I am very proud to be the Headteacher of this fantastic school. I joined the staff in September 2015 and very soon realised that the children are wonderful – polite and hardworking; the staff are fabulous - dedicated and highly skilled; and the parents are terrific – supportive and welcoming.
I have over 22 years of teaching experience during which time I have taught every year group from Year 2 to Year 6. I have 15 years of Senior Leadership, having been an Assistant Headteacher and a Deputy Headteacher. Cross in Hand is my second Headship. My philosophy of education is that all children have the right to be happy, to reach their potential and to be treated with respect.
In my spare time I enjoy walking in the beautiful East Sussex countryside and going to the theatre and cinema. I also absolutely love to read, which I do every day.
Mrs Williams-Finch - (Inclusion Manager)
Having spent most of my career as a classroom teacher, I have spent the last few years focusing on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. I love learning about the specific needs of individual children and thinking creatively how best to provide the support they need. I also enjoy leading, and working in partnership with, a fabulous team of adults who really do have the best interests of our children at heart.
In my spare time, I pursue my love of art and craft through my daughter; I am forever up to my elbows in paint and glue! If I’m not creating at home, I like to visit galleries, markets and good coffee shops!
Mrs Gardiner (Lewes Class)
I joined Cross in Hand in 2009 and have mainly taught in Key Stage 1 and Early Years, which I thoroughly enjoy. It gives me great pride to be involved from the start of the children's school journey and watch them progress through the school into Year 6. I have a strong passion for history and reading; I can often be found curled up at home with a good book!
In my spare time, I enjoy pottering in the garden and going on picnics with my family.
Mrs Berwick (Lewes Class)
I am excited to join Cross in Hand school this year and be part of the Early Years team. I'm looking forward to teaching the youngest children in the school and being part of this special time in their lives. It is a lovely year to teach as you get to see the children grow in independence as well as make academic progress.
When I'm not at work, my two young sons keep me busy. We enjoy days out as a family as well as playing football together. In my spare time I like to keep fit by going to Pilates and kettle bells.
Mrs Bailey (Hever Class)
I joined Cross in Hand in January 2014 as a Year 2 teacher. I have loved teaching at the school, the children are so responsive and the other staff very supportive. It is a very happy place to be working in. With my recent background being in Early Years, I looked forward to being able to move down to Reception and to all the challenges of being part of one of the first chapters in a child’s school career!
When not working, I spend time with my family. We love to go walking on the Ashdown Forest – especially if the ice-cream van is there! I also love gardening and cooking.
Teaching Assistants - Ms Greenaway and Mrs Archibald
Mrs Cooper (Bodiam Class) - (Senior Leadership Team)I am delighted to have accepted the job at Cross in Hand as it didn’t take me long to realise what a magical learning environment it really is. The children are blessed with such a full and creative curriculum with so many challenges, that life is never dull! I am very much looking forward to steering my team for a lovely long stretch, helping the children to reach their full potential.
When I am not working, I am lucky enough to have a little time to bake, sew, knit and even sing with my children and grandchildren. I also enjoy nipping to the Kino to watch a film or to eat out with friends.
Mrs Norris (Camber Class)
I joined Cross in Hand teaching Year 1 in 2013. The amazing progress the children make in all areas makes it thoroughly enjoyable to teach this year group. I particularly enjoy teaching the new History and Geography curriculum on Continents and also have a passion for Literacy. Because I am very keen to provide the children with a wide range of books to look at in the book corner, I visit charity shops every weekend to find new texts for them to read and enjoy. I loved seeing some of my boys being entranced by books on the Titanic every snack time!
Outside of school, I love going to the theatre, watching films and reading books.
Miss Bartlett (Hastings Class)
I've always been passionate about working with children and love helping them to develop both academically and socially. My classroom is a safe, fun and happy environment where every child and adult is respected and included. I am delighted to be part of the team at Cross in Hand as I feel the qualities I value the most are embodied by all at the school. There is a fantastic feeling of community and the staff and children alike are happy and very well supported by one another, senior management and the parents, ensuring the best teaching and learning opportunities.
I am a keen gymnast and enjoy both coaching and taking part in gymnastics. I love to travel and in 2009 worked as a life guard and camp counsellor at Camp America. When travelling in Thailand, I fell in love with Elephants; I would absolutely love to have one as a class pet but I'm not sure Mrs Massheder would approve!
Teaching Assistants - Miss Caddick, Mrs Derbyshire, Mrs Thomas, Miss Barden and Mrs Lawrence
Mr Lowe (Arundel Class) - (Senior Leadership Team)
Since joining the school in 2009, I have enjoyed every moment of working at Cross in Hand - no two days are ever the same! I have spent the majority of this time teaching in Year 6, which I have loved as there was such a wide variety of things to look forward to through the course of the year. I am now looking forward to all of the new and exciting things that teaching Year 3 and 4 will bring. Although maths is my specialist subject, I love teaching at primary level with the opportunity of being able to enjoy such a wide range of different subjects.
