Meet the Senior Leadership Team+

Mrs Peden BA.Ed (Hons) - Headteacher - Mental Health and Well-Being Leader

Mrs C Peden

I  have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2004.  I have worked in Reception and Year 3/4.  I was Deputy Headteacher for 7 years and became the Headteacher in September 2014.  I have been teaching for about 20 years and my passion is to help make a difference to children’s lives and education and help prepare them for their next steps.  I enjoy working at Pear Tree Mead as I like to work with whole families and work together as a team.

As part of my job as Headteacher I oversee the SLT, teachers and other staff as well as the day to day running of the school.   I am also on the governing body.  My role continues to be part of the Senior Leadership Support Team.  I am the mental health and well-being lead in the school as well as the Deputy Safeguarding Lead.

Mrs Davies - Deputy Headteacher - Behaviour Leader

Hello, I am Mrs Davies.  I have worked at Pear Tree Mead for 15 years and enjoyed every minute of it!  Some of you will know me as the Year 6 teacher as I have taught there mostly throughout the years.  In 2014 I became the Deputy Headteacher, working alongside Mrs Peden (Headteacher) and Mrs Arnould (Assistant Headteacher).

I am hugely passionate about the direction in which the school is headed and enthusiastic about making Pear Tree Mead an exciting place for all the children to learn and thrive.  At Pear Tree Mead Academy we aim to ensure that all children strive to reach the branches of their future and enjoy their individual journies!

Mrs Arnould - Assistant Headteacher - Safeguarding Leader

My name is Mrs Arnould and I am originally from Stoke-on-Trent, I am sure that you can tell from my accent!  At home I have three beautiful daughters and I enjoy playing netball and other sports in my spare time.  I have been a teacher since 2004 and have enjoyed working at Pear Tree Mead since 2009. I started as Early Years leader, part of the senior leadership team, moved into KS1 and then into the Assistant Head Teacher role.

I love my current role and endeavour to provide our school with the best opportunities and a supportive environment in order to thrive.  I adore my job and am passionate about enabling children to reach their potential whilst having a great time. I want all children at PTM to love and respect their school and the people in it.

Mrs Martin LLB (Hons) PGCE NASENCO - Head of Early Years - SENDCo

Hello, I’m Mrs Martin.  I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2006 and I have been very fortunate to experience working in every key stage (although Early Years is my favourite!).

Throughout my time at the school I have lead different key stages and was previously the English lead for 10 years.  I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2008 and particularly enjoy my roles as Head of Early Years and SENDCo where I line manage the Early Years and SEND teams.  I am also the lead for staff wellbeing.

I am passionate about creating the best start our children can have in their education and the importance of early intervention for children with additional needs.  My favourite elements of my role are going into classrooms to support children with their learning and working with parents and teachers to support individual children

Meet the Pre-School Team+

Mrs Burland - Pre school Learning Support Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Burland.  I am the Pre-school Leader.  I have a level 4 qualification and I am first aid trained.  I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2012. Working here is thoroughly enjoyable and very rewarding.  I enjoy being part of a fantastic team, working to provide a safe and happy learning environment for the children.

Miss Oliver - Pre School Team and Nursery Learning Support Assistant

Hello, I’m Miss Oliver and I have been working in the Pre-school and Nursery classes at Pear Tree Mead Academy since April 2013.  I support the children’s welfare needs such as potty training and settling in.  I have previously worked for SureStart and various Crèches and Nurseries.  I am also part of the cleaning team.  I very much enjoy working at Pear Tree Mead Academy.

Meet the Early Years Teachers+

Miss Howkins - SCITT

Hello my name is Miss Howkins and I will be starting my teacher training at Pear Tree Mead in September 2022. I am really looking forward to joining Beech class as a trainee teacher. In 2020 I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies at a First Class Honours level. I am looking forward to using the skills and experience from my degree in my teaching practice.

I have previous experience working in a school leavers room in a nursery setting, so I have an understanding about how children and parents feel about starting at a new school. I am looking forward to joining Reception this year and providing children the opportunity to learn new skills and experiences which can then be taken throughout their time at Pear Tree Mead. I hope that within my role I can help every child reach their full potential and progress within the reception environment

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help. I look forward to meeting everyone in September.

Miss Bevans - Early Years Teacher

Hello, I’m Miss Bevans and I will be teaching Cedar class this year!

I’m very excited to begin my teaching career here at Pear Tree Mead, having recently studied at the University of Hertfordshire and achieved my BEd honours degree with QTS at a first class level.

In reception we aim to provide a stimulating and fun environment where children can explore the different areas of learning to develop their knowledge and understanding. Alongside this, I feel very passionately about creating a space in which children feel they belong and are part of a team.

If you ever need anything or have any questions please do not hesitate to ask, my door is always open!

Mrs McCombie - Early Years Teacher, PE Coordinator, Outdoor Learning Lead

I have been teaching at Pear tree Mead Academy since March 2011.  I carried out my teacher training at London South bank University and I hold a level 3 qualification in Forest School.

