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Staff Team

Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher

Mrs Naomi Day  

I LOVE school, spending time with my family, autumnal walks, beach huts on sunny days, backpacking and posh hotels, star lit skies, roaring log fires, jumping in muddy puddles in my favourite wellies and coffee shops!

I DISLIKE traffic jams, photocopiers, tomatoes and dark mornings! Fishbourne is a special place because the whole learning community is incredible to be part of – enthusiastic, hard-working, passionate and absolutely determined to be the best we can be!

I’m inspired by people who put others before themselves and work tirelessly to make life better for those around them.

Mrs Nicola Buchan 

Likes: Spending time with family and friends, being outside, walking, running, gardening, being in or on the water, my dog, summer and tea!

Dislikes: Eating fish and short dark days.
What is special about school? It’s a thinking place! A good place to ask questions, and the children are kind and funny.

Who inspires you? My family, especially my parents.

Reception and KS1 Team

Miss Becca Holden   

Likes: Laughing, going out for dinner, Sunday afternoon naps, animals (especially puppies), Christmas and being a little bit crazy! 

Dislikes: Rats, mice, bad manners and people making me jump.

I feel that Fishbourne School is a special place to be because all the staff, children and parents are so warm and friendly. It is a safe community where we all look out for one another, but at the same time have lots of fun! 

Someone who has inspired me from a young age is my Year 4 Primary School teacher. I always remember that she made our learning irresistible, which inspired me to want to be like her when I grew up.

Mrs Jo Thomas 

Likes: Animals, especially cats! Gardening and being outside.

Dislikes: Rainy days and winter.

What is special about the school: Amazing community spirit!

Who inspires you? Women like Emily Pankhurst and the Suffragettes. I am also inspired by people who volunteer for organisations like the Samaritans.

Mrs Tessa Allen  

Likes: Family, cats, owls, history, reading, the outdoors, sea, sunshine and swimming.

Dislikes: Spiders, heights, unkindness.

What is special about school? Fishbourne School has a wonderful sense of community, we are one big family.

Who inspires you? I am inspired by people who strive to do their best, who are strong yet not afraid to show that they care. 

Mrs Emily Harris  

I LOVE being a mummy, camping, baking, crocheting, dancing, bubble baths, butterflies, hand written letters, baking, cuddles with my boys, nice pens, Christmas and coffee!

Dislikes: Tea, mushrooms, clowns and people crunching food loudly.

What is special about Fishbourne school? Fishbourne is special place because we live by our value of being 'One Big Family'. I always look forward to coming to school!

Who inspires you? A very close friend of mine inspired me to be a teacher. She was the most amazing teacher! Learning was exciting and fun in her classroom. I always think about her when planning for the children in my class.

Mrs Anita Ball 

Likes: Chocolate, cakes, reading and sunshine.

Dislikes: Cold weather.

What is special about school? It’s friendly, caring and happy.

Who inspires you? Family and friends.

Mrs Catherine Williams  

Likes: Kindness, white chocolate, cuddles, a good book, holidays, pampering, banana milkshakes.

Dislikes: Rudeness, sprouts, alarm clocks, cliff hanger endings.

What is special about Fishbourne school? Everybody really cares for each other and smiles are seen every day.

Who inspires you? Rita Pierson, JK Rowling, my parents and my little boys.

Mrs Gemma Grove 

Likes: Cooking, family time, and reading.

Dislikes: Rainy lunchbreaks.

What is special about the school? It’s friendly and caring with fabulous children.

Who inspires you? My famiy

Mrs Frances Bayliss

Likes: Spending time being with my family, gardening and going out with friends.

Dislikes: Being on my own. Pasta and pizza.

What is special about school? Fishbourne is one big happy family, everyone is supportive and helpful to one another.

Who inspires you? All aid workers, who give up their time to travel to different parts of the world to help others. Musicians, as I would love to be able to sing in tune and play a musical instrument.

KS2 Team

mrs chris rinaldi 

Likes: Being with friends, sunshine, pottery and science.??

Dislikes: Slugs, snails and snakes.

What is special about school? The great team of people who work here.

Who inspires you? Anne of Green Gables – although she is a book character she is so positive, kind and loving no matter what life throws at her.

Mrs Chrissie Sharp 

Likes: I love painting, drawing walking on the beach (or anywhere) with my beautiful dog Barney. Red wine, crisps, playing with words and creatively writing stones and illustrating.

Dislikes: Cottage cheese, people being unkind, injustice and fleeces with pictures on!

What is special about school? School is a place where all the children are loved, valued and encouraged to become the unique individuals which they are.

Who inspires you? Vincent Van Gogh – he never gave up despite no recognition! Jesus for his total acceptance of people as they were.

Mrs Judith Oldfield 

Likes: Sunny days and long beach or country walks.  Starry nights, spending time with family and friends, the smell of freshly cut grass and Nutella!

