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 Senior Leadership Team 

Head Teacher - Mrs Weeks 

Mrs Weeks began her teaching career as a teacher at Crofton Junior School where she taught for over 5 years. She moved on to Leesons Primary School in 2002 where she later became Deputy Head Teacher. She had the privilege of being part of the team which moved Poverest from a judgement of Notice to Improve to Good with outstanding features and this continued at the second inspection. Mrs. Weeks is very proud of the rapid improvements achieved at Poverest Primary and looks forward to the school being judged 'outstanding' in all areas when Ofsted visit next.

Deputy Head Teacher - Mr Haylock  

Mr Haylock graduated from Winchester University in 2002, having studied for his BA withs Hons degree in Education. He has taught in both key stages 1 and 2. He has been a senior leader in primary schools since 2008 with experience of raising school and pupil achievement.  Mr Haylock has worked with the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and Computing at School (CAS) on primary computing provision and is also a lead moderator KS2 writing in Bromley. Mr Haylock has been part of the Poverest team since September 2012 and is very proud of the improvements Poverest Primary School has made and looks forward to the school's journey to 'Outstanding'.

Deputy Head Teacher - Mrs Wilson 

Mrs Wilson started teaching in Greenwich in 1999 teaching children from the Nursery to Year 6. Here she was a Deputy Head and a Leading teacher for Greenwich supporting other schools in the area with Maths and Early Years. In 2012, she moved to Poverest Primary School. She continues to support other schools in Bromley as well as being a EYFS moderator for the local authority and working with the DfE. She achieved an 'outstanding' judgement in the 2014 OFSTED for her leadership and for the EYFS team and continues to support the school in moving from 'good' to 'outstanding' across the board.

Assistant Head Teacher / SENCo -  Mrs Mills 

SENCO/Head of Provision
Mrs. Mills started teaching in 1991 where she was a class teacher at Darrick Wood Junior School. Alongside her class teaching, she worked closely with BYMT (Bromley Youth Music Trust) in promoting and involving children in their musical activities.  She has worked in many local schools inspiring musical love and talents in the children she has taught.

Mrs. Mills joined Poverest Primary School in January 2014 as the music teacher and through working closely with the children within the Provision she became one of the teachers there, in Ash class.

In 2016, Mrs. Mills trained for her NASENCO PGCert. award and moved into the role she has now.

As Assistant Head, Mrs. Mills works closely with the Head and Deputy Heads with moving the school along the path to outstanding.  She also supports the children and their families within the mainstream within her role as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

Poverest Primary School is very proud of its inclusive nature and Mrs. Mills leads the team in our Specialist Provision ensuring that families are supported and the children thrive there, reaching their full potential.

Senior Teacher - Key Stage Two - Mrs Hopper  

Mrs Hopper studied a degree in Early Childhood studies  with Education at the University of Roehampton. She then went on to do her PGCE at the university of Greenwich. She became a teacher in 2008. She taught in key stage one for eight years at Leesons Primary school. Mrs Hopper joined Poverest in 2016 and is working in year 5. In September 2021, Mrs Hopper moved into Key Stage 1 to teach Year 2. She is very excited to be part of Poverest Primary School. 


Senior Teacher - Key Stage One - Mrs Inwood  

Mrs. Inwood completed a degree in Primary Early Years Education with QTS at the University of the West of England before moving to London and finishing her first teaching year in the borough of Brent. She joined Poverest in 2014. She loved working in the Early Years and seeing the progress and huge advances that the children make over their first year in school. She achieved an 'outstanding' judgement in the 2014 OFSTED with the EYFS Poverest team and continues to support the school in moving from 'good' to 'outstanding' in all areas.She is currently working in Year 2. 


Senior Teacher - Mrs Rautenbach

Mrs Rautenbach joined Poverest  in September 2018. She is originally from South Africa, and completed her Bachelors degree in Teaching at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She specialised in Music Education, and really enjoys sharing her love of music with children. After completing her studies, she moved to London and taught in Tower Hamlets for  ten years, in both Early Years and Key Stage 1. She is currently teaching Year 2 and is responsible for English in KS1 this year. 

