Our Staff

A look at all those people who work on behalf of our children.

Senior Management Team

  • John Calvert
    John Calvert
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Ruth Cobblah
    Ruth Cobblah
    Head of School
  • Timur Kay
    Timur Kay
    Executive Business Manager
  • Michele Hilton
    Michele Hilton
    SENCo
  • Charlotte Annansingh
    Charlotte Annansingh
    Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher
  • Matt Wills
    Matt Wills
    Assistant Head, Reception

 

EYFS Team

  • Evelyn Lauro
    Evelyn Lauro
    Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Julie Crawley
    Julie Crawley
    Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Maria McCarthy
    Maria McCarthy
    Nursery Teacher
  • Sharline Bertram
    Sharline Bertram
    Reception Teaching Assistant
  • Matt Wills
    Matt Wills
    Assistant Head, Reception

Year 1

  • Carol Sterling
    Carol Sterling
    Year 1 Teacher
  • Shereen Neils-Somers
    Shereen Neils-Somers
    Year 1 Teaching Assistant

Year 2

  • Michaela Walters
    Michaela Walters
    Year 2 Teacher
  • Samantha Harrison-Oueslati
    Samantha Harrison-Oueslati
    Year 2 Teacher
  • Tembisa Yawa
    Tembisa Yawa
    Year 2 Teaching Assistant
  • Sharon Martin
    Sharon Martin
    Year 2 Teaching Assistant

Year 3

  • Alex Donnelly
    Alex Donnelly
    Year 3 Teacher
  • Jannifer Mwangi
    Jannifer Mwangi
    Year 3 Teaching Assistant
  • Jenny Anti
    Jenny Anti
    Year 3 Teaching Assistant
  • Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones
    Year 3 Teaching Assistant

Year 4

  • Raphael Onyekwere
    Raphael Onyekwere
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Kyle Hayward
    Kyle Hayward
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Kaya Kilburn
    Kaya Kilburn
    Year 4 Teaching Assistant
  • Sandra Watt
    Sandra Watt
    Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Year 5

  • Sacharna McFarlane
    Sacharna McFarlane
    Year 5 Teacher
  • Justin Fakouri
    Justin Fakouri
    Year 5 Teacher
  • Jan Boye
    Jan Boye
    LSA
  • Rachael Shodiya
    Rachael Shodiya
    Year 5 Teaching Assistant
  • Barbara Porter
    Barbara Porter
    Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Year 6

  • Charlotte Annansingh
    Charlotte Annansingh
    Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher
  • Cassandra Drew
    Cassandra Drew
    Year 6 Teacher
  • Parris Moore
    Parris Moore
    Year 6 Teaching Assistant
  • Rochelle Atkinson
    Rochelle Atkinson
    Year 6 Teaching Assistant

Subject Teacher

  • Phillip Andrews
    Phillip Andrews
    Federation Sports Coach
  • Karen Sawyer
    Karen Sawyer
    Teaching Assistant, PPA Cover

Inclusion Team

  • Michele Hilton
    Michele Hilton
    SENCo

Administration Team

  • Monica Hylton
    Monica Hylton
    Office and Resources Manager
  • Susanne Hayes
    Susanne Hayes
    Executive Business Assistant
  • Mandy Hebditich
    Mandy Hebditich
    Administrative Assistant

Technicians

  • Melissa Johnson
    Melissa Johnson
    ICT Technician

Site Management

  • Patrick Arhin
    Patrick Arhin
    Premises Assistant
John Calvert
Executive Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher at the GGLV Federation. We have two great schools that we all enjoy working in, alongside the local communities whom we serve. I joined the Federation in April 2020 and I have loved every minute of it so far. I know that my time here is limited as we have successfully appointed a fantastic new Executive Headteacher who is due to start in January 2021. He is currently in charge of three outstanding schools in another London borough. Whilst I am here, I have the very real responsibility to make sure the children are safe and are being well educated during this most difficult of times. I am proud to say that in school we have quality catchup programmes running and during lockdown we had weekly phone calls from class teachers, who were doing daily work with their students. Thank you to the staff for their hard work during this time. I would also like to say thank you to all the parents who I have spoken to, all of whom have been lovely to talk to and supportive of the schools and the difficult decisions we have to make during this unprecedented crisis. Our parents really contribute to the success of the schools and take pride in being part of the school community.
The children at Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale are kind, caring and so very friendly. They are fantastic learners and we know that the sky is the limit for their potential. All our staff believe in the children and are so proud of their achievements. After all, the reason why the staff love to work here is because of the children!

If you are a prospective parent, normally we would ask that you come on one of our fortnightly tours and see our schools in action. Sadly, we can’t do that right now, so please have a look at our video. Or please call the office to speak to one of our headteachers, who will happily tell you all the wonderful things that we can offer your child.

Ruth Cobblah
Head of School
Timur Kay
Executive Business Manager

At the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation there is a really high level of commitment and dedication at all levels towards the protection and learning of the children. I feel honoured to be a part of such a fantastic team of professionals, and a part of a Senior Leadership Team that is transparent, hardworking and led with unwavering Leadership.

The staff are brilliant role models for our pupils and I often find myself being inspired by the learning that takes place in the schools. The Governors are supportive and dedicated to improving the community which they represent by investing in the development of each and every child.

The Federation is truly about creating a harmonious community in the heart of Deptford.

Michele Hilton
SENCo
Charlotte Annansingh
Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher
Matt Wills
Assistant Head, Reception
Evelyn Lauro
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Julie Crawley
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Maria McCarthy
Nursery Teacher

I am proud to work at Lucas Vale, as it is a truly amazing school. The children are happy, polite, engaging and excited by learning. Their passion is so infectious!

