Our Staff

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

Senior Management Team

  • Michele Hilton
    Michele Hilton
    SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
  • Matt Wills
    Matt Wills
    Assistant Head, Year 2
  • Jeanette Brumby
    Jeanette Brumby
    Executive Head Teacher
  • Timur Kay
    Timur Kay
    Executive Business Manager

 

EYFS Team

  • Shereen Neils-Somers
    Shereen Neils-Somers
    Reception Teaching Assistant
  • Evelyn Lauro
    Evelyn Lauro
    Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Julie Crawley
    Julie Crawley
    Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Maria McCarthy
    Maria McCarthy
    Reception Teacher
  • Sharline Bertram
    Sharline Bertram
    Reception Teaching Assistant
  • Cherie Waterman
    Cherie Waterman
    Reception Teacher

Year 1

  • Julien Von Lieres
    Julien Von Lieres
    Year 1 Teacher
  • Ashlieka Bernard-George
    Ashlieka Bernard-George
    Year 1 Teaching Assistant
  • Sharon Martin
    Sharon Martin
    Year 1 Teaching Assistant
  • Sifa Huseyin
    Sifa Huseyin
    Year 1 Teacher
  • Carol Sterling
    Carol Sterling
    Year 1 Teacher

Year 2

  • Cerez Emille
    Cerez Emille
    Year 2 Teacher Training
  • Michaela Walters
    Michaela Walters
    Year 2 Teacher
  • Wendy Jones
    Wendy Jones
    Year 2 Teaching Assistant
  • Matt Wills
    Matt Wills
    Assistant Head, Year 2
  • Opha Robertson
    Opha Robertson
    Year 2 Teacher

Year 3

  • Jan Boye
    Jan Boye
    LSA
  • Alex Donnelly
    Alex Donnelly
    Year 3 Teacher
  • Katrina Philbert
    Katrina Philbert
    Year 3 Teaching Assistant
  • Jane Condon
    Jane Condon
    Year 3 Teaching Assistant
  • Jahkera Haynes
    Jahkera Haynes
    Year 3 Teacher

Year 4

  • Parris Moore
    Parris Moore
    Teaching Assistant
  • Antonio Sayago
    Antonio Sayago
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Kyle Hayward
    Kyle Hayward
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Rachael Shodiya
    Rachael Shodiya
    Year 4 Teaching Assistant
  • Maria Kalliora
    Maria Kalliora
    Year 4 Teacher
  • Barbara Porter
    Barbara Porter
    Year 4 Teaching Assistant

Year 5

  • Stephanie Kelsey
    Stephanie Kelsey
    Year 5 Teacher
  • Raphael Onyekwere
    Raphael Onyekwere
    Year 5 Teacher
  • Michele Hilton
    Michele Hilton
    SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
  • Sandra Watt
    Sandra Watt
    Year 5 Teaching Assistant

Year 6

  • Sacharna McFarlane
    Sacharna McFarlane
    Year 6 Teacher
  • Jenny Anti
    Jenny Anti
    Year 6 Teaching Assistant
  • James Easy
    James Easy
    Year 6 Teacher, English Lead

Subject Teacher

  • Mrs Nath
    Mrs Nath
    Art Specialist
  • Phillip Andrews
    Phillip Andrews
    Federation Sports Coach
  • Karen Sawyer
    Karen Sawyer
    Teaching Assistant, PPA Cover
  • Karen Nageh
    Karen Nageh
    Teaching Assistant, PPA Cover

Breakfast Club

  • Gulsen Salihson
    Gulsen Salihson
    Breakfast Club Supervisor

Inclusion Team

  • Michele Hilton
    Michele Hilton
    SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
  • Sasha Hopkins
    Sasha Hopkins
    Community Cohesion Behaviour and Family Liaison Officer

Administration Team

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

Technicians

  • Deborah Cummings
    Deborah Cummings
    Network ICT Technician

Site Management

  • Patrick Arhin
    Patrick Arhin
    Premises Assistant
  • Terry Faucher
    Terry Faucher
    Premises Assistant
  • Louis Smith
    Louis Smith
    Premises Manager
Michele Hilton
SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
Matt Wills
Assistant Head, Year 2

Additional responsibilities

 

I have recently joined the Lucas Vale team but have worked in Lewisham schools for ten years and have been a teacher for sixteen years. The children here are amazing! They love to learn and they love their school community.

I believe children learn best when they are given a range of exciting experiences that enable them to explore the kind of learner they are and not spoon-fed tasks and activities that stops learning from being fun.

I’m excited to be a part of all that Lucas Vale stands for and look forward to all that lies ahead.

