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East Preston Infant School

East Preston Infant School

Teaching Assistants

Mr Andrews - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mr Andrews is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant covering the Reception classes for the Teachers.  He has worked in two other primary schools assisting children with special needs and as an HLTA covering many classes, especially the Reception class. He always tries to be positive and encouraging and loves to win games when playing against the children.

Likes - Mr Benn, Bath RFC, Cosmology, History of Art and being with his family.

Dislikes - The Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Manchester United and custard. 

Mrs Gingell - Y2 Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Gingell is a Teaching Learning Assistant in Y2.  She has worked in Primary Schools as a Teaching Learning Assistant since 2012.

Likes - Netball, the beach, her three children and Julia Donaldson.

Dislikes – Bad manners, lateness and slimy things.


Mrs Wheatley - Y1 Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Wheatley is a Teaching Assistant in the Y1. She is qualified with a degree in primary education and has a background working with early years.

Likes - butterflies, reading novels and watching films.

Dislikes - Spiders and fish

Mrs Houghton - Y1 Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Houghton is a Teaching Learning Assistant in Y1 and started at East Preston Infant School in September 2015.  She has previously worked in Early years for many years and loves watching children learn and develop.

Likes - Dancing, running, reading and listening to music.

Dislikes - Frogs!

Mrs Buchanan - Year 2 Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Buchanan works as a Teaching Learning Assistant in Year 2. She joined in January 2016 after moving from South London.  She has 18 years experience of working with children.

Likes – Watching musicals and going out for afternoon tea.

Dislikes - Miserable rainy days and late nights!

Mrs Wakeling - Year R Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Wakeling is one of our Teaching Learning Assistants working in Year R. She has worked at our school since 2006.

Likes Relaxing, swimming, and her children.

Dislikes Roundstone gates, lazy people and rudeness.

Mrs Watson - Year R Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Watson is one of our Teaching Learning Assistants working in Year R.  She enjoys being outside playing games with the children at lunchtime.

Likes – Hot days in the garden and watching her children go-karting.

Dislikes – Snow and an untidy house.

Mrs Boult - Y2 Teaching Learning Assistant

Mrs Boult is a Teaching Learning Assistant. She has worked with children for over 22 years.

Likes - Going to Brownies, chocolate and reading Danielle Steel books.

Dislikes - Frogs and messy bedrooms.

Mrs Boult

Mrs Lean - Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Forest School Leader

Mrs Lean is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Forest School Leader and is also our First Aid Co-ordinator. She has worked as a nurse for many years before.

Likes - Reading, tap dancing and spending time with her family and friends.

Dislikes - Lateness, snakes and toffee.

Mrs Lean

Mrs O'Keefe - YR Learning Support Assistant

Mrs O'Keefe is a Learning Support Assistant she joined our school in November 2015.

Likes - Children (especially babies), baking, sewing, vintage clothes, walks in spring sunshine, daffodils, Mr Whippy ice cream, Philip Schofield and dancing round the kitchen.

Dislikes - Getting up in the morning, being cold, bad manners and being on my own.

Mrs Chilvers - Year 2 Learning Support Assistant

Mrs Chilvers is a Learning Support Assistant. She worked in a local pre-school for 3 years before joining our school in November 2015. She also worked with children for many years before having two children of her own.

Likes - Spending time with her family, chocolate, warm weather and reading.

Dislikes - Cold and wet days, rudeness, lateness and coffee.