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 believe in celebrating the uniqueness of every child, encouraging them to flourish and shine in all that they do, preparing them for life’s journey. 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 8 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 have enjoyed 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 Pattullo – SENCO I am the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) and am responsible for ensuring that vulnerable groups of children at Orsett are supported and challenged as appropriate throughout their time at the school. I work with staff, parents, and pupils and outside agencies to ensure that all our children get the best possible provision here at our school. This is my first year at Orsett and I am looking forward to working with the staff, pupils and parents. I have 14 years experience as a SENCO across all key stages and last year completed the NASENCO qualification. I will also be teaching in year 3. It is important to make education accessible to all children by using a personalised programme for all our children, particularly those who have special educational needs, as we hold the view that ‘one size does not fit all’.
Mrs Olajide – Year 6 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 4 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 Ngonyama – Year 5 Teacher I am responsible for P.E across the school. It is in my best interest to ensure that the children feel as though they are able to succeed. The passion for my job stems from previous coaching jobs, which led to becoming an LSA and later progressing to a teacher role. I am honoured to be welcomed into Orsett Primary School. I have experience teaching both in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I look forward to this year with my new class and helping the children to become resilient learners who believe they can achieve!.
Mr Dickson – Year 4 Teacher See above
Mrs Wood/Mrs Pattullo – Year 3 Teacher I have taught in a variety of schools in Thurrock in both KS1 and KS2 for over twenty years. During this time I have developed a rich and varied breadth of knowledge and experience. I am looking forward to sharing and learning from the pupils and staff at Orsett School and to working in partnership with parents and carers.
Mrs Antanaitiene – Year 2 Teacher I am happy to join this nice little school as a class 2 teacher this year. Prior to this I worked in Primary education for many years, in the UK and outside of it. My time in school has developed my philosophy of valuing each child as an individual, as well as part of a community. I aim to give children as many learning opportunities and experiences as possible in order to engage, motivate and prepare them for future life. I feel it is important to make learning interesting and creative, and one way to achieve this is through the use of art, music, drama, design and technology; this allows children to explore and understand situations, and express feelings, thoughts and emotions. I believe that all of us have multiple intelligences and that every child has the potential to be gifted,and that this can present itself in many different ways.
Ms Gosling – Year 1 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 few 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.
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 5 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.
Mrs Lucas – currently on maternity leave