|Mr Edwards – Head teacher|
I’ve been the Head at Offley since September 2017. I love the passion of the staff and the enthusiasm of the children. I feel privileged to work with such a great team with so many amazing children. Previously, I made fudge, whilst living on a small island in North America and lived in The Middle East for 9 years in beautiful Oman. I’m a huge Villa fan and love spending time watching sport, walking my dogs, Pepper and Duggie, or generally doing lots of fun things with my amazingly crazy family.
Mrs Warne – Assistant Head teacher / Year 5/6 teacher
I have worked at Offley since January 2006. I initially came to do a day of supply teaching work, and have been here ever since. I have worked in many different educational settings over the years, but the moment I arrived at Offley I knew I had found a very special place. In a previous life, I was involved in the world of theatre, and love the way that I am still able to utilise these skills at Offley School with the school choir and end of year productions. Outside of school, I enjoy being involved with my own children and their sporting activities and enjoy escaping from everyday life by walking the dog.
Mrs Tonge – SENDco – Year 3 teacher
I have been teaching at Offley School for over a decade, teaching all year groups from 1 to 6. It is a fascinating and full-on place to work with a real community feel and supportive and enthusiastic staff. Outside school I love spending time with my family. My children are both in the GCSE / A level phase and this is really fun! Our house is quite a noisy place as everyone enjoys playing and listening to different styles of music - at full volume.
Mrs Grieves – Year 4/5 teacher / PE co-ordinator
I have been working at Offley School since qualifying as a teacher in 2012. In a previous life I worked for BT as an Account Manager but am very happy to have made the change to teaching. I love being part of a small team where we share everything from advice to biscuits! Outside school my main role is chief taxi driver for my three daughters but I do like to escape to the woods with Stanley the Cockapoo or even for a Park Run on a Saturday morning.
Miss Pickard – Year 2 teacher / Science & Art and DT co-ordinator
I’ve been at Offley since September 2013, mostly in Year 2. I love the family atmosphere that we have here and the way that everyone works together as ‘Team Offley’. When I’m not at work I enjoy travelling to new places, baking and reading, but most of the time I am chasing my cat around the flat! My proudest moment was eating 10 cakes in a row at one of the staff’s Macmillan coffee mornings!!
Mrs Ottolangui – Year 1 teacher / PSHCE and MFL co-ordinator
After university, I worked as a reference book editor for 16 years. I then trained as a teacher in the late 1990's. At weekends, I enjoy agility training with my dog and occasionally compete in local competitions. I have two sons now in their twenties. I am considered to be the "hippy" member of staff due to my taste in 1960's music and clothing!!
Mrs Skeggs – EYFS lead
I have been teaching for over ten years and taught in a number of Early Years settings before joining Offley in September 2014. Offley is a great school full of fun, laughter and amazing staff and children. Outside of school I spend most of my time running around after my two young boys and enjoying family trips to the zoo or seaside. If I do get a moment to myself I enjoy Pilates, Zumba and hot baths!
Miss O’Connor – Reception teacher / Computing co-ordinator
From the moment I walked into Offley School I knew I wanted to work here; it is a very special place with such a wonderful school community. I teach mainly in Reception. However I am also lucky enough to combine my love of technology and teaching one day a week when I teach computing across the school. Outside of school (still trying to convince Reception I don't live in the classroom cupboard) I enjoy going to the cinema, reading, baking, and traveling with my family and friends.
Mrs Clark – Year 6 teaching assistant / Music Coach & co-ordinator
I caught the live music bug when I joined a local rock band at the age of 17 and have enjoyed a fulfilling career as a musician, still performing regularly in a variety of groups, including an Abba tribute band 'Fabba'. One of my favourite gigs was when Fabba played for a party at Abbey Road Studios in 2016. I met Mrs Warne when she joined my community choir and she persuaded me to come in, one morning per week, to help prepare for Offley's first O2 concert back in 2009. I loved it so much that I stayed and now I have a proper job!!
Mrs Fletcher – Year 1 teaching assistant
I previously worked in the finance sector for 20 years but took a career break for my ever expanding family. Whilst off, I was in search of a more meaningful career and became a founder member of The Hitchin Foodbank. I joined "Team Offley" 2 years later in 2015.
Mrs Dent – KS2 - Higher Level teaching assistant
I've been at Offley since January 2010. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Offley family and involve myself wholeheartedly in the school sports and PE.
In the past, I was one of the Games Makers for the London 2012 Olympics, something I was very proud of doing. Out of school I like to sew and these skills are often put into practice within school by either helping the children with their DT topics or just doing a general repair to various items of clothing. I have also taken up running and take part in regular local parkruns.
