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Worthing High School

Worthing High School

Open Evening

Governors

Tony Cohen - Chairman

I have been involved with Worthing High School as a Governor and parent for more than 22 years. All four of my children attended and each had different experiences. My mission is to ensure that all students get the most and the best they can from their time with us. My role is to ensure the Board supports the Headteacher to achieve this objective. 

Dr John Bull - Vice Chairman

I read Law at Cambridge and went on to study Medicine in London after Science A Levels. I worked as a secondary teacher in Sierra Leone and as a trainee doctor in London, Salisbury and Birmingham and Consultant Physician in Worthing. I have been a Governor at Worthing High School since it opened in the early 1980s. 

Pan Panayioyou - Headteacher

I was raised in West London and went to Kingston University where I studied Industrial Design. I then spent a brief period as a product and exhibition designer before training to become a teacher at Brunel University where I focused on Design Technology.

After graduating with my PGCE I then taught in a variety of schools, from a top independent school in Sevenoaks to more challenging mixed comprehensives in Oxford and Epsom before moving back to Surrey and then Hampshire.Whilst teaching I also secured a Bursary to study MA Furniture Design and Education at Chiltern University, High Wycombe, in 1996.  I am now delighted to be Headteacher of Worthing High School. 

Whilst teaching, I trained as a scuba diving instructor and met my wife whilst we both worked for the same dive company in Cyprus. I have 3 amazing children. Being a father has taught me that life is never dull and should never be taken for granted. I have a real passion for teaching profession and in my 25 years as a teacher I have had the privilege to teach hundreds of amazing students. What drives me is I believe that every child has the right to be successful and no child, whatever their background should ever be left behind.

Jacqui McHale - Staff Governor

I joined as a teacher at Worthing High School in September 2012 and have always enjoyed being part of our strong and supportive team. We have been through some challenging times together and my colleagues have been there with me every step of the way. It is therefore a real privilege to represent them on the Governing Body and to be a part of the process of making our amazing school even better.

Nicola Thompson - Parent Governor

I spent most of my childhood in Worthing before studying to become a primary school teacher at Southampton University. Having taught for 6 years I moved into a new role as an advisor for educational software products including Reader Rabbit and the Oxford Revision Guides. I now work from home as a project manager which gives me the flexibility to work part-time and still be a full-time Mum to my two children. My eldest child started at Worthing High School in 2015. We chose Worthing High because we were impressed with the improvements made over recent years and admired the schools ethos of wanting to get to know each child and help them to reach their full potential by meeting their individual needs. I hope that as a governor I can help the school to achieve this.  

Mark Bideleux - Governor

I am a Governor. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Brighton and moved to the area in 1996 working for Daewoo Technical Centre. My eldest son started at WHS in 2014 and our daughter joined the school in 2015. I have been impressed with the school since the first open evening and feel, as governors we have a responsibility to ensure the learning environment is safe and stretches the pupils to achieve and prepare them for their further education and employment futures. 

Amanda Allibone - Staff Governor

My name is Amanda Allibone and I have been working at Worthing High School for the last year. Currently, I am working as an Acting Senior Cover Supervisor.

I am the mother of 3 children, the youngest of whom is currently a student at Worthing High School, which means that I appreciate and understand the work of the school to ensure that each student achieves to the best of their ability from both a parental and staff perspective

Prior to working at Worthing High School, I worked at The Weald School, Billingshurst for 15 years, starting as a Learning Support Assistant for 10 years and then as a Cover Supervisor for 5 years. I have also worked at Lloyds Bank TSB as a Customer Service Manager for 22 years. I intend making a positive contribution as the Support Staff Governor. 

Kat Jordan El Karout - Parent Governor

I have served the communities I've lived and worked in as a midwife for twenty years. My son started Worthing High in September 2017 and I have two younger boys I hope will also join the school. I have experience of listening to parents express their achievements and successes as well as their concerns and worries. I also believe in parents continuing ability to listen to their children and better understand their experiences of society and education in this fast changing world.

Sasha Scambler - Parent Governor

I believe that parents and schools need to work together to nurture curiosity, social awareness and a love of learning in children and young adults. If we get this right we set them up for the future. Qualifications are clearly important but education is much more than simply passing exams. My eldest son started Worthing High in 2017 and I have another son I hope will join in 2018.I also work in the field of education as a university lecturer and I am passionate about the importance of education at all levels.

David Oakton - Parent Governor

I think being a Governor is an opportunity for me to give something back to the community I live in. I was raised in Worthing and have lived here all my life apart from when studying. I am married with two children and the eldest joined Worthing High in 2017. I have a law degree from Nottingham Trent University and have worked in financial services for the last 26 years. For me the role of Governors and the school leadership team is to work in partnership to give the children all the opportunities to be the very best they can be.