Senior Leadership Team

Principal Kerry Thompson
Deputy Principal & SENCO Scott Nicholls
Assistant Principal  Rob Moody
Assistant Principal Anna Rawlings
MySpace Teacher & SENCO Laura Dalling
Academy Business Manager Julie Snow
Site Manager Kev Grigg

Teaching Teams

Year 6 Sophie Follan & Lesley Stubley
Year 5 Abi Kershaw & Shannie Moore
Year 4 Shenley Robertson & Beth Charlton
Year 3 Kylie Beach & Nicole Reynard
Year 2 Katie Tordof & Kelly Gallant
Year 1 Alexia Hewitt & Laura Russell
Reception Zina Lewis, Louise McCracken & Sam Neal
Nursery Emma Spencer, Hannah Barrett, Jeanette Wright & Jo Mills
Education Welfare Officer / Pastoral Manager Caroline Pell
My Space Rob Moody, Laura Dalling, Kellie Payne, Nathan Watson, Sarah Markham & Lucy Wrightson
Forest Schools Leader Kellie Payne

Administration

Office Manager Debbie Steward
Administration Kate Dufton
Kitchen Staff Anneliesje Brown & Karen Hagyard
Lunchtime Supervisers 

Jess Braithwaite, Sarah Fawcett, Cath Wright, Laura McCarney, Sarah Lancaster & Kelly Pickering

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Senior Leadership Team

Kerry Thompson

Principal

I have always wanted to work with children and teaching has provided me with the opportunity to do this! I have been very lucky and have had an amazing journey through the education system and becoming a teacher has not only enabled me to work with children, but also to give something back; to ensure that children in my care achieve their full potential and enjoy their time in school! I have been involved in education over 20 years, graduating from Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds in 1995, having gained a degree in Geography with Primary Education, BA Hons, QTS. I have taught in 6 different primary schools in Hull during this time, ranging from Reception up to Year 6. I have fulfilled a variety of different roles in school from being a school governor to being the Vice-Principal for the last 13 years at Southcoates Primary Academy, Hull. In December 2106, I was very privileged to be offered the role of Principal at Eastfield, a position that I have now taken up. I am proud to have joined the Eastfield family to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing, skilled team and to work alongside parents and carers to ensure the children of Eastfield continue to thrive. Qualifications: Geography with Primary Education, BA Hons, QTs (Leeds) NPQH

K.Thompson@eastfieldprimary.co.uk

Scott Nicholls

Deputy Principal & SENCO

I knew I wanted to work with children from a very young age where I was lucky enough to have some amazing and inspiring teachers and the profound effect they had on me stays with me today. I knew I wanted to have the same impact when I grew up. I began my journey towards teaching at University of Lincoln in 2006 where I studied BA (Hons) English and History. After leaving university, I took a gap year to really get my teeth in to the teaching profession and worked in both primary and secondary schools and to make sure when I chose my life career, I knew where I wanted to go. Despite being offered a job as a secondary history teacher, I knew my passion and heart was in the primary phase. I attended Bishop Grosseteste University College in Lincoln in 2007 where I achieved PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) in Primary Education and achieved my Qualified Teacher Status. I spent the first few years of my career in Scunthorpe (where I am from) where I learned my craft as a classroom teacher and quickly began taking on leadership roles. After five years as a teacher and various leadership roles, I became an Assistant Headteacher at a school in Grimsby where I found my passion for coordinating SEN provision and became a SENCO. In 2013, I achieved my National Award for SENCO . In September 2014, Eastfield Primary Academy became my new home. What attracted me to Eastfield was their philosophy on education where the child is central to everything they do and their beliefs and values matched my own. I became Deputy Principal in January 2015. I am thrilled to be part of the Eastfield family and I am so proud to work with such an amazing and skilled team with their expertise, passion and drive! Qualifications BA (Hons) English and History, University of Lincoln PGCE (Primary), Bishop Grosseteste University College NASENCO, University of Wolverhampton

