Meet the Team
Head of Training and SCITT Manager – Sarah Williams
I have been teaching for over 20 years – 9 years as a secondary teacher in science and 14 years in primary. During this time I have taught in a comprehensive school in Bristol, an International school in Italy and a High School in California as well as two different primary schools in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. I now find myself in a new, challenging role at Chepping View Primary Academy – that of developing an outstanding specialist Primary teacher training programme, alongside many strong partnership schools in the area. A great believer in school centred teacher training where training takes place ‘on the job,’ I am excited to be working alongside Trainee students as well as many inspirational staff( heads, mentors and tutors) from other schools. However, I do still keep my hand in – teaching some year 6 classes at Chepping View.
Alongside my passion for teaching, I share my time with my husband, two sons (at Uni) daughter (graduate) and great friends plus spend many an hour on the tennis court, watching Scandinavian dramas or leafing through interior design magazines.
Melanie Wilson – SCITT Business Manager
I have worked at Chepping View Primary Academy for 7 years as the School Business Manager. I am part of the SLT and am involved with all aspects of the strategic decision making process. I have had nearly twenty six years’ experience working in finance, with the last seven being with education. I was awarded the Advanced Diploma in School Business Management (ADSBM) in May 2012 and I effectively utilise the skills I learnt when tackling school business and financial management issues.
As the Finance Officer for the SCITT I am involved in ensuring that the trainees receive any bursary or student loan funding in a timely manner. We are in the process of refurbishing a separate part of the building solely for the use of the SCITT so I am currently working with the SCITT Manager to ensure this is set up and ready for our next cohort of trainees in September 2016.
Chepping View Primary Academy Principal – Jon Mason
I have been a teacher for 19 years and have enjoyed every moment of my career to date. I completed my PGCE at Leeds University and took up my first teaching post as a Geography and PE teacher at The Cottlesloe School in the north of Buckinghamshire, I can still remember clearly the many challenges I faced in my probationary year and the mistakes I made. I have worked as a senior leader in two other secondary schools in Bucks before progressing on to primary education and moving to Chepping View Primary Academy. I was appointed as Principal of Chepping View Primary Academy in October 2014 and have had the privilege of working with a fantastic team of staff and trustees who strive relentlessly to strengthen our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating by providing the very best primary education for all our children. Chepping View is also a National Support School and the Lead School of Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Alliance and these provide wonderful opportunities to drive improvements in the standards of primary school education on a county wide scale and beyond. Throughout my time in education I have always been passionate about collaboration with other schools. I have long believed that the best challenge and support for a school comes from other schools and this applies to teacher training. It makes sense that the highest quality training and preparation for one of the most enjoyable and rewarding occupations can only be provided by teachers who work with children on a daily basis.
I currently live in Bourne End, Bucks, with my wonderful wife and our two young boys (William 3yrs and Joseph 2yrs) – as a parent I understand how precious each individual child is and why an outstanding primary school education is vital for all. I feel incredibly privileged to have the post of Principal and to be able to be a part of shaping the future of education in our area in a time of significant and rapid change and I look forward to working closely with all of our trainee teachers.
Jo Kettle – SCITT Administrator
I joined Chepping View Primary Academy in June 2016 as both the SCITT Administrator and Office Administrator. Having worked in various administrative roles primarily in IT, I joined the education sector as an LSA in September 2002 and finally felt as though I had discovered a place where I could make a difference. I found working with children the most fulfilling and satisfying job of my career. I returned to an administrative role and spent ten years at Tylers Green Middle School supporting the children, parents and staff alike before moving to CVPA. I once had a great desire to become a teacher myself; however my career path went in a different direction. I am therefore delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the trainees who choose to pursue this wonderful profession and help them on their journey to achieving qualified teacher status.
I am married with two very sporty teenage sons. I spend many an hour watching my youngest son play squash whilst the eldest runs and dreams of representing GB at the Olympics!
Since then I have managed my own small business, football coaching around South Bucks as part of the Brazilian Soccer Schools franchise, an exciting skills development programme. Through this I was lucky enough to work with wonderful local families through schools and sports centres.
I have been at Chepping View for six years, initially as class teacher, becoming year leader and co-ordinating the PE and English curriculum. I have enjoyed participating in overnight residential activity trips, including Longridge in Marlow and with year 5 and 6 to France.
I have enabled children to challenge themselves to fulfil their potential by organising special events; sports days for over 240 children and their parents and drama performances which have entertained large audiences of children and their parents.
I have two children who attended primary and secondary schools in the Wycombe area. I live in the Chilterns with my wonderful wife – Dr Cameron!