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West Chiltington Staff

September 2022

Helen Drummond

Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Likes: coffee, chatting, running, music, singing in the car, champagne, sunshine, walking, reading, travelling, friends, cheese, curry, sleeping, belly-laughing

Dislikes: early starts, lack of fairness and kindness, the government, blue cheese, hazelnuts, running into the wind


Hannah Woollard

Hannah Woollard is our Deputy Headteacher and Teacher in Green Class (Reception) two days a week.

She also leads on PSHE and  is our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Likes: travelling, walks, picnics, dinner parties, playing netball, reading, spending time with my family, listening to music, drinking coffee and drinking gin (depending on the time of day!)

Dislikes: injustice and prejudice, people moaning, sultanas, setting an alarm.

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Kim Collinson

Kim Collinson is our Red Class Teacher (Year 5) and SENDCO

Likes: blue flowers, laughing with my daughters, sherry, David Bowie and homemade cake.

Dislikes: aubergines, litter, people who moan, scary films




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Charlie Walker

Charlie is our Reception Teacher.  She works Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Likes: pizza, music, movies, Julia Donaldson stories, laughing and dancing with my little boy.

Dislikes: people who are unkind, spiders and bad manners.


Ani Williams

Ani Williams is the Purple Class (Year 1) Teacher.

Likes: house plants, computer games, kindness, ice cream, badminton, fantasy books, and warm summer evenings spent with friends. 

Dislikes: injustice, rudeness, almonds, and wasps.

Vicky Dilling

seVicky Dilling is the Yellow Class (Year 2) Teacher. 

Likes: butterflies, bees, spending time with my little girl, kindness, children's stories and laughing.

Dislikes: photos being taken, mess or clutter, being too cold, mushrooms, hiccups & wearing flat shoes around tall people! 


David Bailey

David Bailey is the Orange Class (Year 3) Teacher. He also leads on Science.

Likes: curry, crisps, podcasts, 80s and 90s music, watching tennis, tidiness, learning about science, walks on the beach at low tide, people making an extra effort to be kind.

Dislikes: bad manners, being rushed, pigeons, olives, baked beans, being too hot or too cold


Laurel Donker

Laurel Donker is a Teacher in Year 1, 2 and 5. She leads on Art and Design & Technology

Likes: rainbow hair, being arty, summer evenings, laughing, walks on the beach, Ru Paul, movies, meals out in Brighton, espresso Martinis.

Dislikes: spiders, early mornings (unless it's for a holiday), bad coffee, rudeness


Jill Dinsdale

Jill Dinsdale Teacher in Year 2, year 3 and Year 4 each week. She is our Music Lead and Forest School expert.

Likes: thunderstorms, spending time with my family, watching live theatre
walking my dogs in the forest and yoga

Dislikes:cruelty, mosquitos, beng disorganised and gristly meat.


Joe Butt

Joe Butt is our Turquoise Class (Year 6) Teacher. He is also our Computing Lead.

Likes: football (Southamption), motorbikes, Just William, pop music and teaching!

Dislikes: musicals and Portsmouth Football Club!

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Dominic Bradshaw

Dom Bradshaw is our Blue Class (Year 4) Teacher and maths lead.

Likes: spending time with my lovely family, playing squash and tennis, watching squash and tennis, driving my car, listening to music and singing along (in the privacy of my car), playing the piano and guitar (and drums when I get a chance!), the occasional beer, Italian and Thai food. But absolutely no mushrooms. And easy on the garlic, please.

Dislikes: getting up while it's still dark or any time really before about 8.30 (this is a problem on school days), clutter, drivers who tailgate, oh, and I did I mention I don't like mushrooms?


Sophie Valentine

Teaching Assistant in Reception and Early Years graduate.  Midday Meals Supervisor and First Aider.  

Likes: adventures with her boys.  Walks in the countryside, gardening, exercise, wild water swimming and gin.

