The school is owned and managed by joint principals Katka Goodbody and Jill Pearce, who both have a wealth of experience in the Early Years Sector. They believe, in order to thrive, children should embrace new challenges and take risks throughout their life-long learning.
The Oaktree teaching team aim to make a child's formative schooling experience positive, where each individual feels both emotionally and physically safe in the learning environment. The staff, pupils and parents work together to achieve excellent learning outcomes, with the shared goal of making each child and the school a success.
Headmistress and Joint-Principal
Jill has been Head of Oaktree since 2008. During that time she has used her considerable expertise to widen the curriculum and ensure each child has the foundation to fulfil their potential.
She took over the business with Katka in September 2014 with the aim of building further on the success to date. Jill had 11 years teaching experience in local schools prior to Oaktree. She graduated from Kingston University with a First Class Honours degree in Early Years Childcare and Education, has achieved Professional Status in Early Years teaching, and holds a Montessori Diploma.
She believes strongly in parents being involved in the school and the learning their children undertake. Jill lives in Wandsworth with her husband Philip and has four children, all of whom have been taught at independent schools in area.
Teacher and Joint-Principal
Katka has been at Oaktree since January 2013 and leads the downstairs classroom team. She has an honours degree in Childhood and Youth Studies, NVQ level 3 in Early-Years Childcare and Education.
Prior to Oaktree she has worked for over 8 years in local nursery schools as a teacher and Deputy-head. Katka is a mother of two children and ran her own child-minding business before returning back to work full-time.
Lee Taute - Deputy Head Teacher
Lee Taute joined Oaktree in 2007. With a BA degree in Drama and Theatre Arts, she went on to study NVQ level 3 in childcare and education. She achieved Early Years Teacher Status in 2014. Miss Lee leads the teaching team for our three and four year olds and is the Teacher for Yellow Group. Summer 2018 - Lee is on maternity leave.
Miss Vicky is the Blue Group Teacher for two and three year olds. She holds a BSc degree in physics, Level 2 City and Guilds certificate in Children and the Young People's Workforce, and a CACHE level 3 in Early Years Education. She is also our Safeguarding officer. Her three sons attended Oaktree who now go to a local primary school. Summer 2018 - Miss Vicky is acting Deputy Head Teacher while Lee is on maternity leave.
Miss Allison has been teaching Spanish to the older children at Oaktree since September 2015. She progressed from a teaching assistant to a full time teacher of the younger group at Oaktree in October 2016. Allison holds the Paediatric First Aid certificate and has attended Safeguarding training.
Miss Allison was previously an au-pair for one of the Oaktree families, working with children between one and seven years of age. She also works as a Lifeguard and you can often spot her guarding the pool in Balham Leisure Centre.
Miss Jacquie is a Teacher for three and four year olds. A qualified teacher with a PGCE, Jacqui previously taught at Thomas’s Day School in Clapham. After having children who went on to attend Oaktree, she joined us as a supply teacher. Jacquie is now a permanent member of the team.
Miss Chantelle has been working with us since January 2017. She holds a BA Degree in Primary and Physical Education and has previously taught Preschool, Reception and KS1 children. Miss Chantelle is a mother of three and currently teaches the older children at Oaktree. She has brought a wealth of experience with a particular interest in early years maths, literacy and phonics. Chantelle continuously develops new and original learning opportunities which never fail to capture the children’s interest and foster their innate love for learning.
Miss George shares the teaching of Pink Group for three and four year olds. She has a BA degree in psychology and has completed Level 3 City and Guilds in early years education and childcare. She joined Oaktree as a teaching assistant in September 2013, lives locally, and has three children.
Miss Slavka is a senior and SEN assistant. Slavka joined Oaktree in 2006. She nannies for many local families affiliated with the nursery.
Miss Grace is a senior assistant. Grace has held this post since 2003. She is also a Sunday school teacher and a nanny for a local family.
Miss Beata is the newest addition to our team, joining in January 2018, she works with the younger children at Oaktree. She has a NVQ Level 3 qualification in Early Years and Child Development. Miss Beata has previously taught in a Nursery in Battersea and is an Ofsted registered Nanny in the SW London and mother to her five year old daughter.