Our Team

Teaching Staff

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Mrs O’Keefe, Joint Head Teacher
Mrs O’Keefe was born in South Africa where she completed her Bachelor of Primary Education. She moved to England immediately after completing her degree and has been teaching in England for the last 14 years. Mrs O’Keefe started her teaching career at Gonville Academy as an NQT and has held many leadership responsibilities within the trust. She completed her NPQH in 2009 and prior to working at Heathfield Academy, she was Co-Head of Gonville Academy. As an outstanding teacher, she has always led on Teaching and Learning and has a particular passion and strength in working with colleagues to mentor and coach them to excellence. Mrs O’Keefe is extremely honoured to have been given an opportunity to grow a brand new school and is dedicated to ensuring that all of the children at Heathfield Academy receive an outstanding education.

Mrs Atkinson, Joint Head Teacher
Mrs Atkinson is an experienced school leader who has been teaching for the last 18 years. Mrs Atkinson started her teaching career in Hertfordshire but has been in Croydon since 2004, and was Deputy Headteacher at Wolsey Junior Academy before taking up the role of Joint Headteacher. She completed her NPQH in 2007. Prior to this, Mrs Atkinson was Deputy Headteacher at Gonville Academy, and was involved in the development of STEP Academy Trust. She has a track record of raising standards and is passionate about ensuring all children are given an opportunity to achieve their full potential. Mrs Atkinson is excited by the opportunity to lead Heathfield Academy and is committed to ensuring that all of the children will have access to an outstanding education.

Miss Mackay, EYFS Leader, Assistant Headteacher
Miss Mackay is an outstanding Early Years teacher and has worked at schools in Croydon and Surrey. Miss Mackay studied Sociology at The University of Birmingham focusing on family and education. After her undergraduate degree, Miss Mackay went on to complete her Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Goldsmiths University in London, gaining qualified teacher status in 2013. Miss Mackay is extremely passionate about Early Years and is thrilled to be leading the team, working together to give children the best possible start to a successful and enjoyable education.

Charlotte Stewart, SENDC
With the aim of becoming a Primary School Teacher, Miss Stewart obtained a BA in Education/History at the University of Roehampton and continued her studies to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. After teaching for over a decade in a large mainstream primary school, with a significantly high percentage of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Miss Stewart developed a real interest in the area of SEND.  Teaching in this environment nurtured a total commitment to pursue her career in this field. Miss Stewart’s subsequent placements have all been in the area of SEND and have included Specialist Teacher, Intervention Teacher and Advisory Teacher roles in both mainstream and SEND settings, for the London Boroughs of Croydon and Sutton. At Heathfield Academy, Miss Stewart ensures that all children, including those with SEND, receive the right support at the right time, in order to become enthusiastic and confident learners.  She recognises the importance of the role of parents and places a high value on developing strong partnerships with families. 

Mrs Edwards, Business Manager
Mrs Edwards started her career as a Learning Support Assistant at Gonville Academy, part of STEP Academy Trust eleven years ago. Mrs Edwards became part of the Gonville office team in 2012. She is extremely excited to be the Business Manager for Heathfield Academy. Mrs Edwards is passionate about making sure Heathfield Academy is a happy, inviting school, where every child matters.

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Mrs Austin, Admin Officer
Mrs Austin’s background is mainly in customer services and Housing, however she also spent eleven years working as a Sessional Youth Worker around London. After having her youngest child, she decided that she wanted to work with children in a school. Before joining Heathfield Academy, Mrs Austin spent 3 years working as an Exams and Cover Assistant at a school in Marylebone. She is looking forward to developing her role and assisting in the growth and development of Heathfield Academy.

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