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Charlotte Aldham-Breary (Cuxton)

Charlotte Aldham-Breary is the Deputy Head at The Academy of Cuxton Schools. She has worked at Cuxton Junior School since she graduated from Canterbury Christchurch University in 2009. Throughout her time at Cuxton, she has been lucky enough to have worked in all year groups across Key Stage 2, mainly specialising in teaching Years 3 and 4. She has also had some experience in Key Stage 1, working in Year 2, an area she now loves.


After her NQT year, she became Maths Subject Leader at Cuxton Junior School; a role that she has always been extremely passionate about. She has led maths across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 for many years now, with outcomes being in on an upward trajectory for the last three years. Her main aim as a Subject Leader is to engender a fascination with the subject and ensure that every child had access to high quality teaching through an enriched Curriculum. Her passion for leading maths was recognised by both colleagues and parents, when she won the Kent Teacher of the Year award in 2013. She is also a qualified NCETM Trainer and has become a SLE in this particular field.


As Assessment Lead at The Academy of Cuxton Schools, Charlotte drives this area with determination and rigour. She has a strong understanding of data analysis and how it can influence strategic planning, resulting in her being successful in her application to become an Assessment Associate. She has worked closely with schools across the PFT to support the embedding of a Trust wide assessment system with success. Assessment is also an area in which she is able to support other schools in her role as a SLE.


She is very much looking forward to working with her PFT colleagues this year in role of Assessment Associate.





Ann-Marie Bolton (Lessness Heath)

Ann-Marie has been teaching for the past 17 years in schools across Bexley and Kent. She spent 8 of these years at Mayplace and in September 2016 Ann-Marie joined the team at Lessness Primary as an Assistant Head Teacher.


This academic year Ann-Marie embarks on a new role as Deputy Head Teacher at Lessness.


For the last three years Ann-Marie had the privilege of planning and delivering the Good to Great Pathway, to a variety of teachers across the Trust.  Ann-Marie continues to work closely with fellow associate, Melissa Cousins, to create high quality opportunities for these teachers, supporting them to progress further in their own professional development.  Ann-Marie is looking forward to developing the Pathway even further this year.





  Melissa Cousins (Mayplace)

Since starting her teaching career in 2013, Melissa has taught across all key stages. She proudly led her EYFS team at Mayplace Primary School to secure an outstanding judgement from Ofsted in June 2017. Since then she has led both Key Stage One and Lower Key Stage Two. Melissa has experience in being a staff governor as well as leading fundraising and computing in schools. She is currently leading Lower Key Stage Two and teaching in Year Five at Mayplace Primary School.


Melissa has worked as a PFT Associate for the past four years. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she led an associate project with a fellow colleague to embed British Values within the schools in the Trust. One of the great successes of the project was the Cross-Trust debate at the end of the school year where children across the schools in Years Five and Six debated current worldwide issues in the news.


For the past three academic years, she led the Outstanding Progress Pathway which then became the Good to Great Pathway along with another associate. This has been an extremely rewarding opportunity that has allowed Melissa to work with teachers across all schools within the trust and enabled them to further develop and improve their own teaching skills. Melissa is looking forward to continuing the success of the Good to Great pathway this academic year.






Kelly Hannaghan (Lessness Heath)

Kelly is the Wellbeing Leader at Lessness Heath Primary School and has spent her professional career passionately focusing on enhancing the opportunities and life chances of pupils and families in education. Through the power of her mental health training and therapeutic skills, she has successfully led on the “Wellbeing Award for Schools” process, resulting in the school being the first to achieve this. 


Kelly is a regular blogger and active writer of wellbeing in education and is passionate about creating the conditions under which teachers and pupils flourish.  Her approach in leading school development processes have created outstanding outcomes for all stakeholders in education.   



Viv Hart (Westcourt)

Viv has worked at Westcourt Primary and Nursery School since 2006 joining as an NQT. She is currently Acting Deputy Head, Years 1, 2 and 3 Phase leader, English and Music lead. Viv also teaches Year 2 for two days a week. The majority of her teaching career has been spent in Upper KS2, particularly Year 6. Last year Viv taught Reception for a term and a half which she found very rewarding and insightful.


