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Postal Address

Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
Harlow
Essex
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

Meet the Senior Leadership Team+

Mrs C. Peden - Headteacher

Mrs C Peden

BA.Ed (Hons)

I  have worked at Pear Tree Mead for the last 16 years. 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 PTM 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.

 

 

Mrs L. Davies - Deputy Headteacher

Hello, I am Mrs Davies

I have worked at Pear Tree Mead for 13 years and enjoyed every minute of it!

Some of you will know me as the Y6 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 PTM 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.

 

Mrs R. Arnould - Assistant Headteacher

I am Mrs Arnould. 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 S. Martin - Head of Early Years

Hello, I’m Sarah Martin.

This is my 14th year at Pear Tree Mead and I have been very fortunate to experience working in every key stage (although Early Years is my favourite). I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2008 and particularly enjoy my roles as Head of Early Years and SENDCo. I am passionate about creating the best start our children can have in their education. My favourite time of the week is when I see the Nursery and Reception children for my Early Years assembly where we enjoy singing songs, sharing stories and celebrating the children’s achievements.

Meet the Senior Leadership Support Team+

Mrs C. Peden - Mental Health and Well-Being Leader

Mrs C Peden

BA.Ed (Hons)

I  have worked at Pear Tree Mead for the last 16 years. 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 PTM 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.

 

 

Mrs L. Davies - Behaviour Leader

Hello, I am Mrs Davies

I have worked at Pear Tree Mead for 13 years and enjoyed every minute of it!

Some of you will know me as the Y6 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 PTM 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.

 

Mrs R. Arnould - Safeguarding Leader

I am Mrs Arnould. 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 S. Martin - SENDCo

Hello, I’m Sarah Martin.

This is my 14th year at Pear Tree Mead and I have been very fortunate to experience working in every key stage (although Early Years is my favourite). I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2008 and particularly enjoy my roles as Head of Early Years and SENDCo. I am passionate about creating the best start our children can have in their education. My favourite time of the week is when I see the Nursery and Reception children for my Early Years assembly where we enjoy singing songs, sharing stories and celebrating the children’s achievements.

Meet the Pre-School Team+

Mrs L. Burland - Pre School Leader

Hello, my name is Mrs Burland.
I am the Pre-School Leader and I also oversee the school’s Nurture Group. 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 N. Tappenden - Pre-School Team

My name is Nicola Tappenden 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 2 year olds having fun, learning new skills and watching their confidence grow.

 

Miss L. Oliver - Pre School Team and Nursery Teaching Assistant

Hello, I’ve been working in the nursery class at Pear Tree Mead Academy since April 2013.I support the children’s welfare needs such as potty training and settling in.I’ve previously worked for SureStart and various crèches and nurseries, and am very much enjoying working here at Pear Tree Mead Academy.

Miss L. Brown - Pre School Team & Mid-day Assistant

Since joining Pear Tree Mead in 2014, I have worked mainly in Reception and Key stage 1. For this school year I will be working in Saplings, the preschool and covering the KS1 playground as an MDA.

In 2016 I completed the Advance Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. I then went on to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism in 2017.

Meet the Early Years Teachers+

Mrs H. Thomas - Early Years Teacher

Hi, my name is Mrs Thomas and I have worked at Pear Tree Mead for 6 years as a Reception Class teacher. This year I am the Nursery teacher for Aspen Class.

In 1983 I graduated from the University of Wales with a Bed Honours degree and have worked extensively throughout Key Stage 1 and Early Years, with 7 of those years as a Nursery teacher.

I am really looking forward to getting to know your children and making their learning fun as they journey through their Nursery year.

My door is always open, so if you have any concerns at all, please come to talk to me.

Miss E. Butler - Reception Class Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Butler and I am one of the Reception teachers.

In 2012 I graduated from university with a BA Honours Primary Education teaching degree. I love teaching, and I aim to be an enthusiastic teacher in your child’s classroom.

In Cedar Class we encourage and support all children to succeed. One of my main aims is to provide your children with exciting, dynamic and enjoyable lessons, and to promote their love of learning.

