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Fleetdown Leadership Team

Alice Harrington

Head of School

I am absolutely delighted that Fleetdown are joining The Galaxy Trust and will be part of such a caring and supportive family. I have worked at Fleetdown for eight years and started here as a class teacher. I love working in the classroom with the children and watching all our children achieve amazing successes every day at school. I am incredibly proud to work at Fleetdown and it is a privilege to watch all our children grow and develop into inquisitive, enthusiastic and passionate learners. As most of the children and staff here at Fleetdown will tell you, I love visiting my family in Wales in the holidays, eating far too much chocolate and trips to the park with my two children.  

James Davies

Deputy Headteacher

Hi! It’s been a great pleasure to be working at Fleetdown for the past two years, and here’s to many more! I absolutely love this school – the children are at the heart of everything that we do, and that’s how a school should be! I also love working with such highly motivated staff, who all want the absolute best for the children within our school. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends (although during Covid this has been over Zoom and Teams!) and keeping fit – I love a good jog or a relaxing long walk!  

I look forward to continuing to work with, and for, all of you, your families, and your children. Come and say hi! 

Toniann Braniff 

Deputy Headteacher

I joined Fleetdown in April 2019 as an Assistant Headteacher, having worked as a class teacher and Assistant Headteacher, for several years, in different schools in Maidstone. This September I became the leader of Inclusion at Fleetdown - something I am very passionate about, having been a child in receipt of Free School Meals myself - and am delighted to now be the Acting Deputy Head for Inclusion. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of Fleetdown's journey and look forward to the road ahead.

Sophie Dalton

Assistant Headteacher

Enthusiastic, upbeat and creative are three words that best describe me. Over the course of my teaching career, which began in 2015, I have taught across Key Stage 2 and experienced a number of different roles in senior leadership, subject coordination and mentoring. Since coming to Fleetdown in 2019, I have thoroughly enjoyed familiarising myself with the school and getting to know all the members of the school community. In class, my greatest passions lie within the STEM subjects: my favourite lessons are those filled with curiosity, exploration and discovery.
Outside of school, I enjoy baking, painting and listening to music; hobbies which I love to share with my class when I can! 

Nicola King

Assistant Headteacher (SENCo)

I have been teaching since 2003 and I have taught in every year group from Nursery to Year 6.
I am so excited about joining Fleetdown Primary Academy as SENCO and looking forward to working across the whole school to support children who have SEND.  I am committed and passionate about improving the outcome for all children regardless of their starting points and additional needs and cannot wait to drive this forward here at Fleetdown.  I pride myself on building positive relationships with parents and carers and therefore I always operate an open-door policy - please come and say hello!

Outside of school I have 2 children who keep me very busy, notably as their taxi driver to their numerous social events!  However, we love spending time as a family; walking, exploring and trying out our new hobby of paddle boarding!

Vikki Coombes

Before joining Fleetdown, I worked at Oakfield Primary Academy.  I started there in 2013 as a School Direct Teacher and worked my way up the professional ladder to become Assistant Head and Trust Maths Lead. During my time at Oakfield, I taught in years 2 - 6 and loved the variety of challenges I faced, and the experiences and memories I made. 

2022 is the start of a new teaching and leadership journey for me, and you will now find me in year 2 at Fleetdown. I can't wait to be creating more memories with the children, seeing the wow moments and creating fun, educational opportunities.  I am passionate in continuing to create a safe and stimulating learning environment where the children can enjoy and show their passion and love of learning.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, which normally involves us on long walks in the woods with my dogs Obi and Indy.

Claire Coldwell

School Business Manager

I have a lot of history with The Galaxy Trust but am new to Fleetdown Primary Academy.  I am delighted to be part of such a hardworking, focused and friendly team and I look forward to many happy years ahead here.


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