Southfield's New Leadership Team
CEO - Dr Annabel Kay
Annabel Kay (CEO) who has twenty two years of education experience, of which fifteen are in school leadership, nine in headship and five in Academy leadership. Prior to a career in education Annabel Kay worked in industry as a management accountant and change management consultant where she undertook complex business process reviews for multi million pound directorships. She provides significant support to OCCs safeguarding team in her roles as a member of the OSCB, as chair the Safeguarding in Education subcommittee and as a member of the Case Review and Governance committee. She also provides school to school leadership support to a mix of settings.
Head Teacher - Matt Green
Having qualified as a teacher from university in Oxford, Matt entered the profession in 2006 and has 15 years experience in the primary sector. He has been involved in leadership for almost 10 of those years; first as a deputy and then as a Head Teacher, working alongside Annabel since 2012. He has taught in all phases of primary education. Matt has expertise and vast experience in curriculum design and successfully led his previous school out of Requires Improvement to Good. He is a founding member of The Chartered College of Teaching. Matt is currently studying for MA in Teaching and Learning from the University of Buckingham.
SENCo - Rachel Cosgrove
Rachel studied Zoology at the University of Oxford before training as a teacher and has taught in primary, special and secondary schools. She is qualified at both secondary and primary levels and has post graduate qualifications in SEND and leadership. As a hugely experienced secondary SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher, she has developed innovative provision for vulnerable groups and is well respected as a strong advocate for inclusion.
Rachel has a real interest in up skilling staff and has developed and delivered engaging and thought-provoking training in schools, universities and other organisations. She is an experienced mentor and coach and is very proud of staff, who having worked in her teams, have gone on to do great things in their careers. She has an interest in staff and pupil well being and is passionate about using her scientific background to demystify mental health and help organisations become attachment and trauma informed.
As an experienced SEND reviewer, Rachel supports schools with both their strategic and practical approaches to inclusion. She is an associate consultant for nasen and benefits from networking with colleagues across the country as part of their advisory group.
She has contributed to professional development programmes in schools and universities and loves working with teachers at the very start of their careers. She is passionate about sharing ideas about inclusion with teachers new and old and helping staff to take the mystery out of inclusive teaching
In her current role as an independent education consultant, she is working with several schools, universities and the Oxfordshire Virtual School for Looked After Children, to develop and improve inclusive practice.
Chair of Governors - Natalie Garrett
Natalie is the Chair of Governors and was appointed in December 2019. Natalie is a qualified Solicitor and specialised in employment law before becoming a full time mum. She has two children at Southfield Primary School. Natalie firmly believes that, with the right support and encouragement, all children have the ability to reach their full potential.