Meet the school’s wonderful staff!
I began working at Rolvenden in a supporting capacity throughout 2018 before becoming the Executive Headteacher in 2019. In addition to my role overseeing the school in Rolvenden, I am also 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.
Head of School / Class Teacher
I started teaching way back in 1994 when I joined Kingsnorth CE Primary School as PE lead. I have always been involved in sport and leisure playing a vast amount of sports as a child and adult with swimming and water polo being my core foci. The water polo culminated with me representing my country, Wales (don't hold that against me!). I then proceeded to work at Kennington Juniors, Deputy Headteacher at Oak Tree (now Ashford Oaks) and most recently at Tenterden Juniors as Deputy Headteacher.
My dream for children in school is that they are given a first rate academic experience through outstanding teaching; but alongside this I have a proven track record of facilitating both the pupils and their families to experience exciting opportunities outside of the classroom. I look forward to giving your child and your family similar opportunities.
Deputy Headteacher / Class Teacher
I started teaching in 2012 and have been lucky enough to work with children of all ages throughout my career so far. I moved to Rolvenden in September 2019 and took up the role of Deputy Headteacher which means that I support Mr Leggat with the general running of the school as well as teaching in Holly Class.
My passion is English and I enjoy teaching using the 'Talk for Writing' and 'Talk for Reading' methods which I was introduced to at a conference in 2015. I lead the English curriculum for both Rolvenden and Tenterden and enjoy working with children and adults to help improve the quality of writing and reading.
Rolvenden is a lovely school and a great place to work!
SENCO / Class Teacher
Mrs Crowe joined us in January 2020 as our Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO).
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 started working as a childminder in 2002 and then built up a career in education. After completing my Level 3 in Childcare I went on to study for an honours degree and PGCE with Early Years Teacher Status.
I joined Rolvenden School in January 2019 as a temporary TA for year groups 1, 2 and 3 but I’m now back where I belong with the Foundation Stage children!
Mr Heath and I met at university so it’s good to be working together now with our great team in Hazel Class.
I live locally on a farm with my husband and we have four grown-up children who all came to Rolvenden School.
Joint Office Manager
I have been part of Rolvenden Primary School since 2006. First as a parent, then as the lollypop lady and now, I find myself in the heart of the school as Office Manager on Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays.
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.
Kitchen Manager / Clerical Assistant
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.
In 2020, I took on a second role as Clerical Assistant, working with Mrs Catt and Mrs Hughes in the School Office.
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 have worked at Rolvenden since September 2019. I enjoy the children’s company and love the hear all about their school day at lunchtimes. I am always amazed at the children’s unfaltering manners at lunchtimes, and the sense of caring that they all feel towards each other within school.
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.
I have been working in the Early Years sector for over 10 years now, having found my passion for teaching babies and young children early on in my career. In 2018, this lead me on the path of becoming a Primary School Teacher and I joined the Rolvenden team in 2019 - two of the best decisions I have ever made!
As the Hazel Class Teacher, I am responsible for the newest and youngest members of the school and I love providing my class with a stimulating and enabling environment where they may thrive and achieve their full potential. I take great pride in filling their days with as many encouraging, challenging, and enriching experiences as possible. I feel privileged to have this pivotal role in the early lives of children in such a family-centred, tight-knit community school.
Joint Office Manager
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 since 2009. 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. My days in the school office are Monday and Tuesday.
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.
The first thing that drew me to Rolvenden was the CREATE core values. These embody all the attributes I believe make great learners and I try and instill them in my class wherever possible. I love the small school community we have at Rolvenden and really feel we can make a big difference to all children by knowing each child personally. I have been lucky enough to see my first couple of classes leave the school now and each year I am incredibly proud of the progress they have made. It is wonderful helping them become the best version of themselves.
I have a particular interest in Maths and PE and hope to spread the enthusiasm for these subjects in particular through the school.
For me, the best part of the day is feeding off the positive energy the children bring to their learning.
Family Liaison Officer (FLO)
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.
I started at Rolvenden in 2016 and have taught Year 1 and 2 for the duration of my time at this lovely school. 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.