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Meet the Staff Team!


Mr Wilder BA (Hons) PGCE NPQH

Head Teacher

Mr Wilder brings a wealth of experience to the school, having previously been the Head of St Leonard's School which was rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. He is bringing passion and energy to establishing the new school, and is becoming a familiar figure in and around the community. 



The Year 3 Team

Mrs Laws BA (Hons) PGCE

Year 3 Teacher and Early Years Phase Leader

Mrs Laws has 25 years experience of teaching in a range of different schools. She has taught in inner city, small school and international school settings. As well as being primary trained she is also a Montessori trained practitioner. She is passionate about child-centered learning and hugely excited about being part of the team establishing this wonderful new community school. 


Mrs Nethercott

Year 3 Teacher

I have spent the last six years teaching in Tiverton and am now very excited to be joining Trinity Primary School. I have worked in both Key Stages, with the majority of my career being in Key Stage 2. I love watching children learn and grow in confidence. I am passionate about lifelong learning and cannot wait to see what I can learn from the children at Trinity. I have two young sons who have taught me a whole new way of looking at the world. We enjoy family days out exploring, finding lots of minibeasts and asking lots of questions. 


Mrs Haggerty

Specialist Teaching Assistant

I love the great outdoors and have done so since I was a child. For the past four years I had been leading a Forest School provision supporting children to learn practical life skills in the outdoor environment. I’m passionate about how children learn about the world they live in and think it’s extremely important they understand how to live in harmony with nature and all living things. I have two beautiful boys aged 13 and 15 and as a family we enjoy the outdoors such as camping, kayaking, paddle boarding and being by the sea. 

The Year 2 Team

Mr Hadden 

Year 2 Teacher 

I have 20 years experience as a primary class teacher in Devon. I love seeing young people grow in confidence and ask questions about world they are growing up in. Helping foster a love of learning is one of my main aims as a child’s teacher and I look forward to building on the already excellent practice I have seen at Trinity. I have three girls of my own aged 10,14 and 16 and my wife is a local artist. I love to play the drums, build things (in school and outside of it!) and being part of the charity, Park Life Heavitree. I have been known to get involved in the odd wild camp and wild swim when possible too and also am part of Exeter Network church family. 


Mrs Williams

Year 2 Teacher 

I have loved teaching in Year 2 for the past five years and am very excited to be joining the team at Trinity. In my spare time I enjoy being by the sea, playing board games, going for walks and playing the piano. I am also part of Exeter Vineyard Church and enjoy helping in the children’s group for 3-5 year olds. 



Mrs Zawadzki

Teaching Assistant

I am delighted to be joining Trinity School in September. I have taught for 10 years at a local Exeter school in Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes and am passionate about children’s education. I have two children aged 7 and 5 who attend the school. In my spare time I love to run and enjoy making the most of living near the sea by visiting the beach as much as possible. 


Miss Tunney

Apprentice Teaching Assistant

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to start a new career path at trinity and being a part of the nursery team. I am currently training at Exeter College for my Level 3 early years education practitioner. I love being able to be a part of the children’s education and watching them learn and grow in confidence. In my spare time I love spending time with the family and enjoying days out. 


Miss Fawley

1:1 Support/ Bee Happy Club play worker






Miss Bowld

Early Years Teacher - Reconnection Teacher **Currently on maternity leave**

Miss Bowld is a dedicated Early Years practitioner and since qualifying as a teacher in 2010, has taken up roles in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. She is passionate about this age group and loves the enthusiasm the children have for learning and being part of the progress the children make. Miss Bowld recently taught in a preschool in New Zealand and has taken some time out of teaching to travel the world. 

The Year 1 Team

Miss Luff

Year 1 Teacher

I have over 6 years of experience working in Early Years settings including completing my first year teaching in a Year 1 classroom in Newton Abbot. I studied Early Childhood Studies at University and completed my PGCE with Early Years specialism because I am really passionate about this stage of child development and learning.  As a Year 1 class teacher I have thoroughly enjoyed having a play-based curriculum in KS1 and centering it around the children. I find that this is how children learn best. Outside of school I am a very active person. I live near the beach so I love                                     surfing, swimming or being outside lots.


Miss Bell

Year 1 Teacher

I am a class teacher in Swallows class. I have been teaching for 16 years and have a wealth of experience working in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. I am passionate about children making progress through learning which is enjoyable and purposeful, and am so excited to be a part of their school journey here at Trinity. 




Mrs Newell

Year 1/Foundation Teacher

I have been teaching at another Exeter school for over 13 years across a range of year groups but my passion is with the lower years. Therefore, I'm very excited to be joining the fantastic team at Trinity, in the Swallows class.  I am dedicated to ensure that all children feel welcomed, nurtured and valued within my class. I am very keen to quickly develop strong relationships with both parents and children. I'm very family orientated and love spending time with my husband, 3 boys and our dog as well as other family and friends. 


