Jane Garfield Head Of Languages And Year 5 Form Tutor

Jane Garfield

Year 5 Form Tutor, Head of Languages

Qualifications: BA Joint Honours (French and German), PGCE  

What did you do before you came to teach at Oakwood? 

Two years teaching English in Japan, 5 years teaching MFL at King Alfred’s Sports and Community college in Wantage, Oxfordshire; 7 years at Amesbury prep school in Hindhead; 6 years at The Prebendal school Chichester where I was also Director of Studies. Also had two children in that time. 

What qualities are important for a teacher?

To be passionate and knowledgeable about your subject, organised, a sense of humour and liking children also helps!

What are the best ways to encourage and motivate children?

Praise, challenge and variety.

As well as teaching, what other activities and roles do you get involved in at the school?

Clubs - prep, Japanese, French and leading Celebration of Language weeks/days

What do you think makes Oakwood special?

The strong sense of Oakwood as a family and a real community spirit.

Tell us about someone or something that inspires you?

Her Majesty the Queen - where do I start?

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at school?

Spending time with my children, running on Centurian Way (or rather a slow stagger!), walking at the beach.

What is one of your favourite Oakwood memories?

Charity netball match run by Mrs Evans which I was kindly invited to before even starting at the school and then winning ‘man (or woman) of the match’! Such a lovely atmosphere playing against parents, pupils and staff! I slept well that night!

What is your favourite time of year at Oakwood?

Spring - driving up the drive spotting the daffodils and bluebells. Signs of new beginnings.