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Kate OwbridgeExecutive Head
I have been a teacher for a very long time - since 1993. I've worked in a number of Local Authorities across the South East, with a stint in Nottinghamshire, and with a huge variety of children and families. Ashdown Primary is my fourth headship, and the job I feel I've been waiting to do for a long time. I was brought up in South London, and always enjoyed school (well - primary anyway...) and I am passionate about the children in my care and desperately want them to love learning and have the same experiences I did. I now live in a village near Paddock Wood, and have swapped the trains at the end of my garden for a field of horses.
Mrs Owbridge trivia would include: my favourite TV programme in the whole wide world is "Inspector Morse", I love a Chinese take away and daily morning yoga, I have 4 grown up step-children, 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 2 God-daughters and I look more and more like my mother the older I get.
Laura MassonHead of School - Juniors
I have been a teacher since 2006. I did my training here at Ashdown as it's previous incarnation of Whitehill Infant School and later moved to a school in Kent where I was Deputy Head and then Headteacher before the lure of more time with my family meant I returned to Ashdown in 2017. I loved school as a child and young adult and now I am fortunate to be doing a job that I love; teaching the next generation of young people. I am passionate about helping children, especially those who may find school a bit more challenging for one reason or another.
Outside of school I love singing, getting time with my 3 (nearly) grown-up children and getting out in the countryside. I am obsessed with reading books on education and self-improvement and veganism! If you ask anyone who knows me I am always busy. Things people may not know about me: I was adopted by the two most incredible people and had the BEST childhood, I love a crime documentary and I love adventures, like climbing mountains and walking insane distances.
Alex BaptieHead of School - Infants
Lorna IstedSchool Business Manager
Becky McAteerEYFS Phase Leader
I have been teaching for a very long time (ask Mr Angus!) across both infant and junior classes, but I've found my favourite in Early Years. Learning through play is the way to go.
I have two children, so most of my spare time involves driving them to their activities. They have a better social life than me.
I do have a few loves though, in no particular order...horse riding on the forest, going to the theatre, reading andÂ amigurumiÂ (if you know what that is.)
Yvonne KingKS1 Phase Leader
I graduated from the University of Brighton way back in 1996 and started my teaching career in a school in Eastbourne. Since then I have taught in five other schools, but Ashdown is by far my favourite! On the first day I arrived, I received warm, welcoming faces from the children, parents and staff and this still continues a year down the line.
I absolutely love my job and I am a real believer in being a life-long learner and I want every child that I teach to have that same passion for learning so that they can achieve the very best they can.
I was born in Chatham in Kent but have lived in East Sussex for over 25 years now with my husband Gavin and my 2 teenage children.
All who know me well know that I am obsessed with the colour purple and have a purple car, house and garage among many other purple things!
Alison HarrisYear 3/4 Phase Leader
Beth Thornham (currently on secondment)Year 3/4 Phase Leader
Beth Thornham (currently on secondment)
I've been teaching for enough years to not want to remember how old my first class are, now.
I've taught everything from year 3 to year 10.
I'd love to travel the world and see all of the seven wonders, I think I've seen 2 so far...
Tom AngusYear 5/6 Phase Leader
Lorna IstedBusiness Manager
Sharon ForbesOffice manager
Fiona PriceAdministrative Assistant
Joanne SainsburyAdministrative Assistant
Nicola BavinFinance Assistant and Administrative Assistant