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Head Teacher

Mr Richard Rule

I have, over the past twenty years, been involved at various levels in school leadership as a Deputy, Head or Consultant Leader- roles that have enabled me to work in schools locally, nationally and internationally. I feel very honoured and privileged to be the Head Teacher of Hadlow Primary School and am very excited about what we, as a school community, can achieve over the next few years. I believe that there are no limits to learning and am passionate about ensuring that we provide the very best opportunities for the children in our care.



Mrs Sharon Vanns - BSc (Hons) PGCE,  National Award for SEN Coordination


After graduating from Plymouth with an honours degree in Geography I came to live in Kent and worked for 6 years at Hadlow College. In 1992 I completed my PGCE at the University of Greenwich and came to Hadlow Primary School the following year. I have taught in both Key Stages and now use this experience to coordinate additional support for any pupil that needs a little extra help or a different approach in their learning.  



Apple Learning Team - Reception

Miss Rebecca Webb- BSC QTS

Class Teacher

After spending a year volunteering in schools in rural East Africa in 2010 I decided to train to become a Primary School teacher. My degree in Early Childhood Studies and Psychology led me onto the path of Early Years Education. I have been teaching in Early Years now for five years and I absolutely adore it! The progress children make during this special year is amazing and it is wonderful to be able to play a part in this. In my spare time I love to immerse myself in the great outdoors, cycling, running and walking as well as gardening and practising yoga. My weekends are normally spent with family and friends and I love hunting for bargains in charity shops and jumble sales for resources for our school. My other passion is fundraising, I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice and cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats, collectively raising over £150,000 for charities such as The National Autistic Society and Skill- a charity for disabled students.


Miss Daphne Cane- Teaching Assistant/First Aid

I came to work in Hadlow Primary School in 2006, both my daughters attended the school. I am in early years and hold a NVQ level 2 TA, I also do speech and language through out the school. I really enjoy doing speech and language as I love to see the children progress so far. I am also the first aider, I have first aid in the work place and paediatric first aid.



Plum Learning Team - Year 1

Mrs Jackie Shrimpton - BA (Hons) QTS

Class Teacher

I trained at Christ Church College Canterbury with a BA Ed with honours. I have worked in primary schools and pre-school since 1994. Both my children have attended Hadlow Primary School. I volunteered for many years at Hadlow School prior to starting in year 1.


Mrs Debbie Hayward- Teaching Assistant

Having previously been a pre-school assistant, I came to work at Hadlow in 2006. Both my daughters attended the school throughout their primary years. I am based mainly in Key stage 1 and lower Key stage 2. My main areas of interest are Reading, Phonics and BRP because I love to see the children grow into confident fluent readers.


Miss Marta Sturmey- 1:1 Teaching Assistant

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for 8 years, nearly 5 of the years at Hadlow. I work in Plum class as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant, I'm really enjoying my time here. My son has enjoyed his time here at Hadlow. I'm a NVQ level 3 qualified Teaching Assistant and I also have a Level 3 sign language qualification.



Cherry Learning Team- Year 2

Deputy Headteacher

Miss Nicole Chapman- BA (Hons) QTS 

Class Teacher

I am delighted to be the Deputy Headteacher of Hadlow Primary School, and love working with the children in Year Two. I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2009 and have been teaching for six years, teaching both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Raising expectations and achievement in English is my passion, and I hope to help all of the children in Hadlow reach their full potential in reading and writing. Since joining in April 2015, it has been a pleasure to spend time with the wonderful children and staff in this school!


Mrs Stephanie Reid- PGCE

Class Teacher

Having initially worked as a Financial Adviser, I then decided to retrain as a teacher and gained a PGCE from Goldsmith's College in 1995. As well as teaching in East London and Cage Green Primary School, I also taught in Aberdeenshire for 14 years before returning to my childhood stomping ground of Tonbridge. I love teaching because every day is different and the children never cease to amaze me and make me laugh.


Ms Karen Vousden- BSC (Hons)


Upon completing a degree in Biomedical Sciences, I began working for the Ministry of Defence. After taking a career break to have my daughter I started working at Hadlow in 2009. During my time here I have worked in every year group and also as a 1:1. As Key Stage 1 HLTA, I cover classes teaching Science and Computing. My daughter attended Hadlow and gained a well rounded education and is now at Tonbridge Grammar. I absolutely love working at Hadlow Primary School seeing our children grow into confident resilient young people is such a privilege.



Oak Learning Team - Year 3

Mr Andrew Knox - BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE

Class Teacher

After completing a degree and subsequent master’s degree in Criminology and Justice Studies, I trained as a primary teacher and completed my PGCE in 2016 at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am originally from Toronto, Canada but have lived in Kent since September 2009. I am passionate about mentoring and motivating children to reach their potential. My main areas of interest are PE, maths and science.


