Catherine Higley
Headteacher

Responsibilities: Headteacher, member of Strategic Board for NDTSA Qualifications: BEd (Early Years Education) Brighton University, NPQH Guildford University Experience: Prior to my employment at East-the-Water I was Headteacher of a large city school judged outstanding by Ofsted. I have led a range of schools securing rapid and sustained improvement. I have been deployed by the local authority as Executive Headteacher to implement a managed partnership with a rural school. As an early years specialist I have established two new early year settings both judged as outstanding by Ofsted. I support local PVIs to develop a leadership structure within their setting. During 2015 I led an early years leadership project for NDTSA as part of Everton Teaching School’s national project.

 

Adam Buckeridge
Deputy Head

Responsibilities: Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for assessment and raising standards, I am an Initial Teacher Training Specialist Leader of Education for NDTSA, School Direct Leader for NDTSA. I am also a school governor, member of Plymouth University ITT strategic board and a member of NDTSA strategic board. Qualifications: BA Business and Marketing Westminster University, PGCE GTP Middlesex University Experience: I am responsible for ensuring staff produce reliable and purposeful data. I initiate opportunities which enable staff to develop their leadership skills through teamwork and projects. I was also deployed for one year to support and coach a newly appointed head of teaching and learning as part of a managed partnership.

 

Deana Smith
Senior Leader SENDCo

Responsibilities: Member of senior leadership team with responsibility for Special Educational Needs Qualifications: BA Social policy and history Newcastle upon Tyne University, PGCE completed at De Montford University, SENCo qualification Experience: I lead a large team of specialised support staff ensuring needs of all pupils are met. I specialise in language and communication, autism and challenging behaviour. I have been deployed to support SENCos in the local community including a managed partnership school. I am an accredited trainer with experience leading the Improved Teacher Programme.

 

Clare Jackson
Senior Leader

Responsibilities: Member of senior leadership team with responsibility for leading school improvement and curriculum development, Literacy Specialist Leader of Education (NDTSA) Qualifications: BA German Leeds University, PGCE completed at Exeter University Experience: I specialise in languages and lead the outdoor learning curriculum across the school. I am a Specialist Leader of Education for the North Devon Teaching School Alliance and have been deployed to provide School 2 School support. I also lead the NQT training programme for NDTSA.

 

Louise May
Senior Leader

Responsibilities: Member of senior leadership team with responsibility for leading continuous professional development and Initial Teacher Training Qualifications: BA Geography (1st Class) University College London, PGCE Exeter University Experience: I specialise in literacy and lead key projects across the school. I am a Specialist leader of Education and lead the School Direct Mentorship for the NDTSA. Working in partnership with Plymouth University I have developed the School Direct programme, training mentors across the Alliance.

 

Jenny Marsh
Hearing Support Centre Outreach Leader

Responsibilities: Teacher of the Deaf with responsibility for leading North Devon Hearing Support and outreach Qualifications: BEd Geography St Mary’s College of Education, Certificate of Education, (Teacher of Hearing Impaired Children) Oxford Polytechnic Experience: I lead a team of four signing teaching assistants who provide support for families with pupils aged between birth and KS3. I liaise closely with a range of local agencies providing training and conferences supporting the local deaf community.

 

Beth Downing
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS2 teacher with responsibility for leading literacy across the school Qualifications: BSC Maths (1st Class) Exeter, PGCE Exeter Experience: Although I lead literacy, I have previous experience of leading maths across the school, developing mastery to further extend pupils’ thinking. I led a maths research project investigating mastery in mixed aged classes with local maths consultant.

 

Lucy Couch
Teacher

Responsibilities: Early Years Leader with responsibility for reception within the foundation stage unit, PE leader Qualifications: BA Educational Studies Wales Institute Cardiff, PGCE Plymouth University Experience: I am responsible for leading a large team of teachers and teaching assistants within the foundation stage unit. As a Specialist Leader of Education, I specialise in Early Years and PE. Frequently leading training across the NDTSA for EYFS settings, trainee teachers and NQTs across North Devon.

 

Fay Roberts
Teacher

Responsibilities: Reception teacher specialising in maths. Qualifications: BA History Open University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After a career as an accounts manager I trained to become a teacher through NDTSA School Direct. I lead maths across the foundation stage unit developing Champion TA role, parent workshops and supporting TAs to use the connective model.

 

Becky Lovell
Teacher

Responsibilities: Reception teacher specialising in literacy Qualifications: BSc Law (1st Class) Swansea University, PGCE Primary NDTSA School Direct Experience: After achieving a first class Law degree, I gained experience working as a TA at East-the-Water School. I trained to teach through NDTSA School Direct. I lead literacy across the foundation stage unit and take a leading role in an independent writing research project including the two year old setting.

 

Michelle Mead
Teacher

Responsibilities: Reception teacher Qualifications: BA Child Development and Learning (1st class) University of Reading PGCE Reading College School Direct Experience: After a career in publishing and working as a teaching assistant, I trained to become a teacher through School Direct route. I have recently relocated to Devon after working as a teacher for three years in a large primary school in Reading. I lead safeguarding induction and early years maths.

