Sandra Denton-Deputy Headteacher

I joined Ocklynge in September 2012 after having worked in the East End of London for thirteen years.

I am delighted to be part of this vibrant school and aim to support the many initiatives which enable our pupils to enjoy a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.

My main passion is literature and I aim to expose children to good quality texts at every opportunity. I have even been known to quote Shakespeare in P.E lessons!

Sharon Knights-Assistant Head (Inclusion)

I joined Ocklynge in April 2015 and previously worked for 11 years as Inclusion Manager at Stone Cross School. Prior to that I worked as a teacher in London, leading on literacy and ethnic minority achievements. I am currently the lead teacher for child protection, pupil premium, special educational needs and managing support staff.

Adam Wood-Head of Year 3

I have been head of year 3 since 2011 after being head of year 5 since Easter 2005 having previously worked as a class teacher at Ocklynge.

Prior to Ocklynge, I worked as a secondary school link teacher in year 7 and before that in the primary sector.

Zoe Linzey-Head of Phase

Catherine Adams-Business Manager

I joined the team at Ocklynge in December 2015.

Whilst I was not born in Eastbourne, I spent most of my childhood growing up and being educated in local primary schools so know Ocklynge very well.  This is now my second career and I draw on a wealth of knowledge outside the school environment. I have now worked in different school sectors in East Sussex over the past 15 years.  I am the lead for all things Human Resource, Finance, Premises and Health & Safety focused.  With this in mind, I feel privileged to be part of this hard working team. I am looking forward to finding new ways of funding the continued learning experience of your child whilst they are with us at Ocklynge.

Sylvia Berhane-DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead)

Hi my name is Sylvia Berhane. I've been at Ocklynge Junior School for over 10 years now - first as head of year 4 then head of year 5. I have just returned from a year's secondment supporting a school in Peacehaven as a headteacher. Before Ocklynge I taught at a variety of schools, from East London to a small country village school to an international school in Ethiopia!

I've always enjoyed teaching and I love the way children think and learn! Outside of school, I love travelling and reading.

Jon Reynard-Headteacher

I have been waiting with great anticipation to start as Headteacher here at Ocklynge. It is a job that I have aspired to for many years and as such it’s a dream come true to be here and to lead this brilliant school forward.

I have been a  headteacher in East Sussex for approximately 17 years first at Broad Oak CP School in Heathfield and then at Seaford Primary School where I was headteacher for almost 13 years.  I am very much looking forward to working alongside you all in improving and developing the education for all the children.


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