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 our school. I have been Headteacher at Sheddingdean for over 4 years now. It still only seems like yesterday that I started, but things have changed a lot during that time. Every day is different in my role as Headteacher and it is never boring! I love leading the school, challenging and supporting staff and children to be the best they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff and I am immensely proud of all our achievements and the responsibilities our children undertake as they move through the school. More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding one.

And finally, when I am not at school… I enjoy travelling, running and spending time with my family.

 

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.

 

Iain Campbell
Class Teacher and Senior Lead Learner

Hello! I'm really pleased to be part of the team at Sheddingdean. My favourite subjects are History and Maths. Outside of school, I spend a lot of time with my family which has recently had an addition of TWINS. As a family we enjoy walking our rather larger Boxer dog (Harley) and visiting local historical sights. When we get the chance we like to get away camping and enjoy the outdoors a lot. I read plenty when I get the chance and enjoy books based on the Vikings and Saxons. When I get any free time, I enjoy getting to the gym with the aim of getting back to play rugby. 

Alan Ridgewell

Class Teacher

I’m Alan and I’m very pleased to be teaching in Year 6 at Sheddingdean Primary School. In my spare time I enjoy playing cricket during the summer months at Scaynes Hill CC where I am 1st team captain and when I’m not playing cricket I can usually be found at Selhurst Park watching Crystal Palace F.C. (much to the delight of all the children who support Brighton in the school!). This year I have also taken on the role of Intervention Leader meaning I’ll be overseeing all the interventions across the school making sure we are supporting our children in the best way possible. 

Shahinaz Mahdi 

SenCo

I am delighted to be part of the Sheddingdean family! It is a real privilege to champion pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities in our school and help them fulfill their  potential. I work closely with families and truly believe that a positive relationship between the children's homes and the school is key. I have had a varied career, teaching pupils across the primary age range in London and in Brighton and Hove. Before joining Sheddingdean I worked as a specialist teacher for a local authority. 

I have two children of my own and in my spare time I enjoy cooking  and long walks in the countryside. 

Nichola Hill

Class Teacher

I am very happy to have joined Team Sheddingdean.  It is fantastic to work with a group of professionals who are so committed to ensuring children love learning and reach their potential.

This year, I will be teaching Year 5. I am really looking forward to being back in KS2. We have some fantastic Learning Journeys including Mayan Empire and Ancient Greece. I can't wait to see what the children want to find out and where our learning will take us. 

When I am not at school, I spend precious time with my family. We all love music and animals. We can regularly be found at farms, zoos, aquariums, concert venues… or on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and a Disney DVD.

Justine Green

Class Teacher

Hello. I have been at Sheddingdean since January 2016 and I have enjoyed a number of roles including Intervention Teacher for KS2 and school Learning Mentor. This year I am delighted to be the Class Teacher for Year 4. I am also pleased to be the English Co-ordinator for KS2; a particular interest of mine.

I feel passionately about contributing to the wider life of the school and, as such, I enjoy chairing meetings for our Learning Council and I am the Staff Governor on the school Governing Body.

Outside of school I enjoy swimming, walking my two lively Irish Setters and visiting theme parks with my three children.

Ellie Gold

Class Teacher

I’m Ellie and I am very happy to have joined the school in September 2017 teaching Year 3. My favourite subjects are Maths, Science, and PE. I especially like teaching about living things and then going to find them somewhere in the secret garden.

I love staying active and outside of school you can normally find me running on the South Downs or at the gym before collapsing on a sofa in the evenings to read a book.

Jade Swain

Class Teacher

I am very happy to have joined Sheddingdean this year and I am loving teaching Swallows class. 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. 

When I am not at school, I can often be found taking part in various dance classes or watching a good series on Netflix. I also love to travel and visit new places. 

 

Becky Laloux

Class Teacher

Teaching Early Years is definitely the best job in the school! Spending my day challenging children to develop new skills and watching them flourish makes every minute unique and so enjoyable.

This is my third year at Sheddingdean and the positive attitude of the children and enthusiasm of the staff makes it an exciting place to work.  Before joining the team, I managed a large local preschool. During my teaching career I have also taught across all age ranges in schools in South London and West Sussex. 

