Support Staff

Mrs Debbie Deas

Head Teaching Assistant


I have the pleasure of being Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Norton Primary School which I absolutely love! It was once said to me that you should never work with animals or children but I love both! Having had two boys of my own I quickly realised how truly rewarding it was to be with children and loved my playgroup duties; little did I know that this would be the start of my amazing career. I have previously supported children from the age of 2.9 years to the end of juniors .I have also been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I have supported many children including those that have Specific learning difficulties, delayed learning difficulties, behaviour, social and emotional difficulties all within mainstream settings. I enjoy the variety of my role where I also lead a dynamic team of Teaching Assistants, teach 1:1 small groups and whole class. I have been in Education for twenty years, fourteen of which has been at Norton. Most importantly I feel that my greatest achievement is learning how to understand individuals, address their needs ensuring that all learning is fun and achievable whilst supporting their self- esteem and desire to learn. It is the best feeling in the World and one that I never take for granted.

Some relevant training/courses I have – Level 3 Early Years Care and Education, Downs Syndrome training, Diploma in Special Educational Needs, Mental Health First Aid, Nurture Group Training, Autism training.

Personally, I love the countryside, my friends and family, my horse and of course my job!

I truly understand how precious your children are and feel very honoured to support them.

Mrs Helen Frost

Teaching Assistant

I started to work in schools about 15 years ago while living in Holland. I am very proud and lucky to say that I have worked at Norton Primary school for the past 13 years and enjoy my job immensely as every day is different. I enjoy working within a team, which is more like a large family.

I have two roles in the school, ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) and HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant). I have experience across school from preschool to year 6. My roles vary; I support the learning and develop of pupils within the classroom in 1:1 activities with individual children, small group activities and whole class teaching. Within my ELSA role I am regularly supervised by the Educational Psychologists from the Local Authority. I support the emotional literacy needs of individual children throughout the school and proved a caring warm environment for them to feel happy in school and to reach their full potential.

Over the years, I have had training in Precision Teaching, Developing Resilience, Outstanding Teaching and Mental Health First Aid, awareness of mental health problems, bereavement and loss, domestic abuse, children’s mental health, neglect, maths catch up and I have a level 3 in child psychology. One of the best things about working here at Norton is watching the children grow in confidence and knowledge over the years.

I am a mum of two and in my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, swimming and exploring our beautiful country.

Mrs Jane Murphy

Teaching Assistant

I have worked at Norton School for 11 years. My subject strength is Literacy as I find the English language fascinating. I have had NVQ level 2 and level 3 teaching assistant qualifications.

I enjoy working with children of all ages, seeing their confidence grow and watching their progress.

My hobbies outside of school are: walking in the countryside (especially May Hill), cycling and enjoying meals out with family and friends. I adore animals, especially rabbits, dogs and horses.

Mr John Spencer

Teaching Assistant/Sports Coach

I’ve been the P.E teacher of Norton primary school for three years. It is my passion to develop the children’s skills and understanding in all areas of physical education.

My strengths include teaching crucial skills in P.E that are important for life both inside and outside of school such as making friends, team work and working together to problem solve.

I have been all over the world learning and teaching a range of sports. I went into teaching P.E because I love seeing children develop their skills and putting these skills into practice; seeing the children’s sporting knowledge grow is wonderful.

I take part in all sports but there are two favourites: football and kickboxing (I am a black belt in kick boxing). I support my home city of Bristol rovers.

Mrs Alison Stevens

Teaching Assistant

I have been at Norton for a couple of years, having worked at a previous school for a number of years. Many years prior to working in schools I worked as a nurse in a number of different places.

I have 3 children, who all keep me busy with their various activities and have a household full of animals, including 4 very lively dogs.

I have recently got back into an old hobby of climbing, often belaying for my children or having a go myself.

Miss Laura Emerson

Teaching Assistant

I started working as a volunteer teaching assistant in September 2019, while completing my level 2 STLS course and got signed off this May. I was fortunate enough to be offered a permanent position with team Norton in the October and have loved every second of it!

I also work in Little Learners three afternoons a week and I love being a part of the children's journey for school readiness.

In my spare time I love to be with my own two children (there’s never a dull moment!), yoga and rebounding classes. I have also just started to learn to play the piano.

Miss Lois Everis

Teaching Assistant

I started working here at Norton in 2016 after completing my A-levels and Level 3 NVQ in Childcare. When I started working at Norton I was a full time Play Assistant in Little Learners.

I worked in Little Learners for a few years and was then offered the opportunity to work as a one-to-one Teaching Assistant in the Reception class.

In 2019 I started working in Reception class as a full time teaching assistant. I really enjoy art and making up stories with the children.

In my personal life I enjoy painting, reading, listening to music and being outside. I have two God-daughters who are 9 and 3, we love going on adventures together, getting messy and having story time. Our favourite books at the moment are 'Stickman' and ‘We're going on a bear hunt', especially when we can act them out!

Miss Lauren Neate

Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Lauren Neate. I have an NVQ level 2 Teaching Assistant qualification. I became the school’s P.E Co-ordinator in September 2018 and was awarded my HLTA status in March 2019. I love all my roles within school and enjoy being able to give the children more sporting opportunities throughout the school year. I have the pleasure of working alongside Mr Spencer in the afternoons teaching P.E to all classes, this gives me great experience and I love working with different age groups within the school. I enjoy seeing what each day brings and look forward to challenges the day may bring. I am very passionate about working with everyone in the Norton team to support and help the children achieve the best they possibly can.

Outside of work I love to socialise with my friends and family.

Miss Fionn Humphris

Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Humprhis (but you can call me Fi!)

I have worked in most classes and love how different and unique each year group is throughout the school . After completing my HLTA course, this year I am looking forward to taking on more responsibilities with organising cultural experiences and RE and teaching this to all year groups.

I also organise marathon club each year and run dance club with Mrs Cooper where we enter dance festivals and create new 'wake and shake' routines for school! You may also see me in after school club most days.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with friends and family, occasionally I will drive a digger or dumper for my dad! I love to sing, play my guitar or violin and I enjoy exploring the countryside. You may also find me curled up with a good book and some white chocolate!!