On this page you can find out more about our teaching staff, their roles, backgrounds, experience and what drives them. Download the document below for their qualifications and email address.  Our SENCO is Mrs Halton and her email address is chalton@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

Senior Staff
Jenny Clough

Jenny Clough

Interim Principal - MA (Cantab), PGCE

Mrs Clough was first involved with the School when she worked with the Founders on the submission to the DFE prior to the School opening, and then as a Governor until 2015. She has been head of three...

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Sian Williams

Sian Williams

Head of Secondary/Deputy Principal

Mrs Williams is one of our founding teachers joining us when we opened in 2013, as Director of Teaching and Learning. She has taught in high achieving schools with academic rigour as well as inner cit...

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Luke Hanna

Luke Hanna

Head of Primary

Mr Hanna and has been a school leader for the past 13 years, most recently as Headteacher of a large junior school in Portsmouth, previously as Headteacher of a successful school in West Sussex after...

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Steven Apsey

Steven Apsey

Head of Sixth Form

Mr Apsey has been at Chichester Free School since 2017 and has been instrumental in setting up our brand new Sixth Form to coincide with the move into our state-of-the-art building on the Hunston Road...

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Clare Dolan

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 examinatio...

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Gay Grimwood

Gay Grimwood

School Business Manager

Mrs Grimwood has worked as a School Business Manager for over 10 years, working in several West Sussex schools prior to joining the Chichester Free School in 2016.  She also has previous experience o...

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Cathryn Halton

Cathryn Halton

Assistant Head, SENCO

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 outstandi...

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Louise New

Louise New

Assistant Head i/c Pupil Progress and Attainment

Louise New (Assistant Head i/c Pupil Progress and Attainment) Mrs New has been at the Free School since 2014, and was our first Head of English. She is now a member of the Senior Leadership Team an...

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Annette Thompson

Annette Thompson

Deputy 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 curricu...

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Secondary
Matthew Cardus

Matthew Cardus

Head of Science

Mr Cardus qualified as a teacher from the University of Oxford having studied Physics at Exeter University. He first started instructing Taekwondo at the age of 15, having achieved his Black Belt, an...

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Richard Corser

Richard Corser

Head of Design and Technology and Art

Mr Corser had been teaching for 24 years, working in a variety of secondary and junior schools with a range of responsibilities that include Assistant Head of Year, Head of Department, Lead Teacher fo...

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Rachel Crebbin

Rachel Crebbin

Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Miss Crebbin read European Studies at the University of Southampton in Britain and the University of Strasbourg in France. She has worked in West Sussex schools for 20 years following her PGCE in MFL...

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Steven Day

Stephen Day

Head of PE, Educational Visits Coordinator

Mr Stephen Day (Head of PE) After completing his BA (Hons) in Physical Education and his teaching qualification at Chichester University Mr Day started his teaching career at a Primary School where...

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Lynda Elmes

Lynda Elmes

Head of English

For the past fifteen years, Ms Elmes has taught English, Film and Media. She has been responsible for KS4 English and English Literature as Second in Department; she has also led A Level English Liter...

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Steven Paul

Steven Paul

Head of Maths

Having enjoyed a wide variety of different careers in the Royal Air Force Police Service and in retail management, Paul retrained to teach mathematics. He studied at The University of London, having...

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Sarah Agate

Sarah Agate

MFL Teacher

Mrs Agate studied Philosophy at the University of La Sorbonne in Paris; after graduating she moved to England and completed her PGCE in Languages at King’s College London in 1998. Mrs Agate is an e...

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Rob Angell

Rob Angell

Humanities Teacher

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...

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Marian Baker

Marian Baker

SENCO

Mrs Baker initially trained as a Humanities teacher, but has been in the field of Special Educational Needs for many years and has a wealth of experience.  Supporting students to achieve their po...

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Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

Maths Teacher

Mrs Bell previously enjoyed a successful career as a European marketing manager for a large pharmaceutical company. However, after being involved as a governor at her own children's school, the lure...

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Jess Bentley

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....

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Gemma Clark

Gemma Clark

Humanities Teacher

Mrs Clark read Theology at Chichester University, followed by a PGCE at the same University. Her experience of teaching in a variety of schools and exploring different pedagogies in her teaching pract...

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Matthew Crompton

Matthew Crompton

Maths Teacher

Mr Crompton has been teaching since 1992. He has worked in several schools in Hampshire and the West Midlands including a spell as Head of Mathematics. He enjoys pushing students to reach their full p...

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Colin Eayrs

Colin Eayrs

Second in Charge, Maths. Head of Aquilla House

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 retrain...

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Nathalie El Rai Ani

Nathalie el Raïani

MFL Teacher

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 Cham...

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Phil Fowler

Philip Fowler

PE Teacher, Head of Phoenix House, Assistant SENCO

After completing his BA (Hons) in Physical Education and his teaching qualification at Chichester University Mr Fowler started his teaching career at Bourne Community College where he worked his way t...

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Claire Gale

English Teacher

After completing her BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Portsmouth, and a QTS via the Graduate Teacher Programme, Miss Gale has worked as an English Language and Literature teacher a...

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Claire Greenhouse

Claire Greenhouse

Science & Psychology Teacher

Mrs Greenhouse strongly believes in the benefits of life-long learning, high expectations, academic rigour and an all-through education providing a fully-informed support structure for every child. Pr...

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Neil Gregory Reader

Neil Gregory-Reader

Drama Teacher

Mr Gregory-Reader came to be teaching a little later in life and initially worked in small-scale touring theatre as both an actor and director. Following work for an educational charity and spendin...