scott.nicholls@eastfieldprimary.co.uk EPA_SNicholls

Rob Moody

Assistant Principal

I have enjoyed a rich and diverse roundabout route to my current post as head of behaviour support within MySpace. Having been born in Cleethorpes and raised in Grimsby I attended Springfield Primary School and Wintringham Comprehensive School before heading to Leeds Metropolitan University in 1991 to study Urban Development. Having gained BA(hons) I returned to Grimsby to weigh up my options. It was while juggling employment at B&Q alongside a musical commitment in a working band that I undertook a BTEC in Music Performance. However I knew that my professional life was lacking direction. An opportunity to use my degree education within Project Planning at North East Lincolnshire Council led to spell with the authority before a chance meeting rekindled an early interest in working with children. Following periods of voluntary work experience back at Springfield Primary Academy I returned to education at Hull University in 2000 to undertake a PGCE. My teaching career has seen me work at Edward Heneage Primary as class teacher before moving to Weelsby Primary in 2003 where I remained until September 2016. During this time I broadened my understanding of primary teaching moving through KS2 before settling in Y6 and subsequently becoming Lead Learner and Assistant Principal. The opportunity to join the innovative MySpace team at Eastfield within the Enquire Learning Trust proved a huge incentive to move in 2016 and I am thoroughly enjoying a new lease of educational life on a new journey. As for life outside of teaching, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, visiting music festivals in our camper van, as well as trying to keep fit playing football and also following the fortunes of Grimsby Town Football Club. My experiences lead me to firmly believe that life is about passing the time enjoyably and that message is the secret to a lifelong love of learning.

Anna Rawlings

Assistant Principal

After leaving school I completed my ‘A’ levels in English, Psychology and Sociology and went on to the University of Lincoln where I gained a BA honours degree in Social Science. I had always had a strong ambition to be a teacher and work with young children. After completing my degree I went on to gain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) at Bishop Grosseteste College in Lincoln, specialising in the 3-7age range and English. After gaining my qualifications I worked as an Early Years teacher at St Peters Primary school in Cleethorpes and then gradually moved my way through the school teaching year 1 and year 2. I then gained the Foundation Stage Leader role at Springfield Primary where I led the team for 2 years before gaining my current position at Eastfield Primary. Eastfield is a very special place and it is an absolute privilege to work with such dedicated and lovely people. Teaching here is a true pleasure! In my spare time I love nothing more then spending time with my family and my beautiful baby boy. When I have a spare minute I love to ride horses although my boy keeps me very busy these days so riding lessons are few and far between! Qualifications BA honours Degree in Social Science 2:1. PGCE in Primary Education.

A.Rawlings@eastfieldprimary.co.uk

Laura Dalling

MySpace Teacher & SENCO

I always had an ambition to become a teacher, and was often found playing the role as a child. I was lucky enough to have some very inspiring teachers at primary school and this led to my choice of the primary phase. I started my journey into teaching at Bishop Grosseteste University, where I studied BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Education Studies. After leaving university, I went straight into my PGCE, taking a teaching role in an Emotional, Social and Behavioural school for year 6 to year 11. It is here that my passion for SEND grew and my capabilities of a teacher began to develop. From here, I worked in a small, rural primary school, taking on leadership roles and developing my understanding of SEND. I moved to Myspace in Eastfield in 2018. I was immediately welcomed into the Eastfield family and I have thoroughly enjoyed developing my practice with Myspace and Eastfield pupils and staff. I undertook the SENDO role in September 2020. I am excited to continue my professional development in such a nurturing, collaborative school.

