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Trust Leadership Team

Garry Ratcliffe

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Accounting Officer (AO)

I am delighted to continue my role as CEO of Oakfield Primary Academy, Temple Hill Primary Academy and West Hill Primary Academy – three wonderful schools that form The Galaxy Trust. As I begin another year as CEO of The Galaxy Trust, I continue to be incredibly proud of our pupils and the many achievements they make on a daily basis whilst studying at our schools.

Many of you will already know that I have a very special family myself… Myself and my husband have four children – three of them with complex health and learning needs. They are an immense joy but I have to confess that our fourth child who others would call “mainstream” is the hardest work of all! We have adopted our children and so I feel I have a good understanding of issues faced by children living in care or who have been adopted, as well as children with special educational needs.

One of the benefits of being CEO of The Galaxy Trust, is that I am able to make links with other partners right across the county, and beyond. This means that I am able to learn from other professionals, taking on their ideas, and sharing them within The Galaxy Trust.

If I can achieve one thing during my time within The Galaxy Trust, it would be to instil our values of Respect, Responsibility and Equality in our staff, pupils and parents. Of course it is our role to promote high standards of learning in maths and English, as well as the wider curriculum – but it is equally – if not more important, for us to ensure we are growing the best, most valuable citizens that our town, our county , our country and our world needs. By learning about Respect, Responsibility and Equality, I hope we will be making our children’s world, a much better place.

 

Claire Misy
Chief Operating Officer (COO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

I started my working life in the public sector in 1996 and quickly became interested in education, where I started at the bottom as a finance assistant and left in March 2011 as a Senior Accountant. I worked across the whole county, consulting and advising different schools regarding their finances, which gave me a great deal of knowledge and experience. I was appointed as School Business Manager for Oakfield in March 2011 where I have implemented my expertise.

I was also privileged enough to be selected on the second cohort of the CSBM (Certificate in School Business Management). It was the first time in years that I have done any work-related training, and have now successfully passed the programme. I am very proud of our school: we are creative with resources and offer the children fun and enriching experiences!

 

Danielle Egonu
Executive Headteacher

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.

 

Rajinder Kaur Gill

Headteacher at Oakfield

Lively, enthusiastic and passionate is how I would describe myself. My name is Mrs Kaur Gill 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!

 

Leon Dawson

Head of school at Temple Hill

Positive, Passionate and Hardworking is how I would describe myself. I come from a large family with an English/Caribbean background. I love eating, exercise and seeing/doing new things in the world. I have worked with children in a variety of different settings before I became a teacher as well as doing a wide range of jobs including labouring, factory work, restaurants and cleaning.

My main passion in life (other than Tottenham Hotspur!) is to improve the life chances of the children I work with.

 

Katy Ward

Headteacher at West Hill

I am delighted to be joining the Galaxy Trust this year as the headteacher of West Hill.  I have been teaching for the past twenty years and I can safely say that I learn something new everyday. For me this is the most exciting thing about education. Education has the power to change lives and this excites me! 

 

I am first and foremost a teacher and I love nothing more than being in class and spending time with the children. I am passionate about developing children’s natural curiosity and fostering their love of learning, in fun and creative ways.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the West Hill family.

 

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!

 

Sarah Heaver
Deputy Headteacher

I began my first teaching role in 1997 and in my twenty years of teaching have enjoyed teaching in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Prior to joining Temple Hill in 2005 I was an Advanced Skills Teacher and was fortunate enough to support many schools across Kent with improving teaching and learning. Alongside my current role of Deputy Headteacher at Temple Hill, I am also a Specialist Leader of Education which allows me to continue to support local schools with improving outcomes in Phonics and Early Reading for young children. Outside of school, you will find me being kept very busy entertaining my two children. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

 

Nicola Wiltshire

Deputy Headteacher - Inclusion & SEN Co-Ordinator

I would describe myself as Passionate, pro-active and committed.  I started teaching in 2007 and worked across a range of schools: big, small, mainstream, specialist and independent.  I also have experience working with children who have profound learning and physical disabilities which has given me a greater understanding of a range of children’s needs.  Everywhere I’ve worked it was clear to me that my passion lies in helping children with special educational needs get what they need to reach their full potential.  I come from a big family so I love getting involved in the hustle and bustle of family and school life.  I strive for positive outcomes in everything I do, and at a time where the education system is in a period of change, I aim to inform, support, and motivate children, parents and teachers which I feel confident, eager and equipped to do.

 

Laura Bates

Deputy Head at Temple Hill

I would describe myself as hardworking, focused and organised. I want the best for every pupil and enjoy the challenge of working hard to support every pupil to reach their full potential. Throughout my years as a teacher, I have worked in schools in Medway, Kent and Dubai. I am so pleased to be taking on the role of Deputy Headteacher at Temple Hill as it is a school that I truly love working in and being a part of!

Outside of school, I particularly enjoy playing netball and I am a member of the Medway and Maidstone Netball Leagues. I also enjoy playing badminton, running and going to the gym. I have been lucky to have ventured to many countries and I hope to inspire children to see the world too!​

 

Todd Sillett

Deputy Headteacher at West Hill

‘I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. It's impossible to put down.’  This simple play on words best describes my view of modern education.  Education should be about learning from books as well as the ever increasing range of information available but it should also be fun. It should be presented to engage and it should challenge and provoke deeper thinking.  I feel very privileged to have been involved in the education of many young children of Britain since 1999.  Before this time I was living in Australia, attending University and working in a variety of jobs, including sales and services.  Growing up in Australia has made me appreciate that you can do anything you want if you only put your mind to it.  I am most inspired by the many people that don’t use excuses.  I was going to end with a chemistry joke but I knew I wouldn’t get a reaction.

 

Marla England

Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC at Temple 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

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