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West Hill Primary Academy

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Pennie Hills
Assistant Headteacher

I have been teaching for many years both in London and Kent. I have taught Nursery, Reception and Year 1 and really enjoy working with the younger children. They learn new things every day and it is great to be at the start of their amazing learning journey. As the Early Years Foundation Stage Leader the best part of my job is being able to watch the children develop and grow during their first year in school where foundations are laid for children to become life long learners.

I have joined West Hill from Temple Hill, where I enjoyed 15 happy years teaching the wonderful children there and establishing good relationships with their families. I look forward to doing the same at West Hill. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Maddie Tunnicliffe

Hi I’m Maddie Tunnicliffe, Sunflower class (reception) teacher. Some of you may have spotted my earlier bio statement which said I was doing my QTS qualification at Temple Hill. I’ve now got through that considerable challenge and have moved to West Hill to work as a qualified teacher in the early years team. Before I became a teacher (and did a degree in early years) I was a nursery leader and pub manager. I have always enjoyed dance and have a background in ballet and now ballroom and Latin. Though it may not seem immediately apparent, a love of developing young children and their learning fits in very well with the ability to move around the classroom in a lively way and have a good understanding of the best beverages to drink at the end of a busy week teaching. I hope to make the most of all my life experiences in bringing the best opportunities for children in my class.

Helen Vincent

I have been teaching at West Hill Primary for 5 years; teaching years 5, 1 and Reception. Outside of school, I help run a Brownie unit and really enjoy travelling. I have been lucky enough to have visited many countries with Girlguiding, Malawi and Thailand being a couple. Reading is a passion of mine, although mostly only during school holidays, as otherwise I end up staying up until the early hours, desperate to read a little bit more. I love supporting children with their learning and my many trips abroad have made me realise just how lucky we are to be able to access education. The lightbulb moments and inquisitive minds make any day in teaching so varied and different.

Carla Glover

Assistant Headteacher

I joined West Hill in January 2016 and I am the Assistant Headteacher for Curriculum. Since qualifying as a primary school teacher in 2005, I have taught across all year groups but I am currently enjoying teaching our Year 1 and 2 children.

Laura Branch

My name is Laura Branch and I have been working within the Trust for the last 7 years. I started my career at Temple Hill and spent 5 happy years there working between Year 2 and Year 3 as Year Group Leader. More recently in 2014/15, I moved to Oakfield to lead the New Curriculum SATS in Year 2, which I really enjoyed. Since then I have had a beautiful baby boy and now work part-time in Year 1 at West Hill.

I am dedicated to making the children's experiences at school the most stimulating and challenging I can. I believe that when children feel happy and safe that is when they learn best. The children in my class are learning to be confident, independent people who work together to achieve their best.

 

Julie Moss

I graduated from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Primary Education Studies in 2000 and

have taught Reception and Year One in local mainstream schools and Year 3 at a special needs school.I joined West Hill in 2013 and I am passionate about ensuring that the youngest children in the school have the best possible start.

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.

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.

Tina Muskett
 
Rachel Aram
 

Rebecca Williams

I graduated from Greenwich University in 2014 with a BA Hons degree in Primary Education. Throughout my degree I knew I wanted to become a teacher and this was confirmed when I became a teacher at West Hill. Since then, I have loved watching the children have those light bulb moments and develop a passion for learning. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring new places and visiting the cinema.

Victoria Brown 

Assistant Headteacher 

I started working at West Hill Primary in 2002 as an NQT and have taught in all years across Key Stage 2 as well as some experience in Key Stage 1. As any primary school teacher will tell you, there is never a dull moment and no class is ever the same. This has meant that I have kept my love of teaching and helping the children in my care reach their full potential. I have been lucky enough to have had so many different roles in my time working at our school: from MFL co-ordinator to being a Maths leading teacher for Dartford. I am currently Assistant Head Teacher for English and am enjoying the challenges and opportunities that this role brings. West Hill is definitely in my blood and I enjoy being a part of our school community.

Katreena Giovanelli

I have been teaching for 9 years and  have taught at West Hill since 2016 after working in a Bexley school for 8 years.  I have taught mainly in years 2 and 6 during my time teaching.  I love working with children and try to make sure they enjoy their learning and have fun at the same time.

 

I have 3 children myself, aged 8, 5 and 2 so my hands are always full! I work part time so that I have a balance between looking after my own children and the children in my class .  During my spare time I like to spend time with my family as well as going running, horse riding, swimming and to the gym.

Nicola Wickenden

I have been a teacher for 20 years and have taught in schools in different areas of the country, from London to Manchester.  I usually teach in Key Stage 2, but I have recently had the opportunity to enjoy working in classes with younger children too. Both of my own children are also primary school teachers, so we always have plenty to talk about! I live in Dartford with my husband. I enjoy reading-a lot. I love growing things in my garden, especially vegetables, and I like to take long country walks, perhaps stopping at a castle or historic building along the route.

Hannah Berry

During my time at West Hill I have taught in different year groups in KS1 and KS2. When not in the classroom you can find me in my wellies in the school garden. I’m also very partial to chocolate and despite success in the fruit and vegetable department; I unfortunately haven’t yet mastered the art of growing cocoa beans in the British climate.

Donna Murphy

I have worked in education for the last 10 years following a successful career in banking. I have worked in schools in the London and Kent area. I joined West Hill in September 2016 as a Class Teacher.

 

Ana Devenish

I'm Ana Devenish and have been teaching at West Hill since September 2017. Prior to teac​hing, I worked in banking while completing a Psychology degree at the University of London. The best part of my job is to be able to witness the children's eyes light up when they grasp concepts that they initially thought were beyond them. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my son, Robert. To learn more, you must come into my classroom and meet my year ones.

Veena Jeebooah

After studying at Roehampton university, I joined West Hill in 2015 as an NQT. I absolutely love working with children and my aim is to equip them with the knowledge, confidence and independence they need through their schooling lives and beyond. I take pride in my role as West Hill's Maths leader as it enables me to provide fantastic and challenging provisions for the children across the school. Outside of school, I enjoy taking spontaneous trips, getting stuck into a great book and most importantly spending time with family and friends. 

Charlie Thompson

I graduated from the University of Essex in 2009. I then completed my PGCE at the University of East London. I have taught in London for many years before moving and working in Dublin, Ireland. I have since relocated to Kent. I thoroughly love teaching and working with children is the most rewarding experience. 

Rachel Smith

Assistant Headteacher

I started my teaching career at Temple Hill in 2006 and have thoroughly enjoyed working there for many years. I have also worked in other schools in Bexley, Essex, and also at Oakfield, as I like a change and a new challenge every now and again! So when West Hill joined The Galaxy Trust, I jumped at the chance to experience another school and I am really enjoying working in this lovely school filled with lovely children!

 

Teaching is an amazing job and I spend a lot of my time thinking about what I will do with the children I teach, but when I am not here you will most likely find me in another country exploring the world - I love going on holiday!

 

Lisa Chisholm

Amanda Robertson

Prior to joining West Hill I was at Temple Hill for eight years mainly working with Years Five and Six. I began my teaching journey five years ago after graduating with a First Class Honours degree in psychology, raising my two boys and having a successful career in retail management. 

Working with children is a privilege and thoroughly enjoyable  as no two days are ever the same. I believe passionately that children should feel enthused, engaged and in control of their learning as this will prepare them for the next steps of their own journey.

In those precious moments of spare time I enjoy yoga, spending time with my family and travelling.

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