Current Support Staff

Mrs Young – High Level Teaching Assistant I have worked in the school for a number of years. I first started as a Midday Assistant before becoming a full time Teaching Assistant. I have worked in all classes during my time in the school. Since gaining my HLTA I also provide absence cover (for when teacher cannot be in school), working across all of the school.  I enjoy all aspects of my job and find it very rewarding working with the children, as well as being part of a fantastic team of staff.

Mrs Britchford-Teaching Assistant  I am new to Orsett school and I feel privileged to be part of the Orsett school team. I am looking forward to working with year 2. I find it really rewarding working with children and enjoy seeing them develop through their learning.

Mrs Fish-Teaching Assistant I joined Orsett Primary School in June 2018. For the last eight years I have been working in another local school as a TA, but felt ready for a new challenge and Orsett was the place. I am currently working in Year 6 with some fantastic children and staff. I consider myself a confident, caring person who has a passion to make a difference to children’s education.

Mrs Machar-Teaching Assistant I have worked in childcare and education for over 30 years and at Orsett since 2012 as a MDA and various supporting roles. I love being in EYFS, KS1 and working with SEN. It makes every effort worth while watching the children grow and learn , becoming confident happy learners.

Mrs Martin – Teaching Assistant I currently work in Year 5 although I have worked in most classes. My favourite subjects are Maths and Art. I have always enjoyed seeing the children’s ‘light bulb’ moments and knowing that, as a school, we have helped them.

Mrs McCandless-Teaching Assistant I joined Orsett in September 2015 as a midday assistant before becoming a 1:1 teaching assistant. I am currently supporting in year 1 and enjoying working in all key stages. I love creating displays that showcase the children’s fantastic work and also being part of the Orsett Primary team.

Mrs Newton – Teaching Assistant  I have worked in EYFS and KS1 with many of the teachers for me is a really enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Miss Pritchard-Teaching Assistant  I started in the Summer term of 2019 I am currently in Reception class with Mr Foster  and Mrs Newton and I’m looking forward to seeing the children blossom in their first year at school.

Mrs Rayner- Teaching Assistant This is my seventh year as a TA at Orsett, which I thoroughly enjoy.  I trained at Woodlands, Great Warley, Brentwood in Key Stage 1, so it is nice to have the experience of being a TA in Key Stage 1 and 2. During lesson time, I sometimes participate in ‘Philosophy 4 Children’ – which I have found particularly interesting, especially when the children’s opinions can be so varied and attention-grabbing.  I have a good working relationship with the teachers and other members of staff and thoroughly enjoy going to work.

Mrs Reynolds – Teaching Assistant I have worked at Orsett C of E Primary for a number of years. . I get great satisfaction in seeing the children achieve and grown in confidence in their first year at Orsett. I have worked in Childcare and Education for the past 26 years in a wide variety of setting in many different roles. However my passion is working in EYFS and with SEN. I get great enjoyment seeing the children blossom and reach their full potential.

Mrs Smith – Teaching Assistant I have worked at Orsett in the role of Teaching Assistant since September 1992. I have  worked across the school supporting most year groups, with a large part spent in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. As much as I enjoy all areas of the curriculum I particularly find PSHE interesting. I am proud to be a part of the Orsett Primary School team.

Mrs Wignall – Reading Support Manager I am Mrs Wignall and I am the Reading Manager working with children in Key Stage 2. This involves helping children with their reading and literacy skills. Prior to this, I was a Teaching Assistant, a role I performed for 12 years. My current role is something I am passionate about as reading is a core skill that is necessary for all subjects at school and life in general. I enjoy helping children develop their reading skills and seeing how this improves their overall confidence within their time at the school.

Mrs Willett – intervention support I joined Orsett as a Teaching Assistant in January 2015. I am currently working in class 6. I have also worked closely with the school’s SENCO, I have led various intervention groups across the school. I consider it a privilege to be part of Orsett’s fantastic staff team and am constantly rewarded as I watch the children that I work with learn and grow.