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Claire Giori

I am Claire Giori and I am the teacher in Eling Nursery Class. I have a BA Hons in Early Years and a PGCE also specialising in Early Years. I have worked at Eling Infant School since September 2007. During this time I have taught across all the year groups but my passion has always been in the Early Years. Outside of school I especially enjoy long walks or bike rides by the sea with my family. I am obsessed with exploring the world and love planning my next overseas adventure.



Lucy Biggs

My name is Lucy Biggs I am the Assistant Headteacher and SENCO at Eling. I work in Nursery and Year R. I have a BA (hons) with QTS in primary education and as part of my masters in education I have a post graduate certificate in early years and have gained the National SENCO accreditation. I love working across the school getting to know all the children as individuals. In my spare time I’m often found in the forest cycling, walking or jumping in puddles with my children.



Becky White

Hi I'm Becky White and I am a qualified teacher. I have a PGCE in primary education and this is my 8th year of teaching. I work in Key Stage One as well as Nursery and love teaching and getting to know the children across the school. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, especially experimenting with new recipes and ideas to feed my baby girl.


Frances Lock

Hello, my name is Frances. I am a mother of 3 and I am a qualified preschool practitioner. I love working with children and believe their early years are extremely important and should be full of fun and new experiences. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, crochet and reading.


Jo Hilliard

Hello, my name is Jo Hilliard. I have my NVQ3 in Child Care, Learning and Development and have worked in Early Years for over 14 years. I have two grown up children and one of our favourite things to do as a family is go walking by the sea. I have always loved working with children and helping them learn through their play. I believe that nursery should be fun, exciting and creative!


Kelly-Anne Donnelly


Hi I’m Kelly-Anne Donnelly, and  I have worked at Eling School since 2018, Throughout my time here you  may have seen me supporting children in Seals and Seahorses in KS1 and during the weekday evenings  at Penguin Club.  I have recently obtained a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies.  I’m passionate about enabling all children to learn through play, in a way that best suits their individual needs, the messier and more  spontaneous the better.  I have two children of my own, who I love spending time exploring in the forest with, visiting military museums, and cooking. In my spare time I love playing and teaching flute and saxophone, which I have studied since I was at school. 



Mandy Jones

Hi, I am Mandy Jones and I am a qualified preschool practitioner and before I came to work at Eling Infants, just over 2 and a 1/2 years ago, I spent 3 years working in a local preschool.  I love helping children to learn through play and exploring and am thoroughly enjoying working with the children in Eling nursery.  You will also see me in Dolphins class as the TA in the mornings. Outside of school I am a keen member of a local running club and I also spend time sailing but when I am not doing these things I enjoy spending quality time with my two children and walking with my family and my lovely dog in the New Forest.