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Mrs Helen LeRoy

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Mrs Helen LeRoy

Year 2 Teacher

I began my career as a Registered Nurse for people with learning disabilities. Having taken time out to raise a family, I decided that I wanted to move away from education. I worked at a pre-school initially and also volunteered as a Parent Governor. This then led me to becoming a Teaching Assistant at various schools in West Sussex (including 6 years at Estcots). I love the atmosphere and ethos at Estcots and it is an absolute priviledge to be surrounded by children and adults who are inquisitive and have a love for learning. I decided to take the plunge last year and head back to Uni to complete my PGCE in Primary Teaching. This was the toughest year of my life so far but now, having my own class, I would say it was totally worth it!

A Few Things About Me

I am a mother to 3 boys  who all attended Estcots. In my ‘spare'(!) time I love taking long walks with my husband and dog.  We holiday in the Lake District every year and aim to conquer a new peak on each visit. I try to keep active by running 3 times a week which helps to counteract the effect of my love for good food and wine! My biggest love is musical theatre and you can often hear me singing along to my favourites: Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.

 

 

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Mrs Catherine Harrop

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Mrs Catherine Harrop

Year 1 Teacher

I really enjoy working at Estcots I must do as I have been teaching here for  a staggering 16 years both full and part time!!

The school is a very special place to work and the children are always very  enthusiastic about their learning. There is never a dull moment!

A Few Things About Me

When I am not teaching I have two boys that keep me very busy. I love spending time with my family and friends, visiting as many places as I can, swimming and curling up with a good book.

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Mrs Kathryn Ellis

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Mrs Kathryn Ellis

Year 2 Teacher & Phase 1 Leader

I have been a teacher since 2006 and have worked all over the south east and London. I enjoy my job as much as I did when I first started to teach. Perhaps more now as the first day nerves have gone.

The best part of being a teacher is the wonderful children. Seeing their faces when the perseverance has paid off. The joy they feel when their piece of work, amazing thought or question is shared with the class. The children make the school the brilliant place it is.

The staff are a superb team but the children are the ones who makes us laugh, cry and want to be better teachers to help them progress. We are very lucky at Estcots to experience the wider curriculum. For our children to have experts teach them sport and art is amazing. Their spongy brains sucking up all the facts is a wonderful sight to see. It never gets tiresome.

A Few Things About Me

I have had the pleasure of being a pupil at Estcots, a member of staff and recently a parent too. The building and learning experiences are unrecognisable from when I was a pupil here and I very much enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. With corridors full of colour and noisy learning environments.

My family and I live locally and enjoy the beautiful countryside in and around East Grinstead, many a weekend spent in the Ashdown forest or walking along the worth way. Playing rugby and watching (a personal favourite hobby of mine) up at the club also a weekend pastime. We really enjoy being part of the local community.

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Mrs Sandra Paul

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Mrs Sandra Paul

Teaching Assistant

I have been at Estcots for over 15 years. Previously I ran a local pre-school and before that had a career in banking.

I am married with 2 grown up children who attended local schools. I really enjoy working with the children at Estcots and have had the privilege of watching some of them start as shy reception children, blossom into confident year 6 ‘s and now find that some of them are appearing as very personable young adults in their Saturday jobs in the town!

Being part of the dedicated and hard working Estcots team who always put the children first and enable this to happen is very rewarding.

A Few Things About Me

When not in school, I am a keen gardener, dressmaker, National Trust visitor and I also like to try out the “Bake Off” recipes with varying degrees of success!

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Mrs Camilla Bowers

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Mrs Camilla Bowers

Teaching Assistant

I have worked in the childcare industry for many years this includes Nursery work where I held a Senco position, pre – schools and school placements.
Before this I worked with adults who have learning difficulties.

Over the years I have gained much knowledge and qualifications such as NVQ level 3 in childcare and development, First Aid, Child protection and British Sign Language.

I have a keen passion to help children and young people to achieve their individual learning goals especially those with special educational needs. This has led me to many certificates In this field and continues to inspire me to learn much more.

A Few Things About Me

I love Estcots Golden and Learning words and believe learning and growing together is the way forward for all parents, pupils and staff and this makes me proud to be part of this school.

In my spare time I love nothing more than to spend time with my family. I enjoy keeping active and I’m lucky enough to have my own small holding, this and the animals ensures I am always busy rain or shine all year round.

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Mrs Hannah Lacey-Smith

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Mrs Hannah Lacey-Smith

Year 1 Teacher

From the age of 16 I have worked with children in different settings. These experiences led me to Canterbury Christ Church University to study Primary Education.

After getting my degree I started working at Estcots. I am now in my fifth year as a teacher at the school, where I have enjoyed working in Key Stage 1 and 2.

It has been a pleasure to watch the children at the school develop and grow in an environment that engages and supports their learning.

A Few Things About Me

In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and family, watching films and swimming. I love to explore new places, particularly those where the sun is shining and there is excellent food! I have also enjoyed skiing since I was at school and am looking forward to another trip soon.

A few months ago I moved into my new home which keeps me busy making home improvements and tending to the plants and flowers in the garden!

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Estcots Primary SchoolMrs Hannah Lacey-Smith