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Academy Committee

Thorpedene's Academy Committee is made up of the following members: 

Stephen Tollworthy - Chair Of Governors

  • Worked in Advertising, Creative Director responsible for all creative output and adhering to budgets
  • On the SBC Education Board Panel
  • On the SBC Admissions Panel
  • Been Pastoral Team leader at local church
  • Lives in Westcliff and is passionate about achieving the best possible outcome for the students in our area

Mike Davison

  • Parent of 4 children, all attending SECAT schools
  • Married and lived locally for 14 years, originally from Lincolnshire. 
  • 20 years' management experience running cinemas and leisure complexes
  • Belief that whether in business or in a school, results come from providing a fantastic place for us all to work, with a well run, caring, well organised environment and a passionate and hard working culture
  • Interested in politics, current affairs, and environmental issues

Carly Quick Crockford

  • Parent of 5 (4 currently in SECAT schools)
  • 20 years experience in finance and accounting.
  • Moved to Southend 3 years ago and have never looked back.
  • Interests include health and fitness, reading and having 4 boys it is inevitable that I also like football.
  • Challenge for this year is researching childrens mental health and the effects of childhood trauma on development.

Laura Tuskin 

  • Parent of three children at Thorpedene School
  • Secondary School English Teacher for over 12 years in a local secondary school. Experience teaching children across all Key Stages from 1-5.
  • Would love to see the implementation of a mandatory mental health and well-being curriculum to be formally taught and featured in all schools, for all children. 
  • Every child deserves to be given the strategies for understanding, reflecting and dealing with their emotions and feelings from a young age and I am enjoying my work/research on a provision and program that can be delivered in schools. 

Louise Wheeler

  • I worked in banking for approx 12 years, both in the UK and USA; starting in grass roots roles and then in people and project management roles. 
  • I am currently at home with 2 young children, one of which is in reception within SECAT
  • we have recently moved into Thorpe Bay after 5 years living in London
  • during my children’s youngest years I volunteered for NCT (national childbirth trust) 
  • I believe we need to work together to help our community flourish and that our children and schools are the most important part of this. 

Steph Champney 

  • Headteacher at Thorpedene Primary School 
  • BA Hons in Primary Education 
  • Over 17 years experience in schools in Southend 
  • Specialist Leader in Education working alongside schools in Southend 
  • I am committed to ensuring the best interests of every child are the heart of our school and to ensuring that every child is nurtured and challenged to achieve their true potential 

Jo Matthews

  • Class Teacher at Thorpedene, currently working in EYFS.
  • Parent of two children at Thorpedene School.
  • During my 10+ years here, I have worked with and supported many pupils across both KS1 and KS2.
  • I am passionate about creating fun and exciting learning opportunities to enhance the success of all pupils. 
  • I believe the saying ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ and feel it is important to establish positive and supportive relationships within both the local and school communities.