I live locally with my husband and 2 children.  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. 

 

Kay Crompton

Learning Mentor/Learning Support Assistant

I am the Learning Mentor here at Sheddingdean and as such it is my role to assist students to overcome any barriers that they might face. I work with children individually and in small groups and feel privileged to be able to get to know them well and develop an understanding of their learning needs. This year I am also going to be working in Year 6 as a Learning Support Assistant and am looking forward to my time in the class room.

Outside of school, I enjoy reading and taking my dogs, Purdey and Nellie for long walks. 

 

Hannah Goldsmith

Learning Support Assistant

I’m Hannah and I am very happy to be working at Sheddingdean. This year I am the Learning Support Assistant in Year 6 as well as being the Music teacher. In my spare time I enjoy making music, playing my flute also I love looking after my younger brothers and spending time with friends, making memories together.

Ann Stoneham 

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I've been a member of staff since April 2004. I have a 16 year old son and in my spare time/holidays, I love spending time in London visiting various attractions as well as musical theatre... this also includes some therapeutic shopping!!

Drissia Lachaal

Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I am very happy and excited to be part of the Sheddingdean Team as an LSA in Year 4, 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

I have been teaching as a cover teacher at Sheddingdean for 8 years now and have taught right across the school so I am a very familiar face around the school with many 'hats' as I am a parent governor, too.

I have 3 children who have all attended Sheddingdean but now only have my youngest son still at the school.

 

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!

 

 

Carol Thompson 

Forest School Leader and Intervention Teacher

I am very fortunate to be the Forest School Teacher at Sheddingdean Primary School.  I love being outside and sharing the woodland experiences with the children.  Outside of school I enjoy time with my family, which includes my husband, three children and my one year old dog, Nellie (see her profile above).  As a family we enjoy walking, playing and camping.  When I get time to myself I enjoy cycling with friends.

Clare Holbrook

PPA Cover

Hello! I have worked at Sheddingdean since February 2015. Since then I have had a few different roles within school and have enjoyed them all. I am currently cover teaching in Year 1. 

I have four children of my own, who keep me very busy. I enjoy walking, reading, gardening and warm weather. One day I would love to have a puppy, so that we could go for long walks together.

 

Linda Kumm

School Business Manager

I have been involved with Sheddingdean School since it was built in 1986 and worked here since 1988. My 3 children have all been pupils. I enjoy spending my spare time with my 2 granddaughters, watching Brighton & Hove Albion FC with my husband, cooking and DIY. In my younger days I completed the London to Brighton cycle ride 3 times!

Diane Walsh

School Secretary

I am the school secretary and love my job working in the main office, I have worked at Sheddingdean for over 10 years.

My daughter Laura attended Sheddingdean before moving onto secondary school. I love knitting, sewing and eating chocolate; when I am not being a taxi driver for Laura.

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.

 

Fiona Reeves

Midday Meal Supervisor

I love working with children and love playing games with them or sports. I am a hard-worker and value being on time and am independent and flexible.

 

Karen Stewart 

Midday Meal Supervisor

I have been working at Sheddingdean for several years and enjoy seeing the progression of the children through  the school.
I enjoy spending time with my family, researching family history and gardening.

 

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.

Nellie

School Dog 

I am Nellie and I am very pleased to be spending some of my time with the wonderful children of Sheddingdean Primary School.  I am a 'Poogle' (half Beagle=nosey and half poodle=doesn't malt). Since the summer term of 2016 I have been visiting the school for longer periods of time so that I can help support the children at the school.  This year I may listen to some readers, I may get to see some of the childrens' wonderful learning, I may get to show the children some of my tricks or I may just sit in on some lessons and enjoy watching the children learn.  Sometimes I will help children to feel better if they need cheering up for whatever reason.  Outside of school I enjoy sniffing everything and walks! I am looking forward to being the first Sheddingdean School dog.  Move over Albert! (translated from barks by Carol Thompson - Nellie's owner)

Find out more about me!

Nellie