Head of School’s Welcome
As Head of School at Moira House, I am privileged to spend my day in such a beautiful environment, leading a community of talented, enthusiastic students and extremely dedicated staff. With the South Downs National Park at the rear of the school and views to the sea from the front, the location of our school is idyllic.
Founded by Charles Ingham in 1875, we have a strong pedigree in providing education for girls. Moira House is renowned for its family feel and inspirational pastoral care, where each girl is valued as an individual. Our girls thrive at school and are encouraged to seize every opportunity to develop and grow, to be all they can be, to dare to dream.
Our examination results are excellent and our scholarship programmes are both challenging and enriching. We believe that academic excellence is not just the product of outstanding teaching and learning, but evolves through an holistic approach to education.
Our extensive extra-curricular programme aims to develop the whole person and to encourage our girls to challenge themselves to try something new, as well as offering opportunities for service to others. Our school motto, ‘Nemo a me Alienus’, can be translated as ‘Other People Matter’ and this lies at the heart of everything that we do at Moira House.
Girls form lifelong friendships during their time with us and are hugely supportive of one another. The ethos of the school is very special and visitors comment on the happy and inclusive atmosphere that pervades throughout the school. Moira House girls are very special and leave us as self-assured, confident young women with a clear sense of ambition and moral purpose; eager to embrace the opportunities that lie ahead.
Mrs Elodie Vallantine BA, PGCE, NPQH
Head of School
MEET THE SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT)
Mrs Elodie Vallantine – Head of School
Elodie joined Moira House in 2014 as Deputy Principal and has been leading the school 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. Elodie is also a Trustee for AEGIS (the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students) and a Director for the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership.
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 Tracey Bees – Head of Pre-Prep
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 – Director of Pastoral Care and Scholars
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. Rebecca is also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.
MEET THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM (SMT)
Mrs Cecy Kemp – Head of Prep
Mrs Cecy Kemp joined Moira House 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 the 23 years that she has been teaching, 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 led training in East Sussex on school provision for Gifted and Talented pupils, has specialisms in both Music and RE as well as a degree in Biological Sciences. In an adjustment to the management structure in the autumn term 2016, Mrs Kemp moved to the new position of Head of Prep.
Mr David Pollard – Head of Seniors
David joined Moira House in January 2015 after working for an international education group as Head of Mathematics and member of SLT at a prep school. He has also worked in the state sector at a large high achieving comprehensive school delivering both Mathematics and pastoral support to boys and girls aged 11-16. Prior to taking up teaching, David managed and operated multi-million pound facilities for Local Government and schools, running a team of 75 staff, developing a skill set that can be applied to the role at Moira House. In addition to his BA and QTS, he also holds a Post Graduate Management Qualification, Health and Safety Management Qualification and a number of vocational teaching and assessing awards.
Mrs Sarah Hughes – Nursery Manager
Sarah joined Moira House in 2002 as Head of Nursery. Prior to working at Moira House she was a Nursery manager for a local nursery school and manager for David LLyod crèche, Asquith court schools. In 2012 she completed her BA (Hons) in Early Years and Child Development and went on to gain EYPS (Early Years Professional Status). Following on from this she trained to become an Early Years Ofsted inspector. In 2013 she led her team in gaining outstanding for the ISI inspection, and has gone on to maintain outstanding with their last inspection in March 2017.
Mrs Ruth Harris-Moss – Head of Sixth Form
Ruth joined Moira House in 1999 as a teacher of German and French having previously worked in both the maintained and the independent sectors as a language teacher and as a Housemistress. A graduate from the University of Warwick, she has gone on to lead Modern Languages and the Languages Faculty as a whole as well as teaching in her second area of specialism – Business Studies. Ruth is the Head of the Sixth Form and also overseas UCAS applications. In 2013 Ruth successfully completed her Middle Leaders Development Programme via the National College for School Leadership in conjunction with the GSA. During her time at Moira House Ruth has organized many annual whole School events such as the Firework Fayre and the French language morning, Moiraville.
Mrs Jo Talkington – Head of Boarding and Welfare, Residential Nurse
Jo joined Moira house in 2016 having worked in a variety of schools including leading girls’ boarding schools. Jo originally qualified as a General Nurse and worked as a theatre nurse for many years, she has management qualifications and experience in managing operating theatres in private and NHS hospitals. Jo has a Certificate in Education and a BA Hons degree in Teaching as well as the BSA Professional Development Qualification, and has taught EAL since completing a CELTA qualification. As a hobby she took up complimentary therapies and has gained Diplomas in Massage therapy, Reflexology and a certificate in counselling skills.