Sheddingdean Community Primary School

Sheddingdean Community Primary School

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Ofsted 2016: Teachers value the contribution that pupils make to lessons. They use questions skilfully to engage pupils and encourage discussion.
Ofsted 2016: The entire staff team is committed to ensuring that the school is a happy place for pupils.
Ofsted 2016: The values of the school, ‘reflective, resourceful, reciprocal and resilient’, are well embedded in the school’s culture and regularly referred to in assemblies and lessons.
Ofsted 2016: In the Early Years, adults support children well by listening to responses and asking questions that extend thinking, using appropriate vocabulary to support learning.

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Team Sheddingdean

 

Meet The Staff

Yasmin Ashraf

Co-Headteacher

Hello and welcome to Sheddingdean! Our school is a diverse, vibrant learning community where expectations and standards are high. I am very proud to be the Co-Headteacher at Sheddingdean Primary School, its ethos and the strength of our school community.  I am lucky to work alongside a fantastic team of teachers, learning support assistants and support staff. I am immensely proud of all our achievements and the great progress our children make in terms of learning, creativity and their understanding of themselves and others. More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding one.

 

Catherine Gent

Co-Headteacher

Hello,  I joined the team here in January 2018, and have really enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an enthusiastic group of people. The children at Sheddingdean are a credit to the school with their positive attitudes to learning and their excellent behaviour. I particularly enjoy seeing the caring and supportive way that the children look out for and support each other.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, and spending time with my family.

Sarah Watson

Assistant Headteacher – Inclusion

Starting my second year at Sheddingdean, I am still excited at being part of an incredible team who strive for the best for every member of the school community despite the strange times we are currently living in. I believe inclusion is at the heart of the Sheddingdean vision and am looking forward to supporting children and staff in their learning journeys from whatever starting points they have. I have trained as a SENDCo at my previous school, taught year groups across the primary age during my career (my last class being Year 3) and led a number of curriculum areas from PSHE to IT. So I have lots of experience to share. My passion is for children to be happy and enjoy their learning so that they can maximise their progress and be ready for the next stage of their education journey.

Outside of school, my husband, son and daughter plus the two dogs take up most of my time but I do fit in a little yoga, some running and organising a Cub pack.

Jen Bennett

Class Teacher

I am delighted to be joining the staff and pupils at Sheddingdean School this year having relocated from London back to Sussex. My favourite subjects are English, History and Geography and I have a passion for flags of the world and learning about different places.

Outside of school, I have two very energetic dogs who I spend a lot of time walking and playing fetch with. I love reading, especially non-fiction or picture books, and I am keen to share these with my class over the year.

Dee Islam

Class Teacher

Hello! I am very excited to be going into my second year of teaching at Sheddingdean, and to be in Year 5 once again. I am very much looking forward to working with my new class. My favourite subjects are definitely Maths, Science and History, especially anything about Ancient Rome! 

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs. As well as this I am a very keen baker and love making cakes and cupcakes! You might also see me on top of a pyramid as a competitive cheerleader for Casablanca Cheer.  

Peter Holmes

Class Teacher 

Becky Laloux

Class Teacher

I am happy to be teaching Year 3 in what will be my fifth year at Sheddingdean.  I am excited to explore our new learning journeys and support the children during what I know will be a fun filled year of leaning. 

I live locally with my husband and 2 children who are both now at St Pauls.  When am not shuttling between ballet lessons and other clubs, I enjoy spending time with friends, traveling and reading if and when I get a chance. 

Jade Swain

Class Teacher

This is my third year at Sheddingdean and I am excited to be teaching Ravens Class this year!  

My favourite subjects are Science, Maths and History and I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm for these subjects with the children throughout the year. I love sharing stories with my class and enjoy finding new books to read together!  

Outside of school I enjoy seeing my family in London and visiting new places. I love to dance and can often be found taking part in various dance classes. 

Mark Newman 

Class Teacher

It is fantastic to be back at Sheddingdean School after over 20 years! Way way back in the 90s I was a teaching assistant here and always considered Sheddingdean to be the start of my teaching career. Now I am delighted to have come full circle and returned ‘home’ for the next chapter in my career. I am very excited to be embarking on many learning journeys with Swallows Class in Year 1! I hope the year ahead is full of fun! 

Outside of school I am a big movies fan and can often be found watching Star Wars or Marvel Superhero movies. I think I must have seen them all at least a million times! I also enjoys sports and for the last 18 months have been learning Norwegian in preparation for when I finally get round to treating myself with a visit to go and see the fjords and amazing Northern Lights. Maybe someday I will get there!

Nichola Hill

Class Teacher

This is my fourth year as part of Team Sheddingdean and I am teaching Reception. I love getting to know the children and ensuring they are happy, settled and enjoying school. I have the best job in the world- I get to share stories, play, learn and have fun all day. It’s a privilege.  

Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love playing games such as Cluedo and Dobble and I’ve recently begun to play Roblox (I need a lot of practise!). I am one of the few members of staff that doesn't have a dog but we do have two pet guinea pigs. 

Suzy Parvin

Intervention Teacher

Hello. I am really happy to be joining the Sheddingdean family this September and I look forward to working with this wonderful team of adults and children. I have been a local teacher for many years and have taught in every year group. I enjoy reading, maths, art, and sport all of which I love to share.

Outside of school, you can find me at a swimming pool! Not only swimming, but as  part of the local swimming club; either watching my children swim, volunteering or teaching there on a Saturday morning.

