Exceptional Primary Support Team
Michelle Pollard - Head of School
Michelle’s role is rich and varied; as Head of School she works strategically with the Executive Headteacher to drive performance and outcomes for all stakeholders and works closely with the leadership teams to ensure that the quality of teaching and learning is maximised. She has developed a bespoke weekly enrichment programme to create ambition and nurture talent for our pupils and designed the Enchanted Learning and Technology Suite, the school’s unique library, housing the original Olympic Tree from the opening ceremony. Her introduction of a usable robust whole school tracking and assessment system has enhanced data monitoring significantly.
Previously, Michelle was a senior leader and SENCo at a local outstanding Infant School. She has completed Tribal Ofsted Inspection training and has completed the NPQH qualification last academic year. She is driven by her desire to improve outcomes for children through equality of opportunity and has been instrumental in the implementation of highly effective provision for our more able pupil group.
Michelle recently successfully interviewed to be appointed as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) with an expertise in Leadership for Collaborative Learning Teaching School Alliance.
Emma Hoskins - Academic Deputy Headteacher
With over 12 years teaching experience, Emma is one of the school's Deputy Headteachers- leading on Teaching and Learning. Emma has held a senior leadership position at the school for over seven years, having led successfully in both English and Maths and more recently in Pupil Premium, ensuring the gap is closing for our disadvantaged children; she is also the Intervention Lead for the school. Last year, Emma became a Specialist Leader of Education for the SEND Teaching School. Adding to her skills, Emma leads on moderation across the Partnership of Epsom and Ewell Schools for KS2, with an extensive understanding of the curriculum and teacher assessment and she is also a KS2 moderator for Achieving For Children (AFC) and moderates schools across Kingston and Richmond. The schools self-evaluation of Teaching, Learning and Assessment is moving towards outstanding, which has been supported by Emma’s rigorous and relentless drive to ensure consistency across the school, focusing on areas for development and by providing bespoke packages of support, to staff members, to ensure teaching and learning impacts positively on all pupil outcomes. Her successes include: effectively allocating pupil premium funding, including interventions, to improve attainment and progress for disadvantaged children and constantly reviewing key teaching and learning policies to meet the ever changing educational landscape and the current needs within school.
Jo Jarvis - Deputy Headteacher (0 - 5 provision)
Jo Jarvis has been an Early Years and Key Stage One teacher at Epsom Primary and Nursery school for 14 years. She is an experienced senior leader and one of the school’s Deputy Headteachers. As an Early Years specialist, Jo has supported and led the growth of the EYFS provision including doubling the capacity of the maintained nursery and opening a dedicated 2 year old provision. Jo has a passion for ensuring every child has the best possible start in their learning journey, ensuring her team constantly strive to provide high quality learning environments and experiences that engage, entice and sustain independent learning. Utilising skills in coaching and mentoring, Jo is skilled at developing all staff at every level. Her successes are evidenced in the Good Ofsted judgement for our Children's Centre in 2014 and our Outstanding for EYFS. Jo has recently become a Specialist Leader of Education for the Collaborative Learning Teaching School and has completed Tribal Inspection Skills training. Jo is also an EYFS moderator for AFC.
Marie Newman - Deputy Headteacher (Inclusion)
Marie is passionate about teaching and learning and has over 23 years of experience in education, working in schools across London and the South East. Experienced in leadership and management, Marie was a Primary School Headteacher in Kingston, moving the school from 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good'.
For the last 5 years, Marie has worked at Epsom Primary and Nursery School, focussing on leadership, inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Highly qualified; Marie is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for the SEND Teaching School and has completed Tribal Inspection Skills training, the SENCO Leadership Programme and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). Marie is currently seconded to the SEND Teaching School Core Team for 1.5 days per week and spends a further 2.5 days per week at Epsom Primary and Nursery School.
Fiona Allen - Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance Lead
Fiona Allen is an experienced teacher and leader of Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attendance. She started her career in Kingston as a Year six class teacher and Upper Key Stage 2 Leader. Here she developed a passion for working with vulnerable pupils and those with behavioural needs and became interested in working with disadvantaged families. Fiona gained experience working as an Outreach Worker and Children’s Centre Manager before returning to school based education with the experience and drive to ‘make a difference’. She has gained valuable experience of Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare and has recently lead the school through an External Behaviour Audit and Safeguarding Audit, as well as a recent Ofsted Inspection; securing Outstanding judgements throughout. Fiona is also a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) for the SEND Teaching School.
Rebecca Hazell - Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)
Rebecca is Assistant Headteacher of Teaching and Learning at Epsom Primary and Nursery School and she has twelve years experience of working in a range of schools in teaching, mentoring and leadership - teaching across Key Stage two and predominantly in Year six. A Teaching and Learning Mentor, Key Stage two Leader, a SCITT and NQT Mentor she is also an established member of the Strategic Leadership Team. Rebecca is a Specialist Leader of Education for the Collaborative Learning Teaching School and she has completed Tribal Inspection Skills training. Rebecca previously contributed to presenting at Year six Network Meetings in the Kingston Borough, as well as leading in the subjects of English, Maths, More Able Provision, EAL and PSHCE. Rebecca has a passion for driving forward teaching and learning through bespoke training, coaching, and teaching and learning support packages to ensure pupils maximise their potential.
Sandra Dutton - Year 6 Teacher and Maths Lead
Sandra successfully leads Maths across the whole school and is a key member of the Senior Leadership Team at Epsom Primary and Nursery School. She works strategically with all stakeholders and welcomes teachers to observe her lessons to develop their own practice. Sandra has been a dynamic Upper Phase Leader and NQT mentor in previous years, and alongside her leadership role and is also a Lead Practitioner for the Collaborative Learning Teaching School Alliance. Sandra has twelve years of teaching experience, working in a range of schools across key stage one and two as well as leading in the subjects of RE & Collective Worship, Healthy Schools and History.
Sandra is passionate about enabling every child to achieve their best in every area of their learning through providing a reflective, creative and ambitious approach to teaching and learning.
Sheetal Chokshi - Reception Teacher and EYFS Lead
Sheetal Chokshi joined the Epsom Primary and Nursery School team in September 2017. She previously taught in Leicester for 5 years, where she gained experience working across the Early Years age range. In addition, she has a history of working with children in early years, ranging from being a children’s residential support worker to a teaching assistant in an Outstanding school, in Leicester. This experience led to her training with Leicester and Leicestershire SCITT programme to become a qualified teacher. She is driven to support colleagues through mentoring and coaching, including SCITT and PGCE students. Sheetal is currently a Reception class teacher and also the Early Years Phase Leader, supporting all teaching and learning across the phase. She is dedicated to her role and works hard with the team to achieve the best learning environment for the children. She is skilled at challenging children to stretch their learning allowing them to achieve the best that they can.
Sheetal has recently successfully interviewed for the role of a Lead Practitioner in Early Years for the Collaborative Learning Teaching School Alliance and has become a Phonics Lead and joined the EYFS Best Practice Network for AfC.