Meet the Leadership Team
Angela O'Rourke - Headteacher
I have a proven track record of excellence in leading, managing and stabilising schools in difficulty and in challenging circumstances. I offer high levels of accountability in strategic and operational management in supporting rapid growth and in getting schools back on track.
I have worked in mainstream and independent sectors in pre preparatory, primary, secondary, special education as well as SEMH.
I have also held the post as senior examiner and presenter for AQA examinations and well as working as a consultant and course presenter for a leading training provider.
Fun fact: I have an irrational attachment to David Beckham and am fanatical regarding all things Peloton.
Annette Illingworth - Deputy Headteacher
I have been working in education for over 30 years, mainly in the primary sector in a range of setting types. In the latter years, I have been in senior leadership posts, with a focus on rapid school improvement.
Fun fact: I drive a very old car, which causes me more stress than the day job.
Jackie Christofides - Assistant Headteacher
I have the honour of being the Assistant Headteacher at Southfield School. I trained at the University of Hertfordshire and received my Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Primary Education with QTS in 2013. I started at Southfield in September 2015 and joined as a Class teacher. I enjoy helping all the children with their learning, both academically and personally, and working alongside families and professionals to support our pupils. I feel very privileged to be part of the Southfield team and am excited for the future at Southfield.
Fun fact: I used to sing in a choir and sang at the Royal Albert Hall.
Sarah Lettis - Family Liaison Officer
I am the Family Liaison and I have been at Southfield school now for 15 years. I have been in this role for 5 years now and was previously a HLTA in class.
At Southfield, I am responsible for every child's transition into and out of school as well as their journey with us. I am the one consistent person for families throughout their time with us. I am the mental health lead for school for children and staff and have had this role for 3 years
Other area's that I am responsible for are transport, social media pages and updates, extra-curricular activities including after school clubs, and I am a member of the safeguarding team.
I am happily married with 2 older children and live local to the school. I enjoy family time, reading, eating out, going to the theatre and cinema.
Fun fact: My favourite clothes are pyjama's.
Michelle Taylor - Office Manager
I joined the Southfield Team back in May 2022 and I am thoroughly enjoying every minute. Before joining the team here, I was a Project Manager and also did a stint working in a Veterinary Surgery.
My role at Southfield is to oversee the smooth running of the school on a daily basis enabling the Senior Leadership Team to support all children during their time at Southfield School.
Fun Fact: Darcy, the school dog now has me as her own personal veterinary therapist.