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
I started to work in schools about 10 years ago while living in Holland. I am a mum of two and enjoy walking with my dog and travelling around the country taking my children to climbing competitions.
I am very proud and lucky to say that I have worked at Norton Primary school for the past 8 years and enjoy my job immensely as every day is different. I enjoy working within a team which is more like a large family. As a HLTA I have experience across school from preschool to year 6. My role varies; 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. I am trained and have experience in autism and have recently refreshed my mathematical skills to stretch the more able pupils. This year I have also trained in Precision Teaching, Developing Resilience, Outstanding Teaching and Mental Health First Aid. One of the best things about working here is watching the children grow in confidence and knowledge over the years.
Mrs Chantelle Clarke
I was offered the chance to volunteer at the primary school I attended as a pupil many years before, Norton, by my former teacher, Jane Johnson (Head Teacher), in January 2012. I was more than delighted to begin this exciting new adventure. I then started a full time job in Norton Little Learners, where I thoroughly enjoyed my role as play assistant for 16 months before moving to a full time teaching assistant role in class four. I am now training as a HLTA and am responsible for Personal Development (PSHE) throughout school. The part of my job that I appreciate the most is the rewarding moment when a child’s face lights up after they grasp something with my guidance and support that they formerly struggled with, the pride that shines from their face is what I adore. Out of school I spend my free time with my fiancé, family and friends, either being a film fanatic or relaxing with a delicious, hearty, home-made meal from the kitchen of Mum! I live by my favourite quote and try to bring the moral of it through to the children I work with, it was said by my childhood friend Christopher Robin (Winnie the Pooh), ‘You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think’.
Mrs Jane Murphy
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.
Miss Fionn Humphris
I started volunteering three years ago at Norton when the year 5 pupils were going to Tewkesbury School to do woodwork. I enjoyed woodwork whilst I attended Tewkesbury myself, and jumped at the opportunity to help out! I had so much fun and when I heard Norton wanted someone else to work at lunchtimes and applied for the job in February. During the summer of 2013 I had so much fun helping to create props and sets for the junior play ‘Alice in wonderland’ (we still have the flamingos!!) This made me want to do more than just midday supervising.
I started working in the Pre-school and ks1 classes. I also looked into starting a Teaching assistant course, and started this February 2014. I have been on different training courses including; behavioural courses, lunchtime supervisor training, first aid and a few more! I have changed roles around the school a lot since I started, moving from the pre-school into class 3 on certain days and working alongside Mr Spencer in the afternoons teaching sport, I also work in the hall at lunchtimes. Working in a primary school was never something I saw myself doing, but I think from the first day I volunteered for woodwork I got the primary school bug, and I haven’t looked back since!
Outside of work, I do a lot of work with St John Ambulance as a volunteer and enjoy going to many different events around the county. I have also used this link to bring an ambulance to school which was thoroughly enjoyed by all! Although I don’t have hobbies as such, I enjoy being outside when I can. My family have always enjoyed motocross and I love supporting my younger brother with his quad racing, a very proud big sister!
Mr Craig Bluck
Hello! Mr Bluck ‘ere. After deciding that plumbing was not the job for me I was on a wild hunt to find a career that I was passionate about. I have always enjoyed working with children and have been fortunate enough to gain some experience while lifeguarding at Cascades in Tewkesbury. I snapped up the opportunity of volunteering at Norton on a Thursday and Friday to confirm whether it was the job for me. After a year of volunteering the hunt for a career was finally over. I have been a full time TA in class 1 for a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of so many children is such an incredible feeling.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, watching/playing various sports and participating in pub quizzes in an attempt to further my range of completely useless facts. Did you know that Rhino horns are not made of bone, but of keratin, the same material found in your hair and fingernails? Pretty interesting eh!
Miss Lois Everis
Hello, I’m Lois and I have a Level 3 NVQ in childcare.
I work in Reception in the mornings and in the afternoons I am in Norton Little Learners . I love that every day is different and that we never know what to expect!
Outside of school I spend a lot of time with my God-daughters and brother, they are all crazy and love to make me laugh.
Miss Lauren Neate
Hi, I’m Lauren Neate. After completing my GCSE exams in June 2014, I came to Norton C of E primary school to gain more work experience in working in a primary school and with children. I was then given the opportunity to join Norton school and the amazing Norton team and started to work towards my NVQ level 2 apprenticeship course which began in October 2014. I am continuing to work hard to complete my course with the help of all my colleagues. I currently help out in Norton Little Learners and thoroughly enjoy my time whilst working in there. I also have the pleasure of working in both junior classes, this gives me great experience and I love working with different age groups within the school. Outside of work I love to socialise with my friends and family. 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.