The Team

 SCHOOL LEADERS

 

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Vicky Musson

I trained to become a primary teacher at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. I started my career teaching in a secondary school. I have held a range of leadership positions, including Head of Performing Arts and Assistant Headteacher, often in schools with high deprivation and low social mobility.  I have been teaching for 16 years and in leadership roles for 12 which enables me to bring breadth and depth of knowledge, skills and experience to my current role: school improvement (primary and secondary), quality assurance, SEND reviews, transforming behaviour management, closing the gap, Ofsted preparation, Headteacher and SLT support, quality of education reviews, strategic approach to behaviour and attitudes, improving reading and writing.  I am a level 3 Pivotal Instructor and a Designated Safeguarding Lead. Currently, I am studying a Masters in Educational Leadership.  

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Leanne Dixon

Having grown up in Oxfordshire, I feel privileged to be working in my hometown. I have worked in outstanding schools and led schools out of special measures and requires improvement. I have been a School Leader at Queen Emma's Primary School since 2017. I completed the National SENCo Award in 2019 which has enabled me to be the advocate for our children with special educational needs in both Finstock Church of England Primary School and Queen Emma’s Primary School. My role is to support our team to identify additional needs and coordinate support both in school and external agencies. I am completing my level 3 Pivotal Instructor qualification this year. 

ASSISTANT SCHOOL LEADERS

Qep kwaKaren Wavish

Quality of Education EYFS and Year 1

I  joined the Reception team in September 2020.

I have been an Early Years Lead since 2008 and have a particular interest in developing children’s literacy skills. I have enjoyed supporting local schools to develop their Early Years practice in my role as Local Authority moderator.

My grandparents owned a sweet shop and barbers in Carterton many years ago and then moved to a house just round the corner from Queen Emma’s!

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Leanne Jones

Quality of Education Year 2 and LKS2

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.

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Melissa Robinson

Quality of Education UKS2

I have been teaching at Queen Emma’s since 2013. During my time at this school I have had the pleasure of teaching Years 3, 4, 5 and am now teaching Year 6. 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.

 

TEACHING STAFF

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Frankie 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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Yazmin 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.

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I am an inspired, enthusiastic teacher and have a passion for teaching the creative curriculum and engaging children to reach their full potential and take ownership of their learning.

Teaching English in Barcelona led me to study at Oxford Brookes University over 10 years ago. I have been fortunate to work over a few schools in Oxfordshire in both Key stages. I thoroughly enjoy working with Parents/children and the wider community especially when we were the first school in Oxfordshire who gained the Unicef Rights Respecting award at QE. I have been fortunate to work with a link Teacher in Buenes Aires and write letters and work on projects with both schools. I am now excited to work with the children and parents to gain new school awards. 

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my beautiful baby daughter and family. I also love Open Water swimming and travelling to new places.

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Hannah Legge-Geuter

I love the privilege of working with children and have been fortunate to work at a range of schools in Oxfordshire, including small village and large city schools. My first degree is in English Literature and I am particularly passionate to pass my love of reading on to the children I teach – I love seeing this spark ignited as it is a lifelong skill. I am currently teaching Year 4 at Queen Emma’s which I am thoroughly enjoying!

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I studied Primary Education at the University of Reading and specialised in English but I am originally from Cheshire. From September 2020 I will be working in year 4 as a class teacher. Oxfordshire is one of my favourite places so I look forward to living and working here. My interests are in English, music and languages and I am a big fan of a cup of tea and slice of cake!

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Starting as a new member of the Queen Emma’s team in September 2020, I am incredibly excited to begin my journey in Year 1.

Having graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Gloucestershire, I am keen to provide creative, imaginative and engaging learning experiences for the children. I believe children learn best when they are happy and the smiles that appear on their faces when they achieve their goal is a wonderful feeling. When I was at school, I was lucky enough to have inspirational teachers which led me to pursue a career in teaching. I hope that now I will inspire my pupils to follow their interests.

Away from the classroom, I enjoy exploring the world, watching musicals and am a huge animal lover.

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Gabriella Carvell-Turner

Since completing my undergraduate degree in 2018, I have spent the last two years working in a number of primary schools across Oxfordshire to further my professional development in education. I completed my PGCE in the summer of 2020 and will embark on the next chapter of my career as a Year 3 teacher at Queen Emma’s. 

I am passionate about performing arts, history and physical activity and as a teacher I aim to incorporate the creative, investigative and active elements of these interests into my lessons as much as possible.

Being a teacher is such a rewarding privilege and I feel so fortunate that I have the opportunity to do this at Queen Emma’s.

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I have been teaching since 2012, since completing my training at Oxford Brookes, initially in Oxford before moving to Cambodia for a year, followed by teaching in Spain. Having worked with children from all year groups in these different settings, I’m looking forward to returning to England and working with the children at Queen Emma’s. My goal as a teacher is to ensure that all of my class feel motivated to develop their knowledge and skills, and feel comfortable in their learning environment. My favourite subjects are English and Art, so I always try to combine them to produce exciting work whenever possible.

Outside school I enjoy travelling, cycling, swimming and spending time with my wife and two young children.

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Associate Teacher

I am extremely excited to be joining the wonderful team at Queen Emma’s to start my teaching career from September 2020. 

As a child, I grew up in Witney and my sister also went to Queen Emma’s, so it definitely holds a special place in my heart. 

I moved to London in 2010 to study my degree in film studies, during my time at university I worked with children (teaching horse riding lessons and nannying). I realised that my passion in children’s education increased tremendously, which made me realise that a teaching career is something that I wanted to embark on, which led to me relocating back to Witney at the end of this summer. 

During my time in London I worked as a HLTA at a wonderful primary school. Gaining more knowledge and being guided by outstanding teachers and mentors, led me to start covering both KS1 and KS2 lessons when staff were absent.

Children’s education and learning are fundamentally the most important thing to me and I aspire to  be that teacher at Queen Emma’s, who will support children with their developing passion for school.

 

SUPPORT STAFF

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Cathryn Taylor

Business Services 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 Business Services Manager across the Primary Schools, working for The MILL Academy, 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. My aims for the future are to continue to support the schools on their journey to becoming the best they can be and I am excited about being a part of the story.

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Carol 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.

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Sharon 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.

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Amanda 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.

 

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Sophie Cushing 

I am a Learning Support Assistant currently working in Key Stage 1. 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 young daughter. I enjoy family time, including going home to Wales to visit my family and friends.

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Sarah Farthing

I am a Learning Support Assistant currently working in EYFS.

I have worked within the MILL Academy for 5 years now at both our partnership schools, Finstock Church of England Primary School and Queen Emma's Primary School.

I have a passion for ensuring every child feels valued and is encouraged to have big dreams. I studied art at College and love helping all children express themselves through different ways.

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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.

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Bradley 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. My hobbies outside of work include playing football 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 grandchildren.

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Sarah Brown

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.

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Tracey Want

I have worked at Queen Emma’s 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

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Mark Williams

I joined the Queen Emma’s team in September 2020. I have been working in primary schools since 2015, mainly as a one to one teaching assistant in Key Stage 1. I have also worked one to one with a visually impaired pupil and learnt how to read Braille, which is one of my favourite achievements from my time  working in education.

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Andrew Maycock

I work with the Facilities team and have been working accross the schools in The MILL Academy since 2016. I previously worked at a golf course doing gardening and maintenance which are skills I have been able to bring with me here. My roles are varied and included maintaining the inside and outside of the school, coordinating different trades and working with staff to achieve a pleasant working environment for everyone.