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Meet the Staff

Non - Class Based Team
 
Catherine King

Headteacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead

From an early age I realised that my passion in life involved working with children. In 2004 I began my career as a KS2 teacher and SENCo in an Inner City school in London, Hackney. Since moving back to Oxford in 2012, I have been a SENCo, Assistant Head, Acting Deputy Head and Inclusion Consultant for the County Council. During my career I have taught children across the primary age range from Nursery to Year 6. This breadth of experience has led me to develop a strong belief that children learn best when they are having fun and are engaged in practical, real life activities that spark their curiosity. I believe that strong relationships with parents and a commitment to working with the wider community are vital in ensuring that children are supported as they move through their school life. Out of school, I live with my husband, son, dog and two cats. We all enjoy being outdoors including long dog walks by the river and playing cricket in the park.

Mrs Sarah Weaver

Assistant Headteacher/Senior Leadership Team/Reception Lead/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

I have been passionate about working with children from an early age and have worked in Childcare and Education in various capacities for the last 15 years. I graduated with a BA Dual Honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and Education and Human Development and went on to do a Postgraduate certificate in Education, specialising in Early Years. It has been a great pleasure to work at Comper for the last 12 years. I find working with young children and families extremely rewarding, every day is different and I get the opportunity to be part of a community that helps children learn, grow and develop. I am committed to providing children with a safe and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Family is important to me and I enjoy spending time with my husband and our three young children, playing, exploring, walking, hiking and singing!

Comper is a very special place and I consider it a great privilege to work with the children, families and staff here.

Chrissy Gower

SENCO/Senior Leadership Team/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

My name is Chrissy Gower. I trained as an early years teacher in 2002 and also did the NASENCO award at Oxford Brookes in 2015. I am committed to helping children with additional needs to make the best progress they can make and supporting their families to ensure they are happy and healthy. As well as working at Comper I am currently working for the Early Years SEN Team for Oxfordshire County Council. In my spare time I enjoy kayaking on the River Thames and playing the Euphonium and the Tuba in the City of Oxford Silver Band.

Nicole Grazier

School Business Manager/Senior Leadership Team

My name is Nicole and I am the School Business Manager at Comper, I joined the team in October 2015 following 20 years of senior level PA/ administrative experience in large corporate organisations. I am a mother to 2 teenagers and in my spare time I enjoy walking our dog Chester and playing an active role in British Indoor Skater Hockey.

Phoebe Larcombe

Administration Manager/Senior Leadership Team

My name is Phoebe and I am the Administration Manager at Comper. I joined the team in January 2021 and bring with me over 20 years of experience in marketing and administration. I love being part of an establishment that is centered around children. Each day at Comper provides me with something that brings a smile to my face.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, going on long walks with our dog Bella and swimming in the river.

Barbara Schofield

Office Administrator

My name is Basia and I am an Office Administrator. I started working in Comper in 2014 and am involved in administration of Daycare & Nursery, as well as general office duties. I also deal with some financial aspects e.g. invoices, payments and funding. I am originally from Poland and now live in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. I enjoy long walks in its surroundings, trail running & cycling but also spending time with my friends and books.

 Daycare Team
 
Paris Fine

Nursery and Daycare Lead/Senior Leadership Team/Designated Safeguarding Lead

I’m Paris, Nursery and Daycare Lead and Mum of one. I’ve worked at Comper for 12 years and over this time I have spent time across all three of the learning environments. While teaching children I’ve also learnt, grown and developed with them and that’s why Comper is such a special place for me.
Comper is a family and has a real sense of community. The diversity of our families enables everyone to be represented.
Playing such a significant role in little peoples lives feels very special and I’m grateful I get to do it daily.

Katy Warne

Deputy Daycare Lead

Hello, my name is Katy. I am an Early Years Professional and currently work in the nursery at Comper.
I have 20 years experience in childcare and education, 13 years of them here.
When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my husband and 3 children.

April Inwood

Early Years Professional

Hi I am April Inwood. I work in Daycare and have many years experience of working with children. I am extremely passionate about childcare. I enjoy socialising with my three children and love spending time with them and my family.

Anna Parry

Early Years Professional

I’m Anna Parry. I’ve lived in Oxford all my life, and although I’ve only been working in childcare for a short time I really enjoy it. The children are so interesting and fill every day with laughs and questions - it’s a privilege to work with them.

