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Mrs Emma Richards

by Helen Farren on September 6, 2017 Comments Off on Mrs Emma Richards

Mrs Emma Richards

Year 6 teacher

I joined Estcots after completing my teaching degree at Brighton University, and since being here have worked both as a cover supervisor and a class teacher. My year as a cover supervisor saw me teaching all classes in the school, sometimes several different ones over the course of a day! It was a fantastic way to get a feel for the school, and work alongside all the children and teachers. Although it was a difficult job, it had many rewards, and after a year I felt truly at home in Estcots. Since then, I have previously been based in Year 5 and have really loved having a class to myself for a full academic year. I’ve been lucky to work with so many talented staff as part of Phase 3, and we have certainly challenged ourselves and our classes with some fantastic events and activities- the fashion show and African exhibition being two that particularly stand out!

A Few Things About Me

In my spare time, I enjoy eating out and planning new adventures. I caught the travelling bug during my gap year, when I visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and America. I saw some amazing sights, and even managed to squeeze in the world’s third highest bungee jump and a 12,000ft skydive.

My love of visiting new places has continued- although it is now often to less far-flung places, and more often involves a suitcase in place of my backpack.

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Mrs Megan Meek

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Mrs Megan Meek

Teaching Assistant

I have been at Estcots for around 10 years, predominantly part time, but in September 2015 I became a full time TA and have loved every minute.  I love working and interacting with the children and am continually amazed at how much they absorb each day, how they care for their peers and when they have a “lightbulb” moment it is always a great sight.

No two days are ever the same working as a TA in a school!

A Few Things About Me

Away from school I can be found either at the gym, pool or baking cakes – hence the need for the gym!  I am married and we have two children, one currently at university the other studying for A Levels and so are still able to enjoy family time together although slightly less frequently.  We can’t forget the rabbits which are ‘on loan to us’ during the university term time and our two cats.

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Miss Madison Pitman

by Estcots Primary School on October 31, 2016 Comments Off on Miss Madison Pitman

Miss Madison Pitman

Year 5 Teacher

I am so excited to have recently joined the Estcots team and to be working alongside such wonderful and experienced teachers. I carried out my teacher training at Brighton University specialising in English. I have always had a natural affinity for working with children and supporting them to develop academically and holistically as unique, creative individuals.

A Few Things About Me

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Mrs Jill Howson

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Mrs Jill Howson

Teaching Assistant

I have been involved with Estcots ever since my son started in Reception 25 years ago! I joined the staff as a Teaching Assistant (and later as HLTA) in 1996 and have worked with all year groups although spent most of my time in KS2.

I enjoy seeing the older children grow and develop into the young people that leave us to go on to new pastures at secondary school.

Part of this process is the residential trip to the Isle of Wight which is marvellous at building children’s confidence, resilience and team-spirit combined with a great deal of fun!

A Few Things About Me

I consider myself to be a fairly active person, regularly playing badminton, swimming and walking, and my birthday presents often include some more extreme activities such as sky-diving, gliding, paragliding, ballooning and zip-wiring.

I love to travel to new destinations and am lucky to have visited many places in the world but there are so many more still on the list!

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Mrs Nikki Harris

by Estcots Primary School on October 31, 2016 Comments Off on Mrs Nikki Harris

Mrs Nikki Harris

Teaching Assistant

I started working at Estcots after my eldest son started in reception and I had been coming into school to read with children and help on school trips and when asked to support in activities.

I have always worked in Key Stage 2 Phase 3 and I really enjoy working with children in all subjects.

A Few Things About Me

I have 2 children and enjoy going out as a family and always look forward to our annual holiday.

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Mrs Jennifer Willis

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Mrs Jennifer Willis

Year 5 Teacher

When I was at school I always knew that I wanted to work in science or with children.  As it turned out the science came first and, following a degree in Biochemistry, I spent the next 15 years working as a cell biologist in the pharmaceutical industry.

However, my desire to work with children never went away and 3 years ago I decided to take the plunge and go back to university to do a PGCE in Primary Education.  Being a mature student wasn’t easy, particularly as I am also a busy mum, but I enjoyed the course and was sure that I had made the right decision.  That feeling was strengthened when I visited Estcots and I was delighted to join the staff and children as a newly qualified teacher in 2014.

Two years on, it feels like I’ve always been here!  I am now looking forward to using my background to help to lead the science curriculum and ensure that it continues to be engaging and inspiring for the children.

A Few Things About Me

In my personal life, I enjoy swimming and cycling with my family.

My husband and I are qualified scuba divers and, although the diving has been put on hold whilst our son is so young, we can’t wait to get back into it when he is old enough to join us!

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Mrs Sarah Brown

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Mrs Sarah Brown

Year 6 Teacher & Maths Leader

I joined Estcots Primary School in 1998 when I moved down to West Sussex from Yorkshire having completed my first year of teaching at a school in Hull.

I qualified as a teacher after completing a degree at Durham University. I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher from a very young age when I used to play schools (making my sister be my pupil!). I have always been fascinated by the joy of learning and have thoroughly enjoyed all of my many years at Estcots trying to provide the best start in life for pupils at our school.

Helping children to learn, understand, question and enjoy the world makes my job thoroughly worthwhile.

A Few Things About Me

Personally, I enjoy keeping fit through playing netball in our local East Grinstead league (with Miss Chad) and badminton (with Mrs Howson). I am also a parent at school as my children both attend and love Estcots.

I enjoy travelling – although have not done nearly enough (I have yet to leave Europe, so this is something that I will have to address!). As a way to relax, I like nothing better than a cosy night in with the TV and my family or a trip to the cinema with a friend. I can play the flute and love singing.

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Mrs Ruth Gray

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Mrs Ruth Gray

Year 6 Teacher & Phase 3 Leader

I completed a four-year BA Primary Education degree at Chichester University in 2002, having decided to train as a teacher after a long career in social work. My degree in English with Education has supported me in developing a passion for the teaching of English to young children.

Prior to moving to Estcots school I worked for eleven years as a class teacher and leader at a school in Crawley. I believe passionately in a personalised education for every child, I have a holistic approach to working with children and always aim to meet individual needs. This includes building self-esteem and teaching children to value learning. I love working here at Estcots and coming into school each morning is a pleasure.

A Few Things About Me

I live in Burgess Hill will my husband Steve and two of my four adult children. I have a large extended family and my favourite part of the week, apart of course from being in school, is our regular family breakfast on a Saturday morning!

I swim several mornings a week and go to an evening yoga class.

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