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Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Helen Key


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 Headteachers.

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

Mr Julian Dale

Deputy Headteacher

I started teaching in1983 having studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths' College, and then completing my PGCE at Oxford. I started my teaching career in Hastings and then moved to Chailey School in January 1986. Through the years I have been promoted from Teacher of English to the position of Deputy Headteacher.  I expect to complete my career at this fabulous school.  My persistent loves outside of school are cricket, reading, theatre, cinema and supporting Spurs.

Mr Tim Dudgeon

Assistant Headteacher

I obtained my degree in History and Economics at Essex University, and my subsequent PGCE at Cambridge University. Since then, I have spent over 25 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. This is my fifth year as Assistant Headteacher at Chailey School.  Outside of school I coach junior cricket and rugby.

Miss Louise Poole

Assistant Headteacher

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 Headteacher

I have 22 years of English teaching experience in comprehensive schools across London and Brighton; I was appointed Head of English at Chailey in 2006.  For the last 15 years, I have led English faculties.  In 2015 I was successful in my application to become a Specialist Leader of Education. 

At Chailey, I am the Faculty Leader for English as well as Assistant Head with responsibilities for: Line managing the Maths faculty; Quality Assurance; and Leading the East Sussex English Hub.

Mrs Janine Slade

School Business Manager

I started my career with the Auckland Education Board in New Zealand (where I was born) working in Finance, Audit and Payroll. I left there after three years to travel overseas and have remained in England ever since although I have been lucky enough to visit my family in New Zealand regularly.

After working as an Assistant Accountant for a Financial Services Company and having my children I have been working in schools in East Sussex for the past 17 years mainly in the primary sector in Finance and then as a School Business Manager. I completed a 3 year training programme with the National College of School Leaders to obtain my Advanced Diploma in School Business Management.

I have been at Chailey since January 2016 as School Business Manager and thoroughly enjoy working in such a lovely environment.

I enjoy keep fit, travelling and supporting the rugby (All Blacks of course).

Teaching Staff

Miss Emily Akehurst Numeracy Co-ordinator
Mr David Atherall Lead in Teaching, Learning and Literacy: English
Mr Ben Austin  Key Stage 4 Director
Mr Andrew Baxter Curriculum Leader: Music
Miss Elizabeth Bennett KS3 Co-ordinator: English
Mr Callum Buckley Science
Ms Katie Burke English
Mrs Anne Burley Curriculum Leader: Geography
Mrs Victoria Chalcraft Faculty Team Leader: Science
Mr Josh Cullen Joint Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Humanities
Mr Mark Darlington Science
Miss Kerry Davey Curriculum Leader: Key Stage 3 PE/PHSE
Mr James Deacon Faculty Team Leader: Arts & Technology 
Ms Elizabeth Fenn Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Key Stage 4 English Co-ordinator
Mr Simon Fenn-Tye Curriculum Leader: Computing
Miss Jenny Godfrey 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
Ms Emma Hutton Curriculum Leader: Drama
Mrs Dawn Johnson Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Art
Ms Natalie Katona Art
Mrs Jolene Lowe Science
Ms Jenny Maynard Faculty Team Leader: PE/PSHE
Ms Sandrine Milland Curriculum Leader: French
Mrs Catherine Michica de Oliveira Curriculum Leader: Humanities
Ms Fiona Morrow Faculty Team Leader: MFL & Director of Language College
Miss Lorna Newman Science
Miss Claire Palmer Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Mathematics & Induction Tutor
Miss Megan Potter Science
Miss Tana Purcell Science
Mr Nathan Robinson Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Jane Searle Design Technology
Miss Rebecca Sinclair Faculty Team Leader: Humanities 
Miss Michaela Tallant Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Louise Thompson SENCO
Mrs Tracy Thust Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Science
Mrs Beatrice Walker English

Support Staff

Mr Shawn Barker                               Teaching Assistant 
Mrs Sarah Bodner Library and Work-Related Learning Administrator
Mrs Sharon Durrant  Senior ICT Technician 
Mr Dave Eyre Site Manager 
Mrs Raymer Hancock Special Needs and Disability Support Manager
Mr Russell Hawkes Learning Resources Manager
Mrs Jennie Hickman Year 7 Student Support & Transition Manager
Mrs Elizabeth Hills HLTA – Maths
Mrs Amanda Hilton Headteacher's PA
Mrs Christine Howell Clerk to Governors
Mrs Laura Hutchinson Student Support Manager (Years 8 and 9)
Mrs Fran Kinderman Student Support Manager (Years 10 and 11)
Mrs Diane Mace HLTA - Science
Mrs Caroline Passfield Food Technology Technician
Mrs Caroline Peck School Administrator
Mr Mike Richards Art Technician
Mrs Lesley Rickman Educational Visits/Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator
Mr Malcolm Sanford Senior Science Technician
Mrs Laura Skelton Finance Assistant
Mrs Maureen Smith HLTA - Humanities
Mrs Sally Steer Catering Manager
Mrs Emma Streeter Attendance Officer
Mrs Judy Streeter Assistant Site Manager
Mrs Julie Symons Teaching Assistant
Ms Jo Wright Teaching Assistant
Ms Keren Young Science Technician
Mr Stephen Ziegler Technology Technician



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