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.
Mrs Codd (Lewes Class)
I am so pleased to have joined the fantastic team at Cross in Hand School. The staff, children and parents are so friendly and welcoming. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead.
Since graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University, I have taught EYFS or Key Stage 1. I love working with this age group, being at the beginning of a child’s school journey and watching how they grow and blossom as they progress through the school.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy cycling in the countryside as well as watching different sports but Formula One is my favourite! Should I find a quiet moment to myself, I also enjoy reading a book.
Mrs Banfield (Lewes Class)
I am delighted to have joined such a caring and friendly team at Cross In Hand. All the staff, children and parents are so welcoming and supportive.
I have been teaching for just over 10 years now, prominently within EYFS classes. I absolutely love teaching this age. I see it as a privilege to be part of such an important milestone in the children’s lives. It is wonderful to watch the children grow and flourish throughout their first school year.
When I am not working, I love spending time with my family and friends. I can often be found pottering around in the garden, going on long walks or day trips out. I also enjoy baking with my two children; we love trying out new recipes and making family favourites.
Learning Support Assistants:
- Ms Greenaway
- 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.
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 Assistants:
- Mrs Chandler
- Miss Caddick
- Mrs Barden
- Mrs Keyte
Mr Pinard (Scotney Class)
I am very pleased and proud to be a member of the Cross in Hand community. I joined the school 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.
In my spare time I enjoy walking (I have started several of the National Trails and endeavour to finish them whilst I am still able to) and visiting places with my family. When not doing this, I am usually hoping that my favourite football team, Burnley FC, have not lost again!
Miss Bax (Amberley Class)
Since joining Cross in Hand in 2015, I have had the pleasure of teaching a range of age groups within Key Stage 2. I love the ethos of the school and enjoy the opportunities for creative, engaging and immersive learning with the children. 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 3/4, 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.
Miss Ritman-Meer (Amberley Class)
I feel very lucky to have joined Cross in Hand Primary school and have been overwhelmed by the kindness and enthusiasm for learning from the children and the staff. It feels fantastic to be a part of a team who clearly strive to do their best for the children and value every subject area equally.
I have taught as a primary teacher for ten years in London and Kent. I have spent most this time in Key Stage 2, with a three-year stint in Year 2. I studied English Literature at University and have a particular passion for the subject.
When I’m not working, I play netball once a week for a league in Tunbridge Wells. I love to cook and particularly enjoy making Iranian food as well as making cakes with my daughter. I like to read, play my guitar and sing. I also come from a big Arsenal family so there is always a (frustrating) match on at the weekends.
Miss Thomas (Arundel Class)
I am very pleased to have joined such a caring and supportive team at Cross in Hand. I have recently completed a PGCE at the University of Sussex and I feel very proud to have been accepted to start my teaching career at such a wonderful school. It is fantastic to see how happy and enthusiastic the children in this school are.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. You can normally find me reading a good book or attempting to paint.
Mrs Firth (Rye Class)
I have been overwhelmed by the welcoming nature of the school and staff at Cross in Hand, since joining the team in 2019. Prior to this, I have worked and trained in a number of schools countywide in a variety of capacities. I have always been passionate about working with young people and children and my love of teaching began when, in my teens, I coached younger children in my local area. Since then I have taught secondary school ICT and Business Studies to more recently in Early Year so I really do have a breadth of experience that spans across all ages.
In my spare time I am an avide Scouter and love to be outdoors. Before having my son, I completed my Chief Scout Challenge and Duke of Edinburgh gold award, alongside my husband. Now a days a quiet amble with a picnic across the downs or den building in Abbot Woods suits us better with a toddler. I am a Cub Scout leader in Eastbourne and enjoy our weekly meeting and social events for a good catch up with friends.
Learning Support Assistants:
- Mrs Lock
- Mrs Derbyshire
- Mrs Rollo
- Mrs Oliver
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; photography and drone flying; 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 Nickolls (Herstmonceux Class)
I am delighted to have joined the wonderful team at Cross in Hand. There is a tangible sense of happiness, pride and support from all at the school, including the children. The large majority of my twelve years teaching career has been in Year 5 and 6, where I find myself again. I love the challenges of teaching the 'top end' of the school and helping to prepare the children for their big move up to secondary.
When I'm not at school, I'm a husband and father of two young girls, who love getting outdoors and being active. I also play tennis for a local club and love watching lots of sport whenever I get the chance.
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
- Mrs Lawrence
- Mrs Jeffery