Buckswood is a proprietorial school, with the Director of the proprietorial company (Mr. Sutton) having oversight of the school. He is advised by the members of the Advisory Governing Board (AGB) who provide checks and balances in helping to ensure that the school continues to grow and provides a safe and challenging environment for the students. The AGB meets regularly to monitor the school and provide support and guidance to the School Director.

Responsibility for the day to day operation of the school is undertaken by the Principal and Academic Principal and the Senior Management Team (SMT). The SMT meets regularly and reports to the School Director and AGB. There are various other committees which meet regularly and report to the SMT to triangulate information and ensure that student progress and behaviour is being appropriately managed. The student council also meets to discuss aspects of school life and provide input on the future direction of the school.

Buckswood School Advisory Governing Board

To contact the schools advisory Governing body please do so in writing to the following address :

Anne Jeffery – Clerk to the Advisory Board
Buckswood School
Rye Road
TN35 4LT

Email : clerktothegovernors@buckswood.co.uk


Nicola Piper – Advisory Governor

Nicola has spent over 30 years working in the local business sector, co-director with her husband of their own consultancy company.  She is parent of two students in Buckswood and has served as a governor at other local schools during her children’s education. Nicola has also mentored and supported students and young people in the workplace.


Laurence Walker – Advisory Governor

Born and educated in New Zealand, Laurence lives in Hastings and has had an Architectural Design & Build business in Hastings for over 15 years. The business also engages in planning & project management & development services. In this capacity Laurence has been engaged and associated with Buckswood School since 2004.

Laurence and his wife have two daughters, both living in East Sussex and both with growing families of their own. Laurence has a life-long interest in education, travel, the arts and all things architectural.


Anne Jeffery – Clerk to the Advisory Board

Anne has worked in Education since 1999 and has held various roles including PA to the Deputy Principal at Rye College and PA to the Principal at Rye Studio School. Anne has also been Clerk to the Governors at St Thomas CE Aided Primary School in Winchelsea and Rye College. As well as Clerk to the Advisory Board, Anne is also the schools Safeguarding Officer and Deputy DSL.

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Ian White

Ian was educated in Folkestone, Kent, where he studied Law Business and Finance. Ian now lives in St Leonards-on-Sea and he and his wife have 2 daughters both living in the Hastings area.

Ian is the current Managing Director of the Horizon Group of Companies, which is a business finance and development boutique of companies which includes a corporate finance house for which Ian has served as a director for over 20 years.

Ian has  a passion for developing business and has been involved with Buckswood for a number of years and has a lifelong interest in business, supporting students as well as an interest in the performing arts.

School Director

Giles Sutton
01424 813 813

Accreditations and Inspections

Buckswood school is registered with the Department for Education in the United Kingdom,  is a fully Accredited Member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) and a Regular Member of European Council of International Schools (ECIS). Buckswood is also Accredited Cambridge International Exams Centre for PET and KET IGCSE and A Level Courses.



Parents Report

At Buckswood we value the views and opinions of our parents more than any other. They are the group that have made the biggest investment in the school and we feel that as valued members of the Buckswood family they are more than qualified to give you an honest account of the ‘Buckswood Difference’ and what it really means to them…