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Mrs Massheder

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 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.








Learning Support Assistants - Ms Greenaway and Mrs Archibald



Mrs Elphinstone (Bodiam Class)

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Mrs Gardiner (Bodiam 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 Cooper (Camber Class) - (Senior Leader)

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.







Miss Chapman (Hastings Class)

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Learning Support Assistants - Mrs Best, Miss Caddick and Miss Barden


Mrs L Oates (Arundel Class)

I was thrilled to have joined such a friendly and inspiring school in September 2016 and have taught a range of ages up to 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 (Arundel Class)

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Mr Pinard (Amberley Class)

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Learning Support Assistants Mrs Lock, Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Rollo and Mrs Thomas






Mr Lowe (Pevensey Class) - (Senior Leader)

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 upper Key Stage Two, which I have loved as there was such a wide variety of things to look forward to through the course of the year. 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, go mountain biking on the South Downs or doing baking. 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.







Miss Bax (Herstmonceux Class)

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Miss Rumsey (Chiddingstone Class)

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Learning Support AssistantsMrs Harrison, Mrs Simmonds, Mrs Derbyshire, Mrs Vincent and Mrs Keyte