Meet the school’s wonderful staff!
I am the Executive Headteacher of the Tenterden Primary Federation, which is part of the Tenterden Schools Multi Academy Trust.
I have been a headteacher for 13 years, having worked in Lewisham, South East London and then in Dartford before moving out of London to beautiful Kent. Prior to becoming a Head I worked in local authority advisory roles and as a teacher, leading on the general school improvement agenda and special educational needs.
I began working as a Teaching Assistant at Rolvenden in April 2015. It has been lovely to be part of the workings of a small, creative village school community. I relish the fun and challenge that each day brings. It is wonderful to make connections with the children I work with. Seeing their smiles and confidence grow is the most rewarding part of my role. Each child is given the opportunity to shine and be seen for who they are. Rolvenden loves to celebrate success, but we also make it OK to make mistakes. We see this as the key to unlocking our pupil’s future learning and growth.
I am really pleased to have joined the school staff team while Miss J is away. For the past sixteen years I have worked with young children, and it is a privilege to be able to help children to understand new ideas. I am particularly interested in children's emotional development because confident, self-regulated and motivated children can become open-minded, curious learners who continue to be interested and involved in the world about them all their lives.
Teacher and Maths Lead
Since joining the school in 2005 I have had the pleasure of teaching all year groups in some capacity. The keenness to learn is as evident and strong in year 6 as it is when the children join us as 4 year olds and it is such a joy to see them developing in confidence and ability in so many areas of their young lives.
Getting to know each child and family well and sharing all the extra-curricular activities with the Rolvenden ‘family’ is what makes this school so very special.
I have been part of Rolvenden Primary School for 11 years now. First as a parent, then as the lolly pop lady and now, I find myself in the heart of the school helping the lovely Mrs Hughes.
From my little corner of the office, I love to hear the hum of the school and have been privileged to witness a small school make a BIG DIFFERENCE to children of all abilities.
I joined the Rolvenden team as the dinner lady in February 2016. I like to make certain I follow the high standards of hygiene and love hearing lovely manners from the children. My favourite part of the job is helping the staff to ensure that the children eat healthily.
I feel so privileged to be part of the Rolvenden Team. I cannot think of another job where you leave at the end of the day with a smile on your face as big as the one you came in with. During the past ten years, I have worked with children in various roles, from the ages of six months to eleven years all of which have taught me that every day you learn from the children as much as they learn from you. Every hurdle, tear and disappointment children experience is far outweighed by joy, achievement and ‘lightbulb moments.’ I simply love my job and always will.
I’ve been a teaching assistant for fourteen years, the past seven being at Rolvenden. I have worked as a class TA in Key Stages 1 and 2 and also as a 1:1 support assistant. Over the years I have accumulated a degree of expertise in children’s learning and development with a special interest in speech, language and understanding.
I currently work in Holly Class with years 5 and 6. This can at times be challenging, but at the same time very rewarding.
I am also responsible for running the School Council and helping with the restoration of the Library.
This is my 14th year as a teaching assistant at Rolvenden. We really are one big family. The values learnt here transition with the children to their secondary schools and beyond.
The safe, secure environment provides the basis for super learning. The best part of my job is seeing our pupils grow in confidence.
My first job in a primary school was over 20 years ago as a teaching assistant/librarian in a large school with over 500 children in the borough of Bexley. I then moved from the classroom into the school office.
I have been working in the school office at Rolvenden for almost nine years now. I love the variety of my work, no two days are ever the same! Our School is a wonderful place to work and I feel proud to be part of our school community and privileged to watch our children grow through their school life.
Teacher and SENCo
I initially started work at Rolvenden back in 2002. I have taught in most year groups, but enjoy teaching those first steps in learning in Foundation Stage / Year 1.
I love the close relationships between staff, children and parents. I haven’t found another school like it.
Finding out what makes every child unique and tapping into their own skills and areas of interest is the most exciting part of my job.
Miss Jones (Miss J)
During my years at our lovely little school I have worked within all the classes from Foundation Stage to Year 6 and qualified as an HLTA. I think it is a key part of my role to support the children in every aspect of school life – especially those that may find this difficult. I have also found a passion for understanding what makes a child tick and have specialised in understanding and managing behaviour.
Within my role I also manage our phonics program, RWInc, and teach Art-ernoon in Key Stage 1 which is enjoyed by all.
I am at the beginning of my teaching journey, and am very excited to be beginning with Rolvenden. I was instantly drawn to the school by the ‘CREATE’ core values and after looking around I knew that I wouldn’t be happy teaching anywhere else.
As a teacher, I really enjoy coaxing the best out of children and seeing them get excited about a creative idea. The best feeling is seeing the pride children take in their work and knowing you have helped culture this into a piece to be proud of.
Family Liaison Officer (FLO)
As a new member of the Rolvenden ‘family’ I am looking forward to getting to know every member of the school community. Previously I have worked as a paediatric ward sister and for the last 5 years a community school nurse - I’m sure these experiences will help me along the way!
Rolvenden is a fun, exciting place to learn but occasionally children and their families will face challenges along the way. I am here to offer support and advice or to be a ‘listening ear’. If I can’t help I’ll aim to find someone who can! Together we can overcome these barriers, ensuring that each and every child at Rolvenden is given the chance to achieve their full potential.
Teacher and Literacy Lead
This is only my second year teaching at Rolvenden Primary School.
I love working in the Early Years and with the younger children. The chance to see them make huge progress is one of the best parts of the job.
Not only do I love the Foundation Stage but Early Reading and Writing is a passion of mine.
I started at Rolvenden in 2016, as a teaching assistant, supporting those with additional needs to provide the best learning experience for the individual. Rolvenden ensures all children feel welcome and have great opportunities to shine.
Teacher and Deputy Head
I love being a teacher. I have got to know hundreds of lovely children over the years and truly believe that every child is a star...it is my job to enable each one to shine.
My best time of year is the whole-school play in the summer where we go to the beautiful thatched Ellen Terry Theatre and bring a production to life. I am passionate about the Creative Arts and enjoy filling our curriculum with lots of opportunities for exciting learning.
I started at Rolvenden in 2016 and have taught Year 1 and 2 for the past year and a half. I enjoy a practical approach to teaching as I feel it helps the children remember their learning with more excitement and enthusiasm. I readily encourage the children’s creativity and independence to allow their own ideas to shine through their work.
As an artistic person myself I like to give the children opportunities through art, drama, D&T, creative writing and practical science to explore their skills. We always take a hands-on approach in maths to ensure each and every child knows how to handle their work with confidence.