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Teaching Assistants and Learning Mentors

Mrs. Dawn Palfrey -  Learning Mentor (behaviour) - based in Year 1

Mrs. Palfrey is also one of our deputy designated safeguarding leads.


I started working at Oldmixon Primary school nearly 23 years ago. My three children came to Oldmixon and enjoyed their time here. My Grand daughter Now attends Oldmixon and absolutely loves it.  I am Key stage 1 Learning Mentor; Year 2 Teaching Assistant and Deputy Safeguarding Lead. I enjoy all aspects of my role and love the family feel that Oldmixon Primary School offers.

Mrs. Andrea Whybrow - Teaching Assistant - based in Year 2

Mrs. Whybrow is also our lead first aider.


I have worked at Oldmixon school for several years across all year groups from nursery to year 6.

Mrs. Bethan Brown - Teaching Assistant - Speech and Language Assistant

Mrs. Brown is also one of our Talk Boost leads.


My name is Bethan Brown. I am a teaching assistant at Oldmixon Primary School. I have mainly supported the Foundation Stage in my time here but I am now enjoying my new role supporting children with their speech and language development throughout the school. I particularly enjoy supporting children to learn through hands on experiences and seeing their thrill when learning something new.

Mrs. Cheryl Parker - Teaching Assistant - based in Year 4

Mrs. Parker is also one of our breakfast club leads and family club leads. She also leads forest school.


I am a teaching assistant who has worked at Oldmixon for over 22 years across all age ranges and year groups. I particularly enjoy supporting family club, and spending time to get to know our families in a relaxed environment. For a number or years I have ran forest school and love to see our children engaging outdoors, getting involved in teamwork and importantly having fun!

Mr. Scott Phillis - Teaching Assistant - based in Year 6


I am a new teaching assistant joining Year 6 after having recently qualified as a teacher. In the past, I have volunteered at other ELAN schools and I completed one of my teaching placements at Oldmixon. I am grateful for the opportunity to return and work with such a fantastic school and group of children. Having always loved STEM subjects, I completed my degree in mathematics and I hope to share some of my knowledge and enthusiasm for it with others!

Miss Emma Cox - Teaching Assistant - based in Year 1 (Monday - Thursday) 

Miss Cox takes a lead in managing our website.


I have worked at Oldmixon for the last 25 years. I came here to Oldmixon as a student from Bridgwater college 27 years ago and then started working in the nursery as a nursery nurse. Since working here I went on to become a teaching assistant and have worked throughout out the school over the years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 3 year old son, family and close friends.

Mrs. Jackie Higgins - Teaching Assistant - based in Year 3 (Monday - Wednesday only)

Mrs. Higgins is also our playground lead.


I am a Teaching Assistant in year 3. I am from Glasgow, but moved here 14 years ago. I have only ever worked at Oldmixon, and the staff and kids made me feel welcome. I am married and have a daughter and son, and a little Westie dog called Winston. My hobbies are reading and going on long walks with my dog. I absolutely love working at the school, the children are amazing and a credit to the school, I hope I have many more years here.

Mrs. Jackie Robinson - Teaching Assistant - based in Reception


Mrs. Robinson is also one of our Breakfast Club leaders and takes a lead role within compliance in our Nursery.


I have been part of Oldmixon for 33 years. I first joined with my eldest son and have watched both of my children and now granddaughter enjoy their education here at Oldmixon. I was proud to be part of a successful campaign to increase Oldmixon infant school to a growing Primary School. Over the years, I have worked in all classes but my heart lies with the foundation stage.

Miss Jasmine Bastin - Teaching Assistant - based in Reception

Miss Bastin is also our lead person for media and takes a lead role in managing our website.


I am a teaching assistant and have worked at another local school, previous to joining Oldmixon School. I have worked in both KS1 and KS2 and have worked with children with specific educational and behavioural needs, as a one to one support.

Miss Kate Wilson - Teaching Assistant - based in Reception

Miss Wilson also leads Homework Club.


I love working in EYFS and encouraging the children to thrive in their learning.  Outside of school I participate socially at the running club.

Miss Lisa Marles - Teaching Assistant 

Miss Marles is based in the year 3 class. 


I have worked at Oldmixon for nearly 9 years. I enjoy working with the children and helping them to become confident. Out of work, I enjoy reading and going for walks. 

Miss Lisa Joles - Teaching Assistant - based in Reception


I have worked here for 9 years. Previous to coming here I worked for 18 years at Around 3 nursery. 25 years of early years’ experience altogether! I have also previously been deputy manager. I have always worked in early years, I love working with the children and seeing them learn new things. I believe that the first 5 years is most important for setting them up for life.