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 the Trust's Designated Safeguarding Lead /SPOC.
Head Of School
I am so pleased to have been appointed as the new Head of School for Oakfield Community Primary School. Before becoming a teacher I worked in a variety of industries, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry analysing and presenting data for large multi-national companies. I also worked for a couple of years alongside refugees which helped me gain a very clear picture of the multi-cultural society we live in today. However, I never fully felt that I was doing what I was made to do – that is until I found teaching! Since qualifying in 2007 I have not looked back and have found myself on an amazing rollercoaster of discovery about the best way to teach our future generations. My first teaching school was a large middle school on the Isle of Sheppey teaching Year 5 to Year 8 children before moving twice, ending up in my last school teaching Year 2 alongside gaining experience in Early Years. It was at this school that I was initially promoted to Assistant Head, then Deputy and finally took on my first headship as Headteacher in January 2014. I also gained my National Professional Qualification for Headship while at this school. In my so far short time at Oakfield, I have already been impressed with the positive learning attitude that the children display as well as the dedication the staff have to ensuring that every child makes good or better progress. I am now busily working with my staff to ensure that Oakfield achieves an ‘Outstanding’ grading. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion
Originally I'm from Poland and after gaining a Master's Degree in Special Needs Pedagogy I moved to the UK. In 2002 I completed PGCE teacher training and started teaching; my working career has been linked with Oakfield right from the beginning. Although I have been in the same school for many years, I have experience of teaching across all three key stages. Recently, I have taken on the responsibilities of the school Inclusion Manager. I'm particularly excited about this challenge as matters associated with supporting children with Special Educational Needs have always been close to my heart. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead. .
I joined Oakfield in 2014 after a very enjoyable and productive four years at our partnership school, Temple Hill.
I am looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead as I take on my new role overseeing the curriculum!
In my (limited!) spare time, I indulge in my favourite hobbies: going to the cinema, eating chocolate and enjoying the occasional glass of wine! I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Deputy Headteacher at Oakfield
Hello, my name is Richard Moore and I am currently working as a Deputy Headteacher across the Galaxy Trust in addition to being a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in Maths. In my time as a teacher I have worked at both Temple Hill and Oakfield and I feel that it is a real privilege to work to continue improving both academies in my current role. Sport has always played a big part in my life; when I was 7 my dad committed me to a lifetime of disappointment by convincing me to become a Sheffield Wednesday fan. Away from school I have two beautiful daughters to keep me very busy and I spend as much of my spare time as possible doing fun things with my family. I am also a Designated safeguarding Lead.
I joined Oakfield in 2012 as a Reception Teacher and over the last few years I have worked in every year group across the school, teaching the curriculum outside in the Tipi.
This year I have taken on a new role as an Assistant Head, however I will continue to teach outside in the wind and rain, working particularly closely with Years 3, 4 and 5. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Head of Year 6
I have been working at Oakfield for five years now, and you will currently find me working as Year Group Leader in Year Six.
I graduated from the University of Kent in 2010 with a degree in English Language and Literature. Before joining Oakfield I was lucky enough to work in a variety of different industries, such as retail, advertising, tv production and journalism. However it was my experience working within a primary school that I enjoyed the most. I wanted a career that had meaning and purpose, which is why I decided to complete my School Direct teacher training. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Claire Jenkins - EYFS Leader
I can safely say Oakfield Primary has been a big part of my life for many years now – please feel free to come and ask me how and I will bore you with all the history! But for now, I would like to say I am very excited to have joined the school as Assistant Head for Early Years.
I have worked supporting Families and their children for over 15 years now since completing a Bsc Psychology Hons degree; specialising in Early Years since 2008.
I gained a National Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership before being awarded Early Years Qualified Teacher Status and then Early Years and Key stage 1 Qualified Teacher Status.
I love learning myself and enjoy sharing this love and enthusiasm for learning with our children in the Early Years classes.
I have two daughters who attend Oakfield and so I really do have an invested interest in supporting the whole school to grow and develop to provide excellent provision for all children.
In my spare time I love horse riding, especially jumping, and looking after our pets with my girls. We have horses, dogs, sheep, cats, ducks and a chicken. Oh and some gold fish too! I love being outdoors and am a trained Forest School Leader.
I come to Oakfield with my animal companions…. Winnie and Fig – the Guinea Pigs and three Giant African Land Snails, Buster, Gary and Carla. I have to say the names were given to them by my previous class long before I came to Oakfield so no reference to Mr Ratcliffe!
I look forward to getting to know all the children and parents/ carers, over my first year here!
I am also a Designated safeguarding Lead.