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Head Teacher - Mark Church

I have been a member of staff at City Academy Whitehawk since September 2011 and I am very proud to start 2019-20 as Head Teacher after three years as Head of School. Our school has come a long way in the last six 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 consolidating our successful Reading approaches (Read,Write, Inc (KS1) and Reading Reconsidered (KS2)) and Paragon this year. We are also launching a focus on good manners in the canteen and starting a process to become a UNICEF Rights Respecting School. It's going to be a busy 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, 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. Two years in, I would say my enthusiasm for working at the school is even stronger!

We strive to become a hub for exceptional teaching and learning and I am lucky to have the exciting job of leading this across the school. We’re incredibly proud of the quality of education we provide, day in day out, and we mentor and coach especially well to ensure that teaching staff are well supported to deliver the best possible learning opportunities. We’ve enjoyed developing the school’s curriculum over the past two years and I’m excited to continue leading the Curriculum Development Team, working closely with our curriculum leaders and teaching staff so that everything is in place for our children to make as much progress as possible, achieving personal excellence. This year, I will continue to lead Reading and Writing.

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.



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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