Cavendish School Governors

Our Mission: Believing in Excellence

Governors Drive

The Local Governing Board

The Governing Board meets half-termly and is chaired by Andrew Jones. It’s purpose is to monitor key aspects of the school in accordance with the Trust’s strategic plan; safeguarding of pupils & staff, local stakeholder engagement; admissions; exclusions; panels; community relations; standards. Cavendish Education Trust Webpage 

Our Governors

Andrew Jones

Chair of Governors

Safeguarding and Health and Safety lead.  Member of the Quality of Education and Leadership and Management Monitoring Groups. 

Term of Office 24 September 2018-23 September 2022.

Andrew’s working background, over 40 years, is in finance and general management, firstly HSBC and then Marks & Spencer. Andrew has been a school governor for around 30 years, Chair of Governors for just over 4 years. He took part in the NGA leading governance, Development for Chairs, which accelerated his desire to deliver excellence.  Now part of the Cavendish Education Trust, working in partnership with Roselands and Stafford Schools, the aim of the Board is to improve the overall education of all children in the Cavendish community.

Alison Flynn

Vice-Chair of Governors

Member of the Quality of Education and Personal Development Monitoring Groups; Careers Link.

Term of Office 1 September 2021 – 31 August 2022.

Alison works as an independent education consultant, having spent 16 years in leadership roles including executive head and head teacher roles.  Her particular interests include growing leaders, EYFS and outdoor learning.

Dr Hasan Gilani


Quality of Education Monitoring Group, Pupil Premium and SEND. 

Term of Office 3 December 2019-2 December 2023

Hasan is a Principal lecturer and course leader at Brighton Business School, University of Brighton, with a special interest in education quality, standards and student experience.  He has more than 25 years of experience as an academic as well as in the corporate sector. Hasan has worked in the broad area of marketing with national and multinational organisations like Pepsi, Motorola, M&S, Debenhams and British Gas. He has also worked as a consultant for developmental projects in the NGO sector, working jointly with German (GTZ), Dutch (PHMP) and British (DFID) organisations; he has also worked at a senior level in the corporate sector.


Gwen Taylor-Hall


Member of the Leadership and Management monitoring group, Safeguarding lead.

Term of office 20 November 2018-19 November 2022

Gwen has worked in education for over 30 years.  Her teaching specialism was PE but she is now Deputy Head (Pastoral) at Eastbourne College.

Tim Whelan


Term of office 11 October 2021- 10 October 2025

Behaviour and Attitudes monitoring group member.

Tim works in local government, being  accountable for significant budgets, multiple teams and the delivery of all statutory services to our Eastbourne community. Tim has served as a primary school governor, and has two children at Cavendish.

Mark Wardle


Behaviour and Attitudes and Personal Development Monitoring Groups, Careers lead.

Term of office 1 September 2021-31 August 2025

Mark is an alumni of Cavendish School and is currently Deputy Principal at East Sussex College. Mark has held a range of roles in sixth form, tertiary and general further education colleges since 1999 teaching law, history, politics and business at A level. Mark has held management positions at all levels with responsibility for the quality of education, curriculum planning and development, study programmes and a range of support functions including management information systems. Mark has previous experience in school governance as Chair of Finance of a Secondary school in Cornwall. 

Jane Earley

Staff Governor

Term of office 28 January 2020-27 January 2024.

Jane is the library manager for Cavendish school and her focus is on engendering a love of independent reading across the school, helping to raise literacy levels and academic attainment through reading.

Denise Kong

Staff Governor

Member of the Quality of Education and Behaviour and Attitudes monitoring groups.

Term of office 16 January 2021-15 January 2025

Denise has been a school governor since 2010. She works in education and has a background in Mathematics. She is also Chair of the local Board at the Roselands and Stafford Federation, and at King’s Academy Ringmer. Denise is Vice-Chair of the East Sussex Governors’ Forum and is a local support governor for ESCC. 

Rachael Winterton

Parent Governor

Member of the Personal Development Monitoring Group

Term of Office 10 November 2021-9 November 2025

Rachael is an experienced teacher in Special Educational Needs and specialises in the Early years.  She has taught since 2011 and is now working with ISEND at ESCC.  Rachael has triplets at Cavendish and has built her own business supporting parents with babies and toddlers locally. Her passion is to enhance the learning and personal development of all children.


of pupils achieved 9-4 in English.

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of pupils achieved 9-4 in Maths.

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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.

Headteacher, Peter Marchant said, "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 through these  challenging times."