Mrs Riches – Headteacher
I joined Freegrounds Infant School in September 2011. This is my second Headship; previously I was the Headteacher at John Keble Church of England Primary School in Hursley for 4 ½ year which I led to becoming the highest performing primary school in the County and one of the top 10 performing schools nationally by 2009. Prior to this I spent 10 years teaching at Infant Schools in Southampton and the New Forest.
I am passionate about Infant Education and committed to ensuring Freegrounds Infant School provides the best education possible for our pupils, which establishes firm foundations for personal, social and emotional growth and academic success.In my spare time I enjoy cooking, gardening, DIY, swimming, knitting, cycling, spending time with my husband and two children Genevieve and Toby, who are four and one. I also breed and show German Shorthaired Pointers when I have a spare moment and I love long woodland walks with my two GSPs, Ruby and PJ.
Deputy Headteacher and Year 2 Leader – Miss SeedI am Miss Seed and I am the Deputy Headteacher, Leader of Year 2 and English at Freegrounds Infant School. I studied Law at University and then gained my PGCE specialising in EYFS education and development. I am passionate about children’s education and strive to ensure that each child’s uniqueness is cherished and nurtured to enable them to flourish. In my free time I enjoy travelling around the world and exploring new places. I also have a weakness for nice shoes! I come from a small close family, so family time is very important to me and I enjoy our get togethers, usually on my brother’s farm in Shropshire. I enjoy cooking and having my friends around to share it with me.
Inclusion Manager – Mrs WatkinsMy name is Mrs Watkins and I am the Inclusion Manager at Freegrounds Infant School where I have worked for several years teaching in all year groups. I love my job as I work with lots of different children, parents and therapists. I taught in London and Shropshire before moving to Hampshire when my girls were young. My children are now grown up with jobs of their own. When I am not in school my husband and I love travelling and visiting new places. We enjoy exploring different places in this country and we love going away in our caravan. I also enjoy reading good books and watching rugby and cricket.
I am Miss Jones and I am Blue class' teacher. I enjoy seeing the children learn in my class and I particularly enjoy teaching English and Maths. In my spare time I like to cook and spend time walking my dogs with my husband.
Red Class Teacher – Mrs Rigby
My name is Mrs Rigby and I am one of the Red Class teachers on Thursday, Friday and every other Wednesday. I have been a teacher at Freegrounds Infant School for 11 years, many of them spent in EYFS. I am also the school Leader for Design Technology. I moved to Southampton when I was 18 to go to University from Staffordshire which is where the rest of my family live.
Away from school my time is mostly taken up by my own children. They keep me very busy! I am also committed to my yoga practise of 17 years which helps keep me fit! I also enjoy gardening, vegetarian cooking and walks out at the beach and the forest.
EYFS Learning Assistant – Mrs Giles
Hello, I am Angela Giles. I am married with 2 grown up children and recently became a grandparent. I have lived in Hedge End for 36 years and have been a teaching assistant in Early Years for about 29 years. I really enjoy working in EYFS and love seeing the transformation from when the children start to when they finish in Early Years. I am very committed to the job and don’t tend to stop until I have finished what I’ve started. I enjoy reading, shopping, catching up with friends and of course seeing my granddaughter.
Early Years Assistant – Mrs White
My name Marie White, and I work in Yellow Class as an Early Years Learning Support Assistant. during the morning. I have studied STLS L2 and L3 at Eastleigh college, I have been working at Freegrounds Infants school since 2014 and I absolutely love it! I thoroughly enjoy working with all the children, it is very rewarding.I have been married for 13 years and have 2 wonderful children. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my family, we tend to head for the beach or go for a bike ride in the forest, we have also just bought a tent and will be keen campers this summer!
EYFS Learning Assistant – Mrs TaylorI’m Debbie Taylor. I have had a long and happy career at Freegrounds Infants, firstly as a SNA, then as an LSA in Year 1 and 2 and then on to my current position of EYFS LSA, making a grand total of 28 years! I live locally, been married for 35 years, have two sons, 3 granddaughters and another one on the way (granddaughter). In my spare time I organise a family swim club session at Wildern Pool. I enjoy Pilates, big family holidays and cruising on the high seas whenever I can. But one of my favourite pastimes is attending concerts especially Celine Dion and Donny Osmond!
Orange Class Learning Assistant – Mrs Ratcliffe
My name is Mrs Ratcliffe and I'm the LSA in Green class. I enjoy working in Year 1 and helping and encouraging all of our children to discover and explore learning. I have an N.N.E.B. Nursery Nurse qualification and have worked with children 0-7 years throughout my career. Besides being in Green class in the mornings, one afternoon a week I spend time with groups and individual children doing Speech and Language Therapy.Out of school, I love exploring gardens and of course visiting the tea rooms afterwards for tea and cake! Other past times are walking our lively and energetic Cocker Spaniel, reading historic novels, swimming and Yoga. I have worked at Freegrounds Infant School for around 14 years.
Orange Class Teacher – Mrs JonesMy name is Mrs Jones. I am the teacher in Orange class on a Thursday and Friday. I am also the School Leader for Science. I have worked at Freegrounds for 18 years and I am proud that I have taught in every year group. I grew up in West End and studied at Chichester Institute of Higher education, where I gained my Science and Education degree with Qualified Teacher Status. I love teaching and I am dedicated to helping children achieve their potential – developing confident, happy, independent, successful and resourceful learners who want to do their very best. When I am not at school I am a busy mother. I love gardening, sewing and Pinterest! My husband has a love of classic cars, so we often go on adventures in our 1951 Rover at the weekend.
