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.
Meena’s career in education began in 2002 as a teaching assistant, when she joined a secondary school for pupils with learning difficulties. Over that time, she embarked on her teaching career moving into mainstream primary education as a newly qualified teacher at Willow Bank Primary and then to becoming Headteacher of the school. Meena has a passion for mathematics and has qualified as a professional development lead with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).
As Headteacher at Willow Bank, Meena has a constant drive within to simply ensure that pupils get the best education possible whilst at school and a broad range of exciting activities are experienced which inspire all pupils to engage in their learning. Meena is driven in ensuring that the curriculum is broad and balanced and is tailored to reflect the community served at Willow Bank. She strongly believes that the pupils should receive teaching and learning at the best that it can be and which also prepare them for the digital world.
Values to are key to any successful organisation and the values at Willow Bank support the development and nurture of their pupils to grow into proud and respectful members of the community. She passionately believes that every child should have the best education possible, and that prior experiences should never cap any child’s imagination, vision, aspirations, or future.
Meena strongly values supporting and working in partnership with families to ensure children become the very best they can be and believes in lifelong learning, leading by example with sharing aspects of her own learning with pupils, parents and colleagues. She believes that mental health and wellbeing at the forefront of every leader’s vision is key in securing a communities that thrive and prosper together.
Leanna became a secondary school teacher in 2001 and has had the privilege of working in a number of schools within Bexley ever since. During her career, she taken various education leadership roles and transitioned from secondary into primary leadership when she joined Woodland Academy Trust as Deputy Headteacher and then becoming the Headteacher at Northumberland Heath Primary in 2018. Leanna is particularly passionate about inclusion and is a qualified SENCO and has also recently completed her Masters in Educational Leadership.
Her values are focused on ensuring that every child can reach their full potential. She is a big advocate for inclusion and believes that this underpins the success of any school. This includes supporting those who need a little extra help through early identification and support to those who need additional challenge to achieve the best that they can be. She also strongly believes schools are the heart of any community and should work to support families as much as possible.
Leanna strives to ensure that the pupils, staff and families have the opportunity to access a world class education, with high quality teaching and learning, as well as teachers of specialist subject areas, ensuring that all pupils are secondary ready when they leave Northumberland Heath Primary.
As a previous secondary school teacher, she feels that it is of prime importance to ensure pupils are well prepared for their next step of their journey through education, as primary school is the foundation of future success.
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 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.