The Team

SCHOOL LEADERS

Qep pjaPhil Jacobs

Headteacher

I was born and grew up in Oxfordshire. Having gone to a school in Abingdon, I studied BSc Economics and Statistics at The University of Leeds and for my PGCE at Portsmouth University. I returned to the county after university as a secondary maths teacher. Since then, I have gone from leadership roles in secondary to deputy headship in a middle school and onto my first Primary Headship in Swindon before coming to Queen Emma's.

I live in Chipping Norton with my wife Ellie, who is also a Headteacher, my 19 year old son Josh who studies at Leeds University; and our black Labrador, Jones.

 

Leanne Dixon

School Leader

Having grown up in Oxfordshire, I feel privileged to be working in my hometown. My experience ranges from Year 1 to Year 4 and I have held various positions including Key Stage Lead and Assistant Headteacher. I enjoy teaching Literacy and currently lead reading throughout the school. My main subject love is PE and I have previously taught swimming, gymnastics and athletics at coach level.

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Ellie Henderson

School Leader

I grew up in a Military family which meant I moved around a lot as a child, a habit that has followed me into my adult life. Since starting teaching, ten years ago, I have lived and taught in Peterborough, Germany, Cyprus and Swindon.

I absolutely love being in a classroom working with children to achieve their best and providing them with a springboard to develop a love of learning. This passion took me into leadership positions including Key Stage lead, English curriculum lead and Assistant Headteacher.

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School Leader

I graduated from Roehampton University in 2009, and have since taught in London and across Oxfordshire.  My experience in teaching ranges from 2 years olds to Year 6, and I have held various positions including Assistant Principal and Head of School.  I have spent the last year at Finstock Primary School and cannot wait for this exciting challenge at Queen Emma’s!

I have recently moved to Bladon with my husband, and I have a dog, cat and 3 chickens.  My favourite things are reading and looking after my allotment.

 

 

TEACHING STAFF

Qep lbyLeanne Bywaters

I graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2012 and I have been teaching ever since. I have worked in a wide variety of schools within Oxfordshire and in Wiltshire, where I live.  I am happy to be working back in Witney, which is where I was born and grew up, and I still consider this town my home.  I absolutely love my job as a teacher and wouldn’t want to do anything else. I am passionate about education and seeing children fulfil their potential. I’m looking forward to working with such wonderful children at Queen Emma’s.

Qep fcrFrankie Crouch 

I have been teaching at Queen Emma's since 2013. In that time I have taught EYFS, Year 1, Year 2 and am now in Years 5 and 6. Before joining the team at Queen Emma's, I worked in an international school in Beijing, as well as another local school in Witney. I feel very fortunate to be spending my days teaching such enthusiastic and fun young people, and am thankful every day that I love my job. As a teacher I always strive to make children excited about coming to school, that they are engaged purposely in their learning and that they know their potential. I have a passion for sport and aim for all children to participate and engage in sport in primary school.

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Jo Gauntlett 

I have been teaching since 2008.  I have taught Years 1-5 and love working with different aged children.   I have also taught in 2 different primary schools in Milton Keynes, which is where I am from.  I live in Witney and have a one year old daughter and a cat called Monty.  My favourite things to do are taking my daughter to Cogges Farm to feed the animals and to go for a run, which is my new hobby!

Qep ygoYazmin Goodgame

I have been teaching at Queen Emma’s since 2017. Previously, I taught in a small village school in Kidlington. I have now taught years  1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. I strive to make my classroom an enjoyable place to learn and I am thoroughly grateful that I get to spend my day working with such wonderful young people. I am passionate about art and try to incorporate as many creative opportunities into each week as possible.

Before I joined the team at Queen Emma’s, I spent a year travelling the world with my fiancé and daughter. I love to explore different cultures and experience new places.

Qep HRIHeather Riach

I believe teaching is truly the best job in the world. I particularly enjoy teaching in the outdoors and try and take the children out to learn in the fresh air as often as possible. My highlight of the previous year was taking our whole KS1 cohort to Bournemouth beach. It is fantastic to be able to give children first-hand experiences that relate to their curriculum topic. My passion is art and I love to be creative – so be prepared for your child to bring home lots of exciting artwork! When I am not teaching I enjoy horse-riding, cycling, travelling, painting and eating delicious food!

