Staffing Structure 2016-2017
Alice Early - Headteacher
My name is Alice Early and I was appointed as Headteacher at Kings Hill School in September 2015. I feel privileged to be appointed to such a unique and vibrant school where children are happy and keen to learn and there are hardworking well trained staff to work with.
I am passionate about education and have been committed to raising the standards and aspirations of all children, since qualifying as a teacher in 2002. I have previously been a leading literacy teacher and have been in school leadership for the last ten years having been both a Deputy Headteacher and a Headteacher at other primary schools.
I am also a busy mum and have two young sons; Robert and Edward.
Kate Harris - Deputy Headteacher
This is my eighth year at Kings Hill School. I very much enjoy the challenges that being a Deputy Headteacher brings and am lucky to have such an inspirational team to work with. Working with children ensures that every day is different and I thrive on the diversity that my role brings.
Before joining Kings Hill, I was an Acting Headteacher in a small rural school and I started my career teaching in Bristol and then Rugby. I have always been passionate about education and leading school improvement.
At home I have two young sons that keep me very entertained - when I do have a spare moment to myself I love reading, travelling and watching live music.
Georgette Williams - Inclusion Leader
My name is Georgette Williams. I became a teacher in 2002 following my passion for working with children. I have been a leading literacy teacher at a school in Outer London and joined Kings Hill School in 2007. I taught across a number of year groups throughout my teaching career before joining the leadership team in 2008. I have been in school leadership for seven years and am passionate to narrowing the gap between vulnerable children and their peers though my role as Assistant Head for Inclusion.
As well as working part time, I am a busy mum of two wonderful boys, Kaylen and Cade who keep me very busy!
Beverly Evenden - Assistant Head for Assessment
I have been teaching at Kings Hill School for 17 years and am passionate about the success of the school and children. I never tire of hearing about how well many of our prior pupils are doing at their secondary schools or indeed, in their adult lives.
Before teaching, I achieved a degree in Biochemistry and embarked on a career in medical research at a central London laboratory. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and a love of investigative science remains with me today.
I trained to teach in my late thirties, following a period as a parent helper in my children’s primary school, arriving at Kings Hill in September 1998.
At Kings Hill School, I was science co-ordinator and KS2 co-ordinator for many years, but for the last seven years I have been the Assistant Headteacher for Assessment. Within this role, I manage the school assessment data tracking system, track individual pupil progress, lead the development of assessment strategies across the school and work as part of the leadership team on the strategic development of the school.
I am also the Professional Mentor for the School Direct Initial teacher training programme and work in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University.
Outside of school, I have been married for 32 years and have two grown up children. My husband and I are never happier than when we all get together for family occasions!
Jane Hathaway - Assistant Head for EYFS & Key Stage 1
I was appointed as Assistant Head at Kings Hill School in January 2016. Following my many years of teaching and several of leadership, I am highly motivated to take on a position of leadership in a much larger school that corresponds to my core teaching values of inclusion, openness and continually striving to improve children’s learning experiences.
Before joining Kings Hill School I was Acting Assistant Head at a small rural school in Medway and prior to this I worked at a school in Dartford and Maidstone.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my partner and teenage son. I also enjoy reading, films & theatre and art & craft activities.
Sue Ferguson - Office Manager
Sonia Coventry - Finance Officer
Karen Anderson - Administrative Officer
I have been working at Kings Hill School for 7 years now as the Receptionist. I also deal with the Breakfast Club bookings and the hiring of the school hall for regular users and party bookings.
I have three children who keep me busy. Francesca and Luciana are now at secondary school and Luke is currently in year 5 here at Kings Hill School.
Karl Woods - Network Manager
My role at Kings Hill School is to ensure maximum reliability and performance of the school’s internal network and the 150+ computers we have onsite as well as supporting the schools 475+ Pupils and 50+ Staff. I am solely responsible for all hardware and software in school, and as well as managing user accounts and access, I also deal with projects from conception to completion. I try to get involved with all aspects of school life and can often be found at school events with a camera. Working with Miss Moore we manage the ICT budget, curriculum and esafety committee.
A large part of my role is repairing computers, diagnosing networking issues and improving the maintainance cycle of all ICT equipment in school, by doing this it means that ICT costs can be managed in a way that allows us to keep up with technology without having to require a large injection of cash from the schools limited budget every few years.
I am a father to three boys, and have recently married my fiancée of nine years. When I'm not at work I try to ensure that I spend as much time with my family as possible. I do however love being on two wheels and try to get out for a ride whenever I get the chance. I am a "tech-head" so am often messing trying new technology and testing new systems outside of work, often this leads to new services/systems being developed in school.
