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Executive Headteacher - Paul Reilly

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.



Assistant Headteacher - Lisa Spence

I have been a member of staff at City Academy Whitehawk since 2012 and am delighted to be the Assistant Head this year.  I am very proud to be part of the school’s journey towards becoming the very best it can be. My responsibilities in school vary from overseeing the curriculum and timetabling, to working together with Teachers and Teaching Assistants to ensure children are supported to achieve their aspirations through quality learning experiences.   As curriculum lead for English I am particularly excited about the launch of Accelerated Reader and the continuing incredible writing that is produced through Talk for Writing. My favourite part of each half term is the unveiling of published work across the school, the creativity and imagination of our children and teachers never cease to amaze me. Out of school I am a bit of a geek and can often be found playing my retro games consoles. 


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


Business Manager - Angela Dolan