Meet Our Teachers







Mr Reg Gilbert – Headteacher

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 am looking forward to creating 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 Jo Radford.  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

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 with 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 Lyn Brimson – Year 6 Teacher

I have been teaching at Wilcombe since March 2017 and have worked across all key stages in schools of varying sizes, including two from within our trust of schools.  I am currently teaching the year 6 class and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a warm and welcoming school as well as taking part in the exciting events that happen each term, including the Grenville House Residential at Brixham.  I am passionate about teaching children and helping them to learn in different ways – we recently set up a crime scene for our English lesson! I love seeing children realise their full potential as well as be supportive role models for each other; teaching them how to play the Taiko drums and learn different languages has been an exciting introduction to life here at Wilcombe.



Mrs Hannah Holman – Foundation Stage Class Teacher

 I lead our Foundation Stage Unit, specifically working with the Reception Class, but with responsibility for Nursery and Reception. I am really passionate about delivering an inclusive and enriching curriculum which inspires children’s curiosity. It is important to me that the children’s first experiences at Wilcombe leaves them feeling safe and happy within the school environment.  I am surrounded by such a supportive team who are all passionate about their job and a group of children who are full of personality. I am really lucky to have a job that I truly enjoy and cherish.



Miss Caleigh Battishill – Year 2 Teacher

Read Write Inc. Reading Leader

This is my 7th year at Wilcombe as a teacher in Key Stage 1. I currently teach a year 2 class. I am committed to helping children achieve their full potential in their school life. We have a playful approach to our curriculum, understanding that children learn through exploration and meaningful play. I enjoy working at Wilcombe, because the children are caring, supportive and enthusiastic. All members of staff are also supportive and nurturing towards all children and have time to listen to everyone. I am proud to be a member of this community, working alongside other professionals, children and parents and in addition have recently become a governor.



Mrs Deborah Miller – Year 1 Teacher

I have worked at Wilcombe Primary School for approximately nine years, initially as a Learning Support Assistant in the Foundation Stage Unit. During this time I realised that I had a true passion for working with children and decided to commence my teaching training. After lots of hard work I qualified with two teaching qualifications – Early Years Teacher and Primary Teacher. I am thrilled to say that in September 2015 I began my first teaching post here at Wilcombe, a school with a dedicated team of staff who hold the same core values I believe should be at the heart of all good educational institutions. I am looking forward to watching each and every child I teach move forward and achieve their goals. This is going to be a very exciting year!




Mr Don Leslie – Year 4 Teacher

I joined Wilcombe Primary School in September 2016 after 3 years of teaching years 3 and 4 at another school in Devon. I am delighted to be here and already feel like part of the furniture! It’s brilliant to work with such a dedicated staff who share the same core beliefs in education and work hard everyday to ensure the best future for the children in their care. Prior to joining Wilcombe I worked in International Marketing for 20 years, a career that has taken me all over the world. I am looking forward to sharing some of the insights into other cultures this has given me with the children at Wilcombe. This is going to be a very exciting year!




Miss Jo Radford – Year 5 Teacher

I have taught at Wilcombe for nearly 5 years after 16 years of teaching in Plymouth, Spain and Exeter. I am presently the Year 5 teacher, job sharing with Christine Barnett, sharing an amazing class who work hard, have fun and enjoy learning. I love working with the passionate staff and enthusiastic children of Wilcombe. This year I am eager to see the development of Building Learning Powers throughout the school and have loved seeing the children take charge of their learning by understanding the different learning muscles.





Mrs Sue Risdon – Ready Steady Read Consultant

I have recently joined the team at Wilcombe as the Ready Steady Read Consultant. This role is funded by the Rotary Club and involves working 1:1 with four children in KS1 to accelerate their reading progress. I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work in an area of teaching which really inspires me. I have been made to feel really welcome at Wilcombe and am enjoying being part of the team.