Senior Leadership Team
Mrs E Palmer
I have been the Headteacher at Chalkwell Hall Infants for 15 years. I thoroughly enjoy my job. I am extremely proud of all the children, staff and the school. I take huge pleasure in supporting children and adults in achieving the best they can whilst having fun and enjoying their learning.
Mrs S Clements
I have worked as Deputy Headteacher at Chalkwell Hall Infants for 8 years and have just begun my journey as Headteacher. It's a fabulous school, filled with brilliant children, supportive families and a talented and enthusiatic staff team. I dont have a class responsibility this year, but really enjoy getting into the classroom and learning with the children. My main areas of responsiblity in school are assessment, teaching and learning and parent communication.
Mrs K. Randall
I am in my fourth year of working at Chalkwell Hall Infants and have loved every minute! I am proud to work at our school because we have a wonderful, supportive community who all aspire to make our school a brilliant place. I am blessed to work with such a commited and passionate team.I thoroughly enjoy my role as I have the opportunity to develop the school primarily in the areas of teaching and learning, assessment for learning and the curriculum. Outside of school, I enjoy countryside walks with my family and reading.
Mrs H. Bower
Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Leader
I am really looking forward to my eighth year at Chalkwell Hall Infants and the challenge of my post as Assistant Headteacher across both the Chalkwell Schools. I see this as a great opportunity to provide even greater consistency for the children of the infants when they transfer to the juniors. I will continue to be the Designated Safeguarding Lead, will now have responsibility for inclusion across both schools and will also continue to support music in the infants.
I thoroughly enjoy working at the school and hold the children’s best interests at heart. Exciting times!
Mrs K. Lawton
I have worked in the school office since 2011. I love working at Chalkwell Infants and enjoy working in a friendly, busy office. Outside of school I enjoy spending quality time with my family and visiting historical places of interest.
Mrs N. Darby
I'm Mrs Darby and I work in the office as the Finance Manager. I joined the school in 2013 and have thoroughly enjoyed working in the friendly office team. I enjoy running and going to the theatre, but mostly spending time with my family.
Mrs S. Cooper
Pupil Data Officer
I am Mrs Cooper and I joined our busy office in September 2016. In my spare time I like to keep fit and enjoy pilates. I am also a big fan of Southend United. COYB!
Mrs E. Howe
I’m Mrs Howe and I have just started working at Chalkwell Infants. Everyone is very welcoming and I already feel part of the friendly office team. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and getting engrossed in a really good book!
Mr D. Horne
I’m Mr Horne and started as the school’s ICT Technician in September 2010. Since my first day I have felt very lucky to be working in a place with such friendly staff and children. In my spare time I attempt to play the guitar, the drums, the ukulele and learn Spanish – all with low levels of success but I do enjoy trying!
Mrs G. Dalgarno
Class Teacher & FS Leader
Hi, I’m Mrs Dalgarno. I work with the children, teachers and LSAs in reception. I have always loved working with reception children and seeing the fantastic progress they make in their first year at school. It is important to me to help children develop a love of learning at this early stage in their education. I also love outdoor learning as I feel it really brings learning to life! Outside of school I like cooking and taking my dogs George and Syd for long walks.
Mrs L Crombie
Hello, I'm Mrs Crombie. I have worked in Early Years Foundation Stage for many years and I am excited to be joining Chalkwell Hall Infants this year. I love working with children to create exciting and stimulating learning environments. I especially enjoy exploring children's imagination through dance, music and storytelling. Outside of school I love spending time with my family.
Mrs K Gopee
I’m Miss Palfrey and I have joined Chalkwell Hall Infant School this year. I am very excited to be part of such a fantastic school and team in Early Years. This will be my sixth year teaching and think it is the most wonderful and rewarding profession. I have particularly enjoyed outdoor learning and art (and the mess that comes with it). Outside of school I enjoy films, the theatre, bowling and I even enjoy a bit of knitting (although all I can manage are scarves!)
Class Northern Ireland
Miss L Webb
I’m Miss Webb and this will be my first year at Chalkwell. I am very excited to be joining such a lovely school, and working in a profession that I love. Outside of school I enjoy baking cakes, reading and taking my two dogs Bo and George to the park.
