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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 Headteachers.

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

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

Acting 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 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 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
Mr Andrew Baxter Curriculum Leader: Music
Miss Elizabeth Bennett KS3 Co-ordinator: English
Miss Molly Bray Teacher of Maths
Mr Luke Burgess Science
Ms Katie Burke English
Mrs Anne Burley Curriculum Leader: Geography
Mrs Kerry Cain Key Stage 4 Director
Mrs Victoria Chalcraft Faculty Team Leader: Science
Mr Josh Cullen Joint Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Humanities
Mr James Deacon Faculty Team Leader: Arts & Technology 
Mr Duncan Eggleston Teacher of Science
Ms Elizabeth Fenn Faculty Team Leader: English
Mr Simon Fenn-Tye Curriculum Leader: Computing
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
Miss Claire Palmer Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Mathematics & Induction Tutor
Mrs Louisa Robinson Enrichment Co-ordinator Maths
Mr Nathan Robinson Modern Foreign Languages
Mr Noah Rutter Teacher in charge of Drama
Mrs Jane Searle Design Technology
Miss Sophie Sharp Teacher of Science
Miss Louise Thompson SENCO
Mrs Tracy Thust Deputy Faculty Team Leader: Science
Mr Jack Trott Teacher of Computer Science
Mrs Beatrice Walker Teacher of English
Miss Sarah Wild Teacher of English

Support Staff

Miss Danielle Abbott Re-engagement Officer
Mrs Janet Adams Examinations Administration Officer and Data Administrator
Mr George Adsett-Knutsen Teaching Assistant
Mrs Sarah Bodner Library and Work-Related Learning Administrator
Miss Nicole Brooks Student Support Manager (Years 10 and 11)
Mrs Sharon Durrant  Senior ICT Technician 
Mr Dave Eyre Site Manager 
Mrs Liz Gill Food Technology Technician
Mrs Raymer Hancock Special Needs and Disability Support Manager
Mrs Vicki Harper Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jennie Hickman Year 7 Student Support & Transition Manager
Mrs Elizabeth Hills HLTA – Maths
Mrs Christine Howell Clerk to Governors
Mrs Laura Hutchinson Student Support Manager (Years 8 and 9)
Mrs Fran Kinderman Teaching Assistant
Mrs Diane Mace HLTA - Science
Mr Glen Mayhew SIMS and Data Assessment Administrator
Mrs Anna Lane Teaching Assistant - Behaviour and Inclusion
Mrs Emma Leaney School Administrator/Receptionist
Mr Mike Richards Art Technician
Mrs Lesley Rickman Educational Visits/Duke of Edinburgh Award Co-ordinator
Mr Malcolm Sanford Senior Science Technician
Mrs Gemma Scott Head Teacher's PA
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 Science Technician
Mr Jack Trott Teaching Assistant
Ms Jo Wright Teaching Assistant
Mr Stephen Ziegler Technology Technician



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