Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary School


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Chesterton CE Primary School Headteacher: Mr I. Horner
I have been teaching for nearly 20 years, including nine as Headteacher of Chesterton CE Primary School. As a classroom teacher, I worked in Bicester in a number of roles across Key Stage Two, culminating in 7 years as a Year 6 teacher.

I moved to join Chesterton in September 2015 and have really enjoyed being part of this fantastic village school. I enjoy working with our dynamic and committed staff team, our enthusiastic pupils and supportive parents. I am passionate about the broad range of experiences that Chesterton offers and particularly relish the opportunity to encourage our pupils to take part in sport and physical activity, regularly accompanying our teams to local festivals, competitions or matches.

I am still a regular in the classroom and enjoy getting to know the children and playing a small role in supporting them with their work across our exciting curriculum.

I aim to keep a healthy work-life balance and try to make the most of my time away from school. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young daughter and taking part in lots of outdoor activities. I like walking in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, looking after my garden and playing a range of sports when I have the chance, including hockey, golf, tennis, cricket and football.

Chesterton CE Primary School Asst Headteacher: Mrs K. Salter
My teaching career began in 1999, so have been working in schools for almost 25 years now! I feel very fortunate to have spent 19 of those years at Chesterton, where I have taught in both Beech and Ash Class. In my current role as Assistant Head, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with the children from right across all our age groups and it has been a real privilege seeing so many children develop as they progress through school.

Day to day, I work alongside Mr Horner, focusing on many different aspects of school life, but my particular responsibilities include coordinating English, monitoring curriculum coverage and I also have a key role in Safeguarding. Chesterton is a lovely community to be part of and one of the most enjoyable and rewarding features of my job is getting to know our families and working together to support the learning and development of our pupils. Outside of school, I have two daughters - a 17 year old and a 14 year old - who keep me very busy! When I can find a bit of spare time, I really enjoy gardening, running, listening to music, and going to the theatre.

Chesterton CE Primary School SENDCo: Mrs L. Craig
Before moving to Chesterton in September 2023, I worked for the Buckinghamshire SCITT training Primary School teachers. During my time there, I was the Lead Tutor for the Primary Trainees with a Specialism in SEN, Phonics and Reading for Pleasure.

Before this, I worked in the Primary School in Kidlington as the SENDCo, where I developed a passion for developing my knowledge of different SEN needs, and the strategies which could be used in the classroom to support children to reach their potential.

In my current role, as SENDCo here at Chesterton, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to work with all children across the school, which allows me to get to know the children and their families on an individual basis.

Outside of school, I have two children - a 7 year old and a 5 year old - who keep me very busy! In my spare time, I really enjoy going to the gym, watching my son play football, and helping my daughter to look after her pony. We enjoy spending time together as a family outside and going to the theatre to watch musicals!

Chesterton CE Primary School Maple: Reception - Miss H. Spencer
Before moving to Chesterton, I worked at a school in Birmingham, teaching both Year 1 and Reception. During my time at this school, I was also lucky enough to be Reading for Pleasure, English and Phonics Lead. I joined the Chesterton team in September 2023, and I am currently teaching the lovely children in Maple Class. Reception is a wonderful age group to teach, as the children are so curious and no two days are ever the same!

I have a real passion for early reading and phonics and love to use high quality literature in the classroom. My favourite children's books include: 'Ella's Night Lights' by Lucy Fleming, 'The Invisible' by Tom Percival , 'Ghost' by Jason Reynolds and 'No Ballet Shoes in Syria' by Catherine Bruton.

In my spare time, I enjoy going for walks (stopping off for a scone and cup of tea of course!), spending time with family and friends, going to live music events and going to the theatre.

Chesterton CE Primary School Beech: Year 1 - Mrs H. Evans (Mon-Tues)
I joined Chesterton in September 2023, and I am currently teaching the energetic, hard-working Beech Class.

I have been teaching for over 12 years and I have been lucky enough to travel and teach at range of school settings, such as Montessori, Independent and at an International School in Valencia.

I have taught in all year groups, and I am passionate about P.E., Art and outdoor learning. I enjoy making learning fun and practical, especially when there is an element of competition! I also enjoy reading and bringing lessons to life through stories and poetry.
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Beech: Year 1 - Miss Z. Phillips (Wed-Fri)
I joined the wonderful Chesterton team in September 2018 and I feel very proud to work in such a welcoming and committed school.

I am currently teaching the brilliant children in Beech Class on a Thursday and Friday. I love to make sure our lessons are active with lots of energetic English and Maths activities throughout the day.

I enjoy all aspects of teaching the curriculum but I especially enjoy English, in particular reading and learning through an exciting and interesting story!

