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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 Nikki Harris

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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 6 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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Mr Andy Dobson

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Mr Andy Dobson

Year 4 Teacher & Phase Leader

I’ve been teaching for 20 years in a variety of schools from Middle Schools with over 900 pupils to little village schools with only 3 classrooms in total.

I have been privileged to have worked at Estcots for 5 years as Phase Leader. I’m currently in Year 4. I love working with children of any age and children constantly surprise and delight me with their enthusiasm, imagination and maturity.
I lead Curriculum Development in the school, supporting our fantastic teams with their imaginative topics. My favourite topic has been ‘Colours of Africa’, a project that culminated in a really wonderful gallery of work and film at Chequermead.

This topic led me to travel to Tanzania to work with pupils there to make a film to share with pupils back at Estcots.

A Few Things About Me

When I’m not at work, I’m a keen traveller. Trekking in Borneo, overland travel through China and riding on the highest train in the world in Peru are just some of the adventures I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced in my summer holidays.

This year, my adventures have been much closer to home as I’ve become a dad for the first time!

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