I have been hugely enjoy teaching Cedar class this year. They have been doing some brilliant learning and are doing really well.

Feel free to get in touch if you need any information, or would like to discuss anything, my door is always open.

 

Mrs K. McCombie - Early Years Teacher and PE Coordinator

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 a Nursery Teacher, I am passionate about early years and I firmly believe that a good foundation is the

 

Mrs H. Leafe - Early Years Teacher

Welcome, my name is Mrs Leafe and since joining Pear Tree Mead Academy in March 2014 I have worked in the Nursery. However, 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.

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

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

Meet the Key Stage 1 Teachers+

Miss L. Saunders - 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.

 

Miss G. Euesden - KS1 Teacher

Hello! My name is Gemma Euesden. I have worked at Pear Tree Mead since 2012. I spent my first 7 years at PTM as a Teaching Assistant whilst completing my degree. I graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a BA Honours in Education Studies and I’m thrilled to be entering my second year of teaching.

In Hazel Class, myself and Miss Cousins aim 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 1:1 Teaching Assistant. I feel this experience provides me with additional understanding of a childs’ individual needs.

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

Miss U. Radomska - KS1 Teacher

Hello! My name is Miss Radomska. I am the Year 1 teacher in Fir Class. I graduated from The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland with 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 leading EAL (English as additional language) and MFL (Modern Foreign Language i.e. French) at our school.

In Fir 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, don’t be shy. My door is always open.

Ms L. Fry-Smith - KS1 Teacher

Hi, my name is Leah Fry-Smith and I teach year 2. 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 really enjoy teaching year 2 and love supporting the children to develop and grow both in their academic abilities but also in their growth mind set. If there is anything I can do to help or support you and your child, then please come and speak to me.

Meet the Lower Key Stage 2 Teachers+

Mr M. Walker - LKS2 Teacher

My name is Mark Walker, this now my sixth year teaching at Pear Tree Mead Academy. Our class teaching assistant is Mrs Dodson. Pine class is an exciting environment where children are encouraged to engage in a cross curricular learning experience. High standards of English and Maths will be taught and expected from the children in our class. We encourage our pupils to read every night, without fail. You should find that, rather being worried about school, the children will be excited to learn in Pine class. It has always been my aim to provide an environment in which learning is an exciting and enticing prospect, where the unexpected can create awe and wonder in the children.

Mrs L. Bolger - LKS2 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 V. Vyapury - LKS2 Teacher

Hi, I’m Valerie Vyapury and I have been working at Pear Tree Mead for the last 6 years. I have been a Teaching assistant for 14 years and I have mostly worked in Key stage 2. After completing my BA Honours  at Anglia Ruskin university, I enrolled on the Essex teacher training programme  which I successfully completed this year.
 I really enjoyed being part of the learning journey of all the children and I am really excited to be teaching Year 3 this year.

Miss H. Garip - LKS2 Teacher

Hello, my name is Miss Garip and I teach in Year 3 at Pear Tree Mead. I joined the team in 2019 as I relocated home and chose to begin a new journey at the school. I graduated from Middlesex University and completed my teacher training with the University of Buckingham.  I have been working in education for 10 years and I am thoroughly enjoying my time at PTM.

Mrs E. Cuffaro - LKS2 Teacher

I am Mrs Cuffaro, I started at PTM 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.

I will be working on a Monday and Tuesday in Oak class with Mr Walker and be with the management team on a Wednesday.

It is fantastic seeing how the children are learning while having fun, making progress and enjoying their school life.

Meet the Upper Key Stage 2 Teachers+

Mr D. 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 for just over four years. I have found the children an absolute pleasure to teach and the team have been very welcoming.

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 J. Warner - UKS2 Teacher

Hi, I am Miss Warner and this is my fifth year teaching here at Pear Tree Mead. This year I am Year 6 lead and this will be my third 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 onto study for my PGCE in primary education and completing my teacher training at PTM.

I am very excited to get to know your children and welcome back to my class those who I have taught before in year 3. 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 C. Burke - UKS2 Teacher

Hi there!

This is my seventh 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 11 years. I originally trained in Ireland as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher (French, Spanish and Italian) and began teaching at primary level ten years ago.

