Our Staff

The Governing Body are delighted to introduce you to our wonderful staff team. There is a rich breadth of expertise, passion and experience amongst us which ensures the children benefit in all of their learning experiences.

We work as one team, supporting and helping each other in everything we do.

If you would like to discuss any matter concerning your child or the school, please contact the school office in the first instance – we will be pleased to offer you an appointment and to help you in any way we can. We look forward to working in partnership with you.

School Leadership

Deborah Corbin ~ Head Teacher

I absolutely love working with children and knew I wanted to be a teacher at the young age of eight.  I remember having a fantastic primary teacher who really inspired me and from the time I spent in her class, I knew that life in education was the journey I was going to take.

As a young child and into my teenage years, I loved music and athletics, particularly running.  I learned to play the piano, the classical guitar and additionally played percussion in an orchestra so was always very busy!

Today, I love being a Headteacher.  It is very rewarding seeing how all the children develop and mature and I enjoy seeing their confidence grow in so many different ways.  When I have some spare time I like nothing better than a good book to read or going out to concerts and listening to live bands.

We live on a beautiful and special planet and I would love to visit the Galapagos Islands to see the Marine Iguanas and the giant tortoises.

Tina Hallisey ~ Deputy Head & Year 1
I qualified as a teacher in 1984 and have been at Stoborough since Jan 2001. I’m mad about animals and in my spare time I look after my fire bellied toads, stick insects and Jack Russell terrier, Rufus. I’m interested in history and would love to have the opportunity to travel more.

Teaching Staff

Beccy Spicer ~ Reception
I am very excited about joining the Stoborough team, although it is not my first experience of this fantastic school as I was previously a pupil here a few decades ago! Teaching Early Years is a passion of mine and subsequently the majority of my teaching career has been teaching and leading the Foundation Stage. Being able to be part of a child’s journey through their first year of school is a real joy and privilege. When I am not teaching or thinking about teaching I love spending time with my family. My husband and I have two wonderful children and a very lively Hungarian Vizsla called Bella. In recent years I have taken up running. Bella often joins me on my runs although I never look as sprightly as her after one of our outings! Apart from shopping (I would love to shop in New York one day) one of my other passions is baking, although I am nowhere near the standard of the contestants on the Great British Bake Off I enjoy making cakes and particularly relish making birthday cakes for my friends and family in a variety of different themes and shapes!
Tina Hallisey ~ Deputy Head & Year 1
I qualified as a teacher in 1984 and have been at Stoborough since Jan 2001. I’m mad about animals and in my spare time I look after my fire bellied toads, stick insects and Jack Russell terrier, Rufus. I’m interested in history and would love to have the opportunity to travel more.
Daniel Bishop ~ Year 2
I have been living In Dorset now since September 2015 but originally from North Somerset. I have also lived in France for 20 years, so I am bilingual. As a young boy, I always enjoyed school and aspired to become a Maths teacher as that was my favourite subject. I also have a great love for animals, so I did look into Zoology as well. I have a beautiful Labrador named Austin that I enjoy the long countryside walks with. Generally, helping and giving something to others is always at the heart of what I do and hence the shift back towards teaching after having tried my hand at many other things.
I am fairly active and always enjoy the outdoors and being adventurous. I do a lot of running and I have entered several marathons now. I Love pushing myself and so I also run triathlons and completed my first Ironman race in July 2016 in Maastricht. I have a very creative mind, but I can’t say I’m very good in many artistic areas, although I will give anything a try. My motto in life is anything is possible and just keep pushing yourself. I hope to inspire others as I always look at the positive in everything and life is for living so enjoy it to the maximum.

Claire Sweeney ~ Year 3
I have recently returned home to Dorset after spending six happy years studying and working in South Wales. I am renovating my house and have developed an expensive obsession for interior design magazines, paint colours, curtains and carpet samples! I have also been indulging my passion for car boot sales, antique stalls and all things shabby chic. I love live music and I’ve spent part of the last few summers volunteering at local music festivals. I really enjoy the buzz of a festival and even the camping can be great fun! I recently joined a local choir and can sometimes be heard practising in my classroom at the end of the day. It is something I have wanted to do for a long time and although I am not a good singer, I am an enthusiastic one! I love the Six Nations Rugby tournament and can’t wait for it to get started this winter so I can shout my advice at the television.
Jane Andrews ~ Year 4
I first came to Stoborough as a final year teaching student and was immediately aware of the special ethos of the school. From an early age Art has played a huge part in my life and I enjoy visiting painting exhibitions with my own daughter who is now taking Fine Art and Textiles for GCSE. I love being outdoors, walking, spending time at the beach and swimming in the sea.
Jamie Patrick – Year 5
Growing up in Dorset I really enjoyed the outdoor life and so love the rural setting of Stoborough. I’m looking forward to finding out more about the village and surrounding area and I have already explored Arne Nature Reserve. Until last year, I was living and teaching in Vietnam. While there I was able to travel all over Vietnam as well as to many countries in Southeast Asia. I really love travelling to new places to learn about different cultures and experience different ways of life. My favourite subject is Art but also like Geography, Maths and Languages. I spend my free time playing football, golf and guitar but I also enjoy baking cakes!
Matt Rowland ~ Year 6
I am relatively new to living in Dorset, having moved here earlier this year from Surrey. My favourite subjects are Science and maths, my favourite animal is the hippo and in my spare time I enjoy cooking and cycling. I am a servant to my cat Monty and would love to have a dog as well!

Teaching Assistants

Sam Nurser
Rosie Bird-Hawkins
Sue Pollack
Karen Hall
Louise Gwinnett
Claire Young
Clive Moyes
Lisa Mullane
Sue Wilson
Paula Lawson Archer

Additional Teaching Staff

Aaron Merredew – sports specialist
Anne Derrick – Maths and Science specialist
Christine Abbott – English and French specialist
Lynne Charters – Music specialist

Non Teaching Staff

Sam Abrahams – Office
Steve Saxton – Caretaker
Anna Daniels – Chef
Dominique Randall – Kitchen assistant
Lynda Lauder – Lunchtime supervisor
Emily Pankhurst – Lunchtime Supervisor
Beverley Gallogley – Breakfast Club
Natasha Whitebread – Lunchtime Supervisor and After School Club