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
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.
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 have responsibility for the primary and pre-school phases. The creation of this all through school is really exciting. I am looking forward to working with the school community to ensure that it secures a successful and fulfilling education for all its students.
My final full- time post was as headteacher of a local infant school which I loved and I am now very much enjoying being back in a school community.
Vice Chair of Governors
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
I have Forty-three years in the public sector, working in the NHS; Higher Education; Central and Local Government. Since retiring from full-time employment. I now spend my days as an invigilator, an active member of Eastbourne Lions Club and as a school governor.
I attended The Cavendish School, or Cavendish Secondary Modern as it was then from 1965 – 1970, in those days it was located in Melbourne Road. I wanted to give something back, so what better way than to become a governor of my old 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.
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.
Mary Watts is an elected staff governor with lead responsibility for SEND.
My professional teaching career started as an NQT appointed in June 1994 at Cavendish school. I have had many roles and responsibilities including Assistant headteacher, Associate member of SLT, Advanced Skills teacher. I also work for Pearson / edexcel qualifications and have worked as a verifier, moderator and examiner for all Art qualifications including GCSE, Btec and GCE A levels. The role I am most passionate about is being an ART educator.
I am the Database Manager for the Cavendish School. I am also a Chair of Governors at Laughton Community Primary School and at Ringmer Community College, and Chair at the East Sussex Association of Governors.
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.
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.
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.