Mrs Jaki Crissey MA, BA, PGCE Primary
Coming to work at Newbold, for me, was like coming home. What a privilege to be the headteacher of a school with such a lovely, dedicated team of colleagues and such wonderful children. Of course, anyone who truly knows Newbold will understand when I say it is not just a school, it is a thriving community where children learn to be citizens of the world and this makes it an exceptionally interesting place to work at. There is a real buzz of excitement about this school - maybe because, as a Christian establishment, I believe that our hierarchy goes all the way to the top so anything is possible!
Of course, we all have our personal passions and mine are music, drama and creative writing. I couldn’t survive in an environment devoid of creativity. My guitar hangs on the wall of my office like an old friend waiting to be called. The plays I’ve written sit quietly in a cabinet behind my desk ready to be performed. The truth is, the school’s strength in the performing arts is a dream come true for me. The standard of drama and
music is very high at our school. Seeing children gain confidence in themselves and their abilities through their creative endeavours is a rich reward for any headteacher, especially knowing that the staff put so much effort into making it all possible. I can’t imagine a school that suits me better than Newbold.
Mrs Johannie Gungadoo BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology
After completing BSc (Hons) Molecular Biology, I worked in my chosen field for a few years but it came to a point where I wanted to work part time to enable me to be at home with my children more. So when a secretarial job at Newbold School came up in 2011, it sounded perfect for me - especially as my daughter was attending the school.
I remember not giving much forethought to the interview that day; after all, I had done so many before. However, once I found myself in a tiny office with Mrs Eastwood (Headteacher at the time) and Pastor Patrick Johnson (Chairman then), my tongue immediately seemed to get stuck in my throat. My words were coming out but inside I felt panic; it felt that any minute now, I would not be able to speak , even though they were being very nice to me. As the years have past, I have enjoyed my time with each headteacher. My work is different everyday according to the needs of the children, parents, staff and visitors I serve. There is also the extra bonus of teaching the choir together with Ms Jones. We could easily write a book about that, as we have seen positive behaviour, discipline, love for
God, creativity and fun through all the children we have taught.
At Newbold, all one has to do is say 'use me Lord to be a blessing' and it is amazing the blessings one receives in return from such a prayer.
Foundation 1 – Early Years
Mrs Mel Jennings
BA (Hons)/ FDEY (Open) / Special Educational Needs NVQ3
Before I worked here at Newbold, I was a full-time Mum to my 3 children. I gained my level 3 Early Years qualification in 2005, whilst working as a supervisor in a Preschool in Windsor. We then moved away for 5 years (with my husband's job) to Boston, USA and Shanghai, China. I helped in the reception class at the British School of Shanghai.
I started working as the Foundation One Leader in September 2010 and I am also the Early Years SENCO. Teaching children in Early Years is so fulfilling. I enjoy helping to nurture them and boost their confidence as they learn, play and progress in all areas of development. I value working closely with parents, colleagues and professionals to ensure every child's needs are met. I work full-time and recently gained a First Class Honours degree in Children's Development and Learning. I enjoy being part of the teaching team at this wonderful little school where my son and daughter attended for many years. I am also the
Early Years Lead Language Practitioner and subject specialist in P.E for the school. I am also the school's deputy safeguarding lead.
In my spare time I love keeping fit by running regularly‚ completing half-marathons and cycling. I also enjoy spending as much time as I can with family and friends.
Mrs Annie McCormac BEd (Hons)
Who would have thought that after being a former pupil of Newbold School, I have now returned as a member of its staff!
Most of my childhood was spent in Binfield. After loving my early school life at Newbold Primary I then went to secondary school in Wokingham.
I trained as a teacher at Reading University and taught locally, one year in Reception and four years at a large Nursery school in Slough.