Jeanette Brumby
Executive Head Teacher

I am very proud to be the Executive Headteacher at the GGLV federation. We have two very special schools that we all enjoy working in. I joined the Federation in September 2016 and I have loved every minute of it. The children at Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale are kind, caring and so very friendly. They are fantastic learners. Our parents really contribute to the success of the schools and take pride in being part of the School Community. All our staff are here for one reason only- the Children! They all work hard to ensure our children get the best possible education. We believe everyone can succeed.

We also work in partnership with my other federation: Fairlawn and Haseltine primary schools and our teaching school, ETAL.

If you are a prospective parent, please come on one of our fortnightly tours and see our schools in action. The Heads will show you around and you will see the learners and their books. If there is something you need and you can’t find it on our website, please do call us and we will do our best to answer any questions.

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.

Shereen Neils-Somers
Reception Teaching Assistant
Evelyn Lauro
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Julie Crawley
Nursery Teaching Assistant
Maria McCarthy
Reception Teacher

I have been working at Lucas Vale as one of the Reception Class Teachers since September, although it feels longer. With my range of experience in different Early Years settings, I can honestly say that this is a very special school and a welcoming place, for the children and parents alike.

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
Cherie Waterman
Reception Teacher

Additional Roles

 

I have worked at Lucas Vale Primary since September 2011 and I am proud to have been on such an amazing journey over the past 6 years. I have extensive experience working in Early Years and I enjoy enabling my pupils to become active and independent learners while fostering their early development.

I find teaching extremely rewarding and fulfilling. I feel particularly inspired by learning in the early years as this is a play-based environment where pupils are encouraged to express themselves through the use of different media and using both the indoor and outdoor environment. Pupils in this stage of learning show tremendous progression as they are assessed in 7 areas of learning working towards achieving their early learning goals at the end of Reception year.

I find teaching at Lucas Vale enjoyable and I look forward to continuing on my journey at this outstanding school.

Julien Von Lieres
Year 1 Teacher
Ashlieka Bernard-George
Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Sharon Martin
Year 1 Teaching Assistant
Sifa Huseyin
Year 1 Teacher

My name is Sifa Huseyin and I am a Year 1 teacher in Bolt class. I have worked at Lucas Vale Primary School since 2011. I started working in the Nursery, and then moved to Reception, followed by Year 2 and now Year 1.

I enjoy working here because we have such lovely children and families as well as fantastic, hard working and dedicated members of staff. The school is like a big family and we all care for one another, helping each other wherever we can.

I hope to inspire the children to reach their full potential and develop a love of learning through an exciting and creative curriculum.

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.

Cerez Emille
Year 2 Teacher Training
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.

Wendy Jones
Year 2 Teaching Assistant
Matt Wills
Assistant Head, Year 2

Additional responsibilities

 

I have recently joined the Lucas Vale team but have worked in Lewisham schools for ten years and have been a teacher for sixteen years. The children here are amazing! They love to learn and they love their school community.

I believe children learn best when they are given a range of exciting experiences that enable them to explore the kind of learner they are and not spoon-fed tasks and activities that stops learning from being fun.

I’m excited to be a part of all that Lucas Vale stands for and look forward to all that lies ahead.

Opha Robertson
Year 2 Teacher

Additional Roles

 

My journey in the federation began 10 years ago at Grinling Gibbons where I was initially employed as a TA.  During my time there I learnt valuable lessons which laid the firm foundation that I am standing on today.  When I came to Lucas Vale in 2013, I loved seeing the love and care the children had for one another and the energy and commitment of the staff to all of the children.

Having worked in both Key Stage one and two, I have learnt so much about progression and the tools needed to excite the children into learning for pleasure.  Key to progression is getting to know the children as individuals so that the approach to learning is personalised. I work hard to make my classroom a hub of joy and wonder by capturing every child’s mind with the mysteries and wonders of the world.

Watching my own children progress as babies to young people inspired me to want to become a teacher. I loved seeing the many light bulb moments in them and now in the children I work with. Seeing them grow and mature makes me proud every single day.  All children are diamonds in my eyes and I will never stop ‘shining’ them until they have their own sparkle.

Jan Boye
LSA
Alex Donnelly
Year 3 Teacher
Katrina Philbert
Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Jane Condon
Year 3 Teaching Assistant
Jahkera Haynes
Year 3 Teacher

Additional Responsibilities

 

My name is Jahkera Haynes and I am the class teacher for Rosen class as well as the Year 3 team lead.  I also lead History across the school which is a subject that I thoroughly enjoy teaching as well as learning more about.

