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Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Helen Key

Head Teacher

I was born in South London but raised in East Sussex. It was here I gained my love of geography through a mixture of brilliant teaching and the wonderful scenery we are so lucky to have.  After studying for a BSc in Geography and working in the commercial sector for a while, I decided my future lay in teaching.  I have never regretted this decision.  I gained my PGCE at the University of Leicester and subsequently taught in the Midlands, London and the South East of England. 

My roots really are in East Sussex and when I started my own family, we decided to raise our children here.  While developing my career I also studied for an MA in Education and the National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers.

I have been the Head Teacher at Chailey School since September 2016.  The Chailey community is so supportive and it has been a real pleasure to work with all the Chailey families over the last 5 years.

During this period we have moved into a lovely state-of-the art building, modernised all machinery, ICT and furniture.  At the same time we have never lost focus on the central importance of the personal and academic development of our students.

Our next projects are updating our Sports Hall and providing covered seating areas and an outside eatery to one of our playgrounds.

I also enjoy all sorts of sports, particularly road cycling and sea swimming, and am an avid fan of Leicester City FC

Mr Tim Dudgeon

Assistant Head Teacher

I obtained my degree in History and Economics at Essex University, and my subsequent PGCE at Cambridge University. Since then, I have spent almost 30 years in Sussex, teaching mostly History but also an assortment of other subjects as well. My role, as an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) in my previous school, gave me experience in working with and supporting staff and students in a wide range of educational settings. I have also been involved in county and national school-based research and projects, most particularly concerning the role of student voice in developing teaching and learning, and also in engaging and challenging the most able. Developing learning through creativity and Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) is also a passion of mine. This is my ninth year as Assistant Headteacher at Chailey School.  Outside of school I run and coach junior cricket at a local club and also some junior rugby.

Miss Louise Poole

Deputy Head Teacher

I started as Assistant Headteacher (Standards) at Chailey School in 2010. In my role currently I lead on Raising Achievement along with responsibilities for Curriculum Development (including timetable), Whole School Data, Assessment and Reporting and Key Stage 4 Options.

I began my career as a PE teacher at Uckfield Community Technical College in 1994. I joined Chailey School as Head of PE and have also gained experience as Head of Year and KS4 Director before being promoted to my current role. These key positions afforded me a balanced perspective of how to attain high academic success coupled with compassionate student well-being. I studied Business and Finance at Farnborough College where I gained a HND Distinction and I then completed my BED Hons Degree in PE and Business Studies at Brighton University.  Last year I was awarded my NPQH (National Professional Qualification in Headship).  

As my career has progressed I no longer teach PE but I am still keen to keep fit and healthy and have completed three marathons to date. I am also an avid supporter of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club.

Ms Ruth Turner

Assistant Head Teacher

I have always had a passion for reading and this led to me becoming an English teacher.  I obtained my degree in English and Music at Leeds University and began my teaching career, in Barking, Essex.  My first head of English post was in Brighton before I moved to Chailey in 2006.  In my current role, I oversee the Disadvantaged Strategy and particularly enjoy line managing the core subjects.  Outside school, I love reading, camping and paddle-boarding.

Mr Ben Austin

Assistant Head Teacher

I am born and raised in East Sussex and have lived in this area for my whole life. Like many boys growing up, I had ambitions of being a professional footballer but never quite made it. Instead, I had a 14-year playing career in non-league football including nearly 500 appearances for my hometown club, Eastbourne Borough FC.

After working in the banking industry and spending some time travelling, aged 23 I decided to go to The University of Brighton to complete a BAQTS in Physical Education so that I could pursue a career in teaching. Chailey School was my first interview for a teaching post, and I have been here for the 17 years since!

I have had a variety of roles in school, from Head of PE to Head of Year to Key Stage 4 Director, and now as an Assistant Headteacher. My responsibility is for behaviour and school culture.

While I no longer play football, I currently coach at Eastbourne Borough FC and stay fit by training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and riding my mountain bike.

Miss Louise Thompson

Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Head Teacher

I have grown up in the lovely countryside of East Sussex. Whilst studying for my A Level's, I worked as a Veterinary Nurse, which I loved. After having an inspirational PE teacher at College, I decided to study to become just that. I completed my teaching degree at the University of Brighton, studying BA QTS in Physical Education, for four years. 

After joining Chailey School as a PE teacher, I progressed on to complete a number of different responsibilities, including, Head of Department for PSHE, then going on to become SENDCo and completed the Post Graduate SENDCo Qualification. I then, in addition to that, took on the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher. I am proud to be a leader in a school that has a strong reputation for going to every length to support the wellbeing of our young people. 

Outside of school, I have a passion for Dressage. I have competed up to Prix St George level and have gone on to become a Dressage Judge, meaning that I now judge at local shows. I also enjoy sport and being active, getting into the gym for a workout or for a walk in the countryside. 

Parents and Carers - please see your Edulink account email service for individual teacher email addresses.

