Hilary Burkett, Headteacher
Hilary was appointed as Headteacher at Hillview in January 2016, following a wide variety of leadership positions and the Associate Headteacher role within a highly successful all-girls school in Medway. She completed the National Headteacher qualification with the National College of School Leadership in 2015.
Kevin Hill, Deputy Headteacher
Kevin became Director of Performing Arts in 2001 and was responsible for developing Hillview as a specialist performing arts college. He worked for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust for 18 months, gaining experience across the South East. He is currently responsible for curriculum development, teacher training and timetabling.
Deborah Ellis, Senior Assistant Headteacher
Since starting Hillview School in 1999, Deborah has held a number of key roles, including Head of Geography and Deputy Head of Sixth Form. She was appointed an ‘Advanced Skills Teacher’ in 2003 and was Regional Geography Advisor for the National Geographic Society 2004-6. Deborah was also an A Level examiner before joining the Senior Leadership Team in 2008.
Aston Smith, Senior Assistant Headteacher
Aston joined Hillview in 2009 as Assistant Headteacher – Director of Specialism, where he had strategic responsibility for leading the school’s specialist Performing Arts status. He has since had a range of responsibilities including KS4 Raising Standards Leader, Behaviour, Pastoral Systems, Careers and Marketing.
Bryan Key, Director of Finance and Administration
Bryan joined Hillview in 2003, having held a number of finance positions in construction and technology companies. He is responsible for all the premises and finance operations at the school as well as management of the support services.
Ruth Makepeace, Assistant Headteacher
Ruth has worked at Hillview for a number of years, both as Head of English and now as Assistant Head. She has responsibility for ‘More Able’ students, Assessment and Reporting, and is Raising Standards Leader for Years 7 and 8.
Rebecca Edwins, Assistant Headteacher
Rebecca joined Hillview in 2007 as a teacher of Physical Education. Since then, she has undertaken a wide variety of roles within curriculum and pastoral areas, including Leader of Community and Assistant Head of Physical Education. Rebecca became Assistant Headteacher in spring 2016.
Linda Nicholls, Personnel Manager
Linda has worked at Hillview School since 2005, having previously been in HR for thirteen years across a wide variety of sectors. She joined the Senior Leadership Team in April 2007 and has responsibility for staff recruitment, policies, and professional development.
EXTENDED SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
Kate Aplin, Director of English
Having joined Hillview in 2015, Kate was promoted to Curriculum Leader for English before becoming a Director in 2015. She is responsible for students’ progress, quality of teaching and learning, curriculum developments and assessment in English.
Michelle Boyle, Director of Science
Michelle is responsible for ensuring the highest quality of teaching and learning within the Science department and helping students achieve their full potential in Science. She has been teaching at Hillview since 2012. Previous roles have included Head of Year, Eco-Schools Coordinator and Lead Teacher of Physics.
Kirsty Seaton, Director of Inclusion (SENDCO)
Kirsty became Director of Inclusion (SENCO) in 2013, having joined Hillview in 2008 as a Teacher of Sociology and Personal Social Development. She holds the Masters in Education and supports the whole school in meeting the needs of students with Special Educational Needs, ensuring that they have equal access to the school community and curriculum.
Abigail Owen, Director of Sixth Form
Abigail joined Hillview as a Modern Languages teacher in 2008 and was appointed Director of Sixth Form in 2014. In addition to supporting students with all aspects of their Sixth Form studies and preparing them for their next steps, Abigail is also responsible for co-ordinating the school’s UCAS application process.