Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC
Designated Child Protection Coordinator. Provide home support with vast experience in a variety of areas with a specialism in working with children with disabilities and child or adult mental health. Provide advice to parents and teachers to better understand the specific needs of children with complex behavioural or emotional difficulties. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Family Liaison Officer
After a long career in catering I decided I needed a change of direction, so I started at Oakfield in 1996 whilst studying to become a Teaching Assistant.
During these years I have worked with all year groups, 1:1 and with small groups. A recent development in my career has been to learn Braille to assist a Visually Impaired child.
I also ran a Feel Good Group which positively motivated children with low self esteem.
I am now Oakfield's Family Liaison Officer which I thoroughly enjoy.
Therapeutic Play Practitioner
My association with Oakfield began way back in 1977, when my children began attending Nursery, but I have worked at Oakfield since 1995 and trained as a TA (OCN Level 3), specialising in Behaviour Management and Special Needs. In 2006/2007, I obtained two Diplomas in Counselling and Grief and Bereavement Studies. In 2007/8, I obtained Level 3 & 4 certificates in Child Psychology, Early Education and Development and in June 2010, I began my training as a Play Therapist. I enjoy reading, cross-stitch, walking, classical music and computing. I am also looking forward to taking up my new position of Therapeutic Play Practitioner at Oakfield.
I am extremely proud to work for The Galaxy Trust as the Executive Head of Oakfield Primary Academy, Temple Hill Primary Academy and West Hill Primary Academy. I have served the Education sector for many years across Kent and London and have a great passion in making a real difference to the lives of all children. I strongly believe that all children and young people deserve the best Education and I am committed to high expectations and consistency for teaching and learning across our schools. I also believe it is important to develop children's confidence, self-esteem and resilience which will equip them with the necessary tools to overcome challenges and be ready for the next phase of their learning.
As well as being a parent to three wonderful children, I love being outdoors, spending time with my large family, travelling, coaching and being an advocate for young people.
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.
After studying and graduating with a First Class Honours degree in St Mary's University College, Belfast, I joined Oakfield in 2014 as an NQT. I thoroughly enjoyed working in Year 4 and Year 2 as Year Group Leader and KS1 Maths leader. In 2018, I embarked on a new opportunity in a one-form entry new school, which brought with it the opportunity to train as a SENCo through Canterbury Christ Church University. Throughout my time there, I was also appointed as Deputy Headteacher. Shortly after I returned from maternity leave, I sought a familiar yet exciting and new adventure in Oakfield once more. It is lovely to be back and to see those who I've taught in the past come back to visit and hear about their success! I have a passion for pugs (my wardrobe is full of pug scarves and dresses) and working with children with SEND. I find my job incredibly rewarding and it's amazing to see the progress and confidence grow in the children I work alongside.
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.