Mick Slade - Site Manager
Sally Booth - Fruit Tuck
Here at Kings Hill, we pride ourselves on our fruit tuck stall. We supply all our children with portions of fresh fruit daily. This is an excellent opportunity for your child to eat healthily and contribute to their 5 a day. The cost of each portion is 15p, which you can give to your child daily.
Our range of options includes:
Fruit bread, raisins, melon, pineapple, apples, oranges, banana, kiwi, plums,cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, peaches, smoothies and grapes.
Reception Class Teachers
Caroline Hobbs - Tiger Cubs
I always thought I would end up as a teacher, ever since reading Matilda for the first time and deciding that I wanted to be Miss Honey. It helped that I absolutely loved school, both primary and secondary, as well as university and I never really wanted to leave education!
I initially did a Geography degree and then worked as an office administrator for a couple of years before gaining a place on the Graduate Teacher Programme where I undertook my training here at Kings Hill School in Year 2.
I knew this was the school I wanted to work at once I was qualified so took a part time position in Year 2 working as a job share with Mrs Ratcliffe, which I did for 3 years until I moved in to Reception this September to work in Lion Cubs with Mrs Hollyhomes. I have wanted to work in Early Years for some time and I am thoroughly enjoying the new challenge!
When I am not in school I am being a Mummy to my 2 year old daughter, who makes me laugh every single day. We spend a lot of time at soft play, painting and making cakes at the moment!
Beth Hollyhomes - Lion Cubs
I have always wanted to be a teacher and I have followed this career path since being at school by completing my BA honours degree with art at Reading university. I have been teaching for a number of years and during this time I have taught in Bromley, Wimbledon, Tunbridge Wells and currently at Kings Hill. I have taught across all key stages, having management roles and coordinating different subjects. I am currently enjoying teaching in EYFS for three days a week, I love the fact that every day is different in reception and I take great pleasure in teaching the early skills.
Outside school I am a busy mum to two girls who are both at Kings hill school. I spend my time going to the gym and spending time with my family.
Lucie Goss - Lion Cubs
I have been teaching at Kings Hill School for six years and have spent time in Reception and Year one. I am currently a Reception teacher in Lion Cubs class and thoroughly enjoy teaching in Reception as my passion lies within the Early Years. Outside of school I have two children who keep me very busy!
Reception Teaching Assistants
Rebecca Valentine - Tiger Cubs
Paula Gasson - Tiger Cubs
Aly McKee - Lion Cubs
I joined Kings Hill School in July 2004. I have worked in most years across the school, but I particularly like KS1. I can honestly say that no day has ever been the same. Prior to joining Kings Hill School I was a Nursery Nurse in Glasgow for many years.
I enjoy the challenge of helping children access the curriculum, which keeps me very busy.
I am also a childminder for Kings Hill School children and provide before and after school care. (glutton for punishment !)
Victoria Ells - Lion Cubs
Year 1 Class Teachers
Holly Chatfield - Zebras
Charlotte Heard - Giraffes
I am thoroughly enjoying being a year 1 teacher in Cheetah class. Each day is fun and very rewarding!
I studied Drama at Loughborough University. Being from a Drama background, I try to make learning as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
Outside of work I am quite busy planning our wedding, looking after my cheeky French bulldog named Freddie and teaching drama, dancing and singing at the weekend.
Year 1 Teaching Assistants
Jane Cook - Zebras
I started my working life at Kings Hill School as a parent helper when my eldest son started Reception in 2009. I loved being part of such a dynamic and nurturing team so much, that once my youngest started full time, I volunteered a couple of days of my time to the school and did my TA course.
I’ve worked in a variety of years from Reception up to year 6, and love each aspect of the educational and emotional support that I give throughout the day.
This year is a little different as I am entering a new role as a one-to-one teaching assistant.Although very different to my previous career, a specialist nurse at a London Hospital, similarly though every day is different and brings new challenges to rise up to.
I love working with children and watching them gain confidence in all that they do.
Dawn Dwyer- Zebras
Lorraine Austin - Zebras
Kim Winterbottom- Giraffes
Year 2 Class Teachers
Anna Clayton - Gorillas
Mrs Clayton is currently on maternity leave
Laura West - Gorillas
Helen Moore - Pandas
I’m very excited to be starting a new role at Kings Hill School as a teacher in year one. My initial degree was in English Literature with Media and Cultural Studies and I then went on to study for my Masters degree in English Literature at Canterbury Christ Church University. My GTP enabled me to work across a range of year groups to gain valuable experience in both KS1 and KS2. I am enjoying teaching at Kings Hill and working with my new class. It is going to be a very exciting year!
