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Staff Team

‘There’s work and there’s your life’s work. The kind of work that has your finger prints all over it. The kind of work that you’d never compromise on. People don’t come here to play it safe. They come here to swim in the deep end. They want their work to add up to something. Something big. Something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.’
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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 

Mrs Rebecca Goodman   

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.

 Miss Beth Grand

Likes: going out for afternoon tea, knitting, Christmas and playing musical instruments


Dislikes: rats, coriander, chocolate cake and people being rude


I think Fishbourne Primary is special because the whole community at the school; parents, children, staff are so warm and welcoming.  Through the use of immersion, the learning that is completed at Fishbourne Primary is not only interesting, it is also incredibly exciting and unique. 


The person who inspires me is my mum even when times were hard she never gave up and always worked as hard as she could.  She is always there by my side helping me to keep going and supporting me throughout everything I do.


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 Francesca Harvey 

Likes: I love going on adventures with my family and finding new places to visit. I enjoy: baking, reading, writing stories, listening to music, photography and watching Christmas films. I love long walks in the woods and making tree swings with my sons’ and niece.

Dislikes: I dislike traffic jams, spiders, unkindness and peanut butter!

What is special about our school? I love being a part of the team at Fishbourne school because everyone is happy, positive and kind. We help each other to grow and embrace our unique selfs. At Fishbourne every child is happy, nurtured and cared for, which enables them to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams. 

Who inspires you? I am inspired by my three boys’. They taught me how to love unconditionally, overcome obstacles, chase my dreams and always stay true to myself. I am also inspired by children who face daily struggles but turn them into a positive, continuing to smile and love, even through the difficult times.

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 Ali Gregory 





Likes: Cuddles and giggles with my family, Sunday morning walks, fresh bedding, holidays, music, running and being with special friends.

Dislikes: Seeing sad children, having my feet tickled, beetroot and salad cream!!

What is special about school? I love Fishbourne School as it provides our children with a wonderful ,safe and caring environment in which to grow. My two boys have both thrived due to the teaching and the caring and supportive nature of the school. I am so happy to be part of this team.

Who inspires you? I am inspired by my children every day and it still amazes me that I actually made my wonderful little men!!  I am also inspired by children who face challenges in their lives for a variety of reasons and the way they still smile, love, laugh and are so positive despite these challenges.

Mrs Cristina Dumitriu





Likes: I like spending time with my family, cuddles and eating great food in posh restaurants.

Dislikes: I very much dislike snakes, rainy days and rude people.

What is special about school? What I love about school is everyone feels welcomed.  Also love how the children looking after each other.

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 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 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.


Likes: Carrots, laughing, holidays, tea, spending time with friends and family, horse riding, fresh bedding, dogs and shopping.

Dislikes: Coffee, rudeness, people eating loudly, wasps, cold wet weather and alarm clocks.

What is special about school? Fishbourne school is a very special place because it's such a happy and friendly environment with very welcoming staff and wonderful inspiring children with a lovely sense of community.  I am so happy to be part of this team!

Who inspires you? My friends and family!  Mostly my parents inspire my as they have always encouraged me to be the best i can be.

Mrs Vicky Willavise 

Likes: Pilates, paddleboarding, holidays to France, peanut butter, singing and going for long family walks.

Dislikes: Grumpiness and spiders.

What is special about school? I love that each individual is valued and inspired to do their best.

Who inspires you? My family, especially my little boy who has taught me to see every day as a chance to learn something new.


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 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 cathy Huxtable

Likes: Spending fun times with my lovely family and watching them find and follow their dreams.  Long dog walks on the beach in winter.  Soaking up the sun and swimming in the summer! Australia and its beautiful (and not so beautiful!) wildlife.  Music - from Radio 1 to Classic FM.  Christmas markets and decorating our Christmas tree.

Dislikes: Stinging nettles and insects that bite!

What is special about school? The fact that we are all acknowledged as unique and special people.

 Mrs Jeanette Mitten


Likes: Sunflowers, walks on the beach, cream teas, sitting in my garden, botanical watercolour painting, knitting and travelling.


Dislikes: Low flying dragonflies, being stuck in traffic, wasting time and arguments.


What is special about school? The lovely friendly atmosphere that surrounds you as soon as you enter the school. 


Who inspires you? My best friend Lorraine who is sadly no longer with us and Simon Williams, a botanical artist.


Mrs Emma Brown 

Likes: Baking cakes and football.

Dislikes: Jaffa cakes and kiwis.

What is special about school? The buzz of children learning.

Who inspires you? Emmeline Pankhurst who stood up for what she believed in.

Mrs Claire Akehurst 

Likes: The sound of waves, helping people, animals, bluebell woods and forest school.

Dislikes: Rude people and people that do not put their rubbish in bins!

What is special about school? It's a very supportive and caring school who wants the best for everyone.

Who inspires you? My family, all in different ways.

Mrs Emma Woolnough 

Likes: I love walking my dog, baking cakes, holidays on the beach, eating chocolate and Christmas.

Dislikes: Bad driving and rude people.

What is special about school? The wonderful way every is made to feel welcome and treated as an individual.

Who inspires you? My parents as they have always encouraged me to do the best I can.

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 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 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.

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 

Likes: My favourite part of any day is our loud family meal time around the table and laughing until i cry. I love being part of our church and trying to put my faith into action. I look forward to blustery dog walks on the beach, but really enjoy coming home and warming up by the fire. I like going to the gym, but mainly only because it makes me feel better about how much chocolate i eat!

Dislikes: I dislike when life gets so busy that i don't spend enough time with friends, when the alarm goes off and it's still dark, and when people are unkind.

What is special about school? Fishbourne School is all about helping each other to reach our potential. I love meeting the families here and spending time with such amazing children.

Who inspires you? People who put other people first inspire me.

Mr Michael Servant



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Office Team

Mrs Lisa Clutton 

Likes: Walks with my family, skiing, gardening, scuba diving, wildlife watching & exploring the world!

Dislikes: Spiders, especially the big ones! & housework.

What is special about school? Amazingly friendly supportive team & happy children.

Who inspires you? Steve Backshall naturalist & adventurer.

Mrs Sarah Martin 

Likes: I love being a mum, music, gardening, rainbows, holidays, fairy lights, spending time with family and friends and biscuits!

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 Rachel Welch 

​Likes: Reading, walking in the country, listening and dancing to upbeat music and singing Christmas carols all year round!

Dislikes: Snakes and rude people.

What is special about school? Everyone is so lovely.

Who inspires you? My family and friends.


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




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