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Infant School

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Come and meet the staff at our school.

Senior Leadership Team

Mrs E Palmer


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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


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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

Assistant Headteacher

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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

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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!

Office Staff

Mrs K. Lawton

Office Manager

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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

Finance Manager

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!

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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!




Support Staff

Mr D. Horne

ICT Technician

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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!

FS Leader

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.

Class Wales


Mrs L Crombie

Class Teacher
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.

Class England

Mrs K Gopee

Class Teacher

I’m Miss Gopee and I joined Chalkwell Hall Infant School last 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

Class Teacher

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.

Class Scotland

Mrs D. Maynard

Class Teacher

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

Class Greece

Mrs A Pollitt

Class Teacher

I'm Mrs Pollitt and this is my second year at Chalkwell Infants. Having taught Year 2 last year, I am currently teaching Year 1, 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 keeping healthy and teamwork. In my spare time I enjoy tennis, running and spending time with my friends and family.

Class Italy

Mrs H. Corrigan

Class Teacher

I have been teaching for over 10 years and love working at Chalkwell Hall Infant School. My roles include being the Broad and Balanced Curriculum team leader and I jointly run our choir club. 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.

Class France

Miss F Whitmarsh

Class Teacher

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.

The Treehouse

Miss C. White

Class Teacher

My name is Miss. White and I have been a teacher at Chalkwell Infants since 2014. Currently, I am teaching in the brand new nurture group called ‘The Tree House’. We are a caring class who love learning and having fun! My favourite things to do in school are reading stories, going swimming and watching the children be happy and confident learners. Outside of school I like to spend lots of time with my family friends doing fun activities such as walking and going to the cinema.

Class India

Mrs H. Wilkinson

Class Teacher & Year 2 Leader

Hello, I am Mrs Wilkinson. This is my fifth year at Chalkwell and I am the year 2 leader as well as being part of the senior leadership team. I love being part of an enthusiastic and caring team of staff as well as working with happy, confident children eager to learn. Out of school I enjoy active holidays such as skiing or walking and my two dogs Luna and Poppy keep me busy!

Class Japan


Miss L Thompson

Class Teacher

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.  

Class Mexico

Miss K. Stevens

Class Teacher

I’m Miss Stevens and I am a year two teacher here in Class Mexico. I love working at Chalkwell Infants and am proud of our inclusive and supportive community. I am passionate about teaching; nothing makes me happier than seeing a child shine and grow in confidence. I particularly enjoy teaching English as I am an avid reader and love to share my love of books with others. In my spare time, I also enjoy watching films and eating at new and exciting restaurants.

Class Egypt

Mrs E. Giles

Class Teacher

I'm Mrs Giles and I am currently teaching year 2. I have taught at Chalkwell for four years. 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 listening to music, going to concerts and spending time with my family and friends.

Intervention Teacher

Mrs J. Lang

I am Mrs Lang and I have taught at Chalkwell for 17 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 started working at Chalkwell in 2012 and really love my role.  As well as working within the classroom I also teach swimming to years 1 and 2, which I thoroughly enjoy.  Outside of school I enjoy spending time with family and friends, together with taking my dog Dennis on long walks.

Mrs C. Cross


Hello, I have a long association with the school as both my children attended before I started working here. They enjoyed their time just as much as I do now. I teach in classes when the teacher is not there and I run a lunch time sewing club.

Learning Mentor

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


I began working at Chalkwell Hall Infant school in 2004 when my youngest of four children began in the Junior school.

I have worked in schools, nursery school settings and community centres for numerous years alongside being a registered childminder and a foster care provider. 

Along with English Literature, sociology, drama and child psychology A levels I have two level 3's in child care and education and classroom assistant and have completed the level 3/4 Learning Mentor training.

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 Mrs Knowles and have been working at Chalkwell Hall Infants as an LSA since September 2002.   It has been a great privilege to be a part of educating and nurturing our young children and helping them to achieve their best. On my free time I enjoy reading, walking and spending time with family and friends.


Mrs S Elliott


I have been working as an LSA at Chalkwell Hall Infants since 2016. I am a qualified sports coach and I run a number of clubs before and after school. In my spare time I enjoy coaching several junior and adult netball teams. I love playing netball, going to the gym, running and spending time with my family.


Miss C Hopkinson


I am in my first year of working at Chalkwell Hall Infant school and I am working as an LSA in the Treehouse. I run an arts and crafts club and I also jointly run Bright Stars after school club which I thoroughly enjoy. Outside of work, I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my family and friends.


Mr D. Greensmith


Kitchen Team

Mrs J. Pinnington

Assistant Cook

Mrs P. Bagley

Kitchen Assistant


Mrs L Mackenzie

Kitchen Assistant


Midday Team

Mrs N. Williams

Midday Supervisor

Mrs P. Smith

Midday Assistant
I'm a midday assistant at Chalkwell. Outside of school, my hobbies include gardening, reading and listening to music.

Mrs S. Brooks

Midday Assistant
I am Mrs Brooks. 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

Midday Assistant

Mrs P McDonald

Midday Assistant

Mrs S Purbrick

Midday Assistant

Mrs J Camm

Midday Assistant

Mr J. Skeggs

Midday Assistant

Miss D. Hockley

Midday Assistant


Mrs H Uddin

Midday Assistant


Miss E Lehane

Midday Assistant

Site Staff

Mr B. Cockrill


Mr T. Davis


Mr E Perry

Apprentice Caretaker