David Baker - Jaguars
Hi! For 8 years I have been a teacher here at Kings Hill School. I have worked across Key Stage Two, in Years 3, 4 and 5 and have found this to be a fantastic experience! The children are always incredibly enthusiastic and are keen to learn, which makes it a very stimulating learning environment. My other main responsibility in school is P.E. coordinator, which I am passionate about and really enjoy. I particularly enjoy coaching the school sports teams and taking them to District and County competitions. We have enjoyed incredible success throughout the past few years including winning the District Athletics competition and coming runners-up in the Kent Finals Football Tournament.
Outside of school, I really enjoy playing sport myself including football and golf. I also enjoy participating in 10k runs, and recently achieved my personal best of under 50 minutes. I also enjoy listening to live Rock music and enjoy going to music festivals in the summer.
Year 2 Teaching Assistants
Lisa Wood - Gorillas
Andria English - Gorillas
Kirsty Montgomery - Pandas
Sonia Hudson - Jaguars
Hello my name is Mrs Hudson and I work in Key Stage 1 in Cheetah class in year 1. I have been at the school for just over 14 years. I also help to run Breakfast Club and have been doing so for the last 3 years.
Lynn Fitchett - Jaguars
Year 3 Class Teachers
Katie Tustin - Seals
Simon Gosling - Polar Bears
Hello, I am so pleased to be working at Kings Hill School. After graduation I worked for various technology companies, but found I was drawn to working in schools. Therefore, my teaching journey began in a small Prep school in Surrey in which I first worked as a TA and then taught as a teacher. I then moved down to Kent and worked happily in a Catholic Primary in Chatham for many years until I heard of the opportunity to work at Kings Hill School and so here I am and hope to remain.
Outside of school I am kept busy with my own family, hobbies and interests .
Karen Marshman - Penguins
I was born and raised in South Wales, and on leaving school joined Marks and Spencer in Cardiff. During my 15 years with them, I managed various commercial departments, before moving to the training and recruitment department. Amongst other things, this role allowed me to work with local secondary schools to support work experience programmes, I was able to provide working opportunities for young adults with learning difficulties, and also implement in-house training and development for staff. In addition, I enjoyed leading charity projects for Marks and Spencer, such as hosting children from Chernobyl.
I have since lived in Scarborough where I raised my family and worked part time as a nursery assistant, before settling in Kent.
I have been associated with Kings Hill School for many years, working in various capacities. My love for working with children drove me to the decision to re-train as a teacher, and I studied part-time at Canterbury Christchurch University, gaining a degree in Childhood Studies with a specialism in Special Educational Needs. I was delighted to complete my teacher training placement at Kings Hill School, and achieved Qualified Teacher Status in June 2015.
I am passionate about pupil voice and the development of social skills. As well as teaching Penguins Class, I also facilitate the Year 6 Charity Committee, who keep me very busy at lunchtime!
Year 3 Teaching Assistants
Amanda Hatfull - Pandas
Fi Furness - Polar Bears
Sally Etheridge - Penguins
After working for nearly twenty years in Retail Management at many stores and Regional Offices throughout South East England, I decided upon a career change after I had my three children. Having spent seven years coming into school as a parent helper (in all of my childrens' classes), I completed my Teaching Assistant Qualification in 2012.
I have been a TA in various years groups in Key Stage 2 and am currently in Dolphins Class. I also work as a Lunchtime Supervisor every day, and spend two afternoons a week with various children as part of our Reading to Dogs programme, during which they read to Ruby or Duke.
Year 4 Class Teachers
Dave Chadwick - Dormice
Only recently arriving in the profession, I have always been drawn to teaching. I was fortunate to not only undertake my Teacher Training course at Kings Hill School in 2014 but also to then take up a position at this great school in 2015 as a Year 4 Class Teacher. I like a classroom to be an inspiring environment for pupils and enjoy a good discussion/debate when an opportunity arises. Geography gets my heart racing.
Previous roles include supporting young people as a Senior Support Worker at an independent fostering agency. I have also managed a 'short breaks' service in East Sussex which enabled young people with additional needs to access new experiences and opportunities to pursue interests in their communities, whilst providing respite for their parents.
Outside of school I have a young family to keep me busy and entertained. I am interested in all sports and enjoy life!
Year 4 Teaching Assistants
Tina Gunn - Dormice
Currently i am working as a TA in Year 3 - Polar Bear class.
I have been working at Kings Hill School since 2008.
I have worked across all year groups in KS1.
Prior to Kings Hill I worked at various Daycare Nurseries and Residential Homes with Adults with Learning Disabilities, both of which I found very rewarding.
I have two children who both attended Kings Hill School who have happy memories of school life.
Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
Liz Miller - Dormice
Debbie Baker - Bats
I joined Kings Hill School in September 2007 as fruit tuck co-ordinator and midday supervisor.