Mrs Stoner – Early years teaching assistant
I’ve been working at Offley since March 2016. Formerly I worked as BA Cabin crew for 20 years and I like to apply these skills at Offley by having a conveyer belt of tea and coffee ready at all times. I love the caring, friendly team that I work with and the children never fail to put a smile on my face each day.
Miss Pymar - Teaching Assistant
I am so chuffed to become part of ‘team offley’ and be able to work at this super school. When I am not here I am with my twin tweens or I am doing something creative. I may also be found dancing and singing around the house (much to the disgust of my children).
Mr Smylie – PE Coach
After failing to become a professional athlete and realising it was too late, I decided to go to university. Straight after finishing university, I fell into Offley 5 years ago and there’s no better place that I could have chosen as my first bite of the real world. Sport has been my life from a young age and I enjoy passing my knowledge on to others, hopefully making the next superstar, as I know I can’t keep hold of it forever.
Mrs Horne - Office
I joined Offley school in November 2018 and have been overwhelmed how they have welcomed me into their friendly team. I previously worked at another primary school in Hitchin as a Teaching Assistant. My role at Offley provides admin support to Mr Edwards.
Outside of school, I am kept very busy with my three children with their sporting activities. You can often see me either freezing on the side line on the football pitch or on the boundary line of the cricket pitch with a Pimms, think I know which I prefer!.
Mrs Thompson – Learning support assistant / Midday supervisory assistant / Cleaner in charge
Since starting in January 1992 I have spent many years working towards my roles here at Offley. Before that I was working in a very noisy factory office handwriting ledgers and invoices, then I became a stay at home mum to my two children both who came through this lovely village school. The staff and children past and present have always been happy and supportive of each other making work a joy every day! Outside of school life I enjoy steam engines, card making and glass fusing as hobbies, and of course my family.
Mrs Hawkes – Teaching assistant / Midday supervisory assistant
I’ve been at Offley since May 1993 wearing many hats. I began as an MSA and parent helper before becoming a teaching assistant in the EYFS. Out of school I am a Beaver, Cub and Scout leader and spend many of my weekends and school holidays doing Scouting activities.
Mrs Alton - Year 1 teacher
I have recently joined Offley in September 2019 and what a warm welcome I have had! Being musical I was lucky enough to be chosen to tour with Herts County Wind Band before training to become a teacher. Since then, my teaching experience spans many years across a range of year groups and I am delighted to now be part of "Team Offley" .
Outside of school my love of singing includes performing several times a year as part of a group. In addition I love reading and have been known to do a bit of tap dancing. I have two grown up children who now have their own careers but whose love of learning began at Offley!
Mrs Atkinson – Midday Supervisory Assistant/Nursery Practitioner
My first encounter with Offley was when my children started the school. In 2012 I became the Assistant for the School bus. Due to the relationship I already had with the school, it made sense to join the team in 2014 as an MSA. I thoroughly enjoy working at Offley and am delighted to be able to interact with ALL the children.
Mrs Page - Nursery
I absolutely love working with nursery ages children and find it so rewarding! I love watching them grow, develop, learn and gain confidence, ready for Reception class.
I have been working with this age group since 1997 and have completed NVQ levels 2 & 3.
Having previously been manager of Offley Pre-school until July 2019, it is great to have become part of the Offley team.
Mrs Wood - Nursery
I have been at Offley School since September 2019, however I previously worked at Offley Pre-School for 18 years! I started as a parent helper and this led me to completing my NVQ level 2 & 3. I love to see the children grow and gain confidence, needing our support initially and then becoming independent when they move into Reception.
Mrs Reid – Violin teacher
I have been teaching the violin at Offley School for approximately 20 years! The school is a lovely village school and I very much enjoy teaching the violin in such a friendly and happy environment and is obviously why I keep coming back!!
Mrs Smith – Piano and flute teacher
After 30+ years of teaching flute and recorder in mostly senior schools, I began to take on beginner pianists. This has been really rewarding and and enjoyable change. I have been at Offley since October 2016 teaching mostly piano and am loving working with the children and the friendly staff!
Mrs Grochmal-Ras - Teaching Assistant
I have joined Offley in November 2020 and I feel very lucky to work with such an amazing team and children willing to learn. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my children. We play tennis at the park or go for a long bike rides. I love traveling with my family, visiting new places, meeting new people and learning about their culture, traditions and food.
Mrs Hare - Midday Supervisory Assistant
I have recently started as MSA and am enjoying it. My son, who is now 13, attended the preschool and my daughter is currently at the school so I have a good knowledge of the school and many of the children.
It’s nice to be on the other side of the fence 😊
Miss C Goffin - Office
I originally joined the Pre-school in 2014 after a career as a Quantity Surveyor. Both my children came through from the pre-school and my youngest had an interesting last year through Covid. I enjoy exercise and chocolate. I have just got a new puppy which is keeping me very busy.