Chesterton CE Primary School Ash: Year 2 - Mrs E. Caulfield (Mon, Tues, Weds a.m.)
I graduated from Oxford Brookes in 2019 and was very lucky to join Chesterton Primary School at the beginning of my teaching career.

I currently teach the wonderful Year 2 children in Ash Class on a Monday and Tuesday. My favourite topic to teach is the Great Fire of London.

I also am very privileged to run the fabulous Eco Council and we are very proud that we are recognised as a Green Flag school.

Outside of school, I spend my time running around looking after my cheeky little boy! We especially love going to Forest School classes together.

Chesterton CE Primary School Ash: Year 2 - Ms J. Gould (Wed p.m. Thurs, Fri) I have enjoyed teaching in Chesterton since joining in April 2023. Before that, I have spent a lot of my teaching career in Oxford and have taught for nearly 20 years. I have worked all across the primary school year groups and now adore teaching the lovely Year 2s in Ash class.

In my spare time, I enjoy dance and playing badminton. I love playing board and card games with my friends and family, as well as reading children’s books. My aim is to have read most of the books that the children are reading today!

I enjoy planning fun, exciting lessons and am passionate in seeing the children develop in all aspects of their lives. I feel it is a great privilege to be part of the Chesterton School team.

Chesterton CE Primary School Chestnut: Year 3 - Miss S. Crockett
Before starting at Chesterton School in January 2018, I worked in Year 5 at another school in Bicester for just over four years. I am currently teaching the hardworking and humorous bunch in Chestnut Class!

I am passionate about making learning interesting and relevant and particularly enjoy practical activities. In my role as Science coordinator, I encourage children from across the school to take ownership of their learning by investigating questions that they are interested in. Science Week is always one of my favourite weeks of the year!

I am also really enjoying being Chesterton School’s Maths coordinator, especially when I am able to visit other classrooms. It's wonderful to see children developing into confident and independent mathematicians.

I truly believe that the Chesterton community is a special one and I am grateful to be a small part of it.

Chesterton CE Primary School Hawthorn: Year 4 - Miss M. Hawtin
I joined Chesterton in September 2023 and I am currently teaching the bright and ambitious bunch in Hawthorn Class.

In the classroom, I am dedicated to fostering a love for learning for all my students through creative and practical lessons. I am particularly passionate about creating a supportive and inclusive classroom where every child feels valued and inspired to reach their full potential. I love teaching all subjects, but have a particular fondness for English, Science and PE.

Outside of the classroom, I enjoy horse riding, going for long walks with my crazy spaniel and travelling with family and friends.

Chesterton CE Primary School Rowan: Year 5 - Miss N. Barrett
I have been teaching for almost 15 years and started at Chesterton Primary School in January 2018. I have taught a range of ages over the years, but with more of a focus on Key Stage 2. I am currently teaching the fun-loving, energetic and hard-working Rowan Class.

Alongside my role as class teacher, I also co-ordinate Religious Education and History. I am head of Buckle house, lead the School Council and run Gardening Club.

I love to be involved in all aspects of school life, but have a particular passion for all things related to Science, History, Dance and Drama

Chesterton CE Primary School Oak: Year 6 - Miss S Baxter
Before moving to Chesterton School in September 2021, I taught for four years at a school in Hampshire, where I was lucky enough to experience teaching both Year 4 and EYFS. Since being at Chesterton, I have taught Years 3 and 5 and you will now find me in Oak Class with Year 6.

In school, I love to plan exciting lessons which encourage the children’s curiosity; making them want to know more! Out of school, I am an avid reader as I love to immerse myself in a story.

However, when I’m not reading, I love to travel and take photographs of nature, family and friends.

Teaching Assistants:
Mr K. Barrett, Mrs S Chaplin, Mrs R. Cresswell, Mr A. Couling, Mrs L Davies, Miss L Day, Mrs H Hitchins, Miss L Tolley, Mrs V Tuffrey, Mrs L Tyrell, Miss H. Wheatley, Miss H Winstone
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Chesterton CE Primary School Bursar/School Business Manager: Mrs C. Linfoot
I've worked at Chesterton for quite a few years now and enjoy being part of an amazing group of people - staff, children and parents. In the office team, we work hard to ensure that the non-teaching aspects of the school run smoothly, enabling the teaching staff and children to focus on learning.

The work is varied - it's very rare that I go home at the end of a day having finished what I'd planned at the beginning of the day - but that's what makes working at Chesterton interesting - you never know what to expect!

School Administrators: Ms P. Durham, Mrs L. Pull and Miss J. Davies
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Breakfast Club Supervisor: Mrs J. White and Home School Link Worker: Miss D. Norman
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Chesterton CE Primary School
Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester
Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498