Working at Eastfield and Staff CPD

Eastfield is a community mixed Primary and Nursery School taking children from 3-11 years. We are fortunate enough to have an Additional Resource Provision for a small group of children with complex needs (ARP).

Eastfield is a happy, vibrant, inclusive school where children can develop into independent learners. At Eastfield we work to ensure that our children feel secure in the caring environment, which we endeavour to create at all, times. We value parents’ contributions and hope that the partnership between home and school will provide a strong foundation for all pupils to grow and develop to their full potential.

Please get in touch if you would like to come and visit and get a feel for what is important to us.

What is professional learning?

Great learning activities that impact children’s learning and change our practice, thinking, understanding; exciting, inspiring and motivating us as a learning community. It is part of a cycle that is well planned for impact on children’s learning and evaluated through the SIP process.

Roles and responsibilities

Every member of our learning community has personal responsibility to actively seek learning opportunities which will impact children’s learning. This is facilitated, challenged and supported by the Senior Leadership team. Every member of staff will fully engage in a wide variety of professional learning activities.

Professional development dialogue

Central to our learning framework is every member of staff’s professional targets outlined in their appraisal, directly resulting from the school’s current SIP. The targets focus on how adults maximise their impact on children’s learning, through personal target setting, reflective professional dialogue, observation and review with a line manager throughout the year.

Entitlement for all staff to develop their learning leadership skills: Staff have the opportunity to:

  • have time to engage in sustained reflection and structured learning
  • create learning opportunities from everyday practice such as planning and assessing for learning
  • develop their ability to identify their own learning and development needs and those of others
  • develop professional targets
  • have school-based learning, as well as relevant programme participation, recognised for accreditation
  • develop self-evaluation, observation and peer review skills
  • develop coaching skills and their ability to offer professional dialogue and feedback
  • plan their longer term career aspirations.

Weekly release is given in addition to PPA time for all teachers (2 sessions in addition to 2 sessions of PPA time).

We provide:

  • High quality induction
  • Excellent tailored professional development opportunities which enables staff to develop their own practice and impact others nationally
  • A highly engaged staff who work hard together and thrive in a happy, friendly environment
  • Staff iPads and mac pros


At Eastfield Primary School we have a well structured and organised induction program that is in place to support all new members of staff that join us. These sessions cover all the basics you need to have a successful start working in a new school and seamlessly integrate. Sessions cover fundamentals including teaching, marking, risk assessments, use of data and behavior management.

At Eastfield we firmly believe that Directed Learning is an important part of continuing professional development and they give all members of staff an opportunity to consolidate and enhance their individual skills to meet whole school aims identified in SEF and SIP as effective and well trained staff are key to ensuring higher outcomes for children.


Weekly release for all teachers.


All staff, and visitors and Governors when appropriate

Suggested Activities

  • Involvement in decision making
  • Policy development
  • Sharing effective practice
  • Introduction of directed initiatives
  • Addressing specific professional learning needs identified during monitoring.

Professional Journeys

I’ve been in education for over twenty years now since completing my degree in Primary education.  Over the last twenty+ years I have worked in a number of schools, both Primary and Secondary, and held a range of posts; leading PE, IT, Maths and The Arts in Primary Schools and Maths, History and Film & Media Studies in Secondary.  I have also led Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 and been a Deputy Head in three schools, one of which was a brand new school (International College Hong Kong) that I helped to set up in China.  I also completed a Masters Degree in Educational Management focussed on changes within educational settings whilst working overseas.  

After returning to England after 8 years, I worked for the local authority as a Affiliative Deputy Head Teacher supporting a school in Enfield for two years.  I joined Eastfield as Deputy Head in 2013 and have loved working here ever since.  I enjoyed my role as Deputy Head for six years in which time I focussed on introducing the school values, implementing positive approaches to behaviour and developing the curriculum.  

After a year of working as Acting Head from 2018-19, I took on the role as substantive Headteacher in 2020 – just before the school closed for the first lockdown! To say it has been an interesting couple of years since would be to undersell it!  

