On this page you can find out more about our teaching staff, their roles, backgrounds, experience and what drives them. Click here to see their qualifications and contact details.
Guy Martyn (Principal)
Guy Martyn, our Principal, brings with him a deep understanding of how successful schools build a culture of high behavioural standards and outstanding academic achievement, alongside challenging co-curricular opportunity and warm, wrap-around, pastoral care.
Guy appreciates the value of persistence, resilience and effort in all educational endeavours; whether they’re in the classroom, on the sports field, the drama studio or with friends in the playground, and he will ensure that they are central to your child’s experience at Chichester Free School.
Sian Williams (Head of Secondary/Deputy Principal)
Mrs Williams was Assistant Head at her previous school, where she was responsible for the quality of teaching and learning.
She has also taught at high achieving schools elsewhere in the country and has experience of initiating change to turn schools around and also to grow achievement from already high levels.
Mrs Williams teaches English and Drama at CFS, a role for which she is eminently qualified, having worked as a professional actor for a number of years at the start of her career.
Rob Angell, Humanities
Mr Angell studied Geography and Exercise & Health at Oxford Brookes University. Previous to his current role as a p/t Humanities teacher, he held the position of Assistant Head for Pastoral at CFS. For those days where Rob is not working for the school, he is travelling nationally for Live-n-Learn, delivering motivational workshops to help schools and young people cultivate positive mindsets, build resilience and improve their emotional wellbeing.
Clare Dolan (Assistant Head, i/c Teaching and Learning)
Miss Dolan was Head of Mathematics at her previous school and became an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2007.
She has supported different schools in Hampshire to improve their teaching and examination results.
She has experience teaching Mathematics and Science in middle and secondary schools and has brought her passion for both subjects with her to Chichester Free School.
Annette Thompson (Assistant Head, Primary)
Mrs Thompson has been teaching for many years in different parts of the country. She has experience of working in outstanding schools as well as supporting changes to teaching and learning and curriculum provision in underperforming schools.
Mrs Thompson’s last seven years have been spent in senior leadership experiencing different roles including leading on teaching and learning, KS1/EYFS lead, Assistant head and Deputy Head.
Louise New (Assistant Head i/c Data)
Mrs New, our Head of English, has been teaching for ten years in a variety of schools around the country. She has experience of working in outstanding schools and has supported underperforming English departments in the local area.
For the last two years, Mrs New was Head of English at an outstanding Academy in Hampshire. Here she led on the English curriculum changes and helped the school to achieve improved GCSE results in both Language and Literature.
Mrs New also teaches drama and has experience of being on stage herself. Away from the classroom, she also finds time to go to the cinema, play netball and look after her two pet guinea pigs!
Jessica Bentley (Humanities & Head of Noctua House)
Miss Bentley joins the Humanities department having worked at a TeachFirst School in Birmingham for the last couple of years. Prior to this she attended the University of Warwick studying history.
She is a local girl herself, having attended Bishop Luffa Church of England School. Miss Bentley is passionate about her subject and hopes to bring this passion and enthusiasm to Chichester Free School.
She has been lucky enough to live in Zambia and study at the University of South Carolina and is looking forward to sharing much of what she has learnt with the pupils.
Julie Clarke (Reception)
Mrs Clarke was born and grew up locally to Chichester. After moving on from her original floristry career, she worked for many years in nurseries and schools as a teaching assistant.
She subsequently trained as a Teacher with the support of her husband and children.
She is excited to be part of Chichester Free School as a Teacher in Year 1.
Richard Cook (KS1 Phase Leader/Reception)
Mr Cook is one of our Reception teachers with a keen interest in primary Physical Education and data.
Mr Cook grew up in Hampshire, reading History at university, before moving to Chichester to embark on his teaching career. Previous to his role at Chichester Free School, Mr Cook developed his understanding and use of Early Years pedagogy for seven years as a Lead Early Years Practitioner in another Chichester school.
Mr Cook has also undertaken the Middle Leadership Development Programme with the National College for School Leadership.
Christine Devereaux (Art teacher)
Mrs Devereaux studied Art and Social Context at UWE Bristol, before completing her teacher training at Canterbury Christchurch College.
