My name is Natasha Wilkins. I have a first class honours degree in Geography and Physical Geography from Oxford Brookes University, graduating in 2010, and qualified as a Primary School teacher from Canterbury Christ Church University this past summer. Goudhurst and Kilndown was my base school for my PGCE and I am incredibly excited to continue my teaching journey at such a wonderful school with outstanding teachers and children.
Prior to starting my teacher training I had a career in retail, working as the Assistant Section Manager of Customer Service and Operations at Waitrose. I have also travelled extensively and completed two internships at a law firm in New York City.
Outside of school I love spending time with my very large family and wonderful group of friends. I am an avid sports fan and you will find me in my spare time at the gym, in a spin class or on a netball court. I love to read, travel, write lists, eat delicious food that’s been prepared for me and devour more pick n mix than I should. I am terrible at cooking and I struggle to sit still, both which appear on my new year’s resolutions each year!
My name is Penny Stanford. I have been at Goudhurst and Kilndown now for more years than I care to remember and lived in the village for 30 years before moving away this summer. I have two grown-up children who both attended our school, and have seen the school grow and develop over that time. Society has changed much over this time also and consequently I am passionate about ensuring that the children of Goudhurst and Kilndown receive the love and care they deserve alongside their learning, so they are able to achieve their potential in a happy and enjoyable manner.
I attended Bennett Memorial CE School in Tunbridge Wells when it was an all girls school, and then went on to The College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. My own education was very much centred around the Church, and I try to ensure that my teaching reflects my beliefs as a Christian. My passion in education is Outdoor Learning, and in particular, Forest School. I am a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and lead Forest School two days a week for classes across the school. This very much ties in with my choice of leisure activities, which are walking and gardening. I have recently moved to a farmhouse (attached to the organic vineyard my husband manages) which has a large garden, so I have no need to go to the gym, but thoroughly enjoy sharing this beautiful space we are so blessed to be custodians of, with family and friends.