Claremont Senior Leadership Team

Giles Perrin
Principal
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Giles Perrin
Principal
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After studying Religious Studies and Philosophy at Edinburgh University, Giles spent a gap year setting up and running a guest house and restaurant for backpackers in Southern India with the intention of becoming a landscape gardener on his return.  He then worked and lived at Bedes School in Upper Dicker where he was persuaded by friends to become a teacher in Sept 1997. Giles was the Founding Headteacher of Claremont Senior School and became School Principal in Sept 2018, following the School joining the International Schools Partnership (ISP).  Giles has been teaching for 24 years.

I joined the teaching profession out of a love of working with people, teenagers and the community within schools. I stayed at Bedes for 7 years as a Housemaster before moving to Frome Community College as Head of Year and ultimately Assistant Head – Inclusion.  In 2008 I moved to India to assist in the setting up of an International boarding School as Director of Boarding/Deputy Head before moving back to the UK in 2010 to set up Claremont Senior School, which opened in 2011.

Ed Dickie
Head of Senior School
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Ed Dickie
Head of Senior School

Ed’s passion for Politics led him to a postgraduate Masters in International Relations at SOAS University of London. As well as teaching History and Politics Ed has served as a Head of Sixth Form, Head of Department and Housemaster at Bedes School before joining the Claremont Project in 2013. He has been teaching for 21 years and has been Headteacher since 2018.

I never considered teaching until, as a 19 year old, I worked as a builder’s labourer on a School’s facilities team. The Headteacher urged me to apply for University and taught me the transforming power of education. Having completed a History degree at Edinburgh University he then persuaded me to apply to train as a teacher before offering me my first job. I live in Battle with four children and a growing collection of hats! I have always really wanted to be Indiana Jones, am suspicious of helicopters & snakes and Bruce Springsteen would be my specialist subject if I ever was on Mastermind

Gavin Bunker
Head of Prep School
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Gavin Bunker
Head of Prep School

Gavin’s path to teaching began 16 years ago when he was a youth worker and a Community Sport Coordinator for the local authority. Here he realised his passion for teaching Sport and PE. He studied Business and Sport Studies at university and took extra modules in Sport Science. He then completed his PGCE at the University of East London.

Lea Owen
Deputy Headteacher -Senior School and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Lea Owen
Deputy Headteacher -Senior School and Assistant Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lea studied Human Biology at Loughborough University, during which she spent a year working at a Pharmaceutical company in the market research team. After graduating, the allure of a company car and a mobile phone (‘it was the early 1990s so it was big deal then‘ Lea reminisces), pulled her away from a nagging thought she had about becoming a teacher. Lea went on to work in industry for the next 20 years in sales and marketing roles until the draw of becoming a teaching caught up with her once again.  Lea has been teaching now for 10 years.

Teaching gets me out of bed in the morning. Every day is different and I love the thought of helping all the future hotshots in jobs we don’t even know exist yet!

Victoria Liggett
Director of Sixth Form
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Victoria Liggett
Director of Sixth Form

Victoria has been teaching for 10 years.  She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University before training as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers. Victoria then worked in investment banking in the city of London, specialising in UK mergers and acquisitions.

Once I had my family, I decided on a career change to allow me to work more locally and to find a new challenge to utilise my skills. I teach Economics and Business, and very much enjoy working with our students in advising on their future destinations, and helping them see all the opportunities available to today’s school leavers.

Stephanie Edmunds
Deputy Head Prep School - Academic
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Stephanie Edmunds
Deputy Head Prep School - Academic

Stephanie studied Biology and Maths at the University of London (Goldsmiths College). She was a manager of clinical trials within the pharmaceutical industry before retraining to become a teacher.

I decided to become a teacher because I love learning and being with children. No day is ever the same and there are always opportunities to make a difference. I teach Maths, but have also taught IT, Biology and Games.

Claire Martin
Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning - Senior School)
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Claire Martin
Assistant Head (Teaching and Learning - Senior School)

Claire studied Chemistry at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University before working in Database Management for 15 years mostly with the Reference Laboratory Services Divisions of what is now Public Health England. After having her children, Claire and her family moved to Kent where she retrained as a Chemistry teacher and before joining Claremont Senior School in its third year since opening.

Francoise Armstrong
Assistant Head - Senior School (International) & Director of Boarding
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Francoise Armstrong
Assistant Head - Senior School (International) & Director of Boarding

Francoise spent her youth in sunny Marseilles and graduated from Aix-en-Provence University with a BA in Philosophy and an MA in English Literature.  She has dedicated her whole career to education working with students of all ages, from Nursery to adult learners on her teacher training programme.  Francoise taught in a range of large London based comprehensive schools running language faculties before coming to Claremont a year after the school first opened in 2011.  Francoise has worked as an education consultant for a range of national organisations and for our international students provides a crucial bridge between their school experience and life in the boarding house.

Celia Ackerley
Deputy Head Prep School - Progress Lead
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Celia Ackerley
Deputy Head Prep School - Progress Lead

Celia Ackerley has been teaching for 20 years. She started out with a degree in Zoology from Liverpool University before trying out nursing. However, after realising she was too squeamish to make that a career she started working in challenging schools in London, Sheffield and East Sussex.

I became a teacher as I wanted to help people and be challenged. I particularly like working with young people as they make make my day fun and two days are never the same.

Rebecca Hurton
Assistant Head - Senior School (Student Welfare) and Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Rebecca Hurton
Assistant Head - Senior School (Student Welfare) and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Rebecca studied Anthropology at Southampton University and has been teaching for 10 years.

I went straight to university straight from school at 18 with a very narrow view of the world. It was the most informative three years of my life, where I discovered activism, and a world of different people and experiences. When I left university I worked as a teaching assistant in a challenging school. I realised I wasn’t yet ready for the rigour, and routine of the 9-5 so I travelled for a year across India and Nepal, working for six months with the Tibetan community in exile in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. When I came home I was ready to return to University and completed a PGCE at Brighton.

Rachel Potter
Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery
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Rachel Potter
Head of Pre-Prep and Nursery

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Education (hons) Degree at Middlesex University in London. Part of the degree included the invaluable opportunity to study at a school in the MidWest USA, Muncie, Indiana. This involved teaching and being a fully recognised member of the teaching department. Rachel has also worked in inner city London, Hertfordshire, Hastings and Eastbourne, teaching across the entire Primary age range 5-11 years.

I have been incredibly lucky to work with some outstanding professionals throughout my career, including current colleagues from whom I continue to learn a great deal.

Claremont School
Nursery & Prep

Ebdens Hill, Baldslow, St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex, TN37 7PW
01424 751555

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Senior and Sixth Form

Bodiam, Nr. Robertsbridge,
East Sussex, TN32 5UJ
01580 830396

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Clyde House

Clyde Ho/258 Sedlescombe Road North,
St Leonards-on-sea TN37 7JL
01424 233000

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Pyke House

Claremont Boarding House Upper Lake,
Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AN
01424 775332

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French Study Centre

La Maison Claremont,
14 rue de l'arbalete,
62500, St Omer

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