Meet Our Teachers


Mrs Ashley Leeson – Executive Headteacher

Safeguarding Officer

My name is Ashley Leeson and I am delighted to lead the Wilcombe Team. I am also the Executive Headteacher of South Brent and Woodwater Academy. I am a qualified SENDCo and I used to lead the best practice network for our family of schools; I now lead on assessment.  I have two grown up sons and two beautiful grandsons.  Family matters to me and I always work with belief that all children deserve an outstanding education; this is what I strive for in all I do.



Mrs Christine Barnett – Year 6 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 6, 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 four days a week.



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 1 Teacher

Read Write Inc. Reading Leader

This is my 6th year at Wilcombe as a teacher in Key Stage 1. I currently teach a year 1 class, job sharing with Emily Way. 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 2 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!



Mrs Sara Stone – Year 4 Teacher

I have worked at Wilcombe for 15 years and I love what I do. I have two roles at Wilcombe and these are Speech & Language Lead and Class Cover.   It is great to see all my work come to fruition through the achievements of the children.  Wilcombe is such a great place to work and I enjoy participating in whole school life.  I really enjoy using my story telling skills at events such as the Halloween Sleepover and residential visits.



Mr Don Leslie – Year 3 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 Eilidh McCulloch – Year 5 Teacher

Safeguarding Officer

I moved to join the Wilcombe ‘family’ at the beginning of last academic year and am now the teacher of the Year 3 class.  Previously, I was a teacher in KS1 in one of the other Primary Academies Trust schools in Exeter.  It has been great to move out of the city and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Wilcombe and Tiverton.  I love learning outside, getting muddy and laughing! It is a great privilege to be working at Wilcombe with such a wonderful, dedicated team of staff, children and parents.  I am really looking forward to the year ahead and the opportunity to get involved in the wider school life.



Miss Jo Radford – Year 6 Teacher

I have taught at Wilcombe for nearly 4 years after 16 years of teaching in Plymouth, Spain and Exeter. I am presently the Year 6 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 Jo Pedrick –Outdoor Education & Family Liaison Teacher

I lead the Permaculture and Play provision, which enables children to spend one day a fortnight learning and practicing life skills in our outdoor classroom.  In addition to this I am the Family Liaison Teacher for Wilcombe. As a Family Liaison Teacher I have the honour of working closely with families of the school. One day a week I run parent workshops, make home visits, take families on trips, liaise between school and home and offer whatever support I can.  Parenting is not an easy job! We are lucky that Wilcombe recognises the importance of this role. I love my job!


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.