Julie Snow

Academy Business Manager

I joined Eastfield in July 2020 after recently working for North Lincolnshire Council Internal Audit and prior to this as a Business Manager at a school in North Lincolnshire. I am happy to return to working in a busy School Office and there is never a quiet moment. My aims within my job role are to maximise the opportunities the pupils at the school are exposed to and maximise the funding available to the school to provide the best possible facilities and experiences. I also ensure that the school is receiving the best possible value and that we can make the money we receive go as far as possible to give the children the very best start in their education. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and spend a lot of time travelling. Eastfield staff demonstrate kind and caring attitudes and have welcomed me as part of the team.

Kellie Payne

Pastoral Support Manager

After having my son in 1996 I realised that I would love nothing more than to work with children. I decided to enrol at college and do CACHE certificate course in childcare and education. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I worked in my son’s local school voluntarily for some while, until a vacancy came up at Eastfield. I applied, and luckily I was successful. My journey began at Eastfield in 1999. I started by working 1-1 with children and found it extremely rewarding. I continued to further my education and enrolled on many courses to further my knowledge in different areas of learning. I have achieved level 3 in learning support, Level 3 Learning Mentor qualification and many additional certificates. My journey has continued at Eastfield, but my role has changed over the years. Eastfield Academy is in my hometown so I feel very honoured to work there. Being local, gives me a close connection to the children, parents and families. I am lucky I work whole school, I have a very close relationship with not only children but with parents and relatives too. I enjoy supporting our families in any way I can. I could not imagine my life without Eastfield, as it’s always been a big part of it. We all say we are family at Eastfield and this is very true. It’s a good place to be and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!

K.Payne@eastfieldprimary.co.uk epa_mrspayne


Teaching Teams

Sophie Follan

Year 6 Teacher

I began my teaching career in 2010 at a school in Cleethorpes and spent my first 9 years of teaching there, learning and growing. During these years I had taken on new responsibilities in different areas of the curriculum and taught in a variety of year groups across KS2 before starting my journey here at Eastfield in 2019. I chose teaching as I wanted to make a difference to young people, providing them with opportunities, instilling a love of learning and hopefully inspiring them to believe in themselves and all they have to offer. I’m lucky to say I have a job where every single day if different and every day I get enjoy with the children of Eastfield. My favourite hobby is Zumba so I aim to get to a couple of classes every week, I love to dance and sing and at least pretend to good at it! I attended Bishop Grosseteste University from 2007-2010 where I gained a 2:1 degree in Primary Education with QTS (BA Hons)

Lesley Stubley

Academic Learning Mentor

I began my life at Eastfield in the year 2000. Currently, I can be found supporting the learning in Year 6. I thoroughly enjoy my role within the Academy. It is a great place to be for both staff and children! Prior to working with children, many years ago, I went to college to train to be a hotel receptionist. I then went into retail before finally moving into hospitality industry. I remained there until I got married and started to raise a family of two boys. It wasn’t until my boys began their journey in school that my life changed in the same direction. Initially, I started by volunteering as a parent helper, alongside being a ‘dinner lady’. It was at this point that I realised how much pleasure I got out of working with children. My journey continued and my career ’took off’! I went on to further my education and completed The City and Guilds level 2 in Learning Support and then N.V.Q. Level 3 Teaching Assistant. This enabled me to develop and succeed to where I am now as Academic Learning Mentor. It is an absolute privilege working with children. To Know that I have played a part in their academic and social development, is so very rewarding. Children are amazing! In my spare time, I really enjoy going on walks in the country and getting away in my caravan. I also take part in various exercise classes at the local gym- some of which are very challenging!

Jayne Maddison

Year 5 Teacher

Abi Kershaw

Hi, I’m Miss Kershaw. I’ve been teaching since 2013 at a range of local schools in Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham. The things I love about teaching are that no two days are the same and I enjoy trying to make lessons creative and exciting for my class. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and cats!

Shannie Moore

Teaching Assistant

Shenley Robertson

Year 4 Teacher

After leaving school I completed my level 3 Childcare in Education certificate and started to work in nurseries. I decided that I had wanted to progress and move on to working with children within a school. While I was working I had the opportunity to travel and live in Iceland for a while. After I had been there for three years I decided I wanted to come back home and work in a school. After gaining employment in a school as a teaching assistant I knew this is what I had wanted to do. Furthermore, I went through my teacher training and became a teacher. Teaching at Eastfield is wonderful, it is a pleasure to be here. I like to spend lots of time with my family and I enjoy socialising with friends.

