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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!

Cathy Chatwin

I have been teaching in Early Years for over a decade. I enjoy working with the younger children and like to watch their amazing learning journey through their first year of school.

A little bit about me!  I have three grown up children and really enjoy spending time with them and their partners. My eldest daughter has recently got engaged so some of my spare time will be spent wedding planning!! My husband and I also enjoy visiting National Trust properties and trips to the seaside. 


Georgia Payne

I have worked with children of all ages during my career. I have recently joined Oakfield and I’m enjoying my time within the nursery setting.



Jayne Bindra

Hi! I'm proud to say that I have had experience in teaching every year group during my career. A real recent highlight for me was living in India, volunteering for a charity which teaches children in the slums of Mumbai. I love the sun (I was not born for this climate), travel, music and have a particular interest in social justice. 

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

Rebecca Arnold-Jarvis

Hi! My name is Mrs Arnold-Jarvis and I joined the Oakfield team in 2015. I have just come back after adopting a little boy and I am now really excited to be back and leading year 1! I am passionate about helping children to develop their full potential and I am really looking forward to watching the children progress in their learning this year! Outside of school, I love spending time with my family, taking long walks with my dog and exploring new places.


Kerry Warner

I have been teaching within the Trust for 10 years now.  Most of this time I have spent within Key Stage 1 at Oakfield but I also spent a year teaching at Temple Hill where I learnt so much and have many fond memories.  I didn't return to Oakfield for long though as I then discovered our little family of 2 would be growing and I had my little girl Molly in 2017.  I can definitely say that being a mum to a little one brings a whole new level of tiredness to the job but also a realisation of just how little, individual and amazing they all are. I look forward to meeting the children and families on their journey through the school and my door is always open for a chat so pop on by!   

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.

Elizabeth Redwood

I began my teaching career at Oakfield in 2010 after completing my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University. Over the years I have taught in years 1, 2 reception and nursery. My real passion is teaching in the Early Years. I love how organically children learn through play and enjoy exploring the world with them.


Outside of school I am Mum to two young boys who certainly keep me very busy! We enjoy spending quality time together as a family especially long walks with our dog Bru.

Year 2

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!​

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.    

Sukhminder Randhawa

Since joining the teaching family at Oakfield Primary Academy in January 2019, I bring over 10 years teaching experience to an already well-established team.  I am dedicated to preparing engaged learners to reach their greatest potential. I’m fortunate and blessed to be teaching at an amazing school that has a nurturing and loving environment, where children can learn and experience new challenges that will help to build their confidence whilst having fun, ultimately looking for a positive impact on the child’s growth.


Shortly after graduating from Christchurch University with a PGCE, I excelled in my teaching career track and was promoted to the role of Early Years Leader where I was able to spearhead the development and growth of the Department, through the use of coaching and mentoring strategies. 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.  Outside of teaching, my interests include: quality family time, following Liverpool football club, travelling, socialising with friends and aerobics.

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.

Lucy Mant

Hello! I’m Miss Mant. I joined Oakfield in 2015, as a Schools Direct student, after completing my Drama and Theatre Arts degree at Goldsmiths University. I started my teaching career in year 5 and learnt a great deal in the years I spent there. I then had my  wonderful daughter, Winnie, and returned with more gratitude and understanding of how quickly children grow and how special each year is. When returning I joined the year 1 team. However, this year you will find me in year 3 with the wonderful Mrs Coombes! I cannot wait to see the adventures we are going to go on with the Respectables!


Outside of school you’ll find me chasing after my little pickle, my future husband, or our monstrous Labrador, Beau!

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.

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, 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.

Year 4

Claire Wade

Hi, my name is Mrs Wade and I am delighted to be returning to Oakfield Primary Academy to teach amongst many familiar faces and lots of welcoming new faces too. This school was where I began my teaching career way back in 2004! I have many fond memories of the children I taught and so I’m relishing the idea of teaching Oakfield children again. Since being away, I have been Maths leader and taught all year groups.


In my spare time you will find me with my fantastic family and friends, doing many a spin class at the gym and just generally enjoying myself.

Rema Pall

After 20 years of working in a primary school environment, I still have the drive and passion to go the extra mile for each child! My experiences range vastly from teaching children aged 4-11 in a primary school setting; mentoring Teach Direct and NQT students; training primary school teachers in China and teaching a youth group aged 11-18 in a church environment. Aside from teaching, I tend to grab any opportunity to perform in contemporary dance, to play tennis and to regularly participate in yoga and pilates (and teach it when given the opportunity!) Trust me, if I could fit anything else in, I would!​

Julia McCloskey

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 closer to home 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 here, I was also appointed as Deputy Headteacher. Shortly after I became pregnant, and after returning from maternity leave, I sought a familiar yet exciting and new adventure in Oakfield once more. You will currently find me in Year 4 and working alongside the SEN team on Thursdays and Fridays. 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.

Alisha Smith

I have recently joined Oakfield after completing my Mathematics and PGCE in Primary Teaching with a Mathematics Specialism at the university of Greenwich. I am passionate about helping children achieve their full potential and grow in confidence, as well as making sure they are well-rounded polite individuals. I have a passion for Mathematics, and think it is a skill that can lead into many paths in life. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching films and playing video games.

Year 5


Gemma Rutherford

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!

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.

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.  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!


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
Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)

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.

Keeleigh Jackson
ASD Outreach

I joined the Trust in 2012 working in Key Stage 1 at Temple Hill. In 2014 I transferred to Oakfield with the exciting opportunity to set up our Specialist Resource Provision for children with Autism, the ARC. In addition to leading our provision, I provided outreach support to Temple Hill and other local schools. This year my role focuses on ASD outreach across the Trust.


Clair Sayers


I have been a teacher at Oakfield for over 20 years and now have the pleasure of teaching the children of children who were in my first class. I am now supporting children who have additional needs in the early years. I love working with our youngest children, who often make every day a very magical experience, whether it be pretending to be a dinosaur stomping through long grass or getting messy with paint or gloop. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family and walking in the countryside.

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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