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Teaching Staff

Toria Bono

Toria Bono
Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

"Everything is possible. The impossible just takes longer."

Dan Brown, Author.

I feel incredibly blessed to be the Headteacher of St. John’s (as of September 2016) and bring two of my greatest passions to this role. Firstly, teaching children to learn to love through the teachings of Christ. This is central to the mission of every Catholic school: enabling children to know Christ and all that he taught us, so that they are able to live their lives by being loving and supportive of others. Secondly, developing a love of learning in everyone I work with – adults and children alike. I have always been passionate about enabling children (and adults) to achieve their dreams and I truly do believe that anything is possible – given the right amount of practice, perseverance, support and of course faith. Over the years, I have taught many children, led teams of teachers and most recently been Assistant Headteacher at a large primary school in Crawley. I am at heart though a learner – a life-long learner. I am dedicated to learning about how children learn and how best we, as teachers, can support them. I am an advocate of the teachings of Carol Dweck, Shirley Clarke and Pie Corbett and have trained teachers across the South East in ‘Assessment for Learning’, teaching phonics/ spelling and developing ‘Growth Mindsets’ in themselves and the children that they teach. I hope to bring all that I have learnt to St. John’s and I look forward to meeting all of you. When I am not at school, I am usually found out and about with my husband and daughter – attending Mass at St. Michael’s in High Salvington, walking/ scooting along the seafront, visiting museums/ art galleries or trying out the latest roller coasters and rides at theme parks and developing my own ‘growth mindset’!

Rachel Clough

Rachel Clough
Deputy Headteacher - Inclusion Lead and SENDCo

"Around here, we don’t look backwards for very long…we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths"

Walt Disney

I have been lucky enough to have taught for over 15 years now. I qualified with an English and teaching degree from Roehampton University in London. My love for teaching came from my uncle who was a head teacher at the time I was in sixth form so I used to go and volunteer at his school during my free periods. I saw the enthusiasm, love and passion he had for his job and knew that was exactly what I wanted to do!
I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with many Head teachers and teachers who I have learned a wealth of knowledge and skills from. However, the most important people I have had the pleasure of learning from are the many children I have taught. Children learn well when they are able to talk about their learning, engage with their learning and enjoy what they do! Creativity is very important to me as children need to learn in many different ways.
St John’s is a fantastic school with an amazing staff who all strive to do the best for the children in their care. The children are the reason I do my job and have continued to do so for such a long time now. Whether it be a class teacher or working 1:1 with children, which I have done in the past, they are what drive me on to continue my learning journey as well as their own. I really enjoy the fact that teaching is different every day. You never quite know what the day might bring or where the children may take their learning. Being the Deputy Head teacher here I also have great opportunities to work with children and staff across the school when not class based and get to know them too. This side of my job is also very rewarding and something I enjoy a great deal.
I now have two children of my own, little girls and can see even in them being so young the importance of immersing them in conversation, story books and play. They are little sponges and it is so important for children to get a great start in life.
Being a part of the St John’s community is very important to me and I feel very lucky to work here with such a hard-working staff and wonderful children.

Alison Hoarau

Alison Hoarau
Assistant Headteacher and St. Class Teacher

“Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.”

Nelson Mandela

I have always thought of children as one of the greatest blessings and begin my school day by reminding each of them that they are very special, unique and loved by God. I really value the St. John’s school community and the commitment and support shown by our families, the Governing body and the church.

I am an active member of my own parish where I lead Catechism for the First Holy Communion Programme, am a special minister of the Eucharist, arrange church flowers and welcome parishioners.

I have a range of teaching experiences from teaching B.Tec National Diploma courses in Further Education to teaching 3-5 year olds in an independent pre-school setting. I have taught for fourteen years in primary education settings across key stages 1 and 2; leading various core curriculum areas, achieving high standards of success, leading whole school assessment, being actively involved promoting and running activities to extend the enquiring minds and skills of our more able pupils and greatly enjoyed the role of teacher governor for 8 years. I enjoy being creative with classroom displays; particularly those involving textiles and sewing.
More than anything though, it is supporting and enabling children to meet their potential and celebrate success that makes my vocation extremely rewarding. No two days in school are ever the same and watching the children grow and flourish to become passionate about their learning is a joy to behold and a reason to ensure that I model life-long learning so that the children remain positive throughout their own learning journeys.

Finally, when I am not at school….. I enjoy travelling (my family are all over the world), the theatre, cooking. sewing, watercolour painting, gardening and spending time with my family and friends.

Hazel Garrett

Hazel Garrett
St. Therese class

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.“
Fred Rogers

I have been a Reception class teacher for many years, a role I find hugely satisfying and enjoyable. Teaching has always been my career of choice, stemming from when I used to take the register for my toys many, many years ago as a child. I trained at Weymouth College where I graduated with a Bachelor of Education. My career has been varied; I started teaching in the East End of London, followed by spending time teaching in the Middle East. On my return to the UK I taught in a variety of settings – from small, leafy village schools to larger primary schools in West Sussex. My last role was the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader in a three form intake primary school in Ifield, where I had been from 2000. I believe children learn through play based activities and aim to provide a setting where children can explore and experiment within a safe and fun filled environment. Away from school I enjoy listening to music and dancing at Zumba classes. Holidays are usually spent somewhere hot so I can top up my tan. My perfect day is a cold, frosty, sunny Winters day walking along the beach – followed by a coffee and a piece of ginger cake!