Mrs Debi Austin- Teaching Assistant

I have been working in KS2 (both assisting and covering classes in each year group) at Hadlow Primary School in excess of 10 years.  Although my background is in administration, I have completed the NVQ Level 2 Teaching Assistant course. I have a distinction in A-Level Art and am delighted that a real emphasis is placed on a creative working environment for the children.  In addition to teaching French on a weekly basis in KS2 (currently Year 3), I am particularly keen to ensure that children develop a love both of learning in general and of the rich history that is at our fingertips in Kent.  I also assist in the school office on a part-time basis. I am proud to say my son attended the school.



Chestnut Learning Team - Year 4

Miss Hattie Hawkins - BA (Hons) QTS

SLT/Class Teacher

I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in January 2013 having studied Primary Education with Modern Foreign Languages. Prior to graduating, I worked in a Special Needs Secondary school as a Teaching assistant and Teacher working with a range of children aged between 10 and 19, teaching English, Maths and Spanish. I am passionate about making learning creative and fun and my main areas of interest are Maths, Computing and Art. 


Mrs Helen Parker- HLTA

I have worked as a Teaching Assistant for 17 years, qualifying as a HLTA in 2006. Over the years, I have enjoyed working in many different year groups both as a general class room assistant and as a 1:1 support. I have developed a keen interest in SEN and I have gained a NVQ Level 6 in ASD, a Diploma in Dyslexia and a Certificate of Higher Education for children with Special needs. I am currently supporting in Year 4 and I teach every Friday while Miss Hawkins has her leadership time. As a firm believer that all children should have the opportunity to cook, I run cookery club. I have 3 grown up daughter who have all left home.



Maple Learning Team - Year 5

Mr Colin Culbreth - MAEd from the USA, E.S.O.L Teaching Endorsement, QTS

Class Teacher

I’m from the United States; born, raised and trained. However, don’t hold that against me; I’ve travelled to 14 different countries and have lived in 4 of them. That’s impressive considering about 60% of Americans do not have a passport! I speak a little Spanish and have taught primary students in the US and South Korea. I have a Master’s degree in primary education and received my degree from the University of Oregon in the US.​


Mrs Angela Worsell- BA (Hons)

Teaching Assistant

After gaining a degree in Business Studies, I initially began my career within the field of Human resources, particularly enjoying my time within the NHS. Once I'd started a family I then decided to transfer my skills to working with children. I have enjoyed being part of the team at Hadlow since 2011, covering both key stages. I am very passionate about reading and helping every child reach their full potential.


Mrs Jackie Wade- 1:1 Teaching Assistant

Before coming to Hadlow in 2009, I spent many years in East London working at schools for children with special educational needs. Having dyslexia myself I have the empathy, skills and determination to help the students reach their potential.  In 1998 I completed a Level 2 Teaching Assistant NVQ and obtained a Diploma in supporting dyslexic students. For 8 years I was the Senior Tutor for a dyslexic charity which involved tutoring dyslexic students from ages 7 to 16.  

My passion is photography and I enjoy teaching children how to use camera equipment correctly to view the world through different eyes.



Rowan Learning Team - Year 6

Miss Rebecca Hooper - BMus (Hons) PGCE

SLT/ Class Teacher

Having studied Music Performance (Opera/Vocal Studies) at the Royal Scottish Academy; I then trained as a teacher at Canterbury Christ Church, where I qualified in 2012. Consequently Hadlow Primary School is my first teaching post. Due to my performance-based background, I am passionate about making learning as fun and creative as possible.  


Mrs Mary Stevenson- PE Co-ordinator/ HLTA

I have been working at Hadlow since 2009. I started working in years 1, 3 and covering lunch times 3 times per week. In 2010 I started working an autistic child as a 1:1, which was a delight. We worked together for 3 years, learning and developing as we went along. After he left, I became a class Teaching Assistant in Year 6, this was for 2 years and I moved to Year 5, then back again to Year 6 for the last 2 years. I have also been the PE co-ordinator for the past 3 years. I love working with the children, seeing them develop in confidence is a real joy.


Mrs Michelle Mills- 1-1 Teaching Assistant

I have lived in the village all my life, both myself all three of my children attended the school. I started volunteering and then progressed to qualify as a NVQ level 2 Teaching Assistant in 2007. I have taken on the responsibility of improving the children's lunchtime experience. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of my job and seeing the children progress throughout the years.


Office Team

Mrs Kay Palmer- Administrator

I started at Hadlow Primary school as a parent helper way back in 2006, then I became an assistant to the finance officer before taking up my current role as office administrator. Three of my children attended Hadlow Primary School. I enjoy meeting the parents and children alike and I like that each day is different.


Mrs Amy Hood- Administrator


Mrs Melissa Prangnall- Finance Officer

I have been working in Hadlow Primary School for over 20 years. I started here as a Teaching Assistant, and moved on to become the schools finance officer for the last 10 years. My 2 children went through Hadlow Primary School and thoroughly enjoyed their time here.


Site Team

Mr Pat Faulklin- Site Manager


Play Leaders 

Mrs Paula White


Mrs Kerry Hughes


Mrs Karen Osborne


Mrs Marilyn Walkling


Mrs Rosemary Johns


Mrs Julie Rowe


Cleaning Team

Ambience Cleaning Company


Kitchen Team

Contract Dining Company

Anita Gibson

Tracey Porter

Jemma Johnson