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HadlowPrimary School

Happiness, Progress, Success

Our School Team

Executive Head Teacher- Bourne Partnership

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 Executive 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.


Head of School

Miss Nicole Chapman- BA (Hons) QTS 

Head of School / Class Teacher (Y2) 


Hadlow Primary School is a very special place to work and I am so proud to be able to lead the school within my role. Becoming Head of School in 2019 was an easy decision for me; the children, families, staff and wider community make coming to school a blessing and a privilege. Our children fly through the school gate every morning, happy and eager to learn, which is testament to the world-class team that are on site. The staff go above and beyond to ensure that every child in their care is safe, happy and valued, which in turn, leads to great progress and success for all. In addition to my leadership responsibility, I maintain a teaching role so that I am able to build and sustain great relationships with every child and family during their time at Hadlow Primary. Every day is new and exciting and I could not see myself working anywhere else. 



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.  



Mrs Sam Wright 

Since leaving University in 2006, I have worked primarily with children and young people starting as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school and most recently working in Early Help in the Maidstone Children’s Centres. I have always been passionate about supporting families and children and building those relationships and am so excited to start my journey with Hadlow; thank you for welcoming me so warmly.



Apple Learning Team - EYFS/ Reception

Mrs Rebecca Lissenden- 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 nine 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.


Mrs Emma Chantler  - BA in Media

Teaching Assistant  

I completed my degree in 2003 at Chichester University, with a BA in Media.  For the past 15 years I have been working in marketing, however, having always had a passion for teaching and through experiences of bringing up my own 3 children, I decided to crossover into education. I am also a trained dancer and enjoy all things creative. I am really looking forward to adding my creative flare to every child’s learning journey. 






Mrs Louise Bennett

1:1 Teaching Assistant  

I have lived in Hadlow all my life and even went to Hadlow Primary School. I have always enjoyed working with children and gained a CACHE Diploma in childcare. I then had a slight change of career into Customer Services and Travel Insurance. Once I had my two children, the passion to work with children came back. I started as a Midday Meal Supervisor in 2020 and volunteered in EYFS before becoming a 1:1 TA. I really enjoy working with EYFS and seeing the progress the children make.


Plum Learning Team - Year 1

Miss Hattie Hawkins - BA (Hons) QTS

SLT/KS1 Leader / 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 Nicola Mulley

Teaching Assistant

After volunteering as a parent helper at my children’s school in Tonbridge, I progressed to working as a Teaching Assistant over 10 years ago and have 7 years of experience of supporting teachers in Year 1.

I love helping children to reach their full potential in all areas of the curriculum, providing a safe and happy place for them to thrive and the fact that every day is different within a school. I look forward to being part of the team at Hadlow Primary School.​



Cherry Learning Team - Year 2

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.


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.



Oak Learning Team - Year 3

Ms Tamsin Leigh - BA (Hons), PGCE QTS

Class Teacher

After completing a history, politics & philosophy degree at Durham University, I spent 20 years in marketing and heritage visitor management. I then trained as a primary teacher and completed my PGCE at Masters level in 2018 at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. I was, many, many years ago, a pupil at Hadlow infants and Shipbourne juniors and now live back in Hadlow. I am passionate about empowering children in the local community to enjoy learning and to fulfil their potential. My main areas of interest are history, English, music and learning outside the classroom.


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 4), 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

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 working in year 1 and now year 4.


Mrs Claire Rolls

Teaching Assistant

I graduated in 2003 with a BA(Hons) degree in Communication and Cultural Studies then spent nine years working for and then managing a small business. 

When my three children were younger, I spent time volunteering in the community and decided to explore further my long-held interest in a career supporting young people. I enjoyed working as a midday supervisor at my children’s school alongside other support roles. I am excited now to be starting my career as a teaching assistant at Hadlow. 


Miss Kersten Young

1:1 Teaching Assistant



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 Amy Hood

Class TA/Personnel manager

I started at Hadlow Primary November 2017 as an admin assistant, in September 2018 became a 1:1 Teaching Assistant in year 2 and am now excited to be Class TA in Oak Class. I love crafts and design and studied Theatrical Media Make-up and Costume Design at Worcester. I have a keen interest in the way children learn and have studied Neuro  Linguistic Programming (NLP) for adults and children, helping me to understand the different way in which we learn and in turn thinking of different fun ways of learning. I have a Level 3 award in Early years and Childcare and a Teaching assistant level 3 QCF AWARD. I have studied British sign language level 1 as it’s a language I have always wanted to learn.


Ms Kate Stevens

1:1 Teaching Assistant

After working at Harrods for two years, I went back to college to study for my NNEB Childcare Qualification. This led me to being a nanny, then a nursery assistant and a deputy manager for an after school club, before becoming a teaching assistant at a school in London. Once we moved to Kent 11 years ago, I found a job at a large junior school near Maidstone. I worked in Year six there for nine and a half years, before starting at Hadlow at the end of October 2019.




Rowan Learning Team - Year 6

Miss Rebecca Hooper - BMus (Hons) PGCE

SLT/ KS2 Leader / 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 Michelle Hardcastle

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.


Mr Thomas Gilder 

Trainee Teacher

Much like Ben Solo, I was inspired to finally turn my back on the dark side: commercial insurance (which is absolutely as dull as it sounds), for a far more enjoyable and rewarding vocation. Formerly a Chartered Insurer, I developed a real passion for supporting young people after working in the Partnerships teams at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and Teach First. I’m currently completing my MA in History with the Open University.


PE Team

Mrs Mary Stevenson

Mr Cameron Hall



Office Team

Mrs Lisa Roberts- Assistant Administrator

I was a pupil at Hadlow Primary school a very long time ago and have worked in school admin for the past 8 years in both Primary and Secondary schools. I started at Hadlow at the beginning of 2019. I enjoy the challenge of not knowing what to expect each day and hope to make a useful addition to the Admin team in this outstanding school.


Mrs Cherry Headon- Finance Officer


Elaine Roser -Assistant Administrator



Play Leaders

Mrs Kerry Hughes

Mrs Karen Osborne

Mrs Marilyn Walkling

Mrs Claire Rolls



Cleaning Team

Ambience Cleaning Company



Kitchen Team

Contract Dining Company

Anita Gibson

Jemma Johnson


There are no employees at this school who earn in excess of £100k

Hadlow Primary School

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0EH