Beth Charlton

Teaching Assistant

I joined the Eastfield family in 2012, from the very first day it has felt like my second home. Before joining Eastfield I started working at a riding school in Doncaster, working with young children and teaching them to ride. I gained my UKCC level 2 coaching in equitation; I use this coaching experience in the classroom today. Since being at Eastfield I have continued my own education and have gained my level 2 and level 3 Teaching Assistant qualifications. I enjoy each and every day at Eastfield and brings new challenges. Seeing the children’s maturity grow and their academic achievements is so rewarding and I’m so proud to be a part of this wonderful community.

Kylie Beach

Year 3 Teacher

I always had an ambition to become a teacher from a very young age. After being born in Australia, I grew up in Healing, attending both Healing Primary School and then Healing Comprehensive school. Following on from this I attended Franklin College where I completed A-levels in Maths, PE and Sports Studies and ICT. In 2006, I began my exciting journey towards teaching at Sheffield Hallam University, where I spent three years completing my BA Hons Primary Education degree with QTS. I chose to stay in Sheffield for a further year, where I did supply teaching. In 2009 I was thrilled to become part of the team at Eastfield! I currently teach in year 3 and 4 and work as part of a team leading ICT and the curriculum. We are working on a new assessment system, which is very exciting. I am so proud to be part of the team at Eastfield, it is like having an extended family! As a teacher, I strive to ensure all children enjoy their learning and achieve their full potential. We focus on a collaborate approach to our learning which leads to us being independent and confident learners. I am privileged to meet and teach such lovely, determined children. Outside of work I enjoy socialising with friends and spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I am also keen to try and keep fit, attending Zumba classes and occasionally going for runs- I once did a half marathon. When I get a chance, I love going abroad on holidays. Qualifications BA (Hons) Primary Education with QTS

Nicole Reynard

I came to the UK in 2002 when my husband left the Military. When my eldest son was two, we discovered that he wasn’t meeting the milestones he should have been. With a diagnosis of GDD and Autism, I felt that I needed to do more to aid him in his development. I decided to go back to school and received my Level 2 and 3 Cache Support Teaching and Learning in Schools. I then joined a specialist school which helped me in understanding Autism and other complex learning difficulties. I joined the Eastfield team in November 2017 as a temporary 1:1 TA. I was lucky enough to be kept on and have now joined the lower KS2 team. I enjoy working with the children throughout the school, and I love having the opportunity the work with children who have specific learning difficulties. In the short time I have been at Eastfield, I have seen each year group, mature and shine in their own way, making every day worth the success and failure that allows every child to grow to be their own person.

Katie Tordoff

Year 2 Teacher

I grew up and live in Hull. I always wanted to be a teacher, but decided to study law when I went to college. I completed a year of a law degree at Hull University before realising I had made a mistake and switched to an Education Degree. After completing my Education Degree at Hull University I went on to complete my PGCE In Scarborough. In 2014 I started working for another school in Enquire Learning Trust before Joining Eastfield in September 2015. I was warmly welcomed into the Eastfield family and it feels like I have always been here. Working at Eastfield is definitely worth the 60 mile a day drive. I am currently teaching in Year 1 and I absolutely love it. I find it really rewarding watching the children develop into wonderful individuals with a passion to learn. In my spare time I love nothing more than spending time with my family and friends. Qualifications: BA (Hons) Education PGCE Advanced Early Years

