Staff & Governors Profiles

Littledown School Staff

Head Teacher: Jo Matthews

I have been the Headteacher of Littledown School since September 2007. I originally trained as a Secondary School Science teacher. I have also worked as a social worker and a qualified youth worker. Nearly all of my teaching career has been in special education for pupils with social emotional and mental healthdifficulties. I qualified as a head teacher in 2005 and love my job. I am also a member of the School’s Local Governing Body.

Deputy Head Teacher /  Designated teacher for LAC / Associate Governor: Angela Mumford

I have worked at Littledown since 2006. I have a B.Ed in English and Drama, NPQH and a Master’s Degree in Teaching and Learning. I have been teaching for 20 years in both mainstream and special schools. To help me relax I love reading my Kindle or watching soppy films! I am an associate member of the School’s Local Governing Body.

Senior Teacher – Curriulum Lead – Nicky Heaffey

I have worked at Littledown for seventeen years. I started many moons ago as a teaching assistant and studied hard to achieve a degree eventually qualifying as a teacher. I have done many other jobs in the past such as hairdressing, bar work and even a short time as an electrician’s mate! My aim in life is to travel and see as many places as I can.

SENCo – Sally Trevena

I joined Littledown School in 2009 and completed my graduate teacher training programme; prior to that I worked at Holyport Manor School. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Children’s learning and development. I started my working life as an accounts assistant and then in order to fit in child care I worked part time as a customer service advisor for a building society while also working as an assistant in a pre-school and child minding. I like spending time with family and friends to help me relax.

Senior Teacher – Forest Schools Practitioner – Kevin Winter

I have worked at Littledown since Easter 2014. I hold a BSc Degree in Marine Biology and a Postgraduate Certification in Teaching. I have been teaching since 2001 and have worked in every year group from Nursery to Year Eleven! When I am not teaching, I am probably paintballing, fishing or looking after my animals at home.

Nurture Teacher / Advisor – Becki Hughes

I have worked at Littledown School since January 2010! I have a BA (Hons) degree in Primary Education. I have worked in Education for the last eight years- I love my job! In my spare time I love to go for walks with my family, visit the sea and read my kindle.

Teacher – Gareth Mahoney

I have worked at Littledown since 2011. I have a BSc Hons in Sports Coaching and Performance. I have been teaching for the last two years within the school. I enjoy playing most sports and watching films!

Teacher – Toby Davies

I started working at Littledown after coming out of University. After working in similar previous roles, I have been very impressed with the professionalism, commitment and ability of other staff. Staff work together in professional teams to facilitate the development of pupils educationally and personally. For me this makes the job very enjoyable and rewarding. I am huge sports fanatic, and being a proud Welshman, am of course a keen rugby fan and player.

Teacher – Alex Watts

Having recently qualified as a teacher at the University of Reading, Littledown is my first teaching post. My experience of Littledown began during an observation week and I was deeply impressed by the professional and positive practice of the staff and pupils alike. My specialism at University was in English and I am passionate about reading and writing. To relax, I sometimes appear on stage in local theatre productions.

Teacher – Leanne Malone

I have recently joined Littledown School as a teacher and feel very content here. I have had experience of working within similar provisions, and have been overwhelmed with the support Littledown offer. Staff work together holistically to ensure pupil progress, often showing that skills can be transferred to the real world. Through constant communication staff are able to meet pupil needs in a personalised manner. This makes my job very rewarding as the pupils are at the heart of everything we do. I love learning new things and experiencing new places!

Senior Outreach Mentor – Penny Mayhew

I have worked at Littledown for 25 years. I am a qualified Residential Social Worker but started working at Littledown whilst my children were at middle school and never left. I enjoy walking and going to concerts in my spare time.

Learning Mentor – Stephanie Tibby

I am a learning mentor part of the Intensive Outreach team. I have been working at Littledown for over 5 years. I am married and I have two children.

Learning Mentor – Renee Hoadley

I have worked at Littledown School for well over 5 years. I am a qualified ASA swimming instructor. I teach swimming in a local health club in the evenings. I also love spending time with my grandchildren.

Learning Mentor – Lisa Downing

I have worked at Littledown since 2012. I enjoy watching football and going to the cinema.

Learning Mentor / Teaching Assistant – Sarah Jane Hester

I started working at Littledown School in April 2015 and I enjoy every minute of it. I have supported children with Special Needs for fifteen years both in mainstream schools and Special school settings. I have two teenage sons, one of whom has Autism and attends a special school. I love working at Littledown and watching the pupils achieve and progress. I work with an amazing team that are really dedicated to the pupils and the school.

Behaviour and Inclusion Co-Ordinator – Zoe Krawczyk

I have been at Littledown since 2013, but I did work here a long time ago! I have a teenage daughter and a dog called Cookie. I love cooking, walking and of course shopping! My favourite subject at Littledown is History.

