Proprietor & Early Years (Kindergarten) Class Teacher
Mrs Neale has been the Kindergarten teacher at Chartfield for the past four years, having rejoined the school in 2008 after 8 years away. Previously, she has worked in nurseries around Thanet and in London. Mrs Neale has not always been involved with educating children; during the 1970s, she worked for a London-based group of hotels. Mrs Neale is an Arsenal Football Club supporter and season ticket holder. When not at school, her other interests are gardening (including yearly visits to the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows) and spending time with her family; her two daughters and a son, four grandchildren and recently, one great grand daughter.
Miss L. P. Shipley
Headmistress & Transition Class Teacher
Miss Shipley’s life is family orientated; her eldest daughter at Chester University studying Law, her youngest preparing to take her GCSEs next year, whilst her son is due to start at Chartfield in September. She positively beams with pride when talking about them. Outside the school, when not teaching Transition or carrying out her Headmistress tasks, she enjoys reading (horror in particular), listening to rock music (nothing beats Bon Jovi!) and watching period dramas, such as Downton Abbey. Though she’s not participated in sports since she was at school, she still enjoys watching football: she’s a Liverpool supporter. Miss Shipley’s favourite colour is blue, she’s an Aquarius and she has a great interest in photography.
Mrs C. Calcutt
Form I & II Class Teacher
Mrs Calcutt is the Form I and II class teacher, handling everything from the basic maths and English skills to advanced, 11+ level work. She has been a teacher at Chartfield for three years; she rejoined the school in late 2009 after a seven year spell away teaching in a state primary school. Away from teaching, Mrs Calcutt has three grown-up (physically, at least!) children to occupy her time. Formerly an avid sportswoman, participating in football, cricket, hockey and netball, sport still plays an important role in her life, as a member of Nelson Cricket Club. She enjoys reading, television (particularly North American dramas like NCIS, CSI and Rookie Blue), spending time with her friends, and quizzes of every kind.
Mrs. S. Winter
Class Support Teacher
Mrs Winter, a mother of two with four granddaughters and a great granddaughter, was once a singer, touring with Britain’s favourite comic duo: Morecambe and Wise. For the past thirty years, she has worked at Chartfield in a variety of teaching roles; her speciality has always been Handwriting and English Grammar, expertise she has shared with generations of children, and a role she currently performs to aid the children of Transition. It is her love of Chartfield School, and the children that pass through our doors, that has kept her with us, and teaching, for more than three decades. Mrs Winter also uses the skills she’s developed as a chorister in her spare time to lead the school choir. For many years, she directed the school productions.
Mrs J. Holland
Learning Support Assistant
Mrs Holland was previously a bookkeeper and a personnel manager at a taxi firm before finding her true calling as a learning support assistant. A mother of six, all six being boys between the ages of 14 and 28, and a grandmother of three with a fourth on the way, the majority of Mrs Holland’s adult life has revolved around looking after children and Chartfield is merely a natural progression of that. For the past four years, she has taught, with unbridled enthusiasm, her favourite subjects: Art, Science and Design Technology. Away from school, Mrs Holland enjoys reading (especially Harry Potter and fantasy fiction), crosswords and picture puzzles. Mrs Holland is known as the ‘quirky one’ at school!
Mrs. P. Behrent
Office Administrator and School Secretary
Mrs Behrent has served as the school secretary since 2000, embracing the role with vigour enjoyment. She considers the school her extended family, a warm and inviting place that makes her feel excited about coming to work each day. Mrs Behrent is married and has lived in Margate for over twenty years. When she’s not manning the phone, or dealing with the day-to-day administrative side of Chartfield, she enjoys crafts and has a particular interest in anything Disney themed. Though she and her husband have no children of their own, they enjoy spending time with their nieces and nephews, two which attended Chartfield. Mrs Behrent has a cat named Tinkerbell.