SPS Staffing Structure
With the school expanding our staffing structure is evolving too. Here is a guide to the Staffing Structure at SPS.
Headteacher - Mrs Malone
My name is Cassandra Malone and I am the Head Teacher of Sevenoaks Primary School. I joined the school in January 2019 after over a decade of working in London Boroughs.
I have been in the teaching profession for 16 years and have worked across four schools, in a range of areas and contexts.
I began my teaching career in Kent, where I also studied for my degree. Since qualifying, I have had the privilege of teaching across the Primary range. Alongside my teaching experience, I have held a vast array of responsibilities; these range from various English and curriculum specialisms to being a local authority moderator. My leadership roles have been just as varied. In addition to being a class teacher, I have also had roles as an Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Head Teacher.
My specialist studies at university allowed me to publish an article on gender stereotypes, which still remains a firm area of interest to me. I have since studied to become MBTi (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) qualified, and have undertaken various coaching roles and training programmes in order to support my work on coaching cultures and leadership development in teams.
In my previous headship, my school was a National Support school that offered various support to local schools and schools within the MAT (Multi Academy Trust) that it founded. This support included leadership development, the development of outstanding teaching, and provision for the most vulnerable pupils.
During my eight years at my previous school, we gained various accreditations, including the IQM (Inclusion Quality Mark), to many sporting and basic skills awards. I moved on from the school after leading it through an Ofsted that achieved Outstanding judgements in every inspection category.
Today, in my role as Head Teacher, I regularly provide training and support to leaders and other schools and really enjoy the mutual learning that takes place through this support. I have joined the Sevenoaks partnership group and look forward to being part of the exciting opportunities that this work can bring to the children of Sevenoaks.
Deputy Head - Miss Durkin
Hi, I am the Deputy Headteacher, Jane Durkin.
I have been teaching for over twenty years, more than half of them at Sevenoaks Primary. Having taught in three other Primary Schools in Sevenoaks and two British International Schools, I have gained experience teaching in both key stages and with a number of managerial roles.
My main role at Sevenoaks Primary is to oversee the day to day running of the school, the curriculum and the teaching and learning. I am proud to be a part of the Sevenoaks team as its values and visions are akin with mine. That is, firstly, a drive for improvement, always challenging ourselves to be the best that we can, to meet the needs of all of our children. Secondly, a curriculum that reaches beyond the classroom to develop the whole child. I particularly enjoy the sport and SPSA events at our school but love the wealth of creative opportunities we also provide. This school buzzes with activity and I am enjoying being a part of that ‘buzz’!
You will often see me around and about so do come and say hello.
Assistant Head - Mrs White
Hello, I am Sarah White and very pleased to have joined the Sevenoaks Primary School community. My roles include being one of the Assistant Head Teachers and the class teacher of 3C.
I am originally from New Zealand (the accent is a bit of a give-away) and after gaining my degree and teaching for three years in a very small school in New Zealand I decided to spread my wings and move to the UK. After 12 years here it is safe to say it is now the place I call home. I have been lucky enough to work in a range of schools across Inner London and Kent. Throughout my career, I have worked across all key stages. I feel by having this wealth of experience I can cater to the needs of all children in my care.
I have spent the last six years developing my skills as a senior leader. I enjoy working with and supporting others, sharing my expertise and ensuring all children have the opportunity to reach their potential. I am excited by continuing to develop a growth mindset culture within Sevenoaks Primary and supporting children on their learning journey.
If you see me around, please come and say hello! I look forward meeting you all and being part of the school community.
Assistant Head - Mrs Banks
Hi, my name is Rowena Banks and I am one of the Assistant Heads and Inclusion Lead.
I am delighted to be returning to Sevenoaks Primary after a short break in which I worked in two London schools as SEN advisor and then Assistant Head for Inclusion. Within these schools, I expanded my experience of supporting children with a wide variety of need and also developed my leadership skills.
I have been teaching since I left university in my early twenties and have worked in London, Kent and across the world in children’s homes, primary and secondary schools and in missionary schools. I have a master’s degree in Inclusion and I am also a tutor for teachers undergoing their qualification to become a SENco.
My passion is to support children (and their families) with additional needs, to be safe and happy within school and, therefore, to achieve their potential.
I returned to Sevenoaks Primary as I knew it to be a school which values all children and where there is a determination to drive forward the inclusion agenda. There is a real team approach to helping children achieve academic potential as well as focussing on wellbeing and involvement.
I am a strong believer in the importance of working alongside families, so please come in to see me if you have any questions.
Phase 3 Leader - Mr White
Phase 3 Leader
My name is James White and I am the phaser three leader here at Sevenoaks Primary School. I joined the school in September 2019 following 17 years working in London and Kent.
My career began way back in 2003, when I began my training at the University of Gloucestershire. Following the completion of my PGCE I worked across two London boroughs: Newham and Walthamstow.
Over the years I have held a variety of different roles and responsibilities. These have included leading in the subjects of science, history and ICT as well as leading teams on curriculum design and assessment.
In 2012, I was seconded to the first primary academy chain. Within the organisation, my role was to travel to different areas of the country - areas of high deprivation - to improve the quality of teaching.
In 2014, a tranche of work I had written was submitted to the DFE. The department for education was asking schools to present their approaches to pupil assessment. I had just finished redesigning the curriculum at the school I was working in and the ‘Skills Passport’ I had written was a companion piece. The passport was a child-led assessment system and progression document that was designed to support teachers with planning and implementing ‘hard skills’, ensuring that there was a progression in the complexity and sophistication of skills in subjects other than reading, writing and maths. The finance received from the Assessment Innovation Fund we used to turn the paper based passport into an app.
More recently, my career has brought me to Kent where I have been a deputy and acting headteacher.
Phase 2 Leader - Mrs White
Phase 2 Leader
Assistant Head Sarah White will be leading Phase 2.
Phase 1 Leader - Miss Matthews
Phase 1 Leader
Hi, my name is Sophie Matthews and I am the Phase 1 leader and teacher of Tiger Cubs.
I have been part of Sevenoaks Primary School for several years now and I have taught in a range of year groups. I have recently spent time working as one of the school's SEN co-ordinators, helping to oversee the support given to our children with additional needs and their families. It was such a joy to work alongside some of our most vulnerable children and to find innovative ways of supporting them, both in their learning and with their wider school experience. I have also spent time as the school's EAL co-ordinator and enjoy being able to use my own language skills (Spanish, Russian and Czech) with the children and families at SPS.
I am now starting a new adventure in Phase 1, both as a class teacher and as the Phase 1 leader. It is a real privilege to be teaching our very youngest children and to see them learn and grow. One of my favourite parts of being a teacher is the 'aha' moment as a child understands something for the very first time. Children are so curious about the world around us; it is our goal in Phase 1 to nurture this curiosity and to prepare children for lifelong learning.
I look forward to meeting more of you very soon. Please do come and say hello!