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Hillmead Primary School and Nursery

Woburn Avenue, Bishop's Stortford, Herts. CM23 4PW

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Mrs S Keefe

I am the Headteacher at Hillmead Primary School. I have worked in many different types of schools ranging from small rural Church of England village schools to larger community based schools. The majority of my career has been either in Essex or Hertfordshire. I have been a Headteacher for eight years and teaching for fifteen years and have a vast experience not only teaching all age phases but leading school improvement.  I am excited to be leading Hillmead in the changes that have already started to happen.

Outside of school my priority is my family. I have a husband and a young son who both support me with my career and allow me to give extra time to the school I am working with. I enjoy going to the theatre and eating out and spending time with my extended family and friends.

Mrs M Shenston
Deputy Headteacher

I am the deputy head at Hillmead and teach year 6. I have been teaching for over ten years now and have always taught in Key Stage 2.  I trained at Middlesex University and have supported the University in past years by mentoring their trainee teachers.  My favourite subject is Literacy - I love writing and making the children in my class write too!

Mrs J Coldicott

I have been a LSA at Hillmead since 2009, and since then I have completed my NVQ 2 and 3 in supporting teaching and learning. I currently work every morning in year 6, I especially like helping the children with Maths, which was one of my favourite subjects at school.  My other favourite subject is sport, I enjoy playing and watching lots different sports and can often be seen pounding the streets of Bishops Stortford. I am lucky enough to be  Hillmead's sports champion.  I hope to raise the sports profile of Hillmead within Stortford, by helping organise lots of different sporting competitions and festivals, which our children can take part in. I am also a avid Ipswich town football fan.

Mrs J Coleman
I joined Hillmead in May 2009 as a Midday Supervisory Assistant, then in September 2010 I also started as a full time Learning Support Assistant.  I work in Year 4 in the mornings and Year 1 in the afternoons.  I love working at the school and really enjoy working with all the children!  Before joining Hillmead, I worked for 13 years as an Analytical Chemist at GlaxoSmithKline in Dartford and also took some time out to raise my 2 lovely children.  In my spare time I enjoy running, reading and spending time with my family and friends.
Mrs J Crane Office Administrator
Ms K Damirall I am currently teaching year three in Bluebell Class. Did you know that I am not only a school teacher but a karate instructor too!
Mrs Davies Year 6 Teacher (Mon-Tues)
Mrs S Day Year 2 Teacher

Mrs J Drew After leaving school I attended the London College of Dance and Drama, becoming a qualified dance teacher, then ran my own dance school for a number of years.  I then joined the team at Hillmead as an LSA. After gaining my Higher Level Teaching Assistant status, I now teach classes in KS 2. Outside school I enjoy walking my two dogs and driving our classic cars.
Mrs Dyball Nursery Nurse
Mrs A Gibson Year 1 Support
Mrs L Gosden Office Administrator
Mrs K Hammond I am a Learning Support Assistant in the mornings. I have two children at Hillmead and I spend lots of my spare time organising events for the Hillmead PTA.
Miss Hibbins Year 1 Teacher
Mrs C James

I have worked at Hillmead for 4 years.  I enjoy teaching the lovely children in Buttercup Class.

Mrs J Keyser Year 3 Teacher
Mr G King I am the Site Manager at Hillmead and previously I worked at St Mary's School in Bishop's Stortford.
Mrs G Lawson

I started working at Hillmead School in November 1997 as the Schools Cook Manager, on its former site. In January 2004 my present position arose as an L.S.A in Year 1 and Reception. I have since worked my way up through the school working in all year groups. I am also the Senior Supervisor at lunchtime so I am very lucky to be able to meet and talk to all the children at Hillmead. In 2006/2007 I did my NVQ3 for teaching assistants which I enjoyed very much. I feel very privileged  to work in such a happy, friendly school. I love my job. I have two children of my own and in my spare time I like to socialise with my friends, holiday in the sun, read and of course cook!!

Mrs T Levoir I joined Hillmead in September 2010. I work in the afternoons and I'm also a Midday Supervisory Assistant at lunchtimes. I have been a Learning Support Assistant for two and a half years at another school and have recently passed my Teaching Assistant Level 3 Diploma Course. I live in Bishop's Stortford and I am married with two daughters. Outside of school I love spending time with my family, socialising and keeping fit.
Mrs N Loader I joined Hillmead School in September 2004 as a Learning Support Assistant. Prior to this I had spent six years at home with my two young daughters after having spent 11 years working for the Metropolitan Police Civil Staff. Out of school I am kept very busy with family life but also enjoy reading, socialising and going to the gym.

Mrs S Lovatt Office Manager
Mrs J Palmen
I have worked at Hillmead since April 2013. I work part-time on Thursdays and Fridays and I support children with additional needs across the school (SENCO).

Mrs K Panesar
I am the Nursery teacher at Hillmead. I have been teaching in the Early years for many years and enjoy it immensely. I first started teaching in Birmingham and moved to Bishop's Stortford when I had my children.
Mrs M Payne I joined the Hillmead team as a part time Midday Supervisory Assistant. I now work every morning and I am also a Midday Supervisory Assistant! I have 2 wonderful daughters, Danielle and Rebecca who both came to Hillmead! It is a very special school to my family.

Miss L Sell

I currently teach year 4 at Hillmead. This is my first teaching position, having recently trained at Hertfordshire University. I am very excited to be starting my teaching career at Hillmead as I have been lucky to spend time here already, as a trainee teacher during my time at university, and think the staff and pupils at Hillmead are all wonderful! In my spare time I enjoy swimming, socialising with friends and travelling to new countries to experience different cultures.

Mrs J Smith

Mrs Smith is a star Learning Support Assistant!  "mrs smith is veary nice person i love in my love in heart lovr you from all the callass" By Josh

Mrs C Suttle I teach in Poppy Class. I am part of the Senior Leadership Team and lead PSHE, music and KS1 at Hillmead.

Mrs D Taylor

In 2005, I started volunteering in Nursery Class and the following year became a part-time assistant. I then completed an NVQ and became a full time Learning Support Assistant. In December 2010 I achieved the Higher Level Teaching Assistant Status. I am also a committee member of the Friends of Hillmead where I help raise money for the school. You can usually find me either behind the counter selling drinks and snacks or selling raffle tickets. I enjoy working with the children and being a part of the Hillmead School team!