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Executive Headteacher - Paul Reilly

I’m delighted to be working at City Academy Whitehawk as Executive Headteacher.  Our school is a vibrant, friendly and creative place to work.  The children are polite and friendly and a pleasure to work with.  Working closely with Mr Church and the leadership team my role is to ensure that the children receive the best and most exciting education that we can provide.   

I have been teaching for over 25 years, have been a Headteacher since 2005 and am currently also Executive Headteacher of The Gatwick School in Crawley (another AAT school). 

When not at work, I enjoy travel, spending time with my Jack Russells and am passionate about music, especially if it came from the 1980’s.  


Head of School - Mark Church

I have been a member of staff at City Academy Whitehawk since September 2011 and I am very proud to be Head of School for the second year. Our school has come a long way in the last four years as an academy and my job is to ensure we keep moving the school forwards. This year we have a considerable focus on making teaching and learning as good as it can be and I am particularly excited about launching Mathematics Mastery, Accelerated Reader and Paragon this year.

I am very fortunate to have a job that I love in a school that I love. There are highlights on every day in school but I must admit my favourite part of the week is Golden Assembly each Friday. This is our chance as a school community where we celebrate the achievements of the week and the children are always so proud of their hard work and efforts.

Out of school, I am a keen sports enthusiast and I can be found regularly supporting Brighton and Hove Albion at The Amex.

Deputy Headteacher - Thomas McMorrin

I was thrilled to join City Academy Whitehawk as Deputy Headteacher in September 2017. When I first visited the school last year, I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of the Whitehawk community and to be involved in all of the exciting developments that are underway.

I am lucky to have the exciting job of developing teaching and learning across the school - this is my passion. I will be working closely with all school staff to make sure that all of our children make as much progress as possible. To drive improvement in maths, we have adopted Mathematics Mastery this year and teaching this in Year 1 each week has provided some of my highlights of the term so far.

Another of my roles is to ensure that behaviour across the school is the best it can possibly be; because we have the highest expectations for all, we are privileged to have a superb group of professionals committed to this goal at all times so that our priority of maximising progress in learning can be achieved.

I’ve been warmly welcomed to the school community and I’m looking forward to celebrating our achievements.



SENCo - Tina Reynolds

I’m Tina Reynolds and I am the school’s SENCo. This means I have the responsibility for making sure that if your child has Special Educational Needs and/or a disability we all work together to eliminate the barriers to learning. I aim to work closely with the children, all staff, parents and carers and the range of appropriate professionals in order to make this happen. Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding your child. Generally I work all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

I have been at the school for almost 5 years this time round and I was also a teacher for ten years here a few more years ago. I have taught some of the parents and carers when they were here but I’m not revealing my age!

When I am not at school, I spend time working for Brighton University as a professional tutor and also get time to bake cakes. I’m not at the standard of Mary Berry but I am trying to improve!

Welfare Manager - Sally Singh

My name is Sally Singh and I am the Welfare Manager. My responsibilities include Designated Safeguarding Lead; managing the Learning and Inclusion Mentors; managing the Attendance and Community Officer and overseeing provisions for each. I am also responsible for family liaison, pastoral care, emotional well-being interventions and transition activities. 


This my tenth year working in the school, my role can be challenging but it is also enjoyable and fulfilling. This is a special place to work and every day is different. I am fortunate to work closely with children, teaching staff, families and the professionals who also support our school and community.   


Business Manager - Angela Dolan

I've been working at the school as the Business Manager since 2009.  My job is to look after the school's finances, staff and buildings and I have seen many changes to the school in my time here.  We are always looking at ways in which we can improve our school to make it a fun and exciting place for children to come and learn.

I consider myself very lucky to work is such a vibrant space with a great staff team and fantastic children.  Many visitors comment on the warm welcome that they receive at the school and the great atmosphere that we have here.  I'm very proud to say that I work at City Academy Whitehawk and enjoy seeing all the wonderful things that our children achieve. 

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