Kelly Gallant

Teaching Assistant

I was a pupil here at Eastfield and I have many happy memories from my time here. This is the reason that I chose Eastfield for my own children. I have always known that I wanted to work with children and therefore decided to go back to college after having my children, where I studied a Diploma in Health and Social Care. I also studied adult Maths and English. In September 2013, I enrolled on a Supporting Work in Schools course and began my placement at Eastfield, working in Year 6. I loved my placement and knew straight away that this was the career path I wanted to take. I went on to complete a course in Special Educational Needs course and increased my voluntary hours at school – offering to help out whenever I could. I then went on to complete a level 2 course in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools along side my lame mental and voluntary works. My hard work paid off and I was offered a permanent position at Eastfield in April 2004. Since joining Eastfield I have supported an number of children with special educational needs on a 1:1 basis and also competed a level 3 Teaching Assistant course along with a number of other course. Working here at Eastfield is extremely rewarding. I always look forward to my day as each one is different. You can not beat that moment when a child is struggling but then suddenly that light bulb is switched on and they have got it, it’s a great feeling that you have helped them achieve that progress. Qualifications Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 1 Mental Health Awareness Level 2 Support Work in Schools Level 2 Support Work in Schools with Special Educational Needs Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools Autism Awareness Introduction to Dyslexia and Inclusive Practice

Laura Russell

Teaching Assistant

My family and I moved up from London to Immingham in 2003. My four children were still attending school age at this time. It was decided that Eastfield would be the school they would attend. As I was new to Immingham I needed something to do, so in 2006 I became a parent helper. I spent most of my days in school helping where I could in classrooms and throughout the school, listening to readers, helping out when dinner staff were sick, also using my craft equipment to help produce the lettering for the displays around school. Whilst helping in school I realised this is what I wanted to do, make a difference and help mould the minds of the children in our care. I enrolled in the local collage in to do my teaching assistant course, which I achieved in 2009. I was taken on as a breakfast and after school supervisor. Later I had a temporary position as a one to one support. I have in recent years been given a permanent position. I have worked in various roles throughout the school and at present I am working in a demanding but rewarding role in Foundation with the reception class. I am proud to be continuing the journey, with so many open minded and talented individuals that I count as friends and to be the best we can be. In my spare time , which there is very little I have been know to spend a lot of time playing with the new craft equipment that I keep acquiring to the exasperation of all around me. I also enjoy reading , cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Alexia Hewitt

Year 1 Teacher

I joined the Eastfield team in 2019 temporarily as a supply teacher as I was still very indecisive whether I was ready to take on a full time job after 3 years of studying primary teaching at Hull University. To this day I would not look back and have loved every second of being at Eastfield. I am currently the Year 1 class teacher which is the year group I enjoy the most. I live in Barton which is the same place I have spent my childhood. After leaving secondary school I attended Wyke college studying health and social care, Sport and English language. I then went on to study BA Primary Teaching at the University of Hull which has led me to where I am today. I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher; my aim is to promote a love for learning and have a positive impact on children’s lives, inspiring children to strive to be the best individual they can be. In my spare time I love spending quality time with family and friends, eating out and keeping busy.

Zina Lewis

Reception Teacher

I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher, and I am proud to be part of an amazing team at Eastfield. I currently teach in reception which I thoroughly enjoy. I love working in Early Years which I have done for many years in other settings. I feel that reception is such a magical time where children can develop their love of learning. I enjoy seeing how such young children embrace new ideas, approach and solve problems both independently and together. As a teacher I am privileged to be a part of the children’s journey through their first year of school as they learn, discover and grow into independent people. Qualifications: Primary PGCE, BA (Hons) Professional Studies: Early Childhood

Louise Goy

Teaching Assistant

I started at Eastfield as a student on placement whilst studying for my Teaching Assistant qualification. My journey of becoming a member of the Eastfield team began when I became a lunchtime supervisor and was offered a Teaching Assistant role in year 1. I’m now in Reception class working with Mrs Lewis and looking forward to seeing all our children blossom and achieve their potential. We are an amazing team here at Eastfield, every member matters and I’m proud to be a part of it! In my spare time I like to spend it with my family. We like to go on long walks, bike rides and having cosy pj days now the weather is not so nice!