In the school, I am the Maths coordinator and I also have other roles such as the UKS2 Phase Leader. 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. Robinson, which gives pupils the opportunity to eventually perform at the O2 in London, later in the year.

This year, I am teaching Year 5 in Sycamore class with the support of Miss Valerie Vvapury, which I am really looking forward to doing!

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.

Mrs M. Bruce - UKS2 Teacher

My name is Mrs Bruce, I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 2014 and am currently the year 6 teacher in Yew class, I graduated from university in 2013 with a BA honours degree in Education, I then went on to gain my PGCE in 2014.

In Yew class we aim to provide your children with lessons that are stimulating, challenging and exciting,

I aim to encourage the children to have high expectations of themselves. We work hard on their well-being so they can achieve their best and develop the skills they need to become well rounded individuals.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and sharing all we have learned with you.

If you have anything you would like talk to me about I am always on the door in the mornings and after school, or I am happy for you to arrange an appointment to see me at a more convenient time.

Meet the Nursery Learning Support Assistants+

Miss S, Finlay - Nursery Intervention Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

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Miss L. Oliver - Pre School Team and Nursery Teaching Assistant

Hello, I’ve been working in the nursery class at Pear Tree Mead Academy since April 2013.I support the children’s welfare needs such as potty training and settling in.I’ve previously worked for SureStart and various crèches and nurseries, and am very much enjoying working here at Pear Tree Mead Academy.

Mrs Z. Nash - Nursery Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi My name is Zoe Nash. I have worked at pear tree mead for almost five years now. I am a qualified TA and have worked in our nursery class for four and a half years. 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 after the summer.

Mrs N. Stevens - Nursery Teaching Assistant

Hello my name is Mrs Stevens.

I have 2 children both currently at Passmores, I started ptm as a relief MDA and now work full time in nursery.

We are a great team and I have loved my time working with them and all the lovely children.

Mrs R. Newland - Nursery Teaching Assistant

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

I have had 40 years’ experience working in Early Years settings, including running my own and local playgroups, before raising my family. I started at PTM Nursery 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 based in Ash Class working across both nursery classes as TA/HLTA. I will also be working as LSA with individual children in Reception during Autumn Term 2020.

Meet the Reception Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs N. Riddoch - Reception SEN Teaching Assistant

Bio available soon.

Miss J. Scafe - Reception Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Scafe. I have worked in childcare for almost ten years. This will be my second  year at Pear Tree Mead.

I am currently working in Cedar class but help across the whole of reception. This year I will be working as a reception MDA too.

I am looking forward to meeting all the new children this year, helping them learn and grow.

Miss L. Levy - Reception Teaching Assistant

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Hi, my name is Miss Levy, i am currently completing my level 2 Early Years qualification, and plan to then move on to my level 3. I have really enjoyed my time at Pear tree mead so far and look forward to the years to come.

Mrs A. Payne - Reception SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Payne and I started working at PTM 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 Reception class this year.

Mrs D. Cooper - Reception Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hey!

I’m Mrs Cooper and I have been a member of staff at Pear Tree Mead for over 10 years.

I have worked across the school over the years, but have mostly worked in Reception class, which is a year group I enjoy being part of.

I am currently working in Beech class supporting all children across Reception and last year, took on the role as a Reception MDA.

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 N. Jones - Reception SEN Teaching Assistant

Hello my name’s Natalie Jones. This is my third year at Pear Tree Mead. I am level 3 qualified in childcare and early years, and also hold a SENCO qualification.

I am looking forward to another year, meeting all the new children and helping them to grow.

Miss O. White - Reception Teaching Assistant

Hi my names Olivia White.

I have been working at Pear Tree Mead Academy since completing my level 2 Apprenticeship qualification in January 2018. I am currently doing my Level 3 apprenticeship qualification which has been amazing so far. I’ve really enjoyed my time completing my Level 2 qualification and some of my Level 3 in Nursery and looking forward to be moving up into Reception with the children.

