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Governors will be providing photographs and short biographies of themselves. Others to follow soon.


Anna Clark (Chair of governors)

I have a background in managing and developing Drugs Education services in Central London. I moved to Brighton from London after having my first child in 2001, and went on to have twins in 2004. All of my children have been educated at Middle Street school from nursery onwards, and it has been such a rich experience for them, that I feel compelled to support the caring inclusive ethos of the staff, and their continuous striving for academic excellence.


Ruth Williams

I am one of the school’s community governors and I was appointed in November 2011. I have 20 years’ experience as a university researcher in issues relating to higher education policy, such as access and widening participation to higher education, the employment of graduates, and the management of universities. I now work as a part-time, freelance researcher and consultant, and I’m interested in all aspects and levels of education. As well as attending the school’s governing body meetings, I am a member of the curriculum committee and the City Centre Partnership Governors’ Group. I am also the link governor for literacy and primary languages, and partnership schools.


Hannah Jefferies

I have two children who have both been at Middle Street since nursery. I believe strongly that good partnerships between parents and the school can make all the difference for children. I am passionate about fairness and believe that all children should be properly supported to achieve their best, no matter what their starting point. I also work part-time with schools across the country helping them to improve their communications and relationships with current and prospective parents and I can bring that experience to this role. I am link governor for RE and ICT and am part of the curriculum committee.


Vanessa McGeachin

am the non-teaching staff governor. I was first elected in 2006 and am currently serving my second term. I am the link governor for PE and for our Learning Mentors and sit on the Resources Committee. I love my role as a teaching assistant. I particularly like the caring ethos of the school and the opportunities to build relationships with all the children. My belief that children need to be happy before they can learn and fulfill their potential underpins all my work. I have a long association with Middle Street, both my daughters attended the school and I have been an active member of the School Association. I am keen to help parents find ways to support and engage with their children’s learning and I hope my experience and perspective as a parent, member of staff and governor can contribute to this goal.


Ray Williams

I have spent all my working life in education, initially as a teacher and mostly in Local Education Authorities, always in roles in support of schools. In retirement, I find that being a governor helps me to keep up with developments, both locally and nationally; and, more importantly, I enjoy bringing my skills and insights (hopefully!) to bear in support of the school, particularly on the Resources Committee. Middle Street never fails to impress me with its vibrancy and commitment to the development of all its children in the fullest possible sense and I look forward to many more years of involvement as part of a lively governing body.



Julie Aldous (Headteacher)

Biography to follow.



Gill Brill (Clerk)

I have been Clerk to the governing body at Middle Street since September 2002. My main role as Clerk is to provide support by servicing meetings, providing advice on procedural and constitutional matters, and undertaking other administrative duties associated with the effective operation of the governing body.