Selling C of E Primary School

petham primary school
Village Acedemy

Who We Are / Staff List

Organisation of Classes

From September 2016 the classes in our school are to be organised as follows:

Reception (Robins)
Teacher: Mrs Metcalfe
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hands/Mrs Dunton and Miss Ward

Year 1 and 2 (Swallows)
Teacher: Miss Hickman
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Taylor and Mrs Killick

Year 3 and 4 (Owls)
Teachers: Miss Woodruff
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Brenton

Year 5 and 6 (Woodpeckers)
Teachers: Miss Graham
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Furnell/Mrs King


School Staff:
Head Teacher:
Mrs Deysel
Office Staff: Ms Sheasby and Mrs Emma Miller (starting 18th April 2017)
Family Liaison Officer (FLO): Mrs King
Maths Interventions: Mrs Baker
Sports: Mr Porter from Team Theme

Wrap Around Care: Miss Ward, Mrs Price, Mrs Brenton and Mrs Sullivan
Midday Meal supervisors: Ms Millis, Mrs Price and Mrs Sullivan
Cleaners: Ms Millis and Mrs Sullivan
Caretaker: Mr Curtis

Academy Staff

Mr Ian Fidge (Principal) visits each school to see classes and meet with staff. This enables him to maintain an oversight of progress and standards at the school.

The Senior Leadership Team (Principal, Assistant Principal & Trust Business Manager) are supported by Mrs Deborah Harris, PA to the Senior Leadership Team.

Mrs Kelly Collens and Mrs Mary Haney (Assistant Principals) help to support each of the Academy Schools as part of the Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Lisa Goldsworthy (AENCo) spends time each week at each school. She carries out classroom observations, attends meetings with external agencies and with parents, and advises staff on provision for children with additional needs.  She works at Petham every Thursday.

The Central Finance Team oversees the finances systems of the Academy.

In addition to the on-site support described above, all central Academy staff provide daily remote support, via telephone, email and instant messenger to staff at each of the Schools.

How the schools benefit from being part of The Village Academy

Each school benefits from the following:

  • Leadership meetings. These give the Head Teachers the opportunity to share good ideas and resources with, and seek advice from, Mr Fidge, Directors and the other Heads in the Academy.

  • Termly ‘Challenge’ meetings, between the Head Teacher, Mr Fidge, members of the Senior Leadership Team and at least one Director, to explore the school’s performance and ensure that improvements are rapid and sustained.

  • Termly Best Practice Meetings. Teachers who are subject leaders and Year Group Leaders attend meetings with their colleagues from other schools, again to share best practice and solutions to any difficulties which have arisen.

  • Academy moderation. Teachers from all the schools in the Academy look at samples of writing and maths from a random selection of children and assess those samples. This ensures that our assessments in these subjects is consistent and accurate.

  • Academy-wide training. Staff have received training in a number of areas including Pie Corbett writing techniques, strategies for supporting dyslexic children and Irlen’s Syndrome. This is in addition to the weekly professional development sessions in school. Some of these sessions would not be financially viable for the school on its own.

  • Networking opportunities. Teachers from each school report that being able to talk to, and even visit, another teacher in the same year group has been very beneficial.

  • IT support. Access to IT support has significantly improved data reporting at our schools, as well as improving the speed with which technical problems are resolved.

  • Schools have access to the Academy’s counsellor, Mr Mark Pearmain, who will see children on a referral basis.

  • Schools also have access to the Academy’s qualified Irlen’s screener, Mrs Sheila Johnson.