The Leadership Team:
Julia Foulger, Headteacher
Julia Foulger has the school running through her veins; she attended as a pupil, then as a parent before joining as a KS2 teacher in 2003, becoming Deputy Head in 2012 and then Head in 2014. Having completed a Humanities degree, she trained as a Primary Teacher on the job at Green Street Green School. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with her family, now scattered across the country, meeting friends for coffee and running Messy Church once a month at St John’s Church, where she has been a member since she was three.
She says: I love school! There is not a day passes at St David’s without something amazing happening. The staff I am lucky enough to work with are brilliant and the children never fail to surprise us with the many things they achieve. Becoming part of the Wishford group of schools has widened our horizons and introduced us to new colleagues and friends. My hope is that I can help to inspire all the pupils who are lucky enough to attend St David’s to become confident, well-rounded children fully equipped for the next stage of their education.
Sherrie Page, Deputy Head
Sherrie was inspired to become a teacher at the age of 11 by her PE teacher, and hopes that she too will inspire others to always be the best that they can be and follow their dreams. Teaching enabled her to combine her love of sport and travelling and she spent an exciting 10 years teaching in the Bahamas.
She says: I love teaching here at St David’s – I have been here for over 20 years. I am excited by the wonderful changes that have taken place since we became part of an even bigger family, the Wishford Group. In my role as Deputy Head, I aim to support my colleagues, parents and children in every way possible.
Sarah Handy, School Business Manager
Sarah began her association with St David’s when her son joined Reception in 1998, followed by her daughter in 2000. Little did she know then that she would end up working there!
Prior to family life, Sarah worked as a PA to a director of a large retail chain – she still loves shopping!
Sarah quickly became involved in the life of St David’s whilst her children were here and when she was offered the chance to become school secretary she jumped at the opportunity. Since joining the Wishford group, Sarah’s now become School Business Manager and somewhat of an expert in social media and a host of other challenging roles.
Sarah says, ‘I can think of no better place to work, I feel privileged to be part of the lives of so many wonderful children and their families. The support we receive from all our Wishford colleagues is wonderful and I know the school will go from strength to strength whilst maintaining its very special family feel and ethos well into the future’.
When not at work, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, walking, meeting friends for coffee and travelling.
Alison McHugh, Director of Studies, Year 6M Form Tutor and PHSEE Co-ordinator
I have always had a love of working with children and from an early age knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I have taught for 20 years in primary schools in Croydon and Bromley. I have trained as a SENCO and have a particular interest in working and supporting pupils with dyslexia.
I have loved my first few weeks at St David’s, the friendly, family atmosphere has made it very easy to feel ‘at home’ in the school community. I am looking forward to supporting pupils develop and learn to the best of their potential.
Outside of school I enjoy creative hobbies, gardening and camping with my family.
O’Sullivan, Head of Early Years, Reception Teacher and Forest School tutor
After doing her degree in Primary Education and working in a school for two years, Amber was ready for a change. She spent seven months on a round-the-world trip, giving her a wealth of knowledge and experience to bring back into the classroom. On her return, she began working at St David’s.
She says: I feel extremely grateful to be able to work at St David’s and cannot wait for the years ahead of me!
Debbie Wright, KS1 Co-ordinator and SENDCO
After completing her BEd at Birmingham University, Debbie spent the first 12 years of her teaching career at a school in Merton for pupils ages 3-19 years old with learning difficulties. She was fascinated by the psychology of learning and through part time study with the Open University she completed a Psychology degree, followed by a Masters in Education. Since joining St David’s in 1996 she has taught across all of Pre-Prep and Lower Key Stage 2, had responsibility for several curriculum areas and enjoyed co-ordinating the SEN provision. Outside of school she enjoys spending time with family and her menagerie of animals to look after at home!
She says: At St David’s, I feel privileged to work with such lovely pupils and their parents. There is a real sense of family within the school. We are lucky to have a beautiful school field and it is a pleasure to be out there on a sunny day watching the children enjoying the space.
Chloe Slim, School Secretary