Meet the Governors 

Hedda Wells (Chair)

I have been a parent at Eastergate School for a total of 11 years and after my youngest moved to Secondary School in 2015, I joined the Governing Body in September 2015. I am at school at least once a week – and have been for the last 6 years – listening to readers or taking children outside to work in the vegetable plot. I am involved in running a Toddler Group and Sunday School at the local church and would like to promote Eastergate School in the community. I enjoy outdoor activities, making music, a good book and baking.

Julie Allington

I was appointed as a foundation governor at the end of 2017. Growing up in Chichester, I  have lived in Eastergate parish for over 30 years and have attended Eastergate church since moving into the area. For many years I have supported those young people who wish to participate in the family service by playing their musical instruments. 

I enjoy reading, knitting, sewing, walking our dog and growing our own vegetables. I have been involved in the girlguiding movement since I was a brownie and am currently the guide leader at Barnham Guides.  For most of my career I taught science and maths at a secondary school in Chichester.  I retired in 2016 and I am now looking forward to becoming involved in the life of Eastergate School.

Edgar Van-Hoek

I have been a governor since September 2016 when my daughter joined the school in Reception.  As a teacher and ‘data-geek’ myself, I have supported the governance of the school by taking an interest in the school’s progress and attainment data.  As a science teacher, I hope to support the ongoing development of an exciting science curriculum at Eastergate.  I live locally with my wife and two daughters.  I enjoy exploring the South Downs on a luminous green bike and I aspire to own a campervan!

Andrea Jacob

I am an Associate Governor at Eastergate, having handed over the role of staff governor last year whilst I supported the school through a term of transition as Acting Headteacher.  I have been Assistant Headteacher at Eastergate CE School since 2014. During this time I have taught across the school in Years 3, 4 and 5. I am currently class teacher for Year 1 in Heron Class and RE coordinator. I live in Arundel with my family, I enjoy travelling, reading and watching my children play a variety of sports!

Sam McClure

I was appointed as Staff Governor at Eastergate in September 2018 and I am very excited to take on this new role in school.

I started my journey at Eastergate in September 2017 teaching Reception after working at an international school in Warsaw, Poland. I have two children, one who is currently in Reception class at Eastergate. I live in Westergate with my family and love to spend my spare time travelling, enjoying family days out and keeping fit.

Kirsti Longland

I have lived in the villages for the last 20 years and am married to Mark, we have 3 children who have all attended Eastergate and have now progressed to senior school. I have worked as a Finance Assistant in a large primary school in Rustington for the last 7 years and I love my job. I have always been involved with life at Eastergate since my children started there and am enjoying my role as a governor.

Sam Coates

I have recently joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor, and have 2 girls in the school, Faith in Year 6 and Eliza in Year 2. I have lived in the area most of my life from ages 6 apart from a short spell at Liverpool University where I met my wife. By day, I am a calculations analyst for a global health and benefit company based in Chichester and also part of their learning and development team delivering training locally and nationally. I am a self confessed nerd, gamer and film fan with an extensive selection of comics and films taking up large portions of our living room.

Martin McMaster

I have lived opposite the school for 9 years now and since retiring after 37 years in the corporate world last year I have been filling my time with community events for the elderly and odd jobs to help them out.  I was co-opted by the chairperson of the governing body in January 2019 and have thoroughly enjoyed it so far.  My retirement is filled with the community work, the school, lots of D.I.Y and walking my two dogs.  Still a keen sportsman but a little more limited as the age barrier creeps in,

Tim Tompkins

I have lived locally with my wife and two children (Rufus 10 and Clara 4) since November 2017. I taught as a Primary school and SEN teacher for 12 years before moving here to look after my kids. I have recently started work as a Teaching Assistant in a local secondary school focusing in helping children with Speech and Language Difficulties (SPLD). I enjoy music, film and food (in any order) and try to go to gigs and festivals as often as I can. I also love art and photography, so one day hope to return to my first love; painting and drawing. I spend most weekends helping with homework, spending days out with the family whilst trying to keep up to date with the mighty Derby County.

Derry Richardson

I recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor, after choosing Eastergate as our son’s new school from September 2019. My youngest son Cody is in year 3, and my eldest, Finn, is in year 7 at Ormiston. We moved from Arundel to Barnham last year, and we’re really enjoying making new friends and trying out the local pubs! 

I am currently an independent education consultant and primary maths specialist teacher, having worked as a Deputy Headteacher and local authority advisor. I love singing, and attempting the Rock Choir routines, a gin and tonic, training teachers and teaching. Eastergate is a special school, and my family is really looking forward to our new adventure here, and in the local community. 

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