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.

 268   Mrs Rachael Bennett – EYFS Learning Support Assistant
I have been working at Wilcombe for 7 years. I started doing voluntary cover in year 2, then progressed to full time employment in the Foundation Unit. I have also worked in Key Stage 1 as a 1:1 support assistant.  During my time at Wilcombe I have been given the opportunity to gain further experience by taking part in professional development, which has enabled me to complete a level 3 Diploma in Early Years.  I deliver a ‘Funky Finger’s’ sessions which help children develop their fine and gross motor skills. I really love my job at Wilcombe, I love the staff and the children, it’s a fantastic place to work.
190  Mrs Kelly Triggs –  EYFS Learning Support Assistant
I have worked at Wilcombe for nearly 6 years, starting as a volunteer in the Foundation Unit.   I have also worked in KS1 and as a 1:1 support assistant. I have an NVQ level 3 in Early Years which supports my work with children in the foundation unit.  I lead ‘Funfit’ every day for small groups of children to develop their fine motor and gross movement skills.   I really enjoy working at Wilcombe as the staff and children are just great.  The school is supportive and believes in developing its staff which helps the children to get the best start possible.  I like Wilcombe as it is like an extended family and no two days are the same.
 Mrs Amy De Viell –  EYFS Learning Support Assistant

Miss Amber Reed –  EYFS Learning Support Assistant


Mrs Jayne Pharaoh – EYFS & Year 2 Learning Support Assistant

I started volunteering at Wilcombe, then I got a permanent position as a 1-1 in KS1 in September 2014. I am currently working in EYFS in the mornings and Year 2 as a 1:1 in the afternoons. I am hoping to start my NVQ 3 in early years. I have enjoyed my time at Wilcombe so far, it has a wonderful family atmosphere and I am looking forward to my future at Wilcombe.


Mrs Corrina Aitchison – Year 1 Learning Support Assistant

I started volunteering at Wilcombe in September 2015 in the Foundation Unit, while studying for my NVQ 3 in early years. I am currently working in year 1 as a Learning Support Assistant. I love working at Wilcombe as every day is different, the staff are so welcoming and the whole school has a lovely family feel to it.

 chris  Mr Christopher Wilson-Date –  Year 1 Learning Support Assistant
139 Mrs Amanda Elliott – Year 1 Learning Support Assistant
I joined Wilcombe in February 2014. I have worked in the foundation unit and in our Nurture Group. I am currently working 1:1 in our year 1 class. I love working at Wilcombe, every day is different. I particularly enjoy the outdoor play areas that Wilcombe offers. The staff at Wilcombe are a fantastic, committed team who are devoted to the children. It is a privilege to work here and be a part of the children’s lives.

 Mrs Jackie Taylor-Miller – Year 1 & Nurture Group Learning Support Assistant

I joined Wilcombe Primary school in September 2014. It has been a very welcoming and friendly school to work in. I enjoy a varied job role ranging from group work to 1:1 support which makes it all the more rewarding. I enjoy all aspects of my work at the school, especially the outdoor provision the children can access. The environmental area and meadow area a great resource and the Nature club held after school helps to maintain these spaces for all to enjoy.


Miss Kate Tovey – Year 1 Learning Support Assistant

I currently work part time as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 1. This is my first job in a school and I am learning new things every day and I am looking forward to exciting new challenges!