 

Meet the Key Stage 1 Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs C. White - KS1 Teaching Assistant & Mid-Day Assistant

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

Miss K. Ridgwell - KS1 SEN Teaching Assistant

I joined the PTM team in September 2019 as a SEN 1:1. I’m a level 3 qualified teaching assistant currently working in year 2. I enjoy working with the children and love seeing them learn and grow!

Mrs L. Timpson - KS1 Teaching Assistant

I’ve been a part of Pear Tree Mead since my children attended here, firstly as an MDA and now as a T.A. I find it very rewarding working with the children and watching them grow.

Mrs H. Chippett - Intervention Teaching Assistant

I have been working here for 28 years. I started work in the Nursery and have since worked with various age groups around the school. I am currently enjoying my role as interventions TA, working with a great team. I work along with the belief that every child matters and enjoy working with KS1.

Miss S. Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-Day Assistant & Cleaner

I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998. I work as a LSA, MDA and cleaner. I enjoyed all three of my jobs as I get to work with lot’s of different staff as part of a fantastic team.

Mrs A. Lee - KS1 Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Audrey Lee and I’ve been working at Pear Tree Mead for 19 years. During my time here I have worked with all year groups. I enjoy every aspect of my role in the school and working with the children and watching them develop and thrive. I am currently working in a Year 4 class with an amazing team.

Meet the Lower Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs L. Papaphilippou - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Mrs Papaphilippou

I’ve recently been appointed as a KS1 TA, I started off as a volunteer at Pear Tree Mead helping out where and when I could.

I have now been given this fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing people, helping and encouraging our children to achieve their potential.

 

Mrs E. Jackman - LKS2 Teaching Assistant

Hi,   I’m Emma Jackman.

I’ve been involved with Pear Tree Mead Academy since 2005, firstly as a parent where all three of my children have been through the Nursery and school.

I became a member of staff in 2013 and have enjoyed working in Reception, Nursery, year 3 and now year 4 and thoroughly enjoy working with the children and fantastic staff.

 

Miss C. Cracknell - LKS2 Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Chloe. I joined Pear Tree Mead in 2015 and started 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. I have previously worked in the early years setting so am now looking forward to my new adventure in key stage two and working in year 3.

Miss L. Wright - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Wright and I have been part of the Pear Tree Mead team for 5 years now.

I am an SEN LSA and I support Pine class. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every day, each day is different and very rewarding, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Mrs S. Forsyth - LKS2 Teaching Assistant

My name is Sue Forsyth, I’ve been working at Pear Tree Mead now for 20 years. I’ve worked alongside some amazing teachers and pupils over the years. I’m currently working in a year 3 class and loving every minute of it.

Miss R. Lenihan - Intervention Teaching Assistant

My name is Rebecca Lenihan.

I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since April 2012

I started working here as a mid-day assistant whilst training to become a level 2 TA. I have worked within every year group of the school & have absolutely loved my time with the wonderful little people I have worked with, seeing the very core of their futures start from nursery right up to year 6. I have been lucky to watch them thrive socially & emotionally whilst on their educational journey.

I have recently started my new role as a level 3 interventions TA over seeing whole school interventions & working alongside year 3 & 4. This is something that I am extremely passionate about as It provides the opportunity to watch & teach children that may find learning difficult, I create a fun learning experience catered to individual needs to help their progression and confidence and above all enjoyment to learning.

Mrs E. Dodson - LKS2 Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs. Dodson. I have joined  Pear Tree Mead school  in January this year at reception class as 1 to 1 support assistant.
I had previous experience working at st.Luke’s  Catholic Academy where I started as a volunteer then as midday assistant and then as TA. During that period I  had experience working in reception class and also in classes  year group 1,2,3.
I love working with children, it’s a very rewarding job.
I am looking forward to work with year 4 children next year.

Meet the Upper Key Stage 2 Learning Support Assistants+

Mrs L. Lyon - UKS2 Teaching Assistant

My name is Mrs Lyon!

 

I am the Teaching Assistant in Redwood Class.

 

I started at Pear Tree Mead Academy in March 2018.

 

I achieved my Teaching Assistant level 2&3 qualifications in 2017.

After completing my course, I also carried on my learning and gained my SEN qualifications. I enjoy every aspect of my role as class TA.

