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Elizabeth Redwood

I graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2009 with a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology. Throughout my degree I knew that I wanted to become a teacher, therefore I completed a PGCE course at Canterbury Christ Church University. I have been teaching at Oakfield since 2010, and can be found in Reception.  Outside of school my interests include horse riding, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Denise Aylward

I have worked at Oakfield since 2008 and have worked in many different year groups. During this time I studied at Canterbury Christ Church University where I gained a first class BA Hons degree in Childhood Studies. I decided to focus on Early Years education and I returned to university where I gained Early Years Professional Status in 2012 and an Early Years Masters degree (Distinction) the following year. I can now be found in Nursery and I am extremely fortunate to have a role in the school which I really enjoy, supporting the children gaining confidence in learning new skills to help them in their future school life.

Rajinder Hothi

Hi! I am a newly qualified teacher and you will currently find me working in Reception.

I graduated from the University of Kent in 2010 with a degree in Criminology and Social Policy. I was fortunate to be employed in a Nursery after completing my degree which helped to develop my passion for early year’s education. I had an amazing experience at the Nursery which is why I decided to complete my PGCE Primary course. I am currently enjoying my time with my lovely Reception class and love seeing the children develop their confidence and independence while they are with us. Outside of school, I love spending time with my husband and family. I also really enjoy baking!

Kelly Hall

Hi, I have worked at Oakfield since September 2011 teaching in Key Stage One. This year I am going to be working in the Nursery and I am very excited about this.  My aim is to have a class of happy, enthusiastic and inquisitive learners that are keen to find out more.


In my spare time I enjoy travelling and experiencing different cultures, spending time with my family and friends and I love going to different restaurants and trying new food.



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!

Clair Sayers

I have been a qualified teacher since 1996 and have taught in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 classes.

I very much enjoy working with young children and experiencing their enthusiasms.

In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my son and going on country walks with my family.

Su Matthews

After working as a teacher at Temple Hill for 17 years teaching both key stage one and two  I have just started an exciting adventure over at Oakfield. I am currently working in the foundation stage which is fun and challenging.

Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my 2 energetic children Thomas and Holly. I can usually be found watching and supporting from the side of a rugby pitch/swimming pool/ballet class.

In my own time I love keeping fit. I enjoy using my local gym and running. I have recently taken up OCR running which involves trail running and completing crazy obstacle courses – all in the name of fun!


Karen Heasman

I have been teaching since 1998. I was at Temple Hill for 15 of those teaching years and have just moved across to Oakfield. I started my career in Reception and since then taught in year 1 and year 2. This year I am back to Reception and loving it! Outside of work I love the Theatre - I belong to a Theatre group and am often to be found dancing, singing and acting. I am married with two young boys and they keep me very busy too!

Reshma Pauvaday

I graduated from Reading university in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art. After working as a Teaching assistant in nursery and reception, I became passionate about early years learning. I went on to complete my PGCE, specialising in early years education at Goldsmiths University.


Outside of school I like to spend time with my family and friends. I enjoy listening to music, seeing art and make things.

Year 1

Gemma Brett

I joined the Galaxy Trust in January 2018 when I started working in Year 1 at Temple Hill Primary Academy after spending 12 years teaching across all primary ages, from Nursery to Year 6, in schools in and around the Dartford Area. In September 2018 I transferred to Oakfield Primary Academy to teach in Year 1.


I love the community feel at Oakfield and I am 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.


Outside of school, I have a 6-year-old daughter who keeps me active and on my toes with her busy social life. My weekends and free time are spent enjoying days out and adventures with my family and friends. ​

Lanny Watson

Hi, I'm Lanny. I studied Creative Sound and Music at the University of Wales, Newport. I can play guitar, use computers to put music together and love anything that's fast and heavy! As well as having a passion for music; I love anything Sci-fi and am a keen traveler! When I finished university I moved to Hamburg, Germany where I taught English to people of all ages and abilities. It was here that I discovered my passion for teaching and after returning home (via Thailand and South Africa), decided to join the Oakfield team as a Schools Direct trainee in 2016.

Lucy Mant

Hi, I’m Miss Mant! I graduated from Goldsmiths University with a Drama and Theatre Arts degree in 2015. I then began my teaching career, through School’s Direct, and my mentor was the wonderful Mrs Malone. I owe a lot to the Malone- what a great human being she is! Working with such a wonderful team and children was fantastic for boosting my confidence, consolidating my knowledge and making me the teacher I am today. I worked in year 5 for a few years and enjoyed my time immensely! The children really come into their own and take ownership of not only their learning, but also behaviour and life choices!