I married Douglas in 1993 and then we moved to Dublin, Ireland in 1997 for a whole new adventure! Soon after‚ my eldest daughter Tara was born and then 3 years later Abby arrived. I was very lucky to be able to then be a stay at home mum enjoying time spent with our new family. However as soon as they left to go to school I missed working with little ones and found myself a part time job in a private nursery. We moved back to England in 2008 to the Southampton area and after being away from the English Education system for 11 years I decided to join as a teaching assistant to a large infant school.
I really enjoyed working closely with individual/small groups of Year 2 children who needed extra support.
However we were soon on the move again and when a chance came to move near Binfield again we happily took it!
So when I'm not covered in paint, sand or glitter I love to take long walks in the countryside, play the piano, but best of all find and enjoy a cuppa and cake in new teashops and cafes that I have discovered!
Mrs Helen Murphy
After leaving school I attended Chiltern Nursery Training College gaining my NNEB and NVQ level 3 in child care and education. I then worked for 10 years as a sole charge Nanny. I did a few years as a temporary nanny looking after children aged from newborn to 8 years old. I then worked for my last family nearly 7 years and during this time I also had my own children. I still have contact with this family now. Once my children started full time school‚ I went back to child care‚ working in a pre- school environment looking after children aged between 2 - 4 years old. As well as being a key person at this setting‚ I was also working one-to-one with a child with special needs. My spare time is usually spent in an ice rink as both my boys play ice hockey. I also figure skate and volunteer as a helper at ice-ability teaching children with additional needs how to skate.
Foundation 2 – Early Years
Mrs. Vicky Stanborough BSc (Hons) Psychology and Philosophy, TEFLA/TEFL, Early Years Teacher Status
I am a qualified Early Years Teacher, who is passionate about early years education. I feel it is an absolute privilege to accompany the Reception children of Newbold School, on this wonderfully exciting part of their educational journey.
After completing my Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology and Philosophy, I decided to train as a teacher of English. With my qualification, I travelled abroad and taught in various private schools across Thailand, Siberia, China and Colombia.
After returning to the UK, I married and had two wonderful children.
I returned to teaching when I accepted a position as a Teaching Assistant in an infant school in Wokingham. It was during this time that I was introduced to the Early Years Curriculum and my passion for this age group was ignited. I was invited to train as an Early Years Teacher and I qualified with an ‘outstanding’ recommendation.
I am a keen gardener and allotment owner, who is still learning how to grow her own fruit and vegetables.
I care deeply for the environment and I jump at any opportunity to roam around woodlands, clifftops or beaches. I find nothing more fulfilling than sharing the outdoors with children and teaching them how to look after their earth.
Mrs Katalin Horvath-Braun MA SEN, QTS
Since I was a little girl‚ my passion was always to be a teacher. Teaching is more than a job. It is a calling. I love kids. They are amazing. Teaching them and being a part of the children’s life as they grow up is extremely rewarding and uplifting.
After I finished my studies‚ I worked for 24 years as a nursery and pre-school teacher in Hungary.
I always wanted to further my education so I obtained my MA in SEN in 2009. I also have a qualifications as a RE teacher.
After coming to England with my family‚ I soon joined Newbold School working as a teacher assistant. I have been working here ever since.
I am so happy to have found this school and have gotten this job .
How do I feel here? I love working in Early Years so much! I cherish the funny things children say, the silly things they do, the questions they ask and the stories they share.
Working at Newbold School allows me to be part of a loving christian school which is always encouraging our children to respect and love all those around them.
Years 1 and 2 – Key Stage 1
Mrs Vicky Chilvers BA (Ed) Maths, QTS
I have a long association with Newbold School and have seen it grow from strength to strength.
At the age of seven I joined Newbold as a pupil and benefited from an enriched curriculum delivered by dedicated, supportive teachers who gave me confidence in my abilities and a determination to strive for my goals. Thanks to this strong foundation, I was able to pursue my dream to become a teacher; I joined the staff as year 3-4 teacher in 2000.
The year 2006 was a memorable year as I got married, moved house and also took over the headship, following on from the respected Mr Brooks, who had led the school for 17 years. I thoroughly enjoyed a year in this role and developed my passion and vision for the school.