Mrs D. Maynard
I have been a teacher at Chalkwell Hall Infants for ten years. I have taught in all 3 year groups and love watching and being part of how the children develop and change as they move through the school. When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my three children and husband, going on days out and eating in different restaurants.
Class South Africa
Miss A. Bradford
Class Teacher & Year 1 Leader
I’m Miss Bradford and I’m in my sixth year teaching at Chalkwell, I’ve always taught year 1 as I am very passionate about children having a good start to their school life under the National Curriculum. I am the year 1 leader and enjoy working with a great team of teachers. I love teaching maths as I enjoy seeing children challenge and stretch themselves
Mrs A Pollitt
I'm Miss Lowrie and I have recently joined Chalkwell Infants teaching Year 2, Class Greece. I am thoroughly enjoying being part of such a fantastic school. I love experiencing children embracing learning at a young age and am passionate about being a positive role model. My favourite subjects are Maths and P.E. I enjoy participating in games with the children and teaching them the importance of teamwork. Out of school I enjoy playing tennis, running and travel.
Mrs H. Corrigan
I have been teaching for over 10 years and love working at Chalkwell Hall Infant School within the Early Years team. My roles include being the Health and Wellbeing team leader, Pupil Voice leader and I jointly run our choir club. Through these roles I am very lucky to be able to continue to work with the children in Key Stage one. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my family, growing my own food on our allotment and making jam and chutney with the fruits I have grown.
Miss F Whitmarsh
I’m Miss Whitmarsh and I teach Year 1. I have been teaching at Chalkwell for 3 years and love being part of a wonderful school. My favourite subject is Computing because I enjoy showing children how to use technology effectively in other subjects. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, baking, drawing and going to the cinema with friends.
Miss C. White
I’m Miss White and I am a year one teacher at Chalkwell Hall. I have worked at Chalkwell for over a year and love being part of our school! My favourite subject is literacy because I very much enjoy reading and seeing what wonderful pieces of writing my class create! I’m also passionate about outdoor learning and learning alongside nature. Out of school I enjoy going to the cinema, swimming and reading!
Mrs H. Wilkinson
Class Teacher & Year 2 Leader
This is my third year at Chalkwell and I love it! The children love to learn and are beautifully behaved - they are a pleasure to teach. Our community is supportive and willing to participate in our creative ideas! My responsibilities include being maths leader and bringing innovation into our curriculum, as well as being Year 2 leader. I also help to run choir which is a huge passion of mine. Outside of school my life revolves around my dogs!
Miss L Thompson
Hello, I’m Miss Thompson and I am a Year 2 teacher in Class Japan. It is my third year teaching at Chalkwell Hall and it’s a brilliant school. In my classroom I like to create a supportive and caring environment where children feel safe and confident. One of my favourite subjects to teach is history. I find the past fascinating and love inspiring children to find out about history through practical experiences. Outside of school, I enjoy walking my dog Ralph, reading, yoga and travelling to places in the UK and beyond.
Miss K. Stevens
My name is Miss Stevens and I am a year two teacher here at Chalkwell Hall Infant School. I joined the school in September after moving from here from Brighton. I was attracted to this school because of the inclusive and supportive community Chalkwell provides and wanted to be part of this. I am passionate about teaching, and especially love providing children with hands on, engaging experiences and allowing them to lead the learning in my classroom. Nothing makes me happier than seeing a child shine and grow in confidence in their learning. I have a real love of food and films and so in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends eating out, cooking or going to the cinema.
Mrs E. Giles
I’m Mrs Giles and I am a year 2 teacher. I have taught at Chalkwell for over a year. I love to see the children’s enthusiasm towards their learning and enjoy encouraging the children to persevere to do their best! My favourite subject to teach is maths because it is great to see the children’s excitement when they understand a new method or concept! Outside of school I enjoy reading and collecting comics, drawing cartoons and spending time with my family and friends.
Mrs J. Lang
I am Mrs Lang and I have taught at Chalkwell for 16 years. During that time I am pleased to have helped many children to achieve well. I really love seeing them grow and become ready for the next stage in their education. Currently I cover in many classes and work individually with lots of pupils to help them to progress well. I also mentor all the NQTs, students and volunteers in school. Outside of school I am a Girls' Brigade leader and like to spend time with my family on walks and visits to historical places.
