this year. My favourite subjects are Maths, P.E. and History and I'm looking forward to learning abut these with the children. Outside of school I'll either be watching Crystal Palace or playing cricket for Scaynes Hill Cricket Club. 

 

Becky Laloux

Class Teacher

Teaching Early Years is definitely the best job in the school! Spending my day challenging children to develop new skills and watching them flourish makes every minute unique and so enjoyable.

This is my third year at Sheddingdean and the positive attitude of the children and enthusiasm of the staff makes it an exciting place to work.  Before joining the team, I managed a large local preschool. During my teaching career I have also taught across all age ranges in schools in South London and West Sussex. 

I live locally with my husband and 2 children.  When am not shuttling between ballet lessons and other clubs, I enjoy spending time with friends, traveling and reading if and when I get a chance. 

Bradley Coffey

Class Teacher 

I am very excited to be joining Team Sheddingdean this year and teaching the fabulous Ravens class. Both in and out of school I enjoy reading and can't wait to share my extensive collection of wonderful books with the children throughout the year. Including a signed copy of 'Pom Pom the Champion' by author Sophy Henn dedicated to my class!

Outside of school I enjoy drama and dance and can be found 'treading the boards' when I get the chance!

 

Jade Swain

Class Teacher

I am very happy to have joined Sheddingdean this year and I am loving teaching Swallows class. My favourite subjects are Science, Maths and History and I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for these subjects with the children throughout the year. 

When I am not at school, I can often be found taking part in various dance classes or watching a good series on Netflix. I also love to travel and visit new places. 

 

Nichola Hill

Class Teacher

This is my third year as part of Team Sheddingdean and I am back in Reception!  It is fantastic to work with a group of professionals who are so committed to the children in their care. It is a privilege to teach the youngest children in school and I can’t wait to get to know them.

I have always loved books and one of my reasons for becoming a teacher was to share this love with children. I particularly enjoy picture books. There is something magical about reading stories to children for the first time and their sense of anticipation, or reading a familiar book where they complete all the repeated refrains and know if you’ve missed a page!

This summer I spent some time in Australia and New Zealand and bought some new picture books to share. I am looking forward to reading one about a kiwi who needs a friend. 

 

Ann Stoneham 

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I've been a member of staff since April 2004. I have a 16 year old son and in my spare time/holidays, I love spending time in London visiting various attractions as well as musical theatre... this also includes some therapeutic shopping!!

Drissia Lachaal

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I am very happy and excited to be part of the Sheddingdean Team as an LSA, and as the French teacher leading one of the Enrichment Groups. I love working with children and sharing my knowledge with them. 

I enjoy cooking, discovering new places and meeting new people. When I am not working you will find me window shopping or in a park having fun with my daughter. 

Tracy Lang 

Learning Support Assistant

I have worked at Sheddingdean since 2009. I enjoy seeing the children make their way up through the year groups using their many skills gained from their learning.

In my spare time I enjoy camping with my family, anything Disney and visiting European cities.

Rebecca Johnston

Higher Level LSA

I have been teaching as a cover teacher at Sheddingdean for 8 years now and have taught right across the school so I am a very familiar face around the school with many 'hats' as I am a parent governor, too.

I have 3 children who have all attended Sheddingdean but now only have my youngest son still at the school.

 

Hayley Kelsey

Learning Support Assistant

I have been an LSA for five years now, and love it. I am currently working in Swallows class. I have also worked in Y2 and Y3.

I have 3 children, who all attended Sheddingdean, so I have been involved with school since 1995; and hope to be for many more years.

 

Paul Evento 

Learning Support Assistant

I am now into my tenth year of working at Sheddingdean and I am still as enthusiastic as ever.  This year I am based in 'Doves' class and run three football clubs after school club. In my spare time I walk my dogs and my weekends are taken up watching both my sons playing football for Hassocks FC and watching the best football team in the world...Brighton and Hove Albion!

 

 

Rupert Gaskell

Learning Support Assistant

I am really pleased to be part of the Sheddingdean teaching staff. I have had such a warm welcome from all the staff and the children and can’t wait toget to know them all better.

I’m an avid cyclist and love playing basketball. I am really passionate about travel and want to share this passion with the pupils and give them a fascination with the world.

