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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