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Mrs Corrine Harrison-Gray

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Mrs Corrine Harrison-Gray

Learning Mentor & Breakfast Club

I have worked at Estcots for four years as a Learning Mentor and I honestly see myself as having the best job in the school!

My role is so varied that it seems to expand daily,  but the emotional and social progress of  Estcots pupils is my priority. Before this I worked in a local Secondary School and also as a HLTA at a Primary School.

A Few Things About Me

I’m married and have two gorgeous children, both at secondary school now- not sure how that happened to be honest. My time is taken up by my menagerie of animals which includes 3 dogs, a horse, Degus’s, a cat and a snake- basically my home is chaos! My daughter and I both ride and spend many many hours down the yard.

Weekends are spent at competitions- for my daughter not me, although I have threatened her that I may soon compete too. I also love going to the cinema,  reading, gardening and Archery, something I did as a child to county level and a pass time I love to do, although you wouldn’t think I had ever touched a bow before if you saw my efforts on the recent PGL trip.

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Mrs Michelle Bailey

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Mrs Michelle Bailey

Play Therapist

I have been very privileged to work with children for the past 25 years and gained experience in mainstream settings and in Special Education as an HLTA.

I recently challenged myself by going back to University to qualify as a Plat Therapist.This has been a huge achievement for me and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

I currently provide group and individual therapeutic interventions that provide benefits to children’s well-being.

Play therapy fosters imagination and creativity and encourages confidence and concentration. It aims to enable children to acknowledge their feelings in a constructive way and give them strategies for coping with the difficulties they may face.

I feel very privileged to work with such amazing children and thank them for letting me be part of their journey through their early life.

A Few Things About Me

Life out of school is always busy, mainly enjoyed by spending time with my family and friends. As a family we enjoy watching movies,  dog walks come rain or shine and fun days out.  We have recently moved house which has been a massive project but incredibly rewarding. if I ever get time to myself Art is my passion, nothing better than getting messy and creative.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing

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Mrs Lucy Howard

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Mrs Lucy Howard

SENCo & Deputy DSL

I am lucky enough to be in a role that I relish as SENCO at Estcots. It is a role that allows me to be able to work with children across the whole school and be involved with making sure the provision that they receive is tailored to their individual needs. Additionally, to this working with families to make sure children with SEND get holistic support, both in school and at home, is central to my approach as SENCO.  My role also allows me to support my colleagues here at Estcots to provide bespoke support for children with SEND in their class by accessing a range of in school resources and interventions and working closely with West Sussex to access the appropriate outside agency for each child.

I work alongside an amazing inclusion team including our learning mentor and play therapist who are able to offer a therapeutic approach to the provision our children with SEND receive.

A Few Things About Me

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My spare time is spent cooking, swimming, reading and crafting. Whilst I enjoy travelling, particularly to and around Denmark, my real love is being cosy at home. I love spending time outdoors and feel very lucky to live in this fantastic part of the country where there is so much to do on our doorstep. We  take full advantage of this as a family with long dog walks, bike rides, days out at the beach and trips up to London. 

As a family we love being outside and feel incredibly lucky to live in this fantastic part of the country where there is so much to do on our doorstep. We often spend weekends and evenings walking, going for bike rides, visiting national trust properties and open water swimming. We enjoy socialising with friends and family and enjoy days out, theatre trips and  eating out as a family.

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Estcots Primary SchoolMrs Lucy Howard