All other enquiries can be made to office@chaileyschool.org and addressed to the relevant staff member. 

Teaching Staff

Mr John Adams Teacher of Science
Miss Emily Akehurst Intervention Co-ordinator Maths
Mr David Atherall Deputy Faculty Team Leader and Lead in Teaching, Learning and Literacy: English
Mr Ben Austin  Assistant Head Teacher
Miss Rubi Batton PE Teacher
Mr Andrew Baxter Curriculum Leader: Music
Miss Elizabeth Bennett KS3 Co-ordinator: English
Miss Molly Bray Teacher of Maths
Mr Luke Burgess Acting Faculty Leader: Science
Ms Katie Burke English
Mrs Anne Burley Curriculum Leader: Geography
Mrs Kerry Cain Key Stage 4 Director
Mr Josh Cullen Joint Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Humanities
Mr James Deacon Faculty Team Leader: Arts & Technology 
Mr Tim Dudgeon Assistant Head Teacher
Ms Elizabeth Fenn Faculty Team Leader: English
Mrs Sophie Goddard Teacher of Science
Mrs Claire Hamilton Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Mathematics
Mr Dan Hallam Design Technology
Ms Gypsy Harfleet Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Andy Harris Key Stage 3 Director
Mr David Hill Mathematics
Mr Dan Hillier Curriculum Leader: Key Stage 4 PE/PHSE
Ms Victoria Hopkinson Literacy Co-ordinator
Mr Ian Hopwood Faculty Team Leader: Mathematics & Computing
Mrs Dawn Johnson Art
Ms Natalie Katona Teacher in charge of Art
Mrs Samantha Keddie Teacher in charge of Religious Studies
Miss Abi Key PE
Mrs Jolene Lowe Science
Dr Gareth Lynn Modern Foreign Languages
Ms Jenny Maynard Faculty Team Leader: PE/PSHE
Ms Sandrine Milland Curriculum Leader: French
Mrs Catherine Michica de Oliveira Faculty Team Leader: Humanities and Teacher of History
Ms Fiona Morrow Faculty Team Leader: MFL & Director of Language College
Ms Louise Poole Deputy Head Teacher
Miss Lucy Robinson Teacher of Geography
Mr Nathan Robinson Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Sharon Rowe Teacher of Computer Science
Mr Noah Rutter Teacher in charge of Drama
Mrs Jane Searle Design Technology
Mrs Nicola Smith Teacher of Science
Mr Charles Thomas Teacher of Science
Miss Louise Thompson SENCO
Mrs Tracy Thust Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Science
Mr Jack Trott Teacher of Maths
Mr Andrew Tyrrell Teacher of Computer Science
Ms Ruth Turner Assistant Head Teacher
Mr Matthew Ward Teacher of PE
Miss Phoebe Watkins Teacher of English
Miss Sarah Wild Teacher of English

Support Staff

Miss Danielle Abbott Designated Teacher for LAC
Mrs Janet Adams Examinations Administration Officer and Data Administrator
Mrs Julie Awcock Teaching Assistant/Safeguarding Administrator
Miss Caite Bond Teaching Assistant
Miss Giorgia Brookhouse Finance Assistant
Miss Louise Child Teaching Assistant
Mrs Alison Clarke Receptionist/Administrator
Mr James Clarke Music Technician
Mrs Julia Downs Year 7 Student Support Manager and Transition Manager
Mrs Sharon Durrant  Senior ICT Technician 
Mr Dave Eyre Site Manager 
Ms Nancy Feltham Year 10/11 Student Support Manager
Miss Lydia Frantz Science Technician
Mrs Liz Gill Year 9 Student Support Manager
Mr Luke Hamilton Technology Technician
Mrs Raymer Hancock Special Needs and Disability Support Manager
Mrs Vicki Harper Assistant SENCO
Mrs Elizabeth Hills HLTA – Maths
Mrs Laura Hutchinson Educational Visits Coordinator
Mrs Emma Leaney Year 8 Student Support Manager
Mr James Mach Science Technician
Mr Glen Mayhew SIMS and Data Assessment Administrator
Mr Charlie Monaghan SEMH Lead
Mrs Gill Noakes Teaching Assistant
Miss Alison Pain Business Manager
Mr Mike Richards Art Technician
Mrs Lesley Rickman Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator
Mrs Serena Rodd PA to the Head Teacher
Harry Shersby-Wignall Teaching Assistant
Miss Jordan Sinclair Art Technician/TA
Mrs Sarah Filippone Food Technology Technician
Mrs Larissa Spooner Librarian
Mrs Mandy Holloway Catering Manager
Mrs Emma Streeter Attendance Officer
Mrs Judy Streeter Assistant Site Manager
Mrs Julie Symons Science Technician
Miss Rachel Thompson Behaviour and Pastoral Assistant
Ms Hettie Tillard Teaching Assistant
Mrs Gail Wickens Work Related Administrator/Careers
Ms Jo Wright Teaching Assistant



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