My name is Claudia Miller and it has been my dream for many years to lead a school like Smarden. I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Russian and went to work for Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service. I travelled to Ethiopia and Kenya and had many exciting adventures before having my first son Alex when I was 25. I went into teaching as a second career after ten years as a busy Mum of six children. My daughter with special needs was treated very badly at her primary school; I found the system so hard and her school wouldn't listen, nobody would teach her to read; I got angry and wanted to do it better. So I became a teacher, and then a Senco, and then a Headteacher. I am still trying, to this day, to make the educational system the very best it can be for every child, no matter their ability, and to ensure that every parent is listened to. I remarried three days before I started at Smarden and now have 10 children, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and 2 guinea pigs. In my rare spare time, I like walking my dogs with my husband and going to Wales.
My name is Mrs Taylor and I have the privilege of being the Deputy Headteacher at Smarden Primary School. I am passionate about teaching and learning and strongly believe that all children deserve an outstanding education. Education can change lives! I am responsible for the overall quality of Education at Smarden as well as ensuring our curriculum is inclusive, engaging and ambitious.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and playing with my two wonderful children.
I am Hal Bedford-Cooper, I'm the class teacher in Year 6 and have been at Smarden School since 2015. I'm also the Maths, Computing and PE coordinators, Remote Learning Lead and Staff Governor. I attended Lancaster University in 2010 to study dual honours Law and Criminology (LLB) before completing my PGCE at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014. I have been married for three years, and last year welcomed into the world my beautiful baby boy Rowan, who seems to be growing far too quickly and likes keeping me on my toes! He's a climber... I also have two dogs, a Labradoodle called Marler (named after my favourite Harlequins and England rugby player) and a German Shepherd called Enzo. Both love a good walk or throw around with the frisbee, and Enzo loves to accompany me when going on a run. I love cricket and rugby with a passion and you'll often find me watching these, live if possible or on the telly if not. I still play cricket every summer, as much as I am able, for the same team I first played for at eight years old. I love spending time with my family, reading, watching films, playing video games and getting outside on a good walk!
I'm Kay Bisbrown and i am the Dickens class teacher and have been teaching at Smarden since 2020.
I studied BA Fine Art at university where I made lots of strange kinetic installations. I am also a trained florist and gardener.
This hopefully brings a creativity and love of the outdoors to my teaching.
In my free time you might find me reading, going for very long walks, and doing anything arty. I also love meeting my friends for coffee, cake and a chat.
My two lazy cats like to help me with my lesson planning and often interrupt my online teaching.
It is a pleasure to be part of the dedicated and caring community at Smarden Primary School.
I'm James Pickles, Sassoon class teacher.
I studied Earth Sciences at Durham University before spending over a decade in London in a pretty soulless career in corporate services. I spent a lot of my time training adults before deciding to change direction and embark on a journey in education. I have spent the majority of my teaching life at Smarden Primary School and I am proud to be a member of the team. I have a love of sciences, nature and all things outdoors, which is probably why I jumped at the opportunity to start the forest school here. When I'm not in school teaching, you will probably find me photographing the stars (real ones, not celebrities!), bagging Munros in Scotland or chasing the aurora around countries above the arctic circle.
Hi, I’m Emma Leech and I’m a teaching assistant in early years in Reception class. Prior to becoming a teaching assistant, I was a production engineer for a tool making company. I gained qualifications in engineering and remained in the industry for 18 years.
I made the decision to leave engineering behind and pursue a career as a teaching assistant when my daughter was about to start school herself. I started my new venture in Smarden pre-school, where I trained and gained experience and qualifications in working in early
years. I remained at pre-school for 4 years, until I was offered a teaching assistant position at Smarden Primary. I enjoy helping to teach the fundamentals alongside the class teacher and getting to know each child who starts in reception. I live locally to the school and enjoy long walks in the beautiful countryside we live in, photography, music, films, teaching church bell ringing and most of all baking cakes.
I'm Arija Smith. I am a qualified Higher Level Teaching assistant, being passionate about what I do is an understatement! In 2011 I started working at Smarden Primary School and haven't looked back... I'm experienced in supporting teaching in Early Years, KS1 and KS2. I am a mum and my family includes 4 dogs, whom we love taking for walks in our beautiful countryside, and a very round shetland pony! In my spare time I like home making, cooking and reading. I feel privileged to be working in such a wonderful school and with an awesome team of staff.
I'm Kathy Wilson. I am a HLTA and have worked at Smarden Primary for over 12 years. Prior to that I was manager of Smarden Pre-School and have worked in education for over 30 years including 6 years for the NHS working in Special Needs.
I am Mum to 4 grown up children, who all attended this school. I am a Parish Councillor and Treasurer/secretary for two of the village charities, The Dadson and Jacob Turner and a trustee for Smarden Orphan support.
I love reading, swimming, spending time with my Grandson and walking my dog Mabel. Some of you may have spotted me walking her around the village!
I'm Liz Rice. I am the school Business Manager and am responsible for all things finance and HR. I graduated with a degree in Psychology many years ago and have used it to varying degrees in all of my job roles since then! You will most often find me in the upstairs school office, poring over invoices.
I am a mum to two children and you will often find us with mud-covered wellies out in the countryside at weekends. I love reading, keeping fit, playing the piano (badly!) and baking up a storm with the family. I love being a part of Smarden Primary School and working with our fantastic team. I also love spreadsheets!