Early Years' Teaching Staff | Portsmouth High School

Early Years’ Teaching Staff

Specialist teaching delivers a firm foundation in early learning...

The Early Years’ team

Portsmouth High Nursery School is staffed by an experienced Early Years’ team dedicated to promoting creativity and curiosity in enquiring young minds. Mrs Alex Algieri is the Early Years’ Co-ordinator and Reception Class teacher. She recently joined the school from the University of Chichester where she lectured in early years’ education and brings with her specialist knowledge over a wide area.

Mrs Amanda Dempster joined the school as a Nursery teacher and has a wide range of experience teaching in early years. Her most recent role has been as the deputy head of a nursery where she led a team promoting early numeracy and literacy skills.

Nursery teacher Mrs Jackie Shaw has extensive experience of delivering excellence within an early years setting. Educated to degree level in Early Years Care and Education, she has built a new nursery from scratch and also worked to achieve an outstanding inspection assessment in a well-established independent school.

Montessori trained Forest School Leader Mrs Joan West spends afternoon sessions with our Nursery children helping them acquire skills and information in the outdoors classroom as research shows that in the early years these learning experiences make stronger connections in children’s brains.

Together, the Nursery team are delivering a strong programme to promote learning, both in the academic and social skills forums to promote a secure foundation for girls as they progress through the school.

Our approach to early learning provides a great start to educating your daughter. Why not come and see the Nursery School in action and find out more? Please contact Mrs Fergie Cox for Junior School admissions on 023 9282 4916 or e-mail admissions@por.gdst.net to request a prospectus and arrange a visit.

Amanda Dempster
Nursery School teacher

“I love the way nursery-age children are eager to find out and learn without even realising they are learning! Each day is different, which makes it more exciting as it depends on what ideas and interests the children have and incorporating these into our planning and teaching. It is very rewarding seeing the children develop in their learning at the start of their education.”

Jackie Shaw
Nursery School teacher

“Portsmouth High Nursery School delivers a perfect blend of a caring and nurturing environment along with a strong academic start to school life. The excellent partnership we have with parents is crucial to our success and it is clear from the feedback we receive that we are getting the balance right. Children who attend our Nursery are keen to come to school and are happy and enthusiastic about their learning.


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