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Support Staff

Family Support and Wellbeing Assistant:

Mrs Z Deubel


''Hello, I'm Mrs Duebel and I am the family support and wellbeing assistant at The Oaks School. I love working with children and families, and I am here to help and support you in any way that I can. When I'm not at school, I love to spend time with my family and our dogs. I enjoy reading, walks in the park, baking, and cuddling up on the sofa to watch a nice film!"


Trust Attendance Manager:

Mrs A Adcock


"Hello, my name is Mrs Adcock and I am lucky enough to work across all of the schools across our Trust. I am currently based at Minterne but travel to the other schools so you should see me on the gates in the mornings. I work as part of the Wellbeing Team and manage school attendance. I love my job and it's lovely to see the children's smiley faces each day when they come into school!

When I'm not at work I love spending time with my family, going to the cinema and for long walks with my dog."


Nursery Nurse:

Mrs C Betts (Clare)


"Hello everyone. I am Clare but lots of you know me as Clare Bear! I'm very lucky to spend Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the Nursery with all the lovely Ladybirds. We have lots of fun, learning and exploring new and exciting activities. I especially enjoy making bubbly rainbow puddles with the boys and girls outside, sploshing about in our wellies! At home I love being with my family and friends and looking after my two young Grandsons.''

Nursery Nurse:

Miss J Nunn (Jo)


"Hello, I am Joanne and I think Ladybirds Nursery class is fantastic. I really enjoy playing inside and outside, and I really love dancing and singing. I especially like sharing fun times and making each other laugh lots.

I have two dogs at my house; we have fun times together, especially when walking by the seaside. Henry and Ozzie always run into the sea and get VERY wet! They shake and make me very wet too...cheeky!"

After School Club Assistant:

Mrs S Risbridger


"Hello everyone! I really love working at The Oaks with all the children. 

When I am not at work I love spending time with my family and going for walks (when it's not raining!)."

Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Breakfast Club Leader:

Miss H Eddicott


"I really enjoy working and having fun with the children. I especially love role play and getting messy! When I am not at school I enjoy taking my two big dogs for lots of walks and supporting my favourite football team!"

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: 

Miss K Tanswell


''Hello! I’m Miss Tanswell. I’m working with Year R, I’m new to the Oaks family.  The time I have been at the oaks I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all the children listening to their stories and things they enjoy doing and of course lots of arts and crafts! I also have the pleasure of meeting different children from older classes and children from Minterne in breakfast club too! I love everyday working with all the children and staff. No day feels like a Monday.! When I'm not working, I am kept busy with my two sons, our dog Millie and we also have three rabbits too''. 

Higher Level Teaching Assistant  & Breakfast Club Assistant: 

Ms S Mcdonald 


''Hello everyone! My name is Ms Macdonald and I work as a Midday Meals Superviser and in Breakfast Club. I am very grateful to be part of The Oaks team. When I am not at school I love spending time with my family and enjoy days at the beach, swimming and long walks''. 

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs S Pearn


"Hello, my name is Mrs Pearn and I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 2.  I love coming to The Oaks every day and one of my favourite parts of the school day is listening to the children read.  I love reading myself because I think there’s nothing better than being transported in a good story.  Outside of school, I am kept very busy with my two children and VERY energetic dog Cooper."

Higher Level Teaching Assistant: 

Mrs Righton


''Hello, I am Mrs Righton and I am very happy to be part of the team at The Oaks. I really enjoy getting to know the children and being able to engage and encourage them in their learning. My favourite lesson is Maths and I love reading to children. When I’m not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and playing games with my children, especially UNO. My hobbies are reading, keeping fit and going on family bike rides.''


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs F Green


"Hi! I'm Mrs Green and I work in Year 2. My favourite lesson is Science where we get to do really exciting experiments and ask and answer lots of questions about the world around us! I also love playtime when I get to chat to you all and find out what you've been up to when you're not at school or join in one of your games on the playground.

When I'm not at school, I love being outdoors and active with my family. Some of our favourite things to do are to explore the woods near where we live and go bug-hunting or find new places to visit when we go away in our caravan!"

Teaching Assistant: 

Miss T Watson 


''Hello, I am Miss Watson. I love working at The Oaks because everyone is so friendly and welcoming. We all support each other! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughter, family and friends. We love to go to the zoo as well as the farm.''

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs T Brown


"Hello everyone, I love working here with all of you, learning new things, dancing around, running around in the playground, going to the woods and having fun.

When I am at home I look after my two children who are always very bust cycling or dancing and I enjoy taking my dogs Lizzie and Bella for walks."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs L Brown


"Hi, I'm Mrs Brown.

Outside of school I'm very busy looking after my two children and our dog called Boris. We love spending time walking and going to the park."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs S Green


"Hi! I'm Mrs Green and I work in Year R. My favourite part of my job is interacting with all the children in 'ChiL' time.

When I'm not in school I enjoy spending time with my family. We love being active and outdoors, our favourite thing is going on bike rides. I also love

going on holiday spending time together, visiting new places and generally having lots of fun!"