Belinda Hoyte

Intervention Teacher

I am delighted to be joining the team this year and I am looking forward to working with a variety of children from across the school. I am sure they will have a lot to teach me as well. I have over 10 years teaching experience in KS1, 2 and 3 with English as my subject specialism. I am a keen reader and believe that there is a book to help with almost everything!

Outside of school I enjoy taking part in CaniCross events (running with my dog) and supporting Sussex sharks at cricket. My two young children keep me busy and I love exploring new places with them as a family. 

Drissia Lachaal

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I am very happy and excited to be part of the Sheddingdean Team as an LSA, and as the French teacher leading one of the Enrichment Groups. I love working with children and sharing my knowledge with them. 

I enjoy cooking, discovering new places and meeting new people. When I am not working you will find me window shopping or in a park having fun with my daughter. 

Tracy Lang 

Learning Support Assistant

I have worked at Sheddingdean since 2009. I enjoy seeing the children make their way up through the year groups using their many skills gained from their learning.

In my spare time I enjoy camping with my family, anything Disney and visiting European cities.

Rebecca Johnston

Higher Level LSA

This will be my 7th year as part of the Sheddingdean Team as a HLLSA and I love being part of this friendly family school. All my 3 children attended this school and loved their time here with lots of happy memories.  I love helping the children learn and enjoy planning exciting lessons for the classes I regularly cover. I am the Art and DT lead in the school and love sharing my knowledge, skills and passion for these subjects, any excuse to get creative and maybe a bit messy! I am also a long serving Governor at the school too, a role I thoroughly enjoy where I am able to see ways to improve and help Sheddingdean shine even more.

In my spare time, I love being creative and regularly produce artwork, recently improving my portraiture skills and use of acrylic paints. Over the Summer, I painted all of my family and love visiting Art Galleries and Exhibitions. I also am an avid reader and love adding to my extensive collection of Art books.

Hayley Kelsey

Learning Support Assistant

I have been an LSA for five years now, and love it. I am currently working in Swallows class. I have also worked in Y2 and Y3.

I have 3 children, who all attended Sheddingdean, so I have been involved with school since 1995; and hope to be for many more years.

Paul Evento 

Learning Support Assistant

I am now into my tenth year of working at Sheddingdean and I am still as enthusiastic as ever.  This year I am based in 'Doves' class and run three football clubs after school club. In my spare time I walk my dogs and my weekends are taken up watching both my sons playing football for Hassocks FC and watching the best football team in the world...Brighton and Hove Albion!

 

Graeme Knight

Learning Support Assistant

Hi there, my name is Mr Knight and this is my first year here at Sheddingdean. If you had told me a year ago I would be an LSA at such an exciting and friendly school I not sure I would have believed you! In my previous life I was Cabin Crew for 13 years and with the strange year we have all been having I’m excited to have a change of direction and work in education. I can’t wait to help the children through the school year and it will be so rewarding to see the progress each one of them make with the guidance of such great staff. 

I am a keen traveller and love exploring different places in the world and in my spare time I am often found either cycling or hiking through the Southdowns National Park. 

Inger Paulsen

Learning Support Assistant

It is very exciting to be joining the Sheddingdean school team as an LSA this year and I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone.  It is lovely to see how enthusiastic the children are at learning and how much fun they have at playtime!  I'm looking forward to helping the children enjoy their experience during their time at school.
I live in Burgess Hill with my husband and two children. We spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer and playing board games in the winter. I also enjoy gardening, cycling, walking and snowboarding (when I get the chance).  I love almost anything to do with the outside!

 

Emma Jackson

Learning Support Assistant

 

 Laura Smith

Linda Kumm

School Business Manager

I have been involved with Sheddingdean School since it was built in 1986 and a staff member since 1988.  My 3 children have all been pupils.  During my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, cooking, DIY, gardening, travel and spending time with my 2 granddaughters.   

Kylie Wicker

School Secretary

I am proud and honoured to be Sheddingdean’s school secretary. I’ve only been here 2 years but it feels like I’ve always been here! I have 2 children, one who attends Sheddingdean and one who is due to start next September. I enjoy spending time with my family, baking (my new post lockdown skill!), laughing and talking a LOT! I look forwarding to speaking with you and meeting you all in due course, please let the office know if we can be of any assistance.

Sam Earl

Admin Officer

I joined Sheddingdean in February 2020 just as we were heading into lockdown, now the children are back I’m looking forward to putting names to faces and getting to know all of the children, parents and staff.

My interests out of school are spending time with my family and long dog walks along the seafront.

Joseph Jamieson

Premises Officer

Hello. I have really enjoyed being a part of the team at Sheddingdean since I joined in June 2017. I love how there is always something different to do, no day is ever the same.

When I'm not in school, I enjoy spending time with my son, photography, woodwork and being in nature.

 

Asma Shahin

Midday Meal Supervisor

I have been working at Sheddingdean since December 2015. I am a proud mother of three boys all of whom have experienced the excitement of attending this very primary school.

Creating new dishes at home is my specialty and the majority of my siblings and cousins live nearby so visiting them is easy and very convenient for sharing recipes. Also, taking the occasional stroll around our pleasant town proves to be very refreshing.
I am very happy to be working at the school my sons attended and always look forward to a new day looking after the pupils.

Katarina Brenner

Website Co-ordinator

I am very pleased to stay a part of this amazing team at Sheddingdean during my studies at the University of Brighton.  

Any little bit of free time I enjoy spending together with my two lovely children exploring life. You are most likely to find us out and about.