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Northease Manor School

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Governing body

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


For over 20 years, Julie has worked extensively with boards of local, national and international charities to improve their governance, management and sustainability. Before joining the voluntary sector, she was operations director in a fast growing construction and property letting company. Julie has held interim CEO and director roles, particularly during times of crisis or rapid growth, has been a trustee for more than 15 years (four charities) and has chaired various boards including investment, treasury and fundraising.


David Roberts


MA Leadership and Management

Watching my son's self esteem and confidence grow since he joined Northease made we want to get more involved with the school. Its a pleasure to share my experience and enthusiasm to help the school maintain and build upon its firm foundations. 

Northease helps, teaches and guides its students towards a more enriched and fulfilling experience of school life. For me, it is all about opening doors to possibilities they never thought would open to them and contributing as much as I can to ensure that the school is fully supported. My expertise and strengths are within the area of development and improvements in individuals and systems. I am an experienced Mentor supporting indivduals to achieve their personal and business goals. I am also a qualified Business Mentor with a valuable insight and expertise in running and developing a business.


Jean Rolfe

I have worked with, and for, children and young adults with additional educational needs in a variety of roles over the last three decades, most recently I was CEO for a west London based charity specialising in supporting vulnerable young people back into education, employment and training through landbased activities. It was rewarding, exciting and at times challenging work!

My love of working with young people started 30 years ago, and believe it or not Northease Manor School was the catalyst! I worked with the school in my capacity as an East Sussex County Council Countryside Ranger!

The school left an indelible mark, its warmth, sense of place and friendly “can do” atmosphere, particularly in relation to how it worked alongside it’s student cohort, was a real privilege to be part of. It was an environment that recognised every young person for what they had to offer and for what they could achieve, often in their own unique way! And it was this sense of place that helped shape my career.

The opportunity to therefore come back to Northease was one I couldn’t pass by. It’s exciting to be back and I very much look forward to getting stuck in over the coming months and years.


Kate Wickham


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