Behaviour and Inclusion Co-Ordinator – Hannah Gugan

I have worked at Littledown for 18 months. Prior to that I worked in a secondary school for four years. I ice skate for fun and I have achieved NISA level 6. I also enjoy going to the cinema and look forward to my holidays so I can travel to different places – my favourite place so far is Egypt.

Teaching Assistant – Sara Cox

I have worked at Littledown for three years as a Learning Support Assistant, previously I was a stay at home mother of 3 children. I enjoy working at Littledown because I see how well they learn and develop through their time here. Having a good professional rapport with the students is a key element to facilitate their learning. My interests are spending time with my family, watching films, listening to music and walking my dog.

Teaching Assistant – Andy Proctor

I work as a TA across the school. I love spending time with my family and going away to my caravan.

Teaching Assistant – Danni Slater

I have been working at Littledown since November 2015 as a TA. I love walking my dog (Louie) and spending time with my family and friends.

Teaching Assistant / Minibus Driver – Steven Phillips

I am the school minibus driver for the Slough route. My first job as a driver was in 1988 and it’s all I’ve done since. I have driven buses, coaches, chauffeured executive clients, done a turn as a minicab driver and even driven lorries in Florida. Until recently I was active within a Beaver Scout group, but a change in my health has meant a change in lifestyle. I started at Littledown in November 2014 and I am enjoying it immensely and I have been made to feel welcome by everybody.

Trainee Teacher – Ayesha Hussain

I joined Littledown in September 2016. I have recently completed my degree in Children’s Development and Learning at the University of Reading. I now hope to be completing my final year of teacher training. I have worked in education for the past 6 years in both mainstream and special schools. Having grown up in Dubai, I love the hot weather and will take an opportunity to be outdoors when the sun is shining! In my spare time, I love to visit the theatre, listen to music and go shopping.

Teaching Assistant – Basierat Shah

I  worked as an Admin assistant at Littledown school for just under 2 years, and I am working towards a level 3 in Business Administration. I have now moved to work as a class teaching assistant. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and watching films.

Family Support Worker – Gweneth Crump

I initially worked at Littledown as a Learning Mentor, however I am now a Family Support Worker. I enjoy holidays to Antigua to see my family.

School Business Manager – Helen Murray

I started at Littledown School in September 2013 as the Head Teacher’s Personal Assistant. Mrs Matthews later encouraged me to take my School Business Manager Diploma to enable me to take on more senior responsibilities at Littledown. After passing this qualification in 2016,I became the School Business Manager and enjoy all the new challenges and accountabilities this role offers.

Admin Officer – Clair Hodghton

I have worked at Littledown since 2004 and I enjoy my job very much.

Admin Officer – Dawn Akerman

I am a qualified as a Nursery Nurse and have worked previously in a special school for 13 years and have managed a nursery school for five years. I decided on a career change and moved to Littledown in September 2017. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, crafting and going on holiday to Dorset.

Lunchtime Controller – Clare Harry

I joined Littledown in October 2014 as a Lunchtime Controller. I enjoy my job, liaising with the children and ensuring lunchtimes run smoothly. My hobbies include, reading, pop concerts and caring for my two guinea pigs – Brownie and Chip.

Minibus Driver – Dawn Davies

I started working at Littledown School in December 2016. I am married with a son and a daughter. I love going out and doing things spontaneously. I am always listening to music and I love to potter around in my garden. I would love to live near the sea one day.


Admin assistant/morning escort – Indu Rehal

I joined Littledown in November 2018 and really enjoy working here. Everyone is so welcoming. It’s a big change from my previous job as an Immigration officer which I did for 12 years. In my spare time I love to spend time with family, going out and shopping.




Manager of SEBDOS – Julia Heath

I have been the manager of the SEBD Outreach Service since 2012. My background is in teaching and managing special needs in secondary schools. I enjoy going to the gym (my colleagues think I’m mad) and my favourite holiday destination is Cornwall.

Senior Administration Officer – Rosemary Lake

I have been the administrator for the SEBDOS team since 2004.  Previously, I was P.A. to the manager of a large multinational hotel, worked in Sales & Marketing  where the Hammer House of Horror films were made and have worked for an American military company. I have a wicked sense of humour and love spending time with my grandson.  I am currently working through my “bucket” list and have been on a Caribbean cruise, been powerboat racing, and will be going white water rafting and hot air ballooning in the near future.

Child and Family Social Worker – Fiona Gren

I have been working with families and children for 35 years as a social worker, teacher and counsellor and joined the SEBDOS team five years ago.  I also train social workers and foster carers across the UK.  I  have an exuberant Dalmatian and several old hens which dig up my garden as fast as I plant!