Qep MKIMelissa Robinson  

I have been teaching at Queen Emma’s since 2013. During my time at this school I have had the pleasure of teaching Year 6 and Year 4/5, and am now teaching Years 3 and 4. To become a teacher I completed a degree in English and Education studies at Oxford Brookes University, followed by a PGCE. Teaching is something I have always had a passion for from a young age. I love to work with the children to help them recognise their own potential and challenge themselves to achieve what they may feel is impossible. I am always eager and enthusiastic sharing my knowledge to shape the young minds of our children and it is a rewarding experience working at Queen Emma’s and sharing the school’s journey.

Qep RWARosie Warrington

I am the Foundation teacher at Queen Emma's Primary School. I studied at the University of Gloucestershire and specialised in Early Years and the teaching of English. I have been teaching at Queen Emma's since 2016 and have taught in Early Years throughout. I enjoy teaching in the Early Years and seeing the children develop into successful and confident learners in first year of school. Outside of school I enjoy different sporting activities and travelling, both of which have contributed to my teaching during my time at Queen Emma's. Establishing important foundations to promote a love of learning in Early Years is the best job in the world!

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

Qep SRISusan Riley

SENDCo

I joined Queen Emma’s in September 2012 and over the years I have had different roles and have taught a variety of age ranges.  I have loved being part of the Queen Emma’s community and have always been proud of how the parents, pupils and school all work together in order to provide a happy learning environment for the pupils.  My particular specialism has been working with pupils’ who may need extra support with their learning or support with social and emotional needs.  In the role of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator, I have endeavoured to ensure that teachers are supported in teaching pupils with additional needs.  Working with families and witnessing children progress is the best part of my job.  I am proud to be working across the three schools in The MILL Academy as SENDCo.

QEP CTACathryn Taylor

Business Manager

I joined Queen Emma’s in September 2009 on a 9 month Administrative Assistant contract to cover maternity leave, but I loved the school so much that I have never left! I am now the School Business Manager, having completed the CSBM in May 2018. I am very proud to be part of the amazing team at Queen Emma’s and have enjoyed developing links with other schools in The Mill Multi Academy Trust. My aims for the future are to continue to support the school on its journey to becoming the best it can be and I am excited about being a part of the story.

Qep CABCarol Abberley

I have worked at Queen Emma’s Primary School as a Learning Support Assistant for several years. I have seen many children grow into themselves achieving goals they only dreamt of.  Their look of delight, amazement of what they had have just discovered and wonderment to learn more, gives me encouragement and a need to develop myself in this role.  Working in most areas of the school has deepened my understanding of developmental needs and shown me where my strengths are.  I feel proud to be a part of this dedicated team.

QEP SBUSharon Bullock

I have been part of the Queen Emma's team since October 2003. I started working 10 hours a week as an Admin Assistant, helping with photocopying and general office duties.  Since then I have increased my hours and am now the school Administrator/Attendance Officer. I enjoy my role and look forward to being part of the mission to make Queen Emma's the best school in Witney.

Qep LCALinda Campbell

I am the longest standing member of staff at Queen Emma’s, having worked here as a Teaching Assistant since 1998. My daughters attended this school, so my association started as a parent, then as a volunteer helper, a member of the PTA and also a Staff Governor.

Currently I support learning in Year 2 and have generally been based in Key Stage 1, although I have worked in every year group of the school during my time here. I enjoy seeing younger children begin to read and write independently and to develop their own learning skills in an ever increasing variety of subjects, whilst still ensuring that time to play remains an important part of their experience here. I live locally and love the fact that whenever I go out, someone is sure to call ‘Hello Mrs Campbell’!

Qep ACOAmanda Cox

I joined the school in January 1995 as a Teaching Assistant in the Foundation Stage class. Since then I have worked in most year groups in whole class and small group support as well as working 1:1 with children. My current role as Home School Link Worker is particularly rewarding. I can sign post families to outside support agencies and help make referrals where needed. Part of my role is to ensure that the children and their families are safeguarded from harm. I am also the school’s Young Carers lead.

Qep SCUSophie Cushing 

I am a Learning Support Assistant currently working in Lower Key Stage 2. I have worked at Queen Emma's since 2016 and am originally from South Wales. Before moving to the area I worked in Foundation class in a Welsh school. I am married with a 3 year old daughter. I enjoy family time, including going home to Wales to visit my family and friends.

