Meet the school’s wonderful staff!
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.
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.
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.
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 recently joined the team, and look forward to supporting Mrs Cackett at lunch time.
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 first year at Rolvenden, and I can't wait to help the children get the absolute most out of their time at this lovely school.
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.
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.
Teacher and Head of School
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.
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.
Teacher and Deputy Headteacher
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!
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.