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Find out about the staff and some of their favourite things


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Mrs Laura Barnes

Teacher in Mars Class

Favourite habitat: A boreal forest.
Favourite animal: A red fox. I love how they always seem to be smiling.
Favourite feeling: The warm sun on your face after a long, cold winter.

Mrs Samantha Green

Teacher Neptune Class
Favourite color: purple.
Favourite hobby: I love horse riding and have a horse called Liquorice.
Favourite film: Matilda.

Mrs Kate Burnett

teacher in Neptune Class

Favourite film: Star Wars

 Favourite pass time: walking my dog Ronald in the woods

Favourite activity : rock climbing

Miss Victoria Foley

TA Neptune Class

Miss Leanne Court

TA in Venus class

Favourite film: Home Alone 2 Lost In New York

Favourite food: Wagamama

Favourite holiday: Isle of Man TT races and exploring the lovely countryside out there on the back of a motor bike

Mrs Siân Jowett

TA in Neptune Class
Favourite thing to do: In my spare time I like to read or build Lego sets! Harry Potter books and Lego sets are my favourite!
Favourite animal: Elephants. They are incredibly intelligent and sensitive animals.
Favourite place: Anglesey in Wales. I have spent a lot of time in Anglesey. The windy walks along the beaches are the best.

Miss Hannah Cook

TA in Jupiter class
Hobbies: Spending time exploring the countryside with my horse
Favourite Holiday: Spending time in Wales with my family where I climbed Snowdon as well as going on the zip line through a quarry
Favourite Food: Wagamamas

Miss Deanna Brown

teacher in Venus class

Favourite hobbies – Travelling, scuba diving and cycling

Favourite food – My Dad’s roast dinner

Favourite animal – Sea turtles

Mrs Katie Vasu

TA in Jupiter class

Film: Any of the Harry Potter films. They remind me of the years they came out, of Christmas, and of the excitement that surrounded the release of each one. More importantly, they now keep my children quiet for almost 3 hours at a time.

Place: Anywhere by the sea. Preferably somewhere with white, sandy beaches, but Hythe will do.

Pastime: My favourite, and yet sometimes least favourite pastime is running. I love that it’s the one thing I do by myself, I enjoy the challenge, and it’s the one sport I have achieved something in, by finishing the 2015 London Marathon in 4 hours and 21 minutes. Just please don’t ask me to sprint….

Mr Andrew Stapley


Place: Rocky Mountains, Canada

Food: Thai

Quote: We all smile in the same language

Mrs Natasha Sparkes

TA in Mars class

Food: As a treat my favourite food is Ben & Jerrys ice cream! Anything with caramel in it. I have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Place: At the weekends when the weather is nice you’ll find me at the beach looking for shells and ‘treasure’ with my daughter. We love the sea and would like to live closer to it one day.

Pet: We have recently got 2 kittens – Monty and Rafferty – they are grey and very soft and cute and keep us on our toes at home. They follow us everywhere.

Mr Harry Nunn

Sports coach

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Mrs Rebecca Simmonds


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Miss Deborah Unsworth

Assistant headteacher, teacher in Jupiter Class

Favourite books: Thrillers and cook books

Hobbies: Riding my bike along the coast

Favourite movie: The Holiday

Favourite interests: Cars and football

Mrs Kerry Parry

office manager

Favourite hobby – currently knitting but anything creative!

Meal: Italian, especially gelato!

Book: crime/thrillers

Mrs Dawn Riggs

TA in Mars/Venus Class

Animal: Orangutan – we both have wild hair and are flexible.

Place: Borneo – a place of true wildness.

Quote: Life always gives you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow.

Ms Helen Cresswell

additional teacher

Film: The Time Machine (1960 film) (I would love to have a time machine and visit the near past 100 years ago / the future 100 years from now). The original version of HG Wells novel is by far the best.

Animal: Black cat (my black cat is called Felix).

Meal: Lasagna (any Italian food).

Mr James Connolly

specialist music teacher

Mr Colin Walker

Caretaker/Football coach

Favourite sport : football!

Favourite hobby: nature and walking my dog

Favourite film: any comedy film