Shazia Akhtar

Early Years Professional

Hi my name is Shazia Akhtar, I have been at Comper for almost six years and I am an earlier years practitioner. I have a huge passion for working with children and helping them develop and flourish. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

Pablo Liria Fernandez

Early Years Professional/Afterschool Club

Hi, I’m Pablo Liria. I have a Bachelor Degree in Early Years and Primary School and I have more than five years of experience working in Early Years. I’m really concerned about helping every child to have a healthy, secure, rich, joyful and responsible development during their early years. I like nature and enjoy going for walks in the countryside as well as visiting museums and learning new things. If you have any enquiries please do not hesitate to contact me.

 Nursery Team
 
Ursula Jackson

Early Years Professional

Hi I'm Ursula and I am an Early Years Professional.
I am currently the Room Leader in Peach Class within the Nursery.
I have 19 years experience of working in Childcare and Education,12 of those at Comper.
I enjoy working with children, their families and the wider community and I can honestly say that no day is ever the same, It is so rewarding to see the progress and achievements each child makes in their year at Nursery.

Madoka Guibert

Early Years Professional

Hi, I’m Madoka. I work in the Nursery. I’ve worked at Comper for three years. All of my children attended this school. I enjoy working at Comper because I like helping and supporting children. I also enjoy working in a great team.

Tracy Myatt

Early Years Professional

Hello, my name is Tracy. I am an Early Years Practitioner. I work in the Peach room within nursery.
I have 10 years experience of working in childcare/education.
Out of school I have a passion for cycling and spending time with my family.

 Reception Team
 
Anne-Marie Shenton

Teacher

Hi my name is Anne-Marie and I have loved working at Comper for 14 years. I have a BEd and a PGCE in SEN . I have also trained as a phonics tutor and a Youth Mindfulness teacher. I love working in the Early Years where as a team we can encourage each child to build a solid foundation for life long learning and well being . I recently moved to Noke where I love long walks and playing with my grandson.

Sarah Merry

Teacher

Hello. I am the Reception teacher in Strawberry class. I have a PGCE and a Classical Music degree. I enjoy being outside in all weathers exploring our amazing garden and singing lots of songs.

Sarah O'Flanagan

Teacher

Hi - I’m Sarah.
I studied Classics at Kings College London before going on to take my Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Oxford Brookes, specialising in Early Years. In previous settings I have taught across Key Stage 1 and the Foundation Stage. I joined the Comper team in January 2015, initially taking the lead in the Nursery for three years and then teaching in Reception.

Laura Chaplin

Early Years Professional

Working with children is something I had always wanted to do from a young age and in 1998 I was lucky enough to be offered my first position in a nursery. I worked predominantly with 2-3 year olds as a room leader up until 2020, when I moved to become part of the reception team in the Mango Class. Although I do miss the younger ones, the change has been positive and I really enjoy working with the older children.

Having worked at Comper since 2009 it has been wonderful seeing the school change and grow over the years.
I have 2 children of my own and as a family we enjoy exploring woods and visiting English Heritage sites. I also enjoy reading when I get the chance as well as listening to music and playing board/card games.

Marie Mundy

Early Years Professional

My name is Marie.
I have been an early years professional at Comper for 7 years.
I have worked in the Nursery and I’m now working in the Mango class in reception.
When I’m not at Comper, I enjoy going for long walks, reading, watching movies, listening to music and going on days out.

Jolanta Pietruszka-Hawkins

Early Years Professional

Carol Bryan

Early Years Professional/Breakfast Club

Lunchtime Staff Team
Tracey Hastings

Catering Supervisor

Hello my name is Tracey and I’m the Catering Supervisor. I’ve been at Comper for 8 years now. My door is always open so if you need to speak to me please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Mussarat Rashid

Lunchtime supervisor

I started working at Comper in 2012. I really enjoy working with young children and being part of the Comper team.
Out of school I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren.

Shamila Nisar

Lunchtime supervisor

Mrs Naheeda Naghman

Lunchtime supervisor

Hi, my name is Naheeda. I first started working with children, as a volunteer, in a children's centre. After this, I moved to Comper where I have been working for several years. I really enjoy working, teaching and playing with the children. This job makes me feel very happy.
Outside of work I enjoy cooking and spending time with my family.

Extended Day Team
Touhida Akter

Early Years Professional

Hi My name is Touhida, I work with children during the day which I really enjoy. In my free time I like to cook and do art as well as go for walks and spend time with my daughter and cat.