The Primary First Trust identifies talented practitioners, known as Associates, to share best practice across the Trust. All have a proven track record of success in a specific area and are able to work in an emotionally intelligent way, adapting to those they are supporting, to get the best out of them.
Our Associates have the highest standards and expectations for children and staff and demonstrate excellent professional skills and behaviours, as well as a deep commitment to our values and ethos as a Trust. Naturally, they thrive on working together.
Charlotte 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hannah 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.
Clare is the Associate for Inclusion in the Primary First Trust. She has worked at Lessness Heath Primary School since 2001, joining the school as an NQT. During her career she has taught in all Key Stages, led Maths and Science across the school and held the post of Leading Literacy teacher for Bexley Borough. She has led inclusion across the school for the last four years and during this time achieved her NASENCO and NPQSL qualifications.
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.
We have an excellent track record of developing and improving primary schools. Since joining us and becoming academies, all our schools have attained the ofsted rating of 'Good with Outstanding Features', or above.