Meet The Team

Academy Organisation


Simon Wood   Executive Head

I’m Simon Wood, Copperfield’s Executive Headteacher, aka its ‘Head Learner’! I love singing, musical theatre, reading thrillers and baking! This is my second year at Copperfield and I am determined to ensure we are known as a great school in the near future!

Alistair Kiff   Deputy Head (Inclusion)

I am passionate about inclusion and working within the team here to ensure this is part of the offer at Copperfield.  In my spare time I enjoy seeing my cats, family, friends, watching/playing football (I am definitely not as fast as I used to be!) and visiting new places.  I look forward to meeting new pupils and encourage them and their families to be part of our school’s exciting journey.

Daryl Power   Interim Deputy Head, Phase 4 Lead and Assessment Leader

I joined Copperfield Academy in September as Year 5 Rowan Teacher, as well as being a member of the Senior Leadership Team. I have been teaching since 2004; I previously worked in Banking for 8 years before making the decision to become a Teacher. I am passionate about creating an engaging and stimulating learning environment for all pupils, where they will thrive and fully immerse themselves in their curriculum theme. In my spare time, a enjoy running and ran my first marathon this year. I am training for my next marathon, so fingers crossed I stay injury free!

Lindsey Harris                                  Acting Deputy Head (Curriculum) – currently on Maternity Leave

Janice Gibson  Specialist Teacher (Inclusion)

I work at Copperfield for 2 days a week supporting teachers with strategies for children with Special Educational Need. ​There is nothing more rewarding that seeing children gain confidence in themselves adopting the ‘I can’ attitude to learning. I love to walk across the Kent Countryside with my husband, often borrowing my neighbour’s or my son’s dogs to keep us company. I try to spend time in the holidays exploring buildings through The National Trust and English Heritage.

Lorraine Slack   Pastoral Team Leader

 I love to spend time with my grandchildren and taking them out to special and fun places. I love to take my dog to the woods and go to the theatre in the west end . I have worked at Copperfield for 7 years now and love to watch and see all the changes that are being made and am so happy to be a part of Copperfield’s journey and support the bright future it has on offer to the pupils

Joy Vickery   Family Support Manager

I have worked in the Pastoral Team at Copperfield Academy for 4 years and enjoy spending time with the children and meeting and working with their parents. Out of work I enjoy spending time with my family, walking my dog and going to the theatre.

Karen Parker   Attendance Officer

I am a qualified swimming instructor and enjoy watching the children i teach progress. I also play pool and i am a member of the Kent ladies pool team. I love spending time with my family especially my grand children who keep me on my toes.


Jemma Lane    Phase Leader, Early Years (Nursery, Reception)

I am Acorns class teacher and Early Years Phase Leader. I spend lots of time with Nursery and Reception and love to provide the children with opportunities to learn through different experiences. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and going to new places. One of my favourite things to do at home (and at school) is read favourite book is Matilda!

Shelby Waddell                                 Phase Leader, Year 1 and 2

I am originally from Canada, but have been teaching in England for the past 5 years. I have taught at Copperfield for the past three years and I am incredibly excited to be teaching Year 2 again! In my free time I love reading, running and playing with my kitten!

Ben Wadsworth   Phase Leader, Year 3 and 4 / Maths Lead

I am Sycamore class teacher and year 3/4 phase leader. Out of school I love spending time with my wife and children. I used to play rugby professionally and enjoy going to the cinema and visiting new places around the world. In school I have a passion for Maths, PE and Science.

Tina Lucas   Reading Manager

I manage reading and phonics across the school from nursery to Year 6.  I am passionate about reading and the opportunities afforded to us all by being able to enjoy a book or find out about he world through reading.  I have been at Copperfield for 4 years and so I know most of the children here and thoroughly enjoy working with them. I work part-time as I have 3 teenage boys at home who take up the majority of my time outside of school.  All my boys attend a local secondary school and all have a sporting interest – one is a runner at Dartford Harriers and the other two play rugby for Gravesend Rugby Club. In what little spare time I have, I enjoy craft activities like card-making, embroidery and mixed media.


