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Learning for the 21st Century

Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher

Philippa Moore

Mrs Moore 

Achieving exceptional standards within a meaningful, creative curriculum has always been Philippa’s passion and drive.  Qualified in 1990, she has taught in a range of schools in Hertfordshire and Durham from Nursery to Year 6 and experienced her first successful headship in Jenyns School, Braughing, Herts in 1999.  With expertise and passion for using drama in education, Philippa ran an education business, ‘Acting Up, Writing Down’, delivering workshops and training courses for teachers using drama techniques to enthuse and inspire children to write.  In her present role as Headteacher of Windhill School, Bishop’s Stortford, she has many roles. She primarily oversees the strategic school improvement and the raising of standards. Her creative vision and commitment to high standards has ensured that the school is adapting regularly to the change required by the ever-changing demands on the world around our pupils.

 Deputy Headteacher
Craig Wood

 Craig Wood

Having trained as a teacher for four years at Reading University (BA Ed Music hons), Craig started his teaching career in Dorset before moving to Essex. He has led various curriculum subjects including Maths, Music and Physical Education before joining the leadership team as Curriculum Manager. In 2008 Craig became Deputy Headteacher of a village school in the Epping Forest where he led the school curriculum, key stage 2 as well as supporting in the whole school data analysis process. During this time Craig was acting Headteacher on different occasions and was part of the leadership team focussed on driving the school forward. He was also a longstanding member of the governing body

In 2013 Craig moved to Windhill School as Deputy Headteacher. Here he takes responsibility for a number of areas, one of which is a part-time teaching role. Another aspect of his position is to analyse and collate the data from across the school, identifying areas of development to support individuals and groups of children in reaching their full potential. Craig also works alongside others in developing the curriculum to ensure it is balanced, creative and meets the needs identified by the school. In an ongoing process Craig monitors the progress of teaching and learning alongside other members of the SLT to facilitate improvement and enhanced practice. As well as a variety of other roles he works as part of a strong team focussed on benefiting the children and all stakeholders of the school.

Assistant Headteacher
Debra Price

Mrs Price Assistant Headteacher

Over the past twenty years Debra has taught in a range of primary schools across three counties. During this time she held leadership positions with responsibility for EYFS and KS1 and has been a SENCO and acting Deputy Headteacher.  As senior Assistant Headteacher and FS/KS1 leader at Windhill School, she is part of the senior leadership team and has responsibility for the teaching and learning and progress that the children make throughout the Early Years and KS1.  This includes supporting staff, observing lessons and measuring impact.   Her role includes working with parents and families and supporting the child's transition into nursery and school.  Debra serves on the partnership board of Windhill Children's Centre Network and works in close partnership with them. She regularly attends training, ensuring that current national and local initiatives are used in our school.  Debra has responsibility for PSHE in the school and devised the secret agents with a colleague to help the children identify the attributes to learning.  Recently she has led the implementation of Read Write Inc and is now working on the new curriculum with the Deputy Headteacher.

Assistant Headteacher
Sarah Rayner

 Sarah Rayner

Sarah is currently within her twelfth year of teaching having taught in a range of schools, both state and private.  Her main experience is within the Upper Key Stage Two phase, with seven of those years applied in Year 6.  Sarah’s teaching career began within Essex and after gaining four years experience, which evolved into leadership, she then decided to teach abroad and spent three years based in Houston, Texas teaching and leading Science and Key Stage Two at a British international school.  Sarah eventually moved back to the U.K. to be a phase leader of years 5 and 6 in Barking and Dagenham before being appointed here at Windhill.  Her primary role as Assistant Headteacher is to further the support of Teaching and Learning across the curriculum in order to raise attainment across KS2.  She enjoys working alongside teachers supporting and developing them and has also mentored NQTs and teacher trainees during the past two years.  Alongside this leadership position, Sarah is year 6 teacher and Coaching and Science Leader.  She is very excited about introducing the new Science Curriculum at Windhill from September 2014 and is focused on raising the profile of this core subject across the school.  

 

Coaching and Mentoring Leader
Chloe Myers 

 Chloe Smallwood

Chloe studied her degree in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield prior to completing her PGCE closer to home at the University of Hertfordshire.  With significant teaching experience in Key Stage One, she has led this phase, co-ordinated Literacy and Phonics, acted as NQT mentor and has been an active member of the leadership team.  Chloe joined Windhill21 in September 2014 and is currently teaching in year 2.  Her leadership responsibilities include NQT mentoring, overseeing the transition between KS1 and KS2, as well as implementing coaching practices across the school.

 Mathematics Leader
Louisa Layer

 

 Louisa studied her degree in History at the University of Southampton prior to completing her PGCE closer to home at Cambridge University. With significant teaching experience in Key Stage Two, she has led this phase, co-ordinated Mathematics, acted as NQT mentor and has been an active member of the leadership team.  Louisa joined Windhill21 in September 2015 and is currently teaching in year 3 and leading Mathematics throughout the school. 

Business Manager
Deborah Mills

Deborah Mills

Deborah has always worked in education and started her career as a PE teacher within the secondary sector.  She soon changed direction and moved to work within education administration, initially as an admissions officer before moving to lead the school governance section in a London borough in 1988.  Deborah and her family moved to Bishop’s Stortford in 1990.  In the past she has served as Chair of Governors at a local primary school and worked in the school office at two other primary schools before joining Windhill as a qualified School Business Manager when it opened in 2006.

Whilst the other members of SLT lead and manage the ‘ins and outs’ of life in the classroom, the role of the School Business Manager focuses on the non-teaching elements of running the school.  This involves ensuring that the school’s resources are managed effectively with a remit that covers a number of broad and varied areas including finance, administration, HR, premises management and ICT.   Deborah works closely with the other members of the leadership team to ensure the most effective use of the school’s resources in order to achieve improved standards of teaching and learning whilst maintaining the best value for money.  Deborah currently serves as an associate governor on Windhill’s Governing Body.

SENCO
(Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator)
Heledd Mann

Senco

After completing her 4 year BA Hons degree in Education at Swansea, Heledd began her teaching career in Bishops Stortford.  Following 2 years teaching in Year 1 she took a year out to travel in America, Africa, Australia and eventually settling in Wellington, New Zealand.  Here she worked in a Nursery for 9 months experiencing the Kiwi approach to the Early Years curriculum.  She then returned to teaching in Bishops Stortford, where, having taught in two key stages she became KS1 Leader of a large primary school.  Heledd then successfully completed the National SENCO award and thrived in applying this knowledge within the mainstream classroom. Her role at Windhill21 involves ensuring the provision and intervention for pupils with special educational needs is effective and meets their needs.  She is excited to be working in such a busy and positive school and is looking forward to working with staff and families to ensure that each child reaches their potential.