The next two years were spent working as a teaching assistant in year 2 and then I spent a year in year 3 before returning to year 2 which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I successfully completed my NVQ level 2 and level 3 in supporting teaching and learning in schools and I am also a qualified first aider.
Year 5 Class Teachers
Charlotte Genc - Macaws
I joined Kings Hill in September 2004, in that time I have taught from Year 2 to Year 6. I am now currently teaching in Year 4 and am enjoying the exciting learning journey with the children.
Prior to joining Kings Hill I taught English at a private school in Turkey for a number of years and before that was a Product Developer for Harrods.
I enjoy the challenges that Teaching provides and being part of the children’s learning and progression. I am Science Co-ordinator and am always looking for new and innovative ways to engage the children in their learning!
Outside of school I am busy with family life as I have a daughter who used to come to Kings Hill School and twin boys in Year 3. I have recently started to learn to play the ukulele with the children in Year 4 which I am finding very rewarding, I love to learn new skills and enjoy the challenge that it brings.
Sarah Francis - Ocelots
After completing my Geography and Applied Social Science degree and PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch College in 1997, my teaching career began in a lovely large primary school in Dover where I ended up staying for 13 years! The majority of my time there was spent teaching in KS2, and for the last four years I was KS2 manager in charge of the teaching and learning in 8 KS2 classes. Sadly my time there had to come to an end after the birth of my second child. Trying to get myself and two young children ready and out the door very early in the mornings, and the long daily commute from Kings Hill to Dover, just proved too difficult!
I then taught in a school in Maidstone for a few years before taking on a temporary post at Kings Hill School in January 2015 teaching in year 2. I have loved working in this year group and continue to enjoy this experience as a permanent teacher at the school.
Outside of school, family life with my two active boys gets me out and about and keeps me very busy!
Year 5 Teaching Assistants
Lisa McKnight - Macaws
It is now my eighth year working at Kings Hill School having started as a parent helper, being a Midday Supervisor and then completing my Teaching Assistant NVQ Level 2. I have previously worked in Year 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 and so have gained considerable experience working with different age groups. In recent years I have been working as a 1:1 Teaching Assistant which I am currently doing in Year 4.
I successfully completed training in Language for Learning, an ASD course, Social stories training, a Sensory Awareness Course, Dyslexia Course and recently attended a Writing Training Day. I am also a qualified First Aider for schools.
My career before becoming a mother of two children was working for a High Street Bank for 10 years and then as a Mortgage Consultant based in an Estate Agency. I love to travel and enjoy walking my Beagle dog 'Rosie' .
I have always liked working with people and now thoroughly enjoy the busy day to day life at primary school working with and supporting children. I find it incredibly rewarding.
Carolyn Crowe - Ocelots
I have been a TA at Kings Hill School since 2010 and am currently working in Year 4 in Bats class. I also have responsibilities as Assistant to the SENCo and co-ordinating Breakfast Club with Mrs Hudson. I have a special interest in children with speech and language difficulties. I have been involved with Kings Hill School since 1998 as a parent, parent helper, governor and TA. In former lives I worked in the City and then ran a nursery school. I love being surrounded by children (there is never a dull moment!) and thoroughly enjoy my work.
Outside school, my children and my involvement with Kent ASA keep me busy, I also enjoy reading and swimming whenever I can find a spare moment.
Year 6 Class Teachers
Bev Evenden and Kate Harris - Dolphins Class Teacher
Please see leadership profiles
Lloyd Williams-Jones - Sharks Class Teacher
Year 6 Teaching Assistants
Carol Garner - Dolphins
I have been involved with Kings Hill School since the beginning and started working as a Teaching Assistant in 2003. I have worked both in KS1 and KS2 and am currently working in Year 5
I have attended numerous courses over the years including: ASD Awareness, Child Legislation, Child Protection, Child Behaviour, Dyslexia and Drugs Awareness
Emma Gilman - Dolphins
Simon Knell - Sharks
After 25 years trading in the city, I took the decision to move careers into teaching.
I come from a teaching background ( both my parents were in the teaching profession all their working lives), and so it was something that I always thought I would enter once my banking career was over.
I attained my STL2 City & Guilds qualification , and have been extremely fortunate to secure a Teaching Assistant role within Polar Bears class in Year 3.
I love coming into school each day as no day is ever the same and the children are so enthusiastic about their learning and an absolute pleasure to teach.
PPA and Specialist Teachers
Rebecca Ratcliffe - PPA Teacher and NQT Cover/Mentor Teacher Y3 & Y4
Mia Stockwell- Thompson - MFL Teacher (KS2) and Y6 Cover Teacher
Joanna Jewson - HLTA PPA Cover and RE Leader