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Leadership Team

Leon Dawson
Head of School

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.   

James Davies

Deputy Headteacher

Hello everybody! I'm so excited to now be a part of the Temple Hill family! I've been teaching for ten years, with the past three years as part of trust. The best part of teaching and education for me are the memorable moments - the experiences, conversations, events etc that stick in our children's minds and make lifelong memories. Please say hi whenever you see me around our wonderful school - I'd love to chat and get to know you all! See you soon!

Jaya Dillon

Deputy Headteacher

I am really excited to be embarking on my new journey at Temple Hill Primary Academy and taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher. I would describe myself as: Passionate, Committed, Positive and Compassionate. I am originally from Mauritius, I came to England do to my PGCE in 2004 and it became my second home since.  I am passionate and committed to my core values that include honesty, respect, integrity, trust and perseverance. During my spare time, I like to read, watch documentaries, practise mindfulness, listen to audible and most importantly catch up with as much sleep as I can! My pedagogical philosophy is based on practical, hands-on and enthusiastic approach to teaching and creating a learning environment that is characterized by empathy, mutual support and, above all, the inclusion of all pupils. I also believe in ‘Learning without Limits’ whereby a child works to his/her full potential and there are no limitations to what the child can do. I am a firm believer that everyone can achieve and grow if they are given the chance to do so and if they believe in themselves.  

Dinah Lowdell
Deputy Headteacher

My name is Dinah 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 my 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!​

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 joined Temple Hill as a Newly Qualified Teacher in September 2013. I'd just finished university and was so excited to have my own class, that I moved from Northern Ireland to England for my job! I worked at Temple Hill for 3 years, before spending a year in Zambia as a teacher mentor in community schools. I loved it there and had some amazing experiences, which I was then excited to bring back to Temple Hill! Since returning to Temple Hill in 2017, I've been Assistant Head of Curriculum, which I love as I have a real passion for ensuring our pupils see themselves as future geographers, computer coders, scientists, sports persons, artists, musicians, historians...the list goes on! I love teaching the whole curriculum, but maths and computing have always been my favourite. When I'm not at work, I enjoy travelling, reading, listening to podcasts and music, and going to the beach (I love being by the water!). The things that always put a smile on my face are elephant, flip flops and Skittles! 

Claire Miller

Assistant Headteacher

I’m Mrs Miller and I love being a teacher here at Temple Hill Primary Academy. I also lead Key Stage 1, 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!​

Laura Bates

Assistant Headteacher

I would describe myself as hardworking, focused and organised. I want the best for every pupil and enjoy the challenge of working hard to support every pupil to reach their full potential. Throughout my years as a teacher, I have worked in schools in Medway, Kent and Dubai

Outside of school, I particularly enjoy playing netball and I am a member of the Medway and Maidstone Netball Leagues. I also enjoy playing badminton, running and going to the gym. I have been lucky to have ventured to many countries and I hope to inspire children to see the world too!​

James Fordham

Assistant Headteacher

Hi I'm Mr Fordham and I am excited to return to Temple Hill! I am incredibly passionate about ensuring that all children at our school leave equipped with the tools to be successful in secondary education and beyond. I love being able to contribute to the fantastic provision that we provide here at Temple Hill and give our children learning opportunities that will stick with them for years to come!   

Emily Gould

Assistant Headteacher (OPAL)

I'm Miss Gould and I joined Temple Hill in 2016. I feel very lucky to have taught several different year groups over my time at Temple Hill and have enjoyed experiencing both KS1 and KS2 teaching. Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling and reading (something I want all of our learners to love as much as I do) as well as spending time with friends and family.


Lisa Stockman

Assistant Headteacher

Hazel Roach

Business Manager

My name is Hazel Roach and I joined Temple Hill Primary Academy in September 2023, I've worked in the banking and education sectors for over 15 years.

My current role as School Business Manager, is extremely busy and varied, no two days are the same!

I enjoy working at Temple Hill, I work with an incredible team of people who all work really hard to make a positive difference to every child they meet.

When I'm not working, I am a mum to two pre teens, who play football 5 times a week in the rain or shine!

I enjoy reading a good book...either a phycological thriller or a swoon-worthy romantic comedy. I love to cook and host gatherings with our friends and family. 



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