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 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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in Fashion and Textile Management and, although I really enjoyed this course, I decided I wanted to work with young children instead. I decided to complete my Primary PGCE at the University of Greenwich, with a specialism in Early Years and last year, I had a really successful first year at Oakfield. l am really looking forward to continuing my career in reception and watching my new class flourish throughout the year.
Hi, I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010 to begin my teaching career. I started here at Oakfield this January and am currently enjoying my time teaching in the year 2 team.
In my spare time outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family and all of our many pets.
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.
I joined Oakfield in November 2015 and can currently be found in the year 2 team. I am really looking forward to continuing my journey here as a School Direct Teacher this September. I love travelling, baking and anything arty!
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.
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.
I joined Oakfield in 2014 as a graduate teacher and am currently teaching in Year 6. I made the move into teaching having spent 4 busy years in the world of finance based in London. The change in career was to provide me with new and exciting challenges and since the switch I have enjoyed every minute with both pupils and staff.
Outside of the class I enjoy running, cricket and rugby.....pretty much anything that will keep me moving!
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.
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.
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.
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’.
I 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!
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.
I started at Oakfield in 2016 as a Year 3 teacher and have just recently embarked on my teaching career. I graduated in Primary Education at the University of Greenwich. I love the diversity and challenge of teaching, as well as being able to inspire and encourage children.
In my spare time, I enjoy drawing, playing my bass guitar and listening to music.
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!
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.
Before joining Oakfield I worked within the Inclusion Department in a secondary school 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. I enjoyed working in year 5 for two years and last year enjoyed the new challenge of working in year 2. This year you will find me in year 6 where I am excited to create final memories for the children before they leave us for their new adventure. 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.
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.
Teaching is my second career, having worked for 18 years in the City of London as an Investment Analyst. I enrolled at Greenwich University where I achieved a First Class BEd (Honours) Degree in 2008. After graduating, I worked at Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School in Gravesend for 8 years during which time I taught classes across Key Stages 1 and 2 and led a variety of curriculum subjects, most latterly Mathematics. During this time I undertook additional studies at the Institute of Education (now part of University College London) and became a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher. I was appointed as Assistant Head Teacher at West Hill in January 2016 and am excited to be part of the team leading West Hill forward and promoting the community of the school and enabling our fantastic children to achieve their full potential.
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.
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.
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.