Our Team

Teaching Staff

Leadership Team

Dr Sebastien Chapleau (Headteacher – Lead Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer)

Sebastien is French and has trained in the UK, specialising in teaching modern foreign languages at primary school level.

Prior to training as a teacher, Sebastien studied for a PhD in English at Cardiff University, where he wrote a thesis on children’s literature and critical pedagogy. Sebastien held the post of Senior Education Organiser with Citizens UK, where he worked with Headteachers across London, supporting them around issues of youth leadership and community engagement. He is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme and its Headship Institute). He occasionally facilitates training sessions for Ambition School Leadership programmes (‘Data’ and ‘Teaching and Learning’). In addition to this, Sebastien occasionally runs seminars for PGCE Primary Education students at the University of Greenwich.

Sebastien’s positive contribution to Franco-British relations was recognised when he became a member of the Entente Cordiale Network in 2002 and his contribution to community life in London was recognised by Mayor Boris Johnson in 2012, when he received a Community Champion Award. More recently, the Company of Educators – a Livery Company in the City of London focusing on Education – decided to give him their Inspirational Educator Award for his contribution to education in the UK.

Jenna Crittenden (Deputy Headteacher – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Jenna is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme). She has been teaching for about 10 years and has worked as a curriculum development teacher in a forces school in Germany. She studied English and Education studies at Chester University before completing her PGCE primary and Masters in Education at the University of Cumbria. She is very interested in the use of personalised learning and the use of technology to support learning. She is a swimming teacher and a life guard. She decided to become a teacher after volunteering in schools in Fiji, Kenya and Uganda and realising the importance of education for future prospects. In her spare time, she loves to bake, read books, cycle, travel to new places, and ski.

Sarah Edwards (Assistant Headteacher – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Sarah is our Year 3 teacher. She has taught in schools in South-East London for eight years and has experience of coordinating Maths, French and P.E. Sarah grew up in Leicestershire and studied French and German at university.  During her studies, she spent a year working as a language assistant for the British Council in Auvergne, France – an experience which inspired her to train to be a primary school teacher. She went on to obtain a PGCE specialising in teaching modern foreign languages at primary level and completed part of her teacher training in a school in Lille. She is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the NPQSL Senior Leadership programme). In her spare time, Sarah enjoys training and playing matches with her netball team!

Louise Holland (SENDco and Senior Leader – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Louise has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years and has taught across all primary Key Stages and also in Secondary education. She comes to La Fontaine as a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme) and having spent five years on the Senior Leadership Team of a Multi Academy Trust in East London where she divided her time between her responsibilities as Head of Special Educational Needs and Disability and her Senior Leadership role, working across both schools in the Trust.

Louise studied Classical Studies at Bristol University (she says her Ancient Greek is very rusty!) before spending four years working for a Bristol Charity as a Schools Work Team Leader and later establishing and leading the Community Work department of the same charity, working within some of the most deprived areas of Inner-City Bristol.

Cambridge University is where Louise completed her PGCE Primary specialising in Literacy and History before moving to Lewisham to take up her first teaching post. After spending many years supporting children with SEND, Louise completed her Masters Level course and qualified as a Special Educational Needs and Disability coordinator. She has a passion to see every individual flourish in life regardless of the challenges and is intensely interested in the development of emotional and mental health and well-being for everyone in the learning community.

Louise is originally from the “Valleys” in Wales where her family still lives and she has three wonderful children who keep her busy (and young!) When not in school she loves going to the Theatre (especially Shakespeare and Musicals,) visiting Art galleries, Music, playing the guitar, singing and going to concerts. Louise also enjoys going to the gym and running 5Ks and loves hiking and staying in places of natural beauty and historical interest (ask her about Black Sail Hut in the Lake District and Hezekiah’s tunnel in Jerusalem!).

Andrew Hewitt (Teacher and Mathematics Leader): Originally from Bournemouth, Andrew completed his PGCE at Poole SCITT and was a Year 3 class teacher for the first two years of his career. In his second year of teaching, due to his passion for technology to support learning, Andrew was appointed ICT subject coordinator. After two years he decided to relocate to Bromley and worked as a Year 1 class teacher in Hackney. He remains enthusiastic about the use of technology and ran a computing club for Year 5 children. Andrew’s other passion, inside and outside of school, is sport. He has previously coached school football teams as well as leading sports camps during the school holidays. Since hanging up his football boots (too many injuries!) Andrew has completed various 10K, half marathon and cross country runs. Andrew is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Teaching Leaders programme).

Michael Speziale (Teacher and KS1 Leader): Michael grew up in rural Ontario, Canada where he attended a two room school house and thus had a very unique experience of primary education. He began his career by teaching EAL to new Canadian immigrants and then private language students in Toronto. Michael went on to study classical guitar and opera at York University, in Toronto, and completed a degree in music education. Michael has now been teaching in England for almost 13 years and has worked in primary schools in Tottenham, Surrey and Kent where he has worked as an assistant and deputy Headteacher.  Michael is a member of the Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme) and he believes strongly in the ability of education, in particular music and the arts, to transform and enhance the lives of children. Michael loves to travel and spends his spare time with his wife and 4 young children discovering and learning about new places in England.

Diane Williams (Academy Business Manager): Diane joins STEP from a coeducational secondary school in Lewisham and, prior to that, worked for many years within the financial services industry. Her work experience and qualifications are in education, finance and also building maintenance. Diane is committed to supporting and promoting excellence in education for all children and is excited about working at La Fontaine. Outside of work, she enjoys socialising, reading, running, yoga and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.

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Support Staff


Kathryn Hazzard (Administrative Assistant and Attendance Officer): Kathryn comes from Hertfordshire, but has lived in the Bromley area since 1996. She has gained vast experience in many administrative roles ranging from arranging events at The Natural History Museum to being an Examinations & Attendance Officer at St Olave’s Grammar School. Much of Kathryn’s free time is spent with her husband, two teenage children and her two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs whilst currently having her home totally renovated, which is proving a juggling act and keeping her very busy. Kathryn is looking forward to being part of the team at La Fontaine Academy and making a difference.

Jacqueline McGill (Administrative Assistant): Jacqueline is a mum of two boys in their early teens.  She worked for many years as a Secretary/PA in the City for a busy team of surveyors.  Since having children, Jacqueline has had jobs to fit around family life, such as working from home as an administrator and running her own business as a children’s party entertainer.  Recently, she worked part-time at a Nursery.  Now that her youngest son is heading into Year 6, she is looking forward to focusing her time and attention to a role that will enable her to utilise her administrative skills, together with her experience of working with children.

Ricardo Oliveri (Senior ICT Technician): Ricardo has recently moved to the Bromley area after graduating with a product design degree from Bournemouth University. Ricardo comes from a very technological and creative background. Most of Ricardo’s spare time is spent creating illustrations or animations. Ricardo is happy to bring and impart some creative and practical skills to the staff and children.

Kohil Puvanenthiran (ICT Technician)

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