Within my time at Pear Tree Mead Academy I have taught Year 1, Year 2 and Reception.  I have been subject lead for Geography and Design Technology.  I am lead for Physical Education and Outdoor Learning across the school.  I want children to get the opportunity to experience nature, make their own choices, take risks and develop at their own pace.

My current role is Nursery Teacher.  I am passionate about Early Years and I firmly believe that a good foundation is the key to a good education.

Miss Sutherland - Early Years Teacher

Hi, I’m Miss Sutherland and this year I will be teaching Aspen class!

In Nursery we aim to create dynamic and exciting opportunities for children to explore in order to gain new skills, promote their love for learning and support their emotional, social and academic development.

I have recently graduated with a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies with QTS at the University of East London and look forward to starting my teaching journey at Pear Tree Mead.

 

 

Mrs Leafe - Early Years Teacher

Welcome, my name is Mrs Leafe and since joining Pear Tree Mead Academy in March 2014 I have worked in both the Nursery and Reception.  This year I am happy to be part of the Reception team.  Since graduating with a B.Ed Honours Degree I have taught in many Primary schools and gained experience in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2.

In Reception we aim to create a fun learning environment, both in the classroom and around the school, in which the children can enjoy learning, master new skills and experience new things, whilst becoming well rounded individuals who are not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.

I am looking forward to the months ahead and hope to have a fantastic year with all the children in Beech Class.

Meet the Key Stage 1 Teachers+

Miss Hancock - KS1 Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Hancock and this is my first year working at Pear Tree Mead. I started off as a Nursery Nurse working with children aged 2-3 before graduating from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA Honours in Primary Education in 2021.
I am excited to begin my Early Career Teacher (ECT) journey at Pear Tree Mead and join the KS1 team.
In Juniper class, we have some wonderful teaching assistants helping us throughout the year and we all work together to provide some fantastic engaging and creative opportunities to support children’s learning.
One of my passions in teaching is encouraging children to explore new concepts practically as much as possible to promote their love of learning so I will be working hard to make sure that there are lots of exciting things happening in Year 2 this year!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or queries, I am always happy to help in any way that I can.

Mrs Goldhawk(on Maternity Leave) - KS1 Teacher

Hello, I am Mrs Goldhawk and I am so pleased to be working back here at Pear Tree Mead. This year I am excited to be part of the KS1 team, as the teacher in Fir class.  Some of you may recognise me from the Nursery where I have previously taught Aspen class whilst studying for my degree.  In 2018 I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA Honours in Early Childhood and Education Studies.

This will be my third year of teaching in year 1, my aim is to inspire all pupils through fun, exciting and engaging learning. I can’t wait to support each child to tackle new challenges, grow and develop in all areas; academically, socially, and emotionally. I will also be the Subject Leader for Geography this year.

In Fir class this year, I will be joined by Mrs Timpson and Miss Ridgwell.  We are all looking forward to the year ahead. If you have any questions or queries, please know my door is always open and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can.

Mrs Bolger - KS1 Teacher

I have been teaching at Pear Tree Mead Academy since September 2006, when I joined as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).  I carried out my teacher training at the University of Plymouth, where I studied for four years and was awarded a BEd (Hons).  Within my time at Pear Tree Mead I have been the subject leader for History, Geography, Religious Education and I am currently the subject leader for English.

In Pine Class we promote an excitement for learning and we encourage all the children to achieve their personal best.  We have and impart confidence in each individual’s ability and give them a desire for success.

Miss Euesden - KS1 Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Euesden and I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2012.  I spent my first 7 years at Pear Tree Mead as a Teaching Assistant whilst completing my degree.  I went on to graduate from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA Honours in Education Studies.

I’m thrilled to be entering my fourth year of teaching and my second year as RE subject lead.

My main aim is to provide an exciting and stimulating environment in which to support your child develop and grow academically, socially and emotionally.

I have a particular affinity towards children with Special Educational Needs and have spent some of my career as a SEND Teaching Assistant.  I feel this experience provides me with additional understanding of a child’s individual needs.

Outside of school, I’m a busy mum of two and enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I enjoy music, baking and holidays!

I’m excited for this year and look forward to meeting you all. If you have any questions, feel free to come and see me.

Miss Butler - KS1 Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Butler and I am one of the year 1 teachers.In 2012 I graduated from university with a BA Honours Primary Education teaching degree, I have previously taught in both Key Stage 1 and Early years.  I love teaching and I aim to be an enthusiastic teacher in your child’s classroom. In class I encourage and support all children to succeed.  One of my main aims is to provide the children with exciting, dynamic and enjoyable lessons to promote their love of learning.Feel free to get in touch if you need any information or would like to discuss anything, my door is always open.

Miss Saunders(on Maternity Leave) - KS1 Teacher

Hi Everyone!

I’m Miss Saunders and I studied at Canterbury Christ Church University to complete my BA Hons in Primary Education and have been lucky to teach in many different year groups.