Having a family meant a break from teaching but I couldn’t stay away. After being asked to be a supply teacher in March 2013,
I realised my heart was still at Newbold and I applied for the Year 1-2 teaching post. I share my job so that I can also find time for family life while giving my best effort to be a maths coordinator and teach from Wednesday to Friday. The small classes, fantastic team and enthusiastic staff are conducive to motivating and supporting the children. I believe our children don’t face problems but meet challenges that can be overcome with an ‘I can’ attitude. I believe in helping our children find the tools to become independent, confident learners.
Mrs Keren Milanovic dipABRSM Piano Performance, BSc Social Sciences, PGCE Primary Teaching, MA Education
I come from a family of teachers. After completing my BSc at Newbold College, I soon realised that I too would join this part of my family. To be able to equip these young children with lifelong skills and watch them mature into well rounded and caring young adults is far better than any desk job!
I went onto Reading University and completed my PGCE in 2008 before starting work at a local school. Once my husband and I started having children I needed to reduce hours and was fortunate enough to be appointed the music teacher at St Mary’s School in Henley-on-Thames. Here I led the music curriculum through the school, the school choirs, orchestras, singing assemblies, and worked together with the drama teacher in preparing various performances throughout the year.
However, I came to realise that I wanted a caring, Christian ethos for my own children at school and Newbold is the school we chose.
A job appeared here at Newbold at the same time as my children started. I've been lucky enough to return to classroom teaching while also working in the same school my children attend!
I now lead the PSHE and Computing subjects and am thoroughly enjoying tackling the daily adventures that being a school teacher brings.
Mrs Aleema Chaudhri BSC Business Information Systems, Level 3 SEN Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and learning in Schools.
After gaining my BSC in Business Information Systems I started working for an accountancy firm in New Malden. From a young age teaching young children had always been something I had a very keen interest in and after some deliberation I decided I wanted to pursue a career in teaching. However a busy family life meant that it was probably not a good idea to go into a full time PGCE course.
I was still keen to get to work with children within a school setting so once my daughter started primary school in 2012 I began calling schools to ask them if they needed volunteers for a few hours a week. I began volunteering at Binfield Primary School and Meadowvale School. After speaking to a very dear friend from Newbold Church I was asked to approach Newbold School who I was told were very welcoming. I spoke to the head teacher at that time who immediately asked me to come in for the year 1-2 class. After doing this for a whole year I was asked by the class teacher to stay long term and was very fortunate when a job opportunity arose later that year.
In 2013 I applied for the position of teaching assistant and was offered the job for 5 mornings a week.
Here I am 5 and a half years later still doing what I love. I have seen so many pupils come in as little children and leave as young adults. It is always such a rewarding feeling to know you have played a special part in shaping a child’s future.
Working at Newbold School continues to be an honour for me, I have always been made to feel part of an amazing team of teachers, parents and children and have gained love, respect and friendship from all.
No two days are ever the same at Newbold School and I always look forward to the daily events but mostly I hope to continue to support children to gain the extra confidence they need to be independent, strong and respectful individuals.
Years 3 and 4 - Key Stage 2
Miss Seanna Owens BA (Hons), QTS, PGCE
After completing my Sociology degree in 2012, I realised on a school placement that I wanted to become a teacher. After my degree, I trained and worked as a teaching assistant for three years in Liverpool and then Oxford. I absolutely loved learning in the classroom with the children and teachers and was inspired to teach myself. I started my teaching career in 2015 on the Salaried School Direct Programme in Oxford where I taught a mixed Year 3 / 4 class and studied in the evenings. My partner and I then moved to Farnborough and I worked full time in Year 5 for two years. In my last post, I was responsible for looking after the Year 6 Sports Leaders and supported the PE coordinator with the organisation of the ‘Daily Mile’ and running school events. I believe that children should be educated on the benefits of having a positive mindset and staying physically active every day. I know that the Year 3 / 4s will be happy to bust some moves on ‘Fitness Friday’.
