Meet the team

Miss Charlotte Hill

Headteacher

I have the privilege of introducing you to a very hardworking, nurturing and enthusiastic Team Sidbury! All of the staff here work together to ensure every child thrives. Each and every adult will go the extra mile to boost children’s self-esteem, self-motivation and self-worth; all of these values I believe underpin a child’s ability to succeed, both in school and in the future.
Each member of staff has a passion or talent in a variety of curriculum areas. My own strengths lie in physical education; many children in our school enjoy sporting opportunities, and we have visited Plymouth Raiders annually since 2012.
Working alongside children and their families is paramount to the success of Sidbury CE School and I can not emphasise enough how much we value the support of parents and friends of the school. You can find me on the slope every morning and afternoon if you have a question, concern or success to share.

Mrs Helen Nicholls

Executive Headteacher

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at Sidbury CE Primary School. The staff, children and their families here are such a pleasure to work alongside. The role of the Executive Headteacher, within our organisation, is to oversee and support school improvement for all of the schools within the Primary Academy Trust. We then have a smaller group of schools who we support at a deeper level; working closely with the Heads of School to outline and evaluate school improvement, budgets, local governing bodies, as well as the professional development needs of staff. Sidbury has so many strengths and I love to hear about them when I visit and attend school events. Although most of my roles are performed in the background with school staff I am in and around school regularly so please feel free to speak to me on the slope too!

Mrs Clare Bedford

Special Educational Needs and Disability Lead

I feel extremely lucky to have worked at Sidbury C of E Primary School since 2009. Working as part of a hardworking, caring and supportive team is essential in creating a stimulating, nurturing environment for the children that we teach and care for. As an Early Years specialist I am passionate about providing young children with a play based learning experience enabling them to grow and develop holistically. Through my role as the Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Co-ordinator, I am in a privileged position as I work with a range of children across the school to ensure that all of our children have the opportunity to thrive and achieve their potential working on activities that are differentiated and personalised through a varied and enriched curriculum.

Personally I love to keep fit and run regularly having entered a number of half marathons and other sponsored running events raising money for charities close to my heart. At school I run an after school running club working alongside the children to build up their stamina, confidence and fitness level and entering a number of running events where they can compete against others and themselves. It is so rewarding to watch them run over the finish line bursting with pride on their achievements.

Miss Emma Mills

Elm Class Teacher (Reception)

I am the newest member at Sidbury CE Primary School and am very grateful to be given the chance to work at this incredible school. I am looking forward to working hard to create exciting opportunities for the children in Elm to succeed in a safe, engaging and nurturing environment.

I completed my PGCE at Plymouth University and prior to this studied Sports coaching and Sports Education at Gloucester University. I have a real passion for sports and as a result of this I have gained qualifications in sports including Netball, Football and Handball. I have been involved in playing, coaching and umpiring sports since the age of seven.

I am overjoyed to be part of Team Sidbury and I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead.

Mr Glyn Meredith

Willow Class Teacher

Mrs Clair Murrell (Senior Teacher and Key Stage 1 Leader)

Maple Class Teacher (Year 2)

I started my teaching career at Sidbury in Class 1, this gives me a sound knowledge of the Early Years curriculum and the expectations of Key Stage , I love working at Sidbury and I have been here since 2004. We have 5 superb classes and our learning environment is extremely rich inside and out. Learning outdoors is great for children, I seek opportunities to make learning experiences memorable for all and plan in outside learning experiences within Topics. In addition to being passionate about teaching and learning in my own class, I also seek opportunities to enrich the English curriculum across the school as part of my leadership role. We have great links with local theatres, drama specialists and librarians. We have an annual World Book Week as our children love reading, so we always seek to embrace their love of books.

Beech Class Teacher Miss Rachael Hill (Y4 /5)

Beech Class Teacher

I am a new member of Team Sidbury and I am currently working with Year 3 and 4 children . I feel incredibly privileged to be working with such a supportive and enthusiastic team, who's focus is to continually provide a rich and engaging curriculum which is accessible to all children in the school. I believe that the promotion of Learning Powers and Christian Values are a strength of the school, creating responsible, enthusiastic and empathetic learners. I attended Plymouth University and gained a Bachelor of Education in Primary teaching, specialising in Music. My hobbies include playing musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, ukulele and flute and I am passionate about embracing a music-filled curriculum to access all areas of learning. I love to travel and learn about different cultures in order to challenge myself and take on new adventures. Another key passion of mine is spending time in the country side and I spend lots of my time outdoors. Please feel free to stop by if you have any questions or comments or would just like to have a chat!

