Curiosity | Exploration | Discovery
Pavan Dhand

Teacher

The Langley Academy Primary

I am a proud member of the Langley Academy Primary Early years team, I joined the exciting adventure of the new primary school as a Teacher in September 2015.

 

This is my third year teaching, I have worked in Reception and in special needs and have found my love for working within the Foundation stage. It is wonderful to be part of a team that are as passionate about children and their learning experiences as I am.

 

I really value the Academy’s aim: “To provide a unique and enriching experience for all through curiosity, exploration and discovery.” As I am a big believer in hands on learning. It is nice to be part of a big team in the trust as it allows us to share ideas and resources across the schools maximising the children’s learning opportunities.

 

Coming into school every day inspires me due to the children’s fascination in learning and their enthusiasm to learning.

Catherine Beaton

SEND Practitioner

The Langley Academy

Every day, I have the pleasure of working with some excellent teachers, being part of inspiring lessons and supporting wonderful students who despite their challenges, strive to learn and progress. I am one of those extremely fortunate people that can genuinely say, “I love my job!”


I joined The Academy in September 2012, and to this day, I continue to be inspired by the innovative atmosphere and the truly unique opportunities The Langley Academy provides, not only to our students but also to the staff and outside stakeholders on a daily basis.

 

The academy’s strapline ‘Curiosity, Exploration and Discovery’ is at the heart and soul of our community.
Ashley Mall

Head of Faculty for Design Technology

The Langley Academy

I began my teaching career in September 2010 as an LSA, after 3 years in the restaurant industry and have since become Second in Charge in Design Technology. My short stint as an LSA gave me a great insight into classroom practice as well as providing me with SEN knowledge and behavioural management skills. This acted as a great stepping stone to Cover Supervisor and an Unqualified English teacher role, where I managed to find my feet amongst students. I was then fortunate enough to gain a spot on the GTP route towards my QTS, a year which was undoubtedly challenging but also one where I grew as a teacher and as an individual. It was clear from the start that support was always there when required, a reason I have decided to continue my career at The Langley Academy. My relatively quick progression and love for the school is mainly due to the fact that The Langley Academy not only provides fantastic opportunities for their students, but their staff too.


I feel extremely privileged working at The Langley Academy as it is the only Museum Learning school in the country. This in itself ignites curiosity amongst students and allows them to learn in different manners. This model fits in with the varied learning styles our students have, as well as making learning enjoyable across the curriculum. Over the past year I have been fortunate enough to receive the “Museum Learning Champion” position, giving me the opportunity to work closely with the museum learning team and a selective group of KS4 students for the “Stronger Together Project”. This has given the students and me the opportunity to work with the fantastic Waddeson Manor, linking Food and Maths, and inspiring the students to create a canapé reception at the Manor, working with professionals, in their environment, giving them a first-hand experience in a real, live working kitchen.


The Academy continually strives to improve upon their success. CPD is ongoing, which has enabled me to develop as an individual and progress to where I am now. Based on this, I have led sessions for trainee teachers as well as NQTs during TIP and PEP sessions.  I am involved in many working parties (Literacy Improvement Group, Wellbeing Group, Talk for Writing), which have been set up to develop various aspects of the school, whether it be academic or pastoral based.

 

It is a cliché, but the students are what makes the job what it is. Earning the roles of  Assistant Head of Design Technology and Sixth Form Tutor has allowed me to balance the academic and pastoral side within the school.  Some may see this as a challenge; the students at the Academy however make it an absolute pleasure to come to school every day (even on the odd Saturday).
Catherine Ensby

Reading Leader & Read Write Inc Manager

Parlaunt Park Primary Academy

I began my career working in education when my children reached the age to start school. Prior to having a family I had worked in banking for 11 years. Both my children attended Parlaunt Park and then went on to The Langley Academy (where I have been a governor for 6 years). One is still there currently studying 4 A Levels and the other is in his second year at Brunel University studying Sports Science.


I started as an LSA at a school in slough and, after 4 years, moved to become a member of staff at Parlaunt Park Primary (which is now Parlaunt Park Primary Academy) where I have worked for the past 9 years. 


I have been lucky to have worked in all year groups with many amazing children which has, in turn, given me a wide range of knowledge and understanding of how children develop their learning.
​18 months ago I was given the responsibility to run the Read Write Inc programme throughout school. This gives children the skills to be able to decode any word and so learn to read.  I run workshops for parents to help with the home school link for reading. If anyone is interested in attending a workshop please contact the school office.


I am delighted to report that children at Parlaunt Park do have a love of books and reading is at the heart of their learning.


In the words of Roald Dahl 'I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn't be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful.'