Senior Teacher - Miss Preston  

Miss Preston started her career in 2008 after achieving her  BA Hons in Primary Education with QTS at The University of Greenwich. Her first teaching position was at Days Lane Primary school in year 2, before working at Jubilee Primary School in Thamesmead where she enjoyed 7 years of teaching in Key Stage 2.

Miss Preston is now teaching Year 6 after joining the Poverest team in 2019. 

EYFS Lead - Miss Stevens 

Miss Stevens was awarded her BA Honours in Primary Education in 2007 from Greenwich University. In September 2007 she began teaching in Year one at Green Street Green Primary where she stayed for four years before moving into Reception. In 2014 she was asked to lead EYFS and continued that role until leaving in 2017. Miss Stevens enjoyed a short experience at Leesons Primary before joining Poverest in 2019 and is now currently leading EYFS and teaching Walnut class teacher. 

Mrs Richards (ASD Provision)


Teaching Staff  

Ms McDonald 

Ms McDonald started teaching in 1993. She completed her Bachelor of Education degree at South Bank University. She has taught from Nursery to Year 6. She is also a specialist in Reading Recovery and a trained Forest School leader. She joined Poverest Primary School in February 2013. She is currently teaching in Year 3. 

Mrs Williams 

After a long and varied career in journalism, including 10 years running an academic journal, Mrs Williams joined Pickhurst Junior School as a literacy specialist in Year 6.  Other appointments have included running interventions for gifted and talented children, introducing the P4C initiative (Philosophy for Children) across all year groups and a year spent in the Infant School providing teaching cover for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. She is currently teaching in Year 6. 

Mrs. Dale 

Mrs Dale started her career in 2002 after achieving her  BA Hons Degree at The University of Greenwich. Her first teaching position was at Slade Green Infants where she enjoyed 7 years of teaching in the Foundation Stage and Year 1. During this time she had experience of working with special needs children within a mainstream setting. Her next career choice was to work with children with ASD, she then joined us in 2009 as the Specialist Teacher in charge of the Provision where she stayed until 2015 when she had a career break.  She returned as a class teacher in the Provision in September 2017 but now has returned to the mainstream with a Year 1 class.

Mrs Wallis  

Mrs Wallis completed her Batchelor of Arts Degree at Goldsmiths College, University London. She has worked for a number of years in Kent, teaching children from year 3 to year 6. Mrs Wallis joined Poverest Primary School in 2012 to increase her knowledge and understanding of children with ASD. She works within all KS2 classes and sometimes the ASD provision.  

Miss Otieno 

Miss Otieno completed a BA Hons in Education Studies at the University of Greenwich. She then went on to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education at the University of Greenwich. Miss Otieno joined Poverest Primary School in 2017 as an NQT in Year 1 and is now teaching in Year 3. She has enjoyed developing Religious Education throughout the school as well as being responsible for our School Travel Plan. She is also part of the LGBT+ team supporting the children within our school. 

Mrs Smith

Mrs Smith completed her four year degree in Primary Education at the University of Winchester. She completed her final placement at Poverest Primary School and returned as an NQT for Year 3. Mrs Smith taught in Year 3 for four years and in Year 2 for one year. This year she has moved to Year 1. She also specialises in Computing and continues to improve the skills for this within school.

Miss Irwin 

Miss Irwin became a teacher in 2006, having attended University of Greenwich where she specialised in Art, Primary Education with QTS (BA Hons). She has taught in Key Stage Two for the last ten years, first at Leesons and then at Tubbenden. Miss Irwin joined Poverest in 2016  teaching in Reception class. Miss Irwin currently teaches in Year 4. She is leading the school in achieving it's Art Mark with many varied and interesting projects being undertaken since 2019. 

