The Team

SCHOOL LEADERS

 

Miss l dixon assistant headteacherLeanne Dixon

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 am the SENDCo at both Finstock Primary School and Queen Emma’s.  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.

JveJaney Velasquez

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 am the head of Early Years at both Finstock Primary School and 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 Jones

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.

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 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.

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Racheal Coombes  

 

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Emma Ward

 

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Helen Thrower

 

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Andrea Marella

 

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Hannah      Legge-Geuter

 

 

 

SUPPORT STAFF

QEP CTACathryn 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 Multi Academy Trust, 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.

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 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.

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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 TWATracey 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.

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.