I have been at Lucas Vale for 5 years now and can say that I have learnt more and more every year.  It is a pleasure to work in such a diverse school, set in a rich and strong community where the teachers, parents and children can all learn from each other.

I am looking forward to the year ahead and am extremely passionate about children not only achieving their best academically but also learning the life skills that will enable them to be the best person they can be.

Parris Moore
Teaching Assistant
Antonio Sayago
Year 4 Teacher
Kyle Hayward
Year 4 Teacher
Rachael Shodiya
Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Maria Kalliora
Year 4 Teacher

Additional Roles

 

I am proud to work in Lucas Vale since January 2017 and feel excited to come to school every day to teach and learn with the children. The students in this school love learning and show enthusiasm every day.

As a Year 3 teacher, I feel lucky to support my students in settling in Key Stage 2 smoothly and ensure they are learning in a secure and fun environment. We always strive for the best in our class!

As a R.E. lead, I am glad to share ideas and knowledge about all the unique beliefs that exist in our community. I also think that R.E. gives everyone the opportunity to show respect and tolerance to others no matter what the differences are.

Barbara Porter
Year 4 Teaching Assistant
Stephanie Kelsey
Year 5 Teacher
Raphael Onyekwere
Year 5 Teacher
Michele Hilton
SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
Sandra Watt
Year 5 Teaching Assistant
Sacharna McFarlane
Year 6 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.

Jenny Anti
Year 6 Teaching Assistant
James Easy
Year 6 Teacher, English Lead

Additional Roles

 

I have worked at Lucas Vale since September 2017 and am excited every day to come to school and learn with the children.

As a Year 6 teacher, I am working hard with the pupils to ensure that they are prepared and ready for their SATs in May!

I am also very pleased to be leading on English. We are working hard to ensure that all pupils leave school with firm foundations in reading and writing.

Mrs Nath
Art Specialist

I joined the Lucas Vale team as an Art Specialist tutor in 2014 and since then, there has not been a day with a dull moment.

Some children come to my class with pre-conceived notions that being artistic is something you are born with. Which in my opinion is true. The human mind is extremely creative and we can find the evidence throughout human history. I believe, that creativity is instilled within each of us, it is locked into deepest channels of our inner being. And I love to teach the children how to unlock those hidden creative geniuses.

I am passionate about art and in its education. My goal is that every child who comes to my class leaves with a puzzle, where she or he continues growing and building a whole piece of their own existence and knowledge, finding their way through enjoyment, peace and passion. Art is not a gift. Art is not for the few. Art is within us and for everyone.

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
Karen Nageh
Teaching Assistant, PPA Cover
Gulsen Salihson
Breakfast Club Supervisor

I have been a TA for many years. I have 3 children. I enjoy sharing my passion for Arts and Crafts with the children. I love getting to know the children and their families. It still surprises me how intellectual, funny and kind the children can be. Together we learn, together we grow.

Michele Hilton
SENCo and Year 5 Teacher
Sasha Hopkins
Community Cohesion Behaviour and Family Liaison Officer

I joined Lucas Vale in September 2014 working within the Inclusion Team. As well as doing day to day attendance, I work closely with pupils and their families to develop, improve and maintain attendance and punctuality. I also work with pupils 1:1 or in groups to improve issues such as behaviour, self-esteem and wellbeing.

Most of you will see me out in the playground in the morning always smiling as I love the work I do here at Lucas Vale, particularly working with such fantastic pupils, their families and the staff here. I am also privileged to run the School Council here at Lucas Vale and oversee our participation in various charities such as Jeans for Genes Day, Children in Need and Red Nose Day, to name a few.

Being from Birmingham originally, it is so comforting to be in such a warm, loving school. It has such a family feel to it and being able to see children and our families step out of their comfort zone to achieve more is inspiring.

Mandy Hebditich
Administrative Assistant
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
Deborah Cummings
Network ICT Technician

Working at the Grinling Gibbons and Lucas Vale Federation has been very enlightening. Having worked in a bank for many years, my role here is very different, but 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.

Terry Faucher
Premises Assistant
Louis Smith
Premises Manager

I have worked at Grinling Gibbons since May 2016. However, I have worked in premises management in various Lewisham schools for 8 years prior to then. I love working at the federation, facing different challenges each day. The entire school community is so welcoming and feels like a big family. All staff, governors, pupils and families pulling together to further the education & experience of the children who attend here.

As premises manager I have a direct responsibility for the safe, day-to-day running of the school premises and for the overall health and safety of the stakeholders. I have enjoyed transforming the school site and buildings in line with the vision of the school management, and look forward to continuing to do so!