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Staff Team

Senior Leadership Team

Ms L Welcome - Headteacher

I grew up in Maidstone attending Catholic School before studying for a BTh (Hons) in Theology at the University of Southampton. After briefly working for an investment house in the City, I decided to retrain as a teacher. After 8 years, 2 in Senior Leadership, I decided to travel the world for a year and taught in Asia and South America for 6 months. Following my return, I worked in two Christian Schools in Kent, returning to the school I received my own education at as Associate Vice Principal. I relocated to West Sussex following the completion of my NPQH in 2018 to take up the position of Headteacher at St Andrew’s. 

My passions are photography and travel.

Miss V Read - Deputy Headteacher

My childhood and early adulthood was spent in East London. After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies and Philosophy, I went on to complete my PGCE and MA at The Institute of Education, University of London. I have taught in four different Counties, in schools with different contexts, including military.

My professional interests includes Mindfulness, where I completed a research project with Oxford University and Exeter University in 2016, becoming an accredited Mindfulness teacher, and the impact of research-led teaching practices. 

Mr P Guyan - Assistant Headteacher

After completion of my GCSE’s I had the chance to study abroad at the International School of Kuala Lumpur, an amazing opportunity which allowed me to experience different cultures studying in a diverse school.

On returning to the UK I studied Sport, Health and Leisure with Business Management BA (Hons) at Trinity and All Saints, Leeds University. After working in a number of different jobs including Marketing and Outdoor education I completed my PGCE in Physical Education at the University of Brighton, joining St Andrews in 2003 as a NQT.

Following promotion to the schools Senior Leadership Team I completed my NPQSL in 2014 with a school based project focusing on improving outcomes for disadvantaged students.  

Mr M Laker - Assistant Headteacher

After finishing my secondary education locally in the area I completed a Sports Science and Education Studies BA(Hons) degree at the University College of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Teaching PE had always been my goal and straight after my degree I completed my secondary PGCE at Chichester University before beginning my first post in a large 11-18 mixed secondary comprehensive. While in my first teaching post I became a Deputy Head of Year within the school pastoral system and then moved to supporting the Behaviour Management team. Following my move to St Andrew’s in 2013 I was promoted to the schools Leadership Team where I currently lead on the data, assessment and curriculum of the school.

Outside of school I am still a keen rugby player in the local area as well as a South East Federation Referee covering Sussex and Kent.

Mrs M Stewart - Assistant Headteacher

In my role as Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning I work alongside my colleagues to support and develop the learning experience for students in every classroom. I am fortunate to have visited schools across the world, including Kenya, Finland and Panama, to enhance my view of education. I continue in my role as the Head of Maths Faculty and Specialist Leader in Education (Mathematics) with the Inspire Teaching School and Sussex Maths Hub. 

Previous to my SLE role I carried out the role of Advanced Skills Teacher for 8 years and have also spent time as West Sussex County Mathematics Consultant. I hold an MA in Mathematics Education and have been accredited with the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership, alongside further professional qualifications. 

I love to swim, spend time with my family and travel.

Mrs C Foot - Business Manager

I have worked in the education and training sector for many years but have been a School Business Manager working in primary, secondary and a special school setting in both Surrey and West Sussex for the past 9 years. I have completed CIPD, AAT and ADSBM qualifications which have underpinned and extended my knowledge of financial management and strategic leadership. 

In my role as Business Manager at St Andrew’s I work within the Senior Leadership Team. My areas of responsibility include strategic and operational management of finances and HR, as well as leading and managing business services, premises and catering teams to deliver effective, efficient and compliant use of school resources and facilities. I feel that I am given plenty of scope within my role to make a difference to the education, wellbeing and improvement of the life chances available to the students.