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.
Miss Vicky - Deputy Head Teacher
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.
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. She holds Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator). Allison holds the Paediatric First Aid certificate and has attended Safeguarding training.
Miss Jadene has been a Teacher with us for the last couple of years. Qualified with a PGCE, she teaches the Yellow Squirrels group and is a Playball coach in the afternoons.
Miss Chantelle has been a teacher with us since January 2017. She holds a BA (Hons) in Primary and Physical Education. She has previously worked with Reception and KS1 years in a primary school setup. Miss Chantelle is a mother of three and currently works with the older children at Oaktree. She has brought a lot of experience in early maths and phonics to our focus time sessions, continuously developing new ideas and games for the children to enjoy.
Miss Binita has recently returned from her maternity and previously worked for us for two years. She holds a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Binita has a PGCE in primary education too and shares the teaching of the Red Squirrels group with Miss George.
Miss George shares the teaching of the Red Squirrels group. 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 Leanne has worked for us for three years. She qualified with a batchelors degree in Early Years Studies and has a wealth of experience, including a university certificate in autistic spectrum disorders. Leanne has completed stage one in British sign language.
Miss Slavka is a senior assistant and holds a CACHE level 2 in Children and Young People's workforce, and is working towards the level 3. 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 Angela is an assistant and holds a CACHE level 2 in Children and Young People's workforce. She nannies for local families in the Balham area.
Is an assistant in the Squirrels classroom during a gap year from his studies and is persuing a music career.