Miss Back

Teaching Assistant/ Bee Happy Club play worker







Mrs Bove


I am a new resident to East Devon, my family and I moved to East Budleigh at Easter 2018 from West Sussex where I have been a primary teacher for 25 years. I have two daughters aged 19 and 16 and two dogs. I am very excited to be part of Trinity Primary, as a HLTA this gives me the opportunity to work with every class and support the children with their learning journeys as they progress through the school. 


The Foundation Stage Team

Miss Druce 

Foundation Stage Teacher

 I feel very privileged to be able to work with such a highly skilled and experienced team.  I am an Early Years Specialist Teacher with 9 years of teaching experience in the Midlands and the North of England. I am passionate about providing young children with experiences that will develop and nurture a love of learning.



Mrs Collison

Foundation Stage Teacher

Having recently moved back to Devon, I am very excited to join Trinity School and to be teaching in a Reception class again. I have been a primary school teacher for 30 years and I’m also a trained Reading Recovery teacher -  it still thrills me when children unlock the mystery of reading and writing.  My desire is for all children to feel happy, valued and to find learning a joy.  During weekends and holidays, I love spending time with my husband and grown-up daughters. I am a member of Grace Church and I can often be found walking our dog Alfie on the fabulous Devon beaches. 


Mrs Newell

Foundation/ Year 1 Teacher

I have been teaching at another Exeter school for over 13 years across a range of year groups but my passion is with the lower years. Therefore, I'm very excited to be joining the fantastic team at Trinity, in the Swallows class.  I am dedicated to ensure that all children feel welcomed, nurtured and valued within my class. I am very keen to quickly develop strong relationships with both parents and children. I'm very family orientated and love spending time with my husband, 3 boys and our dog as well as other family and friends. 


Mrs Searle

Early Years Teaching Assistant and Forest School Leader

I have had the pleasure of being a part of the Trinity school family from the beginning and as Forest school leader I was given the responsibility of creating the forest school area, from nothing, to what it is today.  The Forest school environment has supported the children’s ability to empathise with others and nature alike, it boosts the children’s physical and mental Health, Learning by experience and Exposure to manageable risk. I have two amazing strong-minded children which together with my husband love to camp, surf, paddle board, skate and explore the outdoors.  


Miss Evens

Apprentice Early Years Teaching Assistant






Miss Newton

Apprentice Early Years Teaching Assistant






Miss Holland

Teaching Assistant






Mrs Winton

1:1 Support






Miss Ronson

Foundation Stage Lead **Currently on maternity leave**

I am the class teacher in Ducklings and am very excited to be working at Trinity. I bring 10 years of early years experience in urban and rural settings. I've worked across nursery and Foundation, once starting my own nursery in a deprived part of London. In my spare time I love walking, yoga and reading.



Miss Wood 

Foundation Stage Teacher - Reconnection Teacher  **Currently on maternity leave**

Miss Wood is a teacher who has over seven years experience of working within primary settings. Sophie is passionate about the Early Years and about creating a nurturing classroom where the children can flourish through following their own interests and learn within a playful environment. 



The Nursery Team

Miss Stamen

Nursery Teacher

Hello! I gained Qualified Teacher Status in 2008 and since then have worked in and managed a variety of early years settings across Devon and Dorset. I have worked in the Nursery at Trinity since it opened in 2018, and am thrilled to be undertaking my NQT year in the Nursery this coming year. I am passionate about making learning fun and seeing children thrive in a play-based environment.


Miss Hathaway

Early Years Nursery Teaching Assistant 






Miss Hodgson

Early Years Nursery Teaching Assistant/ Bee Happy Club play worker






Ms Robson

Apprentice Early Years Nursery Teaching Assistant

I am really excited to be part of the Trinity team and nursery. I have 5 children, 1 of which is in Trinity and live in Seabrook Orchards - the school is so integral to this community and I'm looking forward to having a positive impact. I am currently training with Exeter College for my Level 3 Early Years Education Practitioner award which will continue to build on my experiences working with children. I am a positive, confident and enthusiastic team player who enjoys making the children's experience at Trinity great.


Miss Tomkins

Apprentice Early Years Nursery Teaching Assistant





Miss Western

Early Years Nursery Teaching Assistant / Bee Happy Club Play Worker **Currently on maternity leave**

I have been working in a village preschool for 4 years along side running and leading an after school club at the primary school. last year I achieved my Level 3 in child care, I have lots of experience in working with children from 2-12. I have many nieces and nephews that also keep me on my toes. I have done volunteer work within African schools and orphanages, I’m passionate about learning day to day along with the children, watching them grow is just magical. Being part of their very first steps through the door to how they leave us more confident and ready for the next step is a real                                      privilege to be able to work alongside them. I’m Passionate about what I do for a living and look forward to every day.