 

I am honoured to be apart of such an amazing, dedicated team/

 

I am looking forward to supporting the children their learning paths.

 

Miss K. James - UKS2 Teaching Assistant

Hi, my name is Kirstie James. I’ve just joined Pear Tree Mead this September 2019. Before starting my journey here I was a at Milwards primary school and nursery. Over my 6 years working there I fell in love with education. Being a class TA, SEN TA, Speech and language TA and intervention TA I have a vast amount of experience and fully love my job. I then went to Kiddi Caru as a nursery assistant and SENCO lead,  I cant wait to start my journey here and help children on their journey of education.

Mrs J. Sampson - UKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant

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Hi, my name is Mrs Sampson.  This is my first year at Pear Tree Mead, and I am loving working with such a fantastic team.
I work as a 1 to 1 in Year 5  in the mornings and the schools Nurture Group in the afternoons and enjoy helping the children learn and watching them grow.

Mrs L. Paul - UKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant

My name is Laura Paul. I have been working at Pear Tree Mead for over 8 years now.

This year I will be working in Redwood class (year 5) as a SEN TA.

 

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

Hi, my name is Julie Thorne and I have worked at PTM for twenty years. I have been in year 6 for the last thirteen 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 MDA lead for KS2, a role I really enjoy.

Mrs P. Hayden - UKS2 Teaching Assistant

Hi, I’m Paula Hayden and the Teaching Assistant here in Yew Class this year. I have been working here at Pear Tree Mead for 15 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 C. Eels - UKS2 Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Claire Eels. I joined PTM in March 2018, being asked to help in Year 6, after which I was lucky to be offered a permanent position. I have worked in year 5 for the past two years and also been one of the Learning Mentors. This year I will be working alongside the year 6 team and am lucky enough to be working with Miss Warner in Willow class. I am really looking forward to taking my last years class through their year 6 journey.

 

Meet the Learning Mentors+

Mrs J. Williams - Learning Mentor

Hello, my name is Julia Williams I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2000. My first role was as a MDA, 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 support 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 L. Cooper - Learning Mentor

Hi, I am Miss Cooper, the new learning mentor.

I am very pleased to have joined a friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic team.

I am passionate about education and learning. I have gained knowledge, experience and qualifications through my previous roles in secondary schools and in further education settings, especially focusing on SEND and SEMH needs.

I am excited to be working alongside some incredible children, watching their progress and giving them the tools to enhance their well-being and potential.

 

Meet the Specialist Teachers+

Mr A. Prentice -

I have worked in sport for over 25 years, working 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 and extra-curricular clubs and after School Clubs.

 

Mr N. Mann - Specialist Teacher

I am the swimming coach in the school

Mrs K. McCombie - Early Years Teacher and PE Coordinator

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 a Nursery Teacher, I am passionate about early years and I firmly believe that a good foundation is the

 

Meet the Administration Team+

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

I am in my 10th year of working here at PTM, I really enjoy my job although it is a very busy role with always lots to do! As well as holding a Business and Administration qualification,  I am the office manager and also oversee attendance, admissions and pupil information aswell as making sure Mrs Peden is organised and has everything she needs everyday, to be a super organised Headteacher! As part of the Family Support Team , we have here at Pear Tree Mead, I would love if you felt you can always come in and see me if your child struggles to come to school or if you are not sure who to direct your problem too and I will try to help or point you in the right direction. In my “spare” time I am still committed to the school by providing a Clerking service to our Governing Body, I have to retain lots of legal and important information to being able to help the Governing Board be as effective as they can, being an Governor can be a rewarding role and would recommend that if this is of interest to anyone please do contact me to find out more.

Mrs C. Gleed - Receptionist

My name is Mrs Gleed and I have worked at Pear Tree Mead Academy for 7 years. During my time at Pear Tree Mead I have gained my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Business Diploma and I have recently moved from my position as School Receptionist to Head Receptionist/Administrative Support.

I really enjoy meeting and greeting visitors and showing them what a brilliant school we have. I also enjoy interacting with our parents and especially the children, who always make me smile.