Eastfield is an amazing school with great staff, a fantastic community and the most wonderful children.  Our ongoing focus on values and role models has created a really positive environment where every child is given the skills, confidence and guidance to become a positive role model in their own right.

No two days are ever the same at Eastfield, which is why it is such an exciting school to work in.  I really do consider myself very lucky to be able to be the headteacher of such an incredible school. 

Mr. Statham 



My undergraduate degree was in Business & Human Resources, after graduating I worked in the Recruitment Industry supplying Teachers to Secondary schools. I wanted a change and desired to work with younger children, thus I commenced on the PGCE course specialising in EYFS. 

 I graduated from Islington Borough and have now worked in four inner London schools. I commenced my career in teaching in a maintained primary school in Brent, North West London. I am highly driven, ambitious and I am passionate about children’s learning and want to make a difference!

 In 2017, I moved to Docklands and took on the role of Assistant Headteacher in a school in Newham with responsibility for managing all newly Qualified Teachers, Subject Leader & Assessment. In 2019, I had the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China on behalf of Leading Learning Trust to showcase my outstanding practice to some of the top tier schools in Beijing! This was a fantastic opportunity and I even had the chance to climb the Great Wall of China!

 In 2020, I took on the role of Assistant Headteacher in a school in Lewisham, with responsibility of Teaching & Learning across the school. This was an interim post which I thoroughly enjoyed. In December 2021, I took on a Deputy Headteacher role at Eastfield primary school leading on the following areas: Quality of Teaching & Learning, Assessment, Attendance, Home Learning, National Tutoring Programme, Remote Learning, Equalities Team, ECT Induction Tutor, Part of the Safeguarding Team, Mentor Coaches for the Ivy Learning Trust/Local Authority and finally teach when required.  

 Eastfield children are really well behaved and a delight to work with. The staff are always ready to help out and generally care about the children. As a Senior Leader I lead with a huge amount of passion, understanding and empathy for the children and staff in my care.

I live with my husband and in my spare time I like to ride my bike, cook different types of cuisines, travel and read Leadership books!

My motto in life: Be friendly, polite, kind and honest. Have integrity and stand by what you believe. Work hard and laugh a lot! 

Mrs. Hussain 

Deputy Headteacher


I have been a teacher at Eastfield Primary for 8 years now Where I have taught throughout KS2. I love teaching at Eastfield Primary School, the children are well behaved and a pleasure to teach. Throughout my time here I have had the pleasure of leading the girls and boys football teams as well as the cricket team. I am also the computing lead, where I look after the computing curriculum and all the digital learning we do at our school. Prior to becoming a teacher, I ran my own house renovating company and I was an area manager running a number of after school clubs in Highgate. All of which was done after completing my degree in Sport & Exercise Science at Roehampton University.

I have recently become a Governor at another school in our trust. It has been something I have wanted to do for some time now so that I can enhance my understanding of the inner workings of school, and help promote the importance of education, helping to provide children with the best possible start. In my spare time I love to cook, eat, travel, play sports and spend time with my family. 

Mr. Theodoulou 

Class teacher & Computing Leader


When my youngest son (I have 3 boys) started Reception, I wanted to find a part-time job that fitted whilst caring for my children. I replied to an advert for a Relief Lunchtime Midday Supervisor and began working for Eastfield Primary school in February 1994. 

  In 2001, a position came available for a Receptionist in the office; and as I had previous secretarial experience before taking a career break to have children, I applied and was successful. A totally different role but I found it challenging and interesting to see how schools run behind the scene.  Then in 2006, I took the post of Administrative Assistant and in 2020 was promoted to Senior Administrative Assistant. 

  Working in the School Office over the last couple of years have been very different but I think some things have changed for the better, through engaging parents with both email and texts to suit our parents/carers more modern lifestyle. 

  The staff all work together to make Eastfield a happy and safe environment for the children.  I have seen so many children come and go through the school during the last 28 years and it’s lovely when you see them now as adults and are bringing their children to Eastfield! 

  When I’m not working, I enjoy going on holidays, gardening and going to concerts or the theatre. When I am not doing that, I like to spend time socialising with family and friends. 

Gill Cooke

Senior Administrative Assistant