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Garry Ratcliffe
Executive Headteacher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Accounting Officer (AO)

I am delighted to continue my role as Executive Headteacher of Temple Hill Primary Academy and Oakfield Primary Academy - now part of The Galaxy Trust.  As I begin my ninth year as Executive Head of Oakfield and my fifth year as Executive Head of Temple Hill, I continue to be incredibly proud of our pupils and the many achievements they make on a daily basis whilst studying at our schools.

 

Many of you will already know that I have a very special family myself…  Myself and my partner have four children – three of them with complex health and learning needs.  They are an immense joy but I have to confess that our fourth child who others would call “mainstream” is the hardest work of all!  We have adopted our children and so I feel I have a good understanding of issues faced by children living in care or who have been adopted, as well as children with special educational needs.

 

I am currently Chair of The Kent Association of Headteachers, North Board, which places me in a good position to promote the excellent work of our schools. I look forward to another exciting year at Temple Hill!

Danielle Egonu
Head of School at Temple Hill

Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think! I have been passionate about supporting learners and nurturing global thinkers my whole career and I am fortunate to have found such a unique and vibrant school such as Temple Hill Primary Academy for my headship.

I am a collector of experiences and a forward thinker with high expectations of provision for all pupils at our school.

Claire Misy
Director of Business, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

I started my working life in the public sector in 1996 and quickly became interested in education, where I started at the bottom as a finance assistant and left in March 2011 as a Senior Accountant. I worked across the whole County, consulting and advising different schools regarding their finances, which gave me a great deal of knowledge and experience. I was appointed as School Business Manager for Oakfield in March 2011 where I have implemented my expertise. I was also privileged enough to be selected on the second cohort of the CSBM.(Certificate in School Business Management) It was the first time in years that I have done any work-related training, and have now successfully passed the programme. I am very proud of our school: we are creative with resources and offer the children fun and enriching experiences!

Leon Dawson
Deputy Headteacher

Positive, Passionate and Hardworking is how I would describe myself. I come from a large family with an English/Caribbean background. I love eating, exercise and seeing/doing new things in the world. I have worked with children in a variety of different settings before I became a teacher as well as doing a wide range of jobs including labouring, factory work, restaurants and cleaning. My main passion in life (other than Tottenham Hotspur!) is to improve the life chances of the children I work with. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.   

Sarah Heaver
Deputy Headteacher 

began my first teaching role in 1997 and in my twenty years of teaching have enjoyed teaching in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Prior to joining Temple Hill in 2005 I was an Advanced Skills Teacher and was fortunate enough to support many schools across Kent with improving teaching and learning. Alongside my current role of Deputy Headteacher at Temple Hill, I am also a Specialist Leader of Education which allows me to continue to support local schools with improving outcomes in Phonics and Early Reading for young children. Outside of school, you will find me being kept very busy entertaining my two children. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

   

Karen Thomas

Deputy Headteacher

I started my teaching career in 1996 in the rolling hills of Wales working in a residential school with children with severe challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.  It was there that I developed my passion for working with pupils who respond to a more creative way of thinking.  My interest in behaviour and my passion for championing those whose voices are not always heard, or understood, has led me on a very interesting and fulfilling path during my career.  Although my years in teaching, to date, have been predominately in the Special Educational Needs sector, I feel extremely privileged to have been given the opportunity to develop the Special Resources Provision (SRP) at Temple Hill in September this year, which we have named ‘The Lighthouse’.  It is my aim to develop a provision, alongside a team of very skilled and passionate teachers and associate teachers, which will offer the pupils of Temple Hill an area where they can develop their learning in ways that are not always possible in larger group environments.  Creativity and compassion are my strengths, and in times away from school, I can be found either in the kitchen baking and decorating celebration cakes for willing recipients, bringing my vision to life in my garden and rooms of my first owned home, or spending time enjoying all that Kent has to offer either with friends, family or supporting a special young man with SEN.  

Emma Howe

Assistant Headteacher 

My name is Mrs Howe and I joined Temple Hill in 2013 as Literacy Leader. Literacy is my passion, and I love being able to share my enthusiasm for the subject with the children here. I have been lucky enough to work at both Oakfield and Temple Hill and cannot wait to see what the future holds for our fantastic federation! When not at school you will most likely find me spending time with friends and family or curled up reading a good book.

 

 

Melissa Scott
Assistant Headteacher

I'm a returnee to Temple Hill and am so excited to be back! After working here for 3 years, I spent a year in Zambia as a teacher mentor in community schools. I loved it there and had some amazing experiences, which I'm excited to share with my new class back at Temple Hill. I love teaching the whole curriculum, but maths and computing are the ones I like best. In addition to travelling, my favourite things to do are reading, listening to podcasts or music and going to the beach (I love being by the water). The things that always put a smile on my face are elephants, flip flops and Skittles!

Dinah Lowdell
Assistant Headteacher - EYFS

My name is Dinah Lowdell and I joined Temple Hill in September 2017 after spending 11 years teaching across EYFS and KS1 in schools in and around London. I completed a PGCE in Early Years in 2006 and have always had a passion with educating and supporting children’s development in those crucial first years of school.

 

I always say I don’t want to wake up in the morning but I do love coming to work each day. As you know, Temple Hill has such a diverse community and I really enjoying getting to know the children and their families across the school. I am also very lucky to work with an incredible team of people who all share the same passion for children’s learning and development and we all love having the ability to make a real and positive difference in children’s lives.

 

Outside of school, I have 7-year-old twins who keep me extremely busy and my weekends always seem to be spent ferrying them to and from various parties and other activities…If only my social life was as exciting!​

Marla England
Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC 

My role involves providing home support. I have vast experience in a variety of areas with a specialism in working with children with disabilities and child or adult mental health. I also provide advice to parents and teachers to better understand the specific needs of children with complex behavioural or emotional difficulties. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.        

Nicola Wiltshire

Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion & SEN Co-Ordinator

I would describe myself as Passionate, pro-active and committed.  I started teaching in 2007 and worked across a range of schools: big, small, mainstream, specialist and independent.  I also have experience working with children who have profound learning and physical disabilities which has given me a greater understanding of a range of children’s needs.  Everywhere I’ve worked it was clear to me that my passion lies in helping children with special educational needs get what they need to reach their full potential.  I come from a big family so I love getting involved in the hustle and bustle of family and school life.  I strive for positive outcomes in everything I do, and at a time where the education system is in a period of change, I aim to inform, support, and motivate children, parents and teachers which I feel confident, eager and equipped to do.

Laura Bates

Assistant Headteacher

As well as working in class I have am the Assistant Head of year 3 and 4 as well as the Maths leader.

Throughout my years as a teacher I have enjoyed teaching across Key Stage 2 as well as spending two years teaching abroad in Dubai.

Outside of school I particularly enjoy playing netball and I am a member of a team playing in the Medway Netball League. I also enjoy going to the gym. I have been lucky to have ventured to many countries around the world and I hope to inspire children to see the world!​

Claire Lawes

Assistant Headteacher

I graduated in 2013 and since then have been a Physical Education specialist and been a primary teacher in multi-aged classrooms from years 3-6. I have taught in country and remote locations in Western Australia and have had a diverse range of experiences. I am a keen sports player and my passion is netball.

 

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