 

Sean Matthews
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS1 teacher specialising in humanities and outdoor learning Qualifications: BSc Geography Plymouth University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After a career with the environment agency as a consultant leading conservation and management I gained experience working as a teaching assistant in East-the-Water School. I then trained to teach through the NDTSA School Direct programme. I am KS1 leader. I lead ICT and e-safety supporting parents and governors. I also mentor School Direct students.

 

Ruth Summers
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS1 teacher specialising in literacy Qualifications: BA English (1st Class) Southampton University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After achieving a first class English degree I gained experience working for CAN Play after school provision as an enabler specialising in SEN. This inspired me to become a teacher and train through the NDTSA School Direct programme. I lead Literacy across the school working closely with EYFS and KS2 colleagues.

 

Liz Eggleton
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS1 teacher and phase leader with responsibility for Lower KS1 and Science Qualifications: BSc Medical Sciences (1st Class) Exeter University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: I lead the KS1 teaching team ensuring consistently high standards and supporting staff CPD. As science leader I have organised science weeks. I also lead and support an investigative approach to science across the school. I also mentor School Direct students. I initiated and led the working party developing our walking Wednesday Award Scheme promoting an active school community.

 

Kathy Davies
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS1 teacher specialising in science. Qualifications: Bsc Human Biosciences (1st class) Plymouth University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After a career working as a science technician I trained to become a teacher through NDTSA School Direct.

 

Abigail Lee
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS1 teacher Qualifications: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Plymouth University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After a career working with children in a variety of early years settings I trained to become a teacher through NDTSA School Direct. I lead our Walking Wednesday Award Scheme promoting an active school community, working with staff, governors and local stakeholders.

 

Alice Field
Teacher

Qualifications: Bed Early Childhood Studies Plymouth University Experience: During my teacher training I trained to support outdoor learning and Forest School.

 

Roisin Butters
Teacher

Responsibilities: PE leader, School Direct Lead Mentor, KS2 teacher specialising in dance and diversity Qualifications: BA Dance and Culture Studies Surrey University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: I specialise in and have been key in leading PE across the school and training students and NQTs across North Devon for the NDTSA. I am the lead mentor for the NDTSA and work in partnership with Plymouth University to lead the NDTSA School Direct Programme training and supporting mentors across the alliance. I am also currently leading the peer reflection project in partnership with Plymouth University.

 

Vikki Moore
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS2 teacher with responsibility for leading the curriculum. I have played a key role in leading PE across the school and designing an exciting PE curriculum Qualifications: BA Geography University of St Mark and St John, PGCE Cornwall SCITT Experience: I am responsible for further developing an enquiry led curriculum and developing a comprehensive programme of CPD where teachers work alongside experienced specialists. As part of my role I have also been deployed to support PE leadership in another school and have regularly led training for NQTs and trainee teachers across North Devon for NDTSA. I also mentor School Direct students.

 

Kayleigh Shambrook
Teacher

Qualifications: BEd Primary Education University of Winchester Experience: I trained with a specialising in art as well as primary education.

 

Kirsty Sobey
Teacher

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies Open University PGCE Devon Primary SKITT Experience: I specialise in music as well as primary education.

 

Joanne Truran
Teacher

Responsibilities: KS2 teacher specialising in maths. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation University, PGCE NDTSA School Direct Experience: After a career in international retail, designing jewellery I trained to become a teacher through NDTSA School Direct. I am a British Values Ambassador leading a national project within school working with House of Commons, staff and our School Council.

 

Natasha Lovell
Teacher

Qualifications: BSc Sports Development and Coaching(1st class) University of Gloucestershire PGCE Exeter University Experience: I trained with a specialising in sport as well as primary education.

 

Laura Mitchell
Teacher

Responsibilities: Assessment Administrator for Early Years Foundation Stage Unit. Qualifications: BEd (Literacy and Art) Rolle College Experience: I am responsible for leading literacy across the school and updating senior leaders. I was deployed for 1 year as Head of Teaching and Learning at a village school under the leadership of Executive Headteacher Catherine Higley.

 

Rosie Brett
Teacher

Responsibilities: Cover teacher Qualifications: BEd Primary (RE) University of St Mark and St John Experience: I have experience teaching across the primary age range including leading KS1 SATs. I have also led literacy across the school. As ethos leader I achieved the Healthy School Award. Covering NQTs provides me with the opportunity to support and coach new teachers.

 

Sharon Turney
Teacher

Responsibilities: Cover teacher. Qualifications: BA Primary Education Northampton University. Experience: I have experienced teaching from Nursery to year 6 in a range of school settings. I have led literacy across the school introducing planning and assessment tools. I lead homework club supporting families.

 

Ryan Ashton
Teacher

Responsibilities: Cover teacher. Qualifications: BSc Exeter University. PGCE NDTSA Schools Direct Programme Experience: I have worked as a teaching assistant at East-the-Water with excellent knowledge of grammar, spelling and reading as result of leading various intervention programmes. I established and led the school’s Cabin, our after school and breakfast club provision.