The Haven Voluntary Aided CofE/Methodist Primary School

God in all we do

The Haven VA CE/Methodist

Primary School Governors


Mrs N Soars ~ Chair of Governors

I now have two children at the Haven, my eldest is now at senior school.I think it is the best school there is! Before I had children I used to work for a Private Bank where I looked after very rich clients who had at least £500,000 available to invest (that would buy a lot of chocolate!). Our job was to buy stocks and shares and other investments (sometimes fine wines) and hopefully make their money grow! After working in London I then travelled around the country training and coaching staff on all sorts of things they might need to know to look after clients and investments.

I joined the board of Governors at The Haven School in October 2011.  and was vice chair of the Governing Board for 4 years before becoming Chair in September 2016. We help look after the staffing and the finances of the school. Another role I have is being Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Governor, ensuring that we make teaching accessible to all pupils and that every area of need is identified and supported. I have previously been a Trustee & Chair of a church trust and also Vice Chair & Chair of a voluntary organisation.

As Governors we like to ensure that we are up to date with training and I have done lots of interesting courses such as: Learning about school finance (introduction), Parental engagement project, Pupil premium (training on how best to use the money we receive for Free school meals), Safeguarding and Promoting Pupil Welfare, Preparing for Ofsted, Special educational needs and disabilities (preparing our school for changes in provision) and Safer recruitment training. We always welcome feedback of any kind from parents, pupils, staff and local community so please if you do have anything you would like to share or discuss with us please drop a note into the school office and it will be passed on to the Governors to deal with appropriately. 


Mrs H Walshe ~ Vice Chair of Governors ~ Foundation Governor Methodist Church

I am a lifelong Methodist and a member of Greenfield Methodist Church.

I am married with one son and two young grandchildren, the oldest of which attends the School.

I worked for the Inland Revenue then HMRC for almost 40 years during which time I qualified as one of Her Majesty's Inspector of Taxes which involved accountancy and audit training.  During my career I also attained a degree in Management and was a member of the Chartered Management Institute. My most recent role saw me responsible for 23 offices, all staff and their work therein, spread across Kent, Sussex and parts of Surrey & Hampshire. 

Now retired it is a blessing to have time to dedicate to helping children in their quest to reach their full potential and a privilege to be a Governor at a school that truly lives up to its motto 'God in all we do' 

Mr V Schulze ~ Foundation Governor 

I was born and educated in South Africa. I moved to Eastbourne in 1971 when I took up a Physics teaching post at Eastbourne College. After 6 years there, 2 as a Housemaster, I moved to Moira House Girls School, where I taught Physics, Maths and RE. For the last 12 years there, until 2005 when I retired, I was Head of Science.   In that position I was responsible for the science budget. I have been been married to  Jane for 45 years and have 2 married daughters and 5 grandchildren. I attend All Saints' C of E Church where I am volunteer-Caretaker and helped with the sound desk. I am an evening service Warden. I enjoy reading, the Bible, walking, cycling, Scrabble and tennis. I am also treasurer of a  local Christian charity for Elderly People.

I have been a school governor at The Haven School for 10 years. For 8 years I served as Chair of Governors. During this time the school has doubled  in size and has had a new Nursery School built on site, run by a separate provider. The school has been graded "Good" at our last two Ofsteds in in 2011 and 2014. I helped our Clerk gain the top qualification in The East Sussex Clerking Service for which the school was one  of the first to join in 2011.

While on the governing body at The Haven School I have served on the Personnel, Admissions (Chair) and Pay committees (Chair) and the new Leadership and Management committees.   Over the years I have attended a great variety of training courses to help improve my understanding of the role of school governors. Such courses include: 'Taking the Chair', 'Being an Effective Chair', 'Preparing for Ofsted', 'Safeguarding', 'Headteacher Performance Management', 'Introduction to School Finance'. I try to keep as up-to-date as possible with all the changes that take place in the primary education system. I regard my main role as supporting and challenging the Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Team


Rev R McAvoy ~ Foundation Governor 

I began my working life as an Engineer working as an Estimator, graduated in Mechanical Engineering and later worked as a Development Engineer in Postal mechanization.   After 10 years I retrained and served for 34 years as a minister in the Methodist Church in a number of appointments around the country including Eastbourne.   I have raised four children and had close contact with schools through their education and as a Governor at schools in South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and three schools here in Eastbourne, as well as The Haven.  

I have attended numerous courses over the years, including Finance, Safeguarding and Pupil Welfare, On line safety and Asking Strategic Questions. I am familiar with budgeting and handling large financial projects, having had responsibility for fundraising and managing a number of large church building projects. I also serve on the Haven Policy Committee and Ethos committee and have served on the Disciplinary Committee.

I retired back to Eastbourne in 2007 and have enjoyed my role as a Foundation Governor in this fine school over the last eight years.


Mrs C Kuchta ~ Foundation Governor (St Richards, CoE

I am married and worked as a teacher, was appointed as a Foundation Governor of The Haven School in May 2016 by St Richards Church of England

I have now retired a blessing to have time to dedicate to helping children in their quest to reach their full potential and a privilege to be a Governor at a school that truly lives up to its motto 'God in all we do' 



Mr J Stirmey ~ Foundation Governor

I returned to Eastbourne in 2011 following retirement and both my wife and I are members of Greenfield Methodist Church. We are both  involved with Street Pastors and various aspects of  Christian outreach.  At Greenfield I am the Administrator of the Nursery School and enjoy my time with the children especially during messy play!!

