School Contact Information

Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
Nevill Avenue
East Sussex, UK.

Telephone: 01273 736244
Fax: 01273 739615
Email: [email protected]
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Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Ashley Harrold

Head Teacher

Ruth King

Deputy Head Teacher - Transition and Designated Safeguarded Lead.

Ms King is proud to be one of the two Deputy Head Teachers at Blatch. Having completed a degree in English and Drama Ms King went on to train as a secondary teacher, and later completed a Masters in Education, followed by her NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). She has worked in a number of Local Authorities in the South East and has previously been a Head of English and an Equal Opportunities Co-ordinator as well as a Deputy Head elsewhere before joining Blatch.

Her current role includes Transition, Child Protection and External Partnerships which involves making sure our students have the best possible start at Blatch, as well as preparing them for life beyond it, keeping students safe and developing our work with other educational establishments.

Ms King believes that education is such a powerful thing and that it is incredibly important to make sure all children are safe and able to make the most of the brilliant opportunities Blatch can provide. Through her work with other schools and colleges our students are getting to see the world beyond Blatch and are interacting with others both older and younger than themselves. She is making sure these opportunities are genuinely open to ALL students, regardless of background.

This all links in with the school ideals of students as committed members of their community and she has total belief in the exciting future we can offer the Hove Learner.

Lindsey Thompson

Deputy Head Teacher - Learning and CPD.

Born in the Midlands, Ms Thompson was the first member of her family to receive a University education and was part of the first tranche of comprehensive education in the UK. Having studied Theology at Sheffield University she found that she had no clear idea of what to do next until friends suggested she trained as a teacher. This was not her ideal but once at Cambridge University and on teaching practice she found herself realising that teaching RE, Philosophy and Ethics, working with young people, being part of a team of committed staff and working with parents and carers was the best and most fulfilling job in the world. 

In her 33 years as a teacher she has held numerous positions from Head of Department to Head of Year and for the last 11 years she has been a member of Senior Leadership Teams. Her passions in education remain the same; building positive relationships so that students and staff can thrive, using research to inform everything we do, ensuring that prior disadvantage does not hold any student back, inclusivity, celebration of diversity , team building, leadership development and ensuring that all can achieve and flourish. 

She is very proud to be a member of the Blatch family and to be Deputy Head at such a wonderful and inclusive school, which offers so many opportunities for all of us to be the best we can be. She remains as committed to these aims as she was when she entered the profession in 1985.

Keith McCormick

Assistant Head Teacher - Learning Character.

Mr McCormick joined Blatchington Mill School & Sixth Form College in September 1998 as the Curriculum Team Leader for Design. He was promoted to the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Headteacher in 2004 and since that time has worked predominately with students at Key Stage 4. In recent years, however, his remit has broadened and it now encompasses all students in the school, aiming to develop their holistic learning-character.

Mr McCormick’s career started in Mechanical Engineering; he completed a full apprenticeship and qualified as a Production Engineer before commencing teacher training at Avery Hill College, now part of the University of Greenwich. It was here he achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a BEd in Design and Technology and has since added an MA in Education Studies to this through part-time study at the University of Sussex. 

Before moving to Brighton, Mr McCormick worked at different schools in one of the outer London Boroughs. Engineering, Design Technology and vocational education are areas he values strongly; since joining Blatchington Mill’s leadership Team, Mr McCormick has co-ordinated the school’s vocational course offer, liaising with local colleges to provide a range of alternative opportunities for young people who wish a follow a more practical experience. He helped lead and run a vocational training facility, shared jointly with another local school, oversaw the development of an excellent catering training facility in school and led the school’s involvement in the Greenpower Electric car challenge, where students built and raced an electrically powered vehicle. He was the first chair-person of the Brighton & Hove Employer Engagement group, which enabled schools to work more closely with local businesses; this led to some excellent cross-school careers and business awareness events. On the academic front, Mr McCormick has, over a number of years, developed induction, study-skills and revision programmes which have supported students and contributed to the school’s success in public examinations.

Mr McCormick currently leads the school’s Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and in support of this, recently qualified as an expedition assessor.  He is a passionate believer in supporting young people to explore different adventures and activities outside of school. He also believes that providing a well-structured, broad and challenging educational experience which supports and values every student is a vital foundation for later educational and life chances. It is what Blatch does best. It is why he has been happy to teach here for a number of years and remains committed to continuing the good work of the school. 

Ruth Kaplan

Assistant Head Teacher - Behaviour.

Mrs Kaplan has been working in education for over a decade. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Glasgow, a Post-Graduate Teaching Diploma from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters in Education and Leadership of Learning from the University of Dundee.

Mrs Kaplan moved from her native Scotland and began working for Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College in 2015 as Head of Social Sciences. She is excited to move into her new role of Assistant Head teacher Behaviour at Blatch, looking to build on a strong platform, already recognised by OFSTED as ‘Outstanding’.

