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Cathy Chatwin

This is my tenth year of teaching at Temple Hill School and all of these happy years have been in Reception. I enjoy working with the younger children and like to watch their amazing learning journey through their first year of school.
A little bit about me!  I have three grown up children and really enjoy spending time with them and their partners. My eldest daughter has recently got engaged so some of my spare time will be spent wedding planning!! My husband and I also enjoy visiting National Trust properties and trips to the seaside. 

Dinah Lowdell

My name is Dinah Lowdell and I joined Temple Hill in September 2017 after spending 11 years teaching across EYFS and KS1 in schools in and around London. I completed a PGCE in Early Years in 2006 and have always had a passion with educating and supporting children’s development in those crucial first years of school.


I always say I don’t want to wake up in the morning but I do love coming to work each day. As you know, Temple Hill has such a diverse community and I really enjoying getting to know the children and their families across the school. I am also very lucky to work with an incredible team of people who all share the same passion for children’s learning and development and we all love having the ability to make a real and positive difference in children’s lives.


Outside of school, I have 7-year-old twins who keep me extremely busy and my weekends always seem to be spent ferrying them to and from various parties and other activities…If only my social life was as exciting!​


Nicola King

I began working at Oakfield Community Primary school in 2003 and have been lucky enough to teach in every year group across the school. In 2016 I was given the opportunity to move to Temple Hill Primary Academy. I can currently be found teaching the amazing Daffodil Class. I absolutely love working in Early Years and enjoy watching the children develop in to confident and independent learners.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family.

Alanah Maw

I consider myself to be a positive and out going person,  who has taught across all year groups, since arriving in London, from sunny South Africa in 2005.  I have been married for 10 years to my soulmate and have two beautiful children who are 4 and 7 years old. I enjoy keeping both my mind and body healthy by exercising during the week and when I find spare time to sit down and read, books which help me reflect on my parenting and teaching, are of great interest to me.

Rebecca Hughes

For the last 3 years I have been lucky enough to work at Temple Hill teaching Year 1. This year I am moving on to the a new and exciting adventure of teaching Reception. I am really looking forward to the new challenges and seeing the children start their amazing learning journey through school. 
When I am not at school I love going out and socialising with my friends as well as curling up with a good book or painting. 

Jade Doran

I am thrilled to be a new addition to the Temple Hill team this year. You can find me teaching Daisy Class, I love working in the Early Years and helping children to begin their schooling, whilst being creative and learning through play.

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema and to the park to play football with my three sons.

Year 1

Claire Lawes

I’m Miss Lawes and I love being a teacher here at Temple Hill Primary Academy. I also lead Year 2, a role I am thrilled to have taken on as I am passionate about making sure children experience fun and engaging learning opportunities. In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, spending time with my friends and family or holidaying somewhere hot and sunny!​

Kelly Warner

Hello! My name is Miss Warner. I was lucky enough to begin teaching at Temple Hill in September 2017 and I teach Year 1 - Tom Daley class. I love being a part of Temple Hill school and am thoroughly enjoying being a part of the Year 1 team. I love spending time at home watching films and documentaries. When I am not watching TV or drinking tea, you can find me doing my passion - Dance! I love dancing and keeping active.

Ashleigh Haines

I am incredibly excited to be starting my first year of teaching here at Temple Hill! You can find me in Year 2 in the brilliant and lively Oliver Jeffers class. My favourite thing about teaching is that no two days are ever the same and that always keeps me on my toes! Outside of school, I love spending time with my wonderful friends and family, seeing shows in London and watching movies.  

Rosie Sewell

My name is Rosie Sewell. I attended Temple Hill when I was little and it is an absolute privilege to be back. It has always been a dream of mine to work here! I will entering my teacher training year with School Direct and will be working with the fantastic year one's! I have an amazing team around and am looking forward to an outstanding year! When I am not in school, I love spending time with my wonderful friends and family.

Year 2

Marnie-Jae Blackmore

I am extremely excited and delighted to have joined Temple Hill Primary Academy. I am very lucky to be with the super sprightly Jill Murphy, Yr 1 class! It is a privilege to be in a profession where we are able to see children grow and prosper as well as see them teach us a thing or two! In my spare time, I love to play hockey and spend time with my fabulous friends and family. 

Emily Gould

I feel very lucky to have taught several different year groups over my time at Temple Hill so far and have enjoyed experiencing both KS1 and KS2 teaching. Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling and reading as well as spending time with friends and family.

Rachel Aram

This is my 15th year of teaching in the Galaxy Trust. I spent 13 years here at Temple Hill, relocated last year to West Hill and now I'm back again in Year 2! I have 2 children of my own and when I'm not at work I'm being mum and am kept on my toes. I love spending time with my family and we particularly enjoy being outdoors walking, jogging or climbing trees! I look forward to working with lots of new children this year.

Tina Muskett

I have been teaching in Dartford since September 2000 and have had the pleasure of teaching in all years from 1-6 at Temple Hill Primary Academy. The school and it's families have a special place in my heart as I have had the opportunity to see pupils grow into successful young adults, go onto have their own families and some even become inspired to become teachers themselves. I am grateful that I love teaching as much now as I always have!

Louise Bebbington

During my training year, I had an amazing time on placement here at Temple Hill so had to come back!

I am now so excited to be working in Year 2 with the fantastic children and a brilliant team. Outside of school, I enjoy doing many different activities, as well as enjoying spending time with my lovely friends and family.

Year 3

Laura Bates

I'm Laura Bates and I have joined the Year 3 team this year!

As well as working in class I have a new role this year which involves me supporting and organising the provision for the trainee teachers and those teachers in their NQT year.

Throughout my years as a teacher I have enjoyed teaching across Key Stage 2 as well as spending two years teaching abroad in Dubai.

