Our Teachers

  • Mrs Gillie van der Eyken

    Early Years Lead (Pre-School and Reception Teacher) Phonics Lead, Reading Lead and English Lead. Responsibility for Computing.


    My name is Gillie van der Eyken (Mrs V) and I am Piddle Valley's Early Years Lead with 30 years experience teaching in East Sussex and Dorset, as well as in British International Schools in the Middle East. I also lead Phonics, Reading and English, as well as Computing. I enjoy gardening and cooking and supporting Weymouth FC (The Terras). I love musical theatre and going to gigs. My favourite bands are Everything Everything and McFly! I love Piddle Valley with all my heart! It is a wonderful school with a warm, nurturing, happy, family atmosphere!

    BEd (Hons), NPQH
    Designated Safeguarding Lead (Level 3)

    Mrs V is the Early Years Lead at Piddle Valley with 30 years experience teaching in East Sussex, Dorset and the Middle East. She is Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (Level 3), and Phonics, Reading and English Leads for Piddle Valley. Mrs V has completed recent training in Little Wandle Phonics, Mark-making across the Curriculum, Loose Parts and Early Years Maths. Mrs V is a trained tutor in Therapeutic Thinking. Mrs V is currently studying courses in 'Hygge in the Early Years' and 'The Curiosity Approach'. Mrs V loves singing, dancing and reading Supertato stories. She loves pretending to be a dinosaur!