School Contact Information

Blatchington Mill School
Nevill Avenue
East Sussex, UK.

Telephone: 01273 736244
Fax: 01273 739615
Email: [email protected]
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Quick links: >> Senior Leadership Team | Year Teams | Curriculum Team Leaders | School Governors

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 three 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.

Alessandro Capozzi

Deputy Head Teacher

Kate Claydon

Deputy Head Teacher 

Alexis Crawford

Assistant Head Teacher 

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!

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 - Esther Barnard

Year Team Leader - Matt Greville

Year 8

Assistant Year Team Leader - Laura Joules

Year Team Leader - Jason King

Year 9

Assistant Year Team Leader - Sarah-Jane Fenton

Year Team Leader - Naomi Field

Year 10

Assistant Year Team Leader - Liam Hutchins

Year Team Leader - Virginia Trickey

Year 11

Assistant Year Team Leader - Annie Wilmot

Year Team Leader - Elizabeth Edmed


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)



School Governors

See the Blatchington Mill School Governors page.

Last updated by: E.Brown Sep 2019