Emma Spencer

Foundation Stage Leader & Nursery Teacher

I began my career in teaching in 2006 after fulfilling my ambition of travelling the world. Having worked in several schools around North East Lincolnshire, I joined the Eastfield team in 2014. I love working here because the school has such a supportive, caring, family atmosphere. As Foundation Stage Leader and Nursery Teacher, I feel privileged to be part of a child’s first steps in their school career. My aim is to ensure that all children are challenged to achieve their potential through their learning. I see my role as enabling the children to develop enquiring minds and learn the skills needed to become lifelong learners. I enjoy bringing the curriculum to life through exciting topics which the children find both engaging and relevant. At home, looking after my two gorgeous children keeps me very busy! I love being outdoors (weather permitting!) and searching for adventure and new experiences with my husband and children. Our favourite things to do include: going for walks, playing at the park and trips to the seaside. I am also a keen gardener and put these skills to good use by growing some of my own fruit and veg. When I get the chance, I love to read. I am determined to pass my passion for reading on to my own children and to the children I teach so that they can experience the enjoyment of being transported to exciting new worlds through the books that they read.

Hannah Barratt

Teaching has always been my dream job and I am now lucky enough to have fulfilled my lifetime ambition. Having grown up in Brough I attended South Cave Primary School before moving onto South Hunsley Secondary School. After leaving Secondary School I then attended Queens Gardens College in Hull, where I began my training to become a Nursery Nurse. Following this I then worked for a family for 5 years as a Nanny before signing up to a Recruitment Agency where I was placed at Eastfield Primary Acadamy. I absolutely love working with the youngest children and being a part of their personal development. Seeing the children grow and develop on a daily basis is so incredibly rewarding, and an absolute pleasure, everyday is a new day and sets its own new exciting challenges! I am proud to be a part of the amazing teaching team at Eastfield, as together we work to ensure that every child strives to achieve their full potential in what I can only describe as an amazing learning environment. In my spare time I love spending quality time with my family, especially my beautiful daughter Evelyn. Eating out and catching up with friends also keeps me busy and I love nothing more than a shopping spree! Qualifications Cache Diploma in Nursery Nursing level 3. Qualifications Cache Diploma in Nursery Nursing level 3.

Jeanette Wright

Since 2007 I began assisting in the classroom as a parent helper where I listened to readers and worked with different ability groups. Whilst helping out at school , I enrolled in a Level 2 Teaching Assistant course and completed the qualification in September 2009, this is when I became a permanent member of the Eastfield team. During my time at Eastfield I have also gained my level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification while working within school. My role as a Teaching Assistant involved working throughout school wherever I was needed to support children’s learning. I have since gone on to become an Early Years Practitioner and I am currently working in nursery where I find it challenging and rewarding to work with the younger members of our Eastfield family. Out of school, I like to spend time with my family and to take leisurely strolls with my dogs! Qualifications: Cache Level 2 Teaching Assistant Cache Level 3 Teaching Assistant level 3 Early years Practitioner.

Joanne Mills

In 2013 I became a parent helper at Eastfield. Whilst doing this I knew i wanted to make a difference. In 2014 my dreams came true when I was offered a permanent contract shortly after completing my cache level 3 Diploma in Child Development level 3. I can be found in the Early Years Unit I cannot put it into words how proud and a privileged it is to be a part of an amazing family at Eastfield. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Caroline Pell