Being a county moderator for Year 6 for the past two years has allowed Viv to work with a range of different schools and experience different approaches to English teaching. Viv has also led French, Science and Computing. Responsibility for leading Online-Safety within the school has allowed her to engage with parents in events such as Safer Internet Day. Completing both the NPQML and NPQSL have been key to Viv's success as a leader within school because they gave her time to reflect on herself as a leader and gave her a range of different strategies and ideas to use when supporting others.


Viv has found leading music immensely rewarding. The school choir have taken part in many events such as the Thameside choral festival, singing at Bluewater shopping centre every Christmas and helping to raise money for local charities such as Demelza. Whole school productions are always a highlight of the year; Viv is very excited that the school will be taking part in their first PFT celebration this year.


Viv is looking forward to being one of the PFT Pledge associates and helping to provide the children with even more creative and life-changing opportunities.



Richard Jackson (Lessness Heath)

Richard started his career at Barnehurst Juniors and then took on the role of English lead in his second year. In addition, Richard worked as an associate helping the trust with English and was a member of the senior leadership team in his 4th and final year at Barnehurst. Richard then decided to travel the world and took several roles in teaching positions while abroad , mainly teaching English to foreign students across South East Asia.


Upon his return Richard was delighted to accept a position at Lessness Heath where he has worked across Years 4, 5 and 6 over the last two years as well as taking on phase leader roles for both upper and lower KS2. This year Richard has responsibility for leading the Language for Life Curriculum development hub which has the aim of moving forward English, Spanish and speaking and listening teaching and learning across the school.


As part of his role as the English lead at Lessness, Richard is committed to achieving the very highest of standards for the children in our care and feel as though effective communication skills, particularly the ability to actively listen, speak confidently as well as articulate information clearly, will be integral skills that children will need in the employment market of the near future.


Richard has an active interest in current educational research and is keen to keep practise moving forwards, thinking of and trying innovative and effective new ways of helping children to learn as often as possible while keeping staff well being in mind.


Hannah Kopel (Mayplace)

Hannah Kopel is the Early Years Leader at Mayplace Primary School. She has worked as a class teacher at Mayplace Primary school for over 12 years and until recently, has lead Computing across the school.  Hannah has predominantly taught in Nursery, Reception and Year One, with some experience in Year 6 and Year 3.

Along with her EYFS Leader role, Hannah is also responsible for leading parent helper training and outdoor learning.


Throughout her career, Hannah has mentored college students, student teachers and newly qualified teachers, supporting them in developing their skills.


Hannah enjoys keeping up to date with new research and ever changing teaching ideas for Early Years.  She is looking forward to her role as a PFT Associate and hopes to make a difference to our youngest children, giving them the best and most memorable start to their lifelong learning journey.


Clare Freeman (Lessness Heath)

I am the Associate for Inclusion in the Primary First Trust.

I have worked at Lessness Heath Primary School since 2001 since joining the school as an NQT. During my career I have taught in all Key Stages, led Maths and Science across the school and held the post of Leading Literacy teacher for Bexley Borough. I have been leading inclusion across the school for the last four years and during this time achieved my NASENCO and NPQSL qualifications. I am passionate about inclusion and achieving the highest standards for all children in our care, and this was recognised in July 2019 when Lessness Heath was recognised as a centre of Excellence for Inclusion by the Inclusion Quality Mark.


It is a real privilege to be asked to be an Associate for the Trust and I am excited to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Inclusion leaders across the Trust to ensure the best possible outcomes and opportunities for all of our children.


Victoria Walters (Westcourt)

Victoria has been a primary school teacher for the past 19 years, following a B.Ed (Hons) in primary education. She has taught a range of year groups during this time form reception to Year 5. Victoria has held several phase leader positions across the whole school and been part of the SLT. During this time, she has co-ordinated Mathematics, RE, ICT and Science within a primary school setting.


Victoria joined Westcourt Primary in 2018 and is currently a year 2 teacher, KS1 leader and Mathematics co-ordinator. She is excited to take on the role as the Mathematics associate within the trust. Victoria is looking forward to working collaboratively with the other Mathematics co-ordinators the help maintain and improve good practice across the trust.



Satnam Bansal (Barnehurst)


My name is Satnam Bansal and I am Upper School Phase Leader at Barnehurst Junior School; currently, I teach in Year 6. 






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