Our staff

Miss Austin, Headteacher

I became Headteacher of Oakridge Parochial School in 2005 and am exceptionally proud of our pupils and staff. Our pupils are happy, hard working, love learning and take great pride in their school and we have an extremely enthusiastic, talented and friendly team of staff and governors. Although the inside of the school is superb, I love that we have our wonderful outdoor surroundings to enhance our learning. There is so much I enjoy about Oakridge Parochial School but my favourite moment of each term is when we measure the ‘Smile of Excellence’ in our Achievement Worship service!

Mrs Kellaway, KS1 Class Teacher

I started at Oakridge School in 2002 and enjoy teaching all the subjects although Science, PE and Maths are my particular favourites. Oakridge genuinely is a unique school to teach at. I think that the setting is the best thing about it – we are able to take regular walks and enjoy many experiences out of the classroom in a natural environment. The children at Oakridge School are always keen and inquisitive with a natural curiosity about their school environment.

Mrs Hayes, KS1 Class Teacher

I came to work at Oakridge School in 2001 to cover a maternity leave and never left as I loved it so much! Having studied history of art and other visual cultures for my degree, I love teaching art and the performing arts. The pupils regularly use their creativity to bring a subject to life or to perform during Achievement Worships which helps to build their confidence. I am also the school's literacy co-ordinator and as pupils are given plenty of one-to-one attention, their love of reading and writing blossoms during their time here.

Mrs Modaley, KS2 Class Teacher





Mrs Chapman, KS1 Teaching Assistant

My main role is to help the Reception children settle into school life, however I also have a lot of input with years one and two. The children really do thrive in Oakridge's small learning environment and it is lovely to see them progress so well. I feel privileged to be part of a happy friendly team at Oakridge.


Ms Crockford, Teaching Assistant (SEN)

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for Special Educational Needs for 15 years.  I have worked in several primary schools and one secondary school in the local area.  I started at Oakridge Parochial School in September 2014, my main role is to support pupils with SEN.  As soon as I walked through the door I knew I would be happy here as the energy and friendliness from both pupils and staff was fantastic.  With many of the pupils wearing their slippers while in the school it feels like one big happy family learning together.

Sandy Bryson, ICT Technician

I have been working at Oakridge school for a number of years taking care of all the computers and ICT equipment. I also spend time with the children helping them to improve their ICT skills on a Thursday afternoon. I always look forward to my time at Oakridge School because the staff and pupils are always so warm and friendly, and everyone always has a smile on their face!

Mrs Westerby, School Administrator

My family has a long connection with the school as I am an ex-pupil, as are my mum and my three children. I also took over the role of School Administrator from my mum who retired after 34 years! The best thing about being at Oakridge is seeing the children grow and develop their learning and skills. 


Kerry Hawkins, Teaching Assistant

Throughout the week I provide a variety of support to KS2 pupils. This includes whole class and special educational needs support as well as lunchtime supervision. I am very proud to be part of the truly wonderful team at Oakridge Parochial School.


Ally Schofield, Lunchtime Supervisor

The best thing about working here is being able to watch the children thrive in the beautiful outdoor environment in which they spend their playtimes.

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