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Oakfield Leadership Team

Rajinder Kaur-Gill
Headteacher

Lively, enthusiastic and passionate is how I would describe myself. My name is Mrs KaurGill and I have been teaching at Oakfield since 2008.

I come from a large family of which many are also teachers.

As much as I love working with children, I also enjoy watching and playing sports such as netball, cricket, volley ball and football (I am a Man U supporter) as well as travelling and socialising with family and friends.

To find out more, come visit me in my classroom where you’ll see humour, happiness and hard-working children!

 

Jill Gosbee

Deputy Headteacher

I cannot believe that it has been 5 years since I made the journey over from Temple Hill (in 2014) to join the Oakfield team!

Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have had various roles and responsibilities – ranging from International Primary Curriculum leader, to Year 6 Leader of Learning, to Education Council teacher representative and Assistant Head for the Curriculum.

Now, I take on my biggest challenge yet – that of Deputy Headteacher!

I LOVE my job, and this school, and look forward to supporting staff and pupils in continuing to ensure that Oakfield is a dynamic, caring, inquisitive place to learn where EVERY pupil is valued and able to achieve their very best!

In my (limited!) spare time, I indulge in my favourite hobbies: going to the cinema, eating chocolate and enjoying the occasional glass of wine!

 

Marla England

Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC at Temple Hill, West Hill & Oakfield

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 a Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Gemma Rutherford
Assistant Headteacher

Hello again! My name is Mrs Rutherford and I am very excited to be returning to Oakfield after teaching at a school in Bexley. In 2011, I joined Oakfield as Miss Hemsley and thoroughly enjoyed my two years teaching in year 3 and 4. Whilst I’ve been away, I have led history and geography in a large primary school and I am very excited to return as an Assistant Headteacher in charge of the Curriculum!

I am passionate about Oakfield’s Learning Journey: I cannot wait to see the growth of our historians, geographers, scientists, musicians, athletes, artists, designers, linguists, computer engineers, sociologists and provide experiences that unearth the talents that the children didn’t even realise that they possess!

Claire Jenkins
Assistant Headteacher

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!

Layla Priddy

Assistant Headteacher

Hi! I’m Miss Priddy and I’m one of our Assistant Headteachers at Oakfield Primary Academy. I am also currently our English Leader.

I joined Oakfield in 2012 as a Teaching Assistant before going on to complete my teacher training in 2013. Since qualifying, I have taught across a variety of year groups such as Year 6 and Year 2, but you’re most likely to find me teaching in KS2.

In 2019, I went on maternity leave but I am now back and excited to be teaching again. Now, in my spare time, I am no longer going to the cinema or enjoying a lazy weekend; instead I am running around after my little girl (which I absolutely love!).

Matt Brooker

Assistant Headteacher

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. 

Vikki Coombes

Assistant Headteacher

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, 4, 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 3 and I can't wait to be creating more memories with the children.

This year, I will be continuing my role as Assistant Head and Maths Leader. 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 normally involves me supporting my son Ben from the edge of a football pitch or long walks in the woods with my dogs Obi and Indy.

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.  

Julia McCloskey

Assistant Headteacher

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. 

Jo Murrock

Business Manager

I joined The Galaxy Trust in 2015, during my time here, I have enjoyed working within Extended Services and the Administration roles. My current role, as School Business Manager, is extremely busy and varied, each day brings a different challenge. I work with a really nice team of supportive and friendly staff.

 

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