I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful team here at Pear Tree Mead.  We are always aiming to improve together and encourage the young minds we work with.  I believe that all children should love to learn through interactive, fun and exciting opportunities and always look forward to the new challenges ahead.

If there is anything you would like to discuss please come and see me.

 

Mrs Cuffaro (on Maternity Leave) - KS1 Teacher

I am Mrs Cuffaro, I started at Pear Tree Mead in September 2007 and have had the great opportunity to work in all phases across the school.  During this time, I have had the privilege to work with some fantastic children and members of staff.  I have seen the school go from strength to strength and am looking forward to what the future holds.  It is fantastic seeing how the children are learning whilst having fun, making progress and enjoying their school life.

I will be working on a Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday morning in Juniper class.

 

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Meet the Lower Key Stage 2 Teachers+

Ms Fry-Smith - LKS2 Teacher

Hi, my name is Ms Fry-Smith and I teach Year 4.  I studied Psychology at Sussex University, worked in a special needs school and then as a support and development worker for Islington council before completing my PGCE at the University of East London.

I spent 2 years teaching in Leeds before moving back home to London and teaching in Colchester.  I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since January 2018 and I absolutely love the school.  I am currently Science lead and I am extremely passionate about this subject.  I am excited to be teaching in LKS2 this year and I cannot wait to support the children to grow and develop.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to me.

Mrs Millward - LKS2 Teacher

Hello
My name is Mrs Millward and I teach in year 3.  I studied Media and Cultural studies with American Studies at University and went on to study to become a teacher, starting my first teaching post in Waltham Abbey.
With our Lavender class we will create a safe, stimulating, and happy classroom.  I have a great passion for reading and believe that if children can read, they can access all the other parts of the national curriculum.  I will make sure the children are happy, happy children learn!
Any questions please ask, my door is always open.

Miss Radomska - LKS2 Teacher

Hello!  My name is Miss Radomska.  I am the Year 3 teacher in Mulberry Class.  I graduated from The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland with an MA in English Language, Literature and Culture.  I have been part of the team since 2016 and absolutely love teaching at Pear Tree Mead.  I am currently EAL (English as additional language) and MFL (Modern Foreign Language i.e. French) lead at our school.

In Mulberry Class, I want to create a stimulating and inspiring environment where children thrive on the solid bases of friendship and respect.  If you have any questions, or just want to meet me and have a chat, please don’t be shy.  My door is always open.

Mr Humphries - LKS2 Teacher

Hello! My name is Mr Humphries, and I am so pleased to be starting my teaching career at Pear Tree Mead.  I studied to become at teacher at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford for three years and started my journey at Pear Tree Mead last year as a trainee teacher.

I’m thrilled to be working in Oak classroom with Year 4.  Throughout the year I hope to provide fun and engaging lessons within a stimulating learning environment.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask!

Meet the Upper Key Stage 2 Teachers+

Miss Parr - UKS2 Teacher

Hi everyone, I’m Miss Parr and this is my first year teaching at Pear Tree Mead.  I am one of the Year 5 teachers and teach Sycamore class.  I have also taken on the monitoring of History across the school, which is a subject that I always loved myself.  I graduated from Heythrop University, in 2016, with a BA Study of Religions degree.  I continued my studies by joining the West Essex SCITT programme in order to complete my teacher training.
I feel very excited to be joining Pear Tree Mead this year and getting to know your children, welcoming them into Year 5.  As a teacher, I believe in a classroom environment where children feel safe and valued.  I will aim to help the children to develop a growth mindset, where they know it is ok to make mistakes, and that all I will ever ask of them is that they try their best.
If you have any questions, or there is anything that you need from me, please feel free to come and speak to me.

Mr Thurgood - UKS2 Teacher

Hello! My name is Mr Thurgood and I teach Redwood class.  I am in charge of Computing across the school, which I find is a really exciting subject!

I graduated from Coventry University with a BA Honours Sociology degree and then after a year out went on to study for my PGCE, starting my first teaching post in Basildon.  I moved to Harlow from Chelmsford and I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2016.

I aim to provide a varied and exciting learning environment in which children feel that they are safe to learn through hard work and trying new things.  I expect children to be honest, hardworking and to develop a growth mindset where they are not afraid to make mistakes and learn from them.  I am looking forward to the rest of the year with Redwood class and to meeting and working closely with parents.

If there is anything you need from me, please feel free to speak to me.

Miss Warner - UKS2 Teacher

Hi, I am Miss Warner and this is my sixth year teaching here at Pear Tree Mead.  This year I am Year 6 lead, and this will be my fourth year of teaching Year 6. However, I have experience in teaching all of KS2. I am also Physical Education Lead for the school, alongside Mrs McCombie.  I graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a BSc Sports Studies degree and continued my studies by going on to study for my PGCE in primary education and completing my teacher training at Pear Tree Mead.

I am very excited to get to know your children and welcome them into year 6. I believe in a positive and engaging learning environment where children enjoy coming to school. I have high expectations, however I believe it is important to reward those who are working hard and showing a positive growth mindset!

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions!

