Staffing Structure 2017-2018
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 have recently become a Kent Leader of Education (KLE) in 2017.
I am also a busy mum and have two young sons; Robert and Edward.
Kate Harris - Deputy Headteacher
This is my ninthth 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!
Jane Bennett - 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 husband and teenage son. I also enjoy reading, films & theatre and art & craft activities.
Lloyd Williams-Jones - Assistant Head for Key Stage 2 & Maths
Charlotte Genç- Assistant Head for Schools Direct
I am in my 14th year at Kings Hill School and I am still as passionate as the day I first joined!
I have undertaken may roles at Kings Hill School and after successfully completing the NPQSL have been appointed as Assistant Head for Schools Direct and English Lead.
I am excited to be part of a school that is forward thinking and innovative with care and passion for learning. As a Leading Partnership setting for teacher training I am proud to be actively involved with the recruitment and training of teachers of the future.
As English Lead I am responsible for driving standards in English across the school and am always looking for exciting projects that engage learners for life.
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 5. 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.
Karen Anderson - Administration Officer
Sonia Coventry - Finance Officer
Lisa McKnight - Administration Officer
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
Reception Class Teachers
Jane Bennett - Tiger Cubs
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 seven 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
Jane Cook - Tiger Cubs
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.
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.
Tina Gunn - Lion Cubs
Currently I am working as a TA in Reception.
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.
Year 1 Class Teachers
Holly Wilson - Zebras
Charlotte Lyons - Giraffes
I am thoroughly enjoying being a year 1 teacher in Giraffes 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.
I recently got married. Outside of work I enjoy looking after my cheeky French bulldog named Freddie and teaching drama, dancing and singing at the weekend.
Year 1 Teaching Assistants
Paula Gasson - Giraffes
Kirsty Montgomery - Giraffes
Nadia Birkbeck - Zebras
Year 2 Class Teachers
Anna Clayton - Gorillas
Georgette Williams - 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!
Year 2 Teaching Assistants
Lorraine Austin - Gorillas
Dawn Vidgen - Gorillas
Sonia Hudson - Pandas
Hello my name is Mrs Hudson and I work in Key Stage 1 in Pandas class in year 2. I have been at the school for just over 14 years. I also help to run our After Schoo Club and have been doing so for the last 2 years.
Kim Winterbottom - Pandas
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 .
Rebecca Ratcliffe - Penguins
Helen Lucas - Penguins
Year 3 Teaching Assistants
Fi Furness - Seals
Lisa Woods - Polar Bears
Andria English - Polar Bears
Amanda Hatfull - Penguins
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!
Charlotte Genc - Hedgehogs
Year 4 Teaching Assistants
Sally Etheridge - Bats
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.
Emma Gilman - Hedgehogs
Carolyn Crowe - Dormice
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 5 Class Teachers
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!
Hannah Jordan - Hyacinth Macaws
Year 5 Teaching Assistants
Debbie Baker - Hyacinth Macaws
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.
Carol Garner - Hyacinth Macaws
Liz Miller - Ocelots
Sarah Bugeja - Ocelots
Year 6 Class Teachers
Karen Marshman - Dolphins
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!
Lloyd Williams-Jones - Sharks
Year 6 Teaching Assistants
Amanda Parry - Dolphins
Laura Patel - Sharks
PPA and Specialist Teachers
Joanna Jewson - HLTA PPA Cover and RE Leader
Amalia Perry - French Teacher