Mr Andrew Barker

Hazel Class Teacher (Year 3)

I am new to the Sidbury team, but already feel part of the team. I enjoy the caring environment and the friendly atmosphere around the whole school. I am looking forward to an interesting year based on the children’s’ interests. I have previously worked within the academy at Woodwater Primary School. My strengths lay within maths, science and ICT, I have often been used for ICT support throughout my career. I enjoy encouraging the children to investigate and present information in interesting ways, I have previously run IT clubs, where the children have created quizzes, animations and made interactive powerpoint presentations.

I enjoy playing most sport, particularly racket sports, I also play 5 a side football weekly. I enjoy making the most of the outdoors and I am a member of the Scout association. As a Beaver Scout Leader I enjoy encouraging children to utilise the outdoors in a safe environment, which might sometimes be out their comfort zone. I am delighted to be part of Sidbury Primary School.

Mrs Samantha Andrews (Key Stage 2 Leader)

Oak Class Teacher (Year 6)

Some of the things I love about being a teacher at Sidbury… I am proud of our school and love working as part of a great team of people who are committed to ensuring that we provide a friendly, caring and safe environment for everyone. I strongly believe in instilling confidence in children to become lifelong learners, providing an education that is enriched and underpinned by children’s interests so that the curriculum is child-centered and engaging for all pupils. My own curriculum strengths lie in art, where I take pleasure in planning creative opportunities for children to develop their skills and techniques to achieve their full potential. In addition to this, I am an individual who has a slightly competitive nature, particularly in sport. I am not someone who gives up easily! I have fun making time to go horse riding and running…. often chasing after my dog, Teddy! I have also played for the Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club. I thoroughly enjoy watching a game of rugby too. As part of my role as the school physical education coordinator I take great delight in organising sporting fixtures for children to take part in throughout the year and planning special events such as the Plymouth Raiders basketball trip. Ask me about an extreme sport that I enjoy….
Thank you to parents for your continued encouragement, this means so much.

Mr Glen Burnett

PPA Cover

I have worked in the Primary Academies Trust since 2012, previously working at Woodwater Academy. More recently, I have started working as an HLTA at Sidbury. I thoroughly believe every child should have access to a thriving and active curriculum which will engage them in their learning. My enthusiastic approach and passion for physical education has made me focus on inspiring young people to engage in a more healthy active lifestyle.

I firmly believe that all children’s talents and successes should be nurtured. I will always take time to hear how children are getting on in all aspects of their learning inside and outside of school.

It is important for me to consider the whole child and I will often volunteer myself for residentials and events in the wider curriculum. This gives me the opportunity to see children in a new light overcoming challenges and learning important life skills. Every child matters and I will always go the extra mile to benefit the children at Sidbury!

Mrs Jenny Dinham-Price

Learning Mentor

I feel very fortunate to have been part of the Sidbury team for the past 10 years, both as a parent and now as a teaching assistant and Thrive practitioner. I have a genuine interest in the social and emotional wellbeing of children and therefore I work closely with the school's SENCO to ensure all of our children have the chance to thrive whilst at school. I enjoy running the popular gardening club and also help look after the children in the After School Club too.

Mrs Katy Essex

Teaching Assistant

I am still relatively new to the team at Sidbury but I have really enjoyed my time since starting in April 2015. I am a Teaching Assistant in Elm Class and I love working with the children, I find the children's enthusiasm and imagination inspiring and there is never a dull moment! I have two young children myself and my hobbies are home cooking and running!

Mrs Essex is currently on maternity leave.

Mrs Jane Powell

Teaching Assistant

I feel very privileged to have been part of the Sidbury Team for the last 9 years during which time I have seen both my sons educated at Sidbury Primary School. I have worked as a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1 during my time here and I currently work in Elm Class.. The caring and nurturing environment provided by all makes the school an exceptional place to work and learn.

