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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 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

I am delighted to be the Head of School in 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 ever since, 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! Hadlow Primary School really is a fantastic place to work.




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

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 eight 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. 


Plum Learning Team - Year 1

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 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

Miss Nicole Chapman- BA (Hons) QTS 

Head of School / 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 nine 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! Hadlow Primary School really is a fantastic place to work.


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 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 am currently studying British sign language level 1 as it’s a language I have always wanted to learn.



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 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.


Mrs Yvonne Thomas

1:1 Teaching Assistant 

I hold over 25 years of working with young children. My work has included setting up and Managing a children's service in Kent as well as regionally coordinating abroad for remote Aboriginal communities. My work has not been restricted to paid employment. I have also been recognised for my voluntary W.C.F work in being made sole representative for the UK amongst 18 different countries for my previous work with young children on environmental awareness and sustainability. 



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.​


Ms Kate Stevens

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.


Mrs Erica Moore

1:1 Teaching Assistant

I have recently been appointed as a teaching assistant at Hadlow Primary School.
I moved to Hadlow from Devon last September to be nearer my children and grandchildren.
I am a qualified Occupational Therapist and for the last ten years I have been working as a support worker with young people with learning difficulties.


Mr Thomas Gilder 

1:1 Teaching Assistant

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.



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 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.



PE Team

Mrs Mary Stevenson

Mr Jack Caple

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




Site Team

Site Manager



Play Leaders

Mrs Kerry Hughes

Mrs Karen Osborne

Mrs Marilyn Walkling

Mrs Louise Bennett



Cleaning Team

Ambience Cleaning Company



Kitchen Team

Contract Dining Company

Anita Gibson

Jemma Johnson


Hadlow Primary School

Hadlow, Tonbridge, Kent, TN11 0EH