SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM
Head Teacher - Maxine Mallett
It only seems like yesterday that I joined our fantastic team at Rutherford House School. I started at the end of the school’s second year and during that time things have changed a lot as we continue to expand. We now have eight classes and are over halfway full. As an expanding school we need to be reflective and proactive to ensure we are offering the best provision. My role as Headteacher is to maintain high expectations of the children, colleagues, parents and the Trust. Thus I look forward to continuing to share and refine my vision for our school on our journey to excellence.
Every day is different in my role as Headteacher and it is never boring. I love leading the school, challenging and supporting staff and children to be the best they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff at Rutherford House School and I think the children are very lucky to be in such a happy, achieving school. The breadth of my experiences over the years has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities.
I really value our fantastic school community with lots of our parents and governors giving great support to what we do. Their commitment to the school really does make a big difference. Strong relationships with parents and the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life. Thus, I am delighted to be working together with pupils, staff, parents, governors and everyone else involved with Rutherford House School for all our children's success, achievement and welfare.
More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding one. We aim to offer a world class education so that pupils have the footprints to fulfil their full potential, dreams and aspirations.
I look forward to seeing you in school and working with your children at Rutherford House School.
- Bachelor of Arts Honours degree (2:1) in Educational Studies (maj) & Art & Design (min) from the University of Lancaster
- Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Primary Age, specialising in English & drama from University of Roehampton
- Masters of Education degree in Educational Studies from the University of Roehampton
- National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
"I am looking forward to building on the firm foundations created over the last few years and taking Rutherford to be a center of excellence and where children are motivated by an outstanding curriculumto learn, enjoy and succeed. "
Deputy Head - Camille Howard (Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Early Years Leader)
Camille was previously Assistant Head at Rutherford House and prior to this was Early Years Leader at a high performing school in Wandsworth. She has responsibility for a number of areas across the school including curriculum, teaching and learning and parental engagement. She constantly reflects on her own performance as well as that of those in her team as she believes that an effective teacher and leader is a continual learner who brings a sense of fun and energy to their work.
- Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies, from the University of Plymouth.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Age, specialising in the Early Years from the University of Exeter.
- Masters of Education Degree (MEd) from the University of Exeter.
- Currently working towards National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL) qualification.
"I thoroughly enjoy forming part of the leadership team at Rutherford House and am motivated to continue to contribute to the school's growing successes as Deputy Head. Alongside high expectations for academic standards, I believe opportunities for children to shine in other areas of the curriculum are fundamental to a child’s holistic development. I strive to ensure we at Rutherford House provide an engaging learning environment where children are confident and excited by learning allowing them to thrive and achieve their full potential."
Deputy Head - Hollie Kingshott (Inclusion, Assessment, Behaviour and Mathematics Subject Leader)
Hollie previously worked in a high performing school in North London. She has been the English leader for a number of years and has supported the local authority in providing training within the borough for new English subject leaders, as well as in school support. Hollie has also been involved in the statutory moderation of writing at the end KS2 for over 4 years. She has also been a year leader for Year 6. Hollie is responsible for a number of areas across the school including assessment, inclusion and English. She is dedicated to ensuring all barriers to learning are removed, to enable every child to achieve their potential and leave embodying the school value.
- LLB Law degree, from the University of Hertfordshire.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education, with master credits in Geography from the Institute of Education.
- National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) from the Institute of Education.
- Widening Leadership qualification, from the Institute of Education.
"I am extremely excited to be part of the Senior Leadership Team at Rutherford House School. Working alongside Maxine and Camille, I believe we are setting concrete foundations to building an outstanding school. I am passionate about equipping all members of staff with the resources and skills to enable them to deliver exceptional teaching to all pupils."
and achieve their full potential."
Assistant Headteacher - Erin Moscardini (SENCo and NQT Mentor)
Erin has spent the past decade working in a school in Reading. Whilst at this school she taught Year Six (which she loved!); was mathematics and music subject leader – leading in school and local training in both areas; was KS2 leader; and during her last two years at the school she attained the SENCo Accreditation which allowed her to become SENCo.
At Rutherford House, Erin is responsible for SEND – children who have additional educational needs. She is passionate about ensuring that all children make outstanding progress and feel happy at school. She is also responsible for supporting new teachers (NQTs) – helping and supporting them to become the best teachers they can be.