I was Bursar at Willingdon Community School for eight years and prior to that worked for the County Council in internal audit. i taught for twelve years in the Midlands and at Polegate Primary School.  My interests include table tennis (to improve my fitness levels) and I enjoy hill walking and reading.  I  hope that I can contribute to the effectiveness and enjoyment in this expanding school.  


Mr N Cameron ~ Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since 2013 and have three daughters in the school.  I moved from Berkshire to Eastbourne in 1995 to study for my degree and 30 years later I am still here.  I have lived on Sovereign Harbour for 20 years and out first house overlooked the patch of wasteland that was later to become The Haven School.   I worked in leisure management for 26 years for Eastbourne Borough Council and then a local Leisure Trust before moving to become Soft Services Manager at Eastbourne College in 2016..

I currently sit on the Closing the Gap & Admissions committees.


Mr I Gardner ~ Foundation Governor

After graduating from Bristol University and being admitted as a solicitor I practiced in London  between 1972 and 1987 before moving  to Eastbourne with my wife and two daughters. From 1987 until 2011 I continued in practice as a solicitor with a local firm, retiring in 2011. I was privileged in that time to serve as a trustee of Tear Fund and subsequently as a trustee of Compassion UK Christian Child Development whose main work in a nutshell is ‘the relief of children from poverty in Jesus’ name’ fulfilled mainly by  the sponsorship of children in a number of countries around the world.

My wife and I attend All Saints Church Eastbourne where we both serve as Readers. We also play a regular part in the life of our five children.

I became a Governor of The Haven in September 2016 and my hope is that I will help to maintain the high standards at The Haven School and preserve its christian ethos. 

Mrs S Owen ~ Foundation Governor

I have recently moved to Eastbourne having lived in South East London for over 25 years. During that time I worked as a teacher and manager at a large primary school in Thamesmead. Latterly I was Assistant Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager and I was responsible for Safeguarding and Special Education Needs as well as line managing a team of over 35 support staff.

My husband was a vicar in the Church of England for over 40 years and since retiring to Eastbourne we have been attending All Saints Church. We have three children (who are all teachers!) and three granddaughters. I have regular ‘Grannie’ days.

I have been a governor at the Haven for just over a year and am part of the Ethos Working Group and am the governor responsible for Safeguarding. Having always worked in a Local Authority school it is great to be involved in a school community with such a distinctive Christian ethos.

Mrs J Trott ~ Staff Governor

I became the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in September 2016, as well as the staff governor. Prior to this, I taught in Year 1. I absolutely love working here and particularly value the inclusive, caring and compassionate nature of everyone at The Haven.
Before teaching, I worked with children with autism for 7 years and completed a MEd: Autism (Children). I am extremely passionate about inclusion and strongly believe that all children should be given the support and encouragement to allow them to achieve their potential.

Mr N Jewell ~ Governor

As Vice Principal of St Catherine's College, I have enjoyed working closely with The Haven School for over 10 years.  I was privileged to join the Governing body in 2016.  I am a father of two children, both of whom are now at Secondary School.  In addition to Senior Leadership experience in Schools, I bring experience of Church School Leadership and two years working as a Pupil Premium consultant for ESCC.   

Mrs J Frost ~ Governor

Born and raised in Barnet, North London, I moved to the Midlands after getting married in 1970 and lived there for twenty five years. During my time there, I worked for a total of five years in school administration at a secondary school in Uppingham, Rutland and at the public school in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Two years after moving south to Eastbourne in 1995 I became Office Manager/Bursar of Langney Primary School for nine years and from there moved to be School Business Manager of Highfield Junior School (now Heron Park Academy) until I retired in 2011. After retiring I volunteered at Shinewater Primary School listening to children read until my appointment as an Exams Invigilator for Ringmer Community College (2014 -17).

A committed Christian and member of the Church of England since my early twenties, I have always taken an active role in church life. My husband and I currently worship at St Mary’s, Willingdon.

Our two children, a daughter and son, live locally and between them have given us five wonderful grandchildren ranging in ages from 8 – 24.

Alongside my employment I studied part-time with the Open University for six years (2000-2005) and, graduated in 2006 with a 2:1 BA Hons (Open) and a Diploma in Religious Studies.

Art and music (especially singing) have been my great loves since childhood and I spend as much of my leisure time as possible painting, drawing, sewing, knitting, crocheting and practicing my electric piano, guitar and clarinet!

In terms of work and life experience I believe I have much to offer The Haven and am really looking forward to contributing to and supporting such a clearly excellent school in terms of ethos, Governing Body, Headteacher and Staff.


Rev A Melvin ~ Foundation Governor

I had various clerical and managerial roles mainly as a bookkeeper and credit controller for a couple of businesses across Buckinghamshire before retraining for the Ministry in 1998.

I have since been a Minister in churches in Milton Keynes, Uckfield (I was also a Governor at Harlands and Manor primary schools) and South Bedfordshire before coming to Eastbourne where I am now the Minister of the Haven Church,  (the church which shares the building with the school).

I am also the director of a local Christian charity that works with elderly people. I am looking forward to working with toward excellence in all we do for this wonderful school."




If you wish to contact a governor, please do so via our Clerk to Governors, Mrs Louise Malyon, whose contact details are:

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