Mrs Ruggiero

Mrs Ruggiero started her career in teaching in 2012, after career change from Investment Banking. She completed her PGCE at Goldsmiths College, University of London with a specialism in Profound and Complex Needs. Mrs Ruggiero has taught across KS1 & KS2 as well as leading on a number of different subject areas. Mrs Ruggiero initially began her career at Foxfield Primary School, where she worked 7 years before joining us at Poverest.   

Mrs Ruggiero is currently one of the teachers for Elder class in Year 5  and is enjoying leading Science within the school. 

 Mrs Jones

Mrs Jones completed her teacher qualification in 2019, after many years working as a PTP. She originally trained as a dancer, gaining a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in dance in 2011. Mrs Jones has been teaching early years now for two years and has also taught dance clubs and workshops for KS1 and KS2. She is leading Design and Technology within the school. 

Mrs Mantle

Mrs Mantle completed her 4 year degree in Primary Education at Brighton University. She then went on to work at Leesons Primary School in Reception for 4 years and then became the EYFS Leader for a year. She joined Poverest teaching Year 1 in 2018. She is currently responsible for a Year 2 class and is a very pro-active leader of Geography through the school. 

Mr Scurfield

Mr. Scurfield taught for 14 years at Crofton Junior School, and particularly enjoyed working with years 5 and 6. He joined Poverest in 2013. Mr Scurfield teaches small groups , focusing on mathematics and English and currently teaches year 2 on Thursdays. 

Miss McIllmurray

Miss McIllmurray starting working as a Professional Teaching Partner at Poverest in 2014 where she supported in EYFS and Year 3. She then successfully completed her Foundation Stage qualification in Early years education and worked in Tiddlywinks here at Poverest. In July 2018 she completed her BA (Hons) degree in Education Studies and was awarded her QTS in February 2021. She is really excited to continue teaching in Elm class, Year 5 as an NQT. 

Mr Smith

Mr Smith completed his degree for Primary Education in 2020. He worked as a PTP at Midfield Primary School. He began his teacher training at Poverest last year which he completed with QTS in July 2021. He enjoyed his first year at Poverest teaching Year 4 and leading School Council. In September 2021, Mr Smith moved to Year 3 and is now Computing lead at Poverest.

Mr Duffin


Professional Teaching Partners

Mrs Baker, Mrs Banks, Mrs Barwell, Mrs Carney, Miss Caulfield, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Davis, Mrs Ellis, Mrs Groom, Miss King, Miss Leetham, Mrs Manchester, Mrs O'Connor, Miss Parsons, Mrs Reed, Mrs Roa Avendano, Miss Scott, Mrs Senft, Mrs Smith, Mrs True, Miss Way, Mrs Wheeler, Mrs Wheller.

Individual Support Assistants

Miss Bakewell, Mrs Bashford, Mrs Bell, Mrs Callaghan, Miss Downham, Mrs Gentleman, Mrs Gunn, Mrs Hudson, Mrs Kaynakci, Mr McManus, Mrs Rixson, Mr Senft, Mrs Sharma, Miss Smith, Mrs Stitt.

Head of Pastoral Care: Mrs Boorman  

Mrs Boorman began her career working for the NHS where she worked over 16 years before moving into the Educational sector. During her 16 years in education she has worked in Lewisham and Bromley Borough schools. She has held various positions including School Counsellor, PA to the SENCO and Inclusion Manager. She is passionate about the pastoral care of all children at Poverest and working as part of a team.
Mrs Boorman is part of the Senior leadership Safeguarding team and Manager of our Breakfast Club.

Human Resources and Health & Safety Manager: Mrs White  

Office Manager: Mrs Helm 

Admin Officer: Mrs Hodgson 

Admin Assistant: Miss Wheller 

 Midday Supervisors  

Mrs Bashford, Mrs Bell, Mrs Clough, Mrs Deller-Miles, Miss Edwards, Mrs Hudson

Mrs Jarrold, Mrs Judickiene, Miss Obee, Mrs Singh, Mrs Smith, Miss Wheller, Mrs Wilson, Mr Yarrow

Site Manager:    Mr Owbridge

Assistant Site Manager: Mr Kettle