Columnist in the Times Educational Supplement from 1990 to 2006.
Column in every edition of Brighton & Hove Albion’s matchday programme for 9 seasons up to 2006. Proud to be associated with the campaign to save the Albion from oblivion and secure the club’s survival under Dick Knight.
(L) John Baine (aka Attila the Stockbroker) after doing the ‘Archer Out’ rap in a school assembly at Varndean in 2000
(R) Dick Knight, visiting speaker at Varndean Awards in 2000, alongside ex-Varndean student and Albion foward Darren Freeman. Darren was the most successful manager in Whitehawk FC’s recent history and currently manages Lewes FC
Column for two seasons in the Southend United FC match day programme in the late eighties.
Studied garden design part-time at Plumpton College in under Nigel Phillips FSGD.
Currently Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Winchester and an independent safeguarding consultant. 30+ years in state education, the last 14 as headteacher of two highly inlcusive schools.
Chaired the SSAT’s Academy Principals’ Group from 2009-2012 and sat on the SSAT National Headteachers’ Steering Group from 2002 until 2013. During these years I was a member of Vision 2020, chaired Futures Vision and was involved in contributing to a series of publications by Professor David Hargreaves. I also spoke widely at conferences in England and abroad, as well as contributing to SSAT leadership programmes. I led the SSAT Experienced Leaders programme in its final year.
Education in Brighton
Between 2003 and 2005 Varndean was closely involved in working to save East Brighton College of Media Arts in Whitehawk from closure. The campaign sadly failed but not before students had achieved stunning results in its final year under the leadership of the late Karen Lees.