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Meet the Staff

Watling Park School Staff Structure 2017-18

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Acting Headteacher – Sonia Mallick

Sonia has worked in education for over twenty years in schools that are large and small and with a wide range of languages, cultures and communities. She knows and understands what helps children to learn and develop skills that will make them positive members of their schools and wider communities.

Sonia says “Every child can be successful and achieve their potential and I know that I am joining a team at Watling Park that is working towards the same goal of ensuring that we bring out that potential and support every child’s success.”

Interim Deputy Headteacher – Laura Collinson

EYFS Staff

EYFS Phase Leader – Neil Hooley

EYFS Teacher – Hetal Wader

EYFS Teaching Assistant – Ozgur Duzgunolu

Higher Level Teaching Assistant – 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”.



Year 1 Staff

Y1 Senior Teacher & Inclusion Leader – Eve Watson

Y1 Senior Teacher – Sarah Whitcombe

Y1 Teacher & Modern Foreign Languages Coordinator – Nicola Walters

Nicola is a class teacher for Year 1 at Watling and started in the summer term of 2017. Nicola has worked in education for 4 years and has experience teaching ages 4-24, although her favourite age range to teach is 5-11. She has taught Read, Write, Inc. and Maths Mastery over the past year in Year 1 and Year 3, but her specialism is teaching Modern Foreign Languages. Nicola is fluent in French, Spanish and English. Nicola chose Watling Park School, “because it is an exciting opportunity to work with a growing and developing school. I am thrilled to contribute to the whole school curriculum and put my experience of teaching MFL into practice.”

Y1 Teaching Assistant – Usma Khan

Y1 Teaching Assistant & Learning Support Assistant – Zarqa Khan

Zarqa 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.”


Year 2 Staff

Y2 Teacher and KS1 Phase Leader – Alice Farish

Alice has worked in Birmingham, Oxford and Hackney schools in the past and is excited to be joining Watling Park at such an exciting point in the school’s journey, with a brand new building! Alice says “When I visited the school I was completely won over by the smiles of children and staff and thought it was such a positive, happy place”.

In her spare time, Alice enjoys yoga, running and cycling. She also loves learning languages and is always keen to practice her Italian and Spanish. She says “I look forward to sharing these passions with the children at Watling Park School!”.

Y2 Teacher & KS2 Phase Leader – Elizabeth Renouf-Crotty

Teach First – Rachel Landsberg

Y2 Teaching Assistant – Jodie-Lauren Moriss

Y2 Teaching Assistant – Donmique Patel

Y2 Unqualified Teacher – Charlotte Haylett

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”.


Learning Support 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”.

Office Staff

Office Manager – Caroline Gibbons

Caroline is the Office Manager at Watling Park School, having previously been 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”.



Office Administrator and Extended Schools Coordinator  – Val Da Silva

Val is our Administrator and Extended Schools Provision Leader. 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.

Support Staff

Caretaker – 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 as a Site Maintenance Officer at a local school and is fully qualified in site maintenance and construction.


Midday Supervisor – Shona Starkey





Midday Supervisor – Victoria Lee

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