Alice Shipsey
Teaching Assistant
I joined The Connected Hub in November 2018, and was made to feel immediately welcome by the staff and students here. I graduated in Philosophy from Leeds University in 2015, since then I have worked in social care settings (children’s’ nurseries, mental health hospitals, homeless shelters). I have really enjoyed combining my academic interest with my interest in supporting people by working in education. A real bonus for me is running the allotment sessions. I have a lot of love for the ecological systems we live in and am interested in our communities learning more about them and looking after them. I look forward to seeing how the allotment develops.
Becca Stadames
Learning Mentor
Becca has been support staff in alternative provision schools around East Sussex for the past eight years and this will be her fourth year at The Connected Hub. Becca is the Learning Mentor at The Connected Hub and has recently taken on the role of deputy designated safeguarding lead. Becca's training for her role has included Mental Health First Aid training, supporting anxiety in schools and C-Card provision training. Becca is committed to supporting students with their social, emotional and mental health needs alongside supporting them to access their educational provision. Becca is currently studying for a BSc (Hons) Psychology.
Cordelia Millington
Transition and Work Related Learning Co-ordinator
I am newly appointed to this post and was happy beyond belief when I heard I got the job. There is a wonderful atmosphere here at the Hub and everyone strives to do the best for the students who attend here. I am looking forward to working with the students to help guide them into a post 16 pathway that is right for them. “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I love this quote by Mark Twain. I have previously worked in two other secondary schools and have over 14 years’ experience within Vocational and Work Related Learning. I hope that with the rest of the staff team, I am able to make a positive difference to an individual’s life. I am married with two sons. I enjoy Travelling, Music especially live or on vinyl, food (making it) and the Arts.
Del Woodward
English Teaching Assistant
I have worked as the English TA at The Hub for 3 years now and have previously worked in one other school. I am currently studying Philosophy and Creative Writing with the Open University with a view to teach once I have graduated. I have thoroughly enjoyed working at the hub for the last 3 years and sharing my passion for English language and literature. Outside of school I enjoy cooking and seeing friends.
Guy Williams
Literacy/Numeracy Teacher
I started teaching at The Connected Hub in 2016 after thirty-four years in mainstream schools around the country – Merseyside, Birmingham, Tottenham, Caterham, Crawley and Lancing. I have a BA (Hons) in Cultural Studies and both a Postgraduate Diploma and an MA in Drama in Education. I am the Editor of The Journal for Drama in Education, a magazine for Drama teachers and have led workshops for teachers and students in countries like Bosnia and Serbia. I have also directed over 100 plays with young people. I love working at The Hub. I can honestly say it is the best place I have ever worked. The staff are brilliant and it is just so lovely working with young people who really want to make the most of their GCSE year, overcoming all the barriers that have been put in front of them. I moved to Brighton in 2003 and have three teenage children who attend a local school and two step-children who live in Australia. In my spare time I love doing DIY and ironing. I also really enjoy going to the theatre and the cinema. I really enjoy reading and whenever I can, I like to go travelling – this year I will be visiting Australia three times to be with my wife and she will be coming over here three times to be with me. Complicated but lovely.
Helen Murray
Behaviour and Guidance Teaching Assistant
I'm from Wales and have lived in Brighton since 2009. I have a BSc in genetics and an interest in education. I enjoy reading, walking my dog, listening to punk music and playing the bass badly. I'm also trying to learn to speak German and Welsh. This is my third year at the hub and it is easily the best place I have ever worked, I love the friendly atmosphere and working with a highly skilled team.
Kate Schofield
Head of School
I was delighted to take over as Head of School in 2018 having joined the Connected Hub in 2014 as a teacher. It is a pleasure to work with students who want to make the most of Year 11. I have met so many interesting characters and it is great to know that students leave here having re engaged with education and ready to take their next steps into college or apprenticeships. I am originally a teacher of food and nutrition and after my first degree, I studied for a Masters in Education at Sussex University. I am particularly interested in professional development for staff and feel privileged to work with and now lead the incredibly dedicated and determined staff team at the Connected Hub. Prior to the Hub I have worked in six different schools, three of them in Brighton and Hove and three in the south west of England. I have also worked with NQTs across Brighton and Hove and tutored training teachers. Being at the Connected Hub is by far the most rewarding job of them all.
Jo Edge
Maths Teacher
I started working at The Connected Hub in September 2016. I really love working here. The staff team are awesome: hard working, student-focused, kind and committed. We all work together with the same purpose - supporting students to make the most of their GCSE year and to find a pathway that is right for them when they leave. I have met many wonderful students since starting here and look forward to meeting and working with many more over the years to come. I graduated in Mathematics and qualified as teacher in 1998 and have been teaching ever since. I have a PGCE in Child Development in Families, Schools and Societies and have also studied Counselling skills at level 1, 2 and 3. I have a post-graduate diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am interested in Attachment and have completed the attachment course run by Louise Bomber. I worked in a range of settings before coming to The Hub, mainly with students who have emotional and/or behavioural needs and I spent 10 years working with students who were in care and who had experienced trauma. I am inspired by my role here in assisting students through their last year at school before they embark on new ventures through college or apprenticeships. In my spare time I like walking with my daughter and our dogs, listening to tunes, seeing my friends and going on adventures in my campervan.