- BA in English Literature from Reading University
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Bath Spa University
- National SENCo Accreditation from Reading University
“I am so excited to be part of the leadership team at Rutherford House – learning lots from, and working with, Maxine, Camille and Hollie. I am looking forward to helping the senior leadership team build on the amazing foundations that they have already set for creating a school that supports and inspires learners at every level. I know that together we will help every child to achieve their full potential and reach for their dreams; and support every member of staff in achieving their best too!”
Reception Class Teacher - Heaver Class - Rayanne Archer (PSHE and Thinking Skills Subject Leader)
Rayanne previously worked as a Class Teacher and Early Years Leader in the borough of Croydon. She enjoys working with children of all ages and is particularly passionate about the Early Years. She also has experience of working as a Moderator, moderating Early Years Profiles in the borough of Croydon. Rayanne also really enjoys sports and PE. This term Rayanne will taking over Maths Wizard Club.
- BAHons Primary Education with QTS and PE specialism from Roehampton University.
“I am really looking forward to working with children and alongside parents at Rutherford House School. I am dedicated to ensuring that every child makes good progress by exploring different teaching strategies and my door will always be open so please pop in.”
Reception Class Teacher - Ransome Class - Laura Edge (Science Subject Leader)
Laura Edge brings enthusiasm and energy into the school as Year One Allegro class teacher. She believes that reading is a key to not only improving speaking, listening and writing skills but also enhancing a child’s imagination and problem solving skills. Her teaching placements enriched her appreciation of diversity and methods of inclusion.
- Bachelor of Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies from the University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Age, specialising in Early Years and Special Educational Needs from University of East Anglia, Norwich
- CACHE level 3 in Childcare and Education
- First Aid certificate
“I am delighted to be part of the team at Rutherford House and feel privileged to work with children at the beginning of their learning journey. I take pride in supporting each individual to meet their full potential and foster a love of learning. I offer a learning environment that is vibrant and exciting, where children’s work can be showcased. I thrive from inspiring the children of Rutherford House and helping them to make treasured memories.”
Year One Class Teacher - Allegro Class - Emily Chaffer (RE Subject Leader)
Emily previously worked as a Class Teacher in the borough of Croydon. She has also had experience working abroad teaching in schools in Africa and Thailand as well as working at activity camps in both England and America. Emily will be taking over the role of RE Subject Leader.
• Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Sports Science and Nutrition from Nottingham Trent University.
• Primary Post Graduate Certificate in Education from The University of Manchester.
• Paediatric first aid certificate.
I am delighted to be joining the team at Rutherford House School. I am looking forward to providing an exciting learning environment where I can teach and inspire my pupils through their learning journey. I believe that the route to achievement and confidence is greatly enhanced by a healthy interest in sport participation and an engagement in outdoor pursuits. I am very keen on kinaesthetic learning and my strong feeling is that children achieve their best academically when they are happy. I am passionate about teaching and I am excited to instil a love of learning within my new classroom.
Year One Class Teacher - Strachan Class - Madiha Seedat
Madiha has worked at Rutherford House School for the last two years. She trained at the school to gain her Qualified Teacher Status and has learnt a variety of skills to develop her teaching. Joining as a newly qualified teacher to Rutherford House School, Madiha is very excited to have her own year 1 class. She is hoping to create a stimulating engaging classroom where all children have the confidence to thrive and achieve their full potential. Madiha has prior experience in working in key stage 1 and 2 in both independent and local authority schools.
- Qualified Teachers Status 5-11 Kingston University
- (BA) Hons Business Management with Human resource management University of Westminster
- First aid Level 3
‘I am excited to continue my journey at Rutherford House School. I aim to create an environment in class where children feel safe and respected. As a teacher I am hoping to provide children with opportunities which have creative joy and knowledge. “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” as Walt Disney rightfully stated, I believe every child has the potential to be the master of their own self, I am passionate in promoting this and I believe through education we can help children develop into the resilient, reflecting, respectful, enthusiastic, ambitious partners of tomorrow.'
Year Two Class Teacher - Maxon Class - Fiona Mc Donnell (Computing and Technology Subject Leader)
Prior to joining Rutherford House, I taught English in a bilingual primary school in Madrid. Upon returning to the UK, I completed the P.G.C.E. and worked in a South East London school for 3 years where I lead French and Computing. I was also involved in supporting local schools in Greenwich with the teaching and learning of Modern Foreign Languages.
