Headteacher - Mrs Jane Whitehouse-SharpeHeadteacher – Mrs Jane Whitehouse-Sharpe

My name is Mrs Jane Whitehouse-Sharpe and I am the Headteacher of Shillingstone CE Primary School.  In school, I am the Assessment, Pupil Premium and Inclusion Leader. My role also includes being the Designated Safeguarding Officer, Looked After Children teacher, a main first aider and a member of the governing body.  I thoroughly enjoy working in the school and working alongside such a dedicated team.  When I am not at school, I really enjoy walking my dog and I love to go sailing and swimming.

Deputy / Desert Class - Mrs Sarah VailDeputy / Desert Class – Mrs Sarah Vail

My name is Sarah Vail. I teach the oldest children in the school, Years 5 & 6 in Desert Class. I joined Shillingstone Primary in September 2008 and thoroughly enjoy my job! I joined the Governors in Spring 2010 and I have been part of the Senior Leadership team since September 2010, in the role of Deputy Head. In school, I am also responsible for leading Numeracy, P.E. and French, co-ordinating Educational Visits, Deputy Safeguarding Officer and E-Safety leader. Our school building and grounds are fantastic; I feel very lucky to work in such a lovely place! I live in Wimborne with my husband, Matt and my two sons, Joseph and Thomas. We have two Golden Retrievers: a sensible nine-year-old called Roo and a three-year-old called Arla. We also have a cat called Marble. When I am not at school, I like to spend time with my family and be outdoors as much as possible. Our favourite family activity is walking with our dogs in the local woods or on the beach.


Ocean Class – Miss Lauren Atkinson

My name is Miss Atkinson and I teach the Year 3 and 4 children in Ocean Class. I moved to Dorset three years ago after seven years living and teaching abroad.  Prior to that I taught at inner city schools in London.  So moving to Dorset has been quite a change, but I absolutely love it, and I’m excited to have joined Shillingstone Primary School. I am leading the School Council this year. In my spare time I love to walk in the Dorset countryside and along the beautiful coastline.  I also like to travel, read and cook.


Woodland Class – Mrs Sharon Hillier  Woodland Class - Mrs Sharon Hillier

My name is Mrs Hillier and I teach Years 1 and 2 in Woodland Class. I joined at Shillingstone Primary in September 2016 and feel extremely lucky to be working in such a fantastic school. I live in Gillingham with my husband and three cats. I have three children: one who is teaching English abroad; one is currently working as a teaching assistant; and the youngest is at University. When I am not at school, I enjoy reading, watching various sports, especially rugby, as well as playing badminton.


Jungle Class - Mrs Nicky BrayJungle and Woodland Class – Mrs Nicky Bray

My name is Mrs Bray and I teach in Jungle Class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. On Fridays, I teach in Woodland Class. I am the RE and Worship Co-ordinator which is a role I really enjoy because being a church school is an important part of what makes Shillingstone Primary school special.  When I am not at school, I am being ‘Mummy’ to my three lovely boys. We really enjoy going for walks and having any excuse to get messy.

Jungle Class - Mrs Victoria PantherJungle Class – Mrs Victoria Panther

My name is Mrs Panther and I teach in Jungle Class on Thursdays and Fridays. I started in September 2016. I have been a teacher since 2007 and have spent most of my career in Cornwall, moving back to Dorset in 2015. I live with my husband Chris, a detective in the police force; my seven-year old son, Archie; Rose, my five-year old daughter; our two dogs, Peanut and Mr Charlie; and cat, Rocket. I love to read scary books and run as often as I can. I did my first triathlon last summer and hope to do more this year.


Desert Class – Mr Neil Wharton

My name is Neil Wharton and I am teaching Years 5 & 6 one day a week, on Thursdays. I have taught for over 30 years in Leicester and in Dorset. I have taught in many schools. I have worked at Shillingstone at different times for a number of years. I really like teaching at here. The children are amazing and it is possibly the most beautiful primary school in Dorset. I live locally with my wife and youngest daughter. I have three daughters but two have their own homes now. There are many things I like to do including: reading, computing, photography, and art.


SENCo – Mrs Annie Dowling

My name is Mrs Dowling and I joined the school team in September 2019, as the school SENDCo. I am really enjoying working in such a caring and inclusive school! I have worked in education for over sixteen years, in a range of different schools. In my role as school SENDCo, I aim to support our school team, in ensuring that the children who need extra support in their learning receive timely support and intervention. I live in North Dorset with my husband, young daughter, dog and horse. I enjoy horse riding, dog walking and taking day trips and holidays with my family.