Mrs Rebecca Williams

Teaching Assistant

Having heard what a fantastic school Sidbury is, now I am part of it, I can see why. Although I have only worked here for under a year, I soon felt like an integral part of 'Team Sidbury' and now couldn't imagine working anywhere else. I am currently working in Willow. Working as a teaching assistant at Sidbury School is the most challenging and rewarding position I have held. My degree is in tourism management with modern languages so I jump at the chance to speak in french or german to the children. Enjoying all aspects of outdoor life myself, I believe that children are happiest when they are outside. In my spare time, I love walking my dog Teddy, and many of you will have spotted us walking along Sidmouth sea front or on the Byes.

Miss Chelsea Cross

Teaching Assistant

I am from Sidbury and went to Sidbury CE Primary School as a child myself. I have been brought back to my roots and I am working at Sidbury as a Teaching Assistant in Class 3 with Mrs Clair Murrell. I have always wanted to work with children; I am therefore very fortunate as my current job has given me the chance to work with an amazing group of staff and children. I am a lunchtime supervisor and help to run the after school club throughout the week. I have a keen interest in the arts.
In addition to being part of the school community I am part of many committees within the village in order to support the following events and establishments: Village Hall; Fireworks and the Village and Sidbury Fair.

Mr Alex Fisher

Teaching Assistant

I currently work in Class 3 with Mrs Murrell. I have a HND and a BSC (Hons) degree in Information Systems with Information Technology.
I have experience working with children in many areas: nursery, foundation and KS1, all at mixed abilities and some with special educational needs. I believe that every child deserves a good education and school should be an enjoyable place to be. Since starting at Sidbury I could very quickly see that this is a brilliant school to be at, not just for the children but for the staff as well.
I have a strong passion for sports and enjoy football (which I play every Monday night in Exeter), rugby, basketball, American Football and the gym.
Having a teacher as a parent when I was growing up I could see from a young age how important education is to a child’s development and well being.

Mrs Dawn Sells

Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant

I have been at Sidbury for just over 2 years as a Teaching Assistant and afterschool club leader. I have worked within ks1 and 2. I am currently working in classes 4 and 5 as a TA; I enjoy supporting the children’s learning and strive to see them succeed. I have a good working relationship with the children across the school and all staff. We all share the same ethos and work hard to maintain our high standards.

Miss Annabelle Brown

Teaching Assistant

I have been working at Sidbury CE Primary School for the past ten years providing support across the school. For the last seven years she I have been a Teaching Assistant for the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. I currently work alongside Miss Coldbreath. I have a keen interest in art and often run a weekly after school Art Club or Arts and craft Golden Time activity.

Ms Kate Bedford

Teaching Assistant

'I started a Teaching Assistant role with the Sidbury Team in May 2016. This year I am working in Hazel Class with a great group of children. Their imagination and creativity never ceases to amaze me! I strive to support and encourage the children and find it very rewarding seeing their faces when they achieve. My interests include art and crafts, and country walks with my family and our dog.'

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Vivienne Bornet

Administrator

I have worked at Sidbury since 1993 and am now the longest serving member of staff! I started as a Teaching Assistant and worked across both key stages. Five years ago the post of administrator was advertised and I decided this was an area of school life that would bring new challenges and opportunities. My job is certainly varied and I enjoy meeting people, working with parents and children as well as all the other aspects that come with the job. I love music and regularly sing with a choir in Topsham as well as playing the clarinet in small ensembles.

Mrs Kirsty Stevens

Adminsitrator

I am a new member of Team Sidbury and will be working alongside Viv in the office.

Chef Stevens

Executive Chef for the Primary Academies Trust

Mrs Rachel Cross

Site Manager

It is amazing to work at Sidbury CE School, not least because this is where I went to primary school myself (but I’m not saying when!). I love being part of the team, and my job as site manager involves quite a bit of variety. It is also very important to me that the school is such a big part of the village community.
Outside school, I am involved with my family in many village events, and get a lot of satisfaction from cooking – I’ve even won some prizes at the local horticultural show.

Mr Paul Benattar

Premises Support

I am in charge of overseeing and carrying out maintenance and improvement works across the school. I have an eye for detail and always complete jobs to the highest standard. I have two children who attend Sidbury and I also live nearby. I support the school as a Dad too, helping put up the stage for productions, setting up for the Summer fete , and through attending PTFA events such as the school Beetle Drive.

Mrs Tracey Tipton

Parent Support Advisor

Mrs Tracey Tipton is our Parent Support Adviser and is in our school every other Thursday. She is happy to chat to parents about anything that is causing you concern.