Staff

Amanda Cook

Interim Head Teacher
Mrs Bowden

Mrs Bowden

Deputy Head Teacher - Year 6 Teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Co-ordinator of PSHE, Music & Computing

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.

Mr Poote

Mr Poote

Foundation Stage Teacher / Co-ordinator of EYFS & English (Reading and Phonics)

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.

Mrs Ward

Mrs Ward

Year 1 Teacher / Co-ordinator of RE

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.

Mrs Brooks

Mrs Brooks

Year 1 Teacher / Co-ordinator of DT

I first started teaching back in 2007 and have spent most of my career teaching in KS1. I joined the Long Crendon team in 2013. I was first drawn to the school because of the beautiful outdoor area and the passion for values based education. I have stayed because of the ethos of creating a warm, nurturing, fun environment centred around values.
I love seeing the little ‘wow’ moments for children and watching their confidence grow.

Mrs Deppe

Mrs Deppe

Key Stage 1 Leader - Year 2 teacher / Designated Safeguarding Lead / Co-ordinator of Science

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.

Miss Auster

Miss Auster

Year 2 teacher / Co-ordinator of Maths & Eco

Hello, I’m Miss Auster. After graduating from Edinburgh University, I went on to do my PGCE with Maths specialism at Cambridge. I have since been lucky to work at some exciting and innovative schools including Davenies in Beaconsfield, The Dragon in Oxford and Haileybury Astana in Kazakhstan. I have enjoyed teaching across the year groups and have a particular passion for engaging children in Maths.
My three daughters are currently at Long Crendon School, so when the opportunity came to join them, how could I say no! It is a very special school, at the heart of a lovely village, where all pupils can flourish within the values based, broad curriculum on offer; to me that means teachers are making learning fun and the children are learning both inside and outside
the classroom.

Miss Nolan

Miss Nolan

Year 3 teacher / Co-ordinator of Humanities

I graduated with a degree in Law and began training as a Solicitor in 2007, I realized quite quickly that this was not where my future was and began looking into retraining as a teacher. Fast forward 10 years and having worked in the banking and retail sectors I started my training in Northumberland in 2016. I have trained and taught in EYFS, KS1 & KS2 and have enjoyed teaching in all of these age ranges. I came to Long Crendon in 2017 as a newly qualified teacher in Y4 and loved it so much that I have stayed. I love seeing the children grow and develop and I am very lucky to work with such a supportive team.

Mrs Woodward

Mrs Woodward

Key Stage 2 Leader - Year 4 Teacher / Co-ordinator of English (Writing)

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.

Mrs Doroftei

Mrs Doroftei

Year 5 Teacher (maternity cover)
Mrs Duffy

Mrs Duffy

Year 6 Teacher / KS1 & 2 Cover Teacher / Co-ordinator of Art

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.

Mrs Finlay

Mrs Finlay

PE Teacher and Co-ordinator

I trained as a PE teacher at Bedford PE College (Bed Hons) a long time ago! I have taught in several secondary schools teaching PE and some science and heading up PSHE. After having my children and taking a break from teaching I decided to change from secondary to primary. Initially I taught a Year 6 class in Thame but it was not long before I found myself at Long Crendon teaching PE again! I love inspiring children and creating opportunities for them to experience a wide range of sporting activities and encouraging them to adopt an active lifestyle.

Mrs Simons

Mrs Simons

Forest School Teacher

I started my Forest School leader training in 2021. I was lucky enough to join the Long Crendon team that September and spent a term learning from the existing Forest School teachers.

I love the children’s enthusiasm and enjoy bringing my love of art, design and play to Forest School. With the children, I learn and wonder at the beauty of nature through seasonal activities.

My hope is that Forest School encourages children to be curious, develops their confidence and independence and helps them form strong connections with nature.

Mrs Poote

Mrs Poote

SENCO

I began my teaching career in my father’s school, where he was a head teacher, when I was a little girl! I always wanted to be a teacher, I dreamed about the day I would have a real class of my own in front of me.
I have a Bed (Hons) teaching degree that provided me with such a wide range of experience over the four years. I taught in many deprived schools and developed a passion for helping underprivileged children and families. In the year 2000, my dream came true and I had my first year 6 class!
I have taught all year groups within a primary school in a variety of settings. I was privileged to have the opportunity to teach abroad in Tanzania and Thailand too which was an incredible experience.
I am passionate about celebrating every child and I think being a teacher is an amazing privilege – to spend a day with 30 amazing people and to treat them with the respect they deserve knowing that one day they could be performing my life saving operation.

Mr Lee

Mr Lee

Music Teacher
Mrs Batson

Mrs Batson

Foundation Stage Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Wallace

Mrs Wallace

Foundation Stage Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Parkin

Mrs Parkin

KS1 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Antaki

Mrs Antaki

KS1 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Edmunds

Mrs Edmunds

KS1 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Phillips

Mrs Phillips

KS1 Learning Support Assistant / Admin
Mrs Basu

Mrs Basu

Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs O’Malley

Mrs O’Malley

Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant
Miss Hanlon

Miss Hanlon

Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Moore

Mrs Moore

Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Leith

Mrs Leith

Bursar
Mrs Ingham

Mrs Ingham

School Administrator
Mr Van der Leeuw

Mr Van der Leeuw

Caretaker
Mrs Baldwin

Mrs Baldwin

Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Donlevy

Mrs Donlevy

Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Hill

Mrs Hill

Lunchtime Supervisor
Mrs Ring

Mrs Ring

Lunchtime Supervisor