Tom Pether - Head of School

I have been teaching in primary schools for nearly 20 years in which I have taught across the age ranges. Teaching is an endlessly fascinating and rewarding profession which continues to challenge and engage me. My original degree was in Art History, after which I completed a PGCE. I am a trained SENDCO and have been Head of School at Blackawton and now at East Allington schools. I enjoy teaching the range of subjects we offer in primary schools but History is my passion and I have for several years trained teachers in this subject as part of the SCITT teacher training program.

I believe teachers in primary schools have the opportunity, duty and privilege to open doors, ignite interests and enable children to, in the words of the great Roald Dahl; ‘Be the best you can be.’ – that’s what we strive for every day at East Allington.

Lisa Howells - Class 3 Teacher

I have been a Teacher at East Allington School for the past seven years and during this time have taught across all Key Stages. I currently work part-time in Class 3 and share the post with Mrs Rosewarne.
I attended the University of Coventry and completed my degree in Modern Foreign Languages. This provided me with an opportunity to travel and live in both France and Gran Canaria. After this, I went on to gain a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and have since taught in various schools and had the opportunity to teach an Upper Key Stage two class in France. Languages are my specialism and I currently lead the learning of Modern Foreign Languages at East Allington School. It is a delight to hear the children meet and greet in Spanish and address me as Seňora!

When I am not at school, I enjoy running and cycling and am very proud to have completed a half marathon in May 2015 and a 100km charity bike ride in 2016. I strongly believe in the importance of setting goals and challenging ourselves both in and out of the classroom and share this ethos with each and every child I have the pleasure of teaching.

Lisa Rosewarne - Class 3 Teacher

I have been very lucky to have taught at East Allington Primary School now for seven years and have taught Upper Key Stage 2 throughout this time. I work three days a week in Class 3, teaching the Year 5 and 6 children and I share this role with Mrs Howells.
I studied English at The University of the West of England in Bristol and worked in tourism for a short while before beginning a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Plymouth University. I worked at a few of the local schools before beginning my full-time post at East Allington, where I thoroughly enjoy being part of our warm, creative and vibrant community school. I really love to get the best from each child and I work hard to ensure all children are challenged in their learning.

I really enjoy family walks with my lively dog and young daughter and love going for long stomps around our beautiful countryside and along the coastline. I enjoy cooking and especially love to bake cakes! I really love to read, especially in the holidays when I have a little more time to relax and I have recently started a new hobby called ‘Spinning’ which I hope to get better and quicker at over the next few months. After running the Race for Life with some of the other teachers last year, I hope to push myself this year with a new challenge.

Debbie Ward - Class 2 Teacher

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher and after leaving school in Kingsbridge, I trained at King Alfred’s College in Winchester.  I graduated with a BEd degree specialising in music and have now been teaching for 30 years! I began my teaching career working at Kingsbridge Primary School and then moved to South Brent Primary School.

I began teaching at East Allington Primary School in 1996 and taught children in Key Stage 1 for many years. I was also responsible for teaching music to children across the school. 

I now teach Class 2 which is made up of children in Years 3 and 4 and particularly enjoy teaching music and art.

Out of school, I enjoy working on a variety of art and craft projects.

Kimberley Pollard - Class 1 Teacher

I am the Reception teacher, Foundation Stage Unit Manager and deputy safeguarding officer.

In these roles, I find it incredibly rewarding to work with colleagues, parents and other agencies to help improve the lives and education of the children in our school.

I love the exciting, ever-changeable nature of my job. It is amazing to work with children and be a part of the journey they make through their early years.

At Swansea University I studied Psychology and graduated with a BSC in Psychology. I then trained to become a teacher at The University of St Mark & St John and achieved my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

I do not feel my learning will ever stop. Every child is unique and special and this means I must continually learn new ways to enrich their learning.

Karen Partridge - Reception

I qualified with a BA/QTS Hons First Class degree over 20 years ago and have been teaching ever since. I have been fortunate to teach across many age ranges in different schools and nurseries and have been an Early Years Adviser in Torbay. The children, community, parents, governors and staff make East Allington a fantastic place to work. It is a privilege to be nurturing children by teaching all the subjects particularly when I have a passion for the creative subjects.

Katie Lethbridge - Support Staff

I have been a Teaching Assistant at East Allington for 4 years, where I work in Key stage 2. I have more recently been given the opportunity to train and become the Forest School Leader at East Allington – a very exciting development for both myself and the school, with all children accessing a session each week. I thoroughly enjoy my positions at East Allington and the children are a delight to work with.

My background is in catering and I am a strong believer of healthy eating. I trained in Food Preparation and Cooking before setting up my own catering company. I try and offer as much cookery as I can to the children, both at Forest School and in the classroom. Cooking links to so many topics; maths, science, food tech, history, and so we try and bring cookery into the curriculum as much as possible.

Ana Maria Wilson - Support Staff

Sarah Brooker - Support Staff

Jolene Cumes - Support Staff

Julie Piper - Nursery Staff

Susie Singer - Nursery Staff

I have worked in East Allington FSU since 2010.

I am a keyworker and part of the foundation stage unit team.

I love my job and enjoy providing a safe and happy environment for all of the young children on their learning journey.

Angie Taylor - Nursery Staff

Kirsty Key - Nursery Staff

Chloe Toorneini - Governor

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East Allington Primary School

Church Hill

East Allington

Totnes, TQ9 7RE

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