Photo 2 Ms Mandy Bentley – Year 2 Learning Support Assistant
I have worked here at Wilcombe since September 2013 , based in  KS1. I have been a Learning Support Assistant for over 13 years and have worked across both KS1 and KS2 in the other schools I have worked for. I love working here at Wilcombe it’s so friendly and family orientated I felt so welcomed from the moment I arrived and now feel the love of the Wilcombe family.
 Katie  Mrs Katie Quick –  Year 2 1:1 Learning Support Assistant

236 Mrs Angela Wilson-Date –  Year 3 Learning Support Assistant
After four years as a Teaching Assistant in a London school I joined Wilcombe in September 2005.  Opportunities within Wilcombe have included working in all key stages, supporting children with Speech and Language difficulties, delivering a Reading Recovery programme, qualifying as a Swimming Teacher, First Aider and covering classes during Teacher’s planning time.  I have many interests and try to encourage children to enjoy their school environment by drawing on my own passions which include, sport activities, drama (I belong to two amateur dramatic societies), music and craft/art work.  Seeing that Wilcombe smile makes my job so rewarding
291 Miss Jane Holman – Year 4 1:1 HLTA
I have worked at Wilcombe for 9 years, in which time I have worked across all key stages. I currently have the extremely rewarding role of working 1:1 with a wonderful child in Year 4. I am also a qualified Thrive practitioner and have been instrumental in implementing THRIVE philosophy and practice within the school.  Wilcombe is a fantastic place to work and its philosophy of educating the whole child is amazing!

Mrs Linda Lindus – Year 4 1:1 Class Learning Support Assistant

I have been a nursery nurse since 1979 and have enjoyed a varied career working with young children, from a mother and baby home to deputy manager at Park Hill Nursery before taking on the role as Nursery nurse at Wilcombe in 2001. With the expansion of the Primary Academies Trust, six years ago I was asked to transfer to Sampford Peverell School to help to support our new colleagues and our wider school family. Now I am happy to say I am back and  after a spell in the nursery I am now working 1:1 with a child in year 4.

 Nikki  Mrs Nicola Sampson –  Year 4 1:1 Learning Support Assistant

  Mrs Debbie Milton – Year 5 Learning Support Assistant
This is my 5th year at Wilcombe Primary, previously I’ve worked in a nursery and ran an after school and holiday club.  I’ve had to pleasure to work with all key stages and currently I am working in both year 3/4 classes. I run a Maths intervention programme called ‘Counting to Calculating’ and lead many other small group or 1:1 interventions.  I love my job at Wilcombe, in particular I enjoy watching the children grow and flourish.  We are like one big extended family.
292 Mr Dan Pomeroy – Year 6 Learning Support Assistant & HLTA
I have worked at Wilcombe for 4 years, previously doing 2 weeks voluntary work on the Year 6 residential. 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 a LSA. I am currently an HLTA, working in years year 6 in the mornings, whilst teaching PE to KS2 classes in the afternoon. I have a number of other roles within the school, including helping with ICT and PE. 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 PAT.
155  Mrs Charlie Hann – Nurture Group Learning Support Assistant
I have been working at Wilcombe Primary for 2 years. It has been absolutely fantastic, I work in the Nurture Unit with small groups and also 1-1 with individual children. I love the atmosphere here, the kids are great!
102 copy Mrs Kate Smith – Outdoor Education Learning Support Assistant
I have been working at Wilcombe School for 3 years. I  lead Outdoor Education with Jo Pedrick 3 days a week and children both inside and outside of the class for 2 days a week. I am passionate about the role of play in children’s development and am currently working on a Masters Degree in this subject. I am a Forest School Leader and also work at Tiverton Adventure Playground. I enjoy rock climbing, running and yoga. I like the Wilcombe ethos of inclusion and the schools genuine feeling of ‘going the extra mile’ for all pupils.
I started at Wilcombe in 2007 and have been fortunate to work across all age groups during my time. Whilst working in the school I have become a qualified swimming teacher and gained HLTA status.  In previous years I have organised and run the school council meetings, including visits to the town hall for the ‘Children’s Parliament.’ My current role includes: Teaching a read, write inc group every morning, supporting the class teacher, break and lunchtime duties,  accompanying classes to the swimming pool every week and teaching a small group whilst there, delivering interventions for Maths and English and covering PPA in the Foundation Stage. I find my job extremely rewarding, I enjoy building relationships with both children and parents and feel that Wilcombe is an inclusive and happy environment.