Dislikes: Automated answering services and when my family and friends are sad or unwell.

What is special about school? Watching children learn – that moment when something ‘clicks’, and the sound of children laughing.

Who inspires you? Influential women who fight for their cause – Malala Yousafzai the Pakistani school girl who campaigned for the right to education.

mrs stephanie treagust 

Likes: Singing, dancing, theatre and being a mum.

Dislikes: Cold, wet playground duty!??

What is special about school? Watching children achieve when they least expect to.

Who inspires you? My mum!

Mrs Margaret Carter

Likes: Reading, dancing and family time.

Dislikes: Oranges and orange squash.

What is special about school? The children.

Who inspires you? My children inspire me because they have become the most amazing young adults.

Mr Sam Cutting 

Likes: I love my family. I like early mornings and awesome photography, adventures and finding out new things. I also love sport, rugby and football especially, I like that I can express myself on the pitch and find real enjoyment in what I am doing. Art and music are also very important to me.

Dislikes: I dislike not trying something because of the fear of failing. OLIVES!!!

Who inspires me? My Mum, an incredible, strong woman who taught me everything. General William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army and an amazing leader. Anybody who can speak another language or play an instrument – this is something I am aspiring to do myself.

Mrs Sarah Houghton 

Likes: Time with family and friends and a good book in a quiet place.

Dislikes: Grey rainy days. Not enough time to do a job properly.

What is special about school? The caring atmosphere and that everyone is valued.

Who inspires you? People who work hard to follow their dreams.

Mrs Mel Ruggieri 

Likes: Eating seafood, and chocolate but not together! Dancing.

What is special about school? The friendly, community atmosphere.

Who inspires you? My mum.

Mrs Rachael Potter 

Likes: Swimming, muddy cycling, painting and books.

Dislikes: Getting up early in the winter.

What is special about school? Being part of a wonderful team and working with lovely children, as well as good coffee!

Who inspires you? JK Rowling for her incredible imagination and creativity, David Attenborough for his passion for the natural world.

Mrs Nicola Buchan 

Likes: Spending time with family and friends, being outside, walking, running, gardening, being in or on the water, my dog, summer and tea!

Dislikes: Eating fish and short dark days.

What is special about school? It’s a thinking place! A good place to ask questions, and the children are kind and funny.

Who inspires you? My family, especially my parents.

Miss Helen McCarthy 

Likes: Exploring the south downs and walking at the Witterings, swimming, cooking new foods.

Dislikes: Brussel sprouts and running!

What is special about school? It’s a lovely environment where children feel safe and encouraged to grow as individuals as well as learners.

Who inspires you? My family and friends.

Mrs Liz gifford 

Likes: Lasagne, chocolate, reading, music, sailing, walking my dog Billy, and quiet nights in

Dislikes: Parsnips, raw carrot, housework and going underwater

What is special about school? The staff are a friendly and supportive team

Who inspires you? My mum – she always tries to be positive about everyone!

Mrs Victoria Jones

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Office Team

Mrs Fiona Broad 

Likes: Reading, cycling, listening to all genres of music and dogs.

Dislikes: Rude people and raisins!

What is special about school? Fishbourne is a very friendly learning environment for the children where all are treated equally and teaching staff make learning fun, not a chore! The One Big Family approach is very evident in the school among children and staff.

Who inspires you? David Attenborough and his passion for the natural world.

Mrs Sarah Martin 

Likes: I love being a mummy, music, gardening, holidays, fairy lights, spending time with family and friends and cake!

Dislikes: Scary films, spiders, being tickled and celery!

What is special about school? Seeing children enjoy their learning and being part of a great team.

Who inspires you? My wonderful Granny, who was and always will be such an important person in my life.   

Midday Meals Team

Mrs Debbie Whitaker 

Likes: Bunting, books and sunny days

Dislikes: Being cold!

What is special about school? The children

Who inspires you? Selfless kind people

Mrs Linda Hobson 

Likes: Learning to read and write in Spanish. Bike riding with my family and walking or hiking in Banff National Park, Canada.

Dislikes: Ketchup and the amount of roundabouts on English roads!

What is special about school? The children

Who inspires you? My family, especially my amazing mum.

Mrs louise skillicorn 

Likes: Music; especially pop and rock. Baking, cooking, dancing, films, walks with my 2 dogs adn 3 boys.

Dislikes: Short winter days, offal, spiders and rollercoasters!

What is special about school? The children completely make my day.

Who inspires you? People that think about others too.  My husband who continues to smile and laugh, even though he has a very tought life.

Premises Team

Mr Andrew Stemp 

Likes: Sport

Dislikes: Rude people

What is special about school? Being part of a successful team

Who inspires you? Mr Andrew Cassell, Olympic gold medallist for sailing

miss Fran o'donnell
 

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