Mrs D. Evans - H.R. and Finance Manager

My name is Mrs Evans and I have worked at the school for many years and am responsible for Finance and H.R.

Mr A. Innes - I.T. and Admin Support

Hi there, my name is Mr Innes and I have been working at PTM for three years.  I assist the Teaching staff in enabling the children to access school technology.  I also assist the I.T. coordinator, Mr Walker, in bringing the best technology we can to PTM which in turn, enhances the children’s learning.

Mrs P. Robinson - Administration Staff

I started as a volunteer in the nursery when my youngest son started and 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 N. Deller - Finance and Admin Assistant

Hello, I have worked here at Pear Tree Mead for almost a year now, my role is Admin to Finance, Human Resources and Health & Safety, which I am enjoying very much.

 

Meet the Family Support Team+

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

I am in my 10th year of working here at PTM, I really enjoy my job although it is a very busy role with always lots to do! As well as holding a Business and Administration qualification,  I am the office manager and also oversee attendance, admissions and pupil information aswell as making sure Mrs Peden is organised and has everything she needs everyday, to be a super organised Headteacher! As part of the Family Support Team , we have here at Pear Tree Mead, I would love if you felt you can always come in and see me if your child struggles to come to school or if you are not sure who to direct your problem too and I will try to help or point you in the right direction. In my “spare” time I am still committed to the school by providing a Clerking service to our Governing Body, I have to retain lots of legal and important information to being able to help the Governing Board be as effective as they can, being an Governor can be a rewarding role and would recommend that if this is of interest to anyone please do contact me to find out more.

Miss R. Bartlett - Family Liaison Officer, Deputy Safeguarding Lead & Family Support Team

Hi, I’m Miss Bartlett, Family Liaison Officer and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

I have worked in education for over 10 years and this is my third year at PTM. I have a very varied and interesting role here, which I really enjoy. Among other things, my job includes providing emotional and practical support to Parents and families, arranging Parent workshops and courses, and overseeing the Volunteer programme. If there is anything you want to talk to me about, or you think I can help with please get in touch. You can contact me via the school office and I’m often in the playground at drop off and collection times so come and say hello if you prefer! I work Monday to Friday from 8:30-4:00

Mrs K. Thurgood - SENCO Assistant and Intervention Teaching Assistant

I joined Pear Tree Mead as a classroom TA in 2009 and have progressed to a level 3 T.A, when I began working as an intervention T.A and phase support for years 3 and 4.

I currently work alongside Mrs Martin as an Assistant SENDco. 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 have previously been vice chair for the Friends of Pear Tree Mead committee and continue to support by being the school liaise. 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.

I enjoy being part of a fantastic team that strive to help the children here to develop and reach their full potential.

 

Mrs J. Williams - Learning Mentor

Hello, my name is Julia Williams I have been working at Pear Tree Mead since 2000. My first role was as a MDA, 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 support 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 L. Cooper - Learning Mentor

Hi, I am Miss Cooper, the new learning mentor.

I am very pleased to have joined a friendly, dedicated and enthusiastic team.

I am passionate about education and learning. I have gained knowledge, experience and qualifications through my previous roles in secondary schools and in further education settings, especially focusing on SEND and SEMH needs.

I am excited to be working alongside some incredible children, watching their progress and giving them the tools to enhance their well-being and potential.

 

Meet the Mid-Day Assistants+

Mrs C. White - KS1 Teaching Assistant & Mid-Day Assistant

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

Mrs J. Staples - Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Jodie Staples. I joined Pear Tree Mead as an MDA in June 2018. My main role is working in the hall, making sure all the students get their dinners, and helping with first aid when needed. I also work at Breakfast Club. I have 3 children. 2 of which attend Pear Tree Mead. The eldest is in high school. I really enjoy working in this school. Every day is different, with new challenges. I hope to remain working here for many years to come!

Mrs N. Taylor - Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, im Mrs Natalie Taylor, I am an MDA and a cleaner. I enjoy seeing the children at lunchtime and getting to know all their different personalities. I also enjoy cleaning up after school ready for the next day.

