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Hever Church of England Aided Primary School

A small school that offers your child outstanding learning opportunities

Meet the Staff

Come and meet the staff at our school!


Senior Leadership Team


Headteacher - Miss J Stratton 

I love coming to Hever School each day and working in this beautiful environment with such fabulous children and staff! Outside of my working life, I enjoy playing a range of sports, going to the theatre, watching films and dancing. I also adore photography and design. I love travelling and have had the opportunity to work all over the world at various times in my life.


Senior Teacher - Teaching & Learning & Curriculum - Mrs M Draper

I have been teaching for 11 years, having graduated from the University of Greenwich. Prior to that I studied Science and Early Childhood Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. I live in Surrey with my husband and daughter and together we love exploring historical places of interest and going to the theatre. I love working with children and am a Cub Leader for Oxted Scout Group. I joined the school in September 2016 and I am really enjoying being part of the Hever School Community.


SENCo - Mrs L Connolly

I am an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher always tackling every task with a smile and a sense of humour! I am leading the way with developing the Maths curriculum, searching for mastery, whilst developing my SENCo role throughout the school; enjoying every second. I enjoy the homely feel of a village school. Being at Hever takes me back to the start of my teaching career, embracing the care and love within small school settings. Teaching is a second career for me, qualifying as a teacher after a career in the Performing Arts. I am a Mum to a 5 year old boy spending most of my free time on the sidelines to a rugby pitch or in the outdoors somewhere, no matter what the weather. I pride myself on my professionalism and dedication to ensuring that all purposeful opportunities to learn are embraced and never missed. I am incredibly positive and ambitious in my expectations, understanding that if we don’t try to challenge ourselves, then we will never know how amazing we can be.




Acorn Class Reception - Miss H Taylor

I feel very lucky to have joined Hever School this year with its wonderful community spirit and beautiful rural setting. I have worked for the past nine years as an Early Years Teacher in London, leading Nursery and Reception. Before training to teach I completed my degree in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. I live in Sevenoaks with my Fiancé and we enjoy going to concerts, art galleries and spending time by the sea.


Magnolia Class Year 1- Ms Hendy


Elderberry Class Year 2- Mrs Excell 


Elm Class Year 3 - Mrs Draper


Chestnut Class Year 4 and 5 - Mrs L Connolly


Oak Class Year 6 - Ms J Tyrrell


I retrained to be a teacher over 12 years ago and have worked at many Outstanding Schools, before joining the Hever Team. I love the warm, nurturing environment, the children  and the links with the local community here at Hever. As English lead and Y6 class teacher, I am passionate about the children’s learning, especially their enjoyment of literature and reading. I am also a fluent Spanish speaker and championing the teaching of Languages at Hever with our first trip to Seville! Previous to teaching I worked in International Branding and Marketing consultancy and still retain a love of design and fashion, the theatre and travelling.


Oak Class Year 6 - Mrs C Beverley



Support Staff


Teaching Assistant and Lead Midday Meal Supervisor - Mrs Z Sorrell

I live in Edenbridge with my husband and two daughters, together with an assortment of pets including chickens, hamsters and a house rabbit. I joined the Hever team in 2014 as a Kitchen Assistant and then became a Teaching Assistant the following year. Prior to working here, I was a Planning Officer for a local authority for a number of years. I am so happy to spend my days working with the incredible children here at Hever and I spend my leisure time crafting and gardening.


Teaching Assistant and Midday Meal Supervisor - Mrs A Mason

In March 2016 I joined the staff at Hever School and I work in Acorn Class. I live in Edenbridge with my husband, teenage daughter, and twin boys who attend the school.  I previously worked for a local authority inspecting restaurants before having my twins. More recently, I have worked in a local pre-school and retrained, achieving Early Years Teacher Status two years ago. In my spare time I enjoy making modern quilts and baking.


Teaching Assistant and Mid Day Meal Supervisors - Mrs S Kilroe


Teaching Assistant - Mrs K Gilbertson

I have worked at Hever School for quite a few years now and with a variety of different classes. I live with my family and many pets in Edenbridge. In my spare time, I enjoy looking after my horses.


Teaching Assistant - Mrs V Davies

I am currently the only member of staff that attended Hever Primary School as a pupil when I was younger! I began working at the school when my three eldest children were here. My fourth and youngest child is now in Key Stage 2. I live locally with my family and enjoy reading, baking, going to the theatre and spending time with my family in my leisure time.


School Administrator - Mrs N Pham



School Business Manager - Mrs L Rogers

I started working at Hever School in January 2014 as a Teaching Assistant and then, in April 2015 I took on the role of Finance and Personnel Officer, I then moved on to School Business Manager as the school has grown. I feel very privileged to work with such wonderful staff and children. I live in Edenbridge with my husband and daughter. In my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with my family and attend 'Boost Fit' classes.


Music Teachers


Mrs C Brooker - Violin and Piano


Mr R Morse - Guitar


Sports Coaches


Mr C Bowles - Judo


Mr R Young - Hockey, Rugby, Cross Country, Orienteering, Rounders, Cricket and Athletics


Mrs K Bryant - Swimming