Fran Hurdle

Y2 Teacher – Newton Class
Fran began her teaching career in September 2007. In 2012, Fran achieved her MA in Education. Her final dissertation focussed on transition between Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Also in 2012, Fran was promoted to Science and ICT Leader. Fran is experienced in teaching phonics, and considers this to be one of her areas of expertise. Fran enjoyed maths at school, and says that her maths teacher inspired her to continue with the subject to A level. Conscious that girls are often not encouraged with maths as a subject, Fran’s first Masters dissertation was about girls’ play preferences and their maths learning. She enjoys teaching maths today and engaging children who might not initially take to the subject. Outside of the classroom, Fran enjoys Zumba and socialises with friends. She enjoys spending time walking in Devon.


Charlotte Jones

Y2 Teacher – Newton Class

Charlotte began her teaching career in 2007 after completing a PGCE with a Early Years Specialism. During her degree her final dissertation focused on children’s news and political awareness and perceptions. She values children’s opinions greatly and enjoys encouraging debate on topical issues. Charlotte has spent much time in the Early Years and has been Foundation Stage 1 Team Leader. She values the early years principles and attempts to apply aspects of these when teaching other year groups. Charlotte believes in providing enabling environments in which children have the opportunity to develop their ideas. She is Forest School trained and thoroughly enjoys using the local environment to embed learning. She believes in a holistic approach to learning and values the importance of strong links with parents. Her key philosophy is to provide child centered, meaningful opportunities that excite, challenge and inspire her class.  She spends most of her spare time making memories with her four children. They are often found walking, running and cycling around local parks.


Claire Threlfall

Y2 Teacher – Sharman Class
Claire began her teaching career in 1999, after graduating with a Mathematics/Geography BSc Hons Degree at Leeds University and a PCGE with specialism Mathematics at Cambridge University. During her teaching career she has held numerous positions, including Assistant Head Teacher, Mathematics Subject Leader, Teaching and Learning Coordinator, NQT mentor, SENCO and Learning Success Teacher. Claire’s favourite thing about being a teacher is seeing children develop a love of learning. She strongly believes that learning should be a fun, purposeful experience with high expectations, praise and encouragement; it is a joy to see happy children becoming independent learners proud of their achievements! In her spare time she plays as part of a netball team and enjoys family days out with her son and daughter.


Sarah Parry

Y2 Teacher – Sharman Class

During Evendons’ inaugural year, Sarah spent five weeks working closely with all year groups looking deeply at how children understand every day mathematics.  She was so inspired by her experience that she was keen to come back and join the team.  As part of her continued research Sarah is exploring the language adults and children use on a daily basis – much of it mathematical – and its impact on children and their learning. Passionate about nurturing the whole child through many mediums as well as creating an environment in which mistakes are part of everyday learning, Sarah is eager to ensure that the children continue their journey through Evendons highly engaged.

Sarah is mum to a son aged 9 and a daughter aged 11 (who has just joined another STEM school – Bohunt Secondary School).  In her spare time Sarah enjoys all aspects of art, craft and sewing as well as baking and bike-rides and has recently taken her children on their first packing trip.


Emily Ronney

Y3 Teacher –  Anning Class
I am joining Evendons in September 2016 after completing my teacher training, with a specialism of science, at Kingston University. I love learning and teaching, especially science and recently wrote my dissertation on the benefits of learning science outdoors. During my degree, I had the opportunity  to work in a range of different schools and age groups. This included a 2 week extended project which I undertook in a primary school in Australia. In my spare time I enjoy reading, going swimming and baking.


Nicky Robinson

Y2 Teaching Assistant –  Sharman Class
Nicky joined us during 2015 as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year one, and is now working as a class teaching assistant in year 2.




Heather Collins

Y2 Teaching Assistant –  Newton Class
Heather joined us recently as a teaching assistant in year 2.




Sam Smit

Y2 Teaching Assistant –  Newton Class
Sam joined the school in September 2015 as a 1:1 teaching assistant in year 1. She is mum to a daughter who joined the reception class in September 2014. She has been a member of the Evendons Parent Proposer Group since March 2013 and has been an elected Parent Governor from September 2014.



Rachel O’Sullivan

Y2 Teaching Assistant –  Newton Class
Rachel joined us recently as a teaching assistant in year 2.




Rob Long

Y3 Teaching Assistant –  Anning Class
Rob has just completed his study of Biology through the Open University, during which time he spent a thoroughly enjoyable period as a sports coach, coaching football and rugby to children aged 2 to 14. The enjoyment he found working with children on the sports field has stimulated a desire to teach and he hopes to continue his own education by completing a PGCE. Rob is very excited by the STEM focus at Evendons and hopes his background in science can help inspire children to explore the countless wonders found in everyday life. Outside his work at Evendons, Rob tutors Maths and English up to KS3 and enjoys reading, rugby, and racket sports.