Headteachers

Abigail Oldfield
Willow Bank Primary School

Abigail Oldfield

Abigail has had an extensive teaching career spanning just over 25 years to date, teaching in various locations from the Isle of Wight and Cornwall to Greenwich and Croydon. During this time, she has taught across all key stages, and been a SENCo, Deputy Headteacher, Head of School and Headteacher. Abigail joined the Woodland Academy Trust in February 2022, as Headteacher of Willow Bank Primary School and is really looking forward to working within her own local community.

Abigail has a passion for education and is relentless in her drive to ensure all children receive high quality teaching and learning and are educated in a safe, happy and stimulating learning environment. She is a visible, values driven leader and works hard to build positive relationships within the communities she serves to establish a sense of belonging and pride for all stakeholders. Abigail has a passion for teaching and learning and the creative arts and is keen to ensure children at Willow Bank Primary School are immersed in a curriculum in which they can develop their own interests and develop a lifelong love of learning that will equip them to become valued citizens in an ever-changing world.

Abigail works hard to build strong links with the school community to enable schools to become centres of inspiration and support for the families they serve. She will lead Willow Bank Primary School with kindness and integrity, supported by the dedicated staff and children, to build upon its strengths and continue its exciting journey of improvement.

Carla Ferla
Peareswood Primary School

Carla Ferla

Throughout her extensive years of teaching experience, Carla has had had the privilege to serve children and families within the London Boroughs of Newham, Greenwich and Bexley. She joined our trust in September 2016 having previously been in curriculum and key stage lead roles and as a senior leader responsible for inclusion. Starting her journey at Woodland Academy Trust as Deputy Headteacher responsible for inclusion, she became the Headteacher of Peareswood Primary School in 2018.

Carla is a firm believer that kindness is a core value to be embodied by the whole school community and in providing children a place to develop and grow within a secure and nurturing environment, where differences are celebrated and mistakes are utilised as a tool for learning.  She has high aspirations for all learners and that all children have the potential to achieve through support and challenge. She is particularly passionate about inclusion and the removal of barriers to learning through: early identification, tailored provision and an evaluative approach to all support provided.

As Headteacher, she is principled in making a positive difference to the lives of the children that the trust serve and providing them with lifelong skills and experiences.  She values the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum which supports to empower children through new found knowledge and equip them with skills to continue their learning journey in future years.

She also values community partnerships and the positive role parents and carers, school staff and the wider community play in the development of children. A shared, cohesive vision is fundamental and all stakeholders need to be involved for the benefit of the children. Through this shared vision comes the creation of an environment where everyone’s input is valued and shared goals are collaboratively achieved.  She is also passionate about wellbeing and the importance of good mental health and Peareswood Primary actively promote this within their school community.

Primary school plays a significant role in the life of a child, and Carla and her Peareswood Primary School team strive to cultivate positive experiences and memories for both children, parents and carers and school staff to cherish in future years.

Chloe Riley
Knockhall Primary School

Chloe Riley

Chloe has recently become the Co-Headteacher at Knockhall Primary having previously joined the Trust in 2018 as a Deputy Headteacher and Acting Headteacher at the school.

She has previously taught Key Stage 2 in Medway with responsibilities for leading on curriculum and assessment and was part of bringing rapid change to a school that was placed in special measures.  

Chloe firmly believes that all children should be given every opportunity to reach their full potential and should have access to a range of different experiences to find what they are good at, what they enjoy and what they don’t.  She has always been passionate to learn new things and strives to pass that love of learning on to the school community; not just academic learning but new skills, hobbies and interests.  She has a passion for musical theatre and is known for bursting into song and dance! She is driven to pass that confidence onto the children in the school as well and share their experiences, beliefs and interests with others in the community.

Chloe believes that learning cannot happen if the community does not feel safe and secure. She strives to ensure that Knockhall Primary is a safe and nurturing environment for the community they serve and are always looking for new ways to do so.

Suky Tiwana
Knockhall Primary School

Suky Tiwana

Suky is the Co-Headteacher at Knockhall Primary School and has had the pleasure of previously working in another of our Trust’s school as a Headteacher, valuing the trust’s opportunity to work in collaboration. During her career, she has had the privilege of teaching in KS2 where she quickly found her love for teaching year 6 and in leading a team as an Assistant Headteacher.

She strives to provide a happy and safe environment where learning for pupils is purposeful, engaging and challenging to enable them to become highly effective problem solvers and communicators. She firmly believes all young people deserve a high-quality curriculum and with appropriate support and interventions can achieve highly. Suky is passionate about looking for opportunities to bring the curriculum alive and fun and strongly believes in ensuring that every child can reach their highest potential, with their wellbeing out at the forefront.

 

Suky encourages and leads by example the highest standards of behaviour ensuring that dignity and respect are shown to all members of the school community and in building a culture where everyone can be themselves and have the confidence to challenge and support each other in whichever way needed. This includes ensuring wellbeing and trust are key to all that is done in school.