Miss Rosie Eaton
Class R Teacher
Having always enjoyed spending time with children I looked for a job in the profession. I began by working in a nursery; it was great to gain an understanding of child development and to learn about how children play and learn through play. I went on to complete a degree in Early Childhood Studies and received my Early Years Teacher Status. Two years ago i was lucky enough to get a job at Norton Little Learners pre-school as Pre-school Manager, this was a fantastic opportunity for me to put what i had learnt at university into practice and i enjoyed the 'leadership' role and extending my knowledge and experience. I was then fortunate to be offered the role as Class 1 teacher as maternity cover. I am in my element in this role and absolutely love being part of the children's development. In class 1 we have such fun with lots of practical activities to encourage learning, fun outside and in!
In my personal life i enjoy socialising, being by the sea, horse riding, going to the gym, being in the countryside and playing netball. I feel extremely lucky to be part of Norton Primary school family!
Mrs Caroline Woodland
Class 1 Teacher
Currently on maternity leave
Miss Megan Donnelly
Class 1 Teacher
One of the main reasons I love being a teacher is being able to learn alongside the children! Working with children with SEND for 8 years, my passion for inspiring little minds grew, particularly in supporting each child to achieve an individualised target. In 2019 I graduated from University with First Class BEd Honours and a music Diploma. From the moment I visited I felt at home at Norton and I am incredibly excited to begin my teaching career in Year One!
As a child, I adored my teachers, who always seemed to make the driest topics fun, something I strive to achieve in the classroom! In my class there is a ‘magical’ aura around stories and so far the maximum amount of books we have read in one day is five, however I am sure we will beat this before the year is up!
Both inside and outside of school I radiate everything performing arts, from productions to giving it 100% on Go-noodle and am very much looking forward to continuing this during the year. When I am not performing, you can usually find me with my family or out for a walk in the countryside! Donkey’s are also my favourite animals!
Mrs Fiona Cooper
Class 2 Teacher
I have had the pleasure of teaching at Norton for a wonderful 21 years. Having graduated from university with BEd honours I was extremely fortunate to start my teaching career here, in the Autumn of 1997, with a Reception class. Since then I have taught across the whole of Key Stage One and Year 3 and 4. I currently teach Year 2.
I absolutely love teaching and enjoy watching children develop and grow into confident young adults. I am a firm believer that learning should be fun and meaningful as well as challenging so that all children can reach their full potential. I really do feel like I have the best job in the world! This is all down to the fantastic people and children that I work with every day.
I am the Physical Education Co-ordinator and this was one of my specialisms at university. Within my role one aspect of my job is to look at participation and identify opportunities for all of our children to be involved in physical exercise and team sport. I believe all children can enjoy being active no matter what their capabilities and I am keen to encourage this at Norton.
My favourite author is Julia Donaldson and I enjoy reading her stories to my class. ‘The Gruffalo’ is always top of my reading list closely followed by ‘Superworm’.
Outside of school I love being a mum to my son who is a typical toddler and growing up way too fast for my liking! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, holidays in Cornwall and reading (when I have a spare moment!!)
Mr James Gavaghan
Class 3 Teacher
After completing my degree in Computing, I decided to go abroad to Japan for a year in order to get a taste for teaching. However, I fell in love with the country and didn't return to England until 6 and a half
years later in order to undertake my PGCE which I finished in June 2016. I enjoy learning and like to pass this love on to the children I teach.
Outside of work I like to cook, read, draw and am currently learning to play the piano.
Mrs Charlotte Cook
Class 4 Teacher
I began my journey here at Norton back in 2005 when I worked throughout the school as a supply teacher. I then began teaching year 6 here at Norton on a full time basis. All my dreams came true when I became a permanent member of staff in 2009. Prior to working at Norton I had worked in a wide range of different school settings and I knew that this was the place I would choose to be! My placement whilst studying for the PGCE was in France where I had the amazing opportunity to teach and learn more about the schooling system in France. I have taught across the key stages in all year groups at Norton; most recently in year 4 and 5. I studied French and Linguistics at university and am fortunate enough to be able to apply my passion for language within the classroom. I take great pride in encouraging children to succeed. There is no better feeling than seeing a child happy and motivated at school and it as an honour to be a part of that journey.
In my other life I adore spending time with my two children. Being outdoors and finding muddy puddles seems to be the sport of choice at the moment! As a family we like to travel and explore new places together.
Miss Alice Mannings
Class 4 Teacher
Hello! I am Miss Mannings and I have been a teacher for 2 years. Since graduating from the University of Winchester, I have been teaching in a primary school in Hampshire. I am now returning to the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside having grown up near Stroud. I have a huge interest in geography and enjoy exploring new places around this country and the rest of the world. I like to incorporate geography into my teaching too in a variety of fun and interesting ways to help children appreciate the world we live in.
Outside of teaching, I enjoy travelling, being outdoors and reading.
Miss Fran Bussey
Class 5 Teacher / Assistant Head Teacher
I have been teaching for four years, three of which have been at Norton. However, my love for our school began in 2010 when I completed placements, with Miss Parker and Mrs Woodland, as part of my teaching degree. Norton nurtured my love of teaching and learning just as it does for our pupils. It was under their expert guidance and support that I completed my teaching training, earned my degree and successfully gained a full time teaching post. After a year teaching in Kent, I was fortunate enough to join the Norton family in 2013 as class teacher in Years 5 and 6 (Class 4), to cover maternity for Mrs Cook. Upon Mrs Cook’s return I remained the main class teacher of Class 4 and we taught Class 4 together Monday to Wednesday, along with our talented Teaching Assistant, Mrs Clarke.
In 2015, I undertook the role of the Year 6 teacher, a role I adore. During my time here I have become Maths and Assessment Co-ordinator, which has allowed me to oversee the changes to support the new curriculum. In 2016, I achieved my lifelong ambition to become Assistant Head Teacher alongside Jane at Norton.
Outside of school I have a passion for sailing. My dad is owner and skipper of Thames Sailing Barge Greta, moored in Kent. Greta was built in 1892 and has had a rich working history: she has carried ammunitions, agricultural materials and, arguably most importantly, beer. She is the oldest and second largest Dunkirk Little Ship. We were honoured to take part in the anniversary of Operation Dynamo in May 2015 during which my parents, along with a small crew and a selection of journalists, accompanied veterans on a voyage to Dunkirk.