Janice Gibbon, classroom teaching assistant
"I've been here for 15 years now. At first I was a parent, when my eldest daughter was here. Back then I was doing an NVQ in playwork.
"The school asked me to run a small group improving kids' literacy. And it just went from there to becoming a classroom TA.
"The job of the classroom TA runs alongside the teacher. The lower abilities need a lot of patience and skill. We need to know how that child learns, so that we can help them build their learning skills.
"Two mornings a week I go to level five and support the kids who are underachieving.
"Year six is working towards SATS. This May, we had the highest ever achievement of passing the national standard at the school. TAs came from other parts of the school to assist. One-to one. Real cramming.
"And the impact we had with the children shows in the results."
As well as her classes, Janice also takes after-school homework club, for children whose parents are unable to help them with homework, perhaps through their own language barriers or ability.
And she runs the breakfast club, which started as a resource for pupils entitled to free school meals, but is now open to any child who wants a healthy breakfast - cereals, juices, yoghurt, bagels – and a good start to their day.
"That was my idea," she says proudly. "We were finding a lot of children would come to school with nothing inside them, or would be consistently late.
"One way you bring up attendance and punctuality is by promoting healthy eating. It's an incentive to get to school on time."
As Janice points out, "the work for everyone here does not start when the doors open in the morning or end when they close in the afternoon.
"The support staff work for the community. Teachers work throughout the holidays. Everyone is so committed.
"I love it. I would not have lasted so long if I did not feel appreciated.
"I have never worked in another school. It's about how I feel at this school, and the good relationship I have with my colleagues and the children. Every day is different, with different issues, different goals, every day a different workload.
"And the parents are lovely – it's a multicultural place, which means that you're always learning something new yourself."
There’s a downside, of course, which is the low pay.
"The council advertises TA jobs at an annual figure, but then when you start that is scaled down to discount the holiday period, for which you don't get paid.
"Also, teachers here get Inner London weighting but the teaching assistants get Outer London weighting.
"On my pay, and with the cost of living being what it is, I have to find extra jobs outside of school if I want to go on holidays, to have some kind of life.
"At Christmas time I work in Tesco in the evening. My wage from school just covers the rent and the bills. The extra money for the breakfast club and after school clubs help me get through the month.
"When you are working, the money problems do not enter your mind. It's only when you get home that you remember that you have to make ends meet. But I would never leave my job because I love it to bits. I can't think of another job that would be more rewarding.
"A child's education, their health and safety: you can't put a price on that."