When I'm not at school, in my spare time I like to play the guitar and go cycling on the South Downs. Having once played for Sussex at county level, I also enjoy having a game of badminton or, when the sun is shining, getting out onto the golf course with friends.
Mr Rowland (Amberley Class)
The main thing I love about working at Cross in Hand is the real passion and commitment the children give, not just in Year 3 and 4 but across the school. I believe a fun, fair but hard working classroom enables us all to enjoy our learning experience more and I really enjoy being a part of that. I am looking forward to our adventures together through the year in Amberley class in particular our trips to Kent Life and Wisley Gardens.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my young family. I am also a big sports fan, with Rugby being my favourite, having played and watched for many years. I like being active and enjoying the beautiful countryside we have on our doorstep.
Miss Barton (Dover Class)
I have worked at Cross in Hand since 2006. During
this time, I have taught in Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, which I have thoroughly
enjoyed. It is great seeing the children develop and progress as they move up
through the school. I have also enjoyed the challenge of coordinating languages
throughout Key Stage 2.
When not at school, I am busy looking after two young children, two dogs and a
horse. Swimming and pottery are also activities I like to do when not at work.
As a family, we love being outdoors whenever we can.
Mrs Elphinstone (Dover Class)
Teaching Assistants - Miss Skilton, Mrs Buss, Mrs Lock and Mrs Twinn
Mrs Hunt (Bramber Class)
Since joining the Cross in Hand team in 2011, I have been lucky enough to teach classes across years 3, 4, 5 and 6, which has enabled me to see the wonderful academic and personal progress that children are capable of making during their four years in Key Stage 2. I have enjoyed having the opportunity to teach a whole range of subjects across the year groups but have particularly loved my time teaching spanish and seeing the children's enthusiasm for a new language.
Outside of school, I'm kept busy with my own two young boys but have managed to start playing tennis again once a week in my spare time - after 15 years off the court, I can still hit the ball pretty hard, but now definitely need to work on my fitness! I also love travelling and going up to the theatre in London whenever I can.
Mrs Burdon (Bramber Class)
I joined Cross in Hand in April 2015 to teach Year 5 and I have enjoyed every minute! It really is a special place to work with dedicated staff and wonderful children, who all strive to do their very best. The children receive such a wealth of different experiences at Cross in Hand, my favourite of which was the planetarium visit. I am looking forward to even more experiences this year, in and out of the classroom! I’m particularly thrilled to be using my knowledge of languages to teach Spanish.
When I’m not teaching, I spend my time with my three children. We all love to go walking in Ashdown Forest, cycling along the Forest Way and feeding the ducks. On the rare occasions when I get some time to myself, I love to settle down with a good book and, recently, I have taken up running (well, it’s more like a slow jog) with the aim to run a 10k next year!
Mrs L Oates (Pevensey Class)
I am thrilled to have joined such a friendly and inspiring school in September 2016 and am looking forward to an exciting year ahead. Having taught a range of ages up to Year 4, I am now going to enjoy helping the team to plan some new and fascinating topics in Year 5. I have already discovered, at Cross-in Hand, positive learners who are confident in developing their own skills and measuring their progress against themselves rather than others. We are lucky to have children who are wonderfully supportive of each other and staff who are committed to helping them.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy keeping fit and active by running or cycling. I try hard to maintain my garden and, although I can report a mixture of successes and failures there, I usually enjoy the challenge! For a more relaxing time I love going to the theatre or simply curling up with a good book.
Mr Atkins (Pevensey Class)
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Rollo and Mrs Harrison
Mrs Williams (Herstmonceux Class)
Since joining Cross in Hand in 2008, I have worked in several year groups but am currently loving my time in Year 3. In particular, I am enjoying the challenge of supporting children through their transition from the Infants part of the school to the Juniors. I love learning about history with my class and especially enjoy our Victorian Day when we turn our classroom into a Victorian schoolroom. My other passion is art and I love watching children explore the wide range of techniques that we introduce in Year 3.
In my spare time, I enjoy getting out into the countryside, especially if I can borrow a dog to take with me. Failing that, I’ll take my binoculars or even a sketchbook and a set of watercolours. I also love trips to the theatre, especially London’s West End if I feel like a real treat.
Miss Bax (Chiddingstone Class)
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Keyte, Mrs Vincent and Mrs Best
I have had some incredible adventures working with amazing children at Cross in Hand! Mexican feasts; Punch and Judy shows; Medieval days dressing up as an archer or a Medieval lady in full costume and jewels; trips to Wakehurst Place and Hastings beach; and I probably shouldn’t mention a few episodes of pyromania as part of our Great Fire of London topic!
I love my garden, but when the British weather doesn’t let me out, I enjoy settling down with a box of chocolates and a hanky in front of an old black and white film.