Caroline Masterson, Chair of the Local Board
My name is Caroline Masterson and I am a member of your Local Board. Having retired from the Police I wanted to continue to contribute to the local community and saw volunteering as a Local Board Member as a really valuable way to do this. Both of my now grown up sons attended West St Leonards Primary (as it was then) and then St Leonards Academy (attending there as it changed from Filsham Valley). Hence I felt a strong link to West Leonards Primary Academy and am really pleased to be part of the school. I am the Link Local Board member for Safeguarding which uses some of the skills from my previous job.
I currently work as an Exam Invigilator and spend my free time catching up with my sons who have now moved away and doing all those things I did not have time for before.
Rob joined the local board in June 2018 as parent member. He has two children at the school, one in Year 4, the other in Year 5.
Rob currently works in education within a different age group and has undertaken a variety of roles including classroom teacher and senior manager. He started his career in industry but made the move into education after just a few years, having now spent over 30 years working with children and young adults.
Rob has a keen interest in various aspects of life at Silverdale, in particular the "Thrive" programme and provision for more able children.
Starting out as a teacher in Hertfordshire, I spent a number of years teaching in upper Key Stage 2 before considering a move to the south coast. The appeal of West St Leonards meant that I turned down a senior leadership position in North London to become a year six teacher here in St Leonards, moving into a leadership role after a year.
After a number of years in the classroom, I was selected to become a Lead Practitioner for the University of Brighton Academies Trust in 2015 and split my time between being a senior leader at West St Leonards whilst also working across other Trust schools to support other teaching professionals and senior leaders in their practice. My work in this field led me to become part of the central School Improvement Team for the academies trust where I continued this work for schools and also delivered training for local schools looking to teach Talk for Writing.
After the retirement of the previous Principal, I considered how I could best support West St Leonards and took on the Acting Vice Principal role which I currently hold, dedicating my time once again to a single school to support the excellent staff in continuing to provide an exceptional quality of teaching and learning to each child we have on role.
I am delighted to be Principal of Churchwood Primary Academy. This is my first Headship post having previously worked at Churchwood as a Vice Principal for eight years and prior to this as a Key Stage Two Leader. During this time I have led a number of subjects including English, Assessment, History, Geography and Physical Education and I have also worked as a SENCO.
Prior to our conversion to academy status, I worked as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Local Authority supporting schools within the local area. Since academy conversion I have trained as a Lead Coach for the Trust. I am passionate about teaching and learning and enjoy working collaboratively with other colleagues across the Trust to bring about the very best outcomes for our pupils.
I joined Silverdale Primary Academy in February 2012 on a five-day supply cover and haven’t said goodbye since. I am extremely proud to work at one of the largest academies within Hastings and St Leonards and to have been part of the journey that has taken us to an Ofsted judgement of Good. During my time at Silverdale I have worked across the Key Stages in a variety of roles including English Lead, as well as roles on the Senior Leadership Team. My teaching career started in Crawley where I worked in a challenging school for several years before moving to the east of Sussex. I have now lived and worked in Hastings for over 12 years and am fully committed to the continued development of the schools and education for our children in this wonderful town.
I have taught at WSLPA since 2013 having begun my career in Hackney in the mid 1990s.
During my time working for the Trust, I have worked closely with other academies and was awarded the headteacher qualification, NPQH, in 2018.
I am delighted to lead a dedicated team of professionals at WSLPA and am proud of our achievements to date including becoming a national training school for Talk for Writing in 2016.
Our vision of Excellent Learning and Friendship is delivered through engaging, inspiring and knowledge rich curriculum that meets the needs of all our pupils.
I am passionate about ensuring the best possible learning experiences so our pupils can be the best.
I am parent of seven children from 6 to 26.