Senior Leadership Team
Lisa Keighley - Headteacher
Hello and welcome to Blakehill.
I have worked at Blakehill since 2000 and I am incredibly proud to lead such a wonderful school. I am part of a fantastic team that is committed to providing quality education to our children and their families.
During my time at Blakehill Primary School, I have taught in every year group, working with children of all ages and stages of development. I have led numerous curriculum areas including Science and Mathematics and gained leadership experience in my roles as phase leader, assistant headteacher and Head of School.
Teaching and leadership for me is about inspiring and empowering others; providing opportunities to help others develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to lead happy and successful lives both now and in the future. I value the partnerships with pupils, their parents, staff and Governors that we have at Blakehill and know that this is key to the successes that our pupils continue to achieve.
I am dedicated to this great school of ours and enjoy the excitement, the challenges and the successes that we encounter every day. Ensuring that all children at Blakehill have enjoyable learning experiences that prepare them for the next stage of their education and beyond is central to my vision for the school.
Helen Hall - Assistant Headteacher
I have been the Assistant Head at Blakehill since September 2015 but I have worked here at Blakehill for many years now in all classes from Reception to Year 6! Some people ask me why I have worked at the same school for so long and the answer is simple: because it’s Blakehill! I love everything about this school and its community. The children are the most incredible, enthusiastic learners. The staff are hard-working and inspiring and the parents are supportive and friendly (I’ve been here so long I taught some of them!).
In my role as Assistant Headteacher, I work with our wonderful staff to create a place that children enjoy coming to, where they develop a love for learning and find something that they can be passionate about as they move into later life.
I love the fact that at Blakehill we work very hard to create a team that supports each child in becoming the best that they can be. Visitors always comment on the strength of our staff team and their shared commitment to help every child in school achieve their best.
I am proud to work at Blakehill and hope to be here for many more years to come!
Rachel Gould - Assistant Headteacher
I began my Blakehill journey in 2012 when I started as a Year 1 teacher. Since then I have worked in all year groups across both key stages and enjoyed every minute of it! This is the second school that I have taught in but one I wish to stay at for years to come. The school feels like a second to family to me and I enjoy everyday that I spend here. I love everything about this school and its community: the child and the parents are a pleasure to work with. No matter which year group that have worked in, the children have been hard working and enthusiastic to learn.
In my role as Assistant Headteacher and lead of Special Educational Needs and Pastoral Care, I work with our wonderful staff to create a place that children enjoy coming to, where they develop a love for learning, feel safe and valued. I work with a large number of families and offer support to both children and their parents.
We have developed a fantastic team in SEN and Pastoral care where I get to work alongside other adults who share the same passion as myself for supporting our families and children who need additional support or provision.
Aaron Sidebottom – Assistant Headteacher
My name is Mr. Sidebottom and I am one of the Assistant Headteachers here at Blakehill Primary School. I became an Assistant Headteacher in September 2020, before which I was the Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader. I have worked in a variety of different year groups, with a particular focus on Years 5 and 6. I began my teaching career at Blakehill as a Newly Qualified Teacher many years ago, I then worked at an international school Dubai before having the privilege to return to Blakehill in 2019.
Catherine Scott - KS1 and EYFS Leader
I have been working at Blakehill in Year 2 since 2010 and most of my teaching career has been in Key Stage 1. I am Key Stage One Leader and have also recently become Early Years Leader, something that I have been very excited about!
I am a creative person and enjoy finding new ways to help children learn. I love working at Blakehill because the children are so enthusiastic and keen to learn. We are a fantastic team here and we are committed to doing our very best for the children every day to ensure that they achieve their full potential. In my role on the Senior Leadership Team, I am really looking forward to building on our strengths, being a part of creating a learning environment that is exciting, challenging, safe and happy and being the best school that we can be!
Rehana Rashid - Lower KS2 Leader
My amazing journey started on September 2010 as a newly qualified teacher. Since then I have loved every second of being a valuable member of the Blakehill community and hope to stay here for many years to come .
I believe the uniqueness of Blakehill is its embedded mission statement of ' together we can'. It underpins every aspect of the school from the learning culture to daily interactions for all children, staff and parents. I am extremely proud to be part of a dedicated team that delivers high quality teaching to inspire and stimulate our children's experiences and help them grow as individuals. I consider our children the most valuable and greatest asset. They are resilient and optimistic in all aspects of school life through their attitudes and curious nature.
I am very lucky for the opportunity to teach Reception and Year 1 for 3 years and now I am embarking on the next chapter in successful leading Lower Key Stage 2.
Louise Russell - Upper KS2 Leader
I started my teaching career at Blakehill in 2009 as a fresh faced NQT, and since then I have never looked back! From the moment I walked through the doors at Blakehill, I knew it was a special place and somewhere that I would want to stay. 11 years on, I have worked across all phases in school, leading on a number of different curriculum areas, including PE and Reading, and I feel just as strongly now about how special a place Blakehill is. Our motto “together we can” is embedded across all areas of school life and our staff work as close knit team, providing a caring, calm and safe environment for our pupils to learn, grow and develop in.
I grew up in a rural area where the school was at the heart of the community: something which is very important to me. As Upper Key Stage 2 Phase Leader, I am excited to work even closer with families to ensure that Blakehill is at the centre of our community.
I am passionate about providing the children and families of Blakehill with the best start in life possible. By creating strong bonds with pupils and parents we can ensure we have created an environment in which our students can thrive and become life long learners ready for success.