Jenni Malpas

Jenni Malpas
St. Francis class teacher

"Education isn't something you finish."

Isaac Asimov

Sussex born and bred, I achieved my first degree in Theatre and Media Drama from the University of Glamorgan, graduating in 1994 with a 2:1 Hons. In 2013 I obtained my post-graduate degree in teaching from the University of Roehampton, qualifying to teach children from ages 3 – 11, with a specialism in foundation stage. In between times, I have worked in marketing, local council, legal publishing and the police service. Teaching has been far and away, the most rewarding role I have occupied.

Ellen Jacobs

Ellen Jacobs
St. Ava class teacher

"The expert in anything was once a beginner."

Helen Hayes

I grew up and went to school in West Sussex, I then moved to London where I went to Middlesex University. I graduated in 2013 with a degree in Primary Education. Throughout my training there were many challenges but by aiming high, working hard, and learning with and from my peers I was able to reach my goal of becoming a teacher. After living in London for almost 4 years I moved back to Sussex to be closer to my family and start my teaching career. My first 2 years of teaching were at a school in Crawley where I learnt so much and my passion for teaching grew even stronger. My ultimate goal is to educate children in a positive, caring and inclusive environment, within clear boundaries, in which a child can feel valued and secure enough to become a self-motivated, confident and happy learner.

Leigh-Ann Ritson

Leigh-Ann Ritson
St. Nicholas class teacher

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."

B.B. King

In 2009, I graduated from the University of Brighton after a four year degree in Primary Education. During this time, I taught in both key stages and also worked as a Widening Participation ambassador. In this role I mentored Year 6 pupils in Brighton and worked closely with schools across Sussex to help deliver projects aiming to raise confidence and future aspirations. I also specialised in history and geography, subjects which I really enjoy teaching and believe are of great value and importance. My aim in teaching is to help children to develop a love of learning, through interesting, practical and engaging tasks. Outside of school, my favourite things to do are to read a good book, listen to music and go to concerts and shows.

Colleen Stevenson

Colleen Stevenson
St. Joseph class teacher

‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’

Aristotle

I gained my BA (Hons) in History at Chichester University and my Post Graduate Teaching qualification from Brighton University. I have lived in Sussex for many years - the last 10 years in Horsham, and have two children who go to school locally.
I have worked in the private, public and third sectors but my heart lies in teaching. I have high expectation of all of my pupils and like to use innovative ways, tailored to each individual, to help develop their self confidence and enable them to achieve their potential. I am a firm believer that a good teacher shows a child where to look but not what to see.

Beth Finn

Beth Finn
St. Genevieve class teacher

"They can because they think they can."

Virgil

I have recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in June 2017 with a first class honours degree in Primary Education. I carried out my placements in different areas around Kent over my three years of training in both Key Stages.
Outside of school, I have a passion for sport and fitness. I particularly enjoy netball and during my time at university I played for the netball team. I also enjoy running in my spare time.
I believe that learning should be individualised and centred around the child through active and purposeful tasks. I thrive to help children to become independent, happy and creative learners, essentially well-rounded individuals.

Sophie Curtis

Sophie Curtis
EAL and International lead

“Everyone smiles in the same language.”
Anon

This is my 11th year at St John’s, and I have always loved working here; first as class teacher, then as French and Spanish teacher, and now as EAL Leader.

We are very lucky at St John’s to have 23 languages spoken! I am passionate about different languages and cultures, and I believe in celebrating our rich, diverse community at St John’s. I grew up in Kenya and Tanzania, and later lived, studied and worked in France, Italy and Venezuela. Before teaching, I used my languages in various roles in industry. In 2000, I decided to go into teaching, and I haven’t looked back! I taught French at a Secondary school, before moving into the primary sector.

My message to children is always: embrace the different cultures and languages we have here at school; learn from your international friends; travel as an adult and open your eyes to the world around you!

Outside school, I love singing in a Horsham choir, trips to the theatre, cinema, reading, swimming, playing tennis and walking with my husband and 8 year old son.

Martine Batchelor

Martine Batchelor
P.P.A. Teacher

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can't see the whole staircase.”
Martin Luther King Jr

I started my journey into teaching in Hull where I took my Post Graduate Certificate of Education after completing a degree in Mathematics.

I get huge satisfaction taking part in children’s development and love to see children grow both emotionally and academically during their time at St.John’s. Although I have taught at a number of different schools during my career, I’ve been privileged to have been a part of St. John’s for over twelve years, and love meeting ex-pupils around the town - although they usually tower over me!

Teaching Mathematics and English to our younger children is a particular passion of mine. I am a strong believer in providing children with a respectful and calm environment where they can develop their learning.

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