Outside school, I like to catch up on reading, go for walks or attend a fitness class such as yoga or dance. I also enjoy
making vegan food and cakes and travelling to new places. After a very relaxing summer, I am now looking forward to an adventure with Year 3 / 4 and becoming a member of Newbold School.
Ms Marinella Silvestre MSc BA (Hons) Social Science, MSc Child Development
I joined Newbold School in May 2011 while both my children were pupils at the school. Before Newbold School, I worked at Horizon School in London in an Autistic unit. Prior to that, I worked in different areas but my taste for work in schools started during my time at university. I chose topics that implied studying specific groups of children. In order to gain access to them I had to work as a student volunteer across London schools for a period of time.
In my first study, I looked at aspects of bilingualism. I used groups of primary bilingual and monolingual children. As I engaged with them throughout the study, it allowed me to gain first-hand experience of what it takes to work where learning and teaching is challenged by a language barrier as the children were from different backgrounds and cultures. My interest in teaching children began to grow. I went on to pursue an MSc in Child Development. This time my research was on ‘Ethnic Identity and Self Concept’ and I chose to study adolescent refugees.
As I interacted with my subjects and developed their trust in order to hear their true, amazing life stories‚ I became so interested in making a difference in the world that I started to work with the homeless and refugee communities. That took me to work as a volunteer with several charity projects such as the Earls’ Court Homeless Family Projects and the Holy Cross church with the Mental Health club. Then, as I travelled and lived abroad for a while, I carried on my mission of making a difference! I worked as a Kindergarten / Nursery Teacher at an international school as well a volunteer for a NGO (GOAL) in projects with street children and the war-displaced tracing their families.
After all the challenging environments I worked and lived in, I realised how important our emotional health is, how trauma and emotions affect our wellbeing. Childhood experiences can determine and mould the future of a child. As a Teaching Assistant my role here at Newbold School does not limit me to only helping children grow academically. It also allows me to play a part in helping children develop their ability to recognise and talk about their emotions, about their feelings. I recognise that it is also part my responsibility to help children develop their full potential whilst feeling happy and secure at school, to help children develop healthy friendships and gain skills that enable them to handle disappointments and life challenges.
Working at Newbold school now is a totally different environment from my past work experiences. Newbold School is a very special place to work not only because is a small school where we relate to one another in a family-like relationship but also because it is full of children representing the world. It allows me to practise my language skills as well as learn much more from the children about their countries and their family cultures. Another particularity of Newbold School that I love, is that before we start our working day, we take time aside to pray for the children under our care and their families. We ask God to help us carry out His work by helping our school prepare future Heaven citizens!
So far, Newbold School has given me experiences that no other school has done – it has inspired me to maybe one day carry out a follow-up study and measure the influence of our ‘Newbold seed’ on their future life choices
Years 5 and 6 – Key Stage 2
Mrs Lois Proud BA, MSc, PGCE
I love being in the classroom with the Years 5 and 6 children. I gain huge pleasure from planning and implementing activities that help them make progress in their learning as well as feel both challenged and supported. My main joy, however, comes from watching them grow in confidence and develop an enjoyment of learning.
It is a privilege to work at a school with such a positive atmosphere, strong values, a supportive community and dedicated staff. I enjoy supporting Mrs Crissey, as her deputy, particularly within the areas of curriculum development and assessment. I am also the Subject Leader for English.Teaching is actually my second career. As a child, I was lucky enough to live and travel in several countries around the world. I was born in Malaysia where my parents were Missionaries. Later, while my father worked for the British Council, I spent time in Bangladesh, Ghana and China. As a result of this experience, and after taking a master’s degree, my aim had been to work overseas myself.
However, as a significant element of the degree had centred on the use of Earth Observation, I ended up working for a number of companies and organisations within the space industry, based mainly in the UK. My main roles were in Business Development, Bid Coordination and Technical Writing.