Education Welfare Officer / Pastoral Manager

Following many years working with adults with learning disabilities, I returned into education to complete a degree in Social Work in 2003. Once qualified I became an Education Welfare Officer with the Local Authority. I was attached to many school within the authority during this period. I was the Education Welfare officer at The Oasis Academy Immingham for several years, and supported their feeder schools within Immingham. In 2012 I left the local authority and gained employment at the Oasis Academy Immingham, has a full time Education Welfare Officer. During this period we raised the school attendance to National average, and lowered persistent absence level to below national average. Eastfield Primary Academy also bought in my services from Oasis Academy, and I supported them also, in raising their attendance to national average. An opportunity arose September 2015, to join the Eastfield Primary Academy full time in a dual role has the Education Welfare Officer and Pastoral Manager. Following a successful interview I became part of the My Space team. The knowledge of the local area and families have assisted me within the role. My working knowledge and experiences have been helpful in understanding the difficulties families may encounter, and which may impact on the education of the young people. I have good knowledge of safeguarding procedures, and Education legislation. I work with the young people and their families to give them the best opportunities to reach their full potential. I feel honoured to work within such a great Academy and be part of the fabulous team.


My Space

Rob Moody

I have enjoyed a rich and diverse roundabout route to my current post as head of behaviour support within MySpace. Having been born in Cleethorpes and raised in Grimsby I attended Springfield Primary School and Wintringham Comprehensive School before heading to Leeds Metropolitan University in 1991 to study Urban Development. Having gained BA(hons) I returned to Grimsby to weigh up my options. It was while juggling employment at B&Q alongside a musical commitment in a working band that I undertook a BTEC in Music Performance. However I knew that my professional life was lacking direction. An opportunity to use my degree education within Project Planning at North East Lincolnshire Council led to spell with the authority before a chance meeting rekindled an early interest in working with children. Following periods of voluntary work experience back at Springfield Primary Academy I returned to education at Hull University in 2000 to undertake a PGCE. My teaching career has seen me work at Edward Heneage Primary as class teacher before moving to Weelsby Primary in 2003 where I remained until September 2016. During this time I broadened my understanding of primary teaching moving through KS2 before settling in Y6 and subsequently becoming Lead Learner and Assistant Principal. The opportunity to join the innovative MySpace team at Eastfield within the Enquire Learning Trust proved a huge incentive to move in 2016 and I am thoroughly enjoying a new lease of educational life on a new journey. As for life outside of teaching, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, visiting music festivals in our camper van, as well as trying to keep fit playing football and also following the fortunes of Grimsby Town Football Club. My experiences lead me to firmly believe that life is about passing the time enjoyably and that message is the secret to a lifelong love of learning.

Laura Dalling

I always had an ambition to become a teacher, and was often found playing the role as a child. I was lucky enough to have some very inspiring teachers at primary school and this led to my choice of the primary phase. I started my journey into teaching at Bishop Grosseteste University, where I studied BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Education Studies. After leaving university, I went straight into my PGCE, taking a teaching role in an Emotional, Social and Behavioural school for year 6 to year 11. It is here that my passion for SEND grew and my capabilities of a teacher began to develop. From here, I worked in a small, rural primary school, taking on leadership roles and developing my understanding of SEND. I moved to Myspace in Eastfield in 2018. I was immediately welcomed into the Eastfield family and I have thoroughly enjoyed developing my practice with Myspace and Eastfield pupils and staff. I undertook the SENDO role in September 2020. I am excited to continue my professional development in such a nurturing, collaborative school.

Kellie Payne

After having my son in 1996 I realised that I would love nothing more than to work with children. I decided to enrol at college and do CACHE certificate course in childcare and education. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I worked in my son’s local school voluntarily for some while, until a vacancy came up at Eastfield. I applied, and luckily I was successful. My journey began at Eastfield in 1999. I started by working 1-1 with children and found it extremely rewarding. I continued to further my education and enrolled on many courses to further my knowledge in different areas of learning. I have achieved level 3 in learning support, Level 3 Learning Mentor qualification and many additional certificates. My journey has continued at Eastfield, but my role has changed over the years. Eastfield Academy is in my hometown so I feel very honoured to work there. Being local, gives me a close connection to the children, parents and families. I am lucky I work whole school, I have a very close relationship with not only children but with parents and relatives too. I enjoy supporting our families in any way I can. I could not imagine my life without Eastfield, as it’s always been a big part of it. We all say we are family at Eastfield and this is very true. It’s a good place to be and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!

