Meet Our Teachers
Mr Reg Gilbert – Headteacher and Lead Safeguarding Officer
I have been the Headteacher at Wilcombe since September 2017. Prior to coming here, I have been working within the trust teaching at The Duchy School in Bradninch. I have worked hard to create a productive partnership with our parents to ensure the children here at Wilcombe can achieve their highest potential. A strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share that responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
Mrs Christine Barnett – Year 5 Teacher, Safeguarding Officer and Member of the Senior Leadership Team
I have been teaching at Wilcombe for 16 years and have worked across all key stages, from Reception to Year 6. I currently work in year 5, job sharing with Rebbeca Hoey. I am a senior teacher, responsible for KS2 and Maths across the school. I enjoy spending time with the children both in and out of the classroom and always take part in residential visits when given the opportunity. It is always great to see children achieve, no matter what the setting! Wilcombe is a fantastic place to work, with supportive staff and inspirational children.
Mrs Sarah Milne – SEND Co-ordinator and Member of the Senior Leadership Team
I have been Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) at Wilcombe School since Easter 2015. I help to support teachers and parents who have children with SEND. SEND can cover a whole range of difficulties which may be mild or very significant. I help to signpost people towards other professionals who could offer the pupil and family some support. I work at Wilcombe three days a week.
Mrs Emily Way – Reception Teacher
Foundation Stage Lead and Member of the Senior Leadership Team
I am in my 10th year of teaching here at Wilcombe and I have spent the majority of this time working in and leading the Foundation Unit. I am extremely passionate about the Early Years and after achieving my 1st class degree in Early Childhood studies I completed a PGCE specialising in the Foundation Stage Curriculum. I am very proud of the strong play-based philosophy we have created and maintained over the years. I feel very lucky and privileged to work in such a fantastically inclusive and welcoming school where the children always come first
Lyn Brimson -Culm Class teacher and safeguarding officer
I have been teaching at Wilcombe for nearly two years but also have extensive experience of working across Key Stages 1 and 2. I am currently teaching in Culm class which is a small and friendly class of seven children who need extra support in understanding the curriculum and learning how to interact with one another in a supportive manner. I am passionate about the curriculum being able to motivate young people of today and providing them with opportunities to succeed, no matter what their approach to learning is. I enjoy finding ways to cultivate a love of learning and building a team of children who work together and include each other in a range of learning experiences. Here in Culm we believe that everyone ‘can do!
Mrs Hannah Holman – Reception Teacher
My journey at Wilcombe started as a Learning Support Assistant for Year 3, seven years ago. After completing my PGCE specialising in Early Years, I was delighted to return to Wilcombe as a teacher in the Foundation Unit. The Early Years curriculum gives us the flexibility to educate the children following their individual interests, which naturally creates curiosity, engagement and a love of learning. I feel extremely fortunate to have a job that I love, as well as work with a team of passionate and nurturing individuals. The children at Wilcombe are unbelievably resilient and they fill me with pride each and every day.
Miss Caleigh Battishill-Year 1 Teacher
English and Read Write Inc Lead
I have been teaching at Wilcombe for 8 Years in Key Stage 1. I have a passion for early reading and phonics and have led in this area for 3 years now. More recently I have been mentoring newly qualified teachers and students. Watching children learn, grow and develop is what drives my love of teaching. I am developing my leadership skills by looking at English across the school and helping to drive our ambition to improve the outcomes for all children in reading and writing. Working at Wilcombe is like having an extended family. All of the staff here have the utmost dedication for helping children to achieve. Every child here is unique and special and just amazing!
Mrs Deborah Miller – Year 2 Teacher
I have been working at Wilcombe Primary School as a Key Stage 1 teacher for just over three years. Previous to this I worked in our foundation unit as an early years practitioner for approximately seven years. I currently teach in year 2 with Mrs Corinna Aitchison. I am passionate about educating and supporting children, allowing each and every one to access the best possible time at this fantastic school. I know that the staff at Wilcombe work tirelessly to achieve this. I thoroughly enjoy working at Wilcombe and look forward to another exciting year.
Mrs Nikki Sampson – Year 3 Teacher
I have worked at Wilcombe Primary for two and a half years, having previously worked in Secondary education. I am really excited about the year ahead as this will be my first year as a teacher in the school. I will be teaching Year 3, supported by Mrs Gibbings. I am very passionate about education and supporting our children to fulfil their potential. It is a privilege to watch the children at Wilcombe achieve in so many areas of their learning. I am very fortunate to work in such an inspirational school, alongside a great team.
Mr William Paine – Year 4 Teacher
Science and Accelerated Reader Coordinator
I joined the wonderful Wilcombe team in January 2018 and currently work in Year 4 with the assistance of Mrs Milton. The atmosphere created by the staff and the dedication they possess have made me feel instantly at home in a setting where the whole child truly matters. My passions include PE and science, the latter of which gives children a unique opportunity to learn in a practical manner. Having grown up and been educated in Tiverton myself, it is an honour to encourage a positive, enquiring attitude in the young people of the area, with the varied and colourful characteristics they hold.
Rebecca Hoey – Year 5 Teacher
I have recently started at Wilcombe Primary School where I have chosen to commence my NQT year. The welcoming and family-like feel at Wilcombe has made me feel a real part of the team already. I am currently working in Year 5, sharing the class alongside the expertise of Mrs Barnett! I am an English Specialist so I cannot wait to inject my passion into my teaching and inspire the children. It is also incredibly motivating that the children here are keen for success and clearly enjoy their learning. I am grateful that I have been chosen to join the team and cannot wait to see where my journey at Wilcombe will take me.
Dan Pomeroy – Year 6 Teacher
Having worked at Wilcombe for 7 years, previously doing 2 weeks of voluntary work on the Year 6 residential. I have progressed from an LSA to now becoming the Year 6 teacher. Prior to this, I had been to university, studying Sports Development. In my time at Wilcombe, I have gained a lot of experience by working across the whole of the school as an LSA and HLTA. I am also currently the PE Lead, a role which I believe is vital to the health and wellbeing of the children. Working at Wilcombe has been a great experience so far, the staff and children are extremely welcoming and I look forward to furthering my career within the Ventrus.