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West Hill Primary Academy

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Trust Leadership Team

Garry Ratcliffe

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

​I am delighted to be The Executive Head of West Hill.  I have been teaching for over twenty years, having enjoyed a wide range of experiences in that time.  I began my career in inner-city Liverpool, followed by teaching roles in Jordan and Qatar.  I was then a Deputy Head in Canterbury before becoming the Deputy Head of The British School in Tokyo.  On my return to the UK, I became a Head of a school in Sittingbourne, before opening Oakfield Primary as a new school in September 2008.  Working across Oakfield, Temple Hill and West Hill reinforces my belief that every child, regardless of background, deserves the very best education - and that is what I strive for every day.

Claire Misy
Director of Business, 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!

Sara White
Head of School at West Hill

My teaching career started quite late in life following 9 years in the Derivatives world within the City of London. Realising that stocks and shares were not for me, I enrolled onto a BEd course at Southbank University. I spent my first few months as a supply teacher working in a variety of schools including a school for children with profound and multiple needs - this led to my interest in everything SEN.

Following three years York Road Junior (now known as Dartford Primary) School, I felt ready for the challenge of an inner city school and ended up teaching at my own primary school on a South East London estate. I was employed as a class teacher and took on my first role here as a SENCo. During my time at this school, I learnt the value of relationships. Every child deserves someone to believe in them, listen to them and tell them that they matter. I saw children from the toughest backgrounds learn, succeed and feel proud of their achievements. In 2004, I joined the wonderful Temple Hill Team. Little did I know that 13 years later, I would have undertaken the roles of SENCo, Deputy Head Teacher and then Head of School. I have learnt so much from the children and families of Temple Hill and from the staff around me. I am now in my second school within The Trust, West Hill, and I continue to feel privileged to be leading such a wonderful school full of potential and possibility.

 

Education is constantly changing and evolving; the climate can at times be uncertain. Despite this, children deserve the best. Each child is unique, each child is different, each child is special. We have a huge responsibility to ensure that every child achieves to their academic best, but also comes to school happy, motivated and safe.

Jason Pearn
Head of School at Oakfield

I am so proud to have be the Head of School for Oakfield Primary Academy. Before becoming a teacher I worked in a variety of industries, most notably in the pharmaceutical industry analysing and presenting data for large multi-national companies. I also worked for a couple of years alongside refugees which helped me gain a very clear picture of the multi-cultural society we live in today. However, I never fully felt that I was doing what I was made to do – that is until I found teaching! Since qualifying in 2007 I have not looked back and have found myself on an amazing rollercoaster of discovery about the best way to teach our future generations. My first teaching school was a large middle school on the Isle of Sheppey teaching Year 5 to Year 8 children before moving twice, ending up in my last school teaching Year 2 alongside gaining experience in Early Years. It was at this school that I was initially promoted to Assistant Head, then Deputy and finally took on my first headship as Headteacher in January 2014. I also gained my National Professional Qualification for Headship while at this school.

I joined Oakfield in 2015 and I was instantly impressed with the positive learning attitude that the children display as well as the dedication the staff have to giving the children of the school the best opportunity to succeed. In the last two years I have been busily working with my staff to ensure that we keep the learning attitude and dedication but that we also redesigning our curriculum and learning offer to ensure we develop the adaptable learning skills so that our child can better thrive in the fast paced, ever-changing world they are growing up into.

 

Danielle Egonu
Head of School at Temple Hill

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.

Leon Dawson
Deputy Head Teacher 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.

Sarah Heaver
Deputy Headteacher at Temple Hill

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.

 

Rajinder Kaur-Gill
Deputy Head Teacher at Oakfield

Lively, enthusiastic and passionate is how I would describe myself. My name is Rajinder 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.

Richard Moore

Deputy Headteacher at Oakfield

Hello, my name is Richard Moore and I am currently working as a Deputy Headteacher across the Galaxy Trust in addition to being a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) in Maths. In my time as a teacher I have worked at both Temple Hill and Oakfield and I feel that it is a real privilege to work to continue improving both academies in my current role. Sport has always played a big part in my life; when I was 7 my dad committed me to a lifetime of disappointment by convincing me to become a Sheffield Wednesday fan. Away from school I have two beautiful daughters to keep me very busy and I spend as much of my spare time as possible doing fun things with my family.

Marla England
Families Support Manager & Designated Safeguarding Lead/SPOC

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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