Meet our Councillors

Jenny Aarons - Chair

I am the Chairperson of Ryelands' Academy Council, and have been with Ryelands since before the move from Albert Road. I have seen Ryelands' grow in confidence over the years, and am proud to be part of the team. I am also a qualified teacher and have a Masters degree in School Effectiveness and School Improvement. I have a keen interest in Education and have worked in a variety of educational roles for the last 20 years, these include the designing of SATs papers and the supervising of their marking. I am the Ryelands Academy Councillor with particular responsibility for Special Educational Needs. I have three children who keep me on my toes and have helped me to see education from the point of view of the parents, not just that of the school. 

Eugene Gilkes - Vice Chair

I have been a part of Ryelands School for a long time - my grown up son was a pupil of Ryelands on the Albert Road site. I have been Oasis Ryelands' Chair of Governors, and due to work commitments, am now Vice-Chair. 



Sarah Hills

My name is Sarah Hills and I have lived in Addiscombe for the past 26 years. I work for the NHS as an Audiologist. Outside of work I foster cats and kittens for the Croydon Animal Samaritans, I am the President of Shirley Womens' Institute and a keen line dancer. I have a range of hobbies including riding my motorcycle, swimming, playing the piano and restoring my Volkswagon Beetle (with help!)


Julie Cornish

I have been a governor at Oasis Academy Ryelands for 2 years. I have a daughter in Year 4 and an older daughter who is now at university, so have been through the whole school journey! In my limited spare time I enjoy Pilates.



Gemma McPhail

I am currently Head of Recruitment at Oasis Community Learning, responsible for recruitment across the family of academies. Prior to joining Oasis in July 2014, I spent five years working in the recruitment team at ARK, another large academy trust. I have previous experience as School Governor and am excited to undertake this role again in my local community, having recently moved to the area.  Outside of work I enjoy cooking and the theatre.


Yebhe Diallo

I am a married mum of four children, three of whom attend Oasis Academy Ryelands, I wanted to be a parent councillor as the school plays a huge role in my children’s lives.  In the next two years, I will be working with parents and teachers to put on events for the children and raise money for the school. I would love the children here at Ryelands to achieve the best they possibly can and leave well prepared for the next stage of their education.

I am currently in my second year at London South Bank university doing Business Administration, I already have a Higher Education Diploma in Economics and Spanish, I am also a qualified interpreter in English and French.

Kat Howells

I have been a teacher here for 4 years and loved every second of it. I am passionate about my job and strive for the best for the children in the Academy. I am hoping this role will help me to do this more.



Baneeta Brophy

My name is Baneeta Brophy. I am an English as an Additional Language Teaching Assistant. I am also the Lead Midday Meal Supervisor at Oasis Academy Ryelands. I have two children who used to attend Oasis Academy Ryelands and now attend other Oasis Academies. I have been a member of Oasis Academy Ryelands from the start and with the school a total of 6 years. I have also been a Parent Councillor. I am an active member of our school family and also one for my local community.


Caroline Legg

My name is Caroline Legg, I am a Parent Councillor - my daughter has attended Ryelands from Reception through to Key Stage 2. I have been involved with the Friends of Ryelands and am currently Vice Treasurer. I work in FE in London and I have lived locally for over 20 years.