It is my privilege to be the Headteacher of Long Crendon School, to lead this wonderful school, work alongside a superb team, teach our enthusiastic children and play a part in the community.
My key interests in working with children are: building a well-rounded school experience underpinned by a strong core academic foundation, building character and confidence. I also feel it’s important to give the children a sense of being global citizens in our diverse world, and being environmentally aware.
I came into teaching after working in industry. In my early twenties I moved to Boston, USA and began a career and upon returning to the UK I began my teaching career in West London at large, urban primary schools in multicultural communities.
After moving to the Buckinghamshire countryside so that my young children could have more freedom, I studied an MA Education at Oxford Brookes University whilst leading the Junior Department at Ashfold prep school. My academic focus area of particular interest was the professional development of the team using collaborative strategies.
I have been a governor of Barley Hill School in Thame for the past three years and really enjoy playing an active role in my local community alongside a fantastic group of Governors.
In recent years, I graduated from the DfE’s National Professional Qualification for Headship programme, and pursued my dream role - to lead Long Crendon School. I am very fortunate to work alongside a very strong Senior Leadership Team, very high calibre teachers and dedicated support staff.
I would be delighted to discuss any aspect of your child’s education, and you are always able to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.