Mrs Kaplan’s previous roles within teaching include Head of Humanities at Perth Grammar School, Head of Religious Education at The Royal High School in Edinburgh and Teacher of Religious Education / Principal Teacher of Pastoral Care at Clydebank High School in Glasgow. In addition to her teaching, Mrs Kaplan has held a number of alternative roles within education. For a number of years Mrs Kaplan has been a Senior Examiner for the Scottish Qualifications Authority exam board helping to mark and set papers for Philosophy and Religious Studies courses. Mrs Kaplan also spent time working for West Dunbartonshire Council as the Religious Studies Coordinator, helping to raise standards across primary and secondary schools within the council. Mrs Kaplan also spent a year working for the University of Glasgow Student Representative Council focusing on issues of Equality and Widening Participation.

Mrs Kaplan believes that education is key in providing young people with a positive start in life. She holds this to be true both in helping students to achieve the qualifications they need to access college, university and apprenticeships, but also in furnishing our young people with the skills they need throughout life to work with people, develop resilience and achieve happiness.

Mrs Kaplan loves both Brighton & Hove and Blatchington Mill and feels privileged to be a part of the Senior Leadership Team at this truly inclusive school. 

Alexis Crawford

Assistant Head Teacher - Curriculum.

Ms Crawford is currently enjoying the role of Assistant Headteacher at BMS and has responsibility for overseeing the Curriculum.  She also continues to teach Maths and has previously been Head of Maths both here, and at another school.  She believes that leading by example is the only way to influence others, and that building and sustaining positive relationships is a must for any leader.  Alongside this, careful planning and organisation are essential in building improvement.

She believes it is incredibly important to provide our students with an exciting and relevant curriculum that will motivate and inspire.  She does this at BMS by ensuring that we are constantly developing our curriculum offer and continuing to embed dynamic approaches within our Schemes of Learning for each subject.  She is particularly passionate about ensuring students are able to follow pathways that allow them to develop their own interests.  She does this by listening carefully to what students and their parents say and by working hard to ensure KS4 and KS5 options cover a broad range of subjects.  She also ensures that our timetable and calendar allow us to be inclusive while supporting the best possible teaching and learning.

Ms Crawford believes that if students are happy at school then they will learn at school!

Alessandro Capozzi 

Assistant Head Teacher 

Sarah Hextall

Executive Business Manager

Ms Hextall’s experience of higher education was two years at drama school undertaking vocational training in technical theatre arts. She spent the next 15 years as a stage manager and production manager in professional theatre, festivals and events, specialising in disability arts and organisations that promote diversity and equality of access and with seasons at The National Theatre and Liverpool Everyman.

In 2004 she took the role of Bursar at Carlton Hill, a small primary in Kemptown and found herself on a new career path.  She followed the National College’s School Business Management training programme alongside work in a large inner London primary and a residential special school in Kent before ‘coming home’ to Blatchington Mill.

She is delighted to be part of a school where the relationships are widely recognised as positive and productive, and visitors comment on the great relationships between students and staff. It is essential to her that we make best use of our resources and ensure a sustainable financial future in order to continue to secure high standards in education.  She is determined to provide the means required to reduce and remove the obstacles that some students experience. She feels proud to lead the Business Staff as they support the teaching and learning at our school as we contribute to the wider community of Brighton and Hove.


Year Teams

The first contact for most parents and carers should please be the Assistant Year Team Leaders. These roles are linked to each individual year group and the staff involved are able to directly contact the relevant member of staff.

Year 7

Assistant Year Team Leader - Laura Joules

Year Team Leader - Jason King

Year 8

Assistant Year Team Leader - Sarah-Jane Fenton

Year Team Leader - Naomi Field

Year 9

Assistant Year Team Leader - Liam Hutchins

Year Team Leader - Gemma Mitchell

Year 10

Assistant Year Team Leader - Annie Wilmot

Year Team Leader - Andy Maxted

Year 11

Assistant Year Team Leader - Esther Barnard

Year Team Leader - Matt Greville


Sixth Form

Secretary - Caroline Hall


Curriculum Team Leaders

English - Mr A. Breckenridge

Design - Mrs C. Whitby

Geography - Ms C. Harrington
History - Mr S. Webster 
Social Sciences - Mr R. Radcliffe
PSHE - Ms R. Auld

ICT/Business - any enquiries please contact Mr K. McCormick

Maths - Mr S. Colwill

MFL - Mr J. Fincham

PE - Mr P. Mowforth

Performing Arts - Ms J. Fawcett

Science - Mr Q. Haque


Ms T. White (SENCO)

Mr J. Alexander (SENCO SEMH)



School Governors

See the Blatchington Mill School Governors page.

Last updated by: E.Brown Apr 2018