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.
Head of School at Temple Hill
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!
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.
I 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.
Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)
I started teaching twelve years ago. During my career I have taught children ranging from Year One to Year Five. I have always had a keen interest in teaching and supporting children with special educational needs. As many of you know I was the SENCo here at Temple Hill for a number of years before leaving in 2010. After leaving Temple Hill I went on to work as the Lead Teacher at a resourced provision for children with severe speech and language difficulties, in Deptford, South East London. During this time I was lucky enough to become a Specialist Leader of Education which enabled me to support school staff in Lewisham and across the country in order to improve the quality of provision for children with SEN.
I have worked at Temple Hill for approximately 8 years. I completed my teacher training at Temple Hill, I have taught amazing children throughout the school there and loved my role as Inclusion Manager, supporting children with additional needs.
My name is Miss Watson 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.
I'm Rachel Smith and I love Temple Hill so much that I've left and come back twice! I started here as an NQT in 2006 working in year 5, after 2 years I left to go travelling, but I returned in 2011 to teach year 6. I spent a year at our Federation school, Oakfield, but I love it here too much to stay away for too long. I'm back in Year 6 this year and loving working with my lovely new class!
Assistant Headteacher (Early Years Leader)
I have been teaching for many years both in London and in Kent. I have taught Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and really enjoy working with the younger children. They learn new things every day and it is great to be a part of their amazing learning journey. As the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader the best part of my job is being able to watch the children develop and grow as they move through Nursery and Reception. When not teaching I enjoy days with my family and my own children, Kezzie and Josh. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC at Temple Hill & Oakfield
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.