Chidham Parochial Primary School

“Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15 verse 12

The School Team

Heads of School

Mrs Thornton - Headteacher

Mr Chesshire - Deputy Headteacher

Year Groups

Class Teacher(s)
Cherry Class YR Mrs Jen Gardner (Mon - Wed)
Mrs Steph Clark (Wed - Fri)
Apple Class Y1 Mrs Carolyn Farquhar
Chestnut Class Y2 Mrs Lorraine Collins
Oak Class Y3

Mrs Georgie Dunn (Mon-Weds)

Mrs Claire Inskip (Thurs + Fri)

Willow Class Y4 Mrs Rebekah Webb
Birch Class Y5 Mr Kalem Walton
London Plane Class Y6

Mr Mat Chesshire
Mrs Claire Inskip (Mon pm + Tues pm)


Mrs Mhairi Sear - Special Educational Needs & Disability Co-ordinator (SENDCO)

Mrs Claire Inskip - PPA / Intervention Support Teacher

Mrs Esther Jewitt - PPA / Intervention Support Teacher 

Miss Jo Fleet - Intervention Support Teacher

Mrs Lisa Costa – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Alison Thwaites – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rachel Ross ~ Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rachel McMahon – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Lizzie Privett – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Donna Wildeboer ~ Teaching Assistant

Mr Pete Williams ~ Teaching Assistant

Mrs Polly Wills ~ Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kelly Gilbert ~ Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sara Gardner ~ Teaching Assistant

Miss Chloe Hood ~ Teaching Assistant


Mrs Jessica Wilson ~ Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

Mrs Nikki Brown – Bursar

Mrs Dawn Hawthorne - Administrative Assistant

Mrs Marlene Olney  - Administrative Assistant

Mr Cliff Ruffle ~ Premises Caretaker


Mrs Becky King ~ Chartwells (lunchtime lead)

Ms Emma Costello ~ Chartwells (lunchtime caterer)


First Aiders:

Most staff have completed the one day first aider training

Some Teaching Assistant hold the Pediatric First Aid qualification: Lisa Costa, Kelly Gilbert, Lizzie Privett & Alison Thwaites

Some Teaching Assistants hold the First Aid in the Work Place qualification: Kelly Gilbert & Alison Thwaites

Two members of staff hold a Mental First Aider qualification: Kelly Gilbert and Jo Fleet and the Senior Mental Health Leads are Kim Thornton and Claire Inskip