I am looking forward to the future working with both Parlaunt Park Primary Academy and The Trust and most of all working with all your amazing little people who make each and every day interesting, inspiring and enjoyable.
Emily Butzen

Second in charge of mathematics, KS4 Maths Coordinator

The Langley Academy

Joined as Mathematics Teacher in 2009

 

I joined The Langley Academy as a teacher of mathematics back in 2009 moving from the United States.  Although the transition to a new country had its difficulties, with the support of the mathematics staff I grew to become very happy with the decision to come to teach in Langley.  Within the school year I was given the opportunity to be year 7 maths coordinator and the teaching supervisor of the academy council.

 

Working with the students both inside and out of the classroom helped me build relationships with the students that solidified that The Langley Academy is the place for me.  I planned to move here for a year and I am still enjoying the experience and on my 6th year. Since I began I have been promoted to second in charge of mathematics and key stage 4 coordinator of the mathematics department.  The students and staff here at The Langley Academy help keep me enthusiastic and create a positive working environment.

 

I could not be happier with my decision to take the risk and teach outside of the USA at The Langley Academy.   I would recommend it to anyone.

Geeta Juttla

Learning Support Assistant

The Langley Academy Primary

I am extremely proud to be a part of The Langley Academy Primary team as a Learning Support Assistant. I am a qualified Early Years Practitioner with over 9 years’ experience in Early Years. I am a big believer in letting children take the lead in their play and love being a part of their adventures.


I strive to make each child feel special and give them the support they need to thrive, encouraging them to take risks and learn new things.

 

I have two young children and know how important it is to ensure each day brings a positive experience and helps to make sure that every day counts!”
Luke Plumley

Class Teacher - Year 6

Parlaunt Park Primary Academy

My teaching career began as an LSA in April 2009 where I gained valuable on the job experience in Primary education while I got the necessary qualifications to get onto a teacher training course.


My first encounter of Parlaunt Park Primary Academy (PPPA) was during my teacher training on the Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP). I was privileged to join PPPA for a six week placement in February 2013. I was immediately impressed by the vibrant atmosphere of the school, in particular the classroom learning environment and the children’s hunger to learn. From day one the staff have been really helpful and supportive.

I got into teaching because I wanted to help children achieve their full potential and I believe PPPA under the guidance of The Langley Academy Trust makes this possible.

Joanne Poole

Teacher

Parlaunt Park Primary Academy

My children, now 20,18 and 14, attended Parlaunt when I lived in Langley, so I have an association with the school going back over 15 years.


After a few years out of the profession while my children were very young, I started teaching at PP in 2006 once my children were all at school full time and we had moved out of the area. I have been here ever since!


As a float teacher I have taught lots of classes and worked with many teachers.
I love the way the children here are so excited about learning and enjoy the challenges we set them. It is the reason I became a teacher.

There have been many changes during the time I have been associated with the school as a parent, teacher and now staff governor. We have dedicated and committed staff here who care about the children's learning, but also their wellbeing as citizens of the school and also the wider community.
I am looking forward to being a part of the next phase of PPPA.

Marium Rafiq

Religious Education Trainee Teacher

The Langley Academy

I was welcomed to the Academy in 2014 as a Higher Learning Teaching Assistant (HLTA) for the Sensory Resource Base to work with both hearing and visually impaired students. I had previously worked in another secondary school as a Cover Supervisor and wanted to progress towards becoming a teacher. The Langley Academy provided me with the opportunity to make that progression; to excel in my role as HLTA allowing me to gain a real insight into SEN as well as being a Form Tutor to a great cohort of students.

 

Within a few short months at the Academy and working with colleagues who were extremely supportive, I was able to obtain a place on a School Direct Teacher Training course. I was one step closer in fulfilling my aspiration in teaching Religious Education in a school that encourages a real sense of community and belonging. 
I had worked within the Humanities department through my role as HLTA and looked forward to being a Religious Education teacher in a great department.

 

At present, I am currently training and working towards obtaining my QTS at the Academy. Even though my teacher training is undoubtedly hard and at times daunting, I am really enjoying teaching.  Recently, the Academy presented me with the opportunity to take two students on a four day Centenary WW1 Battlefields Tour in Belgium and France – an amazing and overwhelming experience I may never have had the chance to be involved in!

 

I have had some great experiences at the Academy and look forward to even more fun, challenges, responsibilities and memories on my journey to becoming a teacher.

Cheryl Musselwhite

First Aider/Stock Controller

Parlaunt Park Primary Academy

I have been at Parlaunt Park for 22 years.  I am a First Aider and Stock Controller and occasionally an LSA.  I have seen many changes in education over the years but am still amazed and thrilled to see the children develop from Nursery to Year 6.  It gives me great pleasure to see these children strive to learn in leaps and bounds.

 

I hope to have many more happy fruitful years being part of an academy.