Higher Level Teaching Assistants
Mrs H. Matthews
I started at Chalkwell as a parent helper when my own children attended the school and joined the staff in 2011. I really enjoy my role as I have the opportunity of working with children from most classes in all year groups. Outside of work I enjoy being with my family, playing tennis and walking my lovely dog Carlo.
Mrs H. Morley
I am in my fourth year at Chalkwell Hall Infants and I work mainly in Wizards 1 and Class France. As well as working within the classroom I also teach swimming to years 1 and 2, which I thoroughly enjoy. I am passionate about swimming, it is a pleasure to see how much the children progress and the enjoyment they have in the pool. Outside of school I continue to teach swimming and enjoy spending time with my family and friends
Miss J. Strange
Mrs C. Cross
Hello, my name is Mrs Cross. I'm a learning support assistant and have been at the school for 2½ years. Before that both my children attended the school and enjoyed it just as much as I do.
At school I love reading and telling stories and when I'm at home I enjoy being with my family, baking and then walking off the cake afterwards!
Mrs V Graham
I am proud to be part of the great team at Chalkwell Hall Infants. I have worked here for eleven years.
As my role as Learning Mentor I enjoy supporting and working closely alongside children and families who may be experiencing all sorts of difficulties, due to the ups and downs of everyday life. I also work with many of the outside agencies that support our children and families.
I get great pleasure and job satisfaction when we are able to help and support our children and families through difficult times.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with the family. I like nature, wildlife and walking the dog also canoeing but only when the sun shines!
Learning Support Assistants
Mrs D. Dorne
Mrs M. Cracknell
My name is Mrs Cracknell. I have worked at Chalkwell Infants for nearly 14 years. I have two sons 27 and 25 years old and I live in Chalkwell. I love gardening, reading and going for long walks.
Mrs W. Harsent
Hi I'm Mrs Harsent, although some of you may remember me as Miss Towell. I have been working as an LSA at Chalkwell Hall Infants since Easter 2013 and, during that time, have also helped out with Breakfast & After school Club, as well as Homework club. I enjoy helping children to find out more about our world through scientific and historical exploration. I love dragons and, outside of work, my hobbies include swimming, drawing, exploring castles and wildlife photography.
Mrs S. Knowles
I am in my fourteenth year at Chalkwell Hall Infant, as an LSA. At present I am a one-to-one LSA in year two. I consider sharing the opportunity to help children achieve their best, a privilege. As sixteen other members of my family are or have been working in education, my passion to help children to learn must be in my genes! Maths is my favourite subject to teach, as you witness the ‘light bulb moment’, when the children grasp the concept, which is very rewarding! When I am not working I enjoy reading, gardening, or spending time with friends and family.
Mrs S Elliott
Hello my name is Mrs Elliott and I have just started at Chalkwell Infants as a LSA. I have a son at university and a daughter studying her A levels. I am a qualified sports coach and in my spare time I enjoying running several junior and adult netball clubs. I love playing netball, going to the gym and I have recently taken up running.
Mrs J. Pinnington
Mrs V. Rodgers
Mrs C. Shaw
Mrs L Mackenzie
Mrs N. Williams
Mrs P. Smith
I'm a midday assistant at Chalkwell. Outside of school, my hobbies include gardening, reading and listening to music.
Mrs S. Brookes
I am Mrs Brookes. I've been at Chalkwell Hall schools in excess of 10 years. I've been a 'nanny' in the past and I'm currently a mother of two and a grandmother of five. My hobbies are reading and gardening and I love listening to music.
Mrs L McCarthy
Mrs A. Barnes
My name is Mrs Barnes. I have worked within the Infants and Juniors since 1998 as a midday assistant and after-school assistant. I love working with the children of all ages.
My two children attended both schools. I enjoy reading, knitting and doing puzzles. I am very fond of animals and I have two cats and a dog.
Mrs S. Knowles
Mrs J. Madley
Mr J. Skeggs
Miss D. Hockley
Mrs H Uddin
Miss E Lehane
Mr B. Cockrill
Mr T. Davis
Mr P Mackie
Mrs S Burrage
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