Miss Burke - UKS2 Teacher

Hi there!  This is my eighth year teaching at Pear Tree Mead.  Originally, I come from Ennis, Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland and I have now been living in the U.K for the past 12 years.  I originally trained in Ireland as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher (French, Spanish and Italian) and began teaching at primary level eleven years ago.

Hi there! This is my ninth year teaching at Pear Tree Mead. Originally, I come from Ennis, Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland and I have now been living in the U.K for the past 13 years. I originally trained in Ireland as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher (French, Spanish and Italian) and began teaching at primary level twelve years ago.

In the school, I am the Maths coordinator and I also have other roles such as the UKS2 Phase Leader, MDA line manager and I oversee Presentation, Marking and Feedback. When possible, I carry out singing assembly for the whole school and I also run the ‘Young Voices’ singing club with the help of Mrs Chippett and Mrs. Timpson, which gives pupils the opportunity to eventually perform at the O2 in London, later in the year.

As a teacher, I believe that ‘Every Child Matters’ and I encourage my pupils daily to have a ‘growth mind-set’ in order to empower them to become the best version of themselves. I believe that education should give pupils the necessary skills to fulfil their ambitions in life and enable them to do so, with confidence.

Meet the Nursery Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs Burland - Pre school Learning Support Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Burland.  I am the Pre-school Leader.  I have a level 4 qualification and I am first aid trained.  I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2012. Working here is thoroughly enjoyable and very rewarding.  I enjoy being part of a fantastic team, working to provide a safe and happy learning environment for the children.

Mrs Tappenden - Nursery Learning Support Assistant

My name is Mrs Tappenden  and I started working at Pear Tree Mead in March 2015.  I have worked as a Teaching Assistant since I left school.  I have a NVQ level 3 in Child Care and Education.  I have recently achieved the following qualification NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties.  It is lovely to see our 3 year olds having fun, learning new skills and watching their confidence grow.

I am looking forward to my second year working in Nursery. I am excited to meet the new children and to support them having fun, learning new skills and watching their confidence grow.

 

Miss Oliver - Pre School Team and Nursery Learning Support Assistant

Hello, I’m Miss Oliver and I have been working in the Pre-school and Nursery classes at Pear Tree Mead Academy since April 2013.  I support the children’s welfare needs such as potty training and settling in.  I have previously worked for SureStart and various Crèches and Nurseries.  I am also part of the cleaning team.  I very much enjoy working at Pear Tree Mead Academy.

Mrs Nash - Nursery Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Mrs Nash.  I joined Pear Tree Mead in 2014.  I am a qualified Teaching Assistant and have worked in our Nursery class since 2014.  I also have qualifications in understanding autism and mental health.  I love working with the children and I am looking forward to helping the new children settle in.

Miss Jones - Nursery Learning Support Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Jones.  I joined Pear Tree Mead in 2016.  I am level 3 qualified in Childcare and Early Years and also hold a SEN qualification.  I am looking forward to another year, meeting all the new children and helping them to grow.

Meet the Reception Learning Support Assistants+

Miss Gray - Reception Learning Support Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Gray. I have 4 children, 3 are currently at Passmores. I have a foundation degree in early years and I am currently completing the top up for the BA in childhood studies, distance learning with Anglia Ruskin University. I enjoy watching and helping the children in reception be the best that they can be.

Mrs Stevens - Reception Learning Support Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, my name is Mrs Stevens.  I have 2 children both currently at Passmores.  I started Pear Tree Mead as a relief Mid-day Assistant and now work full time in Nursery and as part of the cleaning team.  We are a great team and I love my time working with them and all the lovely children.

Mrs Newland - Reception Learning Support Assistant

Hi, I am your Class Teaching Assistant.  Early Years is my passion and I am proud to be part of the Early Years team.  I love supporting your children to discover new exciting experiences, learn new skills and help them settle happily into school life.

I have 40 years’ experience working in Early Years settings, including running my own and local playgroups, before raising my family.  I started at Pear Tree Mead as an N.N.E.B. qualified Nursery Nurse in 1996 and have worked in both Nursery and Reception Classes.

This year, once again I will be based in Ash Class working across both Nursery classes.  I will also be working as a Learning Support Assistant with individual children in Reception.

Mrs Mead - Reception Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hey! I’m Mrs Mead and I have been a member of staff at Pear Tree Mead since 2007.  I have worked across the school over the years, but have mostly worked in Reception class, which is a year group I really enjoy being part of.  I am currently working in Beech class supporting all the children across Reception and last year, I took on the role as Mid-day Assistant for Reception.  Alongside Mrs Thurgood, I also help to run Gym Trail which supports children’s fine and gross motor skills.  I am interested in the children’s social and emotional development and creating a stimulating environment.

Meet the Key Stage 1 Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs Fleming - Reception Learning Support Assistant

Hey, My name is Mrs Fleming.
I have been a Learning Support Assistant at Pear Tree Mead since May ‘22. This year I will be working across year 1 and supporting in the Nurture group in the afternoons.
I have completed courses in Autism Awareness and have my Teaching Assistant level 2. I am currently completing my Level 3 in supporting teaching a learning.
Every day is a new challenge and I love helping the children navigate their way to there fullest potential.

