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Our Staff & Governors

Senior Team

Mr Etherton

Executive Headteacher

Mr Lincoln


Miss Wing

Deputy Headteacher & SENDCO

Dr Bishop

Deputy Headteacher - Acting SENDCO

Mrs Cooke

School Business Manager


Mrs Woodman

Assistant Headteacher

Phase Leaders


Mrs Wren

Phase Leader - Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

Mrs MacDonald

Phase Leader - KS1
 (Years 1 & 2)  

Mrs Woodman

Phase Leader - Lower KS2 (Years 3 & 4)

Mr de Waal

Phase Leader - Upper KS2 (Years 5 & 6)


Early Years Foundation Stage Team - Nursery and Reception Classes

Mrs Wren

Class Teacher and Nursery 

Mrs Baker


Miss Fletcher

Class Teacher - Reception

Mrs  Lazenby

Class Teacher - Reception

Mrs Allier

Little Fishes Nursery

Key Stage 1 Team - Years 1 and 2

Ms Cleaver

Class Teacher - KS1

Mrs Crawford

Class Teacher - KS1

Ms Gallagher

Class Teacher - KS1

Mrs MacDonald

Class Teacher - KS1

Miss Sinden

Class Teacher - KS1


Mrs Westcott

Class Teacher - KS1

Key Stage 2 Team - Years 3 to 6

Mrs Bannier

Class Teacher - KS2 

Mrs Batchelor

Class Teacher - KS2

Mrs Christy

Class Teacher - KS2

Mr Davies

Class Teacher - KS2

Mr de Waal

Class Teacher - KS2

Miss Goss

Class Teacher - KS2

Mr MacAllister

Class Teacher - KS2

Miss Smith

Class Teacher - KS2

Mrs Stenning

Class Teacher - KS2 

Miss Wells

Class Teacher - KS2 


Mrs Woodman

Class Teacher - KS2




Support Staff

Mrs Backshall

Teaching Assistant

Miss Baggs

Teaching Assistant &  Sport Development Teacher

Ms Bailey-Morris

Teaching Assistant

Miss Bittles

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bricknell

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Bucknall

Teaching Assistant

Miss Christie

Teaching Assistant  

Mrs Collins

Home School Link Worker

Ms Crane        Teaching Assistant  

Mrs Cox

Teaching Assistant 


Mrs Ellis

Teaching Assistant 

Miss Emmett

Teaching Assistant  

Mrs Gilbert

Teaching Assistant

Mr Giles

Teaching Assistant




Mrs Gullick

Teaching Assistant & Sport Development Teacher

Miss Harvey

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hodges

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Horlock

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Jackson

Teaching Assistant

Miss Jenkins

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Kalka-Bridle

Teaching Assistant

Mr MacGregor

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Masters

Assistant SENDCO


Mrs Purser

Starfish Club Assistant

Mrs Ringshaw

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Sayers

Teaching Assistant

Miss Simmons

Starfish Club Assistant

Miss Webb

Teaching Assistant





Mrs Weller

Teaching Assistant






Office Staff



Mrs Byrne

Clerical Assistant and Clerk to Governors

Mrs Kennard

Finance and Clerical Officer

Mrs Parker

Office Manager

Mrs Weller

Clerical Assistant


Mrs Akehurst

Octopus & Starfish Clubs Supervisor & Teaching Assistant

Mr Farbridge

Midday Meal Supervisor & Cleaner

Mr Redford

Senior Midday Meal Supervisor & Teaching Assistant

Mr Davis

Premises Manager

Mrs McClelland




Ms Simmons


Mr H Tel






Home School Link Worker (HSLW)

Our HSLW, is Mrs Beccy Collins.  Her aim is to work in partnership with parents/carers, staff and other agencies to support families to ensure that all children enjoy school and feel happy and secure.  We know children thrive and reach their full potential when home and school are working in partnership to support their development.  Our HSLW can help parents/carers and children who may need support on a range of issues, for example, anxiety about coming into school, medical problems, parental separation, bereavement, attendance and punctuality.  The HSLW is available on the school gate morning apart from Wednesday from 8.45 – 9am and can also offer set appointments. 

Supply Teachers and Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs)

Teachers have to be released from the classroom for training, meetings, monitoring, preparation, planning, assessment etc.   We have a team of supply teachers who regularly work in the school and get to know our children very well.  We also have a number of qualified HLTAs working under the direction of class teachers who can take the class for some lessons.


The school welcomes many students from local secondary schools, colleges and universities.  They make a valuable contribution to children’s learning as well as gaining work experience or professional qualifications.  All students undergo checks and an induction process.

Peripatetic Music Teachers

We currently have music teachers for violin, guitar, drums, piano, woodwind, vocals and harmonica.

Our Governors 

There are 3 core functions to school governance:

  • To provide a strategic view.
  • To be a supportive but critical friend.
  • To monitor performance.

As a Local Governing Body under the Bishop Otter Academy Trust, we work with the Head Teacher and other senior leaders to ensure that children in our care receive an excellent education.

The Local Governing Body is also responsible for Little Fishes Nursery.

Governors are unpaid volunteers and, with the exception of staff governors, do not have to be education professionals. Each governor serves for up to a four year term. A chair and vice-chair are elected by the Governors once a year. The Local Governing Body is supported by a clerk, to help organise its business.

There are different types of Governors including Foundation Governors (appointed by the churches of St Nicolas and St Mary as the school's founding body and the Bishop Otter Academy Trust), Parent Governors (elected by parents of children at the school), Staff Governors (nominated by staff) and Co-opted Governors (appointed by governing body). 

The Local Governing Body meets every half term with additional subcommittees and working parties as required. The minutes of each meeting are publicly available. 

You can contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.

Name Type of Governor & Appointment Date Committee membership Business Interests Educational Link Personal Relationship
Mrs Julie Searle

Trust and Joint Vice chair


Child Protection Governor, member of Admissions and Pay & Performance committees

None None None

Mr Ed Downes

Church Representative (Foundation)


member of Pay & Performance committees

None None Family member attends school
Mrs Susan Emberlin

Church Representative (Foundation) and Joint Vice chair


Chair of Admissions committee, member of Pay & Performance committees

None None None
Father James Grant

Ex-officio Church Representative (Foundation)


member of Admissions committee Director of Adur Community Cafe None

Family member attends school

Mrs Helen Harvey

Chair of Governing Body, Church Representative (Foundation)


Pupil Premium Champion & Safeguarding Governor, member of Admissions and Pay & Performance committees

Owner / Consultant of a payroll provider Roedean School employee - payroll & pensions manager

Family member is on staff

Mrs Pauline Higgins

Church Representative (Foundation)


  None None None
Mrs Amy Jenkins



  None Early Years Leader at Woodingdean Primary School  Family member attends school
Miss Tracy Wells



  None None None
Mr Kingsley Wildman



member of Admissions committee

Property Management Company Director since 2008  

Family member

attends school

The Headteacher attends all Local Governing Board meetings. The Local Governing Body can invite other members of staff or the local community to attend meetings.

Governors are requested to sign a Register of business and financial interests at the beginning of each academic year.  They must declare any relevant business interests and details of any other educational establishments.  The current governing body members have declared no relevant business or financial interests.  Please click on this link to see meeting attendance and appointment details.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor we would be delighted to hear from you.  Please do ask a Governor or the school office if you would like further information

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