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 and SENCo)
Having spent most of my career as a classroom teacher from Early Years to Upper Key Stage Two, I have spent the last eight 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
- Miss Cooper
Mrs Elphinstone (Bodiam Class)
In 2016, I was delighted to become part of the Cross in Hand team. It quickly became apparent to me what a supportive and friendly bunch of people the staff and wider school community are. The children at this school are certainly happy learners who are keen to do their best.
Having experience of being a class teacher in each of the primary years from Nursery to Year 6, I am delighted to be back in Key Stage One; it is where my heart is. I find helping the children right at the start of their school life is wonderful, plus you get the added bonus of seeing how they progress and grow as individuals as they move through the school.
Outside of school, the majority of my time is spent enjoying getting out and about with my family. I have a particular passion for History and Archaeology, often dragging my family to various historical sites whatever the weather. I also enjoy going to the theatre and listening to live music when I possibly can.
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.
Learning Support Assistant:
- Mrs Cottingham
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)
I was delighted to join Cross In Hand School in September 2017 to teach Year 2 after graduating from The University of Chichester. Cross In Hand is especially significant as I have lived here all my life.
I am very proud to be part of such a friendly and enthusiastic team and look forward to the year ahead. What attracted me to Cross In Hand was the sense of community and how the children and staff across the school look out for one another. I feel privileged to work in a school that always provides the best for children’s well-being and education.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and keeping active by going to the gym. Having spent many years competing at county and Regional level for both swimming and cross country running, I still enjoy and actively pursue these hobbies whenever I can.
Learning Support Assistants:
- Mrs Chandler
- Miss Caddick
- Mrs Barden
- Mrs Keyte
Mrs 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.
Miss Rudd (Arundel Class)
Mr Pinard (Scotney Class)
I was very pleased to join Cross in Hand in September 2017, having previously worked in 5 other schools in East Sussex and London since starting my teaching career in 1988 (not only before any of the children were born but also before some of the staff were born!)
It is lovely to see all of the opportunities that are available for the children to succeed with at the school. As PE leader, I am looking forward to taking this forward at various inter-school events.
In my spare time I expect to be visiting one of my two children who are based in Falmouth and Nottingham at university. When not doing this, I am usually hoping that my favourite football team, Burnley FC, have not lost again!
Mr Pickford (Amberley Class)
Learning Support Assistants:
- Mrs Lock
- Mrs Derbyshire
- Mrs Rollo
- Mrs Lawrence
- Mrs Jeffery
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 is 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 on a Sunday afternoons. Having once played for Sussex at county level, I also enjoy playing badminton or, when the sun is shining, getting out onto the golf course. Also, I am quite partial to an Oreo - or two!
Mr Atkins (Herstmonceux Class)
I am really happy to be a part of the Cross in Hand School community and working with great children and staff. I am particularly excited to be leading the music curriculum, which is already well established across the whole school.
When I am not working, my wife and I enjoy walking our dogs or getting out and about on our bikes. We have two children. My son is at music college; my daughter lives in Bournemouth and is an animator.
I like listening to all kinds of music and there is nothing better than getting stuck into a really good book whilst doing so.
Miss Rumsey (Chiddingstone Class)
I was delighted to join Cross in Hand in September 2017, after working in Crawley for 8 years. I have taught every year from Year 1 to Year 6 and have loved the challenges that each year group brings. The children and the staff at Cross in Hand are so friendly, kind and very supportive. It is a very happy place to be working in and I am thrilled to be a part of it.
When I’m not at school, I enjoy being a mummy the most. I love spending time at home doing fun and exciting things with my daughter as well as roaming around East Sussex trying to find a good trail to do. I also enjoy reading a good book, completing difficult puzzles and swimming.
Learning Support Assistants:
- Mrs Harrison (Thrive Practitioner)
- Mrs Simmonds (Thrive Practitioner)
- Mrs Vincent
- Mrs Thomas
Miss Bax (Maternity Leave)
Since joining Cross in Hand in 2015, I have had the pleasure of teaching a range of age groups within Upper Keystage 2. I love the ethos of the school and enjoy the opportunities for creative, engaging and immersive learning with the children in Year 5/6. The school has great ambitions and it is amazing to be part of such a high striving team of professionals.
As well as teaching Year 5/6, I also lead the Computing curriculum within the School. I’m particularly excited about sharing the use of engaging technology with staff and pupils to help enhance children’s learning and really enjoy seeing the benefits that a creative curriculum allows.
When I’m not working, I enjoy home improvements and spending time with my friends and family. Having competed in swimming at both county and national level, I still enjoy a dip every now and then as well as the gym and walks in the country.