 

Nadia Levi

Learning Support Assistant

I am so excited to be a part of the team at Sheddingdean as a Learning Support Assistant. I absolutely love working with the children and supporting them to be the best that they can be.

When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my husband, children and my little puppy Dotty. We particularly love baking, going on adventures and going to the cinema.

 

A Tahzib

Learning Support Assistant

Hello, I am very excited to be part of the team at the School. I really enjoy working with children and I am looking forward to seeing each child fulfil their potential and succeed in all subjects.

I have worked in Schools in various roles and in the community for many years. It has been wonderful to see how much the children have progressed already in their learning.

In my spare time I enjoy helping out with community projects.

 

E Homer

Learning Support Assistant

I have just joined the Sheddingdean family as a new Learning Support Assistant and I am so excited to be a part of such a lovely school!

I graduated from Durham University in June with a degree in psychology and am interested to see if I can use what I’ve learnt to help the children achieve their full potential!

During the holidays I work on a farm as I love animals and don’t mind getting my hands dirty.

 

Carol Thompson 

Forest School Leader and Intervention Teacher

I am very fortunate to be the Forest School Teacher at Sheddingdean Primary School.  I love being outside and sharing the woodland experiences with the children.  Outside of school I enjoy time with my family, which includes my husband, three children and my one year old dog, Nellie (see her profile above).  As a family we enjoy walking, playing and camping.  When I get time to myself I enjoy cycling with friends.

Linda Kumm

School Business Manager

I have been involved with Sheddingdean School since it was built in 1986 and worked here since 1988. My 3 children have all been pupils. I enjoy spending my spare time with my 2 granddaughters, watching Brighton & Hove Albion FC with my husband, cooking and DIY. In my younger days I completed the London to Brighton cycle ride 3 times!

Kylie Wicker

School Secretary

Hello, my name is Kylie and I am very honoured to be the new School Secretary for Sheddingdean Primary School. I am a proud mummy to two children, one of whom will be starting their school journey in September this year (time really does fly!).

I have worked in admin for over 11 years and within the travel sector for the last few years, so my knowledge is fairly varied! I am excited to have started my new career here and look forward to meeting you all in due course.

Joseph Jamieson

Premises Officer

Hello. I have really enjoyed being a part of the team at Sheddingdean since I joined in June 2017. I love how there is always something different to do, no day is ever the same.

When I'm not in school, I enjoy spending time with my son, photography, woodwork and being in nature.

 

Fiona Reeves

Midday Meal Supervisor

I love working with children and love playing games with them or sports. I am a hard-worker and value being on time and am independent and flexible.

 

Karen Stewart 

Midday Meal Supervisor

I have been working at Sheddingdean for several years and enjoy seeing the progression of the children through  the school.
I enjoy spending time with my family, researching family history and gardening.

 

Asma Shahin

Midday Meal Supervisor

I have been working at Sheddingdean since December 2015. I am a proud mother of three boys all of whom have experienced the excitement of attending this very primary school.

Creating new dishes at home is my specialty and the majority of my siblings and cousins live nearby so visiting them is easy and very convenient for sharing recipes. Also, taking the occasional stroll around our pleasant town proves to be very refreshing.
I am very happy to be working at the school my sons attended and always look forward to a new day looking after the pupils.

 

Katarina Brenner

Website Co-ordinator

I am very pleased to stay a part of this amazing team at Sheddingdean during my studies at the University of Brighton.  

Any little bit of free time I enjoy spending together with my two lovely children exploring life. You are most likely to find us out and about.

Nellie

School Dog 

I am Nellie and I am very pleased to be spending some of my time with the wonderful children of Sheddingdean Primary School.  I am a 'Poogle' (half Beagle=nosey and half poodle=doesn't malt). Since the summer term of 2016 I have been visiting the school for longer periods of time so that I can help support the children at the school.  This year I may listen to some readers, I may get to see some of the childrens' wonderful learning, I may get to show the children some of my tricks or I may just sit in on some lessons and enjoy watching the children learn.  Sometimes I will help children to feel better if they need cheering up for whatever reason.  Outside of school I enjoy sniffing everything and walks! I am looking forward to being the first Sheddingdean School dog.  Move over Albert! (translated from barks by Carol Thompson - Nellie's owner)

Find out more about me!

Nellie