Orange Class Teacher – Mrs Du PreezI am Mrs du Preez and I am one of the class teachers in Orange class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I studied teaching in my home country, South Africa, before spending a year as a nanny. I love teaching and strive to create a classroom environment that is exciting and inviting, providing a range of opportunities for hands on learning as well as promoting our school values. It really is so rewarding watching your children grow and flourish. Outside of school most of my time is taken up looking after my little boy. We especially enjoy spending as much time outdoors, investigating, as we can. I enjoy good company, cooking good food and trying out new recipes. I also love listening to music and have been known to participate in a pub quiz or two.
Green Class Learning Assistant – Mrs SimsI am Beckie Sims and I have worked at Freegrounds Infant school since 2013. I have completed Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in schools whilst volunteering here from 2011. I also have a Psychology degree and Makaton Foundation level. I am married with three little girls. In my free time I enjoy days out or on going holiday with my family, going to the theatre and to new restaurants.
Purple Class Teacher – Miss WebbMy name is Miss Webb and this year is my second year teaching at Freegrounds Infant School. I am also the school Leader for RE. I love teaching and enabling opportunities for children to explore, learn and grow as individuals in an environment that promotes discovery and inspires their curiosity. I went to The University of Winchester to study my teaching degree which was a dream I had had since being in Year One myself! In my free time I love visiting new places and spending days out exploring with friends and family. I also enjoy baking, trying new recipes, and reading.
Scarlet Class Learning Support Assistant and Lunchtime Assistant – Mrs KillickMy name is Louise Killick and I am the LSA in Turquoise Class. I trained as a teacher in Southampton and taught in a school in Eastleigh for 8 years, followed by 2 years as a teacher at Freegrounds Infants School. I took a career break after my first child was born and worked from home for several years as a childminder. I returned to Freegrounds in May 2014 as an LSA supporting Pupil Premium children with their reading. I have also held other temporary posts in the school supporting individual children with their learning in class, before I was appointed as a class LSA last summer. I love being back in the classroom, supporting the teachers in Turquoise Class and working with our enthusiastic and imaginative children. I have 4 children. . In my spare time I love reading and swimming. We have a tent and always enjoy a camping holiday in the summer.
Emerald Class Learning Support Assistant - Mrs DoreI’m Sue Dore and I have been working at Freegrounds Infant School since 2003. I started as a parent helper before becoming a Lunchtime Assistant and then a Learning Support Assistant working in Year One and Two. I gained HLTA Status in 2006 and achieved a BA (Hons) in Education and Training in 2013. I have several roles in the school including School Librarian, Lunchtime Co-Ordinator and I also work as a Speech and Language Teaching Assistant. I have been married for twenty eight years and have a daughter and two sons. Outside of school I enjoy baking cakes and reading. I thoroughly enjoy working with all the children and sharing their awe and wonder moments when they learn something new.
Emerald Class Teacher – Mr Quinn
My name is Mr Quinn and I am the class teacher for Scarlet Class. I am also the school Leader of Computing. This is my second year at Freegrounds Infant School and I am just as excited as ever! I firmly believe in helping to develop well-rounded children and always embrace and promote every child’s individuality. I consider one of my biggest strengths to be my ability to form positive relationships with children and am really excited to get to know you and your children this coming year.Outside of school, I love travelling and exploring new places, having been lucky enough to travel to many countries. I always like to try new things and am very active, playing a number of sports including football, tennis and golf. I also enjoy the odd bit of cooking and baking (as well as eating it), much, I’m sure, to the delight of all the staff.
Turquoise Class Learning Support Assistant – Mrs BroomfieldMy name is Mrs. Broomfield. I am an experienced Year Two LSA with a BA (Hons) in Childhood & Youth Studies. I am also one of the two school ELSAs, trained and supervised by the Educational Psychology Service to help children develop their social skills, self-esteem and emotional awareness.
Administration Officer – Mrs Haines
Administration Assistant – Mrs BendellMrs Bendell had worked at Freegrounds since January 2016. However, prior to this she has over ten years experience working in a school office environment. She is married, with two grown up sons and a daughter who is a former pupil of Freegrounds and has now moved on to Wildern Secondary School. In her spare time she is a Rainbow Leader with 6th Hedge End Rainbows and is a member of a local choir. She enjoys cooking, interior design and long walks with her husband.
Site Manager – Mr SouthernI joined the school in 2013. Prior to this I worked as Operations Manager at Fawley Marine terminal overseeing 50 operators in the day to day management of the facility and ensuring that everyone was kept safe whilst at work. My areas of expertise lay in Health and Safety, project planning and facilities management. In my spare time I enjoy DIY, especially wood work and I have previously been a governor at a school in Southampton. I enjoy working at Freegrounds Infants and work closely with the Site Manager at Freegrounds Junior School to ensure the whole site is safe and provides the best environment possible for the children to learn and flourish.
Visiting School Dog - PJ
Although PJ only visits school rarely when she is in school she enjoys working with the children helping them to understand and learn about the different concepts and ideas we cover in Collective Reflection. PJ lives at home with Mrs Riches, she enjoys running in the woods, treats and going to the beach.
Our Lunchtime Staff
Mrs Dore Lunchtime Coordinator