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Cavendish School Governors

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The Full Governing Body

The Governing Body meets half-termly and is chaired by Andrew Jones. Its purpose is to hold the Headteacher to account, provide strategic direction and be the decision-making body reviewing proposals from the Headteacher, which directly affect pupil outcomes and financial resources. Contact: Sarah Morgan smorgan@cavendish.e-sussex.sch.uk

Our Governors

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Chair of Governors

My Governor role center’s around finance, to ensure value for money , thus maximizing funds available to educate our pupils.

I have worked for HSBC bank for 16 years, gaining my professional financial qualifications. For the last 21 years I have worked for Marks & Spencer in various financial roles. I was appointed in 1992.

Alison Flynn

Alison Flynn

Vice-Chair of Governors

I am keen to support the school as a governor towards the achievement of its aims and objectives for all the pupils and staff. I am particularly interested in the all through age range, primary and secondary phases. I believe I have lots to offer and am also keen to add to my education experience.

I am recently retired after 16 years’ experience in leadership including executive head and head teacher roles. I now work as an independent education consultant.

Andrew Manton

Andrew Manton

Governor

Prior to being a governor, my professional experience has been in the business world.

I have a varied background from IT to project and programme management. I hope to be able to use my business skills and convert them to an education setting where appropriate.

Both my children have recently started in the primary phase at Cavendish.

Patrick Hole

Patrick Hole

Governor

I am an experienced corporate and business lawyer having served as a partner in private practice and held a number of senior in house general counsel and company secretarial roles in industry.  I have experience of advising on a broad range of legal and governance matters.
I studied French and German at Oxford University before becoming a solicitor.

I trained with a leading City law firm and then went on to spend a considerable amount of time living and working in French, German and Spanish speaking jurisdictions before settling back in the Eastbourne area. My most recent role was Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, where I was an executive director with responsibility for all legal and company secretarial affairs relating to the group.

I have strong links with the local community coming from a family that has farmed in the area for a number of generations. I have a young son and am passionate about using my skills and experience to help improve educational outcomes for all children so that they can reach their full potential.

Dr Hasan Gilani

Dr Hasan Gilani

Governor

I have been serving as a senior academic in the higher education sector for more than 17 years now, with special interest in quality, standards and student experience. Therefore, my governor role is focused on quality and standards of education to ensure the highest levels of pedagogical development along with positive student experience.

Prior to joining the world of academia, I have had a detailed insight into the corporate world of business strategy, fashion retail marketing and brand management from working with international brands like Motorola, Pepsi Cola, Marks and Spencer and Debenhams. I have has also worked as a consultant at many developmental projects in the NGO sector, working jointly with German (GTZ), Dutch (PHMP) and British (DFID) organisations.

Phil Hall

Phil Hall

Governor

A former Cavendish School pupil from 1988-1993, I left Eastbourne in 1997 and returned in 2020. I am delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to the school by serving as a Governor.
I have almost twenty years’ experience working with local, regional and national journalists as well as MPs, Peers, councillors, regulators and various other stakeholders.
My professional experience includes working for an MP who was a member of the Education Select Committee, being seconded to the Department for Education to work on the original Academies legislation; leading the public affairs and media relations team at the Institute of Banking & Finance (over 100,000 students from GCSE through to undergraduate level) and I currently work for the Association of Accounting Technicians (over 140,000 members including 90,000 students) as Head of Public Affairs & Public Policy.

Peter Midwinter

Peter Midwinter

Governor

I am passionate about Cavendish School and its place within the Eastbourne community. Having been a Deputy Headteacher at the school and until recently, living close to the school, I know both it and the community it serves well. In 2018 I retired, after 40 years in education and I hope that I am able to draw upon my experiences, where
appropriate, to ensure Cavendish is able to make a difference to young people’s life chances both now and in the future.

Nick Casson

Nick Casson

Governor

I am pleased to be a school governor with a focus on the school delivering children an education and skills that are needed against the backdrop of the challenges faced in the current environment. My background is in Finance and the Commercial world, I have worked in multiple industries and organisations including banking, shipping the NHS, BBC, BT and publishing.  I also ran and built up my own accountancy practice for 15 years in Eastbourne and still work in the Accountancy and Tax field.  I started and ran a children’s charity in Sussex that brought children from the radiation damaged part of Belarus to the UK to improve their overall health and expand their horizons, as such I was involved and engaged in the activity and teaching programs. I have a young family and enjoy traveling, skiing, scuba diving and good food.

Neil Small

Neil Small

Governor

live locally in Eastbourne and my two youngest children will soon be starting at Cavendish.
I have been working in education for over 20 years in various roles, as teacher, head and
Ofsted inspector. I am interested in helping the community and using my expertise in a
different setting. I enjoy coaching and watching people develop. I believe strongly in
education as a path that can open doors previously shut and look forward to supporting the
school in its continuing evolvement helping to shape futures to come.