Last year I went on maternity leave after giving birth to my little love, Winnie. She has taught me so much. Not just about motherhood but just how precious time is. Children grow up so quickly! She’s just turned 15 months and is such a catcher box and runs everywhere! Winnie is partly the reason as to why I decided to challenge myself and take up the opportunity of coming down to year one. I can’t wait to see how these little people develop and grow throughout the year and instil a love of learning into them.  I can say I am enjoying it so much so far!

During my time off I enjoy spending time with my husband to be, Mr Shea, our little Winnie Woo and Beausy the Labrador. My door is always open, any questions please do ask!

Talisha Pain

I have recently joined Oakfield all the way from Gravesend. I completed my teacher training at Middlesex University with a degree in Primary Education. I am very excited to getting to know the children and help them develop to their fullest potential. 

Outside of school, I am a considered adventurous and unique by friends and family due to my passions and interests. 

Year 2

Layla Priddy

I have been working at Oakfield for six years now, and you will currently find me working in Year 2.

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.

Rachelle Vickery

Hi, I’m Miss Vickery! I graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2015 with a degree in Primary Education. I’ve carried out placements in year 6, nursery, year 1 and my first class was year 2 so I’ve jumped around a lot! I love working with children and helping them to learn and grow, and I am really looking forward to watching my new class progress throughout the year. In my spare time I enjoy going to different exercise classes and learning about new sports. I am a passionate reader so you will sometimes find me with my head buried in a book. I’m really looking forward to my new journey at Oakfield.

Jemma Bailey

I joined Oakfield in November 2015 and have since completed my School Direct training to become a qualified teacher. Prior to this I completed a degree in Childhood Studies and Education at Aberystwyth University, whilst also working in a private nursery.


I love being part of the year 2 team and seeing the amazing progress that children make at this age. Outside of school I love travelling, baking and anything arty!​


Sukminder Randhawa

It goes without saying that when I was presented with an option to join the teaching family at Oakfield Primary Academy in January 2019, I considered this to be an incredibly exciting opportunity to showcase my deep knowledge and extensive skills, bringing more than 10 years teaching experience to an already established team.

Shortly, after graduating from Christchurch University with a PGCE, I immediately excelled in my teaching career track, promoted to the role of Early Years Leader where I was able to spearhead the development and growth of the Department, through coaching implementing and executing strategies.

As a teacher, I love the fact that what I teach matters, helping children to realise their potential. I love being part of a child’s educational journey and witnessing those eureka moments and personal discoveries, in which they grasp a concept which they may have found difficult.

No one day is the same in teaching which makes the experience exciting and spontaneous. I look forward to building positive pupil and parent partnerships and ensuring year 2 have fun whilst learning and meeting educational milestones.

Year 3

Donna Christie


I began working at Oakfield in 2001. First as a 1:1 Support Assistant, then as a Teaching Assistant and I'm now a qualified teacher (since 2008). I love working with the children in KS1 and seeing the huge progress they make in their younger years. We have a lot of fun learning and exploring the world around us!

I look forward to seeing the many familiar, and new faces, when teaching your children over the coming years.




Sevinc Harrison

After taking my first degree in Economics I trained to be a primary school teacher in 1997. I then started to work as a primary school teacher. In 2011, I completed my second degree in Law at the University of Greenwich and am currently studying for a Masters in Education. I have been working as a teacher in Oakfield since 2012 and enjoy being part of the Oakfield family and get great pleasure in being a teacher.

Year 4

Vikki Coombes

Before joining Oakfield, I worked within the Inclusion Department in a secondary school in Gravesend whilst completing my degree with the Open University.

I joined Oakfield in 2013 and in September joined the year 5 team as a School Direct Teacher with Mrs Malone. Since joining the Oakfield team, I have taught in years 2, 5 and 6 and loved the variety of challenges I have faced, and the experiences and memories I have made. This year you will find me in year 4 and I can't wait to be creating more memories with the children.

This year, I will be continuing my role as Maths Leader but also starting my new role as Assistant Head for Lower Key Stage 2. I am passionate in continuing to create a safe and stimulating learning environment where the children can enjoy learning.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family which usually involves my husband and I supporting our two sons from the edge of a cricket or football pitch or long walks in the woods with my dog Obi.

Violetta Bushell

I have started my teaching career in Ukraine in 1998. Oakfield was the first school that I’ve taught at in England in 2007. I have moved to another school to experience different environment and since then I had become an EYFS leader. Now I have come back to the school that had supported me from the start.

Outside of work I enjoy gardening and walking. I am also a squire of a local Morris side and spend quite a bit of time practicing and performing Morris dancing.

Lynn Collins
I have been teaching for over 20 years and I still love it!  This is my second career as I was a nurse for 15 years before I trained as a teacher. I left nursing because there was too much paperwork! Joking aside, I really enjoy working with children and helping them to develop to their fullest potential. I love to learn myself and try to inspire an approach of learning for life in my classroom.


Emma Clarke

I am a parent of two boys and outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family. I love history and visiting museums and stately homes.