Miss Hassan - KS1 Learning Support Assistant

Hello, My name is Miss Hassan and I am very excited to be starting my new role at Pear Tree Mead. I am currently studying to obtain my degree in primary education and hope to advance my own practice working with the lovely children within the school. I hope to encourage children’s individuality and interest for subjects across the curriculum and adopt this idea to inspire their bright future.

Miss Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hi, my name is Miss Cousins.  I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998.  I work as a Learning Support Assistant, Mid-day Assistant and Cleaner.  I enjoy all three of my jobs as I get to work with lots of different staff, as part of our fantastic team.

Miss Brown - KS1 Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

My name is Miss Brown.  Since joining Pear Tree Mead in 2014, I have worked mainly within Early Years and Key stage 1. For this school year I will be working in year 1, as well as helping to cover the KS1 playground as a Mid-day Assistant.  In 2016, I completed the Advance Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.  In 2017, I went on to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

Mrs Timpson - KS1 Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Timpson and I have been a part of Pear Tree Mead since my children attended here.  Firstly, as an Mid-day Assistant and now as a Teaching Assistant.  I find it very rewarding working with the children and watching them grow.

Miss Sullivan - KS1 Teaching Assistant

 

Hi, my name is Miss Sullivan, I am a SEND LSA and this is my second year at PTM. I will be working in year 2 this year in Hazel class. I will also be helping in nurture group too.
I love supporting children and have been working with SEN for 9 years.

Mrs Papaphilippou - KS1 Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Papaphilippou.  I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception.  I started off at Pear Tree Mead as a volunteer, helping out where and when I could,  I have now been given this fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing people to help and encourage our children to achieve their potential.

 

Mrs Chippett - KS1 Teaching Assistant and Intervention Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Chippett and I have been working at Pear Tree Mead for 28 years.  I started working in the Nursery and have since worked with various age groups around the school.  I enjoy my current role as Hazel Class LSA and KS1 Interventions Teaching Assistant, working alongside a great KS1 team.  I work with the belief that every child matters.

Meet the Lower Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistants+

Mx Frances - LKS2 Learning Support Assistant

Hello, my name is Mx Frances. This is my first year at Pear Tree Mead and I’m excited to work with Year 4!

I have a degree in creative writing, and regularly produce short stories online. I have always enjoyed working with children, particularly primary school age, and look forward to growing my skill set over the coming year .

Mrs Ward - LKS2 Learning Support Assistant

Hello. I’m Miss Ward and recently joined Pear Tree Mead school. I have worked in education for over 20 years.
I am really enjoying my time at the school and have been welcomed by both the staff and pupils. I’m looking forward to the coming year getting to know the children and supporting them in class and small groups. It will be lovely watching them grow and develop.

Mrs White - LKS2 Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Mrs White.  I have been part of the Pear Tree Mead community since my children attended the school.  I love working with the children and watching them grow and also working alongside the dedicated staff at Pear Tree Mead.

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Mrs Dodson - LKS2 Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Dodson.  I joined Pear Tree Mead Academy in January 2019.

I am proud to work alongside such an amazing and supportive team of people.

I have enjoyed working with children in different year groups as a Teaching Assistant.  I love working with children and supporting them in their learning journey.  It is  very rewarding to see the growth in their confidence throughout the course of the year.

I am currently working in year 3 as SEND Learning Support Assistant.

Miss Ridgwell - KS2 SEND Learning Support Assistant

My name is Miss Ridgwell.  I joined the Pear Tree Mead team in September 2019 as an SEND Learning Support Assistant.  I’m a level 3 qualified Teaching Assistant and am currently working in Year 1.  I enjoy working with the children and love seeing them learn and grow!

Miss Merritt - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

My name is Miss Merritt, I joined Pear Tree Mead in October 2021, as a learning support assistant/MDA.  Before joining Pear Tree Mead I worked at Little Parndon Primary School as a Co – Educator (1-1, HLTA, Mentor), working with Children from Reception to Year 6.

I have a Level 3 SEN qualification and have 7 years experience of working in Primary schools.  I’m currently working in year 3, Mulberry Class, I’m enjoying working with all of the amazing staff and children.

Miss White - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss White!

I started working at Pear Tree Mead Academy in 2019 as an LSA in Nursery. I have levels 1, 2 and 3 childcare qualifications which I done at college. I have worked my way up, working with all different age ranges and then started working as an SEND LSA which I absolutely love! 

I recently got the amazing opportunity to be the lead of Nurture Group which I am starting in September 2022. I am very excited to work with all the children and staff and making the sessions as fun and engaging as possible. 

 

Meet the Upper Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistants+

Miss Wright - UKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Wright, I have been working as an SEN LSA since 2012 and working at Pear Tree Mead since 2015.  I thoroughly enjoy my role and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.  The role is very rewarding and it’s great to see children accomplish so much over the years.  I am also involved in the Nurture Group in the afternoons, helping children with SEN to improve on their social/life skills.

