Learning Support Assistants

Our Learning Support Assistants are vital in our work at Wilcombe supporting both children and teachers in the classroom and providing playleader support at lunchtimes.

Mrs Kelly Triggs – HLTA Nursery Teacher

I volunteered in the Foundation Unit before getting a job at Wilcombe in 2011. During my 7 years here I have had various job roles including mealtime assistant, learning support assistant in Foundation Unit and across KS1, working one to one with pupils and supporting in nurture. I have been Leading Nursery as an HLTA for the last two and a half years.

My passion lies in Early Years as it is so rewarding watching the children flourish and become confident independent learners. This isn’t just a job for me it is an opportunity to make a real difference to a child’s life. During my time at Wilcombe I have has many opportunities to develop professionally. I gained my level 3 diploma in early years and have been involved in many training sessions including speech and Language, Fun Fit, Real PE and RWI .

I am also treasurer of our PTFA and enjoy to organise various events to raise money for the school.  I Love being part of the Wilcombe family as everyone is so supportive and dedicated.

Mrs Mandy Endicott – Nurture Practitioner, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Safeguarding Deputy Lead

I have been working at Wilcombe for the past 2 years as Nurture Lead as well as being a safeguarding officer within the safeguarding team and a licenced Thrive practitioner. My role is to deliver interventions for children that may experience social, emotional and developmental needs to build resilience and prepare children to be equipped and willing to learn in the classroom. My door is open for children to access a safe space during break and lunch and I feel privileged that the children feel able to come and talk to me regarding any problems they may be having and hopefully together we are able to work out a solution. I am glad to be part of a very warm and hardworking team at Wilcombe.

Miss Jane Holman – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

I have been at Wilcombe Primary School as both a TA and HLTA for 13 years, working across every key stage, including Reception and Nursery.  I initially helped set up the nurture provision at Wilcombe in order to provide help and emotional support for children who struggled with social interactions in the classroom. This involved working across all classes, with all age groups.  I currently work in Culm class, working with a small group of children who need support with their learning, behavioural and emotional needs, as I believe every child has the right to an education no matter what their needs are.

Mrs Rachael Bennett – Learning Support Assistant

I joined the Wilcombe team as a parent volunteer in 2007. Firstly, supporting year2.  I then progressed to full-time employment supporting in year 1 and in the foundation unit where I am currently. Whilst working in the foundation unit I have been able to gain my level 3 diploma in early years to further support the children. I really love my job at Wilcombe. The children are amazing and the staff are like one big happy supportive family. I find it so rewarding to see how the children develop and grow throughout their time at Wilcombe.

Mrs Corrina Aitchison – Learning Support Assistant

I joined Wilcombe in September 2015 volunteering in the foundation unit while studying for my NVQ level 3 in early years. I am currently working in year 2 alongside Mrs Deborah Miller and love all aspects of my role and enjoy being part of a very welcoming supportive team. Wilcombe is like one big happy family and we all go that extra mile to provide the best possible learning environment for all our children to grow, flourish and achieve.

Mrs Katie Quick – HLTA cover and Learning Support Assistant

I have been working at Wilcombe Primary School for over two and a half years as a learning support assistant in both key stage 1 and lower key stage 2. My present role includes: Covering PPA as an HLTA for key stage 1 and lower key stage 2 and supporting our teachers in different classes throughout the week as an LSA.  I am fortunate to work with a fantastic team who have inspired me to further my own education. Alongside my role at the school, I am also a full-time university student, studying a teaching and learning degree.  It is an honour to play a part in shaping the minds of our children and I look forward too many more years of watching them prosper.

Mrs Kelly Scott – Learning Support Assistant/HLTA cover

I have been working at Wilcombe since September 2007. During my time at the school I have qualified as a swimming teacher and gained HLTA status. My current role includes: lesson planning, supporting the class teacher, delivering interventions for Maths and English and covering PPA in upper key stage 2. In addition to this I am undertaking a foundation degree in teaching and learning. Wilcombe is like one big, loving family, watching the children grow and progress every day is not only a privilege but also the best feeling in the world.

Mrs Debbie Milton – Learning Support Assistant

This is my 8th year working at Wilcombe School. Over the years I have had the pleasure working across all the different year groups. This year I am in Team Avon (year 4) with the wonderful Mr Payne! As well as all the daily tasks and interventions I also enjoy organising Golden time activities for all of key stage two. I love my job at Wilcombe! It is an absolute privilege to watch the children grow and flourish and become confident, independent, thoughtful caring beings.

Angela Wilson-Date – Learning Support Assistant / PPA Cover

Joining Wilcombe in September 2005 was a turning point in my life. After enjoying four years in a London Junior school and moving to Devon, the Wilcombe children showed me their ability to challenge, show affection and stimulate me on a daily basis. A special ‘experience’. At Wilcombe I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all year groups from foundation to year 6. This year my time will be shared between years 5 & 6 along with teaching swimming, driving the minibus to various events and accompanying children on residentials. I am passionate about many subjects and have a selection of hobbies; the main one interesting the children, the four beehives in my home garden.

Chris Wilson-Date – Learning Support Assistant / PPA Cover

I have been working at Wilcombe for over two and a half years and it has been a hugely enjoyable and interesting experience! My passion for working at Wilcombe is heavily inspired by my own experiences which have resulted in me wanting to help children enjoy and get the most out of school. I am currently studying a teaching and learning degree in addition to being a qualified swimming teacher and I regularly take part in sports activities and residentials. I am fortunate enough to be working with a fantastic group of staff who are incredibly knowledgeable, fun and supportive of children and adults alike.

Mrs Zoe Ledger – Learning Support Assistant

I started working at Wilcombe in 2016.  Having worked in Year 6 and Year 4 both as a 1:1 and a general teaching assistant, I am currently based in the SEN unit, which will bring new and exciting challenges.  I enjoy taking part in residential trips, where the children face new experiences, and learn about life in different ways.  I love being a part of the Wilcombe family, and working with the fantastic children.

Mrs Kate Smith – Learning Support Assistant

Over the past few years I have had various roles throughout the school with different age groups. I am currently supporting in Nursery and Foundation. I am passionate about children having opportunities to learn through life experiences and having time and space to play – inside and out. I also work at Tiverton Adventure Playground, am doing a master’s degree in children’s play and training with OPAL (Outdoor Play and Learning).

Mrs Charlie Hann- Learning Support Assistant

I have been working at Wilcombe for 4 years. After volunteering in the foundation unit, I soon applied for a job as an LSA working in the nurture unit, and since then have been supporting in various classes from Nursery to year 6, mainly working 1-1 with children. I love my job and feel incredibly lucky to work with not only brilliant children but also a team that has been extremely supportive, I’ve learnt so much already and hope to learn much more

Mandy Gibbings- Learning Support Assistant

Better known as Mrs Bentley, I am currently working in year 3 with Mrs Sampson, this is my 6th year here at Wilcombe, it’s like a huge friendly family here. I work closely with Miss Battishill and the phonics side of the curriculum both delivering and assessing, I have worked in quite a few other schools before taking this to roughly my 13/14 years as a LSA. Wilcombe is unique there is no place like it , the staff all pull together and make an amazing team.

Amanda Elliot – Learning Support Assistant

I have been working at Wilcombe for nearly 5 years.  I have mainly worked in key stage 1 as a learning support assistant.  At present I’m working in the Foundation Unit with our fabulous reception children.  I love working at Wilcombe, every day is different! You never know what’s going to happen. It’s a privilege to be a part of the children’s lives and watch them grow.