Outside of school I particularly enjoy playing netball and I am a member of a team playing in the Medway Netball League. I also enjoy going to the gym. I have been lucky to have ventured to many countries around the world and I hope to inspire children to see the world!​

Sophie Stephani

Having spent my university placement in Temple Hill I was excited to come back as a full time teacher! I'm currently working in Year 3 with a fantastic team. Outside of work I like to keep active and love to travel.

Viola Kanu

I am Miss Kanu and it is a pleasure to teach a fantastic group of children here at Temple Hill. I daily strive to help develop autonomous learners and a sense of community within the classroom. I would describe myself as warm, passionate, and ambitious. Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling, anything that involves good food and spending time with my lovely family and friends.

Jordan Laws

I began working at Oakfield Community Primary school in 2010, where I taught for three years before being given my first opportunity to teach at Temple Hill. After teaching here for a year I was offered a new job at Langafel C of E Primary. However, the pull of Temple Hill was always there and, in 2018, I decided it was time to come back home. I am now teaching a fantastic Year 3 class and have been given the responsibility to help and advise teachers and parents in my new role of KS2 SENCo. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my growing family or playing hockey.

Year 4

Poppy Winter

​I am Poppy Winter and I am so excited to be part of the Temple Hill team. This is my sixth year in teaching and I have taught from Nursery - Year 4. I have always dreamed of being a teacher and I have a real passion for developing children emotionally and academically. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my two hamsters!

Daniel Duffy

I have worked at Temple Hill for a year now and enjoy coming to work with all the amazing people at the school. I am currently completing my schools direct training here at Temple Hill working with a fantastic group of children in Year 4. Outside of school I spend my free time playing field hockey for a local club in the Kent League and spending time with my family.

Jack Spencer

I am Jack Spencer an I am really excited to have joined the Temple Hill team this year after graduating Liverpool Hope University over the summer! In school you will find me in Year 4 as part of Gareth Thomas Class. Outside of school I will often be found spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy trying new things, finding new interests and exploring. I have a real passion for learning about and teaching History. ​

Catherine Barritte

Following my training placement at Temple Hill, I'm really excited to be joining the team this year. You can find me teaching Jamie Oliver Class, I love working with children and the wonderful team at here!

In my spare time I enjoy going to the cinema, going to the gym and spending time with my friends.

Year 5

Iroro Akpobaro

My name is Iroro Akpobaro and I’ve recently joined Temple Hill in 2018 as a Year 5 Teacher. With over 5 years experience in Education; an MA, PGCE and Bacholers degree in Journalism; I am thrilled to be part of such a great school.


I can’t wait to show and share my experience with our wonderful children. In my spare time I enjoy reading & writing, travelling, cooking, yoga and enhancing my radio skills.

Jade Repsch

My name is Jade Repsch and I am delighted to be a part of Temple Hill. I have a keen interest in science within the curriculum and try to bring this into many of my lessons. I also have a passion for the environment and animals, particularly snakes and whales! In my spare time I enjoy yoga, climbing and visiting new places.

Emma Sherwood

Hello I’m Emma Sherwood many of you may remember me from a few years ago before I left to have my twins.

I’m now a year 5 teacher.

I’m enjoying being back and look forward to the future brings.

Year 6

James Fordham

I’m Mr Fordham and I have been working at Temple Hill since 2013. In my spare time I love spending time with my friends, playing football and going to the gym. 

Emma Howe

My name is Mrs Howe and I joined Temple Hill in 2013 as Literacy Leader. Literacy is my passion, and I love being able to share my enthusiasm for the subject with the children here. I have been lucky enough to work at both Oakfield and Temple Hill and cannot wait to see what the future holds for our fantastic federation! When not at school you will most likely find me spending time with friends and family or curled up reading a good book.

Melissa Scott

I'm a returnee to Temple Hill and am so excited to be back! After working here for 3 years, I spent a year in Zambia as a teacher mentor in community schools. I loved it there and had some amazing experiences, which I'm excited to share with my new class back at Temple Hill. I love teaching the whole curriculum, but maths and computing are the ones I like best. In addition to travelling, my favourite things to do are reading, listening to podcasts or music and going to the beach (I love being by the water). The things that always put a smile on my face are elephants, flip flops and Skittles!

The Lighthouse

Daniel Taylor

I feel very lucky to be joining Temple Hill this year.  You can find me in Year 3 teaching Jane Perkins class.  My previous teaching experience is in the special needs sector and I am looking forward to a new challenge.  Outside of teaching I enjoy travelling, going to the cinema and watching live music.

Louise Neaves

Outdoor Learning Leader & SENCO

After completing my teacher training at Temple Hill in 2013, I then spent 2 years at our partner school Oakfield teaching Year 2.  I am now back at Temple Hill for a very exciting opportunity - to launch our Outdoor Learning curriculum.  The outdoor classroom is a bus and you will find us using both the school grounds and local area to promote a love of learning.


Additional Staff

Rachel Brooker

Speech & Language Therapist

I am excited to have recently joined the Federation as a newly qualified Speech and Language Therapist after completing a BA Hons in Sociology and Criminology in 2010 and recently my postgraduate diploma in Speech and Language Therapy. I am passionate about supporting the children to succeed in a fun and exciting way. My previous experience includes working within schools and with children with Special educational needs. In my spare time I love spending time with my friends and family.

Sarah Brine

I joined Temple Hill in November after coming back from maternity leave. I enjoy working with all the children in the school and supporting Newly Qualified Teachers. I am currently in my 9th year of teaching and I can honestly say I love my job, nothing is more rewarding than supporting and challenging children.


Outside of working at Temple Hill, I enjoy spending time with my little boy, reading lots and lots of books and playing in the position of goal keeper for my local hockey club.