Bachelor of Business Studies and Spanish from Trinity College Dublin
Post Graduate Certificate in Education with Specialism in Foreign Languages from Goldsmiths, University of London
"I'm excited about creating a stimulating, supportive and safe learning environment where children feel challenged, happy and valued. I'm looking forward to building strong relationships with my pupils, staff and parents and contributing to the ongoing success of Rutherford House."
Year Two Class Teacher - Spurgeon Class - Jessica Hitchman
As an enthusiastic newly qualified teacher joining Rutherford House School, Jess looks forward to teaching her year 2 class in a fun and creative environment. Jess has taught in both Key Stages 1 and 2 and is passionate about children’s learning. She has had a variety of experiences in teaching beyond the classroom such as Forest School, summer school and residential trips. Jess’ specialism is Science, she also enjoys netball and she looks forward to enhancing learning the learning of all children.
- Batchelor of Arts Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status (5-11)
- Certificate in English Language Teaching, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Teacher Training.
‘I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the team at Rutherford House School. I am also very excited to have a positive impact on children’s lives on their journey through year two. Every child matters and I am dedicated to ensuring their learning environment is inclusive, comfortable and effective.’
Year Three Class Teacher - Westwood Class - Florence Lunt
Joining as a newly qualified teacher to Rutherford House School, Florence is very much looking forward to engaging her Year 3 class in an exciting, creative and fulfilling learning environment. Florence has prior experience in Year 1, 2 and 5 and worked in a school in Kenya before returning to the UK to complete her PGCE. Florence’s specialism is English and she is eager to start her Yoga club, looking forward to bringing mindfulness into the children’s learning.
- Post Graduate Certificate of Education from The Institute of Education, UCL
- BA in Anthropology from Sussex University
- Certificate of Higher Education in Theatre Arts, East 15 Acting School
‘I am very much looking forward to having a classroom environment where children are stimulated to love learning. I am eager to build a relationship with every child and parent where we work together to create a classroom that inspires, builds confidence and enables self-expression.’
Year Three Class Teacher - Fender Class - Elizabeth Green (Arts and Design & Technology Subject Leader)
Elizabeth previously worked as a Class Teacher in the borough of Croydon. She is an enthusiastic teacher who has enjoyed teaching in Year Three, Year Two and Year One. She also has experience of working as a Year Group Leader in Year One for a year. She is a dedicated and hardworking teacher who ensures all children can challenge themselves to achieve their best. This term Elizabeth will be running an Art club.
- BA Hons Primary Education with QTS specilaising in Literacy from Roehampton University.
“I am excited to join the team at Rutherford House School. I am a caring and passionate teacher who ensures that all children make good progress. I am also looking forward to working alongside parents at the school. It is a pleasure for me to provide and see children engage with a challenging curriculum that can enhance and develop their life skills.”
Year Four Class Teacher - Harriot Class - Katherine Meyer (English Subject Leader)
Kate was previously a Year 4 teacher based within a large, high performing school in Hayes, Bromley. Here she was responsible for the non-core subjects such as history and geography, and was the Lead teacher, working with UNICEF, to turn her school into a ‘Rights Respecting school.’ She is passionate about the creation of a rich learning environment where children are both motivated and challenged.
- Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in History, from the University of Sheffield.
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Age, from the Oxford Brookes University.
- First Aid at Work certificate
“I am really excited to be joining the team at Rutherford House School and cannot wait to share my enthusiasm and experience. I will always go the extra mile to help children achieve high standards of work, presentation and behaviour, through planning and teaching exciting lessons which match the needs and interests of the class. I absolutely love to read and enjoy passing this onto the children in my care. My favourite children’s book is currently ‘The Tale of Despereaux’ by Kate DiCamillo. It is about a misfit mouse who prefers reading books to eating them!"
Year Four Class Teacher - Trinder Class - Natalie Odika (Hummanities Subject Leader)
Natalie has been a teacher for over 5 years and worked for a federation that was a originally a family of 5 schools. Teaching there gave her the opportunity to work in 3 of the 5 schools, which she belives truly allowed her to adopt a learning style that creates inclusivity for all. Her passion for teaching, having the highest expectations, and truly wanting the best for her pupils lead to a 'Southwark Teaching Award' nomination in 2016.
- BAHons in Education with QTS status.
- BAHons in Geography and Business at Kingston University.
- BTEC qualification in Mentoring and youth citizenship.
SPECIALIST TEACHING STAFF
Extended School Leader - Huma Valimohamed
Prior to joining RHS, Huma was a teaching assistant at a local school in Balham and had volunteered at various educational settings whilst completing her CYPW qualification. When she finished school, she went on to do an IT qualification and was an helpdesk administrator for a branding consultancy in the city.These experiences put together have put her in the perfect position to lead the extended school at RHS and ensure children are getting the opportunities to flourish out of school hours.
- Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce
- Level 3 Diploma in CYPW
- First Aid Paediatric Level 3/Safeguarding Children Level 1 Certificate
- Level 3 Certificate in ICT Systems and Principles (City and Guilds/Level 3 Diploma in Professional Competence for IT and Telecoms (City and Guilds)/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in IT Software Web & Telecoms Professionals.
- CompTIA a+ certified technician.
'I am delighted to be joining Rutherford House School as an Extended School Leader and look forward to providing exciting opportunities and planning stimulating activities to provoke their imagination and unleash their inner strengths and unlimited potential. 'Every child is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times' with this quote in mind I believe every child is unique and by giving them the right tools and guidance, they are capable of doing absolutely anything.'
Modern Foreign Languages – Verena Mulloy
Verena was born in Bolivia, South America and grew up in Switzerland. Languages have always been part of her life and she studied languages (German, French, Spanish and English) at school and University. Verena started her career as a translator for a computer company and also worked as a technical trainer. She has taught for ten years in different primary schools and she has led the French and Spanish teaching in these schools.
- West London Partnership Graduate Teacher Programme in St Joseph’s RC Primary School
- Diplome de Traduction ( Degree equivalent) Ecole de Traduction et d’Interpretation at Geneva University, Switzerland
“I really enjoy teaching Spanish at Rutherford House School. It is such a pleasure to see the enthusiasm of young children learning a different language.”
Music Subject Leader – Hubert Spall
- PGCE Music, Canterbury Christ Church University
- BA(Hons) Music, De Montfort University
“I love passing on my passion for music of all kinds and my skills and understanding of a wide range of instruments and styles. I want to open up rich and varied musical experiences to all children at Rutherford. I never cease to be amazed at what young children can achieve musically when they get the right opportunities, and I aim to make this happen."
Sports Subject Leader - Jim Richards
Jim Richards was a member of the P.E. department at Finton House. He is a qualified sports coach across a wide variety of sports, with a particular interest in football and cricket for both boys and girls. Additionally, Jim offers specialist provision, working with children with learning support needs. He ensures that the Sports and P.E. we offer give the children the opportunity to take part in a broad range of sporting, games and fixture opportunities.
- Level 2 Football Coach
- RFU Coach
- Level 2 Cricket Coach
- Level 1 Aquatics Coach & National Rescue Award
“I am particularly enjoying being part of an upcoming and vibrant school with the aim of giving each child the opportunity of reaching their sporting potential in a variety of sports, with the long term aim of helping them to find a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime.”
Admin Manager - Shyman Rajagopal
Shyam has over 8 years’ experience working within primary schools in Wandsworth. His career started at Franciscan Primary School and his previous employment was Tooting Primary School where he was an Office Manager as well. He is well organised, able to manage a number of task at one time and professional.
• Computer Programming, London Metropolitan University
• Office Management CSBM
‘I would like to thank all the staff and parents for welcoming me to Rutherford House School. I am aware the office is the first port of call for many parents so am determined to ensure that it reflects the high standards that we have within the rest of the school. I am always contactable by emails or phone and will do best to ensure your needs are met.’
Receptionist / Extended School administrator - Louise Slater
Louise previously worked for several years in a fast paced office as an Assistant Buyer in Islington, working with a vast multicultural cliental. She also has experience working with young children as a Teaching Assistant in a Primary School in Surrey. Louise will be welcoming visitors into the building, monitoring attendance/lateness and working on Extended School Clubs/ Wrap around care.
- BA Hons Business Studies from De Montfort University Leicester
‘I am extremely excited to be part of the Rutherford House School team. I am passionate that all Children are well looked after within a safe environment. Whilst working in the School I am looking forward to building strong relationships with all the parents’.
Site Manager - John Corboy
John was previously employed at Churchill Gardens Primary School. Prior to that he worked Pimlico Academy John takes pride in the immaculate presentation of the school’s environment, as well as the health and safety of the school community. He gains great pleasure working in a refurnished building and maintaining it at a high standard.
- Train the Trainer Course - Fire Safety in Schools
- Risk Assessment Training
- Certificate of Training - Playground & Maintenance
“I have learnt a great deal about working with teachers, parents and children at my previous place of work. I am delighted to be developing similar relationships at Rutherford House School.