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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 Class - Reception

Rebecca Webb


Plum Class - Year 1

Mrs Jackie Shrimpton - BA Ed

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.


Cherry Class - Year 2

Deputy Headteacher

Miss Nicole Chapman

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

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.


Oak Class - Year 3

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

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.


Chestnut Class - Year 4

Miss Hattie Hawkins - BA (Hons) QTS

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, Spanish and Drama. I am passionate about making learning fun and my main interests are M.F.L and English. 


Maple Class - Year 5

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

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.​


Rowan Class - Year 6

Miss Rebecca Hooper - BMus (Hons) PGCE

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.