Family Link Worker – Louise Davies

I started teaching in 1988, and I have worked in schools for children with moderate and severe learning difficulties, colleges with teenagers teaching life-skills, run parenting courses for pregnant teenagers and after a 2 year spell in the USA, came home and set up a baking business. I have since trained to work with parents and worked for 3 years in schools in Maidenhead. I still bake almost every day, now for relaxation rather than work.

Inclusion Project Co-Ordinator – Alison Green

I am part of the SEBDOS Outreach Team working from Littldown. I have worked in education since 1994, firstly in mainstream and then as an Inclusion Mentor. I have been  Inclusion Project Co Ordinator for 3 years.

I enjoy walking my dog Olive and holidays in the sun.

Inclusion Mentor – Nadine Hodge

I worked at Slough and Eton for 3 years in their Behaviour Unit. I started working in my current role as a Inclusion Mentor  in 2003 and during that time I have worked for Slough YOT as a Learning Mentor and Supervised court orders for young offenders. I have also been a Family Interventions Practitioner for the FIP Team. In my spare time I love spending time with my granddaughters and reading.Outreach Worker – Paula Wicks – Farr

I have been working with young people in Slough for 17 years. In my spare time I enjoy relaxing with my family and gardening.

Outreach Worker – Guj Chhokar 

I have worked with children, young people and families for more than 10 years and have been a part of the SEBDOS team since 2007, supporting vulnerable children from both primary & secondary schools. When I’m not working I like travelling, reading & spending time with my friends and family.

Outreach Worker – Paula Wicks-Farr

I have been working with young people in Slough for over 19 years. I enjoy spending time with my family and gardening.

Outreach Worker – Melanie Walker

I have worked in Slough since 2010. I have been working with families for 14 years, previously in social care supporting families in crisis and preventing children going in to the care system and now as part of the SEBDOS team at Littledown. I love camping with my daughters, being near the sea, horse riding and reading oh and girly rom-coms.

Family Link Worker – Angela Johnson

I am a Behaviour Support Outreach Worker for SEBDOS. I joined the team in April 2018 and already feel like part of the furniture !!! My professional background has always been in a customer service type role working directly with the general public or internally within an organisation. My last role was in a Primary school in Reading as Pastoral Support to the children across the school from Reception to Year 6. As a qualified counsellor it also enabled me to support the staff at the school too. In my spare time I like to relax with the family/friends, visit the National Trust or go the cinema.



Local Governing Body

 Chair – Hazel Thorpe
I have been a volunteer for Littledown School since 2009, currently I am the chair of the Local Governing Body. I have supported the school in the transfer to become an Academy – The Specialist Education Trust, where I hold the volunteer position as a Director.

Vice Chair/Safeguarding Governor – Paul Kerr

I spent nine years in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineering Mechanic, including active service in the Falklands War. I joined the Police in 1988 and spent nearly 15 years as a detective investigating child abuse. I retired from the Police in 2010.

Finance – Annal Nayyar

I am a qualified accountant that specialises across education finance. My role fundamentally is to support the Head teacher/ Accounting Officer  across both operational and strategic financial support. This covers a range of activities from ensuring the processes for payment of invoices are robust to  producing the schools medium financial plan. I also attend the schools local governing body to report across finance as well as providing bespoke governor financial training.

Parent Governor – Rachel Axtell

I have worked in school or social care settings for 10 years and have a history of working with children and families with complex needs. My professional training is as a therapist and have developed my speciality in working with children, young people and their parents.

Trust Board – Arina Hester

My teaching career has been almost entirely spent in Slough, working across the primary phase. Having commenced working as a classroom based teacher, I then held a number of Head Teacher roles spanning 20 years. During my time as a Head Teacher I was also seconded on a part time basis to work on a project for the Local Authority. Since retiring I have enjoyed being able to travel far and wide. I have also had time to enjoy my interests of reading, swimming, cooking and visiting family and friends spread across the UK. <y greatest pleasure though, has been to welcome my grandchildren into my family and to spend time with them and my children.


Trust Governor – Debbie Richards

Throughout my career I have sought opportunities to develop and utilise my professional expertise and to play an active part in educational developments. My focus has primarily been within the field of Special Educational needs and I thrive on the diversity and challenge that this cohort of learners offer. I have worked successfully in senior leadership positions in special schools for over twenty five years, of which nearly twelve years was as Headteacher of a large generic residential special school .
I have also served as a Governor in my local Infant school, and as Chair successfully supported a move to a Federated model between the Infant and local Junior school. The federation is highly successful and both schools are judged as Outstanding.
I have recently returned to classroom teaching and work in a resource base within a mainstream primary school. This experience means I am in a unique position of being able to understand the implications of school, local and national policy from three different perspectives.