The primary objective of the Governing body is to work collaboratively with the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that your children receive the best quality of education in a safe and caring environment. As trustees of the school the governors are proprietors.
The Governing body is made up of the following members:
Julie Toben, Chair of Governors
Julie works as a consultant and interim CEO and has spent more than 25 years supporting boards of local, national and international charities to improve their governance, management and sustainability. Julie has served as a board member of three national charities, including Chair of investment and fundraising boards, and is currently Chair of Two Saints, a provider of quality accommodation with support and resettlement services to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty and exclusion.
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Kate is an artist and trained at Camberwell School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. She specialises in Ceramics and Painting and now lives and works in Rodmell.
For over thirty years Kate has been working in arts education, training art students to become professional artists. She is the founder and head of the Ceramics Diploma course at City Lit college in London and has also been the Head of Visual Arts at City Lit and the Assistant Principal. As the assistant principal, she was responsible for all the quality and teaching and learning for the college and was the college's nominee for OFSTED, seeing the college through it's last inspection. Kate has a very personal interest in special needs education as she has a son with a significant disability and has first hand experience of the difficulties and joys of bringing up a child with special needs.
Angus is a semi-retired English and Media Studies teacher who now lives in Rodmell and works part time as a Facilitator for the IICSA Truth Project.
Having been born in Madagascar and brought up in Berkshire and the Isle of Mull and having spent two years working in rural Maharashtra, his teaching career was spent in secondary schools in Haringey, Camden and Enfield, where he became Head of Broomfield School. He left that job in 2012 when his wife was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved down to Rodmell, where he is chair of the Village Hall committee and for a time volunteered as a restorative justice coordinator at Lewes prison. He has always been committed to making learning accessible to all and supporting those who find engaging with school and wider society a challenge.
Geraldine Des Moulins
Geraldine has worked at a senior level in the Not for Profit Sector for over 30 years and is currently the Chief Officer of Possability People, an organisation she has led and develop to become the leading user-led disability charity working across Sussex. Geraldine has an understanding and first-hand experience of the barriers that confront disabled people and subscribes to the social model of disability which says that people are disabled by societal barriers, not by their impairment or difference. Her relevant skills and experience include management, business development, fundraising and governance.
Margaret graduated with a B.Ed. Hons degree in Physical Education from Chelsea School of Human Movement, Eastbourne. Initially a teacher, later she transferred her knowledge of education and school governance, to work as an Associate Assessor Trainer for East Sussex Governor Services. Currently, a part time supply teacher, Exam Invigilator and Clerk to Governors. She is also a representative on the East Sussex Governors Forum.
Pauline has worked at a senior level in the Not for Profit Sector for over 28 years most recently as an Executive Director of the Peabody Trust. In July 2019 she set up her own consultancy working within the social housing sector. Pauline is a board member of Southdown Housing Association based in Lewes which provides specialist housing, care and support to clients and tenants with mental health difficulties; learning disabilities and people who are or have been homeless, across Sussex. Her relevant skills and experience include property investment and management, risk management, strategic change and transformation and governance.