I decided to train to be a teacher after volunteering as a parent helper at the school my children attended. My own children are now young adults; however, I still have the huge pleasure of spending my days with primary children.
Mrs Kath Lambert BA, PGCE, QTS
I joined Newbold School in September 2016 and am having a wonderful time getting to know the super staff and pupils here. It is lovely to be greeted by the smiling faces of children and colleagues every morning. The school is a very welcoming place to work where the children are full of fun and enthusiasm in all they do.
I have taught from ages 4 through to 13 but have found working with Primary Age children is, for me, the most rewarding age range to be with. I have been a full time classroom teacher in Years 1,2,3,4 and 6 but have also worked as a supply teacher extensively in the UK and overseas. My overseas experience has provided my with a great insight into how other education systems work and I am able to draw on this knowledge every day in my teaching and in my interaction with the children. I enjoy teaching all aspect of the curriculum but in
particular language and here at Newbold I am enjoying having the opportunity to teach French and to be the Languages coordinator.
My family and I love to travel and whilst living overseas spent much of our time seeing as much of our host countries as possible. Now that we find ourselves here in England again we are keen to explore as much of Europe as we can!
Mrs Anett Bajine Fekete QTS
The special sparkle I see in your children's eyes when they understand or really get what they're learning - this is what makes the work I do at Newbold School especially meaningful.
I specialise in teaching dyslexic and dyscalculic children.
In addition to assisting the pupils of Year 3 and 4 every morning, I also enjoy teaching our various recorder groups in creative and inspiring ways. They know to expect fun but lots of hard work too!
Mrs. Rachel Jacklin
My name is Rachel Jacklin and I have been supply teaching at Newbold school since 2016.
I have always wanted to be a teacher as long as I can remember, at 5 I was teaching my 3 year old sister to read. I trained as a teacher as soon as I finished university, and started work in a Primary school in Surrey in 1996 at the age of 22.
After 5 happy years, teaching across the primary age range I specialised in Behaviour Management and worked directly for Surrey County Council as a Behaviour Support Teacher. Following a house move to Woodley I joined the behaviour support team in Wokingham, working in most of the primary schools in the area.
I continued in the role after the arrival of Annabelle but decided I would stay home with my girls when Jorja came along less than two years later. Having just decided it may be time to go back to work Harry made his appearance and my hands were well and truly full again!
We were then given the amazing opportunity to live in California for a year with my husband’s work. An amazing adventure for the whole family. It was in on our return to Binfield that we joined the Newbold family. All three children were welcomed to classes at Newbold and very quickly settled into their new school.It was during these first terms, while the children were at Newbold, that Mrs Crissey approached me with the idea to go back to teaching apply for a supply teaching post at Newbold. I have really enjoyed getting back into the classroom, getting to know and work with the children and being part of the fantastic teaching team at Newbold.
Mr Giles Barham MSc, BSc, ACCA, CII (Cert)
I was initially drafted to Newbold School as Newbold School’s Bursar, through my role in the Finance Department at the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SEC).
I have a keen interest in education, having provided some teaching support for the International Baccalaureate course back in 2010. Business and English were always my preferred subjects at school.
As soon as I started attending board meetings, working with the staff, meeting parents and seeing the joy on their faces as their children excelled in the various school productions, I knew there was something special about Newbold School and I was delighted to be part of it. My dedication and enthusiasm for the financial improvement of the school grew to the extent that when I left the SEC Finance Department, I elected to continue working for the school in a voluntary capacity.
With excellent management and a robust Board of Governors (ratified by the school’s recent “Good” rating by Ofsted) the school continues to grow from strength to strength. It is my wish that the school will continue to improve, especially through the potential advantages that the new school building
project will provide for it in the future.
Caretaking and Maintenance:
Mr Ales Modrijan
Mrs Anett Bajine Fekete QTS
Mrs Marina Sadzakov MA, BMus, LTCL
All staff and volunteers in the school have satisfied stringent welfare procedures and have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau prior to employment.