Mrs Webb - UKS2 Teaching Assistant, Mid-day Assistant, Cleaner

Hi, my name is Mrs Webb.  I have two children who both attend Pear Tree Mead and I have recently joined Sycamore class as a Teaching Assistant.  I am also a member of the MDA team.  I really enjoy working with a great bunch of people!

Mrs Payne - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Payne and I started working at Pear Tree Mead in September 2013.  I hold a level 3 diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools and NCFE level 2 in understanding Autism.  I am also trained in first aid.  I am excited to be working in Pine class this year. I am also diabetic trained.

Mrs Hayden - UKS2 Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Hayden and the Teaching Assistant in Willow Class this year.  I have been working here at Pear Tree Mead for 16 years.  I am very lucky to have worked in most year groups during this time.  I find working with our pupils very rewarding, it’s great to see them learn, develop and grow into confident, young citizens.  It’s also great to be working alongside a fantastic and dedicated team.

Mrs Thorne - UKS2 Intervention Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Mrs Thorne and I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2000.  I have been in Year 6 for the last 14 of those years.  I really enjoy being part of the Year 6 team and working with the children to help them achieve their best.  I am also the Mid-day Assistant lead for KS2, a role I really enjoy.

Meet the Learning Mentors+

Mrs Williams - Learning Mentor Team Leader

Hello, my name is Mrs Williams and I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2000. My first role was as a Mid-day Assistant, supporting children during their lunch in the dining hall and within the playground environment.  I became a Teaching Assistant in 2001 and three years after, in 2004, I trained to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant  In this role I supported classes by leading the teaching; I’ve had experience in teaching Nursery through to Year 6.

I’m now a full time Learning Mentor and have been doing this role for the past 11 years.  I became the Learning Mentor Team Leader in 2019.  In this role, I work alongside the children across the school and help support the students to find a positive learning and school experience.

Miss Cracknell - Learning Mentor

Hi, my name is Miss Cracknell.  I joined Pear Tree Mead in 2015 and started working in Reception.  I am level 3 qualified in Early Years and young people’s workforce and have previous experience in a Nursery and Pre-school setting.

This year, I am enjoying my new role as Learning Mentor.

Meet the Specialist Teachers+

Mr Prentice - Specialist Teacher

Hi, I’m Mr Prentice and I have worked in sport for over 25 years, with a variety of agencies.  My sports life started in football with Leyton Orient where I worked as a community coach back in 1992.  I then went to work for a number of other football clubs at community and Academy level.

In 2001, I became involved in disability sport and was appointed Head Coach for Epping Forest Sportability Club in 2005.

Since 2007, I have supported a number of Harlow Schools with their PE.  I am passionate about sport and I am looking forward to supporting the children at sports competitions, extra-curricular clubs and after school clubs.

Mrs McCombie - Early Years Teacher, PE Coordinator, Outdoor Learning Lead

I have been teaching at Pear tree Mead Academy since March 2011.  I carried out my teacher training at London South bank University and I hold a level 3 qualification in Forest School.

Within my time at Pear Tree Mead Academy I have taught Year 1, Year 2 and Reception.  I have been subject lead for Geography and Design Technology.  I am lead for Physical Education and Outdoor Learning across the school.  I want children to get the opportunity to experience nature, make their own choices, take risks and develop at their own pace.

My current role is Nursery Teacher.  I am passionate about Early Years and I firmly believe that a good foundation is the key to a good education.

Mr Mann - Specialist Teacher

Hello, My name is Mr Mann and I am the swimming coach at Pear Tree Mead.

Meet the Administration Team+

Mrs Townsend - P.A. to the Headteacher, Attendance Officer & Clerk to the Governing Body

I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 2010.  I really enjoy my job; it is a very busy role and there is always lots to do!  As well as holding a Business and Administration qualification, I am the office manager, I have some lovely new office ladies this year , which I am super excited to be working alongside. Mrs Hayton will be your first point of contact moving forward, whilst Mrs Lyon will be looking after all the pupil administration. My job is such a varied role and this year I am going to be looking after some of the financial aspects of the school, such as payroll, HR and Health and Safety. This will give me a new challenge and makes my job at Pear Tree Mead forever interesting.  I will still be Mrs Peden’s PA and it is my job to make sure she is organised and has everything she needs daily to be a super Headteacher!

In my ‘spare’ time I am still committed to the school by providing a Clerking service to our Governing Body.  I must retain lots of legal and important information to be able to help the Governing Board be as effective as they can be. Being a Governor can be a very rewarding role, if this is of interest to you, please do contact me to find out more.

Mrs Hayton - Front of House & Communications Administrator

My name is Mrs Hayton and I joined the lovely admin team in June 2022. I thoroughly enjoy meeting and greeting pupils, parents, carers and visitors as well as staff at the front of office. I have over 12 years office experience. I look forward to the year ahead, and being part of a wonderful team!