Year 5


Jeanette Parker

I trained as a middle school teacher (10 to 15 years) in Adelaide, South Australia. I taught in 2 different schools in Australia, plus some supply teaching ranging from pre-school to Year 11. I have also taught maths in adult education.

Since working in Kent, I spent nearly 10 years in Swanley teaching years 4, 5 and 6 and moved to Oakfield Juniors in 2000.

Sarah Arthur

I graduated in 2013 and since then have been a Physical Education specialist and been a primary teacher in multi-aged classrooms from years 3-6. I have taught in country and remote locations in Western Australia and have had a diverse range of experiences. I am a mad-keen sports player and my passion is netball.

I look forward to working with the students, parents and staff at Oakfield Primary.

Come and say 'G'day!'

Joe Ganley

Recently joined Oakfield all the way from lovely Sheffield. I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in performing arts and with this under my belt decided to complete my School Direct teacher training. Outside of school, I am a very keen sportsman enjoying golf, kickboxing and inline hockey. I have represented my country several times at inline hockey and it has allowed me to travel the world for which I will always be eternally grateful. Due to my love of sport, I am extremely exited to be taking on the role P.E lead at Oakfield and hope to pass on my passion to the children. Football has also played a big part in my life and will continue to do so even if I have to support my beloved Sheffield Wednesday from so far away. Up the Owls!

Year 6

Sarah Akister

I grew up in Hertfordshire, moved a few times as a child and ended up in Kent in 1992.

I have been in teaching since 1997, having studied a BA (Hons) course in Education at Sunderland University.

Having worked in Ashford and Swanley, I joined Oakfield in 2002. At present I am Science co-ordinator and Head of year 5.

I participated in a variety of activities as a child but kept up horse riding and swimming as main interests as an adult.

Matt Brooker

When asked by friends and family, "why teaching?" My response is always: I am passionate about learning. No matter how young or mature (old) you are, you can always learn. Taking an alternative route into teaching, through many career paths; working within the watch/jewellery industry being a personal favourite I, eventually, found myself training to become a teacher. I have finally found my calling. My experiences are something that I try to use to inspire the children I teach, that it is never to late to make THAT difference and become a success. 


I look forward to supporting many children to become the successful future sports personalities, doctors, mechanics and who knows, maybe even a sprinkling of teachers. 

Sue Malone

 My passion for teaching began when I joined Temple Hill Community Primary School as a Teaching  Assistant in 2000, following a career in media, where I spent many exciting years working in the newsroom  of a national daily newspaper. After completing my BA Hons Degree with Canterbury Christchurch University,  I was selected as one of the first members of the newly formed Graduate Teachers’ Programme, which I  completed in 2007. I have taught in both Years 5 and 6 and worked alongside wonderful children, parents  and staff over the years.

 In September 2013, following the Federation with Temple Hill, I joined Oakfield as a Year 5 teacher. During  the next year, I look forward to sharing expertise and building relationships with both children and families  as we move towards outstanding.  Please come and say ‘Hello’.

love my job....although I don’t enjoy the paperwork! No two days are ever the same which keeps me on my toes – no mean feat at my age! When I am not teaching, you will find me following Arsenal (Up the Gunners!), listening to music, caravanning in Whitstable with my husband and daughter or walking my naughty Beagle, Betsy!


Keeleigh Jackson
Teacher In Charge

I joined the Trust in 2012 as a Key Stage 1 teacher at Temple Hill. In 2014 I transferred to Oakfield with the exciting opportunity to set up a Specialist Resource Provision for children with Autism. I love working with children who have additional needs and seeing the progress they make. 


Katie Goode

Previous to joining Oakfield I spent six years having lots of fun and getting very messy in the nursery at our partnership school, Temple Hill. I am now currently supporting children in our ASD provision, The ARC.

Karen Thomas
Assistant Headteacher

I started my teaching career in 1996 in the rolling hills of Wales working in a residential school with children with severe challenging behaviour and learning difficulties.  It was there that I developed my passion for working with pupils who respond to a more creative way of thinking.  My interest in behaviour and my passion for championing those whose voices are not always heard, or understood, has led me on a very interesting and fulfilling path during my career. Creativity and compassion are my strengths, and in times away from school, I can be found either in the kitchen baking and decorating celebration cakes for willing recipients, bringing my vision to life in my garden and rooms of my first owned home, or spending time enjoying all that Kent has to offer either with friends, family or supporting a special young man with SEN.  


Additional Teaching Staff

Anna Meeks

I have been teaching since 2002 and thoroughly enjoy my job. During my time at Oakfield I have taught in all three key stages. As well as being a Class Teacher I'm responsible for Science and I'm also the school SENCo.

I'm married and I have two children.

Jo Eglin

​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.

Rachel Brooker
Speech and 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.