Gwen Taylor-Hall

Gwen Taylor-Hall

Governor

I have worked in education for almost 30 years initially in Yorkshire before moving
with my family to Eastbourne. My teaching specialism is PE but I have taken
opportunities to move more into pastoral care and now Deputy Head (Pastoral) at
Eastbourne College. My governor role is focused on safeguarding.
I am keen to use my experience in education to contribute and support the team
behind Cavendish School. I enjoy playing my part in the school now and I am looking
forward to being part of the school in the future.

Sarah Bailey

Sarah Bailey

Governor

I am an educator with 17 years experience in schools of all kinds. I’ve been a Primary headteacher on the south coast and a secondary school senior leader in several London schools.

I have also had the privilege for the last 2 years to work as the Local Authority Virtual School lead in Croydon, meaning I advocate for all matters educational on behalf of children in care, I also currently lead the LA directorate in safeguarding and inclusion, which involves supporting and challenging Croydon’s 151 schools on their work around their most vulnerable cohort. I’m a Seaford resident and spend a lot of time in Eastbourne.

I am excited to lend my experienced lens to Cavendish brilliant work. I’m also mother to a super  toddler and so am kept very young and have my eye on developments in early years settings too. In my spare time, I can often be found walking the Downs with him, my partner and our rescue Dog, or reading a book by the sea.

Jane Earley

Jane Earley

Staff Governor

I am the library manager for Cavendish school and my focus is on engendering a love of independent reading across the through school.  Helping to raise literacy levels and academic attainment through reading is fundamental and one of the reasons I became a governor. Keeping staff informed of our roles and responsibilities is also important.

Denise Kong

Denise Kong

Staff Governor

I am the Database Manager for the Cavendish School. I am also a Chair of Governors at King’s Academy Ringmer, and Vice-Chair of the East Sussex Governor Forum.

My original qualifications are in Maths and Computer Science, but I since then I also qualified as a Youth Worker and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Leader for East Sussex County Council.  These diverse roles have helped give me a useful background for working in a school and volunteering in school governance.

David Molyneux

David Molyneux

Staff Governor

I am a Teaching Assistant for the SEND department at Cavendish School, who specialises in reading and literacy interventions.  My main focus centres around raising the reading and comprehension skills of our Year 7 and 8 pupils to help them access the GCSE curriculum with more confidence. I also provide Phonics interventions as well as running Speech and Language Therapy sessions. Working hand in hand with the SENCO and other SEND staff, I help pupils to get the most out of their time at Cavendish School both academically and socially.

I am passionate about education and wish to be more closely involved in the planning and implementation of school policy. My primary focus as a governor is to ensure that our school provides the best possible outcomes for our pupils. I also wish to be voice through which staff members can be represented in the governance of the school.

I come from a background of working in many regional primary schools and inherit my passion for teaching from my father who was a secondary school science teacher.

Louise MacQuire-Plows

Louise MacQuire-Plows

Parent Governor

I have children in both the primary and secondary phase and believe strong relationships between parents/carers and the school is essential.

I work as Manager for the Local Authority and I have experience of working with children, young people and parents, evaluating services, managing budgets and leading on communication across a diverse workforce.

Through my work as a parent governor I want to ensure our children and young people’s wellbeing is a priority and their future opportunities are limitless.

Peter Marchant

Peter Marchant

Headteacher

I am proud to be the headteacher of the Cavendish School. I took up the post in September 2015 at a very exciting time for the school in which we become an all through school. As part of my role, I work as a governor focusing on the strategic direction of the school.

My professional background has always been in education and I am fortunate to have worked in a number of different areas around the south east, gaining much experience. I have been a Deputy Headteacher in two schools before becoming Head of School and finally, Interim Principal before taking up my post at Cavendish.

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Advisory Clerk to the Governors

I have been clerking for governing bodies for 16 years and I joined Cavendish in December last year. My role is to work with the Chair and Headteacher, to agree meeting agendas, ensure required documentation is made available and to minute the meetings. I also act as a support to the Chair and Vice Chairs and advise on procedures and governance legislation where required.

Outside of work, I am a keen amateur photographer and astronomer. I also love long distance walking, all around Sussex and way beyond! I have a passion for travel, enjoying off-the-beaten-track locations and volunteering where possible.

As a governing body we aim to ensure that the staff, and all those involved in running the school, are well supported and that their welfare and development receive the highest priority.

Governors form the school’s accountable body and we are responsible for the conduct of the school, for promoting high standards and for making sure that the school is a central part of the local community in Old Town.

Members of the governing body are drawn from the local community, parents, staff at the school and other stakeholders to ensure that there is as full a range of views as possible.

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Grade 4 or above in both English and Maths

After School programs

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Entered for a E-BACC set of qualifications in KS4

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Celebrating Success

The staff and governors of Cavendish wish to congratulate all of our Year 11 pupils for the fantastic GCSE grades they have achieved this year.

The grades that our pupils have achieved are a reflection of their hard work throughout their time at the school and they can rightly feel proud of what they have achieved. They can look forward to the next stage of their education and we wish them well for the future.