Miss J. Scafe - Reception Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, I’m Miss Scafe. I have worked in childcare for almost ten years. This will be my second  year at Pear Tree Mead.

I am currently working in Cedar class but help across the whole of reception. This year I will be working as a reception MDA too.

I am looking forward to meeting all the new children this year, helping them learn and grow.

Miss S, Finlay - Nursery Intervention Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Bio and image will be available soon.

Mrs N. Williams - Mid-day Assistant

My names Nicola Williams I am a MDA , I thoroughly enjoy interacting with 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 every child’s individual needs as and when they need my assistance.

Mrs A. Payne - Reception SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Mrs Payne and I started working at PTM 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 Reception class this year.

Mrs Z. Nash - Nursery Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi My name is Zoe Nash. I have worked at pear tree mead for almost five years now. I am a qualified TA and have worked in our nursery class for four and a half years. 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 after the summer.

Mrs D. Cooper - Reception Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hey!

I’m Mrs Cooper and I have been a member of staff at Pear Tree Mead for over 10 years.

I have worked across the school over the years, but have mostly worked in Reception class, which is a year group I enjoy being part of.

I am currently working in Beech class supporting all children across Reception and last year, took on the role as a Reception MDA.

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 S. Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-Day Assistant & Cleaner

I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998. I work as a LSA, MDA and cleaner. I enjoyed all three of my jobs as I get to work with lot’s of different staff as part of a fantastic team.

Miss L. Wright - LKS2 SEN Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hello, my name is Miss Wright and I have been part of the Pear Tree Mead team for 5 years now.

I am an SEN LSA and I support Pine class. I thoroughly enjoy coming to work every day, each day is different and very rewarding, I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Miss L. Brown - Pre School Team & Mid-day Assistant

Since joining Pear Tree Mead in 2014, I have worked mainly in Reception and Key stage 1. For this school year I will be working in Saplings, the preschool and covering the KS1 playground as an MDA.

In 2016 I completed the Advance Level 3 Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. I then went on to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism in 2017.

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

Hi, my name is Julie Thorne and I have worked at PTM for twenty years. I have been in year 6 for the last thirteen 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 MDA lead for KS2, a role I really enjoy.

Miss M. Rose - Mid-day Assistant

HI, I have worked at Pear Tree Mead for 10yrs . I work alongside a fantastic team at lunchtime.
I also run a creche for parents who require childcare while doing any of the schools parenting courses.

Mrs C. Eels - UKS2 Teaching Assistant & Mid-day Assistant

Hi, my name is Claire Eels. I joined PTM in March 2018, being asked to help in Year 6, after which I was lucky to be offered a permanent position. I have worked in year 5 for the past two years and also been one of the Learning Mentors. This year I will be working alongside the year 6 team and am lucky enough to be working with Miss Warner in Willow class. I am really looking forward to taking my last years class through their year 6 journey.

 

Meet the Cooking Team+

Mrs K. Kluza - Cooking Team

Mrs H. Maynard - Cooking Team

Mrs A. Dukes - Cooking Team

Meet the Cleaning Team+

Mr C. Hawkins -

Hi, my name is Clive Hawkins, and I am the Site Manager.

I left school in 1979 and completed an apprenticeship to become a

Electronic engineer .

In Oct 1998 I joined PTM and now close to completing my 21st year.

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 which I enjoy,

And also making it a safe environment for children and staff.

I am also in charge of a team of 7 cleaning staff.

 

Mrs N. Taylor - Mid-day Assistant & Cleaner

Hello, im Mrs Natalie Taylor, I am an MDA and a cleaner. I enjoy seeing the children at lunchtime and getting to know all their different personalities. I also enjoy cleaning up after school ready for the next day.

Mrs L. Adjini -

Mrs Z. Webb -

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I have two children who both attend the school and have newly started the cleaning team. It is a great team of people and I really enjoy it!

Miss S. Cousins - KS1 Teaching Assistant, Mid-Day Assistant & Cleaner

I started working at Pear Tree Mead in 1998. I work as a LSA, MDA and cleaner. I enjoyed all three of my jobs as I get to work with lot’s of different staff as part of a fantastic team.