Meet our Pre-Prep and Early Years Team (4 to 7 years)

Rachel Potter
Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery
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Rachel Potter
Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Education (hons) Degree at Middlesex University in London. Part of the degree included the invaluable opportunity to study at a school in the MidWest USA, Muncie, Indiana. This involved teaching and being a fully recognised member of the teaching department. Rachel has also worked in inner city London, Hertfordshire, Hastings and Eastbourne, teaching across the entire Primary age range 5-11 years.

I have been incredibly lucky to work with some outstanding professionals throughout my career, including current colleagues from whom I continue to learn a great deal.

Holly Newton
Deputy Head of Nursery & Pre-Prep, Head of Early Years, Reception Teacher
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Holly Newton
Deputy Head of Nursery & Pre-Prep, Head of Early Years, Reception Teacher

Holly has been teaching for 26 years. Having always wanted to work with children, she went to Bath University to get her QTS, while also studying Biology. Throughout her career she has supported teachers in and around Sussex to develop their practice and enhance the indoor and outdoor environments in which they teach.

I am fascinated by individual development. I love watching the youngest children learn and develop.

Stephen Drinkwater
Year 2 Teacher and Key Stage Assessment Coordinator
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Stephen Drinkwater
Year 2 Teacher and Key Stage Assessment Coordinator

After working in retail and local government, Stephen decided to follow his dream of teaching. He went back to college and then university at the age of 27.

I have always enjoyed challenging myself, in sport and and academic setting, and I want to enter teaching to share, support and encourage others to build their own pathways in life. Going back to college and then university presented me with many challenges, but the overall experience and joy of seeing other progress made those good struggles worth it! I love teaching Year 2 and watching the children grow in confidence with every new experience we share together.

Leila Brownbill
Year 2 Teacher
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Leila Brownbill
Year 2 Teacher

Leila has been teaching since 1992. She completed a Batchelor of Education at Exeter University, before starting her career in various boarding schools and then teaching abroad. She started at Claremont teaching Years 3 – 6, before moving to the Pre-Prep department 5 years ago.

 

 

 

Christa Chandler
Year 1 Teacher
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Christa Chandler
Year 1 Teacher

Christa has always wanted to be a teacher, but she also loved Latin at school so she opted to study Latin and Ancient History at Exeter University ( BA Hons) and followed that with a PGCE at North Riding College (affiliated with Leeds University).

I have been fortunate in having the opportunity to teach in schools in both the UK and New Zealand. I specialised and trained in Reading Recovery in New Zealand, where it was founded and taught there for several years.

Claire Wilson
Year 1 Teacher
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Claire Wilson
Year 1 Teacher

Growing up, Claire wanted to be either a teacher or a West End performer. However, after spending a gap year working at Claremont Nursery she knew for sure and went on to study teaching at Greenwich University, where she gained a BA Hons in Primary Education. She was part of the 100th cohort of teachers to pass through the university!

As part of my degree I was able to study Drama in education enabling me to bring my passion for theatre into the classroom.

Paul Booth
Early Years Practitioner
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Paul Booth
Early Years Practitioner
Megan Mitchell
Early Years Practitioner
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Megan Mitchell
Early Years Practitioner
Lola Horsley
Early Years Assistant
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Lola Horsley
Early Years Assistant

Claremont School
Nursery & Prep

Ebdens Hill, Baldslow, St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7PW
01424 751555

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Senior and Sixth Form

Bodiam, Nr. Robertsbridge,
East Sussex, TN32 5UJ
01580 830396

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Clyde House

Clyde Ho/258 Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards-on-sea TN37 7JL
01424 233000

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Pyke House

Claremont Boarding House Upper Lake,
Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AN
01424 775332

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French Study Centre

La Maison Claremont,
14 rue de l'arbalete,
62500, St Omer

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