Ocean Class - Mrs Charlotte SwaffieldOcean Class – Mrs Charlotte Swaffield (currently on maternity leave)

My name is Charlotte Swaffield and I teach Years 3 & 4 in Ocean Class. I moved to Dorset just over a year ago, after working in Basingstoke, and absolutely love working in such a wonderful school! I started teaching at Shillingstone in September 2014. I am responsible for leading Literacy and P.E. I am really looking forward to supporting the children in the upcoming sporting events! I live in Milborne Port with my husband, Gavin, our new baby, Teddy and our two cats, Beau and Marley. My favourite thing to do in my spare time is curl up on the sofa with a good book!


Teaching Assistants


Woodland Class - Mrs Kim WoodDesert Class – Mrs Kim Wood

I have been working at Shillingstone Primary School since 2004, across all classes. Both my daughters attended the school and my eldest has become a teacher herself. I am now working back in Desert Class, after being in Woodland Class for a number of years. I have led Breakfast Club for the last 10 years but am now helping out when needed. Outside of school, I enjoy walking, cooking, gardening and reading a good book.




Desert Class – Miss Gemma Ryan Ocean Class - Miss Gemma Ryan

Hi, I’m Gemma Ryan and I joined the school in February 2017. I work as a 1:1 teaching assistant in Desert Class. Before joining the team at Shillingstone, I worked in a SEN school in various roles for nearly six years. I am part of a large extended family. I do not currently have any children but would like to have some in the future. I have many hobbies outside of school: I really enjoy baking yummy treats; reading pretty much anything; going to the cinema; taking photos as reminders of amazing days out; listening to music; and going on road trips to music festivals.


Ocean & Desert Class - Mrs Kim SuterOcean Class – Mrs Kim Suter

I moved to Shillingstone with my family in 2010 and joined the school in March 2011. I work as a teaching assistant, currently in Ocean and Desert Class and I am a member of the PTA. I have recently trained as an ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant). My youngest daughter attended the school and is now attending Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form in Wimborne. Shillingstone Primary is a fabulous place to be, especially with the wonderful views we have here! I like anything arty! Outside of school, I enjoy baking and decorating cakes, cycling, walking my dog with my family and doing cross-stitch.


Woodland Class – Mrs Linda Allsop

My name is Mrs Allsop and I joined Shillingstone Primary in September 2019. I have worked in educational settings for 26 years. My family and I moved to Dorset 8 years ago. I have 2 grown-up children, who have now left home. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening and floristry.



Jungle Class – Mrs Clare Skakich 

Hi, my name is Mrs Skakich. I have been working with children for over 30 years within different settings: schools, pre-schools, nannying and childminding. I live with my husband and two lovely boys. My family and I moved to Dorset seven years ago, having lived in London previously. We have many pets at home including a Giant African Land Snail, a horn snake, chickens and cats. In my spare time I enjoy running, reading and going out for walks with the family.

Support Staff

Finance Officer – Mrs Sonia Knight

I moved to Okeford Fitzpaine from Frome in June 2018 and started working at Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School as a School Secretary covering maternity leave, I also work as Clerk to the Governors there. When the vacancy came up in Shillingstone Primary School I was really excited to continue working within a school and support the staff and children to be the best they can be. I hope to get to know you all better as I settle into the role.


School Administrator – Mrs Helen Watson

I undertake a job share in the school office with Mrs Knight and have worked in school offices since 2006. I thoroughly enjoy my job and the challenges it brings. I live in a nearby village with my husband and our son. Outside of school I like walking our dog, reading and TV dramas.

Hot School Meal Supervisor & Cleaner – Mrs Maxine Antell

I have been involved with Shillingstone Primary School for 20 years, first as a parent and member of the PTA, then as a lollipop lady and finally as a hot school meal supervisor and cleaner. Out of school, I enjoy reading and spending time with my grandson.

Caretaker – Mr Tony Fowler

I joined the staff at Shillingstone Primary as Caretaker/Handyperson in September 2014. I have two sons who are at the school. In my spare time I am a whitewater kayaker and coach and can be found at the Stour Valley Canoe Club most Saturday mornings.

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