Our Support Team

Mrs Dolphin PGCE (Primary), NASENCo, PGDip Special Educational Needs

SENDCo Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator

Mrs Dolphin has worked as a teacher for over 17 years and has worked with children across the age phases in mainstream as well as special schools. She is dedicated and passionate about inclusion and supporting families.  She is thrilled about being part of the team at Trinity school.



Mrs McNair 

Business Manager

As a qualified School Business Manager with over 10 years experience of working in schools across both Devon and Lincolnshire, Mrs McNair is the school’s senior support staff professional and was instrumental in setting up the  business management support systems at Trinity.   As part of the Senior Leadership Team, Mrs McNair’s role is to provide professional leadership and management of school support staff, promoting the highest standards of business ethos within the administration function of the school, whilst ensuring that first class customer service is provided to parents and visitors.  Mrs McNair is primarily responsible for the management of the school’s Administration Function, Financial

                                 Resources, Human Resources, Procurement and Facility & Property Management.  Outside of school Mrs McNair loves

                                 nothing more than spending time with her husband, going for long walks in the countryside and being mum to her

                                 wonderful 17 and 18 year old sons.


Mrs Rakestrow 

Admin Assistant

I'm hugely passionate about Trinity Primary School and am thrilled to be part of the staff team. I have been at Trinity since July 2018 and prior to that worked for 10 years as a team manager at an energy company and pride myself on my customer service skills. Working alongside Mrs McNair and Mrs Bee in the school office I aim to provide a friendly and helpful school administration service. My husband and I are Newcourt residents and have two energetic boys who love                                    attending Trinity too.


Mrs Bee 

Clerical Assistant

I am really pleased to join Trinity Primary School and bring many years of admin experience with me, 11 of which were in an East Devon school.  I live in Seaton with my husband Jim and Neville the cat.  My son and daughter (who were both born on Christmas Eve!) have both left home and although I miss them I have plenty of time to try to keep fit by running or going to the gym.  I also enjoy baking, socialising with friends,  taught myself to crochet during lockdown and love to travel                                  to as many countries as possible.  


Ms Evans

Bee Happy Club Supervisor






Mrs Mason

Meal Time Supervisor/ Bee Happy Club play worker

I am part of the lunchtime team at Trinity and love seeing the children gain confidence from those initial first days when they first arrive to when they have made firm friends and really start enjoying the lovely lunchtime experience Trinity offers. At home I'm a busy Mum to three boys, two of them attend Trinity.



Mrs Weston

Meal Time Assistant

I’m thrilled to be apart of the Trinity primary school team and look forward to helping the children during lunchtime. I have a son who attends the school.




Miss Pope

Meal Time Assistant

Hello! I worked in a previous school setting for almost ten years and am excited to be a part of the Trinity team.  I live on the Newcourt Estate and am looking forward to getting to know all of the Trinity children.




Miss Butt

Meal Time Assistant/ Bee Happy Club play worker







Mrs Loft

Music lead

I have been working as a Musician & Singer-Songwriter for 14 years and a Music Workshop Leader & Educator for 6 years. I founded Lofts Music Shed and led music making projects with Young People collaborating with many organisations in the South West. I have a wide experience of facilitating and delivering arts projects and absolutely LOVE to work with children making music. This year at Trinity I will be leading Whole Class Ensemble Teaching with KS1 & KS2, Music Making with EYFS and leading Singing in the Trinity Choir & Collective Worship.


Mr Bayliss

Sports Coach

I have provided P.E support to the children and staff at Trinity School since December 2017. Working with the children from the beginning of their school years is enabling us to teach them the Fundamentals of movement and ball skills and establish the foundations for a wide range of sporting and activity based interests. I am a sporting 'all-rounder' and was trained as a P.E teacher at University and although I did not take this path for the early part of my career I am now a Level 2 cricket coach, Level 1 rugby and tennis and a full time sports and P.E coach


Miss Ryder

Sports Coach

I am really looking forward to be joining Trinity for the summer term. I will be working in PE, running lunchtime and after school sessions and lessons within the school day. As a PE teacher I have just come from Saudi Arabia where I was teaching for the last 18 months. Before that I spent 13 years in teaching in Surrey. It is going to be great to see how the children learn and progress throughout the term and above all else have some fun!


Mr Arrowsmith

Site Manager






Mr Bird







Ms Richer







Miss Quick



Mr Aitkin



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