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Nathan Watson

I have always been interested in sports and have played rugby from the age of five for various local teams including both Grimsby junior/ senior teams to county level. I began to train as a rugby coach as a teenager and have enjoyed doing this for the last six years. Being a youth coach has given me a varied wealth of experience dealing with both children and their families, and is based on core values such as teamwork, respect, discipline sportsmanship and, above all, enjoyment. I feel rewarded seeing the children in my teams work together to achieve their goals. In October 2015, I was given the chance to join the Eastfield family as part of the My Space team. I felt this position was an excellent opportunity to use the skills I already have and to build upon those skills whilst developing my career.

Sarah Markham

I have been part of the Eastfield family since 2006. Born and raised in Immingham, Eastfield County Juniors as it was once known was the school I attended as a child and I have seen lots of changes since attending there in the early 80’s. My 3 children also attended Eastfield. I knew from an early age that I wanted to work with children, so when my own children became more independent I enrolled in college and took myself back to school. I started in Early Years using the EYFS as my bible and was in my element observing the littlest of people learning and exploring in their environment. In my spare time I enjoy exercise classes and can often be found jumping around the gym like a nutter with lots of the other lovely Eastfield Ladies. Quote. A great teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart. CACHE Level 2 Level 3 diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning

Lucy Wrightson

I have been a part of the Eastfield family since 2011 as a member of staff, and before that I was volunteer here and next door at the Immingham Children’s Centre whilst doing my Level 2 and 3 In Child care learning and Development. I have worked as a part of a team from nursery all the way up to year four, I have supported the children’s learning by working as a one to one, working in small groups and sometimes teaching the whole class and at the moment I am a member of the My Space team. I spent some time helping the children to look after the school animals when we had chickens, rabbits and guinea pigs. My role now in My Space uses all the skills I have learnt along my journey at Eastfield and brings a new challenge every day. I enjoy supporting Sue and Amy who come into the unit to help the children to explore music, relaxation and integrative story telling. Music and art is a big part of my life and I love sharing these experiences with the children. In my own time I enjoy swimming, running and bike riding. I also enjoy being part of the community around me being a volunteering and working at Fusion Youth theatre since 2006 were I have been involved with drama, singing, dancing and supporting the children and young adults in our care. I have had the opportunity to develop my skills in Africa, America and London. I have co run the Creative Kids group since 2015 and Crafty Cafe since 2016.And I now support and play in their Fusion Funkaleles ukulele group. I have also being member of Gyoko Taiko since 2010 where I enjoy learning and performing drumming that is originated in Japan. I have done lots of course and enjoy learning new skills the main courses I have done are CACHE Level 2 and 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. AS Level 3 in Autism.


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Administration

Debbie Steward

Office Manager

My Eastfield career first began when I was appointed on to the ancillary team in 2012. I was then given the opportunity to progress myself in to the admin team shortly after my appointment. That’s where the journey began! I am literally the face of Eastfield! I work in the office at the front of the school and I am usually the first port of call if anyone has any queries. Being part of the Eastfield family makes me so proud and privileged. Every single person in the school is focused and dedicated to the children the school serves and I’m honoured to be part of that team!

Kate Dufton

Finance Officer

I joined Eastfield Primary Academy in September 2015, as part of the admin team who provide support to the Principal and teaching staff and parents. I have worked in education for the last 12 years both in the UK and overseas. Prior to this I worked in the private business sector and IT support field. Eastfield Primary Academy really is a lovely school with hardworking, committed and dedicated staff. Everyone works together for the good of the children and there is such a lovely caring and nurturing feel to the school. The pastoral care at the school is second to none and children feel safe and secure which provides a fantastic learning environment. In my spare time I like to spend time with my family and enjoy walking, going to the gym and of course shopping!