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 Heritage ~ 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.

Kimberley Maguire ~ Year 3
I am a very keen walker and usually find myself exploring new places, both near and far, whenever I have spare time. Before becoming a primary school teacher and working in education, I was a professional performer and spent most of my career on board cruise ships. This allowed me to travel to some wonderful places around the world, which in turn has blessed me with friends from many different cultural backgrounds. I am obsessed with animals, especially cats, as I find them hilarious and if I could, I would own several!
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!
Gabriella Camerota ~ Year 6
After recently moving from London area, I’m excited for the change in pace of Dorset. I have always wanted to be a primary school teacher as working with children has been my passion since I was a young child. My many other passions include sports, reading, watching live music, going to see shows in the theatre and enjoying good food! Football, swimming and netball are my favourite sports and I take part whenever I can.

Teaching Assistants

Sam Nurser
Rosie Bird-Hawkins
Sue Pollock
Karen Hall
Louise Gwinnett
Claire Young
Clive Moir
Lisa Thompson Purvis
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
Sue Haines- Kitchen Assistant
Lynda Lauder – Lunchtime Supervisor
Sue Haines – Breakfast Club
Natasha Whitbread – Lunchtime Supervisor and After School Club