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Leadership team


Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy - Executive Headteacher


Abi has an honours degree in Geography and Education and a Masters degree in Teaching with distinction. In April 2010 Abi began work at Newington Green as the Headteacher.  In 2012 Abi trained as an OFSTED inspector, and completed her Professional Qualification in School Inspection.  In 2020 Abi completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Executive Coaching. In February 2017 Abi became the Executive Head over Rotherfield Primary School, and Newington Green.  In this role Abi is accountable for the improvement of both schools, and is assisted in this by Mairead, who is Newington Green's Head of School.  In 2019 Abi won the Islington Headteacher of the Year award.




Nia Silverwood - Head of School


Nia joined Rotherfield in September 2023 as the new Head of School.


Nia studied History and Politics at Warwick University and then completed a Masters Degree in International Relations. She has been working in education for 17 years, with 10 of those as a senior leader. She was most recently the Deputy Head of Elmhurst Primary, a large, outstanding school in Newham, East London. In her role here she led on curriculum development, teaching and learning and assessment and these areas are where her passions lie.   


Prior to this, Nia was the Hub Lead for the London North East maths hub, where she oversaw the development of maths education and maths mastery teaching across six London boroughs.  


Nia (a mum of two herself) believes wholeheartedly in the power of a great education to transform lives. She wants maintain the caring, nurturing school that you love but also ensure and high-quality learning environment for the children of Rotherfield. 

Inka Kemppainen-Vann
Assistant Headteacher (EYFS, KS1 & English Lead)

Inka studied at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2014 with a first-class honours degree in Social Anthropology. After graduating, she started her teacher training with Teach First in the London Borough of Brent, taking on the role of History Lead. Once fully qualified, Inka worked for 5 years at Elmhurst Primary School in Newham, where she led English, PSHE and the Year 6 team. As part of her role, Inka implemented a dynamic new English curriculum and delivered training courses for partner schools. Last year, Inka worked as Assistant Head and English Lead at our federated school, Newington Green, before making the move over to Rotherfield.



Chloe Lister -  Phase 2 and Maths/Science Assistant Headteacher 

Deputy DSL


Chloe graduated with first class honours in Drama in 2012 before completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Durham University. She began her first teaching post at Newington Green in 2015 and a year later became Science Leader. As Science Leader, Chloe led the school to achieving a Primary Science Quality Mark Award in Outreach, evidencing high-quality science teaching and learning at Newington Green and demonstrating her impact in surrounding schools. For her work in Primary Science, Chloe won a Primary Science Teaching Award in 2021. In 2020, Chloe became Maths Leader and worked with teachers across the school to further develop fluency and embed a mastery approach to Maths teaching and learning. During her time at Newington Green, she taught across all Key Stages. Following a short career break, to go travelling, Chloe joined Rotherfield in May 2023 in the role of temporary Assistant Headteacher for KS2 and Maths and Science subject leader (covering maternity leave).


Rhian Jimenez - Assistant Headteacher, SENCO, DSL


Rhian studied English literature at the University of Wales Swansea and graduated in 1998 with an honours degree. She then completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education in primary teaching the following year. 


In September 1999 Rhian made the move from South Wales to London where she began teaching in a 2-form entry primary school in Barking and Dagenham. During the following years Rhian worked to grow the school into a six-form entry primary school, she became lead teacher of the interim site and supported the opening of the new school building. 


In September 2012 Rhian began her National Award for SENCO with the Institute of Education.  This was completed in 2013 and Rhian held the post of SENDCO until September 2019 when she took up the post of Assistant Head - Inclusion. In September 2022 in order to develop her wider knowledge Rhian became Assistant Head - Curriculum team. 


After twenty-three years at the school Rhian decided it was time to move on and is delighted to be working with the children and families at Rotherfield Primary School. 

Annette Cumming - Phase 2 and Maths/Science Assistant Headteacher 

Deputy DSL

Annette has a BA Honours degree in Modern Languages and European Studies from the University of Bath and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of East Anglia. Since qualifying in 2008, she has worked in Islington and Hackney schools and taught across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Annette joined Rotherfield in 2015 as class teacher and Maths subject leader and now holds the role of Assistant Headteacher and Maths and Science subject leader.

Sharon Rossi - Federation Business Manager


Sharon has over 20 years’ experience of working in Local Government in finance and social care. Sharon has a degree in Business Studies, a Diploma in School Business Management, Diploma in Leadership and Management and a Certificate in IOSH. Sharon has over 10 years’ experience of working in finance within the London Borough of Haringey and more than 6 years’ experience working as a School Business Manager within a multi-academy trust. Sharon leads on all non-teaching functions of the Federation (finance, premises, administration).