- Debra CoxExtended Schools LeaderDebra CoxExtended Schools Leader
Debra Cox is our experienced Extended Schools Leader she undertakes responsibility for all Extended Day Activities, Debra ensures that the Extended Day provision she organises enables children to access a wide range of activities including languages, creative and sporting sessions.
She also provides additional support for children throughout the day with interventions and focussed group activities, this enables the children to be taught in small groups by qualified and experienced staff.
Debra previously worked in a large primary school in East London where she started her career as a Teaching Assistant where she worked with children from Reception all the way to Year 6.
Debra is dedicated to education and made a huge difference in her previous school working with children who required additional support academically through personalised intervention programmes and Gifted and Talented sessions. Debra is a truly inspirational educationalist and has been a valued member of staff at her previous school, where she was committed to making a difference to the lives of the children for over ten years .
- GCSE A*-C in Child Development and the Family, History, Geography, Mathematics, Biology, Theatre Arts, English Literature and English Language.
“I have always enjoyed working with children and take pride in the impact I have made in their lives. I look forward to continuing this in my role as Extended Schools Leader working closely with parents, as well as children, at Whitehall Park School!”
- Karolina SwiecickaKarolina Swiecicka
My name is Karolina, I am the mother of two children who attend Whitehall Park School – Franek and Antoni. I live very locally so it’s wonderful to be a part of the local school community. I recently jointed WPS as an Extended Schools Assistant working alongside Miss Debbie and the team. My main role is assisting pupils when they attend clubs and I provide support for children who attend extended care.
I would define myself as a problem solver and a team worker who thrives on rising up to challenges and on achieving objectives.
I have a thorough understanding of the school’s mission and I believe that my personality and skills put me in the right position to help create stimulating learning environment.
“WPS is progressive and dynamic and I am looking forward to being able to contribute to its continued success. I am very proud to be a part of the WPS team”
- Brooke LaingCreative Director – Little SupernovasBrooke LaingCreative Director – Little Supernovas
Brooke has been working with Schools, pre-preps and nursery’s for several years as a storyteller and drama teacher. She brings children’s awareness of their community and their environment to life working with them by using movement, music, props, action and their imagination in a fun and supportive drama storytelling session.
Each week the children join Brooke and Amii in an interactive action-packed adventure, through enchanted forests, rain forests, volcanoes, outer space, fairy tale settings, the deep sea or where ever their imaginations take them.
“Entertaining kids is a talent which requires energy, imagination, patience and a genuine love of children. Brooke has it all.”
- Sarah SpiresMusical TheatreSarah SpiresMusical Theatre
We are the all singing, dancing and acting club! In Musical Theatre club we will be learning how to warm up our voices and play games to develop our acting skills so that we can get into our characters role. We will be learning a variety of songs from our favorite musicals and putting dance moves together. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to develop and create their own ideas as well.This will enable the children to develop their skills in working together as a team but also give them the chance to develop confidence as there will be lots of opportunities to share what they have been doing with the group and on performance occasions, hopefully working towards putting on our own musical which will be showcased later in the year.
- Hannah MathiesonLittle Supernovas – DramaHannah MathiesonLittle Supernovas – Drama
I am a recent graduate from the Drama, Applied Theatre and Education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. I am a Performing Arts Teacher and have co-cordinated drama workshops with all ages. Last year I visited India where I spent a month working with young people and teachers in Mumbai. Prior to India, I worked at a primary school in Kentish Town for a term providing drama workshops for the Year One class and from 2012 to 2013 I helped to run an after school drama club for ages four to ten. I have also helped to produce, as well as perform in, several productions, including a piece of family theatre commissioned by the Fuse Arts Festival in Kent.
- CalvinSuperSport – Tag RugbyCalvinSuperSport – Tag Rugby
Tag rugby is a non contact sport in which each player wears a belt with two Velcro tags attached to it. The mode of play is based on normal rugby with rugby players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by “tagging”- pulling a Velcro attached tag from the ball carrier, rather than a full contact tackle.
- PatriciaHola Spanish ClubPatriciaHola Spanish Club
Hola my name is Patricia, I am originally from Perú (South America). I teach Spanish to children. I’ve taught for the last two years in a nursery and a primary school . My method is to engage the kids with visual support (games, songs, videos and toys), creating an easy and fun environment.
It has been a privilege to see to them thrive every single week.
I look forward to continuing being part of Whitehall Park School and very excited about the new classes. I’m ready to teach more Spanish!
- Suzanne AsphallArts and CraftsSuzanne AsphallArts and Crafts
My name is Suzanne Asphall and I am Bachelor of Arts honours Surface designer. A creative teacher/tutor, creative workshops provider. Craft maker and also a creative event organiser/coordinator. I have attended a variety of creative colleges and universities and obtained a variety of creative qualifications.
My creative qualifications are: Bachelor of Arts Honours in Surface design, City and Guilds Teaching Certificates for artist and craft makers, A Teaching Certificate for Teaching Assistant,a variety of qualifications in the areas of art, craft and design, GCSE and secondary school qualifications.
I am the founder / owner of a creative company called: Creativity In Our Hands. In my creative company I facilitate and provide a variety of art, craft and design activities, creative parties, creative lunchtime/ after school clubs and workshops for children and adult establishments and organisations.