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs J Walsom


"Hi, my name is Mrs Walsom.  I support learning in Year R. I really enjoy the Welly Walk and 5 a day, I'm still learning these!
When I'm not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, going on long walks and baking cakes."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs D Townsend-Blazier


''Hello everyone, I'm Mrs D Townsend-Blazier. I love working in The Oaks and coming to school everyday to see all your smiley faces! When I'm not at work I'm kept busy at home with my husband, 2 boys and our dog Bo. We love going for walks and visiting the park.'' 

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs J Townsend-Blazier


"My name is Mrs Townsend-Blazier. I have been at the school for over twenty years. I love working with the children and this year I am in Year 1, which is great.

I have been married for over thirty years and have two sons. We have recently become grandparents, so this has given us a new lease of life; keeping us very busy and poor! But it is fantastic."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs M Smith


"Hello, I am Mrs Smith and I enjoy coming to school every day.

I love cooking, reading and watching most sports. I especially like going to Arsenal Football Club with my family."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs S Mannering-Green


"Hi, I'm Mrs Mannering-Green! I love working at The Oaks school and all of the children are amazing. I really enjoy playing all of the fun activities with the children and learning about our different topics. Outside of school I love spending time with my family and going to the park with my two sons."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs T Woodcock


"Hi, I'm Mrs Woodcock and I work as a Teaching Assistant and a Midday Supervisor at The Oaks.  I love working at the school with the children and the staff, we always have lots of fun.

When I am not at school I enjoy family time with my husband and two children, we enjoy going on bike rides and camping."



Teaching Assistant:

Mrs P Vadher


"Hi, my name is Mrs Vadher and I am very lucky to be working in Goldfinches Class. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know all of the children. I especially enjoy being creative with the children and going on exciting Welly Walks in the woods.

When I am at home, my two children always keep me busy and we love going to the beach and baking delicious cakes."

Teaching Assistant and After School Club Assistant: 

Mrs M Hughes


''Hi, I’m Mrs Hughes and I work as a Midday Meal Supervisor, Teaching Assistant and After School Club Assistant. I enjoy working with kids across different year groups. When I’m not at school I love spending time with my husband, 2 sons and our puppy Bucky. Our family hobby is LEGO :D My current project is building a LEGO model of our house.''

The Acorn Centre Teaching Assistant:

Miss K Sharp


"Hello! My name is Miss Sharp. I am a full time TA and midday lunch supervisor for Blackbirds class. My most rewarding time is working with young children and I have been doing this for 25 years. After taking a 4-year career break after having my daughter, I started a new path in the Acorn Centre. I love planning craft activities, games and having fun whilst the children are learning. When I'm not at school I enjoy exploring new places and going on adventures with  my daughter and friends."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs K Whyton


"Hello everyone, I'm Miss Whyton. I love working at The Oaks and seeing all the smiley faces every day. I love playing games outside and getting the art and crafts out in the classroom. 

When I'm at home I love to play with my three dogs and go for walks at the beach with my family."

Teaching Assistant:

Mrs L Tutt


"Hey there my lovely Oak-lings! My name is Mrs Tutt and I absolutely love working within The Oaks! You and my fellow staff are what make my job an absolute joy to do. I really enjoy learning and having fun with you and I especially love all the new things that you teach me too! I get super excited when it comes to arts and crafts, I find it great fun to draw and make things. One of the most important things to me though is making you feel settled within your surroundings and ensuring that you are happy. I will always do my best to make sure you enjoy your days at The Oaks and so will everyone else. You are what is important to us!"

Teaching Assistant: 

Miss N Ward


Hello, I’m Mrs Ward and I really love being part of The Oaks family. I have enjoyed experiencing welly walks and watching the children interact during CHIL.

I have a little boy and we love arts and crafts and finding creative ways to learn. We also enjoy baking and lots of trips to the park when we get the chance.


Teaching Assistant:

Mrs H McNealy


Hello, my name is Mrs McNealy and I am a teaching assistant in blackbirds class. 

I love being part of The Oaks team and helping the children with their learning.

When I am not at The Oaks I like to spend time with my family. I also like to ride my horses with my daughter and enjoy taking my two dogs for a walk. 

Nursery Teaching Assistant:

Mrs E Munday (Ellie)


''Hello! My name is Ellie and I am one of the Ladybirds! My favourite things to do here is playing outside and exploring the woods on our Welly Walks! I also love spending time in the Ladybirds room listening to stories and role playing. When I am at home with my two children we like to be outdoors and also have movie night, baking and play board games.''

Nursery Teaching Assistant:

Mrs A Brown (Amanda)


''Hello my name is Amanda, I’m very excited to have joined the Oaks and will be busy in Ladybirds on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

I enjoy reading stories, singing songs, but especially love messy play! 

At home I live with my three children who keep me very busy, we love getting outside and walking our sausage dog!''


Midday Meals Supervisors

Mrs C Roberts, Mrs E O'Sullivan, Mrs K Sharp, Mrs L Scott, Mrs M Hughes, Mrs T Woodcock, Mrs K Whyton, Mrs E Glass, Ms S Macdonald, Mrs N Dighton, Mrs S Goddard and Mrs L Bobbett.