As I work in Early Years, I am truly committed to ensuring every child is able to achieve their best. I work hard to create an environment that supports, extends and engages the learning of every child. I hope by doing this the children leave Reception inspired by learning and are happy active participants in their learning. I am passionate about every child being able to access the curriculum and have ventured onto my own learning journey with Makaton to facilitate this.

Sharline Bertram
Reception Teaching Assistant
Matt Wills
Assistant Head, Reception
Carol Sterling
Year 1 Teacher

I became interested in teaching when my daughter was very little. I taught her to read using the Peter and Jane reading books hence by the time she started nursery she could read, write and spell her name. This inspired me to become a teacher.

I gained my degree in Primary education and Early Years at Roehampton University in 2005 and started teaching straight after.

I believe that teaching is like a journey and on this journey there are many different vehicles. Some are going fast and some are going slowly. It’s the same with learning. Some children will speed ahead while others will crawl but at the end the destination is all the same. It’s not how we get there but that we get there. Therefore I try my best to make teaching as enjoyable as possible for children so that it’s a memorable experience that will inspire them to learn and keep on learning.

Further I enjoy teaching because I find it delightful when I see children actually learning and putting into practise what they have learnt. Teaching at Lucas Vale has been an interesting journey for me, one that I am still finding pleasure in.

Shereen Neils-Somers
Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Michaela Walters
Year 2 Teacher

I have been teaching for 5 years now and despite being new to Lucas Vale as a teacher, I am not new to the wonderful opportunities that it has and still is providing in education. I attended Lucas Vale as a child myself and am delighted to be part of the school that contributed so greatly to my childhood.

I started off my career in teaching in EYFS because I feel that the foundation of a child’s education is paramount to their development and plays an integral role in their future.  I have decided to take my journey on to year 1 as I wanted to see what “life after early years” looked like with the intentions of nurturing their ability through a creative curriculum.

I greatly enjoy teaching, as no two children are the same and children continue to demonstrate their curiosity day to day. I believe children should be encouraged to investigate the world around them and never stop asking questions. I hope that as a teacher I will be able to guide my children to build resilience and develop greater independence, ready for the year ahead.

Samantha Harrison-Oueslati
Year 2 Teacher
Tembisa Yawa
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Sharon Martin
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Alex Donnelly
Year 3 Teacher
Jannifer Mwangi
Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Jenny Anti
Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Wendy Jones
Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Raphael Onyekwere
Year 4 Teacher
Kyle Hayward
Year 4 Teacher
Kaya Kilburn
Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Sandra Watt
Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Sacharna McFarlane
Year 5 Teacher

I joined Lucas Vale in January 2018. The first impression I gained of the school was the children’s love of learning. I knew from that moment that this was the school for me. I am proud to say that I am now a member of the hardworking and dedicated staff at Lucas Vale.

Prior to joining Lucas Vale, I was teaching in the United Arab Emirates. It was here that I learnt no matter the barrier, every child is capable of learning and making progress. I enjoy teaching children how to become independent learners and watching them progress naturally. Within my classroom I encourage children to become problem solvers, mistake makers and open minded learners.

I look forward to building positive relationships with the school community and giving the next generation the best possible education they could receive.

Justin Fakouri
Year 5 Teacher
Jan Boye
LSA
Rachael Shodiya
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
Barbara Porter
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
Charlotte Annansingh
Assistant Head, Year 6 Teacher
Cassandra Drew
Year 6 Teacher
Parris Moore
Year 6 Teaching Assistant
Rochelle Atkinson
Year 6 Teaching Assistant
Phillip Andrews
Federation Sports Coach

I’ve been a Teaching Assistant at Lucas Vale for 7 years, I run the Football after school clubs and Lucas Vale School’s Football Team. I love sport and helping the children develop sporting skills.

Putting smiles on the children at Lucas Vale is hugely important to me, making school a fun experience is key to helping children enjoy school and to reach their potential.

I shall be taking up a new position as Sports Coach at Lucas Vale. I’m going to make my mission to improve the sporting abilities of all the children and introducing a variety of different sports. We shall be entering various sporting tournaments and I shall also be inviting guest coaches into school to enhance our sports and P.E. abilities.

Karen Sawyer
Teaching Assistant, PPA Cover
Michele Hilton
SENCo
Monica Hylton
Office and Resources Manager

My journey into primary education started back in 2002 where I was a volunteer before being employed as a Teaching Assistant and later progressed onto HLTA.  After refining and executing the specialties in teaching and learning to reach my goals, I decided to further my career by studying the Business of Education and Education Studies. I have always been curious as to how the business side worked.

The role of Office & Resources Manager at Lucas Vale has enabled me to learn the ins and outs of customer service, sometimes challenging but very rewarding.  I oversee the office on a day-to-day basis, supporting parents/carers, children and staff with any queries that arise.  Lucas Vale has always been a very diverse community that values the differences in people and I am proud to be a member of the GGLV Federation.

Susanne Hayes
Executive Business Assistant
Mandy Hebditich
Administrative Assistant
Melissa Johnson
ICT Technician

I joined Lucas Vale Primary School in December 2018, it has been very enlightening and still very enjoyable. Whether it’s fixing a printer or laptop, showing a staff member how to use new software, updating assessment results or making sure the Schools’ website is up to date, my days are never boring and there is always something to learn. The staff here are very dedicated and the children are great characters.

Patrick Arhin
Premises Assistant

Hi I’m Patrick, part of the premises team. I’ve worked across the GGLV Federation for nearly 3 years. Working at GGLV Federation I feel not only part of a family but part of the community.

I ensure that the schools are looking their best for the children so that they can enjoy their life at school happily & safely.