Previous to joining Chichester Free School she taught in a city school leading a successful Art department and has experience of teaching Art, Fine Art and Textiles whilst overseeing Graphics and Photography.
Mrs Devereaux is passionate about creativity and believes strongly in the importance of Art and Design and its ability to give pupils the skills and confidence to respond to and express ideas about themselves and the world around them.
Colin Eayrs (Second in Charge, Maths)
Mr Eayrs is from the local area recently retrained as a teacher of mathematics. He has extensive experience as an area manager in a variety of industries including security and telecoms.
He retrained to be a driving instructor before completing his degree in Maths and Education to become a teacher.
His hobbies include reading anything, following Portsmouth FC and squash.
Nathalie el Raïani (MFL)
Miss el Raïani studied History of Art at the University of Paris X – France, before completing an Erasmus exchange with University College London.
After graduation she worked for the French Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and as a Marketing Manager for a HK based UK Law firm. On her return to the UK with her family, Miss el Raïani started teaching French, and gained her PGCE in MFL Secondary from Chichester University.
Miss el Raïani is experienced teaching French and Spanish across all ages and Key Stages in State and Independent sectors.
Claire Emmett (KS1 Middle Leader, Year 2)
Miss Emmett spent many years working as a teacher in Portsmouth, and has a wide experience of working with children with additional needs. She also worked as a teaching assistant in the local area whilst completing her PGCE.
She has run structured child play sessions, where she has been able to develop her knowledge of how children learn at the earliest stages of development. She has a keen interest in outdoor learning and believes children thrive when learning through memorable experiences.
Miss Emmett has had a lifelong passion for equine experiences which has fostered her own love of the outdoors. She plans to share her passions at Chichester Free School both in lessons and after school clubs.
Cathryn Halton (Assistant Head, SENCO)
Mrs Halton studied Theology and Religious Studies as well as Mathematics and Science at Roehampton Institute of Higher Education. She comes from an outstanding school in Swindon where she has been a class teacher for 14 years and SENCO for the past 11 years.
Mrs Halton has worked for the Local Authority as an Associate Area SENCO, supporting other SENCOs in pre-school settings.
She is committed to supporting children with SEN in mainstream settings.
Amy Kinally (Art)
Amy recently retrained to become a visual arts teacher having had a career within the design industry. She initially attended Art college at Weston Super Mare, followed by a BA Hons in Fashion Promotions at Southampton.
Having had a career in Fashion forecasting, and designing childrenswear, followed by running her own business for 11 years, she believes strongly in teaching children how to become creative thinkers and opening their minds to the thousands of creative careers available to them. Amy strongly believes that Art offers students the opportunity to develop skills and understanding that can be applied to many areas of life.
Hannah Lithgow (Year 4)
Miss Lithgow has recently returned to Chichester, having grown up and attended school in the local area. She has a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey and recently completed her PGCE at the University of Exeter.
Miss Lithgow is excited to start teaching at Chichester Free School and looks forward to providing children with a range of opportunities to allow them to develop into well rounded, independent and confident members of both the school and local communities.
In her spare time, Miss Lithgow enjoys a range of water sports and regularly volunteers at a local sailing centre, teaching children to sail and kayak.
Lara Martyn (Drama)
Mrs Martyn joins CFS at the same time her youngest son Henry joins his two elder siblings already in Primary, making CFS a family affair.
She trained in Dance at Chichester University and later returned to achieve a Masters Degree in Film and Literature. Having completed her Drama and English PGCE at Reading University, she has taught in a range of settings. Whilst living in Bristol, Mrs Martyn spent a decade developing and leading a large Combined Arts Department whilst working as a Lead Practitioner.
The family then relocated in order to set up CFS, and since moving she has had a fantastic time training teachers, examining for various awarding bodies, and developing Arts Award provision in the South. In her previous life she has worked as a model, a jockey, and a silver-service waitress. Mrs Martyn likes playing different roles and loves the fact that teaching Drama allows her to be somebody different every day.
James McClure (Business Studies and Computer Science)
Mr McClure has been teaching in a variety of schools across East and West Sussex for the last 14 years since moving down from Ayrshire in Scotland. During that time he has filled a number of roles such as being a Key Stage 3 and an E-Learning co-ordinator.
