Who's Who

Mrs Linda Young - Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

I have worked in Education for many, many years and I am now enjoying my retirement. I play a lot of Golf (still not very good though!!) and enjoy visiting my daughters in Australia. I am also a member of a local Rotary Club and volunteer for Chestnut Tree House and The Sussex Wildlife Trust.

My first role was as a PE teacher in Hove and then as Head of Department in a Secondary School in Chailey. After that I moved into the Primary sector and taught at Cradle Hill Primary School before becoming an Advisory Teacher in East Sussex. I was lucky enough then to be offered a job at Bangkok Patana School in Thailand where I worked for an exciting 8 years. On returning to England I took up post at Chiddingly Primary School becoming the Acting Head for one year and then finished my teaching legacy at Moira House Girls School in Eastbourne as Head of the Junior School.

I was very pleased to be invited to be a Governor at Alfriston Primary School and I have enjoyed becoming involved in the day to day life of the school. Accompanying the Year 5/6 class to Windmill Hill was brilliant!! I now look forward to my role as Chair of Governors and will do my best to support the school at all times.

Mr Peter Leonard: Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor now for 4 years. I have 4 children, and I am very proud to be a part of the School team.  The Governing body plays a vital role in the smooth running of the School. I bring experience of youth work to the governing body having previously been a youth worker for some 12 years based in Seaford. Before I retired from youth work, I became youth centre co-coordinator in charge of a large staffing team and had on roll in excess of 100 young people.  I now run our family boatyard, based in Newhaven, solely in charge of staffing, health and safety and the day to day running including meeting and greeting our large customer base. I am also a volunteer Coastguard rescue officer, on call 24/7 to respond to emergency situations as and when they occur.  I am more than happy to meet with parents to discuss the school, boats or Coast guarding!

Mr John Windsor: Co-opted Governor

I started as a volunteer helper at Alfriston School in 2008.  Initially I listened to readers and led booster maths groups before I was fortunate enough to be employed as an Individual Needs Assistant and Teaching Assistant at the school in the autumn of 2009.Since then I have qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and regularly cover Key Stage 2 classes. I have always found the school staff, pupils and parents to be very welcoming and friendly, fully encompassing the school vision, Fair, Friendly, Fulfilling and Fun. Previously I worked for 30 years in Wealth and Corporate Finance and currently serve the community as a member of Seaford Martello Rotary Club. I am pleased to be a staff governor and hope that I use my experience to work together with my fellow governors to maintain and develop the high standard of this exceptional school.

Mrs Claire Jackman: Parent Governor

I became a Governor in September 2015, and am pleased to say that living locally all three of my children have attended Alfriston School (one still in attendance). I am currently employed as a Senior Commercial Banking Manager and specialise in the Education, Not for Profit and Charities sector. I hope that this experience will add to the wealth of knowledge the Governing Board already has. During my time as a parent at the school I have previously worked for the PTFA as vice-chair.  I have always found Alfriston School to be Fair, Friendly, Fulfilling and Fun and look forward to giving something back to the school within the Governing team. In my spare time I enjoy family life, especially walking our two spaniels over the beautiful South Downs. 

Mrs Geraldine Page: Local Authority Governor

My long career in teaching began in a Primary School in Hertfordshire where I taught years 5/6. I then moved into Secondary teaching where I held senior leadership roles in three very different Surrey schools.  I have a wide range of interests and hobbies including music, art and golf.  I moved to Seaford two years ago, so I am now settled here and very much look forward to my role as one of your governors. 

Mrs Lisa Collington: Parent Governor

I was appointed as a parent governor in 2014.  I have been working in education for a few years now and am currently employed as a School Business Manager at a Primary school in Brighton. As such, my skills are primarily in finance and operations and I want to do anything I can to help Alfriston School realise its full potential.... particularly as I have a vested interest in the school with two children currently attending! (Year 5 and 2)

Mrs Alison Forshaw: Co-opted Governor

Although I do not have a teaching background, I was Headmaster’s Secretary at a Boarding School for boys for a number of years, where I had contact with parents, staff and pupils in many aspects of school life.  Later I was able to help not only with secretarial tasks but also extra-curricular and sporting activities when my son was at primary school.  Recent years of my working life have been spent in the medico-legal sector as Practice Manager for an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and I am now approaching retirement.  Primary education, is I believe a vital part of preparing young people for life, and I am happy to have been asked to join the Governing Board of Alfriston School, where my great-nephew has just begun his school career.

Ivor Fabb: Co-opted Governor

I first became a School Governor in 2006 at a local school where I lived in Hove, and remained so until I moved out of the area in 2012. A further move brought me to Seaford and I am pleased to have been able to join the governing body for Alfriston.  I enjoy working within a dedicated team whose aims and goals are to edify our children, helping each of them develop their own potential. Most of my career has been as a Police Officer but along the way I have also been self-employed managing my own business. Since retirement I have been able to follow my own agenda and spend the winters skiing and the summers travelling, as well as becoming more involved in the community.  To that end I am delighted in being member of the governing body.

Linda Salway: Co-opted Governor

I am an arts strategist, project manager, workshop leader and drama teacher. I have an MA in Arts and Cultural Management alongside my teaching qualifications and am presently Head of Partnership and Head of the Arts Award programme at Eastbourne College where I also teaches drama.

I have worked as a theatre education director and young people’s theatre producer. I was arts manager for Waverley Borough Council from 1997- 2005 and the co-ordinator of Arts Partnership Surrey. I am Gold Arts Award assessor, a trustee of Lewes Live Literature, a board member of Culture Shift, a director of the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and the chair of the Eastbourne Schools Partnership. I have also been an advisor for the Arts Council on young people’s work and a board member of Creative Future.

Simon Atkins: Co-opted Governor
I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to become a Governor at Alfriston School in January 2018 and look forward to the task and the satisfaction it will bring.
14 years’ service in the Royal Navy followed by over 18 as a police officer have seen me develop a set of skills and experience that I hope will combine well with those of my peers on the governing body.  My time as a police officer has included experience within Child Protection and Prevent amongst many other interesting and challenging areas and as I approach the end of my police career I look forward to being able to continue using this knowledge to support and promote the success of the school as well as the safety and wellbeing of the children who attend Alfriston School at one of the most important and influential stages of their life.
Outside work I enjoy skiing, cycling, walking my dog and running – although I should probably do them all a little more often.

Mrs Rachel Crystal: Staff Governor

I joined Alfriston School in September 2014 as Deputy Headteacher and was thrilled to have the opportunity to become a member of the Governing Body in my first term. I trained as a teacher when my two daughters started school and worked for many years in Buckinghamshire, mainly as a teacher in Key Stage 2. My particular passion is the teaching of English and, as part of my role, I lead English within the school - a key area of the curriculum. I am able to bring to the Governing Body the perspective of the teaching staff and hope that my previous experience in education, as well as in my current role enables me to contribute to the direction of the school and to our Fair, Friendly, Fulfilling and Fun vision.

Mrs Lindsey Hudson: Headteacher

As Head Teacher of the school my role as a Governor is permanent and I am a member of all committees.