Katie Maltbaek
Food Teacher
I have been teaching both Science and Food Technology for six years, working in PRUs in both Kent and London and most recently a SEMH Special School in West London. I have a BSc Hons in Adventure leisure and Biology and a PGDip in Education. I am now delivering AQA GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition at the Connected Hub this year. I am really enjoying working at the Hub since starting in September, cooking with the students and getting to try all of their dishes is amazing. There are some future chefs in the making here for certain! Outside of school I am kept very busy with my little boy who has just turned two and exploring Brighton and Hove as we have newly moved to the area!
Lex Butler
Teaching Assistant
The foundations of my work with children and teenagers were laid in my childhood as I watched, learned from and participated with my parents in their dedicated work as foster carers. Whilst studying for a Fine Art degree at Chelsea College, I worked for Hackney Council, supporting and engaging children and teenagers in play in the Adventure Playgrounds in the borough. After graduating, I ran the Out of School Childcare provision for a charity called the Winchester Project in Camden. In Brighton I have been a childminder and have run arts and crafts clubs in local primary schools. I am an Arts Award Assessor and have contributed to many Crafts Council projects. My main focus with children has been upgrading forgotten skills. I also work at connecting communities through social crafts like knitting. I originally came to The Hub in 2018 to invigilate exams. When I walked through the door, I immediately felt like I had come home and felt the warmth, commitment and expertise here. Since September 2018 I have had the privilege of working alongside Year 11 students as they journey into adulthood. I love the laughter - teenagers laugh a lot - even on the toughest day here, there is talking and laughing. But it is the transformative work that happens here that inspires me most as we share the principles of respect, care and empathy. When I am not here, I am a parent to three children and I am an artist. I make text, photos, video and installations. The work I make is about connection. As is my work at The Hub.
Louise Cook
Executive Headteacher
I am proud to be the Executive Head of the Central Hubs. The Connected Hub is a great team and all work together to get the best possible outcomes for each and every student.   I try to keep fit by cycling to school, and swimming.  I like to learn something new every few years and this year I am continuing to learn bridge which is much more complicated than I had anticipated!   I have two children, 3 cats and a dog.
Lucie Broadbent Smith
Attendance and Safeguarding Lead/Art Teacher
I have been working in schools in Brighton since 2008. I have a BA Hons in Expressive Art (Art and Music) and additional qualifications in Counselling and Art Therapy. Previously I had been a volunteer youth leader, art workshop facilitator and a buyer for a Museum shop. I have worked continually in pastoral roles in schools, focussing on attendance, behaviour and safeguarding. Since Easter 2018 I have become our Safeguarding Lead. I have also taught GCSE Art and Design at The Connected Hub for over five years. I have really enjoyed working at The Connected Hub since I started in Jan 2013. It’s an unusual school with a brilliant attitude to its students and staff. Outside of school, I sing backing vocals for a covers band and am always trying to find time to be creative. I don’t live in Brighton and actually enjoy my commute over the downs each day.
Mark Nicholls
Receptionist/Admin Assitant
I have over 6 years’ experience working as a teaching assistant at two local SEN secondary schools and have previously worked as a receptionist at a law firm. I love working with young people and helping them discover and pursue their passions in life. Outside of education, I have also worked in the music industry for over 15 years as a musician and songwriter. My musical background has also informed my work in schools allowing me to teach individual pupils and groups to play musical instruments and lead school bands. My main areas of interest are music, film and sport. I am currently considering training as a teacher. I’m really happy to be working at the Hub as it has a really lovely atmosphere. All the staff and pupils have made me feel really welcome from the start!
Nick Marzetti
Teaching Assistant
This is my first year at the Hub. I have a background in adult social care and working with people with severe mental and physical disabilities. I have a BA Hons in Criminology from Nottingham Trent University and have worked at day centers, schools and care providers in and around Brighton for the last 6 years. I am absolutely loving working at the Hub and in my spare time I enjoy reading, especially crime non fiction by David Simon and fiction by Irivine Welsh. I'm also a big fan of stand up comedy and listening to Grime and Hip Hop. I have lived in Brighton for the last 6 years, before that Nottingham, Ringmer and Peckham.
Rosie Reekie
Science Teacher
I was really pleased to start working here at The Connected Hub this year, as a Science Teacher. I live in Brighton, locally, with my family. I enjoy teaching science and I am passionate about looking after the environment and using bikes instead of cars. I like doing fun things with my children, cooking, reading and going to the cinema.
Vivien Papier
English Teacher
I first moved to Brighton from London in order to study English and History at the University of Sussex, and liked it so much I stayed! In the years between obtaining my undergraduate degree and my PGCE/QTS I worked in various fields including content writing and nursery work, and also received my NCTJ diploma in journalism. In my spare time I enjoy writing, painting and Thai-boxing. I have previously taught English in two different secondary schools around Brighton and have found that The Connected Hub is dramatically different to anywhere I have worked before. The teaching and learning environment here is a very special one and I feel privileged to be a part of it.