Max Victory

Max is an IT Consultant working in the Telecoms and Media Sectors. He lives in Kent and has 1 child at the school, with 2 more in future years. Max is a strong supporter of the trust, staff and students. Max brings commercial experience to support the work of the governing board.

Sally King

Sally is a primary school teacher and has been teaching for over 20 years: in London, Eastbourne and Hastings. She has had a held a variety of roles including those in leadership. Sally has also lived and worked abroad, in both China and France. Sally is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies, in London, in addition to teaching full time. She is keen to raise the profile of governors within the school community, particularly amongst parents. Sally supported the establishment of the Parents Forum at Rye College. Sally has a child at the school, in Year 10.

Philippa Gasson

Chair of Governors

I am recently retired from 35 years in education, mainly in the secondary sector. Having trained as a science teacher, I taught in Buckinghamshire and the London Borough of Merton before returning to East Sussex. Here I held posts as head of faculty, head of year, deputy head, acting head and vice principal, the latter post at The Hastings Academy before retiring in 2013. I then worked as a part time, interim head teacher in 2 local primary schools. I am committed to working with the Rye Academy Trust and you, our parents and carers, to ensure that our students are able to make their best possible progress, in a happy, vibrant and safe environment.

Ian Gillespie

Acting Principal, Rye College

Ian graduated in Physical Education and Geography from London University before teaching at Simon Langton Grammar School, Canterbury. He then taught as lead of boys PE at St Georges, Gravesend before joining William Parker Sports College, where he became Head of PE, Director of Sport and Deputy Head Teacher, completing his NPQH at that time. Whilst Director of Sport, William Parker Sports College achieved national recognition for using sports to raise whole school achievement as well as winning a number of titles at sports such as football and golf. He worked with Sky in the ‘Learning for Sport’ programme and led a very successful Creative Partnership bid to develop creative learning at William Parker and was part of the national pilot implementing the School Sports Partnership across Hastings and Rother. Ian left William Parker to join Rye Studio School after, working on the proposed Sports Studio School bid with the Rye Academy Trust. Ian was seconded from his position as Deputy Principal at the Studio School to Rye College to be the interim Principal from September 2016.


Declarations of Interest

Meetings Attendance 2014-2015

Meetings Attendance 2015-2016

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