Mrs Hazel Parke  Specialist Teacher

Hannah Powell  Specialist Reading Teacher


Lorraine Slack  Welfare Manager

Joy Vickery  Early Intervention Manager

Karen Parker   Attendance Officer (Mornings)

Denise Elliott  Learning Mentor

I am Denise Elliott   one of the lead thrive practitioners at the school. I really enjoy working with the children in the Thrive room. In the Thrive room we do lots of fun activities and the children can talk about how they are feeling and anything that they may be worried about . Outside of work I enjoy reading and spending time with my family.

Colette Jeal    Lead SEN Learning Support Assistant

My name is Mrs Colette Jeal, I joined the school in April 2019 as a special educational needs LSA.
I like being by the seaside, going for country walks and spending time with my family.
I am looking forward to helping and getting to know everyone at Copperfield Academy

Denise O’Neill Speech and Language Assistant

My name is Denise O’Neill I have worked at the school for 20 years I enjoy lots of crafts making home made soaps wax melts

I am very lucky as my dog Casey and I have trained as pets as therapy Casey comes into school each week to see the children we have met many people through the charity and really enjoy our special times Casey loves to have cuddles with everyone when she has her therapy jacket on her tail wags as she knows she will be meeting her friends at school .

Rita Suman  Speech and Language Assistant

Hello my name is Rita Suman. I have worked at Copperfield for 16 years as a TA (Teaching assistant) and carried out various roles such as speaking and language, EAL, supporting pupils but most importantly carried out 1 to 1 assistance for pupils who required extra support in specific areas in their learning process and by doing this I have always been keen to help them reach their potential goals.

In my spare time I love spend time with my grand children and family.



Michelle Warnock  Music

I teach music to all year groups. I like to keep my lessons fun and interactive to ensure the children can learn whilst having fun. There is nothing more rewarding for me than seeing the children gain confidence through performing and enjoyment from the lessons.I  have a great passion for musical theatre and the theatre is my favourite place to be. Especially when I’m watching my daughter perform!

Sam Maclean  Art

I’m currently teaching art across the whole school which is great as it’s a huge passion of mine. I love being creative, yoga, walking, reading and spending  time with my 4 kids.


Bev Richards     Office Manager

I’ve been the Office Manager at Copperfield for nearly 8 years.  I love the fact that no day is ever the same, so I never get bored!

I love cats, and currently have two of my own, and three that come round for dinner every day – I’m known as the mad cat lady

Emma Root     Admissions Officer/Admin Officer

I am Mrs Root, the Admissions Officer, I am married and have two lovely sons, I also have two dogs and love taking them for walks in the woods and along the beach.  I enjoy spending the weekends with my family and friends making special memories.  I have worked at Copperfield Academy for 5 years now and am enjoying watching the changes that are being made and I’m really looking forward to the future and being part of Copperfield’s journey.

Canan Orhan     Receptionist/Administrative Officer

I am Mrs Orhan, the receptionist. I enjoy being creative, taking long walks and sightseeing. I am a huge Disney fan, I am also a boxing fan and I love Christmas! I have been working at Copperfield Academy since September 2019 and have found that school has a wonderful atmosphere, where Children really are the priority.



Nicola Creed      School Business Manager

Liesa Locock                                      Finance Assistant

 I am married with two children and enjoy watching Films, travel and spending time with my family!



Terry Seymour   Premises/Site Manager

I am Terry Seymour, I have worked here for 15 years and really enjoy it.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.  I enjoy travelling and love going on holiday so I can explore new and exciting places.



Ray Marshall

I am Ray Marshall, I have worked at Copperfield for a couple of years and I really enjoy helping the children become more active and to find their love for sport.  In my spare time I love playing and watching football and spending time with my young family.

Ellis Brown

​I am Mr Ellis Brown a Sports coach. I enjoy watching anime and playing Xbox in my spare time. I also like cooking and watching a multitude of sports, basketball and football among my favorites; football being something I take part in playing on the weekends.