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Class Teacher and Year R Leader:

Mrs K O'Connor


"Hello. I am Mrs. O'Connor. I love working at The Oaks so much, that I have been here for 15 years! It really is a fantastic place for everyone, to grow and learn. Building relationships with our children and their families is hugely important to me. When I am teaching, I love being outside and visiting the woods on our welly walks.

Spending time with my family is very important to me, and I also love gardening, reading, listening to  music, and travelling! "

Class Teacher and Year 1 Leader:

Mrs N Chapman


"Hello.  My name is Mrs Chapman and I
teach in Year 1. I love to see the children having fun and sharing ideas to help each other achieve. In my spare time I like to go to the beach with my family.  I also enjoy  taking my dog, Cleo, out for long walks in the countryside."

Class Teacher and Year 2 Leader:

Miss J Byrne



"I teach in Year 2 and I love it! My favourite subject to teach is PE, especially team games. I also enjoy reading different Roald Dahl stories to the children, if I had to pick one in particular it would be George’s Marvellous Medicine. 

In my spare time I enjoy going on long walks with my son and dog. I also play hockey most Saturdays, it is a lot of fun."

Class Teacher: 

Mrs Fone 


Hello I'm Mrs Fone. I have been lucky enough to work at the junior school Minterne for the last 11 years so I may have taught some of your children already! I love working at The Oaks as everyone is so kind a friendly and it feels like one big family. I believe you can feel the warmth and compassion as soon as you walk through the door. When I am not at school, I like to go to the theatre, holidays and spending time with my family. I have 3 daughters and a very mischievous husky/whippet called Mila.

Class Teacher:

Miss D Frith


"Hi! I'm Miss Frith. Although I enjoy teaching most subjects, my ultimate favourite is Literacy. I am Mr Men crazy and have collected all of the books and toys since I was young. I studied Geography at University and I really enjoy travelling."

Class Teacher: 

Miss N Hards 


''Hello, I am Miss Hards and I teach in Butterflies class. Science is my favourite subject - I love unravelling the mysteries of the world and also love astronomy and trying to understand our own planet and the diverse creatures that call it home. I have three bulldogs, a cat, three tortoises and a crested gecko!

I love to travel. Embracing the opportunity to immerse myself in different cultures, I hope to travel around the world one day, absorbing knowledge and experiences along the way''.


Class Teacher:

Mrs C Adkins (Clare)


"Hello, I work in Ladybirds. We always have so much fun and I love being outside, especially in the rain when there are huge puddles to jump in! My favourite time of the day is when we all come together to share a story or a song. When I'm not at school, I love being outdoors and enjoy cycling and paddle boarding, but I'm at my happiest on a long walk with my family and two dogs."




The Acorn Centre Teacher:

Miss K Miller


"Hello! I am Miss Miller and I teach in Blackbirds Class. My favourite topic is Literacy and reading the children in my class stories. When I am not at school I enjoy walking my two dogs, Bruce and Bonnie in the woods. I enjoy outdoor learning and taking the children to the Forest School at The Oaks.''


Class Teacher:

Mrs J Wakelen


"Hello! I am Mrs Wakelen and I teach in Year 1. I like reading stories and playing with the children, having lots of fun. I enjoy taking the children outdoors to explore our environment. When I am not at school I enjoy spending time with my three children and going on walks in the woods and to the beach. I love animals, especially tigers!!"

Class Teacher:

Miss G Rayner


"Hello! My name is Miss Rayner and I teach in Year 1. I love teaching our creative curriculum as it encourages children to take charge of their own learning. I enjoy reading lots of stories and being outside as much as possible. When I am not at school I like to go to the beach or for long walks with my friends and family. I also love to visit new places. Going on holiday is just the best!"



Class Teacher:

Mrs L Stiles


Hi, I'm Mrs Stiles and I teach in Year 2. I love coming up with creative and fun ways for children to learn and particularly enjoy teaching Science and English (because I love books.) I have two boys and a pet cat called Meesha. I love dark chocolate biscuits, riding my bicycle and making the children in my class giggle!''


Numbers Count and Reading Recovery Teacher

Mrs L Knowlton


"My name is Mrs Knowlton and I am the Reading Recovery Teacher at the school. I work with children on a 1:1 developing their reading, comprehension skills and writing. I am also the Maths Lead here at The Oaks and I really enjoy working with all of the year groups, looking at ways to make Maths more fun! I play the piano and lead the singing assemblies here; in my spare time, I play the piano in a worship band at my local church. I have 2 boys (one is grown up now) and a gorgeous cockapoo called Teddy. I love working at The Oaks because it really is like being in a very caring, friendly family. I used to come to The Oaks when I was little so I really haven't moved far!''


Class Teacher:

Mrs L Lamb


"Hello! I’m Mrs Lamb. I really love teaching and especially enjoy sharing stories with the children in my class. I like teaching everything but particularly enjoy Literacy and Numeracy - especially if we can learn outside!

When I’m not in school I enjoy reading, cooking and travelling to new places and countries!" 

Class Teacher: 

Miss E Ing


''Hello, I'm Miss Ing and I teach in Kingfishers class. I love teaching at the Oaks, I especially like reading lots of stories and teaching topic. When I am not at school I like going for a swim.''

Class Teacher: 

Mrs Seager


''Hello, my name is Mrs Seager and I have enjoyed teaching children at The Oaks for many years. I LOVE reading stories to my class and some of favourites are written by Julia Donaldson. In my spare time I enjoy going to the seaside with my family, cooking and going for runs in the countryside.''

Class Teacher:

Mrs F Vail


“Hello, I work in Ladybirds. I absolutely love working at The Oaks. It is a school full of wonderful people in an absolutely beautiful and tranquil setting. I am very lucky to be working with our Ladybirds as we have so much fun learning through our play all day! I really enjoy singing, especially nursery rhymes. My other love is finding mini-beasts and exploring their habitats outside. When I am not teaching I enjoy visiting new places with my family, going for long walks in the countryside and day trips to the beach. My children and I are also trying to understand and speak Italian, you never stop learning!”