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Jo Gill
Since joining the school I have enjoyed working in a wide range of Year Groups across both Key Stages. I am currently working part time in Nursery and greatly enjoying this challenge. When not teaching I enjoy spending time with my twins and cycling thorough Kent's country lanes. Mine is the muddy bike often seen locked up outside the school!

Nicola King

I began working at Oakfield Community Primary school in 2003 and have been lucky enough to teach in every year group across the school. In 2016 I was given the opportunity to move to Temple Hill Primary Academy. I can currently be found teaching the amazing Daffodil Class. I absolutely love working in Early Years and enjoy watching the children develop in to confident and independent learners.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.

Alanah Maw

I consider myself to be a positive and out going person,  who has taught across all year groups, since arriving in London, from sunny South Africa in 2005.  I have been married for 10 years to my soulmate and have two beautiful children who are 4 and 7 years old. I enjoy keeping both my mind and body healthy by exercising during the week and when I find spare time to sit down and read, books which help me reflect on my parenting and teaching, are of great interest to me.

Gemma Humphreys

I started at Temple Hill in 2017 after moving across the Galaxy Trust from West Hill. I am still quite new to teaching and completed my degree in Early Years Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2016. I am passionate about working with young children, and I really enjoy the challenge of teaching young minds and the oodles of fun that comes with working with them everyday.

Rebecca Hughes

For the last 3 years I have been lucky enough to work at Temple Hill teaching Year 1. This year I am moving on to the a new and exciting adventure of teaching Reception. I am really looking forward to the new challenges and seeing the children start their amazing learning journey through school. 
When I am not at school I love going out and socialising with my friends as well as curling up with a good book or painting. 

Julie Freeman 

I have moved to year 1 as year group leader and I hope to bring some of my early years experience with me. I enjoy teaching young children and am always amazed by them.

I enjoy spending time with my own family and friends in my spare time. .

Cathy Chatwin

This is my tenth year of teaching at Temple Hill School and all of these happy years have been in Reception. I enjoy working with the younger children and like to watch their amazing learning journey through their first year of school.
A little bit about me!  I have three grown up children and really enjoy spending time with them and their partners. My eldest daughter has recently got engaged so some of my spare time will be spent wedding planning!! My husband and I also enjoy visiting National Trust properties and trips to the seaside. 

Kelly Warner

Hello! My name is Miss Warner. I was lucky enough to begin teaching at Temple Hill in September 2017 and I teach Year 1 - Tom Daley class. I love being a part of Temple Hill school and am thoroughly enjoying being a part of the Year 1 team. I love spending time at home watching films and documentaries. When I am not watching TV or drinking tea, you can find me doing my passion - Dance! I love dancing and keeping active.

Claire Lawes

I’m Miss Lawes and I love being a Year 2 teacher here at Temple Hill Primary Academy. I also lead Year 2, a role I am thrilled to have taken on as I am passionate about making sure children experience fun and engaging learning opportunities. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with my friends and family or holidaying somewhere hot and sunny!​

Marnie-Jae Blackmore

I am extremely excited and delighted to have joined Temple Hill Primary Academy. I am very lucky to be with the super sprightly Jill Murphy, Yr 1 class! It is a privilege to be in a profession where we are able to see children grow and prosper as well as see them teach us a thing or two! In my spare time, I love to play hockey and spend time with my fabulous friends and family. 

Louise Neaves

Outdoor Learning Leader

After completing my teacher training at Temple Hill in 2013, I then spent 2 years at our partner school Oakfield teaching Year 2.  I am now back at Temple Hill for a very exciting opportunity - to launch our Outdoor Learning curriculum.  The outdoor classroom is a bus and you will find us using both the school grounds and local area to promote a love of learning.


Ashleigh Haines

I am incredibly excited to be starting my first year of teaching here at Temple Hill! You can find me in Year 2 in the brilliant and lively Oliver Jeffers class. My favourite thing about teaching is that no two days are ever the same and that always keeps me on my toes! Outside of school, I love spending time with my wonderful friends and family, seeing shows in London and watching movies.  

Laura Bates

I'm Laura Bates and I have joined the Year 3 team this year!

As well as working in class I have a new role this year which involves me supporting and organising the provision for the trainee teachers and those teachers in their NQT year.

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!​

Amy Rodger


Ben Codling

I have recently joined Temple Hill but previously worked as a football coach in America for four years. I have a degree in sport and exercise science and aim to become a teacher in the future. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and spending time with friends.

Daniel Taylor

I feel very lucky to be joining Temple Hill this year.  You can find me in Year 3 teaching Jane Perkins class.  My previous teaching experience is in the special needs sector and I am looking forward to a new challenge.  Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema and watching live music.

Emily Gould

I'm excited to be joining the Temple Hill team this year! I will be working with year 5 and look forward to getting to know my students and encouraging a love of learning. Outside of teaching I enjoy swimming, cooking, reading and spending time with my friends and family.

Tom Leach

I'm Mr Leach and this is my fourth year here at Temple Hill. After three pretty action packed years across virtually of Key Stage 2, I'm now working with the amazing Alan Turing class in year 4. I absolutely love teaching children and helping to equip them with the knowledge, strength and confidence needed for later life. This year, I've embraced my new role as Temple Hill's Maths Leader and am looking forward to further supporting teachers in the planning and delivery of already fantastic maths lessons. Outside of school, I am an avid Charlton Athletic supporter as well as a keen runner and gym goer too.​

John van Straaten

As a primary school teacher for the last 7 years, I have spent time in both KS1 and KS2 enjoying all the different challenges that every year group has offered. Originally from South Africa, I started as a journalist working for national newspapers, websites as well as radio. I am a great believer that you get out what you put in and aim to teach with an approach that fosters a love of learning and motivates each child to use his or her individual talents to become a creative and thoughtful force in our society.

James Fordham

I have been working at Temple Hill since September 2012. I am currently studying for a degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. Once I complete my degree, I hope to train to become a Teacher and have a class of my own! In my spare time I enjoy playing football, going to the gym and spending time with my friends. 

Megan Ellis

Emma Howe

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

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!

Harriet Boyle

This is my first year working at Temple Hill. I am very excited to be joining the team, I will be working in Year 6 this year. I look forward to preparing my class for secondary school and passing on my love for learning!

Outside of school I enjoy cooking for my friends and family, travelling and swimming. 

Additional Staff

Rachel Brooker

Speech & Language Therapist

I am excited to have recently joined the Federation as a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist after completing a BA Hons in Sociology and Criminology in 2010 and recently my postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy. I am passionate about supporting the children to succeed in a fun and exciting way. My previous experience includes working within schools and with children with Special educational needs. In my spare time I love spending time with my friends and family.