My name is Pete Goodman. I have a first class honours Open Degree from the Open University and a MSc in Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London. I have just been awarded the National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership (NPQSL) with the Institute of Education (IoE).
Prior to starting my teaching career four years ago, I had a mixed range of careers; initially a Royal Naval Officer, latterly running my own educational (Mandarin Chinese) related business and even some time teaching snowboarding to children in Canada in between. I like to think my wide range of experiences is reflected in my own teaching and the level of fun we have in the classroom!
I am currently Assistant Headteacher responsible for Teaching and Learning and teaching Year 6, I am the school Maths and Computing leader.
Outside of school, I have a busy family life (a son aged 12 and daughter aged 9). Together we enjoy sailing (racing competitively), cycling, walking and generally being outside. I am also a keen cook and particularly enjoy baking bread.
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.