After completing my degree and a PGCE in London, I worked for several years for Selfridges in London, joining them as a Graduate trainee and studying retail management before working as a manager in Executive Customer Relations and the Mail Order division.
I have now been teaching for over 27 years, 10 of which were spent overseas in Africa. I have three daughters, two of whom are also teachers, which leads to some interesting and informative conversations!
I am passionate about Values Education and Learning Outside the Classroom, and I am delighted that during the time I have been at Long Crendon we have been able to embrace and develop these.
I love being Headteacher at Long Crendon School and am privileged to work with such wonderful staff and children and supportive parents and Governors.
I have worked in schools for over 15 years and have never had the same day twice! I love the variety that it brings and feel privileged to be part of the lives of the children at Long Crendon School.
I strongly believe that the wellbeing of a child is paramount to their learning and am a huge ambassador for promoting Growth Mindset in all walks of life! I studied Psychology at university and worked in that field for a couple of years before embarking on my teaching career.
I feel very lucky to work in such a nurturing school and strong community.
I started my career in education, working as a learning assistant in a special school integrating children with autism into mainstream primary schools. I realised that working with young children was a rewarding vocation and something I wanted to pursue.
I have an honours degree in Interior Architecture and have trained and worked in media production as a camera operator and editor among other things. I have a keen interest in photography and videography and now use these skills to support the role of learning and reflection at school.
I have had the privilege of travelling the world and have experienced many different cultures and ways of life. I believe that we are very lucky to have an education in this country and it is important to remember that there are many children in the world who don’t have the same life chances that we do. It is my aim to share this perspective and help the children I work with understand how lucky they are.
After graduating with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology, I went travelling around Asia and Australia and then came back to work in Tiny Acorns Nursery. It was during that time that I felt that I wanted to pursue a career in teaching and volunteered here at Long Crendon! I decided to do my PGCE and after qualifying, taught in KS2 and did supply work around Oxfordshire. When the post came up to Long Crendon, I jumped at the chance! I feel very proud to be working at such a great school with such a great team of people. I love that every day is different and supporting the children grow as creative learners during their last year of KS1.
I previously worked in a Secondary school in Nottingham as a Pastoral Care advisor. This was a very rewarding and interesting role however, it became apparent to me that I wanted to help and nurture children from an earlier age. I then moved to Buckinghamshire where I was a Teaching Assistant and soon realised my true passion lay in teaching. I studied Primary Education at Oxford Brookes University and have loved every day since I started my teaching career. I enjoy watching the children grow and develop into independent learners and really appreciate the supportive team I am lucky enough to work with.
I have been teaching, first in London and now in Bucks, for over 25 years. My first degree is in English and History and I also have a Masters in Education.
I love the variety that a career in teaching affords. No two days are ever the same!
This school has been a huge part of my life for many years as I have three children of my own who all attended. I am really proud to be part of the team which helped educate them. I hope that I can share my enthusiasm and knowledge with your children so that they can enjoy their time here as much as my own did.
I started my career working with children as a nursery nurse but after 4 years I realised I wanted to be the teacher! I have been teaching in Oxfordshire and Bucks since 1998 and have a teaching degree specialising in history.
I enjoy seeing the children grow and develop in their own individual ways and this is what makes teaching so enjoyable as well as laughing with them every day! I am looking forward to working with such a supportive team.
Hi, I’m Miss Brown.
From a young age I knew I wanted to be a teacher. So, after completing my BA Hons Degree in Canterbury I was excited to get started!
10 years on, I have been lucky enough to gain experience of working in different schools and across both KS1 and KS2.
I came to Long Crendon Primary after a year out travelling, with my ‘claim to fame’ being the 2 months I spent working as an Elf for Father Christmas! I have loved my time here so far and look forward to the new challenges ahead.
My job inspires me everyday and I thoroughly enjoy teaching and watching the children become more confident, independent learners that have a great attitude towards reaching goals and challenging themselves.
Initially I did a degree in Agriculture and worked as an animal nutritionist for several years before embarking on a teaching career. Strangely, when I did my PGCE at Oxford Brookes in 94/95, I did my long summer teaching practice here, at Long Crendon, with Year 6.
This was followed by teaching posts in Berkshire and Oxfordshire before taking a career break to have my children.
Good luck brought me back to this area and in 2014 I was fortunate to become a part time teacher here.
I love my job! I used to work in London at a desk doing important things on a computer, or sitting in meetings all day long, but now I get to look at slugs, cook on a fire pit, and whittle things with my pen knife for a living (and hopefully help the children to learn a few life skills and a love for the great outdoors at the same time). I‘m a qualified and experienced Level 3 Forest School Leader, I have a BSc in Molecular Genetics, (and Business Analysis and Project Management qualifications, but I don’t like to talk about these much). I’ve worked at Long Crendon School since 2012.
My previous work experience was in the media, then after having children, I was lucky enough to work as a TA in Long Crendon school. Whilst working in this capacity, I spent 5 years training to be a counsellor in an integrative model. I am now the school counsellor and feel very passionately about helping children as soon as possible to cope with the stresses and strains that modern life poses. I am a member of the BACP professional counselling body and I run a nurture group in school that helps develop emotional resilience and literacy. Parenting, teaching and being a student all involve huge pressure and I hope offering a space to all our school community to be heard, can help negotiate some of the challenges we all face.
For 16 years, whilst bringing up my three children, I ran my own outside catering company. Then I decided on a career change and began working in schools. I have a particular interest in the social and emotional development of children, and in how Forest School can support children with challenges in theses areas. Two of my three children are primary school teachers, and my eldest daughter lives in Africa. I have been able to visit her in several times – rarely a holiday but always an adventure!
Mr Van der Leeuw
Hi I am Mr Van Der Leeuw and I’m a teaching assistant in Key stage 2. My strengths are Science, technology and art. I currently work in year 4 and help run Science club after school.
Having graduated with a degree in Genetics, most of my working life was spent as an NHS clinical scientist. Following redundancy after 24 years diagnosing chromosomal disorders, I was lucky to have the opportunity to be an LSA at Long Crendon, the school where both of my children thoroughly enjoyed their primary school years.
I have since worked mainly in Years 5 and 6 where I love the huge variety of things we do. I am particularly enthusiastic about maths and supporting children to build their confidence so they enjoy tackling any challenges with a can-do attitude!
I have been a TA at Long Crendon for some years now and still thoroughly enjoy the “no day is the same” feeling you get working here! Both my children attended Long Crendon and so I’ve had my share of PTA duty and also helped with the setting up of the Pre-School. In the past couple of years I have had the privilege of training to help with our Nurture/Well-being group. I am very keen to continue along this path gathering any further training available to help the school with our wellbeing and values. I am also a staff governor.