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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.

Dinah Lowdell


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!​


Poppy Winter


​I am Poppy Winter and I am so excited to be part of the Temple Hill team. This is my sixth year in teaching and I have taught from Nursery - Year 4. I have always dreamed of being a teacher and I have a real passion for developing children emotionally and academically. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two hamsters!

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. 

Jade Doran


I am thrilled to be a new addition to the Temple Hill team this year. You can find me teaching Daisy Class, I love working in the Early Years and helping children to begin their schooling, whilst being creative and learning through play.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema and to the park to play football with my three sons.

Natasha Nicholson


I qualified as a teacher in 2012 and I am pleased to be part of the Temple Hill team. I love working with the younger children and introducing them to their schooling experience. I enjoy the challenge of everyday being different and witnessing the children’s ‘light bulb’ moments. In my spare time I play hockey throughout the winter months and go running in the summer but can always make time for a cup of tea with friends and family.

Year 1

Claire Lawes


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!​

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.  

Rosie Sewell


My name is Rosie Sewell. I attended Temple Hill when I was little and it is an absolute privilege to be back. It has always been a dream of mine to work here! I will entering my teacher training year with School Direct and will be working with the fantastic year one's! I have an amazing team around and am looking forward to an outstanding year! When I am not in school, I love spending time with my wonderful friends and family.

Jacob Chiarletti


Hi, my name is Jacob Chiarletti and I am a Teaching Assistant at Temple Hill. I have worked in year 5 and with SEN children, both of which I really enjoy. When I am not at school I enjoy playing football and cooking.

Alia Aldoori


Hi! I am Alia. I have a Middle Eastern background and have travelled extensively, so I am delighted to be part of such a diverse and welcoming space which Temple Hill provides. Having recently completed my MA, I look forward to starting an exciting career within education, and especially at Temple Hill Primary Academy.


Year 2

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. 

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.

Emily Gould


I feel very lucky to have taught several different year groups over my time at Temple Hill so far and have enjoyed experiencing both KS1 and KS2 teaching. Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling and reading as well as spending time with friends and family.

Louise Bebbington


During my training year, I had an amazing time on placement here at Temple Hill so had to come back!

I am now so excited to be working in Year 2 with the fantastic children and a brilliant team. Outside of school, I enjoy doing many different activities, as well as enjoying spending time with my lovely friends and family.

Year 3

Tina Muskett


I have been teaching in Dartford since September 2000 and have had the pleasure of teaching in all years from 1-6 at Temple Hill Primary Academy. The school and it's families have a special place in my heart as I have had the opportunity to see pupils grow into successful young adults, go onto have their own families and some even become inspired to become teachers themselves. I am grateful that I love teaching as much now as I always have!

Rachel Aram


This is my 15th year of teaching in the Galaxy Trust. I spent 13 years here at Temple Hill, relocated last year to West Hill and now I'm back again in Year 2! I have 2 children of my own and when I'm not at work I'm being mum and am kept on my toes. I love spending time with my family and we particularly enjoy being outdoors walking, jogging or climbing trees! I look forward to working with lots of new children this year.

Viola Kanu


I am Miss Kanu and it is a pleasure to teach a fantastic group of children here at Temple Hill. I daily strive to help develop autonomous learners and a sense of community within the classroom. I would describe myself as warm, passionate, and ambitious. Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling, anything that involves good food and spending time with my lovely family and friends.

Catherine Barritte


Following my training placement at Temple Hill, I'm really excited to be joining the team this year. You can find me teaching Jamie Oliver Class, I love working with children and the wonderful team at here!

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema, going to the gym and spending time with my friends.

Anna Benjafield


I am looking forward to the next step of my career at Temple Hill.

I have worked in education for the last 15 years, in a variety of roles and with many different children. I have worked in both mainstream and a special need setting.

I enjoy teaching in many different ways and helping all the children in my care.

I love music and musicals and going to the cinema.​

Year 4

Tom Leach


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.

Jack Spencer


I am Jack Spencer an I am really excited to have joined the Temple Hill team this year after graduating Liverpool Hope University over the summer! In school you will find me in Year 4 as part of Gareth Thomas Class. Outside of school I will often be found spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy trying new things, finding new interests and exploring. I have a real passion for learning about and teaching History. ​

Sophie Stephani


Having spent my university placement in Temple Hill I was excited to come back as a full time teacher! I'm currently working in Year 3 with a fantastic team. Outside of work I like to keep active and love to travel.

Emma Sherwood


Hello I’m Emma Sherwood many of you may remember me from a few years ago before I left to have my twins.

I’m now a year 5 teacher.

I’m enjoying being back and look forward to the future brings.

Year 5

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!​

Jordan Laws


I began working at Oakfield Community Primary school in 2010, where I taught for three years before being given my first opportunity to teach at Temple Hill. After teaching here for a year I was offered a new job at Langafel C of E Primary. However, the pull of Temple Hill was always there and, in 2018, I decided it was time to come back home. I am now teaching a fantastic Year 3 class and have been given the responsibility to help and advise teachers and parents in my new role of KS2 SENCo. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my growing family or playing hockey.

Daniel Duffy


I have worked at Temple Hill for a year now and enjoy coming to work with all the amazing people at the school. I am currently completing my schools direct training here at Temple Hill working with a fantastic group of children in Year 4. Outside of school I spend my free time playing field hockey for a local club in the Kent League and spending time with my family.

Iroro Akpobaro


My name is Iroro Akpobaro and I’ve recently joined Temple Hill in 2018 as a Year 5 Teacher. With over 5 years experience in Education; an MA, PGCE and Bacholers degree in Journalism; I am thrilled to be part of such a great school.


I can’t wait to show and share my experience with our wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy reading & writing, travelling, cooking, yoga and enhancing my radio skills.

Year 6

James Fordham


I’m Mr Fordham and I have been working at Temple Hill since 2013. In my spare time I love spending time with my friends, playing football and going to the gym. 

Jade Repsch


My name is Jade Repsch and I am delighted to be a part of Temple Hill. I have a keen interest in science within the curriculum and try to bring this into many of my lessons. I also have a passion for the environment and animals, particularly snakes and whales! In my spare time I enjoy yoga, climbing and visiting new places.

Amanda Dunn


I started as a parent helper in 2013 whilst I was doing my NVQ level 2 support teaching and learning.  I became a associate teacher in early 2014.  I have 2 children who attend Temple Hill CP primary school.  I enjoy spending quality time with my family doing lots of outside activities; like bike riding and going for long walks in the countryside. 

Melissa Scott

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! 

Kemi Dada


I have worked within Social Services for almost 10 years and I have enjoyed my work with children and families.

I am excited to say that I will be starting a new career as a teacher at Temple Hill Academy. I will be teaching Year 6 and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead.

I am also looking forward to spending the school holiday’s travelling with my children.​

The Lighthouse

Daniel Taylor


I and thrilled to be a part of the Leadership after several years here at Temple Hill. I have loved teaching in the Lighthouse and I am excited to be leading the growth of our specialist provisions. My favourite subject is history, particularly the classics, but I love teaching the whole curriculum. In addition to travelling, my favourite things to do are listening to podcasts, watching American football (Go Ravens!) and reading.  

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.

Sarah Brine


I joined Temple Hill in November after coming back from maternity leave. I enjoy working with all the children in the school and supporting Newly Qualified Teachers. I am currently in my 9th year of teaching and I can honestly say I love my job, nothing is more rewarding than supporting and challenging children.


Outside of working at Temple Hill, I enjoy spending time with my little boy, reading lots and lots of books and playing in the position of goal keeper for my local hockey club.

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.


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