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Joanna Hicks

Joanna Hicks

Design Technology Teacher

Miss Hicks studied Three-Dimensional Design, Wood, Metal Ceramics and Glass at Manchester Metropolitan University. After completing her degree she worked for the Arts Council of England which involved...

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Kevin Kelly

Computer Science Teacher

Originally born in England, Mr Kelly grew up and was educated in New Zealand where he lived until he was 16. After returning to the UK, he completed a Physics degree at Sheffield University and later...

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Adam King

Adam King

Science Teacher

Mr King attended Sussex University where he studied Philosophy and Science.  After gaining life experience working in a variety of employment roles, he decided that teaching was his true vocation....

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Andrew Lean

Andrew Lean

Art Teacher

Mr Lean has been teaching since 2002, specialising in Art and Design. He has had a passion for drawing and painting as long as he can remember and is passionate about passing that enthusiasm to others...

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Laura Lloyd

Laura Lloyd

Music Teacher / PSHE Coordinator

Mrs Lloyd studied Music at Trinity College of Music, specialising in Jazz Saxophone. She went on to complete her Music PGCE at Middlesex University before she moved to Brighton and Hove where she t...

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Vivien Mace

Vivien Mace

Maths Teacher

Ms Mace enjoyed running charter yachts in the Caribbean before moving back to the UK and training to be a teacher at the University of Chichester. She combines a passion for maths with extensive exper...

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Ileana Melendez

Ileana Melendez-Ruiz

MFL Teacher

Mrs Melendez studied Accountancy at the “Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México – México”. After graduation she worked as an auditor in different companies and as a chief of purchasing...

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Hannah Messenger

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...

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Katia Muriel

Katia Muriel

Second in Charge Science, Gifted & Talented Coordinator

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...

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Elizabeth Newington

Elizabeth Newington

Music Teacher

Mrs Newington read Music at Royal Holloway, University of London followed by a PGCE at Sussex University, and has been teaching in West Sussex since 2004. As well as teaching, Mrs Newington is active...

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Rochelle Oxley

Rochelle Oxley

PE Teacher

Miss Oxley studied Physical Education and Sports Coaching for three years and completed her PGCE in PE at the University of Chichester. She is delighted to join the teaching team at Chichester Free Sc...

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Sophie Parnell

Sophie Parnell

PE Teacher

After growing up in West Sussex, Miss Parnell gained a First-Class honours degree in Physical Education and Sports Coaching at the University of Chichester. Following this she completed her PGCE in Ph...

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Tanya Pye

Tanya Pye

Design & Technology Teacher

Miss Pye, having grown up locally is looking forward to coming back to her roots. She completed her BA Hons degree in Costume with Performance Design at The Arts University Bournemouth, then attended...

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Matt Ray

Matt Ray

Business Studies & English Teacher

Mr Ray is an experienced teacher both in secondary and further education, he has taught for over ten years, specialising in Business Studies, English and Physical Education. Matt has experience in wor...

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Holly Sabin

Holly Sabin

Film 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...

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Brian Sykes

Brian Sykes

Humanities Teacher

Mr Sykes has had a varied working life, including serving in both the Royal Navy and the Police Service. He studied for a degree in Sociology at Portsmouth University and then went to Southampton Univ...

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Sophy Young

Sophy Young

Second in English

Ms Young has been an English teacher since 1997, following a gap year in New Zealand, she chose a career that would allow her to make a difference to others. In her previous school, Ms Young set up a...

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Primary
Richard Cook

Richard Cook

EYFS 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 emb...

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Claire Emmett

Claire Emmett

KS1 Middle Leader, Year 1

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 whi...

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Jess Powell

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 s...

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Georgia Hayes

Georgia Hayes

KS2 Phase Leader, Year 4

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 Chr...

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Parysah Yazdanpanah

Parysah Yazdanpanah

KS2 Middle Leader, Year 3

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 phi...

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Julie Clarke

Julie Clarke

Primary Teacher, 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 subsequent...

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Chelsea Keen

Chelsea Keen

Primary Teacher, Year 6

Miss Keen is thrilled to be joining the team at Chichester Free School. She completed her primary teaching degree at the University of Chichester with a specialism in mathematics. Miss Keen is pass...

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Hannah Lithgow

Hannah Lithgow

Primary Teacher, Year 6

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...

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Jennifer Skarp

Jennifer Skarp

Primary Teacher, Year 4

After completing her degree in Human Biology and her Teaching Qualification at Oxford, Mrs Skarp spent the first two years of her teaching career at an International School in Tanzania. She enjoyed be...

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Victoria Stevens

Victoria Stevens

Primary Teacher, Year 3

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 Sc...

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Rebecca Upton

Rebecca Upton

Primary Teacher, Year 2

Miss Upton recently joined Chichester Free School after teaching in Portsmouth for the first few years of her career. Originally from Hampshire, she was inspired to teach by her own incredible Primary...

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Kate Wade

Kate Wade

Primary Teacher, Year 5

After 10 glorious years bringing up her children in both Emsworth and Canada Mrs Wade returned to England looking for a new adventure as her youngest started Primary school. She completed her PGCE in...

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Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

Primary Teacher, Year 5

Mr Wilson lives locally to the area, growing up and living in West Sussex his entire life. A graduate of the University of Chichester in Primary Education with a specialism in computing, Mr Wilson has...

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Claire Waring

Claire Waring

Primary Teacher, Year 2

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 child...

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