Dislikes: rudeness, lies and laundry

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Emma Farncombe

Teaching Assistant in Orange Class and Midday Meals Supervisor.

Likes: long walks with her children, amigurumi crochet, sewing, cooking for her family, chocolate and Gin and Tonic

Dislikes: weeding, creepy bugs, being cold and bad manners


Claire Overton

Teaching Assistant in Red Class.

Likes: crafting, baking, Bigfoot, nice long walks with my dog, camping, birdwatching, watching films - especially 'The Greatest Showman', bath bombs, DIY and gardening. 

Dislikes: worms, slipping in mud, spiders, lateness, bad manners


Becca Durkan

Teaching Assistant in Purple Class.

Likes: gardening, baking, chocolate, laughing, cups of tea and drinking Prosecco with friends.

Dislikes: rudeness, grumpy people, Covid-19 and being cold


Vicky Lasenby

Teaching Assistant in Red Class

Likes: being outside, gardening and long walks on the beach. 

Dislikes: spiders, rainy days and driving!


Jemma Ainsworth

Teaching Assistant in Purple and Red Class

Likes: dancing, musicals, holidays (I can't remember them but I am pretty sure I liked them!!!)

Dislikes: being late, rudeness and gin (controversial!!!!)


Claire Smyth

Teaching Assistant in Turquoise Class

Likes: Thai food, reading stories to my children at bedtime, cooking, keeping fit and chocolate.

Dislikes: bananas, rude people, traffic and ironing.


Tracy St Clair

Teaching Assistant in Yellow Class

Likes: countryside walks, going for coffee with friends, family picnics and relaxing reading a book in the sunshine!

Dislikes: Brussel sprouts, traffic jams, litter on the beach and not having enough time to do the things I enjoy!



Amy Kite

Teaching Assistant in Green and Red Class.

Likes: Exercise and keeping fit (especially cold water swimming!).

Dislikes: Beef Jerky and fussy eaters


Tracy Taylor

Mrs Taylor is a teaching Assistant in Orange Class. She is our Senior Midday Meals Supervisor, a qualified Learning Mentor, our Special Needs teaching assistant and one of our school's first aiders.

Likes: bees, art and craft projects, cooking, spending time with family and friends, going for long walks, travels in my motorhome and drinking wine and coffee.

Dislikes: I'm not too keen on messy spaces, pigeons eating my vegetables and bad manners. 


Debbie Dicker

Teaching Assistant in Blue Class

Likes: I love taking my dogs Pippin and Cadi for walks, especially to the beach on warm sunny days.

I enjoy holidays in the sun, the hotter the better, I also love the snow and skiing with my family. 

I do love my food, especially a Curry! 

Dislikes: I don’t like being out in the  rain and  getting soaking wet. 

I really don’t like big garden spiders. 

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Gill Wright

Teaching Assistant in Turquoise and First aider.

Likes: meeting up with friends, watching soaps and drinking lattes.

Dislikes: spiders, olives and being cold

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Helen Burnett

Teaching Assistant in Yellow Class.

Likes: 80s music (especially Madness!), animals, lambing, spending time with my family, smiling and apple crumble!

Dislikes: rain, being cold, rude people, bananas and mushrooms (which isn't helpful when you're a vegetarian!)

Claire Mitcham

Claire is our Business Manager.

Likes: crisp autumn days, walking with my family including zuma our crazy whippet. Thai food and playing in a Steel drum band.

Dislikes: rain, lukewarm tea and creepy crawlies.


Angel Day

Angel is our School Secretary

Likes: holidays, walks and spending time with my family and my dog.

Dislikes: being cold and rude people.



Robert Parker

Mr Parker is our Caretaker. He fixes things and occasionally teaches.

Likes: any French food you care to mention. bicycles, pies and sheds. The English language with all its complexities and foibles. The word “foible”.

Dislikes: Arrogance and tofu.

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