Meet the Staff
Head Teacher & Safeguarding Lead – Moira Anderson
Moira is the founding Headteacher for Watling Park School and has successfully led the school for over a year. 100% of parents in May 2016 felt the school is well led, in the parental survey and she has inspired huge confidence in pupils, parents and staff.
Moira is an experienced senior leader and was previously the Deputy Head of Crampton Primary School in Southwark, where she was for over two years, being an integral part of the team that achieved an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement in all areas in February 2014.
Moira has been leading on significant areas in her current school, while the school establishes itself as a National Teaching School and has also been advising the Local Authority on Maths. Before this, Moira was an adviser for Hackney Learning Trust for four years, working as a Teaching and Learning Consultant and Associate Deputy Headteacher.
Deputy Head Teacher & Deputy Safeguarding Lead – Rachel McTavish
Rachel is Assistant Head teacher and SENCO Leader at Watling and has been with us since June 2016. Rachel has worked in teaching for 10 years, having worked at schools in East London and the international school of Harrow Boys School in Hong Kong.
“I chose to apply to Watling Park because it provides me with a long-term project and adventure. The new-build of the school gives us an enormous scope to make Watling the best it can be for the children right from the start”.
Reception Teacher – Olivia Mason
Olivia is a Class Teacher for Reception at Watling and started in September 2016. Olivia has worked as a Montessori teacher for 5 years and as a class teacher. Olivia describes joining Watling as “an exciting new challenge and adventure to develop and growth the school”.
Reception Teacher – Emma Walsh
Assistant Head & Year 1 Class Teacher – Naomi Hunt
Naomi is Assistant Head Teacher and joined Watling in November 2016. Naomi has worked in teaching for 10 years and was a deputy head teacher for the last three years at a school in Edmonton, London. Naomi has previously worked at Shrewsbury International School in Bangkok.
Naomi says “joining Watling Park school is an exciting opportunity to be part of the creation process of the school and I like Moira’s approach”.
Paris Khorasani – Year 1 Class Teacher
Paris joined Watling in December 2016 as a Year 1 Class Teacher. Paris is currently in her third year of teaching having previously taught Reception classes and Year 1. Paris has previously worked at Woodberry Down Primary School in Hackney. She has taught Read, Write, Inc for the last two years and Maths Mastery. Paris joined Watling “because it is an exciting chance to grow with the school”.
Jessica is a recent History graduate and is a TA in reception at Watling. She has previously worked for St John’s Ambulance and ‘Fair Play’ Barnet, supporting the play schemes for children with disabilities. Jessica says the reason she chose Watling was the staff team and brilliant children”.
Charlotte joined Watling Park in January 2016 as a TA in reception.
This is Charlotte’s first role in teaching and chose Watling “as a new experience to kick start my teaching career”. Charlotte is looking forward to working towards becoming a full qualified teacher.
She says “I chose Watling because I want to see the school grow and to grow with it. I love seeing the children flourish and achieve their goals”.
Zarqa works as an LSA in Reception at Watling. She has worked in schools for three years with experience in teaching Year 1. Zarqa says “I wanted to be part of a growing school for the long-term. I’ve worked at a school that was brand new but I want to grow up with the children here at Watling. In my LSA role here I make changes and adapt the curriculum every day to meet the individual needs of the child I am working with, so they have an equal opportunity to learn.”
Teaching Assistant & Extended Schools Lead – Lulu Amure
Lulu is a Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and has 15 years’ experience in teaching. Lulu has previously worked as a Family Liaison Officer and has helped to nurture with special needs. Lulu uses art as a way of helping children express their feelings. Lulu chose Watling “because not only am I local to the area and wanted to be directly part of something that’s happening in the local community, but also because I feel strongly about helping children really progress and show that I believe in them”.
Site Manager– Daniel Stefanica-Groza
Daniel has extensive experience in site maintenance and has been a residential maintenance officer for children’s services in the Borough of Barnet for several years. Prior to this Daniel worked at Akiva School as Site Maintenance Officer.
Daniel is fully qualified in site maintenance and construction.
Office Manager – Caroline Gibbons
Caroline is our Office Manager at Watling Park School. Caroline was previously an Office Manager at a school in Hertfordshire for 12 years. Caroline chose Watling because she “wanted to be part of something special from the very beginning”. She loves that she can see the school being built in front of us.
Extended School Leader and Office Administrator – Val Da Silva
Val is our Administrator and Extended Schools Provision Leader. Val has worked in administration and secretarial capacities prior to going into the education sector. Val previously worked in a primary school for 3 years and most recently for the last 9 years she has worked in a secondary school in Enfield, heading a small team of teaching assistants to deliver intervention groups to EAL students and assist in class across the curriculum. Val chose Watling Park School because she found the children and staff “engaging and welcoming”. She loves the fact the school gives her the opportunity to develop her skills further and grow with the school.