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.
Assistant Head - Miss Durkin
Hi, I am one of the Assistant Heads, Jane Durkin. I have been teaching for over twenty years and at Sevenoaks Primary since 2005.
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.
Here, at Sevenoaks Primary, I have been able to build on that experience with my role as Director of Studies which involved, among other things, overseeing the school improvement plan and the curriculum development. 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’ in my new role!
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 3B.
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 - Mrs Perkins
Phase 3 Leader
Hello, my name is Kate Perkins. I am the Phase 3 leader and class teacher in 5A. I have worked within education for 20 years, mainly in Phase 3, although I have had experience of all year groups which I feel has given me a great insight into how our children develop academically, socially and emotionally.
I have been the English manager at three primary schools and in 2004 I completed my Master’s degree in Literacy and Learning. I have also lectured at Canterbury University on the teacher training course. Gifted and Talented leader has also been a role I have enjoyed and for several years I chaired the Sevenoaks Partnership’s Gifted and Talented group . However, my great passion within education is to raise children’s self-esteem, help them to recognise their own potential and provide experiences and challenges which enable them to achieve their goals. The greatest moments in teaching are watching a child move from, “I can’t” to “I can” and to play any part in that is a great privilege.
Taking on the role of Phase Leader is particularly exciting at SPS as I am joining a very experienced team who are equally as keen to provide the best education for your children.
Phase 2 Leader - Mr Walker
Phase 2 Leader
Hello, my name is Matthew Walker and I am very proud to have joined the team at Sevenoaks Primary School as the Phase 2 leader and class teacher in Year 2. I have a degree in education from London’s South Bank University and have spent the past 10 years teaching across both KS1 and KS2 at a community primary school in West London. During this time I have gained a huge amount of experience in the differing approaches needed to ensure that every child is making progress in class, as well as the pastoral care that is vital to make sure children are happy and enjoy coming to school. I love being a teacher and am passionate about children becoming lifelong learners; this process needs to begin as early as possible in a child’s life and I want to ensure that children transition into Key Stage 2 with not only all the skills they need to thrive but a desire to keep on constantly improving themselves as they get older.
My phase leader role will allow me to have an impact on as many children as possible through monitoring the teaching and learning throughout Years 2,3 and 4, as well as working with all the staff to share and expand our knowledge of how to provide the best possible primary education for all your children. I consider myself very lucky to be working with a very talented team of hard working staff and look forward to the challenges ahead!
Phase 1 Leader - Miss Hawes
Phase 1 Leader
Hello, I’m Kathryn Hawes and I feel very fortunate to be one of the newest members of the Sevenoaks Primary School family. I have recently taken on the role of Phase One Leader which allows me the chance to support and monitor teaching and learning across all of the Reception and Year One classes. I can mostly be found (covered in paint or mud!) with Tiger class in Reception.
I completed a BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and gained my teacher training experience in three Kent schools across Early Years and Key Stage One classes. My teaching career was spent in three more schools in Medway and South London with the majority of those years spent as a Reception teacher and year group leader. In 2010 I decided to undertake the first part of a Masters Degree in Early Years. This gave me the opportunity to study the work of many different early childhood theorists and also undertake some action research looking at high quality play experiences in my own setting. I have, most recently, worked for Kent County Council as an Early Years Improvement Adviser, supporting teachers, teaching assistants and headteachers in schools across Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks and occasionally down by the seaside! It’s lovely to now be back in the classroom with my terrific Tiger class.
I feel there’s something magical about early years education and I am passionate about ensuring that these wonderful experiences follow children into Key Stage One, which is why I feel so pleased to be able to work so closely with the staff and children of Year One too.
I really look forward to getting to know you all better, but please feel free to pop by and say hello!