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 18 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. I am also a member of the British school of coaching after undertaking a level 5 acreditation.
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), many sporting awards and basic skills quality marks. 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.
Assistant Head - Mr Homewood
Hello, I am Joshua Homewood, one of the Assistant Headteachers at Sevenoaks Primary School. As part of my role, I will be overseeing Teaching and Learning across the school. I came into the profession to make a positive impact on children’s learning, increase their desire to learn and enable them to become independent, life-long learners.
During my career, I have worked in schools across Kent. At my previous school, I had a full-time teaching commitment whilst juggling the introduction of the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme. Over the years, I have enjoyed teaching a wide range of year groups through the primary phase, with the majority of this being in the juniors. Throughout my career I have been a reflective practitioner and enjoyed working with colleagues to help develop teaching and learning to help ensure the best possible outcomes for all children within our care.
When I first visited Sevenoaks Primary School, the welcoming atmosphere and enthusiasm of the staff and students was something that stuck with me and is something that I am very excited to be a part of.
If you see me around the school, please make sure you come and say hello.
Phase 3 Leader - Miss Grunsell
Phase 3 Leader
Hi there! My name is Becki Grunsell and I am new to SPS this year. I am Phase 3 Leader and teaching Year 6 which is a new adventure for me. I can’t wait to get stuck in to SPS life!
I have always had an interest in working with children and started my career as a Teaching Assistant in Early Years and KS1 after doing a Psychology degree. I quickly realised teaching was the path I wanted to go down and did a PGCE at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.
My first teaching job as an NQT was in KS1 in a school in Surrey, near where I am from. I then decided I wanted to enjoy London and worked as the English Lead at a school in Balham for 4 years as well as a class teacher in KS1 and KS2. I also had a lot of input into the overall decision making and running of the school, introduced values characters as part of building positive relationships with pupils, ensured progression and coverage of the curriculum, worked with teachers in a supportive way to ensure teaching was good or outstanding and was passionate about ensuring children have a wide vocabulary, to name but a few.
It is amazing to be able to work with Phase 3 and see them develop and grow, preparing them for the future. I believe my time in Early Years and KS1 will help me to nurture the whole child and have a supportive, resilient and kind phase who are eager to learn.
If you see me around, do come and say hello as I’d love to meet as many of you as I can, especially being new to Kent!
Phase 2 Leader - Miss West
Phase 2 Leader
Phase 1 Leader - Mrs Bye
Phase 1 Leader
My name is Rebecca Bye and I am thrilled to be joining Sevenoaks Primary School as Phase 1 leader and class teacher of Lion cubs.
I have been teaching for 11 years (9 in early years and 7 of those an early years lead). I am originally from Yorkshire where I completed my teacher training. I’ve since taught in London and Kent where I’ve held various roles including Assistant Head teacher, curriculum lead and mentor to a number of newly qualified teachers.
I’m passionate about early years’ education as it’s such a special time in your child’s development. With so many ‘wow’ moments, it’s a real privilege to be part of their journey.
I’m looking forward to meeting you during the school year, and please do not hesitate to come and say hello or ask anything about your child’s education.