These art, craft and design activities include a variety of craft activities as: Paper basket weaving, Jewellery making, weaving, card making, painting, pottery, Hama beads, glass painting, papier mache , fashion design, t-shirt designing and drawing and making a variety of decorative items.
- CoopDog (Gavin)Soul Mavericks – Street DanceCoopDog (Gavin)Soul Mavericks – Street DanceGavin has been dancing since 1999 when he discovered how far he could slide on his knees across the Hippodrome dance floor. He fully committed himself to break dance at drama school on his Drama Degree where he found the space and freedom to push the boundaries of his naturally gifted rhythm. It was here that he began to develop his own personal break style and focus on the techniques that allow the body to move in such an explosive way. Through dancing on the HipHop Scene he made links with like-minded talent. This opened the doors to training with the notorious break dance practitioner Kevin Gopie, (Dj Renegade).
Kevin shaped Gavin and his fellow unruly dance pals into a structured crew and they quite quickly became a hugely influential crew on the international BBOY scene. The Soul Mavericks Crew.
Over the years the crew has gone from strength to strength and each crew member’s character and passion for dance creates one of the most dynamic training atmospheres of all the various dance genres.
Gavin has toured with the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012 and played a vital role at Breaking Convention in 2013. He has run dance themed events with high profile clients such as Google, Nokia, Corona and Nike. He dances at large scale events both in the UK and Internationally. Gavin and the crew have made a huge impact at night club launches for various high profile central London venues such as Ministry of Sound, Kensington Roof Gardens, Drury Club and Heaven. He inspires kids to dance in schools and church halls throughout the country and has been lucky enough to showcase this rare and engaging dance style in various TV commercials and magazine shoots.
- Sam RuffSupersports – Football CoachSam RuffSupersports – Football Coach
Hi my name is Sam and I have been the football coach at Whitehall Park School for the last 2 years. I have my FA Level 1 and 2 Coaching Badges and have 10 years experience of coaching children’s football which is something I am very passionate about. I aim to make all classes fun and enjoyable for the children whilst teaching them the key skills of football, it gives me great pride in watching them develop their skills and become better footballers.
In my spare time I play semi-professional football and am the Captain of Hertford Town Football Club.
I am looking forward to continuing my coaching at Whitehall Park School and working with the children who attend my classes.
- JoeSuperSport – ArcheryJoeSuperSport – Archery
Archery is a fantastic sport that can be played either indoors or outdoors. The children will be challenged in a way that other sports can’t provide, especially when it comes to coordination, skills and upper body strength. We play a variety of different games that help to keep the children engaged and motivated to progress within the sport. The children also learn about responsibility as they help with setting up and packing away the equipment and the older children thoroughly enjoy teaching and training the younger ones. I highly recommend the sport to everyone, it is a sport for all!!
- Les CoccinellesJulieLes CoccinellesJulie
At Whitehall, our qualified French Native Teacher this year is called Julie. Julie is using the method “Alex et Zoé” as well as other material to bring the language to life for the children! The classes are kept small to maximize oral expression and work on each child’s needs. Above all the lessons are made fun, being taught through games and role-play with the use of educational prompts and puppets.
- MariaBaby Ballet – BalletMariaBaby Ballet – Ballet
I trained at the Arts Educational school in Tring from the age of 11-18. Here I was classically trained in ballet, tap, modern, spanish, contempary, and jazz dance following the RAD and ISTD syllabus. Whist at Tring, I was also trained in drama, music and singing.
I then went on to gain a BA HONS degree from Mountview Acamdamy of Theatre Arts specialising in Musical Theatre.
After graduating from drama school, I performed in many shows throughout the country varying from Romeo and Juliet, Sleeping Beauty, West Side Story to Pantomime. I have performed as a saxophonist and been lucky enough to have featured on BBC radio 2, and performed at the BBC Jazz awards. I was also heavily involved in a theatre company specialising in Theatre In Education.
In 2011 I set up a North London franchise for “Babyballet” and now teaches over 300 children a week. For the past three years I have been nominated for the most outstanding activities leader in the South of England for “What’s on 4 little ones”
I am delighted to have been at Whitehall Park as an after school teacher since it opened. It has been so lovely to watch the school and children grow.
- AJ-47 (Ajay)Soul Mavericks – Street DanceAJ-47 (Ajay)Soul Mavericks – Street Dance
His style of b-boying is unmistakable and myth defying. At 6ft 2ins Ajay’s abundant mix of originality, powermoves, character and stage presence are magnified by his stature to great effect, creating exciting shapes delivered with fantastic flow and energy.
Following in the footsteps of his mentor and coach DJ Regade, Ajay also teaches b-boying. Ajay is proud to be laying the foundations for future generations to build upon and is a great role model for aspiring dancers.
- Claire MuratFrenchClaire MuratFrench
I was born in Vichy in France, I’ve been living in London for 20 years. As I often tell the children, I didn’t speak any English when I was their age and started learning the language when I was 12. I loved it straight away and when I grew up, I wanted nothing more than live where English is spoken.
I trained as a Montessori nursery teacher and I’ve been working with children and running French Clubs for 15 years.
I’m also a mum of two: Rosaline who is 7 and Justin who is 5, and in the little spare time they allow me, I love reading, movies and food!