Welcome from the Head and the Senior Leadership Team Mrs Woodhams & the Senior Team

Welcome to The Linden Academy from Mrs Woodhams - Head of School

I believe that in order for children (and adults) to be successful, they need to be happy, safe and secure. This will remain a priority of The Linden Academy under my leadership. I am a passionate, hardworking and caring person who strives to do the very best in everything I do. I pride myself in my ability to organise and motivate myself and others to be the very best we can be. I thoroughly enjoy my job and cannot think of anything I’d rather do.

I joined The Linden Academy in September 2018 as a Deputy Headteacher (with Year 6 class commitments). Prior to joining here, I worked in a school in Stevenage for 11 years where I started as a NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher). In January 2015, I became a Deputy Headteacher. In June 2017, I became the Interim Headteacher of this school for a term. Shortly after I stepped back into my Deputy role, OFSTED arrived and they acknowledged in their report that, “Since the appointment of the acting headteacher in June 2017 … improvements are evident in the quality of teaching and work in pupils’ books.”

I am very excited to be able to work closely with all stakeholders to move our school forward and achieve the very best for our children who are the heart of our school. I really believe I have a strong team around me who want to and will do this.

Our values are in line with the Trust Values of "Strive, Achieve and Believe".  At The Linden Academy we encourage pupils to be sucessful learners as well as confident, resilient and responsible citizens through our core values:

  • They are to always be respectful to everyone.
  • To work hard in every lesson every day.
  • To always be caring towards each other.
  • To be honest at all times.
  • These values are part of our every day practice and pupils are reminded of these on a daily basis. We belive the pupils in our Academy deserve the best and our aim is to help them succeed in every area of school life. We aim for a very high standard in every aspect of the school life, outstanding achievement and a fun and creative environment. If I were to sum up what makes us at The Linden unique its:
  • Vastly improved results at all key stages year on year - Early Years and Phonics way above National Average
  • State of the art facilities 
  • Enchanting Forest School, orchard, pond & sensory garden
  • Guaranteed small class sizes; max 24 ensuring enhanced adult to child ratio
  • Exciting range of extra curricular activities throughout the day including fencing, Tae Kwondo and Chess Club
  • Wrap around care for all pupils from 7.45 to 6.00pm - child care vouchers accepted
  • Winners of the Silver Sports Award 2018 with pupils representing at county level for football, cricket & athletics
  • Enhanced swimming provision for both Years 4 and 5 throughout the school year.
  • Successful partnership with a range of other settings including Aldwickbury Grammar and University of Bedfordshire
  • Traditional values throughout the academy reflected in our bespoke uniform
  • Amazing outdoor area for Early Years

Our website should provide you with all the information you need. If you require anything further or would like to come in and visit us, please contact the Academy. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any questions.

Mrs Woodhams

Head of School

Ms Samia Akram - Deputy Principal of The Shared Learning Trust


Being part of the teaching profession for the last 17 years has been an immense privilege; it’s an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students, moulding future generations. I take this responsibility very seriously and will always go that extra mile for every child in my care.

My journey started as a LSA moving towards various leadership roles, ultimately achieving some fantastic outcomes for pupils and national recognised awards for the academies. I put my very best into the schools that I work for, sending my own daughters to the schools I have worked in where they achieved their best.  I have experience of working with children from Reception up to Sixth Form; this gives me a great insight into the educational journey children go through.

Mr Jermaine Burroughs - Assistant Headteacher and Head of PE

I started my teaching career in 2014 when I qualified as a high school PE teacher. I completed my teacher training with the Chiltern training group where I was based at Challney High School for Boys. My first teaching post was at Manshead High School where I worked as a Maths and PE teacher. I look back fondly on my time at Manshead as I learned many teaching skills which aide me in my role today. I made the choice to go to work in primary school education in 2015 and left Manshead to work at Downside Primary School as a PE teacher. My maths experience came in handy and I helped tutor year 6 pupils in readiness for their SATS.

Although I loved working at Downside Primary school, I felt there was a huge opportunity to come across to the Linden Academy in 2017. I wanted to help make a positive difference to the lives of the pupils at the Linden mainly by giving them more sporting opportunities but through sport helping them to develop valuable life skills to help them in the future.

I am committed to The Linden Academy and the pupils here. I feel that every child has fantastic potential to have an impact on the world and I’m delighted to the have the opportunity as a teacher to support parents and carers in trying to unlock that potential.

Miss Sumaira Nawaz - Assistant Headteacher and EYFS lead teacher


I feel extremely honoured and privileged to have been chosen to continue to build on the success of our school under the leadership of Mrs Woodhams.

I joined Moorlands Free School as a class teacher in 2013. Three years later, I was appointed as Early Years Lead. In Early Years we give our children a thirst for learning that continues with them throughout their future experiences and lives. An essential ingredient for this to have happened was teamwork. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone – children, parents/carers, staff, Governors and the wider community. Our results for Early Years reflect this as we have always been well above the National Average.


As an Assistant Headteacher, my key role will be to continue teaching and leading in Early Years and leading in Key Stage 1. I strongly believe in providing the children with exciting, creative and meaningful learning experiences, which build their enthusiasm for learning and help them to grow and develop positively in a variety of ways.

Mrs Anna Fright - Designated Safeguarding Lead and Family Liaison Worker


I started my school career as a volunteer for Moorlands back in 2014. I worked my way through the channels from volunteer to midday supervisor to Learning Support Assistant. My experiences as a child and young adult led me to want to better the lives of other children and provide a safe school environment for them. I knew that when the role came up in 2017 for a safeguarding lead/family worker that I just had to have it! I am completely dedicated to the welfare of our children both inside and outside of school. I know with the support I get from my colleagues and the parents I work with that I can continue to keep our children safe and happy at the Linden.

Mrs Sharon Summerfield - SEND and Enhanced Provision Lead


I joined Moorlands Independent School as a Teaching Assistant in January 2008. Over the past 11 years, I have had the pleasure of working with children in all age groups, parents/carers and professionals from within the Trust and External Agencies. I now have the honour of joining Michelle Woodhams as part of her Senior Leadership Team; our combined wealth of knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm will ensure that The Linden Academy’s children's education, achievement and welfare are in the very best of  hands.