Qep DFRDawn Francis

I have been employed at Queen Emma's since 2008, initially as a Lunchtime Supervisor then as a 1:1 support for a child with learning difficulties. I am currently a class Learning Support Assistant and I have experience in working in EYFS, KS1 and Lower KS2. I have a particular interest in supporting children with special educational needs and disability. During my time with Queen Emma's, I have had the opportunity to receive specialist training for Relax Kids, Read Write Inc Phonics programme and Pivotal Behaviour Education.

I am naturally enthusiastic and find the learning process addictive and so hope to inspire our children to feel the same way during their time with us.

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Sam Godfrey 

I have worked at the school for several years and am currently based in Lower Key Stage 2. Over the years I have seen lots of children go from Foundation right through to year 6. I have also been on several residential visits, which are enriching to pupils and adults alike. I run Breakfast Club each morning which is very rewarding.

QEP BOLBradley Olive

I have been part of the Queen Emma's team since 2015. I attended the school as a child followed by Henry Box and Witney College where I qualified as a Sports Coach. I've worked with children since the age of 16 for a company which provides football coaching for local children. Since being at the school I have attended various courses including paediatric first aid and I help to run Breakfast Club and also run the After School Club. My hobbies outside of work include playing/managing my football team and I support and attend Tottenham Hotspur matches when I can.

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Niki Olive

I am a qualified Nursery Nurse, this qualifies me to work with children from 0-7 years old. I also hold the certificate for the National Association of Maternal and Child Welfare. My first job was working with disabled children. I then went on to work in a nursery. Whilst bringing my stepsons and two sons up, I was a registered child minder. Then I was a supervisor at a preschool. I have been at Queen Emma's for approximately 20 years; working in Foundation class is such a rewarding job. The progression the children make in their first year is amazing to see. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my 5 grandchildren.

Qep IPEIzabela Pelko

I am from Poland where I completed my University degree. I am an enthusiastic and motivated Learning Support Assistant, who has a passion for supporting children with all aspects of school life. My journey with Queen Emma’s started in 2015 when I joined an amazing team as a volunteer. Currently I’m working as a Learning Support Assistant across The Mill Multi Academy Trust. I support all EAL children across the school, ensuring that they access the school curriculum inside the classroom and helping with social support outside the classroom. Also I have one year of experience in working with Secondary School children and four years teaching in the Polish Saturday School in Oxford.

Qep SSCSarah Scott

I have been at Queen Emma’s since 2006. Initially I worked across the school as a Special Education Needs Teaching Assistant and currently I am working in Year 2. I am the Speech and Language Specialist for Years 1-6, delivering Speech Therapy programmes under the guidance of the Speech and Language Therapist with whom I work closely. I attended Queen Emma’s as a child and it is a pleasure to return as an adult to help educate another generation.

Qep TSTTracy Stevens

I am a Learning Support Assistant and Sports Coach. I have worked at Queen Emma's since 2000 and I started in Rising 5's (now Foundation). I have worked 1:1 with children with specific needs and as a Learning Support Assistant in years 1 to 4. I qualified as a Sports Coach in 2009 and take classes for PE. I have enjoyed the many successes we have had with our Queen Emma's sports teams over the years. I enjoy my role and feel honoured in playing a role in the children's education and watching them grow in confidence.

QEP TWATracey Want

I have worked at Queen Emma’s for since 2002. I began my story as a parent helper and then I was employed as a Lunchtime Supervisor. I am currently and have been for over 10 years a Learning Support Assistant; I have experience with special educational needs, 1:1 pupils and all curriculum related needs of pupils. I have worked in all key stages across the school. Queen Emma’s have provided me with the relevant specialist training to help support my roles which has been invaluable. I enjoy all aspects of my job and I am very positive, supportive and constructive in relationships with teachers, pupils, parents and carers. I look forward to many more good times within a fantastic work team which I am part of.

Qep amaAndrew Maycock

I am the Site Supervisor and have been working at Queen Emma’s for two and a half years. I previously worked at a golf course doing gardening and maintenance which are skills I have been able to bring with me here. My role here is varied and includes maintaining the inside and outside of the school, coordinating different trades and working with staff to achieve a pleasant working environment for everyone.