Mrs Robinson - Admin Assistant

My name is Mrs Robinson and I started as a parent volunteer in the Nursery when my youngest son started.  I joined the school as a Teaching Assistant in Reception a year later. I have been lucky to have worked in every year group in the many years I have been here.  I am now part of the Admin Team.  It is great being part of a fantastic team.

Mrs Lyon - Pupil Administration

My name is Mrs Lyon and I started working at Pear Tree Mead Academy in March 2018.

I achieved my Teaching Assistant level 2&3 qualifications in 2017, after completing my course I continued studying and gained my SEN qualifications. I love learning and have participated in many courses over the years, one of my favourites being a Counselling in Schools course.

I am very fortunate to have worked in a wide range of year groups as a Teaching Assistant, helping the children gain their confidence and achieve their best. I have also worked alongside a fantastic team in running and overseeing Nurture Group.

This year I am stepping away from the classroom and have joined the lovely Admin Team. I will be looking after the Pupil Administration. I am looking forward to learning all the different aspects of my new role.

Meet the Family Support Team+

Mrs Townsend - P.A. to the Headteacher, Attendance Officer & Clerk to the Governing Body

I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 2010.  I really enjoy my job; it is a very busy role and there is always lots to do!  As well as holding a Business and Administration qualification, I am the office manager, I have some lovely new office ladies this year , which I am super excited to be working alongside. Mrs Hayton will be your first point of contact moving forward, whilst Mrs Lyon will be looking after all the pupil administration. My job is such a varied role and this year I am going to be looking after some of the financial aspects of the school, such as payroll, HR and Health and Safety. This will give me a new challenge and makes my job at Pear Tree Mead forever interesting.  I will still be Mrs Peden’s PA and it is my job to make sure she is organised and has everything she needs daily to be a super Headteacher!

In my ‘spare’ time I am still committed to the school by providing a Clerking service to our Governing Body.  I must retain lots of legal and important information to be able to help the Governing Board be as effective as they can be. Being a Governor can be a very rewarding role, if this is of interest to you, please do contact me to find out more.

Mrs Thurgood - SENCO Assistant and Intervention Teaching Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Thurgood and I joined Pear Tree Mead as a Classroom Teaching Assistant in 2009.  I progressed to becoming a Level 3 Teaching Assistant and then began working as an Interventions Teaching Assistant, providing phase support for Years 3 and 4.

My current job role is as an Assistant SENDco working alongside Mrs Martin.  This role enables me to work closely with pupils, staff and families to support children with additional needs.  I continue to run individual interventions for identified children and work closely with Mrs Cooper to run Gym trail.  I enjoy being part of a fantastic team that strive to help the children here to develop and reach their full potential.

I have previously been vice chair for the Friends of Pear Tree Mead committee and continue to support by being the school liaison.  I get to work alongside a group of fantastic, dedicated parents helping to arrange exciting and fun activities for the children. The fundraising helps to provide extra opportunities and equipment that help enrich the education and experiences for all the children here, at Pear Tree Mead.

Mrs Williams - Learning Mentor Team Leader

Hello, my name is Mrs Williams and I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2000. My first role was as a Mid-day Assistant, supporting children during their lunch in the dining hall and within the playground environment.  I became a Teaching Assistant in 2001 and three years after, in 2004, I trained to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant  In this role I supported classes by leading the teaching; I’ve had experience in teaching Nursery through to Year 6.

I’m now a full time Learning Mentor and have been doing this role for the past 11 years.  I became the Learning Mentor Team Leader in 2019.  In this role, I work alongside the children across the school and help support the students to find a positive learning and school experience.

Meet the Mid-Day Assistants+

Mrs Staples - Mid-day Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Staples. I joined Pear Tree Mead as a Mid-day Assistant in June 2018. My main role’s are working in the hall, making sure all the students get their dinners and doing first aid. I really enjoy working at Pear Tree Mead. Every day is different, with new challenges. I hope to remain working here for many years to come.

 

Mrs Taylor - Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, I’m Mrs Taylor, I am a Mid-day Assistant and a Cleaner at Pear Tree Mead.  I enjoy seeing the children at lunchtime and getting to know all their different personalities.  I also enjoy cleaning up after school in preparation for the next day.

Mrs Williams - Mid-day Assistant

My name is Mrs Williams and I am a Mid-day Assistant.  I thoroughly enjoy interacting with the children whilst I’m on duty on the playground.  The children really are a joy to be around and make me laugh daily.  I like to think I give the children encouragement to play nicely and that I deal with each child’s individual needs when they need my assistance.

Mrs Nash - Nursery Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Mrs Nash.  I joined Pear Tree Mead in 2014.  I am a qualified Teaching Assistant and have worked in our Nursery class since 2014.  I also have qualifications in understanding autism and mental health.  I love working with the children and I am looking forward to helping the new children settle in.

Mrs Mead - Reception Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hey! I’m Mrs Mead and I have been a member of staff at Pear Tree Mead since 2007.  I have worked across the school over the years, but have mostly worked in Reception class, which is a year group I really enjoy being part of.  I am currently working in Beech class supporting all the children across Reception and last year, I took on the role as Mid-day Assistant for Reception.  Alongside Mrs Thurgood, I also help to run Gym Trail which supports children’s fine and gross motor skills.  I am interested in the children’s social and emotional development and creating a stimulating environment.

