Current Teaching Staff
Below are details of our current teaching staff together with some brief information about them:
Miss Jones – Headteacher I have been the substantive Headteacher since Easter 2016. I was previously the Deputy Head, and have worked at the school since 2010. As Headteacher I am determined to continue to build upon our current ethos that we are one big family and each individual has something positive to share and develop, in what ever form! We hope that every child who comes to our school will leave us having achieved as well as they possibly can, having learned to love learning and having built a confidence in their own worth. Every decision I make for our school is always made with our children at the fore front of my mind. Our children are at the heart of all we do.
Mr Dickson – Deputy Head I am very excited to be returning to Orsett this year as the Deputy Head! I have been teaching and learning with the children of Orsett for 6 years and have got to know so many wonderful families! I believe in supporting children to develop their love of learning and skills that will make them successful and confident adults. Within my new role I am looking forward to getting into lots of different classes and working with a wider range of children every week. I will be leading on Teaching and Learning and PSHE for the school. Both are key areas and so important in child development.
Mrs Manley – SENCO I am the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) and am responsible for ensuring that vulnerable groups of children progress well at Orsett by ensuring that they are supported and challenged as appropriate. I work with staff, parents, and pupils and outside agencies to in order that all our children get the best possible provision here at our school. I maintain a belief in a personalised programme for all of our children, particularly those who have special educational needs, as we hold the view that ‘one size does not fit all’. This is my sixth year at Orsett and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching in both KS1 and KS2 as well as leading a range of intervention groups throughout the school to help support children’s progress. I also lead Design and Technology within the school and love to see the creativity that goes on in all of the classes
Mrs Richardson – Year 6 Teacher I am the Year 6 teacher and Maths and Science subject leader. I have 13 years of previous teaching experience across both key stages in Brentwood. I am already enjoying working at Orsett and my aim is to encourage the children to develop enthusiasm, enjoyment and responsibility for their learning. I look forward to this important year with my new class.
Mrs Olajide – Year 5 Teacher The animated look on the Children’s faces when they are engaged in learning, is one of the reasons that have kept me in Orsett since 2007. I teach Year 5 and I’m also involved in other activities such as: Subject Leader for Geography, RE & Worship and Music; School Choir and co-ordination of assemblies and religious events across the School. My role with the Choir has led to my organisation of the Choir musical production and varied community linked events. I am looking forward to this year and the opportunity to inspire the Children – again.
Miss Dow – Year 4 Teacher I am the class teacher in Year 4 and have also taken on the responsible of leading English this year. As well as English, I also really enjoy teaching art and design and having discussions in PSHE because I feel like children can really express themselves in these subjects and we can get to know each other a lot better. My aim is to encourage children to explore their learning in different, creative ways, improve their independence and promote a growth mindset – Making mistakes is always a good thing! I am really looking forward to my second year here at Orsett and working with my new TAs, class and parents!
Mr Partridge – Year 3 Teacher I am really pleased to be joining Orsett Primary School and have felt really welcomed by the staff, children and families. I am the Year 3 teacher and am responsible for French and P.E across the school. I have 14 years of teaching experience (mainly across Key Stage 2) in schools within both Thurrock and Essex. I look forward to this year with my new class and helping the children to become resilient learners who believe they can achieve!
Ms Gosling – Year 2 Teacher I have been working in education for many years. Initially I helped as a parent helper and found supporting the children in their reading very rewarding. Eventually, I started work as an LSA and over many years progressed to HLTA. Finally, with experience in many schools within London and Thurrock I qualified in teaching a couple of years ago. Already I have found Orsett CE Primary School a wonderful place to work, the children are respectful and the staff welcoming. I am looking forward to this year, working together to achieve our goals.
Mrs Wood – Year 1 Teacher I have been teaching in Thurrock schools for more than 14 years, and prior to that was a parent helper and classroom assistant. A relative newcomer to Orsett School I have been struck by the warmth and friendliness of all I have met and their dedication to developing potential. I look forward to working in partnership with the pupils, parents and staff in the future.
Mr Foster – Year R Teacher Before working at Orsett I was an LSA for 6 years and got to work with children with a variety of different needs and abilities which gave me the drive to become a teacher. I have been at Orsett for 2 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. I am looking forward to going back into reception this year so I can help support the new children throughout the year in their creative learning.
Miss Linale – part time SENCO/PPA cover I am currently the SENCO and Year 1 PPA teacher. I am also the History coordinator. I have been at Orsett for seven years and have taught most of the children in this school in reception. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is watching children progress through the school and being so proud of the individuals that they become. When I’m not at school I spend all my time at baby groups with my daughter Elsie.