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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 Ambition School Leadership network (part of the Future Leaders programme), Leading with Confidence (Southwark Teaching Alliance) and UCL Co-Lab (NPQH Participant). She has been teaching for 10 years, beginning in Manchester , then Germany and then as an inaugural staff member at La Fontaine. She studied English and Educational Politics as Chester University before completing a PGCE Primary and Masters in Education as the University of Cumbria. She is very interested in the development of women as leaders and flexible working to ensure retention of strong teachers. Jenna has written articles for several educational publications on topics related to mastery, teaching mums and curriculum design.

She has been designing curriculum areas for the last 7 years and is particularly interested in the use of outdoor space, ICT and development of mastery to prepare the students for the future. She is a swimming teacher and life guard and believes that swimming is a life skill all children should have. She decided to become a teacher after volunteering in schools in Fiji, Kenya and Uganda and realising the importance of education for future prospects. She fervently believes that all students should be given aspirational opportunities and experience cultural diversity in order to reduce inequality.

Jenna enjoys spending time with her young family, travelling and baking.

Sarah Edwards (Assistant Headteacher – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Sarah is one of our Year 4 teachers. She has taught in schools in South-East London for over ten 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!

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 Senior Leadership Team at La Fontaine academy, as well as a a member of  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 joined 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.

Stephanie Rose (Inclusion Leader – Deputy Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer): Stephanie has been a qualified teacher for nearly 20 years and has taught across all primary Key Stages and also in secondary education. She joins La Fontaine from Bromley Virtual School and before that was Inclusion Manager in a Lewisham primary school for 7 years, where she gained her Masters level qualification as a Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator.

Stephanie is also a qualified Specialist Teacher for learners with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia and a qualified and professionally accredited assessor for learners with Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia. She is committed to helping all children and their families thrive and flourish and achieve their very best. Stephanie also has special interests in Speech and Language difficulties, the acquisition of English as an additional language and social and emotional well-being.

Stephanie is half-French and speaks French fluently. She studied Psychology and German for her first degree and has studied in Germany and taught English as a Foreign Language in Spain. Stephanie enjoys dancing, baking, reading, sewing, creative arts and crafts and loves spending time with her family, friends and cat.

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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 the Examinations & Attendance Officer at St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington. Much of Kathryn’s free time is spent with her husband, two teenage children and her two large Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Kathryn enjoys being wined and dined and travelling abroad as often as she can.

Jacqueline McGill (Administrative Assistant): Jacqueline spent many years working in the City, gaining Secretarial and PA experience for a large firm of Accountants, then working for a busy team of Chartered Surveyors.  Since having children, Jaki has had jobs to fit around family life, such as working from home as an administrator and working part time in a local nursery.  Now that she has teenagers at secondary school, she is able to focus more of her time and attention to her role as Club Co-Ordinator amongst other things, at La Fontaine Academy.  Her spare time is spent walking her dog, regular Powerwave sessions and having 2 boys that play rugby and husband that coaches it, many hours on the side of a rugby pitch!

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): Kohil graduated with a BSc in Computing and Information Systems from the University of Portsmouth, and a BTEC HND in Network Engineering and Telecommunication Systems from edexcel He has over 15 years of invaluable experience, and a strong technical background and ability to work with minimum supervision. Having had exposure to a wide range of technologies and being able to play a key role in diagnosing hardware, software and network problems he can ensure that quality solutions meet business objectives. Kohil develops good working relationships with all members of staff, is proactive and as helpful as possible.

Other than work time, he spends time with family, watches movies, enjoys sports (cricket) and gardening.

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