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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.   

Nicola Wiltshire

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.

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.  

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! 

Dinah Lowdell
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!​

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.        

Claire Miller

Assistant Headteacher

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!​

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. I am so pleased to be taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher at Temple Hill as it is a school that I truly love working in and being a part of!

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!​

Tom Leach

Assistant Headteacher

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.

Daniel Taylor

Assistant Headteacher

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.

Linda Taylor

Business Manager

I am new to the Temple Hill team, and bring with me 16 years experience of working in a school office, covering a number of roles but latterly School Business Manager. I thrive on a fast paced, ever-changing environment, so where better to work than a school?! I am equally comfortable thinking strategically, or doing the photocopying - to me the most important aspect of my role is to encourage and promote team working. I am a mum and grandma, and its boys all round! To escape, I enjoy a weekly runaround on the netball court or take off on a long hike to blow away the cobwebs. I'm really looking forward to getting to know the pupils, my Temple Hill colleagues and the extended Galaxy Trust team.



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