He has successfully taught a large number of GCSE and A-Level groups in ICT, Computing and Business Studies and believes that the technology available to us should be harnessed to make our lives not only more efficient but more enjoyable too.
Hannah Messenger (Physical Education & Head of Pegasus House)
Miss Messenger is one of our Physical Education teachers.
After growing up in Kent, she went on to attain a First Class Honours degree in Physical Education and Teaching (QTS) at the University of Chichester and is delighted to join the teaching team at Chichester Free School to make full use of her teaching qualification within Primary and Secondary teaching.
Miss Messenger has a particular interest and a real passion for aesthetics, she is looking forward to enhancing Dance and Gymnastics within the school.
Katia Muriel (Science)
Mrs Muriel studied Marine Biology with Polluted Ecosystems at the University of Portsmouth.
After this, she worked in an aquarium for a while before completing her PGCE in Science. She then went to work as a science teacher in an all girls’ secondary school in Portsmouth for six years where she finished her last few years there as second in department.
She brings with her an enthusiasm for science as well as languages, of which she speaks three fluently.
Jessica Powell (Interventions Phase Leader, Year 1)
Mrs Powell was based in London and had a successful career as a Press Officer with an International clothing brand before moving into teaching.
She then spent several years working in challenging schools in Merseyside before returning to the South with her husband and two young daughters in 2015.
Mrs Powell has a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning from the University of Chester and is delighted to have the opportunity to share her skills and experience with Chichester Free School.
Alanya Russell (Head of Design & Technology)
Mrs Russell studied Architecture locally before completing teacher training in Design and Technology at the Roehampton Institute. She has 10 years experience teaching Graphic Design, Textiles Technology, Food Technology and Resistant Materials as well as dabbling in Photography and Art and Design from time to time.
She has worked in a number of schools previously including as Assistant Head of Design and Technology and as Gifted and Talented coordinator.
Mrs Russell is passionate about all things creative and about inspiring and encouraging the students at Chichester Free School.
Holly Sabin (English and Media Studies)
Mrs Sabin is an English graduate who enjoyed a successful career in communications and marketing for international organisations before moving into teaching.
Her professional experience gives her a passion for excellence in written and oral communications, which she hopes to pass on to the students.
Mrs Sabin’s interests include public speaking and debating, and she is a judge for the West Sussex Schools’ Debating Association.
Victoria Stevens (Year 2)
Miss Stevens is one of our Year 2 teachers. She grew up locally in Chichester and remained in the area during her teacher training.
She is delighted to join the teaching team at Chichester Free School to make full use of her teaching qualification.
Outside of school Miss Stevens enjoys baking and hopes to share this passion in class and through extra-curricular activities.
Georgia Hayes (KS2 Phase Leader, Year 6)
Mrs Hayes is delighted to be returning home to the local area, after spending several years working at a large Junior School in Kent. Prior to this, she completed her teaching degree at Canterbury Christchurch University and has worked in several schools, across both the Independent and State sector.
With a degree in Sports and Exercise Sciences and passion for Outdoor Learning, Mrs Hayes hopes to use the freedom of Chichester Free School to deliver these subjects in creative ways whilst also linking them with the Primary curriculum. She believes that children learn best when taking part in kinaesthetic activities that they thrive in.
Outside of the classroom, Mrs Hayes enjoys outdoor sports such as sailing and skiing. She hopes to share these passions with the children and staff!
Claire Waring (Year 5)
Miss Waring is originally from Nottingham, moving down to Chichester to study sports coaching at university. Having previously worked as a sports coach and personal trainer, she hopes to inspire children to become more active.
Outside of school Miss Waring enjoys a variety of sports, running and walking her pet pug!
Parysah Yazdanpanah (KS2 Middle Leader, Year 4)
Miss Yazdanpanah lives locally, having grown up in Fishbourne. She studied Primary Education for four years at The University of Winchester and specialised in Religious Education.
Her teaching philosophy is that education is not simply the transmission of factual information but centres around educating the ‘whole-child’, enabling social, emotional, moral and spiritual development. As a teacher she strives to ensure that all the children she teaches are confident enough to take risks, not being afraid of making mistakes.
Miss Yazdanpanah aims to create independent resilient learners by encouraging children to take responsibility for their own learning.