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.
Mrs Alison Stevens
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
Miss Lois Everis
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
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.