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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.

 

 

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.

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.

Josh Woodbridge

Following the completion of my Law degree at the University of East Anglia in 2011, I travelled all around Asia and Europe, where my teaching career began working in Hong Kong as an English teacher in a Kindergarten and then Serbia as a y2 teacher.

After returning to the UK, I studied an MA in Childhood and Early Years at Leeds Beckett University, which added a further perspective to my experiences of working with young children and how important it is to offer each child the best opportunity to succeed on their own individual journey.

I completed my Schools Direct placement at Oakfield last year in y3 where it became apparent to me that it was important to use all I have learnt to offer children at Oakfield the best possible start, which lead me to working in the Nursery for my NQT year this year.

Beyond this, I am a proud Yorkshireman with a passion for sport, music and travel.

I look forward to working with the Nursery team this year and being part of the children’s latest learning adventure.  

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.

 

Reception

 

Caroline Parkin
Foundation Stage Leader

I have been a qualified teacher since 2005 and am the Foundation Stage Leader. I have taught in Nursery, Reception and Year One.

I am passionate about early years and in ensuring that every young child gets the best start in their education.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two young children.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

Chantal Reardon

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.

 

 

 

Amy Cooper

I am new to Oakfield but have been teaching Reception for 7 years and absolutely love working in Early Years. I really enjoy getting to know each and every child I teach and I strive to ensure that while they're busy learning a tremendous amount they have a lot of fun doing it! 

I have two children myself, both boys, 3 and 5 years old, so when I am not teaching I'm a busy mum! You will find me in Rose class on Wednesday and Thistle Class on Thursday and Friday. In my spare time I love painting, horse riding, spending time with my family and walking our 2 dogs. 

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

Donna Christie

Hello!

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.

 

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!

 

 

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.
 

Nicola Oldridge

 

Year 2

Rebecca Arnold-Jarvis

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.

 

Kerry Warner

I graduated from university in 2010 and started my teaching career here at Oakfield.  I had a fantastic opportunity to teach at Temple Hill and I taught there for a year.

I love teaching the children in Key Stage One and I aim to help every child I teach become independent, motivated and excited to learn new things.

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.

Jemma Bailey

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!

 
 
Year 3

Sheena Lynch

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. 

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.

Stacy Norton
I joined Oakfield in September 2016 as a School Direct teacher.  I am very excited to start my journey into teaching working with year 3.  When I'm not running around after my two young children I like to spend time with family and friends.

 

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.

 

Year 4

Jill Gosbee

Assistant Headteacher

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!

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.

Lanny Watson

Hi! I'll be training to be a teacher in Year 4 this year. I studied Creative Sound and Music at the

University of Wales, Newport. As well as having a passion for music, I'm a history nerd and I love to travel! 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 I'm really looking forward to learning lots more and becoming part of the Oakfield family!

Year 5

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!

 

Lucy Mant

Hello, I’m Miss Mant! In 2015 I graduated from Goldsmiths University with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts- some might call me a drama queen! I have always been passionate about how the use of drama in the classroom can help to engage and progress children’s learning and confidence, because of this, I decided to venture into my School Direct training at Oakfield last year. It now pleases me to say that I will be working with the wonderful year five team again! I cannot wait to see what this year has to offer and to start building relationships with not only the pupils but also the parents!

In my spare time I enjoy taking my monster Labrador Beau out on long muddy walks. Also, after a surprise proposal in the classroom last year, I am now fully in wedding planning mode! Much to the delight of Mr Shea- he secretly enjoys it, I promise! 

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. 

Year 6

Layla Priddy
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.

 

 

Richard Tucker

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! 

Vikki Coombes

Maths Leader

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.

The Arc

Keeleigh Jackson
Teacher in charge

Prior to joining Oakfield I spent two years teaching at our federation school, Temple Hill. I am now pleased to take on the exciting role of teaching in our autism provision, The ARC. I am dedicated to providing an inclusive environment that enables all pupils to achieve.

Outdoor Learning

 

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.

Additional Teaching Staff

Anna Meeks
SENCo

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.

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.

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