Cavendish School GovernorsOur Mission: Believing in Excellence
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.
Clerk to the Governors, Damian Mooncie
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.
As a parent governor, my special interest is Student Voice, as it is important that the pupil’s views are heard. Pupil performances and presentations are a good indication of progress at school, and I attend as many as possible.
My background includes 16 years at Eastbourne Borough Council, at the moment I do casual work with Electoral Role and invigilating at Cavendish, Ratton and Sussex Downs
I am a retired Company Director with a career in both the Construction and Facilities Management industries. I am also a Trustee of a local charity that trains adults with learning disabilities in Hotel and Horticulture services and that also, most importantly, develops their life skills.
I have a keen interest in education and in the success of students.
Richard Booth is vice chairman of the governing body with a specialism in finance. He works closely along with fellow governor Andrew Jones monitoring the finance function at the school. He has been a governor at the school for over 15 years.
Richard’s son and daughter were pupils at Cavendish School. His wife is a teacher at the school
Head Teacher of a Secondary Comprehensive School for 21 years.
Formerly the Cavendish School Head Teacher (1978-1999)
I am pleased to support the new all through status of the school with its added opportunities.
Recently elected in January 2017, I am new to school governance and hope that my commercial and business experience as managing director of a successful local manufacturing company will bring a positive new dimension to the governing body.
I have four children all currently attending Cavendish in both the primary and secondary phases.
Tove is responsible for the oversight of safeguarding, exclusion, appraisal and policy review.
Tove is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton where she is a joint MBA programme leader with special interest in leadership and public service management and holds a LLM and an MSc.
Tove’s four children have all attended Cavendish School.
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.
I am the Database Manager for the Cavendish School. I am also a Chair of Governors at Laughton Community Primary School and at King’s Academy Ringmer, and Chair at the East Sussex Association of Governors.
I am a newly elected governor with previously only business experience.
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.
I am a family man, married with two children who take up most of my free time. I enjoy keeping fit by going to the gym and playing tennis and I am also a keen photographer. I love to travel and expose my children to different cultures.
I qualified as a teacher in 1999 from Chichester University and have worked in various schools in Norfolk, Suffolk and Sussex as a PE teach / Head of Department / Head of Faculty.
I am the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) Lead at Cavendish and have been since the opening of the New Primary Building in 2016.I am responsible for the Pre School and Reception classes. I also work closely with the Primary Head of Phase and Key Stage Leaders in the Primary Phase.
I qualified as a teacher in 1998 from The Institute of Education, London University and have worked in Primary Schools in London and East Sussex. I have also worked abroad as a teacher in Spain and New Zealand.
I am newly appointed to the role of Staff Govenor.
I enjoy living with my family in Eastbourne and both my children currently attend Cavendish Secondary Phase.
I have a professional background in school administration in both mainstream and independent school sector. I am currently clerk to governors for a number of ESCC primary school.
I believe that efficient administration of the Governing Body unpins directly the success of school pupils and as such enjoy my role enormously.
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.
The Full Governing Body
The Governing Body meets termly and is chaired by Nigel Askew. 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 effect pupil outcomes and financial resources.