Staff and Governance - Who’s who?
Being a small school, we benefit from a close working relationship with the children, providing a very relaxed and comforting environment for your child to grow.
Our Executive Headteacher, working across Hilltop Infant and Hilltop Junior School is Mrs Karen Mackenzie.
Teaching School Alliance
Mrs L Boroughs
Mrs N Hunter
Mrs H Bouwer (SENCo)
Mrs N Lee
Mrs J Ready
Miss C Kennedy
Mrs M Neve
Mrs S Bennett
Mrs L James
Mrs S Burman
Mrs D Lowery
Mrs T Cox
Mrs K O'Brien
Mrs J Crocker
Mrs D Phelan
Mrs C Doe
Mrs S Thompson
Mrs K Fraser
Mrs C Walter
Mrs K Westbrook
Mrs V Adkins
Mr P Ashman
Mrs N Alsford
Mrs Y Webb
Midday, Catering and Premises Staff
Miss N Andrews
Miss J Morley
Mr P Ashman
Miss A Morley
Mrs L Cox
Miss S Poole
Mrs G Davis
Mrs C Parmenter
Miss M Foot
Mrs Y Webb
Local Advisory Board
I studied for a degree in mathematics and statistics before training as a teacher at Goldsmith's College in South London.
After working as a teacher at two schools in Essex and later at several schools in South Lincolnshire, I returned to Essex where I worked as a teacher, Early Years leader and deputy headteacher at schools in Rayleigh.
I joined Hilltop Infant School as headteacher in 2006 and became the executive head of the Hilltop Schools when they joined the HEARTS Academy Trust in 2017. What a wonderful opportunity! I have four grown up children and love spending time with them. In my spare time I enjoy walking, pub quizzes, cooking for friends and skiing.
Don Wry has been working in education, as a classroom teacher and senior leader, for over 10 years across Essex and the London Borough of Newham. He has worked in both Primary and Secondary Schools in the UK and is now the joint Head of School at Hilltop Junior School in Wickford.
Don has enjoyed working across East London and Essex and has great experience working in disadvantaged areas. He has a passion for the creative arts and has led on curriculum development across multiple schools. His previous school, where he worked for over 7 years, was consistently ranked as being in the top 5% of schools nationally and was rated Ofsted Outstanding for Leadership and Management.
John first became a Parent Governor at Hilltop Infant School in 1999 and his experience in governance has continued to date. He has chaired the Governing body at Hilltop Infant School for the past 6 years and additionally also another Essex school.
He has a passion to see improvement in education in our local area and brings a diverse range of experience to the trust. In September 2017, Hilltop Infant and Junior Schools joined Hearts Academy Trust and John is now chair of the joint school’s Local Advisory Board.
John has had a career in sales and training as well as a broad experience in management for major national companies in addition to his own business.
He is currently employed with a national retailer and as an independent business trainer. He is a Finance Officer for a church and lives in Wickford with his family.
Chris was born in Wickford, attending Wickord County Infants and Juniors before moving on to Beaucahmps. Having studied Marine Biology at Swansea University and then Kings College London, he started a career in science teaching. He then worked in Essex and Southend local authorities as a Schools Consultant and Advisor. He was also a Lead Ofsted Inspector for a time.
Chris took early retirement and joined the governing body of Hilltop Juniors, moving onto the LAB at Hilltop Infants and Juniors. He also volunteers for the RSPB on the Essex marshes. His other interests include fishkeeping, gardening, cycling and travelling in the UK and worldwide.
After graduating with a Science degree, Ann decided to embark on a PGCE course. Having trained at Key Stage one with the Billericay SCITT, she started her teaching career at Hilltop Junior school in 2000 and has remained working at Hilltop ever since. Ann has experienced teaching all year groups at Key Stage two but is currently teaching year 5 as part of a job share. During her time at Hilltop, Ann has taken on different roles and responsibilities, including establishing the School Council. Currently, she is enjoying leading Music and Science at the juniors. Ann was a teacher governor for Hilltop Junior school before Hilltop joined the HEARTS academy trust.
Although Ann has no children of her own, she is an incredibly lucky Aunt to many nieces and nephews varying in ages from one year to over forty! She is a dog owner too and could spend many happy hours walking and enjoying the beautiful countryside.
I have been a stay at home mum for the last 6 years, looking after my two boys Jake 6 and Zack 3.
I have been the Treasurer for the infants PTA Shipmates for the past 3 years.
Before having my children I worked for Ford Motor Company for 15 years as a Fleet Customer Service Advisor.
I enjoy socialising with family and friends and going to the gym.
Christina Walter was first introduced to Hilltop 18yrs ago when her stepson started at the infant school in reception. She has watched both of her children thrive and grow into happy, confident young adults which Christina believes started with a good foundation.
She now works in the school as Forest School and Outdoor Learning leader, Lead LSA in EYFS as well as staff governor.
Christina feels honoured to be able to support Hilltop Schools by belonging to the LAB and enjoy working in partnership with so many people to ensure all of our pupils have a happy, safe and fun environment which will help them achieve their full potential.
Local Advisory Board
For information about the structure of our Governance and details of the Members and Trustees of the HEARTS Academy Trust please see here
Statutory finance information is also on the HEARTS Academy Trust website.
Hilltop Infant School has a supporting and challenging Local Advisory Board, consisting of members of the local community, Parents and Staff.
Monday to Thursday 8:30am – 4:30pm
8:30am - 4pm
Hilltop Infant School
T. 01268 762531
Executive Headteacher: Mrs Karen Mackenzie
Senco: Mrs Hanli Bouwer
Enquiries: Mrs V Adkins
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