Principal’s Welcome

Welcome to our website and I hope that your browsing will lead to a visit in person.

Should you come to Eastbourne to see us I am sure you will be amazed by our school, our girls, the staff and our wonderful location. With the South Downs outside our back gate and sitting in the beautiful leafy Eastbourne suburb of Meads we are all truly blessed to spend our working day here.

We have been educating girls for 140 years. We know girls education. We understand how girls learn. We know our craft.

We have a curriculum that supports our very aspirational school aims to educate the whole person and provide the girls with the skills they will need for the unknown life that lies ahead. It is no longer just an opinion – it is a statistical fact that girls learn better in girls schools.  .

Whilst we are not a highly selective school, our examination results are excellent and our scholarship programmes are challenging and enriching. The girls in Moira House are naturally talented and academic high achievers with a strong positive attitude towards academic results. There is, of course, much more to education than a set of exam results – and whilst our girls do go on to the best universities, we view our aim as ensuring that our girls leave Moira House as young adults with a clear sense of ambition and moral purpose guided by a clear moral compass. The world is looking for much more creativity from our children. Industry is telling us that traditional means of education is failing to support our needs. Our extra curricular provision is massive and hugely popular with the girls. It forms an important part of our promise to educate the whole person taking a holistic approach and providing our girls with skills such as creativity, collaboration, endurance, motivation and passion – not just GCSE and A level results.

I hope you will find the contents of our website sufficiently interesting to encourage you to visit us.  I look forward to showing you just how special Moira House is.

Mrs Elodie Vallantine
Acting Principal


Mrs Elodie Vallantine – Acting Principal

Elodie joined Moira House in 2014 as Deputy Principal and has been Acting Principal since January 2017. Elodie obtained a degree in English Language and Literature in France, prior to completing her PGCE at the University of Roehampton. Prior to joining Moira House, she was Assistant Head at St. Martha’s, another GSA School in North London for 5 years, as well as being Chair of Governors of a primary school in London for 4 years. Elodie has been an examiner, a moderator and a teacher trainer for various examination boards since 2003. In 2016, Elodie completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Mr Steve Crum – Assistant Headteacher

Steve realised that teaching was to be his chosen profession when he was first introduced to teaching whilst working at an orphanage in Russia. He graduated from the University of Sussex in 2000 with an Honours Degree, went on to complete a PGCE in Maths in 2001 and has also obtained an Associate Diploma from the London College of Music in trumpet performance. Steve started his teaching career in the maintained sector before joining Moira House in 2004 where he took over responsibility for the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. He was subsequently appointed as Head of Key Stage 3 in the school and has since completed a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Management.

Mrs Cecy Kemp – Director of Studies – Prep

Cecy joined the Moira House team in September 2014 as Head of Key Stage 2. She has worked in both the Independent and State sector and was Head Teacher of a junior school for seven years. In this role she was responsible for Safeguarding, including Child Protection. In her teaching career she has been responsible for developing English and Mathematics, with a particular focus on creative and personalised learning; tracking pupil progress and developing good transition models. She also led training in East Sussex on school provision for Gifted and Talented pupils. Mrs Kemp has a Diploma in RE, in addition to her BSc, and is the junior chaplain, leading worship, and teaching RE in Years 3-6. Cecy plays violin, viola and piano in local orchestras and leads singing sessions for Pre, Lower and Upper Prep. In an adjustment to the management structure in the Spring Term 2017, Cecy moved to the new position of Director of Studies – Prep with a focus on developing and maintaining excellence in teaching and learning across Years 3-8. She is also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Mrs Tracey Bees – Head of Prep & KS1 Co-ordinator

Tracy grew up on the East coast of the United States. After gaining her BSc in Microbiology she went on to work in both the medical and industrial fields of microbiology for the private sector. After moving to England Tracy gained her teaching qualification, specializing in primary science.
Tracy joined Moira House in 2005 as a Pre-Prep teacher and the Science co-ordinator for Key Stages 1 and 2. She has worked in both the Independent and State sector, teaching in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and has been actively involved in the training and development of student teachers and NQTs throughout her teaching career. She took on the role of Head of Pre-Prep in 2010 and has since completed the Middle Leadership Development Programme through the National College for School Leadership in 2013 and the Independent Schools Qualification in Academic Management Level 1 in 2016.

Mrs Ollie Barber – Head of Teaching & Learning

Ollie joined Moira House in September 2014. She has been teaching Religious Studies since 2001 and is passionate about teaching and learning. She is an Advanced Skills Teacher and her areas of expertise include e-learning, metacognitive learning and skill acquisition. She has two degrees from Brighton University, where she also gained her PGCE. She has taught and advised in a range of settings and has her Leadership Pathways qualification from the National College for School Leadership. She is responsible for teaching and learning across the whole of Moira House, with responsibility for Heads of Faculty, Heads of Pupil Progress and the SEND team.

Dr Rebecca Swingle Putland – Head of Scholars, Director of Outreach and Pastoral Care

Rebecca, who joined Moira House in 2011, is French born, English bred, and lived in the United States for 24 years. After gaining her BA in Art History and BM in Vocal Performance at Oberlin College and Conservatory, she worked in both the law and charity sectors. She moved to Greensboro, North Carolina where she gained both her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is both a professional performer and educator having performed extensively as an opera singer along the east coast of the USA, and taught at UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, Guilford College and Greensboro College. In 2008 she returned to the UK.