Miss Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hi, my name is Miss Cousins.  I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998.  I work as a Learning Support Assistant, Mid-day Assistant and Cleaner.  I enjoy all three of my jobs as I get to work with lots of different staff, as part of our fantastic team.

Miss Brown - KS1 Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

My name is Miss Brown.  Since joining Pear Tree Mead in 2014, I have worked mainly within Early Years and Key stage 1. For this school year I will be working in year 1, as well as helping to cover the KS1 playground as a Mid-day Assistant.  In 2016, I completed the Advance Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.  In 2017, I went on to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism.

Miss Rose - Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Miss Rose.  I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2007.  I work alongside a fantastic team at lunchtime.  I also run a creche for parents who require childcare whilst attending the schools parenting courses.

Miss Wright - UKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Wright, I have been working as an SEN LSA since 2012 and working at Pear Tree Mead since 2015.  I thoroughly enjoy my role and couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.  The role is very rewarding and it’s great to see children accomplish so much over the years.  I am also involved in the Nurture Group in the afternoons, helping children with SEN to improve on their social/life skills.

Mrs Webb - UKS2 Teaching Assistant, Mid-day Assistant, Cleaner

Hi, my name is Mrs Webb.  I have two children who both attend Pear Tree Mead and I have recently joined Sycamore class as a Teaching Assistant.  I am also a member of the MDA team.  I really enjoy working with a great bunch of people!

Mrs Papaphilippou - KS1 Learning Support Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Papaphilippou.  I am a Teaching Assistant in Reception.  I started off at Pear Tree Mead as a volunteer, helping out where and when I could,  I have now been given this fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing people to help and encourage our children to achieve their potential.

 

Miss Merritt - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

My name is Miss Merritt, I joined Pear Tree Mead in October 2021, as a learning support assistant/MDA.  Before joining Pear Tree Mead I worked at Little Parndon Primary School as a Co – Educator (1-1, HLTA, Mentor), working with Children from Reception to Year 6.

I have a Level 3 SEN qualification and have 7 years experience of working in Primary schools.  I’m currently working in year 3, Mulberry Class, I’m enjoying working with all of the amazing staff and children.

Mrs Payne - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Payne and I started working at Pear Tree Mead in September 2013.  I hold a level 3 diploma in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools and NCFE level 2 in understanding Autism.  I am also trained in first aid.  I am excited to be working in Pine class this year. I am also diabetic trained.

Mrs Thorne - UKS2 Intervention Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Mrs Thorne and I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2000.  I have been in Year 6 for the last 14 of those years.  I really enjoy being part of the Year 6 team and working with the children to help them achieve their best.  I am also the Mid-day Assistant lead for KS2, a role I really enjoy.

Meet the Cooking Team+

Mrs Kluza - Cooking Team

Mrs Maynard - Cooking Team

Mrs Goodenough - Cooking Team

Mrs Dukes - Cooking Team

Meet the Cleaning Team+

Mr Hawkins - Site Manager

Hi, my name is Mr Hawkins, and I am the Site Manager.  I left school in 1979 and completed an apprenticeship to become an electronics engineer.  In October 1998 I joined Pear Tree Mead.  Within my time as Site Manager I have completed various courses to keep me up to date with Health and Safety & new practices, etc.  My role as Site Manager is to oversee the day to day running of the school and ensure it is a safe learning environment for both children and staff.  I am also in charge of a team of 7 cleaning staff.

 

Mrs Taylor - Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, I’m Mrs Taylor, I am a Mid-day Assistant and a Cleaner at Pear Tree Mead.  I enjoy seeing the children at lunchtime and getting to know all their different personalities.  I also enjoy cleaning up after school in preparation for the next day.

Mrs Adjini - Cleaner

Hello, my name is Mrs Adjini.  I have been cleaning at Pear Tree Mead for since 2016.  I am very happy at work and enjoy being around the people I work with.

Miss Oliver - Pre School Team and Nursery Learning Support Assistant

Hello, I’m Miss Oliver and I have been working in the Pre-school and Nursery classes at Pear Tree Mead Academy since April 2013.  I support the children’s welfare needs such as potty training and settling in.  I have previously worked for SureStart and various Crèches and Nurseries.  I am also part of the cleaning team.  I very much enjoy working at Pear Tree Mead Academy.

Mrs Stevens - Reception Learning Support Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, my name is Mrs Stevens.  I have 2 children both currently at Passmores.  I started Pear Tree Mead as a relief Mid-day Assistant and now work full time in Nursery and as part of the cleaning team.  We are a great team and I love my time working with them and all the lovely children.

Miss Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hi, my name is Miss Cousins.  I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998.  I work as a Learning Support Assistant, Mid-day Assistant and Cleaner.  I enjoy all three of my jobs as I get to work with lots of different staff, as part of our fantastic team.