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.

Sarah Weaver

Co Head/Assistant Headteacher/Senior Leadership Team/Reception Lead/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead/Teacher

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.

Alice Kiddell

Office Administrator

Hello, my name is Alice and I work in the school office. I have only recently moved to Oxford, so I am enjoying exploring the city and going for walks in the countryside. When I first came to Comper it reminded me very much of my first school where I made a lot of happy memories and began my love of learning, and now I feel privileged to be part of a team where we support children to do the same. No two days are ever the same working in a school, and I love this about my job!

 Daycare Team
Laura Chaplin

Daycare Deputy Lead

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.

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.

Shabeena Ali

Early Years Professional

 Nursery Team
Anne-Marie Shenton

Teacher & Nursery Lead

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.

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.

Keanne Gardener

Early Years Professional

Hi, I am Keanne. I have been working with children since I was 17 years old. During that time I have gained a number of qualifications including an Early Years Foundation degree.
I enjoy working at Comper as it is like one big family.

Tayaba Yasin

Early Years Professional

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 family.

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.

Jane Woodward

Lunch Time Supervisor

Extended Day Team
Sarah Korting

After School Club Lead

I live fairly locally, near Hinksey Park, where I set up the Community Cafe at South Oxford Community Centre and ran a Stay & Play weekly session for young families at Lake street Nursery .
Some of you may know me more locally as the Lead for the popular Baby Cake Club at Florence Park Community Centre .
I’ve lots of ideas for After School Club activities and we are excited to be able to run Monday - Thursdays from September with me in on each of those days - so looking forward to meeting you all .
I love working with children and families and have brought up 2 girls of my own now 20 and 23 !!

My previous work in Oxford has been In Teaching and Careers Education ( with teenagers )

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.