Executive Headteacher, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Accounting Officer (AO)
I am delighted to continue my role as CEO of Oakfield Primary Academy, Temple Hill Primary Academy and West Hill Primary Academy – three wonderful schools that form The Galaxy Trust. As I begin my twelfth year as Executive Head of Oakfield and my fourth year as CEO of The Galaxy Trust, 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 husband 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.
One of the benefits of being CEO of The Galaxy Trust, is that I am able to make links with other partners right across the county, and beyond. This means that I am able to learn from other professionals, taking on their ideas, and sharing them within The Galaxy Trust.
If I can achieve one thing during my time within The Galaxy Trust, it would be to instill our values of Respect, Responsibility and Equality in our staff, pupils and parents. Of course it is our role to promote high standards of learning in maths and English, as well as the wider curriculum – but it is equally – if not more important, for us to ensure we are growing the best, most valuable citizens that our town, our county , our country and our world needs. By learning about Respect, Responsibility and Equality, I hope we will be making our children’s world, a much better place.
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!
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.
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.
Deputy 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.
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.
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!
Assistant Headteacher - EYFS and Designated teacher for Previously Adopted and LAC
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!
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.
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!
I’m Miss Lawes and I love being a 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!
Passionate, hardworking and creative are definitely how I would describe myself. I love education and working with children every day - seeing them learn and grow - is the reason I always push, rather than pull, myself out of bed each morning in order to get to work. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, running (I am training for a marathon) and following my beloved Charlton Athletic. I am excited to return to Temple Hill and can't wait to kick start all the incredible learning we have planned for the entire academic year.
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.